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Watchdog Recommends Highest Level of Compensation over Derivative Misselling Fiasco

Watchdog Recommends Highest Level of Compensation over Derivative Misselling Fiasco

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s financial watchdog said Thursday that two local banks should provide compensation for up to 80 percent of their customers’ losses from a recent misselling of derivatives linked to overseas interest rates. The arbitration committee of the Financial Supervisory Service recommended the compensation rate of 40-80 percent to [...]

S. Korea to Set Up 300 bln-won Fund for Fintech Unicorns

S. Korea to Set Up 300 bln-won Fund for Fintech Unicorns

SEJONG, Dec. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea plans to set up a fund of 300 billion won (US$252 million) to help fintech startups become unicorns with a valuation of more than US$1 billion, Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said Wednesday. Hong made the remarks at a meeting with economy-related ministers in Seoul to discuss how [...]

SK Joins Hands with Chinese Investment Firm to Create 1 tln Won Fund

SK Joins Hands with Chinese Investment Firm to Create 1 tln Won Fund

SEOUL, Dec. 3 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean energy and telecom conglomerate SK Group plans to join hands with  Chinese private equity firm Hillhouse Capital Group to create a mutual fund worth 1 trillion won (US$843 million) for investment in the Chinese food industry. SK China, SK’s Chinese unit, held a board meeting recently and passed [...]

ESG, SRI Investment on the Rise in S. Korea

ESG, SRI Investment on the Rise in S. Korea

SEOUL, Dec. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s social responsibility investment (SRI) market is growing rapidly due to interest in investments that place importance on the environment, social responsibility, and governance (ESG). Asset management firms have steadily introduced related funds this year as SRI has grown in importance and the market is expected to expand [...]

Banks Jump into Other Industries to Better Engage with Customers

Banks Jump into Other Industries to Better Engage with Customers

SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean banks are going beyond past practices to collaborate with other industries. KB Kookmin Bank’s Liiv Mobile is gaining the attention of the financial services market by combining finance and communications technology. Current legislation states that banks cannot engage in business activities outside of their traditional domain. However, [...]

Larger Bills Last Three Times Longer than Smaller Bills

Larger Bills Last Three Times Longer than Smaller Bills

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean banknotes have different lifetimes depending on their face value, with larger bills outliving the smallest bills by up to three times due mostly to the frequency of their use, a central bank report showed Tuesday. According to the report from the Bank of Korea (BOK), the country’s [...]

Brokerages See Investment Banking Overtake Commission Fees as Main Profit Driver

Brokerages See Investment Banking Overtake Commission Fees as Main Profit Driver

SEOUL, Nov. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Big brokerages in South Korea saw their investment banking unit report solid profits in the first nine months of this year, overtaking commission fees as their main profit driver, data showed Monday. Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., the nation’s largest brokerage, reported an operating profit of 249.8 billion won (US$214.6 [...]