Junghoon Seon

As the 39th President of the Korean Securities Association (KSA), I warmly welcome you to our official website.

Since its foundation in 1976, KSA has grown into one of the most prestigious academic associations in the entire Asia-Pacific region, spearheading academic research in the field of finance and contributing to the development of the Korean financial markets. KSA’s growth can be attributed largely to the dedication and hard work of the association’s past presidents and executives, as well as the continued enthusiasm and active participation of its members.

KSA plays an integral role in the development of the finance academic community through various channels. KSA publishes the world-renowned, SSCI-indexed Asia-Pacific Journal of Financial Studies and SCOPUS-indexed Korean Journal of Financial Studies, producing many excellent papers every year. In addition, KSA also supports academic advancement in the field of finance by holding international and domestic academic events and sponsoring numerous research support programs. More specifically, our annual Conference on Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, now in its 17th year, is recognized as one of the top international conferences in the region, as papers presented at the conference are continuously published in leading international journals.

KSA also contributes to the development of the country’s financial markets via diverse programs and events designed to provide a link between academia and the financial services industry. For example, we host multiple policy symposiums and seminars in which academics, policy makers, and industry practitioners get together to discuss current policy issues in the financial markets. In addition, we sponsor diverse policy- and practice-oriented research to provide solutions for problems faced by the industry.

This year, we plan to operate KSA in a way that can more effectively accomplish the two missions of KSA: supporting academic achievements in the field of finance and contributing to the development of the financial markets. To this end, we will further strengthen research support for our members by establishing an academic information center and Academic-Practitioner Joint Research Groups. Through this move, we will ensure that many research results that are meaningful in policy and practice are derived. The academic information center is expected to have the effect of improving the quality of research by reducing the time and effort required for members to obtain the data necessary for research. Through the activities of the industry-academia research groups, which will provide a platform for policy makers and industry practitioners to share their practical experiences and concerns with academia, the results of in-depth academic research on current hot topics will be reflected in policies and used in corporate management.

To support the academic achievements of our members and the development of KSA and the country’s financial markets, we seek your continued enthusiasm and active participation in programs and events that will be hosted throughout the year. Thank you.

Junghoon Seon39th President of the Korean Securities Association