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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) [...]

Personal Bankruptcies on the Rise Among Young S. Koreans

Personal Bankruptcies on the Rise Among Young S. Koreans

SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Fewer South Koreans are filing for personal bankruptcy, with the notable exception of those in their 20s, the only age group for which bankruptcies are actually increasing. The Supreme Court reported to Rep. Kim Byung-wook that the number of personal bankruptcies among 20-somethings increased from 691 cases in 2015 [...]

Bank of Korea to Introduce Service to Receive Change via Bank Account

Bank of Korea to Introduce Service to Receive Change via Bank Account

SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — The Bank of Korea (BOK) announced plans to introduce a new service this year that will allow citizens to receive change through their bank account as part of its ‘coinless society’ initiative. “We will introduce a new service by the fourth quarter of this year that will allow customers [...]

Debt Recovery Applications Soar Among Business Owners and Day Laborers

Debt Recovery Applications Soar Among Business Owners and Day Laborers

SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Debt recovery applications are spreading among vulnerable members of the population including retired seniors, business owners, day laborers, and the jobless. The Credit Counselling & Recovery Service reported that 4,910 small business owners had applied for debt recovery this year as of July. The number of applications decreased between [...]

National Pension Beneficiaries See Big Drop in Purchasing Power After Retirement

National Pension Beneficiaries See Big Drop in Purchasing Power After Retirement

SEOUL, Apr. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The Hana Institute of Finance, a research unit of Hana Financial Group Inc., has suggested in its “Report on the Retirement Life of South Korean National Pensioners” published on Monday that nearly half of the recipients of the national pension plan see a 50 percent drop in their purchasing [...]