Korea derivatives market gets much needed deregulatory boost

Author: Karry Lai | Published: 31 Jul 2019

Korea’s Financial Services Commission (FSC) has released measures to open up the country’s derivatives market to both retail and institutional investors. The move is expected to stimulate the dormant sector, but questions remain about the extent to which new products will be encouraged

The proposed measures are expected to be implemented in the second half of 2019. Although a number of investor requirements have been relaxed, a longstanding issue regarding a lack of product variety continues to be a concern.

The entry threshold for retail investors has been lowered from KRW30 million ($25,649) to KRW10 million for...