Finance & Economy Archives | Be Korea-savvy

Archive by category Finance & Economy

The Paradox of the KB Kookmin Bank Strike, a Debate on ‘Idle Manpower’ at Banks

The Paradox of the KB Kookmin Bank Strike, a Debate on ‘Idle Manpower’ at Banks

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent strike by employees of KB Kookmin Bank has raised controversy over idle manpower in the banking sector. Usually, when there is a strike, all operations should stop for a while, creating inconvenience to customers. However, most KB Kookmin Bank branches ran smoothly on the day of the [...]

Middle-age People Suffer Sharp Drop in Employment Rate

Middle-age People Suffer Sharp Drop in Employment Rate

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Koreans in their forties and fifties were hit hardest by the tougher job market last year stemming from protracted corporate restructuring and an economic downturn, government data showed Sunday. The country’s employment rate — the portion of hired people to the working-age population — reached 60.7 percent in [...]

Ads for Financial Products are Exaggerated: Poll

Ads for Financial Products are Exaggerated: Poll

SEOUL, Jan. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — About 60 percent of South Koreans say that advertisements for financial products are exaggerated, a survey showed Wednesday, underscoring customers’ mistrust towards the sector as a whole. The survey, conducted by Gallup Korea and commissioned by the Financial Services Commission (FSC), showed that 60.7 percent of the 2,194 respondents [...]

Cabinet Endorses Bill That Eases Ownership Rule for Internet-only Banks

Cabinet Endorses Bill That Eases Ownership Rule for Internet-only Banks

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – The Cabinet on Tuesday endorsed a bill that eases ownership rules for Internet-only banks as the government plans to grant approval to more web-only banks this year, the financial regulator said. The bill allows information technology firms, such as Internet portal Naver or gaming firm Nexon, to hold more [...]

New AI System Estimates Vehicle Repair Costs After Accidents

New AI System Estimates Vehicle Repair Costs After Accidents

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — The Korea Insurance Development Institute announced on January 7 that it has started developing a new assessment tool called ‘Automobile Repair Cost On-line Service-α’ (AOS-α). The system’s artificial intelligence (AI) will estimate vehicle repair costs by analyzing pictures of car wrecks caused by traffic accidents. The institute is planning [...]

KB Kookmin Bank Stages Strike, 600 Branches Affected

KB Kookmin Bank Stages Strike, 600 Branches Affected

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Workers at KB Kookmin Bank, South Korea’s leading lender, launched a nationwide strike Tuesday for the first time in 19 years over wage system reforms and bonuses, its labor union said. The one-day walkout started at 9 a.m., as last-minute overnight negotiations between the labor and the management did [...]

S. Korea to Expand Capital Gains Tax on All Equity-linked Derivatives

S. Korea to Expand Capital Gains Tax on All Equity-linked Derivatives

SEJONG, Jan. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea said Monday that it will impose a 10 percent tax on profits from trading all stock index-related derivatives in the latest move to revise the country’s tax code. The revision — set to take effect in April — covers the KOSDAQ 150 Futures, KOSDAQ 150 Options and [...]