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Wealth Management Service Increasingly Popular in S. Korea

Wealth Management Service Increasingly Popular in S. Korea

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s wealth management services market is rapidly expanding as an increasing number of high-net-worth individuals in Asia’s fourth-largest economy look for reliable, effective means to manage their assets. Private banking (PB) and wealth management services have long been exclusively tailored to a limited number of customers that include [...]

Watchdog Recommends Highest Level of Compensation over Derivative Misselling Fiasco

Watchdog Recommends Highest Level of Compensation over Derivative Misselling Fiasco

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s financial watchdog said Thursday that two local banks should provide compensation for up to 80 percent of their customers’ losses from a recent misselling of derivatives linked to overseas interest rates. The arbitration committee of the Financial Supervisory Service recommended the compensation rate of 40-80 percent to [...]

Banks Jump into Other Industries to Better Engage with Customers

Banks Jump into Other Industries to Better Engage with Customers

SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean banks are going beyond past practices to collaborate with other industries. KB Kookmin Bank’s Liiv Mobile is gaining the attention of the financial services market by combining finance and communications technology. Current legislation states that banks cannot engage in business activities outside of their traditional domain. However, [...]

Institute Uses Big Data to Analyze ATMs

Institute Uses Big Data to Analyze ATMs

SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — A non-profit financial organization has introduced a new service to analyze the usage of ATMs across a number of regions. The Korea Financial Telecommunications and Clearings Institute (KFTC) will begin testing the cash dispensers (CD) and automated teller machines (ATM) operational effectiveness diagnostic services jointly with the banking sector [...]

Securities Firms Make Inroads in Retirement Pension Market

Securities Firms Make Inroads in Retirement Pension Market

SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Local securities firms are moving quickly to preempt the emerging retirement pension market as a future growth engine. The government will push for the mandatory introduction of retirement pensions through a legal revision, while introducing a retirement pension fund for small and medium-sized companies. The plan is aimed at [...]

Regulator Unveils Measures to Bolster Investor Protection over Risky Assets

Regulator Unveils Measures to Bolster Investor Protection over Risky Assets

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s financial regulator on Thursday unveiled a raft of measures to better protect consumers in the wake of improper sales of derivatives linked to overseas interest rates that carry the risk of losing nearly all the money invested in them. Under the measures, banks will be banned from [...]

Executive Job a Pipe Dream for Most Bankers

Executive Job a Pipe Dream for Most Bankers

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Recent data has confirmed that it is almost impossible for bankers to reach executive positions. According to the Financial Supervisory Service’s Financial Statistics and Information System, out of 230,595 employees working in the country’s financial sector, including banks and insurers, as of the end of June, only 2,969 were [...]

Hundreds of Suspected Cases Discovered of Improperly Sold Rates-tied Derivatives

Hundreds of Suspected Cases Discovered of Improperly Sold Rates-tied Derivatives

SEOUL, Oct. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s financial regulator said Tuesday it has discovered 790 suspected cases of improper sales of derivatives linked to overseas interest rates that carry the risk of losing nearly all the money invested in them. Announcing an interim outcome for its 40-day probe into banks and brokerages that sold [...]