South Korea's foreign exchange reserves rebounded in December from the previous month as a weaker U.S. dollar boosted the conversion value of assets in other currencies, the central bank said Tuesday.
The country's foreign reserves reached US$291.57 billion as of the end of December, up $1.34 billion from the previous month, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK).
The foreign reserves expanded by a total of $21.58 billion last year as dollar inflows increased amid robust exports and foreigners' sustained buying of Korean assets. The reserves hit a record high of $293.35 billion in October.
Foreign reserves consist of securities and deposits denominated in overseas currencies, along with International Monetary Fund
(IMF) reserve positions, special drawing rights and gold bullion.
"Amid a rise in investment profit, the reserves rose as gains in the euro and the yen raised their dollar conversion value," said Moon Han-geun, an economist at the BOK.
In December, the yen rose 3 percent to the dollar and the euro gained 3 percent per the greenback as improving U.S. economic data undercut investors' appetite for safe assets.
As of the end of November, South Korea was the world's sixth-largest holder of foreign exchange reserves after China, Japan, Russia, Taiwan and India.