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46 pct of South Koreans Financially Unprepared for the Future

46 pct of South Koreans Financially Unprepared for the Future

SEOUL, Oct. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Nearly half of all South Koreans say they are economically unprepared for life after retirement. According to a study conducted by the Korea Insurance Research Institute, 45.9 percent of 2,440 adults surveyed said that “they were not prepared economically for the final years of their lives.” Among respondents, 38.8 [...]

Gov’t Plans to Cut Maximum Legal Lending Rate to 20 pct

Gov’t Plans to Cut Maximum Legal Lending Rate to 20 pct

SEOUL, Oct. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The government plans to gradually cut the maximum interest rate that private lenders can charge to 20 percent per annum, the financial regulator said Thursday. In a parliamentary audit meeting, Financial Services Commission (FSC) Chairman Choi Jong-ku said the plan is aimed at further easing the financial burdens on [...]

Household Debts Rise in Both Total, Individual Average from Year Ago

Household Debts Rise in Both Total, Individual Average from Year Ago

SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Nearly four out of 10 South Koreans have an average household debt of 80 million won (US$70,690), an increase of 3.3 percent from a year ago, according to figures from a credit information provider. The data, provided by National Information & Credit Evaluation Inc. (NICE) to ruling party lawmaker [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

S. Korean Households’ Excess Funds Shrink in Q2

S. Korean Households’ Excess Funds Shrink in Q2

SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Korea Bizwire) – Excess funds held by South Korean households fell in the second quarter of this year from a quarter earlier on increased purchases of new houses amid a property boom, central bank data showed Tuesday. Net financial funds, covering assets minus liabilities, controlled by households and nonprofit organizations totaled 11 trillion won [...]

Regulator to Ease Rules on Private Equity Funds

Regulator to Ease Rules on Private Equity Funds

SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The financial regulator said Thursday it will ease some rules on local private equity funds, with the aim of removing outdated restrictions on the industry and spurring competition with foreign rivals. Under the move, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) said it will allow local private equity funds to have [...]

Speed of Increase of Household Debt in Korea Exceeds OECD Average

Speed of Increase of Household Debt in Korea Exceeds OECD Average

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — After the onset of the global financial crisis, the speed of increase of household debt in Korean families was found to be 7.8 times the OECD average. The aggregate of loans taken out by low income families (bottom 30 percent of the population) or by those who with low [...]