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Securities Firms Profit from High Interest Rate Gaps: Regulator

Securities Firms Profit from High Interest Rate Gaps: Regulator

SEOUL, Dec. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean securities firms were found to be borrowing at low interest rates but issuing loans to customers at significantly higher rates, the country’s financial regulator said Tuesday. Brokerage firms had borrowed funds at an interest rate of 3.02 percent as of Sept. 29, but the interest rates for [...]

Interest Burden of Mortgage Borrowers Increasing Rapidly

Interest Burden of Mortgage Borrowers Increasing Rapidly

SEOUL, Nov. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Seven in 10 Koreans with mortgage loans saw their interest burden increase compared to last year amid a steep increase in interest rates, a poll showed Tuesday. According to a survey conducted by home matching platform Zigbang Co. of 948 users of its application, 41.4 percent of the respondents [...]

Koreans Flock to Savings Banks for High-interest Savings Plans

Koreans Flock to Savings Banks for High-interest Savings Plans

SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Koreans are flocking to savings banks after they raised interest rates for deposits and installment savings. Since Wednesday, the Korea Federation of Savings Banks (KSFB) website and a number of savings bank apps, including OK Savings Bank Co. that uses the KSFB servers, have been shut down due [...]

Households Opt for Early Redemption of Credit Loans amid Rising Interest Rates

Households Opt for Early Redemption of Credit Loans amid Rising Interest Rates

SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — A growing number of South Koreans are redeeming their credit debts prior to their expiration date due to heavier financial burdens caused by rising interest rates, with some even willing to pay penalties for redeeming debts prior to the due date. Rep. Yun Chang-hyun of the People Power Party [...]

Yoon Calls for Protecting Ordinary Citizens from High Inflation, Interest Rates

Yoon Calls for Protecting Ordinary Citizens from High Inflation, Interest Rates

SEOUL, July 14 (Korea Bizwire) — President Yoon Suk-yeol instructed officials Thursday to find ways to protect ordinary citizens from the financial pressures of high inflation and high interest rates. Yoon made the remark a day after the Bank of Korea delivered an unprecedented 0.5 percentage-point rate hike in a preemptive bid to fight fast-growing [...]

High Interest Rates Take Toll on Young S. Korean Tenants

High Interest Rates Take Toll on Young S. Korean Tenants

SEOUL, July 6 (Korea Bizwire) — South Koreans in their 20s and 30s are struggling with rising interest rates. A majority of loans for jeonse (long-term deposits for rent), in particular, are provided at floating interest rates, which makes young South Koreans react to an increase in interest rates with concern or give up on [...]

As Interest Rates Rise, Petition Calls for Gov’t to Prevent Banks from Excessive Profiteering

As Interest Rates Rise, Petition Calls for Gov’t to Prevent Banks from Excessive Profiteering

SEOUL, Nov. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Amid a rapid hike in lending rates, an online petition calling for the government to prevent commercial banks from excessive profiteering was submitted to the presidential office. The petition, filed through Cheong Wa Dae’s website on Nov. 5, claimed that financial institutions are chalking up excessive profits by raising [...]

Growth of Bank Credit Loans Slows in September

Growth of Bank Credit Loans Slows in September

SEOUL, Oct. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean banks’ credit loans to individuals grew at a slower pace in September than a month earlier amid financial authorities’ tougher restrictions, industry data showed Tuesday. Outstanding unsecured loans to individuals by five major lenders — KB Kookmin, Shinhan, Hana, Woori and NH Nonghyup — totaled 126.4 trillion [...]

More Transparency for Bank Loan Interest Rates

More Transparency for Bank Loan Interest Rates

SEOUL, Jun. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting as early as the latter half of the year, consumers who have taken out bank loans will be able to request information from banks as to how their interest rates are being calculated. In addition, a detailed breakdown of interest rates for each bank to be publicly announced [...]