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Citibank to Convert Most Non-regular Workers into Regular Staff

Citibank to Convert Most Non-regular Workers into Regular Staff

SEOUL, May 18 (Korea Bizwire) – Citibank Korea, the local unit of U.S. banking giant Citigroup, said Wednesday that it will convert almost all nonregular workers on its payroll into regular employees by the end of this year. Citibank Korea said the beneficiaries include about 300 tellers and other workers with low wages, which account for 8.5 percent of its total staff. Bank CEO Park Jin-hei said the agenda to change [...]

S. Korea Imposes Levy on Financial Firms over Foreign Borrowing

S. Korea Imposes Levy on Financial Firms over Foreign Borrowing

SEOUL, May 12 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea has imposed a levy on financial firms’ non-deposit foreign borrowing to ease volatility in capital flows, the central banks said Thursday. The Bank of Korea said 66 financial companies, including 17 local banks and 34 branches of foreign lenders, are required to pay 0.1 percent of their [...]

Over 200,000 Foreign Residents Take out Life Insurance Policies: Data

Over 200,000 Foreign Residents Take out Life Insurance Policies: Data

SEOUL, May 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of foreign residents who took out life insurance policies here topped 200,000 in 2015, with their subscriptions rising at an annual rate of 16 percent over the past five years, industry data showed Sunday. According to the data compiled by the Korea Insurance Development Institute, a total [...]

Study Shows 88 pct of Financial Firms Threatened by Clout of Fintech

Study Shows 88 pct of Financial Firms Threatened by Clout of Fintech

SEOUL, May 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Nearly 90 percent of financial firms worldwide said their businesses are at risk from rapidly expanding fintech rivals and they fear losing revenue to the financial innovators, according to a new study released on Monday, in the latest sign of the growing influence of financial technology, known as fintech. [...]

K-Bank Meets More Than Half of Full-Year Deposit Target in 24 Days

K-Bank Meets More Than Half of Full-Year Deposit Target in 24 Days

SEOUL, April 27 (Korea Bizwire) – K-Bank, South Korea’s first Internet-only bank, has achieved more than half of its full-year target of attracting deposits just 24 days after launching operations, the nation’s financial regulator said Thursday.  The pace of growth in K-Bank’s deposits is much faster than expected and the Internet-only bank is fueling increased [...]

Galaxy S8′s Iris Scanner to Be Used on Financial Transactions

Galaxy S8′s Iris Scanner to Be Used on Financial Transactions

SEOUL, April 21 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s credit card companies are seeking to apply the iris scanner adopted by Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy S8 smartphones on mobile transactions, industry sources said Friday, lauding the feature’s security compared with fingerprints and passwords.  According to the sources, Samsung Card Co. is seeking to apply the iris [...]

South Korea Begins Pilot Project for “Coinless Society”

South Korea Begins Pilot Project for “Coinless Society”

SEOUL, April 19 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea plans to launch a pilot project for a coinless society this week, South Korea’s central bank said Wednesday, a move that could enhance convenience for ordinary people.  Under the project set to begin Thursday, consumers can deposit small change left from purchases of goods into their prepaid [...]

Citibank Korea to Close 80 Pct of Its Branches

Citibank Korea to Close 80 Pct of Its Branches

SEOUL, April 14 (Korea Bizwire) – Citibank Korea, the South Korean unit of Citigroup Inc., said Thursday it will offer financial services via online channels while closing about 80 percent of its physical branches in South Korea. Citibank, which recently announced a plan to reduce the number of physical branches to 32 from 133 in the country, has said it won’t slash staff, despite ongoing restructuring measures. Instead, about 800 workers at the branches facing closure will be relocated to either [...]