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Financially Vulnerable Groups with Good Mobile Payment Records to Have Easier Access to Loans

Financially Vulnerable Groups with Good Mobile Payment Records to Have Easier Access to Loans

SEOUL, Apr. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — Homemakers, university graduates, and other financially vulnerable groups will be able to qualify for loans more easily if they have been paying for their mobile plans diligently. The Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) announced on Tuesday that five major banks in South Korea will consider mobile payments and non-financial information [...]

Loans, Default Rate Both Increase for Self-employed in 2018

Loans, Default Rate Both Increase for Self-employed in 2018

SEOUL, Apr. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — Loans and the loan default rate both rose for the self-employed last year, the regulator’s data showed Monday. The loans extended to the self-employed totaled 389.8 trillion won (US$342.83 billion) at the end of the third quarter last year, up 13.9 percent from the same period of the previous [...]

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 [...]

Companies Allowed to Tap Intangible Assets as Collateral

Companies Allowed to Tap Intangible Assets as Collateral

SEOUL, May 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Financial authorities on Wednesday unveiled a set of measures to allow companies to secure loans using their movable assets, including intellectual property and half-finished goods, as collateral. The measures are aimed at helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups raise funds, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) said in [...]

State-run Lender Pledges 800 Billion Won to Shipping Industry

State-run Lender Pledges 800 Billion Won to Shipping Industry

SEOUL, Apr. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank) on Friday promised 800 billion won (US$753.29 million) in loans and guarantees to the local shipping industry this year as the government acts on a five-year restructuring plan. Eun Sang-soo, chairman of the state-run lender, met with the heads of shipping companies [...]

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 [...]

Government Deliberates New Plans for Low-Income Households amid Soaring Debt

Government Deliberates New Plans for Low-Income Households amid Soaring Debt

SEJONG, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean government is planning on new measures to support the livelihood of low-income families, who are among those suffering the most from the country’s recent economic struggles.  According to officials, South Korea’s household credit jumped by 11.7 percent in 2016 compared to the year prior, setting a [...]

Social Commerce Company Launches Comparison Website for Financial Products

Social Commerce Company Launches Comparison Website for Financial Products

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – Ticket Monster, South Korea’s leading social commerce company, announced Tuesday the  launch of a comparative website dubbed T-Mon Finance Mall (translated), which allows customers to compare some 5,800 on and offline financial products from 220 companies.  The products available include credit cards, insurance, loans, bank accounts, installment savings, and [...]