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Severe Weather Alerts Put a Damper on the Stock Market

Severe Weather Alerts Put a Damper on the Stock Market

SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent report has identified a correlation between the incidence of severe weather alerts and a drop in the stock market. Financial markets and consumers were also affected by weather forecasts and weather conditions, with credit card payments rising on sunny days. According to a report released Tuesday by [...]

Sudden Increase in Popularity of Private Equity Funds Calls for Intervention

Sudden Increase in Popularity of Private Equity Funds Calls for Intervention

SEOUL, Oct. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — While the private equity (PE) market has grown at a fast pace since deregulation in 2015, a number of problems have been exposed. According to Korea Financial Investment Association on Sunday, private equity funds (PEFs) are valued at 394.95 trillion won (US$333.2 billion), an all-time record. This year alone, [...]

Investors Eye Risks of Betting on Hong Kong-tied Equity Trusts

Investors Eye Risks of Betting on Hong Kong-tied Equity Trusts

SEOUL, Oct. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — High-risk financial instruments that are designed to bet on Hong Kong’s stock market need to be carefully monitored amid concerns about potential losses, as massive democracy protests there have wobbled financial markets, an industry source said Monday. At the end of September, the outstanding amount of equity-linked trusts (ELTs) [...]

Hundreds of Suspected Cases Discovered of Improperly Sold Rates-tied Derivatives

Hundreds of Suspected Cases Discovered of Improperly Sold Rates-tied Derivatives

SEOUL, Oct. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s financial regulator said Tuesday it has discovered 790 suspected cases of improper sales of derivatives linked to overseas interest rates that carry the risk of losing nearly all the money invested in them. Announcing an interim outcome for its 40-day probe into banks and brokerages that sold [...]

Robo Advisors Outshine in Bear Market

Robo Advisors Outshine in Bear Market

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Investments supported by so-called robo advisors, or computer programs that make financial decisions, outperformed the overall market in South Korea last month, when the local stock market remained bearish, data showed Tuesday. According to the data from Koscom Corp., the system manager of the Korean bourse operator Korea Exchange, [...]

Securities Companies Do Away with Formal Work Attire

Securities Companies Do Away with Formal Work Attire

SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — There is a wave of change at South Korean securities companies, which used to be represented by business suits and formal dress. Allowing casual wear and the liberalization of dress codes is starting at some brokerages. Shinhan Investment Corp., has decided to simplify the attire of its branch tellers [...]

Samsung Chief’s Share Value Rises Most over Past 5 yrs

Samsung Chief’s Share Value Rises Most over Past 5 yrs

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Lee Kun-hee, chief of South Korea’s top conglomerate, Samsung Group, saw his stock value increase the most over the past five years compared to other business tycoons, a report showed Tuesday. Lee, bedridden, held stocks worth 14.8 trillion won (US$12.4 billion) as of Friday, according to the report compiled [...]