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With Low Interest Rates and Nowhere to Invest, More Opt to Simply Hold Money

With Low Interest Rates and Nowhere to Invest, More Opt to Simply Hold Money

SEOUL, July 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Major banks in South Korea saw their time deposits decline from a month earlier in June, while their money market deposits jumped sharply, apparently suggesting more people were hoping to invest their money amid record low interest rates but were unable to do so amid a coronavirus-caused slump, data [...]

Regulator Further Cuts Maximum Interest Rate on Loans by Illegal Lenders

Regulator Further Cuts Maximum Interest Rate on Loans by Illegal Lenders

SEOUL, June 28 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean financial authorities on Sunday said that illegal money lenders cannot impose annual interest rates of more than 6 percent, in a move to protect consumers in the pandemic-hit economy. The Financial Services Commission (FSC), the country’s financial regulator, drafted a new set of regulations that lowers the [...]

Gov’t Requires More Transparency from Banks

Gov’t Requires More Transparency from Banks

SEOUL, Jun. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government has announced measures aimed at strengthening the transparency of banks, as they are being advised to provide loan applicants with a detailed breakdown of the interest they will be charged. In the case of banks having charged unjustifiable high interest rates, the surplus in interest [...]

Rate Freeze Mirrors S. Korea’s Improving Fundamentals

Rate Freeze Mirrors S. Korea’s Improving Fundamentals

SEOUL, May 26 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s interest rate freeze is seen as reflecting its improving economic fundamentals and the central bank’s stance to size up the effect of the new government’s economic policy on growth. As widely expected, the Bank of Korea (BOK) held the country’s benchmark interest rate at a record low [...]

Credit Card Companies Facing Criticism Over High-Interest Loans

Credit Card Companies Facing Criticism Over High-Interest Loans

SEOUL, April 11 (Korea Bizwire) – Seven major credit card companies are being accused of exploiting their customers after reports emerged showing they profited handsomely from high-interest loans despite prevailing low interest rates. Low interest rates in South Korea are seeing credit card companies enjoy some of the biggest profit spikes in recent years, with some [...]

Mortgage Growth Slows in Dec. Amid Interest Rate Hike

Mortgage Growth Slows in Dec. Amid Interest Rate Hike

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Korea Bizwire) – The growth of mortgage loans in South Korea markedly slowed last month amid indications of interest rate hikes and a downturn in the real estate market, data showed Wednesday.  Outstanding home-backed loans extended by six major banks here – KB Koomin, Shinhan, Woori, KEB Hana, NH and the Industrial [...]