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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 [...]

S. Korean Banks’ Investment in Crypto-assets Totals 2 tln Won in 2017

S. Korean Banks’ Investment in Crypto-assets Totals 2 tln Won in 2017

SEOUL, Jul. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean banks’ investment in crypto-assets remained low despite a recent craze for the new type of digital currencies, a central bank report said Friday. The outstanding balance of virtual accounts in local banks reached 2 trillion won (US$1.79 billion) as of December last year, according to the report [...]

Gov’t Requires More Transparency from Banks

Gov’t Requires More Transparency from Banks

SEOUL, Jun. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government has announced measures aimed at strengthening the transparency of banks, as they are being advised to provide loan applicants with a detailed breakdown of the interest they will be charged. In the case of banks having charged unjustifiable high interest rates, the surplus in interest [...]

Banks Target Foreign Residents in South Korea

Banks Target Foreign Residents in South Korea

SEOUL, Jun. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — With more than 2 million foreign residents in South Korea, and the number of individuals with voting rights surpassing 100,000 people for the first time this year, local banks are targeting foreign retail banking customers to cash in on the rising expat population. Some banks have started offering banking [...]

More Transparency for Bank Loan Interest Rates

More Transparency for Bank Loan Interest Rates

SEOUL, Jun. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting as early as the latter half of the year, consumers who have taken out bank loans will be able to request information from banks as to how their interest rates are being calculated. In addition, a detailed breakdown of interest rates for each bank to be publicly announced [...]

Banks Preparing for Possible Resumption of Inter-Korean Projects

Banks Preparing for Possible Resumption of Inter-Korean Projects

SEOUL, Jun. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean banks have stepped up preparations for a possible resumption of economic projects in North Korea, as a historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un raised hopes of more reconciliation between Seoul and Pyongyang. After about five hours of talks in Singapore [...]

Banks Ramp Up Prep for Possible Inter-Korean Cooperation

Banks Ramp Up Prep for Possible Inter-Korean Cooperation

SEOUL, May 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean banks are redoubling efforts to tap into possible business opportunities in North Korea in the wake of a recent thaw in inter-Korean relations, sources said Monday. The two Koreas held a historic summit in late April, adopting a joint declaration that focuses on working toward a complete [...]

Banks Downsize Staff, Branches by Greatest Number Since 2000

Banks Downsize Staff, Branches by Greatest Number Since 2000

SEOUL, Apr. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — Local banks reduced their workforces and branch offices last year by the greatest number since 2000, with digitalization-driven downsizing accelerating, data from the financial regulator showed Sunday. The number of employees in the banking sector at the end of last year totaled 111,173, down 3,602 from the previous year, [...]

Banks to Implement Stricter Rule for Mortgages in Q4 Next Year

Banks to Implement Stricter Rule for Mortgages in Q4 Next Year

SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s financial regulator said Sunday it will require first-tier banks to implement a stricter rule for mortgage lending in the fourth quarter of next year, in a fresh bid to better manage growing household debt. Currently, people’s repayment ability for home mortgages is calculated on a ratio that [...]

CGAP Launches Guide for Financial Service Providers to Better Meet the Needs of Low-Income Customers

CGAP Launches Guide for Financial Service Providers to Better Meet the Needs of Low-Income Customers

Washington, D.C., Sept. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — CGAP today launched the Customer-Centric Guide, a web-based collection of toolkits and experiments to help financial service providers deliver products and services that better meet the needs of low-income customers. The number of people with a financial account grew by 721 million between 2011 and 2014, reducing the ranks [...]