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Growth of S. Korea’s Household Debt-to-GDP Ratio 3rd Fastest among Major Economies

Growth of S. Korea’s Household Debt-to-GDP Ratio 3rd Fastest among Major Economies

SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Korea Bizwire) –The ratio of household debt to gross domestic product (GDP) in South Korea increased at the fastest clip after China and Hong Kong despite a series of tightened lending rules, data showed on Wednesday. According to the data compiled by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), South Korea’s household debt [...]

Tougher Loan Screening in Store for Insurers

Tougher Loan Screening in Store for Insurers

SEOUL, Sept. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s financial watchdog said Friday it will implement a stricter loan screening rule for insurance companies next week to help control risk from the country’s fast rising household debt. Local insurers will have to apply to the so-called debt service ratio to almost all household loans on a [...]

Speed of Increase of Household Debt in Korea Exceeds OECD Average

Speed of Increase of Household Debt in Korea Exceeds OECD Average

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — After the onset of the global financial crisis, the speed of increase of household debt in Korean families was found to be 7.8 times the OECD average. The aggregate of loans taken out by low income families (bottom 30 percent of the population) or by those who with low [...]

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 [...]

Rate Hikes Can Cause Heavily Indebted Households to Cut Back on Spending: Report

Rate Hikes Can Cause Heavily Indebted Households to Cut Back on Spending: Report

SEOUL, Dec. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — A country with high household debt that raises key interest rates can be affected by a drop in total demand and consumption, a report said Friday. “We’ve found that key interest rate hikes have a great impact on the economic adjustment in a country which has a high degree [...]