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S. Korean Banks’ Investment in Crypto-assets Totals 2 tln Won in 2017

S. Korean Banks’ Investment in Crypto-assets Totals 2 tln Won in 2017

SEOUL, Jul. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean banks’ investment in crypto-assets remained low despite a recent craze for the new type of digital currencies, a central bank report said Friday. The outstanding balance of virtual accounts in local banks reached 2 trillion won (US$1.79 billion) as of December last year, according to the report [...]

Samsung Securities to Pay Huge Price for Its Fat-finger Error

Samsung Securities to Pay Huge Price for Its Fat-finger Error

SEJONG, June 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The financial watchdog’s punishment against Samsung Securities Co. over its fat-finger error will not make a financial dent, but it could weaken its market position in the long run, experts said Saturday. On Thursday, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) decided to recommend that Samsung Securities should face a six-month [...]

Gov’t Requires More Transparency from Banks

Gov’t Requires More Transparency from Banks

SEOUL, Jun. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government has announced measures aimed at strengthening the transparency of banks, as they are being advised to provide loan applicants with a detailed breakdown of the interest they will be charged. In the case of banks having charged unjustifiable high interest rates, the surplus in interest [...]

Banks Target Foreign Residents in South Korea

Banks Target Foreign Residents in South Korea

SEOUL, Jun. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — With more than 2 million foreign residents in South Korea, and the number of individuals with voting rights surpassing 100,000 people for the first time this year, local banks are targeting foreign retail banking customers to cash in on the rising expat population. Some banks have started offering banking [...]

More Transparency for Bank Loan Interest Rates

More Transparency for Bank Loan Interest Rates

SEOUL, Jun. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting as early as the latter half of the year, consumers who have taken out bank loans will be able to request information from banks as to how their interest rates are being calculated. In addition, a detailed breakdown of interest rates for each bank to be publicly announced [...]

Banks Preparing for Possible Resumption of Inter-Korean Projects

Banks Preparing for Possible Resumption of Inter-Korean Projects

SEOUL, Jun. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean banks have stepped up preparations for a possible resumption of economic projects in North Korea, as a historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un raised hopes of more reconciliation between Seoul and Pyongyang. After about five hours of talks in Singapore [...]

‘Silver’ Investors on the Rise

‘Silver’ Investors on the Rise

SEOUL, May 21 (Korea Bizwire) — As the South Korean population slowly ages, the number of elderly investors over 65 are also on the rise in the finance industry. According to a report released on Saturday by the Financial Supervisory Service, 23.6 percent (23.5 trillion won) of the total funds offered by financial institutions (99.9 [...]

Banks Ramp Up Prep for Possible Inter-Korean Cooperation

Banks Ramp Up Prep for Possible Inter-Korean Cooperation

SEOUL, May 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean banks are redoubling efforts to tap into possible business opportunities in North Korea in the wake of a recent thaw in inter-Korean relations, sources said Monday. The two Koreas held a historic summit in late April, adopting a joint declaration that focuses on working toward a complete [...]