Korea is set for a dividend windfall

Korean firms are “notorious for their insensitivity towards shareholder value”, says Song Jung-a in the Financial Times. But in one key area, that could be about to change – which is why foreign investors have been piling in, sending the benchmark Kospi index to a three-year high last week.

South Korea, whose exports account for 50% of GDP, is a good way to bet on global growth, which has gradually picked up this year. But the latest surge is down to hopes for a dividend payout windfall.

The government is trying to push through changes to the tax code, which [...]

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