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Kakao’s Internet Bank to Get Final Approval on April 5

Kakao’s Internet Bank to Get Final Approval on April 5

SEOUL, March 30 (Korea Bizwire) – The Internet bank of Kakao Corp., South Korea’s dominant chat app, is expected to win a final regulatory approval early next month, an industry source said Thursday, clearing the final hurdle for Kakao to launch the nation’s second Internet bank.  The Financial Services Commission (FSC) will hold a meeting [...]

Banks Step up Downsizing amid Growing Mobile, Internet Banking

Banks Step up Downsizing amid Growing Mobile, Internet Banking

SEOUL, March 28 (Korea Bizwire) – Banks in South Korea sharply downsized their headcounts, branches and automated instruments in 2016 to cut costs amid rapid growth in mobile and Internet banking, government data showed Tuesday.  The combined workforce of lenders operating in the country stood at 114,775 as of the end of last year, down [...]

Terrace Homes Booming Amid Growing Thirst for Nature

Terrace Homes Booming Amid Growing Thirst for Nature

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) – With many modern Koreans confined t0 cities but longing to get in touch with nature, demand for houses and residential buildings with terraces is growing quickly. Over the last two years, more than 5,000 ‘terrace’ housing units in 16 apartment complexes were sold, according to a study conducted by Shim [...]

Stock Funds in Emerging Markets Thrive with High Profitability

Stock Funds in Emerging Markets Thrive with High Profitability

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Stock funds in emerging financial markets have become a newfound investment destination among South Koreans this year, with promising returns, said local market researcher KG Zeroin.  According to data compiled by the firm, of overseas stock funds with a minimum of 1 billion won ($892,618) in assets and a [...]

N. Korea Invites Foreign Investment in Cruise Program to Mt. Kumgang

N. Korea Invites Foreign Investment in Cruise Program to Mt. Kumgang

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Cash-strapped North Korea is inviting foreign investment in a cruise program linking its eastern mountain resort area to the Russian Far East and Southeast Asia, a North Korean website showed Thursday. Its website promoting Mt. Kumgang recently posted an investment guideline for a ferry business based in the port [...]

Electronic Payments Hit Record High in 2016

Electronic Payments Hit Record High in 2016

SEOUL, Mar. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The amount of payments made electronically hit a record high in 2016, central bank data showed Wednesday, underscoring the growing trend of South Koreans using electronic means for financial transactions. The daily average amount of electronic financial transactions came to 343.5 billion won (US$306 million) in 2016, up 36.1 [...]

Trade Protectionism Sees Samil Spinning Acquire American Textile Company

Trade Protectionism Sees Samil Spinning Acquire American Textile Company

SEOUL, March 21 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean textile company Samil Spinning has acquired the American company Buhler Quality Yarns through a stock purchase agreement amid fears of trade protectionism in America, according to the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA). Samil’s cunning move to take over all shares of Buhler Quality Yarns will see the [...]