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S. Korea to Write off Bad Debt for 1.59 mln People

S. Korea to Write off Bad Debt for 1.59 mln People

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s financial authority on Wednesday announced that it will forgive up to 6.2 trillion won (US$5.7 billion) worth of bad debt, in the latest measure to help hard-pressed people who cannot pay back their debts. The move, which will affect some 1.59 million debtors, is aimed at reducing [...]

Stock Funds for Asia’s Emerging Markets shine This Year

Stock Funds for Asia’s Emerging Markets shine This Year

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean funds for stock investment in Asia’s emerging economies have posted the highest returns among local overseas equity investment funds this year, a market tracker said Wednesday. The average return of equity investment funds for Asian emerging markets came to 37.4 percent as of Monday, the biggest yield [...]

Corporate Loans Rise Slightly in Q3

Corporate Loans Rise Slightly in Q3

SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Loans extended to local businesses rose slightly in the July-September period from a quarter earlier on increased operating expenses and facility investments, central bank data showed Thursday. Outstanding corporate loans came to 1,036.6 trillion won (US$952 billion) in the third quarter, up 2 percent from the preceding three months, according to data compiled by the Bank of Korea (BOK). In terms of [...]

Savings Banks’ Household Loans Spike 20 pct Over Past Year

Savings Banks’ Household Loans Spike 20 pct Over Past Year

SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean savings banks’ household lending has soared nearly 20 percent over the past year to top the 20 trillion-won (US$18.3 billion) mark despite their high interest, central bank data showed Thursday. Savings banks’ outstanding household loans stood at 20.6 trillion won as of end-September, up 19.8 percent from [...]

Record High KOSPI Earnings Shed Light on Economic Imbalance

Record High KOSPI Earnings Shed Light on Economic Imbalance

SEOUL, Nov. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – Despite record KOSPI earnings, only a small number of conglomerates have reported significant increases in profits this year. According to reports from the Korea Exchange, the accumulated net earnings of 525 KOSPI-listed companies during the first three quarters were estimated to be around 92.5 trillion won, up 34.2 percent from [...]

South Korea’s Push to Create Its Own Goldman Sachs

South Korea’s Push to Create Its Own Goldman Sachs

SEOUL, Nov. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea is continuing efforts to create its own Goldman Sachs, with the government encouraging firms to become larger in size to compete with international investment banks. The Financial Services Commission (FSC) is pushing for the establishment of a major competitive South Korean investment bank by creating an environment where [...]

Dividend Payouts to Foreigners Soar 20 pct This Year

Dividend Payouts to Foreigners Soar 20 pct This Year

SEOUL, Nov. 16 (Korea Bizwire) –South Korean listed firms’ dividend payouts to foreign investors jumped more than 20 percent in the first nine months of the year due mainly to increased earnings, central bank data showed Thursday. Local listed companies paid foreign investors US$14.09 billion in dividends in the January-September period, up 20.5 percent from [...]

S. Korea to Give Tax Break to KOSDAQ-listed Firms

S. Korea to Give Tax Break to KOSDAQ-listed Firms

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will extend a tax break to companies listed on the KOSDAQ stock market and revamp listing rules to help small and medium-sized firms raise funds through the junior market, the country’s financial regulator said Monday. Details of the tax incentive, including how much tax will be deducted, [...]

Cryptocurrency Coming Under Increasing Malware Attack

Cryptocurrency Coming Under Increasing Malware Attack

SEOUL, Nov. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Malicious code targeting cryptocurrency is increasing at an alarming rate with the rising value of virtual money, statistics showed Friday. According to Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA), 5,366 cases of damage from ransomware were reported in the January-September period this year, up 3.7-fold from 1,438 in the same [...]