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Gov’t to Let Banks Open Payment Systems to Fintech Firms

Gov’t to Let Banks Open Payment Systems to Fintech Firms

SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The government plans to let banks open their payment systems to financial technology firms, in a move that would provide a level playing field for new players and increase competition in the financial industry, officials said Wednesday. The plan was announced at a meeting chaired by Finance Minister Hong [...]

Major Commercial Banks to Adopt Shorter Working Hours This Year

Major Commercial Banks to Adopt Shorter Working Hours This Year

SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s leading lenders have wrapped up their labor deals for the new year that aim to help employees better strike a balance between work and their personal lives, industry watchers said Monday. Late last week, the labor and the management of KB Kookmin Bank reached a deal on [...]

The Paradox of the KB Kookmin Bank Strike, a Debate on ‘Idle Manpower’ at Banks

The Paradox of the KB Kookmin Bank Strike, a Debate on ‘Idle Manpower’ at Banks

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent strike by employees of KB Kookmin Bank has raised controversy over idle manpower in the banking sector. Usually, when there is a strike, all operations should stop for a while, creating inconvenience to customers. However, most KB Kookmin Bank branches ran smoothly on the day of the [...]

Banks Encouraged to Provide Policy Loans to Desperate Borrowers

Banks Encouraged to Provide Policy Loans to Desperate Borrowers

SEOUL, Dec. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — The financial regulator said Friday it will encourage banks to provide mid-rate policy loans worth 1 trillion won (US$886 million) to desperate borrowers from next year, as part of ongoing efforts to relieve their debt burdens. About 3 million borrowers, who have no option but to borrow money from [...]

Despite Decent Earnings, Banks Move to Cut Jobs in Digital Era

Despite Decent Earnings, Banks Move to Cut Jobs in Digital Era

SEOUL, Dec. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — Major local banks have been offering or plan to offer voluntary retirement programs to their workers as part of restructuring efforts amid a greater application of digital-driven technology, industry sources said Sunday. Nonghyup Bank announced a voluntary retirement program last month. A total of 610 employees applied for the [...]

From White Elephant to Useful Marketing Tool, Bank Branches Evolve in Digital Era

From White Elephant to Useful Marketing Tool, Bank Branches Evolve in Digital Era

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — On her way home after work, office worker Lee Jun-hee often drops by a nearby bank branch in Gwanghwamun, downtown Seoul. She does so not for banking but for book shopping and “meet the author” events, which are held in a space filled with the aroma of brewing coffee. [...]

Banks Post 20 Trillion Won in Interest Income, but Corporate Growth Slows

Banks Post 20 Trillion Won in Interest Income, but Corporate Growth Slows

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Listed companies showed slower growth in net profits in the first half of the year, while banks raked in approximately 20 trillion won in interest fees alone. As the growth rate of listed companies was smaller, banks enjoyed a boom with interest income proving to be a significant driver [...]

Ondot’s Mobile Card Controls Provide Protection to Thousands of Banks from ATM Heist Threat

Ondot’s Mobile Card Controls Provide Protection to Thousands of Banks from ATM Heist Threat

Santa Clara, Calif., Aug. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — US mainstream media is reporting on a FBI warning to banks of an impending cybercrime wave targeting ATMs in which thieves seek to steal millions of dollars by using cloned cards for fraudulent withdrawals. Ondot, the global leader in mobile payments services, provides consumers a simple protection [...]

Average Wage at S. Korea’s Top 4 Banks Nearing 100 mln Won Mark

Average Wage at S. Korea’s Top 4 Banks Nearing 100 mln Won Mark

SEOUL, Jul. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — The average annual wage for a bank employee working at South Korea’s top four lenders is nearing the 100 million won (US$89,700) mark, market data showed Sunday. Assessment of quarterly reports by KB Kookmin Bank, Shinhan Bank, Woori Bank and KEB Hana Bank showed that in the first three [...]