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S. Korea’s Financial Literacy Scores Slightly below OECD Average

S. Korea’s Financial Literacy Scores Slightly below OECD Average

SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — South Koreans’ financial literacy was slightly lower than the average of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries last year, a survey showed Monday.  The financial literacy of South Korean people aged between 18 and 79 came to 62.2 points in 2018, according to the survey by the Bank of Korea [...]

Over Half of Koreans Predict Negative Economic Effect from Minimum Wage Hike

Over Half of Koreans Predict Negative Economic Effect from Minimum Wage Hike

SEOUL, Jan. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — More than half of South Koreans think this year’s minimum wage hike will have a negative effect on the economy, a survey showed Friday. The poll of 1,002 adults nationwide by Gallup Korea found 52 percent of people predict negative economic effects from the latest minimum wage increase. Only [...]

Slumping Economy Drives S. Koreans to Travel Overseas More Frequently

Slumping Economy Drives S. Koreans to Travel Overseas More Frequently

SEOUL, Dec. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — An increasing number of South Koreans are opening their wallets to purchase plane tickets to go overseas. In fact, South Koreans spent a record-breaking amount of money overseas last year, and the total is only expected to increase in the future. Overseas consumption is gaining importance as a subset [...]

Gov’t Policy for Self-employed Criticized for Errors, Missteps

Gov’t Policy for Self-employed Criticized for Errors, Missteps

SEOUL, Dec. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean economy has one of the highest portions of individuals running their own stores and shops, and they are getting pushed to the brink by a slumping economy and policy missteps, market watchers said Monday. Data from Statistics Korea put the number of self-employed people at some [...]

Despite 6-year Low Growth, S. Korea’s GNI to Surpass US$30,000 This Year

Despite 6-year Low Growth, S. Korea’s GNI to Surpass US$30,000 This Year

SEOUL, Dec. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s per capita income is likely to surpass US$30,000 this year, though the economy is forecast to record its lowest growth rate in six years, observers said Sunday. Gross national income (GNI) is expected to reach $31,243 in 2018, up from last year’s $29,745, according to market observers, [...]

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 [...]

Turnover Rate of Deposits Nears 32-year Low

Turnover Rate of Deposits Nears 32-year Low

SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The turnover rate of deposits in South Korea hit a near 32-year low in September, central bank data showed Thursday, indicating that money circulation is clogged in Asia’s fourth-largest economy. The turnover rate of demand deposits came to 16.4 times for September, the lowest since January 1987, when the [...]