With tensions rising on the Korean peninsula, events in North Korea have been dominating the news and continue to cast a shadow on its neighbour, South Korea. What are the potential investment risks and opportunities for investors?
In the years prior to 1997, the countries known as the Asian tigers (Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand) experienced extraordinary economic performance along with macroeconomic stability.
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South Korea rose from the ashes of its civil war in the 1950s, when it was one of the poorest nations on earth. Now, despite being a wealthy country, it is still regarded by many as an emerging market.
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