Day traders are taking over Korea's stock market

Known for their love of risk, individual investors appear to be changing the contours of South Korea's broader market. Foto: AP/Ahn Young-joon

While amateur traders have stormed into equity markets the world over amid the pandemic, the craze among retail investors in South Korean stocks is going to another level.

Day traders have accounted for 87.5% of the total value traded in the nation's shares so far this month through Sept. 8, according to data provided by the Korea Exchange. That's up from 51.4% for all of March...

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