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Vulnerable Households Likely to Suffer from Increased Debt Repayments After Rate Rise: BOK

Vulnerable Households Likely to Suffer from Increased Debt Repayments After Rate Rise: BOK

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — An interest rate rise in South Korea will increase the debt repayment burdens of vulnerable households who over-extended themselves on mortgages during the low rate period, the central bank said Thursday. “In general, household and corporate borrowers will be able to afford an increase in debt repayment incurred by [...]

Corporate Loans Rise Slightly in Q3

Corporate Loans Rise Slightly in Q3

SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Loans extended to local businesses rose slightly in the July-September period from a quarter earlier on increased operating expenses and facility investments, central bank data showed Thursday. Outstanding corporate loans came to 1,036.6 trillion won (US$952 billion) in the third quarter, up 2 percent from the preceding three months, according to data compiled by the Bank of Korea (BOK). In terms of [...]

Foreigners Buy S. Korean Stocks and Bonds on Eased Tensions with N. Korea

Foreigners Buy S. Korean Stocks and Bonds on Eased Tensions with N. Korea

SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign investors bought South Korean stocks and bonds worth US$3.48 billion in October due to expectations of improved corporate earnings amid eased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the central bank said Wednesday. Local stocks and bonds bought by foreign investors stood at $2.84 billion and $650 million, respectively, the [...]

Banks’ Foreign Currency Deposits Fall in September

Banks’ Foreign Currency Deposits Fall in September

SEOUL, Oct. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign currency deposits at banks in South Korea fell in September from a month earlier as exporters decreased their deposits in U.S. dollars, central bank data showed Wednesday. Outstanding foreign currency deposits held by banks here reached US$63.66 billion at the end of September, down $3.48 billion from a [...]

Growth Pace of Household Lending Slows Down in Sept

Growth Pace of Household Lending Slows Down in Sept

SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s household lending by banks rose at the slowest pace in five months in September, but mortgage loans continued the upside trend amid the government’s toughened financial measures to cool down the real estate market, central bank data showed Monday. Outstanding household loans from lenders came to 749.2 [...]