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Central Bank to Develop Settlement Service to Expand Mobile Cash Card Payment

Central Bank to Develop Settlement Service to Expand Mobile Cash Card Payment

SEOUL, Jul. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean central bank said Tuesday that it will adopt a new mobile cash card settlement service starting next year in a bid to expand simplified mobile payments in the country. A council on financial information by the Bank of Korea (BOK) and local banks decided to develop [...]

Average Wage at S. Korea’s Top 4 Banks Nearing 100 mln Won Mark

Average Wage at S. Korea’s Top 4 Banks Nearing 100 mln Won Mark

SEOUL, Jul. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — The average annual wage for a bank employee working at South Korea’s top four lenders is nearing the 100 million won (US$89,700) mark, market data showed Sunday. Assessment of quarterly reports by KB Kookmin Bank, Shinhan Bank, Woori Bank and KEB Hana Bank showed that in the first three [...]

Credit Card Companies Pay Close Attention to the Launch of “Seoul Pay”

Credit Card Companies Pay Close Attention to the Launch of “Seoul Pay”

SEOUL, Jul. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Credit card companies are on high alert after the launch of a new payment system by the city of Seoul that allows small business owners and their customers to make monetary transactions without any fees. Yesterday, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced the launch of “Seoul Pay,” a zero transaction [...]

Samsung Securities Ordered to Partially Halt Operations for 6 Months Over ‘Fat-Finger’ Fiasco

Samsung Securities Ordered to Partially Halt Operations for 6 Months Over ‘Fat-Finger’ Fiasco

SEOUL, Jul. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The financial regulator on Thursday ordered Samsung Securities Co. to suspend part of its operations for six months as punishment for the brokerage’s “fat-finger” error that sparked a massive public uproar. Samsung Securities will be banned from offering its services to new investors for six months from Friday, the [...]

Government to Forgive 480 Billion Won of Small Business Debt

Government to Forgive 480 Billion Won of Small Business Debt

SEOUL, Jul. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The government has decided to acquire 480 billion won of debt incurred over 10 years ago by small business owners, of which most will be written off. Meanwhile, an additional 1 trillion won will be pumped into the “Make it Happen” loan program for small business owners, which was [...]

Kakao Bank Logs Rapid Growth in the Year Since its Launch

Kakao Bank Logs Rapid Growth in the Year Since its Launch

SEOUL, Jul. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Bank, South Korea’s second Internet-only bank, has posted rapid growth in its customer base and assets since its launch a year ago to overtake the country’s smallest regional lender, data showed Monday. Kakao Bank, controlled by Kakao Corp., the operator of South Korea’s dominant messaging app KakaoTalk, started [...]

Protectionism Puts Korea Inc. in a Fix

Protectionism Puts Korea Inc. in a Fix

SEOUL, Jun. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Escalating global protectionism, sparked by a Sino-American trade war, has put corporate Korea in a tight spot as it is feared to take a toll on exports, a key growth engine for Asia’s fourth-largest economy, industry sources said Friday. The United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, [...]