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S. Korea’s Overall Financial System Appears to be Resilient: IMF

S. Korea’s Overall Financial System Appears to be Resilient: IMF

SEOUL, April 21 (Korea Bizwire) — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Tuesday that South Korea’s overall financial system appears resilient, but it warned of growing vulnerabilities. The IMF said most parts of South Korea’s banking system appear prudentially strong, but prospects for banks and insurers are dimming due to growth-related uncertainties, low interest rates, [...]

Senior IMF Official Says South Korean Household Debt ‘Not Imminent Threat’

Senior IMF Official Says South Korean Household Debt ‘Not Imminent Threat’

Washington, D.C., Oct. 24 (Korea Bizwire) – The director of the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department, Rhee Chang-yong, has said though South Korea faces high household debt levels compared to other OECD member states, the level of indebtedness does not pose an imminent threat. Speaking to the press on Monday at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington [...]

IMF Sees N.K. Tensions Having No Major Impact on S. Korea

IMF Sees N.K. Tensions Having No Major Impact on S. Korea

WASHINGTON, April 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Tensions with North Korea haven’t had any significant impact on South Korea’s trade and investment, and a sharp rise in U.S. interest rates is a major risk for Asia’s fourth largest economy going forward, an International Monetary Fund official said Friday. “So far, we have not seen any significant impact on South Korea’s trade investments,” Markus Rodlauer, deputy director of the Asia-Pacific department at the IMF, said [...]

IMF Director Advises Seoul to Deregulate Service Sector

IMF Director Advises Seoul to Deregulate Service Sector

SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea has to carry out sweeping reform of the service industry as a first step to transform the manufacturing-focused economy into the service sector-led economy, a Korea-born official from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Friday.  “The South Korean economy has been steered by the manufacturing industry and [...]

IMF director : S. Korea Needs to Revive Economic Dynamics

IMF director : S. Korea Needs to Revive Economic Dynamics

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) – South Korea needs to revive its economic dynamics to achieve sustainable growth, as it may face a drop in growth potential due to the rapidly aging population, a director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Sunday. “The Bank of Korea (BOK) estimated that South Korea’s growth potential is around 3 to 3.2 percent, but it will likely drop to below 3 percent in the long-term due to structural [...]