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8-Year Gap Between Actual and Expected Retirement Age

8-Year Gap Between Actual and Expected Retirement Age

SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — A new survey has found that while non-retirees predicted their retirement age to be 65 years old, actual retired respondents had to quit work at 57. In addition, the survey found that 1.98 million won was the minimum monetary amount needed per month after retirement to cover daily expenses. [...]

Samsung Electronics Tops List of Shares Sold by Foreigners, Institutions

Samsung Electronics Tops List of Shares Sold by Foreigners, Institutions

SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Shares of South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. topped the list of holdings sold off by foreign and institutional investors in 2018, market data showed Monday. During the first nine months of this year, offshore investors sold shares of Samsung Electronics worth 3.56 trillion won (US$3.15 billion), according [...]

Institute Predicts Insurance Companies Will Experience “Degrowth”

Institute Predicts Insurance Companies Will Experience “Degrowth”

SEOUL, Oct. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — Due to the increase in the aging population and decrease of a productive workforce, local insurance companies are expected to go through “degrowth.” According to the Korea Insurance Research Institute (KIRI), the insurance premiums of insurance companies are expected to fall 1.7 percent per year by 2022 compared to [...]

Interchange Fees Stifling Small Business

Interchange Fees Stifling Small Business

SEOUL, Oct. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — Merchants in North Jeolla Province are struggling under the burden of interchange fees, according to a recent survey conducted by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU). Queried on the business expense that needs to be addressed most urgently, 59.3 percent of the respondents chose interchange fees. That is [...]

Real Estate Takes up Largest Proportion of S. Koreans’ Assets: Report

Real Estate Takes up Largest Proportion of S. Koreans’ Assets: Report

SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Real estate accounted for more than half of South Korean households’ total assets, with the rate of homes owned for investments far higher compared to major economies, a report showed Thursday. It is based upon an analysis of features of household assets in five nations — South Korea, the [...]

Growth of S. Korea’s Household Debt-to-GDP Ratio 3rd Fastest among Major Economies

Growth of S. Korea’s Household Debt-to-GDP Ratio 3rd Fastest among Major Economies

SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Korea Bizwire) –The ratio of household debt to gross domestic product (GDP) in South Korea increased at the fastest clip after China and Hong Kong despite a series of tightened lending rules, data showed on Wednesday. According to the data compiled by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), South Korea’s household debt [...]

Accumulated P2P Lending Sharply Increases to Top 4 tln Won

Accumulated P2P Lending Sharply Increases to Top 4 tln Won

  SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Korea Bizwire) – Accumulated peer-to-peer (P2P) loans in South Korea are estimated at over 4 trillion won (US$3.57 billion) as of the end of August, data showed on Wednesday. P2P lending refers to a new type of loan extended to individuals or businesses through social network services and the Internet, covering [...]