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Insurance Company Operates Turns to AI for Fraud Prediction System

Insurance Company Operates Turns to AI for Fraud Prediction System

SEOUL, May 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Kyobo Life Insurance Co., one of South Korea’s leading life insurers, said Tuesday that it has started developing and operating its own insurance fraud prediction system that incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) machine learning technology. K-FDS (Kyobo Fraud Detection System) is a system that enables AI to learn insurance fraud [...]

Market Cap of Bio, Internet Giants Surges amid Coronavirus Disruptions

Market Cap of Bio, Internet Giants Surges amid Coronavirus Disruptions

SEOUL, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) – The market capitalization of Samsung Biologics Co. and internet giant Naver Corp. has jumped sharply on South Korea’s main stock market over a one-year period, despite the coronavirus impact on the equities markets, data showed Friday. Samsung Biologics’ market cap stood at 40.3 trillion won (US$32.6 billion) at Thursday [...]

Household Income Grows, but Wealth Gap Widens in Q1

Household Income Grows, but Wealth Gap Widens in Q1

SEJONG, May 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s household income rose in the first quarter from a year earlier, but the income gap between the haves and have-nots widened, as the employment situation of the low-income bracket worsened amid the coronavirus pandemic, a report showed Thursday. The average household earned 5.35 million won (US$4,357) per [...]

Q1 Household Debt Growth Slowest in 1 Year Due to Virus Outbreak

Q1 Household Debt Growth Slowest in 1 Year Due to Virus Outbreak

SEOUL, May 20 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s household debt grew at the slowest pace in one year in the first quarter, central bank data showed Wednesday, amid a sharp decline in spending apparently caused by the new coronavirus outbreak that is expected to hurt the whole economy. Outstanding household credit came to 1,611.3 trillion [...]

Household Debt Growth Slows, but Corporate Loans Surge by Highest Amount in April

Household Debt Growth Slows, but Corporate Loans Surge by Highest Amount in April

SEOUL, May 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Household debt growth in South Korea slowed, but corporate loans spiked by the largest amount in history amid the growing fallout from the new coronavirus outbreak, central bank data showed Tuesday. Fresh bank loans extended to local households came to 4.9 trillion won (US$4 billion) in April, according to [...]

Foreigners Jack Up Korean Bond Exposure This Year

Foreigners Jack Up Korean Bond Exposure This Year

SEOUL, May 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign investors have ramped up their investment in South Korean bonds this year amid the country’s relatively favorable economic conditions, data showed Monday. Offshore investors held 140.9 trillion won (US$115 billion) worth of listed government and corporate bonds as of end-April, up 17 trillion won from the end of [...]