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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 [...]

Central Bank to Develop Settlement Service to Expand Mobile Cash Card Payment

Central Bank to Develop Settlement Service to Expand Mobile Cash Card Payment

SEOUL, Jul. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean central bank said Tuesday that it will adopt a new mobile cash card settlement service starting next year in a bid to expand simplified mobile payments in the country. A council on financial information by the Bank of Korea (BOK) and local banks decided to develop [...]

Electronic Payments Hit Record High in 2017

Electronic Payments Hit Record High in 2017

SEOUL, April 3 (Korea Bizwire) — The amount of payments made electronically hit a fresh record high last year amid a growing trend of South Koreans using the Internet and mobile devices to carry out their financial transactions, central bank data showed Tuesday. The daily average for electronic financial transactions came to 468.8 billion won [...]

Foreign IBs Predict BOK to Conduct One Rate Hike This Year

Foreign IBs Predict BOK to Conduct One Rate Hike This Year

SEOUL, Mar. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Major foreign investment banks (IBs) have forecast South Korea’s central bank to hike interest rates once this year due to the fallout from growing protectionism and a slowdown in job creation, a report said Friday. The projection runs counter to views by some market watchers that the Bank of [...]