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‘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 [...]

Insurance Policy Covering Pre-existing Conditions a Hit Among the Elderly

Insurance Policy Covering Pre-existing Conditions a Hit Among the Elderly

SEOUL, May 9 (Korea Bizwire) — An insurance policy that covers individuals with current illness, regardless of its gravity, and former patients with previous treatment records has reached over 50,000 subscriptions within a month of its release. According to research results announced by the Financial Service Commission yesterday, seven insurance companies sold a total of [...]

Gov’t to Consider Granting 3rd Internet-only Bank Permit

Gov’t to Consider Granting 3rd Internet-only Bank Permit

SEOUL, May 2 (Korea Bizwire) — The government will actively consider granting a license to set up the nation’s third Internet-only bank, as part of its efforts to ease entry barriers to the financial sector, officials said Wednesday. Financial Services Commission (FSC) Vice Chairman Kim Yong-beom unveiled a series of measures to soften regulations in [...]

FSS Reveals 3 Task Force Measures

FSS Reveals 3 Task Force Measures

SEOUL, Apr. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Telemarketers selling insurance over the phone will now have to pace their explanations at a certain speed to ensure consumer protection, one of many other new measures crafted by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). The FSS, drawing upon the expertise of external professionals to identify 177 specific tasks, created [...]

Growth in S. Korea’s Car Insurance Market Slows in 2017

Growth in S. Korea’s Car Insurance Market Slows in 2017

SEOUL, Apr. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Growth in South Korea’s auto insurance market slowed last year due to intensifying competition and lower premiums, data showed Wednesday. The car insurance market grew 2.7 percent on-year to 16.8 trillion won (US$15.7 billion) in 2017, according to the data by the Financial Supervisory Service. The figure contrasts with [...]

Banks Downsize Staff, Branches by Greatest Number Since 2000

Banks Downsize Staff, Branches by Greatest Number Since 2000

SEOUL, Apr. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — Local banks reduced their workforces and branch offices last year by the greatest number since 2000, with digitalization-driven downsizing accelerating, data from the financial regulator showed Sunday. The number of employees in the banking sector at the end of last year totaled 111,173, down 3,602 from the previous year, [...]

Foreign IBs Predict BOK to Conduct One Rate Hike This Year

Foreign IBs Predict BOK to Conduct One Rate Hike This Year

SEOUL, Mar. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Major foreign investment banks (IBs) have forecast South Korea’s central bank to hike interest rates once this year due to the fallout from growing protectionism and a slowdown in job creation, a report said Friday. The projection runs counter to views by some market watchers that the Bank of [...]