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South Korean Economy Exposed to Dangers of Easy Credit

South Korean Economy Exposed to Dangers of Easy Credit

SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s financial industry may have reached the point of excess where its growth will only undermine further economic development. According to the Korea Institute of Finance, credit lines at South Korean financial institutions tend to concentrate on unproductive household loans and small businesses that combine to hamper financial [...]

Sharp Rise in S. Korea’s Home Prices Poses Economic Risks: Report

Sharp Rise in S. Korea’s Home Prices Poses Economic Risks: Report

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s soaring housing prices, like those in other Asian countries, can cause downside risks for the broader economy, a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Sunday. In the updated version of the Asian Development Outlook, the international development financial institution warned that elevated housing prices threaten [...]

Protectionism Puts Korea Inc. in a Fix

Protectionism Puts Korea Inc. in a Fix

SEOUL, Jun. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Escalating global protectionism, sparked by a Sino-American trade war, has put corporate Korea in a tight spot as it is feared to take a toll on exports, a key growth engine for Asia’s fourth-largest economy, industry sources said Friday. The United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, [...]

Regulator to Tighten Rules on High-risk Household Lending

Regulator to Tighten Rules on High-risk Household Lending

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s top financial regulator said Sunday that it will tighten capital regulations on high-risk household lending, in the latest move meant to slow the pace of household debt growth. The stricter regulations will be applied to banks, savings banks and insurance firms that provide loans to home buyers [...]

Positive Perception Towards SMEs at 51.4 Points: Survey

Positive Perception Towards SMEs at 51.4 Points: Survey

SEOUL, Dec. 25 (Korea Bizwie) — South Koreans’ positive perception towards small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) was far lower than large conglomerates, a business association said Monday. In an October survey of 1,000 people aged 20 or older, the Korea Federation of SMEs found that their positive perception towards SMEs stood at 51.4 points, down [...]

Foreign IBs Revise Up S. Korea’s Growth Outlook

Foreign IBs Revise Up S. Korea’s Growth Outlook

SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Major foreign investment banks (IBs) have upgraded their 2018 growth forecasts for the South Korean economy on its strong exports, a report showed Thursday. According to the report by the Korea Center for International Finance, Barclays, Goldman Sachs and seven other foreign IBs have forecast Asia’s fourth-largest economy to [...]

Global Market Improvements Fuel Upturn in S. Korea Economy Under President Moon

Global Market Improvements Fuel Upturn in S. Korea Economy Under President Moon

SEJONG, Nov. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — When President Moon Jae-in took office after his victory in the unprecedented presidential by-election in May, he was confronted with tough challenges ranging from social upheaval caused by his predecessor to heightened regional diplomatic and military tensions. One of the biggest issues confronting the chief executive was finding a [...]