▶Balance of Payments during September 2018(preliminary)
■ During September 2018 the Korean current account registered a surplus of 10.83 billion dollars.
― The goods account surplus narrowed to 13.24 billion dollars, compared to the 14.98 billion dollar surplus in September of last year.
― The services account deficit was 2.52 billion dollars, down from 2.88 billion dollars one year before, in line with improvements in the transport and the travel accounts.
― The primary income account surplus narrowed to 0.67 billion dollars compared to 1.25 billion dollars in September of 2017, in line with a decrease in the income on equity account.
― The secondary income account showed a 0.56 billion dollar deficit.
■ Looking at the financial account, net assets expanded by 9.73 billion dollars during September.
― Direct investment assets grew by 2.47 billion dollars, and direct investment liabilities by 0.30 billion dollars.
―There was a 7.72 billion dollar increase in portfolio investment assets during the month, and a 1.40 billion dollar decrease in portfolio investment liabilities.
― Financial derivatives posted net growth of 0.44 billion dollars.
― In terms of other investment, there were increases of 0.42 billion dollars in assets and 4.33 billion dollars in liabilities.
― Reserve assets expanded by 1.90 billion dollars.
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