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Korean Youth Increasingly Indifferent to Stock Investing

Korean Youth Increasingly Indifferent to Stock Investing

SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – The local stock market is struggling to attract young investors amid prolonged economic hardships, a record high youth unemployment rate, and an increasing number of “house poor” individuals and families.  Besides the fact that the benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) has hovered in the same 1,850 – [...]

NPS Set to Buy 10 Tln Won of Stocks This Year

NPS Set to Buy 10 Tln Won of Stocks This Year

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s state pension fund plans to invest nearly 10 trillion won (US$8.8 billion) in top-cap Samsung Electronics and other domestic stocks this year, a senior official said Tuesday, sparking hopes it could help boost the local stock market.  The planned investment would raise stock investments by the National [...]

Foreign Holdings of S. Korean Stocks Top 500 Tln Won

Foreign Holdings of S. Korean Stocks Top 500 Tln Won

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – The total value of South Korean stocks under foreign ownership has exceeded 500 trillion won (US$440 billion) for the first time on indications of a global economic recovery and improved earnings by some local giants, data showed Monday.  Foreign investors owned 501.9 trillion won worth of shares here as [...]

Digital Disruption Sweeps Through Korean Banking Industry

Digital Disruption Sweeps Through Korean Banking Industry

SEOUL, January 30 (Korea Bizwire) – Digital disruption and cutthroat competition are shaking up the banking industry, with thousands of employees making the transition away from financial services jobs that were long considered as some of the most lucrative in Korea. The emergence of the fintech revolution leaves the prospects for the banking industry uncertain. [...]

Korean Investors See Big Potential in Crowdfunding

Korean Investors See Big Potential in Crowdfunding

SEJONG, Jan. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – Crowdfunding fared well last year when the idea of raising money from a large number of people made its debut in Korea. The success rate in funding through this alternative way of raising money reached nearly half of overall funding rounds with about 18 billion Won being raised. According [...]

Shareholding Value of Young Billionaires Amounts to 1.7 tln Won

Shareholding Value of Young Billionaires Amounts to 1.7 tln Won

  SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – A corporate tracker said Friday that the number of people aged under 30 whose shareholding value surpassed 10 billion won (US$8.5 million) came to 52. Chaebul.com said the combined shareholding value of the 52 people stood at more than 1.7 trillion won. On average, the individual shareholding value [...]

Securities Firm Adopts Handprint Scanning for Financial Transactions

Securities Firm Adopts Handprint Scanning for Financial Transactions

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – NH Investment & Securities became the first securities firm in Korea to adopt a biometric authentication system that scans veins on the palm of a user’s hand, to be used for financial transactions.  According to officials, customers who register their biometric information can take advantage of the new system [...]

FSS Pays Record Cash Rewards for Reporting Violations

FSS Pays Record Cash Rewards for Reporting Violations

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s state financial watchdog said Friday it paid more than 120 million won (US$100,000) last year in cash rewards for helping punish violators of capital market rules.  A total of 120.7 million won was given to five informers of such irregularities as stock price manipulation, unfair trading and [...]

S. Korea’s Overseas Funds to Hit 100 Tln Won Soon: Watchers

S. Korea’s Overseas Funds to Hit 100 Tln Won Soon: Watchers

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – The net asset of South Korea’s overseas investment fund is forecast to reach 100 trillion won (US$84.5 billion) soon, as investors are seeking higher returns amid declining rates, market watchers said Thursday.  The figure hit a record high of 91.7 trillion won on Friday after surpassing the 90 trillion [...]