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Interest Burden of Mortgage Borrowers Increasing Rapidly

Interest Burden of Mortgage Borrowers Increasing Rapidly

SEOUL, Nov. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Seven in 10 Koreans with mortgage loans saw their interest burden increase compared to last year amid a steep increase in interest rates, a poll showed Tuesday. According to a survey conducted by home matching platform Zigbang Co. of 948 users of its application, 41.4 percent of the respondents [...]

Koreans Flock to Savings Banks for High-interest Savings Plans

Koreans Flock to Savings Banks for High-interest Savings Plans

SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Koreans are flocking to savings banks after they raised interest rates for deposits and installment savings. Since Wednesday, the Korea Federation of Savings Banks (KSFB) website and a number of savings bank apps, including OK Savings Bank Co. that uses the KSFB servers, have been shut down due [...]

Households Opt for Early Redemption of Credit Loans amid Rising Interest Rates

Households Opt for Early Redemption of Credit Loans amid Rising Interest Rates

SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — A growing number of South Koreans are redeeming their credit debts prior to their expiration date due to heavier financial burdens caused by rising interest rates, with some even willing to pay penalties for redeeming debts prior to the due date. Rep. Yun Chang-hyun of the People Power Party [...]

Young Single-person Households Focus More on Savings than Consumption

Young Single-person Households Focus More on Savings than Consumption

SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s young, single-person households are focusing on their savings, contrary to previous expectations that they would focus on consumption, influenced by the YOLO — You Only Live Once — culture, a report showed Monday. KB Financial Group Research Institute conducted a nationwide survey of 2,000 male and female [...]

Personal Bankruptcy Filings Remain High Due to Pandemic

Personal Bankruptcy Filings Remain High Due to Pandemic

SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of personal bankruptcy filings neared 50,000 last year amid a prolonged economic slowdown resulting in part from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the National Court Administration, the number of personal bankruptcy cases filed in court across the country totaled 49,063 last year, down 2.6 percent from a [...]

1 Out of 8 Mid-aged People Borrowed Money to Tide over Pandemic: Survey

1 Out of 8 Mid-aged People Borrowed Money to Tide over Pandemic: Survey

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — About one out of eight mid-aged people in South Korea has borrowed money due to economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a survey showed Sunday. According to the survey of 3,923 people by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, 12.5 percent of people in their 40s [...]

Overseas Stock Dealings Dip in H1 on Weak Equity Markets

Overseas Stock Dealings Dip in H1 on Weak Equity Markets

SEOUL, July 18 (Korea Bizwire) — South Koreans’ transactions of foreign stocks fell sharply in the first half of the year from six months earlier on bearish overseas equity markets, with their bond trading edging up, data showed Monday. Local investors’ transactions of overseas shares were valued at US$167.99 billion in the January-June period, down [...]