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Regulator to Remove Barriers for Insurance Premiums

Regulator to Remove Barriers for Insurance Premiums

SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s top financial regulator said Sunday that it will allow local insurance firms to decide premiums for their insurance policies on their own in a bid to promote price competition in the long-slumped market. The Financial Services Commission (FSC) said it will remove guidelines for setting insurance premiums from the beginning of 2016. Since 2000, the financial authorities have required local insurers to set aside a certain amount of money to make [...]

Regulator Unveils Steps for Internet-only Banks

Regulator Unveils Steps for Internet-only Banks

SEOUL, Jun. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s financial regulator unveiled a set of measures Thursday aimed at encouraging big name local IT firms to invest in the Internet-only banking industry with a focus on lowering entry barriers and easing related regulations. Under the measures, Internet-only banks will be off limits to the country’s conglomerates, [...]

Regulator Set to Allow Banks to Fund Fintech Firms

SEOUL, May 6 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s top financial regulator said Wednesday that it will pave the way for local banks to invest in financial technology firms as part of its efforts to boost the integration of the two industries. According to current financial laws, financial institutions are allowed to buy stakes in or [...]

Chief Regulator Vows to Ease Bank Ownership Cap for Fintech

Chief Regulator Vows to Ease Bank Ownership Cap for Fintech

SEOUL, Apr. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s top financial regulator said Thursday that he will relax regulations on bank ownership in order to pave the way for information technology firms to invest in the untouched Internet-only bank sector. Under the current laws, an industrial company is banned from holding more than a 4 percent [...]

Sustain Condoms Earns FSC® Chain of Custody Certification

Sustain Condoms Earns FSC® Chain of Custody Certification

BURLINGTON, VT, Apr. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Leading third-party certifier SCS Global Services (SCS) announced that it has certified Sustain brand condoms under the internationally recognized Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Chain of Custody Standard. Independent audits conducted by SCS confirmed that Sustain, co-founded by legendary sustainability entrepreneurs Jeffrey and Sheila Hollender of Seventh Generation fame and [...]

Technology Financing by Banks Skyrockets 70-fold in 7 Months

Technology Financing by Banks Skyrockets 70-fold in 7 Months

SEOUL, Mar. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Loans extended by South Korean banks to companies using their high-level technologies as collateral have soared 70-fold in the past seven months on a strong drive by the government, industry data showed Wednesday, spawning concerns that a huge chunk of such loans could turn sour, thus undermining lenders’ financial [...]

Top Regulator-nominee Calls for Tough Reform, Risk Management on Household Debt

Top Regulator-nominee Calls for Tough Reform, Risk Management on Household Debt

SEOUL, Mar. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The nominee for South Korea’s top financial regulator urged local financial firms on Tuesday to take stricter reform measures for what he describes a “second take-off,” and vowed heightened risk management on ballooning household debts. “The financial industry is facing rapid environment changes, such as a low interest rate [...]