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Kakao Bank Posts Net Loss of 66.8 Bln Won by End-September

Kakao Bank Posts Net Loss of 66.8 Bln Won by End-September

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Internet-only Kakao Bank said Thursday it posted a cumulative net loss of 66.8 billion won (US$61.4 million) by the end of September, hit by higher marketing costs. Kakao Bank, which began operations on July 27, reported a cumulative operating profit of 17.3 billion won by the end of September, [...]

Kakao Bank Says Regulations Likely to Delay Innovation in Banking Sector

Kakao Bank Says Regulations Likely to Delay Innovation in Banking Sector

SEOUL, Nov. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — The head of Kakao Bank, South Korea’s second Internet-only bank, expressed concern Friday that restrictions on ownership of a financial firm by a non-financial company could undermine innovation in the country’s banking sector. “The pace of innovation could slow down unless the restrictions are eased,” Yun Ho-young, one of [...]

Kakao Bank Implements 500 Billion Won Capital Hike

Kakao Bank Implements 500 Billion Won Capital Hike

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – Kakao Bank, South Korea’s second Internet-only bank, implemented a 500 billion won (US$441.9 million) capital increase on Tuesday as a part of a refinancing plan to bolster its lending business. Kakao Bank, launched in late July with paid-in capital of 300 billion won, has attracted about three million accounts [...]

Kakao Bank’s Keys to Success

Kakao Bank’s Keys to Success

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Only one month after the launch of Kakao Bank, the groundbreaking financial institution still enjoys great popularity, having already attracted some 3 million account holders. Pre-existing banks that had already entered the mobile financial space and K-Bank, the first internet bank in Korea, haven’t been able to draw as [...]

7-Eleven Benefits From Kakao Bank Effect

7-Eleven Benefits From Kakao Bank Effect

SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – With South Korean internet-only financial institution Kakao Bank continuing to enjoy a significant level of attention, business partner 7-Eleven is benefiting from the online bank’s popularity. In the midst of the surging popularity of Kakao Bank that is sweeping the country, 7-Eleven has emerged as the unexpected beneficiary from [...]

K-Bank Raises Deposit Rate to Fend off Kakao Bank

K-Bank Raises Deposit Rate to Fend off Kakao Bank

SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — K-Bank, South Korea’s first Internet-only bank, said Wednesday it has raised its deposit rate, in an apparent bid to fend off its competitor, Kakao Bank. K-Bank increased the rate it offers on a 1-year time deposit by 10 bps to 2.1 percent, compared with 2 percent offered by Kakao [...]

Kakao Bank Attracts 1.5 Million Accounts in First Week

Kakao Bank Attracts 1.5 Million Accounts in First Week

SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Korea Bizwire) – Kakao Bank, South Korea’s second Internet-only bank, said Thursday it has attracted over 1.5 million accounts during the first week of operation, far outpacing the growth of its competitor and traditional banks. Kakao Bank, led by Kakao Corp., operator of Korea’s dominant messaging app KakaoTalk, started operations on July [...]

Kakao Bank’s Usage Yet to Meet Its Size

Kakao Bank’s Usage Yet to Meet Its Size

SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — The Internet-only Kakao Bank has succeeded in starting big, gaining over 1 million clients in just five days following its launch, but how the initial clients are using the service suggests there is room for improvement, industry watchers said Tuesday. Kakao Bank outdid four-months-old K-Bank, the country’s first Internet-only [...]