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Insurance Premium Income Expected to Increase Despite Coronavirus

Insurance Premium Income Expected to Increase Despite Coronavirus

SEOUL, June 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Amid a shrinking economy due to the coronavirus, this year’s insurance premium income is expected to outstrip last year’s record. The Korea Insurance Research Institute (KIRI) reported Tuesday that income arising from insurance premiums, excluding retirement pensions, will reach 179 trillion won (US$150 billion) this year, up by 1.5 [...]

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 [...]

Online Lender Kakao Bank’s Q1 Net Almost Triples

Online Lender Kakao Bank’s Q1 Net Almost Triples

SEOUL, May 6 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s top internet-only lender Kakao Bank said Wednesday its first-quarter net profit nearly tripled due mainly to increased interest income. Net profit came to 18.5 billion won (US$15.2 million) in the January-March period, up about 181 percent from a year earlier, the lender said in a regulatory filing. [...]

S. Korean Non-life Insurers’ Combined Net Profit Falls 39.5 pct in 2019

S. Korean Non-life Insurers’ Combined Net Profit Falls 39.5 pct in 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Major non-life insurance firms in South Korea saw their combined net profit fall 39.5 percent last year due to increased losses from their automobile and health insurance segments, industry data showed Sunday. The top eight non-life insurance firms operating in the country reported a combined net profit of 1.75 [...]

Banks and ATMs Losing Ground in Age of Mobile Payment Systems and Credit Cards

Banks and ATMs Losing Ground in Age of Mobile Payment Systems and Credit Cards

GWANGJU, Jan. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Automated teller machines (ATMs) are increasingly losing ground due to a boost in credit card use and the growing popularity of Internet and mobile banking. Some predict that these automated banking devices, which have drastically changed financial culture, will gradually disappear into history. According to data from Kwangju Bank, [...]