Twenty-Three of the Top 50 Overseas Securities Bought by Retail Investors in Korea in February Were ETFs

LONDON — March 08, 2024 — ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs ecosystem, reported today that 23 of the top 50 overseas securities purchased by Korean retail investors in February were ETFs listed in the United States, Japan. The number of ETFs on the list is down by 2 from 25 from last month. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted)


  • Twenty-three of the top 50 overseas securities bought by retail investors in Korea in February were ETFs.
  • Fourteen of the twenty-three ETFs on the top 50 list provide leverage or inverse exposure.
  • The largest purchase was US$1.39 billion of the Direxion Daily Semiconductors Bull 3X SHS ETF listed in the United States.
Top 10 overseas ETF purchased in February 2024

The ETFs industry in South Korea has 1,208 ETFs, with assets of $110 Bn, from 37 providers listed on the Korea Exchange at the end of February 2024. According to data from ETFGI, 26.6 percent of the ETF/ETPs provide leverage or inverse exposure which account for 11.4% of the assets in the ETFs industry in South Korea.

Asset Growth in South Korean ETF and ETP as of the end of February 2024

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Deborah Fuhr

Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner and Founder of ETFGI (, a leading independent firm which has for over 10 years offered a database and factsheets for all ETFs and ETPs listed globally, published monthly research reports covering trends in the global ETFs ecosystem, provided consulting services and educational events. Prior roles include Global Head of ETF Research and Implementation Strategy and a Managing Director at BlackRock/BGI in London for 3 years and Managing Director and head of the Investment Strategies Group at Morgan Stanley in London for 11 years. Deborah is one of the founders and board members of Women in ETFs and the co-president of Women in ETFs EMEA.

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