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S. Korea’s Growth Potential Set to Decline Due to Aging Population

S. Korea’s Growth Potential Set to Decline Due to Aging Population

SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s growth potential is expected to fall at a faster rate than earlier anticipated largely due to the aging of the population that will also lead to a cut in the number of eligible workers, a central bank report said Monday. The country’s growth potential for the 2016-2020 [...]

221 mln Coins Reborn as Banknotes

221 mln Coins Reborn as Banknotes

SEOUL, Jun. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — The Bank of Korea (BOK) said Thursday that it conducted a month-long “Pan-National Coin Exchange Campaign” in May, exchanging a total of 221 million coins worth 32.2 billion won (US$27.7 million) for banknotes. The campaign was led by the Korea Federation of Banks, Korean Federation of Community Credit Cooperatives, [...]

S. Korean Landlord Has Nearly 200 mln Won in Debt: BOK

S. Korean Landlord Has Nearly 200 mln Won in Debt: BOK

SEOUL, Mar. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — An average landlord in South Korea owed 200 million won (US$176,000) to financial institutions last year, a central bank report showed Thursday. According to the Financial Stability Report submitted by the Bank of Korea (BOK) to parliament, the total financial debt of households that lease homes and commercial buildings [...]

Drop in Economic Activity Among S. Koreans Between the Ages of 30 and 54

Drop in Economic Activity Among S. Koreans Between the Ages of 30 and 54

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — Individuals between the ages of 30 and 54, typically known as the principal breadwinners in South Korean society, are participating less in economic activities. This trend raises concerns that this disruption to the labor market could develop into a serious social issue which may negatively impact South Korea’s overall [...]

Mortgage Burden Likely to Get Heavier as BOK Lifts Key Rate

Mortgage Burden Likely to Get Heavier as BOK Lifts Key Rate

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Households may have to cope with higher mortgage rates as the Bank of Korea (BOK) raised its key interest rate for the first time in a year, market watchers said Friday. In a widely anticipated move to cool property prices, the BOK lifted its key rate by 25 basis [...]