Exploring stock markets: The ins and outs of the KOPSI

Julie Brownlee, Fsp Invest, 16 Mar. 2015

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If you’ve looked into different stock markets further afield, you may have come across the KOPSI.

The KOPSI is the benchmark stock market index of South Korea’s Korea Exchange. Like the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, it also falls under an emerging market stock market.

So what sort of companies make up the KOPSI? And do you know any of the companies listed on it?

Let’s take a closer look…



The key characteristics of the KOPSI


The KOPSI (or the Korea Composite Stock Market Index), like other emerging market stock market indexes, is very vulnerable to what’s going on in the global economic cycle. This is down to its high number of cyclical stocks.

Of all the stocks included in the KOPSI, around 80% of them are cyclical.

The Korea Exchange introduced the index in 1983.

Have a look at the chart below of the sectors that make up the KOPSI…


Chart of sectors of KOPSI


Looking at the sectors making up the KOPSI, the most dominant is the industrial sector. It makes up 38.15% of all stocks.

Industrial stocks make up around 15.94% of the index and financials almost 13%.

Technology and basic material stocks account for 8.89% and 8.29% of the index respectively. Consumer services contribute around 5.19% of the stocks on the index.


Well-known stocks on the KOPSI


One of the biggest stocks on the KOPSI is Samsung. This dominates the consumer goods sector. It accounts for almost a fifth of the overall market.

Cars and car-parts are also significant. Hyundai accounts for nearly a tenth of the overall market.

The defensive sectors of the KOPSI are small in comparison to their cyclical counterparts. These comprise of personal and household goods, small utilities and healthcare.

So there you have it, the ins and outs of the KOPSI.

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