Korea Investment Corporation: Its Origin and Evolution

44 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2011 Last revised: 23 Sep 2011

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Woochan Kim

Korea University Business School; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Asian Institute of Corporate Governance (AICG)

Date Written: August 8, 2011


In this paper, I give a detailed account of the creation and the evolution of Korea Investment Corporation (KIC) – a sovereign wealth fund established in 2005 by the Korean government. In doing so, I highlight three of its unique features. First, the case of KIC effectively shows the problem of having an unclear mission statement, which allows the mission to evolve over time and multiple missions to coexist that may contradict each other. Second, it effectively reveals the typical conflicts that may arise between the central bank and the ministry involved when setting up a reserve-based sovereign wealth fund. Third, it effectively shows how a sovereign wealth fund can be operated in a way that favors the bureaucrats and the politicians.

Keywords: sovereign weath fund, FX reserves, currency crisis, FX cwap, Korea

JEL Classification: F31, F34, G15, G23, G28, P16

Suggested Citation

Kim, Woochan, Korea Investment Corporation: Its Origin and Evolution (August 8, 2011). KDI School of Pub Policy & Management Paper No. 6, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1906563 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1906563

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