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Reporter : Yi Whan-woo
Tue, October 3, 2023 | 15:34
Are Korean banks safe from SVB fallout?
The bankruptcy of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) is raising questions over whether commercial banks in Korea are exposed to risks stemming from a sharp U.S. rate hike, which was behind SVB's downfall. Analysts said Tuesday that the management and business structure of Korean banks is quite different from that of SVB and that such differences enable local banks to withstand the adv...
Financial markets show resilience to SVB collapse
Financial markets in Korea remained resilient, Monday, in the face of the sudden bankruptcy of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) that prompted concerns of an exodus of foreign capital in search of safer assets and a surge in market volatility. The benchmark KOSPI advanced 16.01 points, or 0.67 percent, to close at 2,410.60, following a three-day losing streak until Friday when SVB be...
SVB collapse adds to woes of NPS' record investment loss
The National Pension Service (NPS) had more than 100,000 shares in the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) that has been suspended from trading as it became the largest U.S. bank to collapse since the 2008-09 global financial crisis, according to industry sources, Monday. The shares owned by the NPS were valued at over $230 billion as of the end of 2022.
SVB's collapse feared to trigger capital flight out of Korea
The sudden bankruptcy of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), Friday, is sparking concerns in Korea of weakened investor confidence that could force foreign investors to scramble for safer assets and lead to a capital exodus from the Korean market. Financial authorities said, Sunday, they are closely monitoring the effects of the U.S. lender's debacle, which could significantly increas...
Eximbank donates cars to charity organizations for multicultural families
Export-Import Bank of Korea (Eximbank) donated cars to charity organizations dedicated to supporting multicultural families in Korea, the state-run bank announced on Thursday. The lender said it donated a total of 12 cars, one each to charity organizations for migrant wives, their children and other members of multicultural families across the country.
Proxy adviser ISS opposes KB union-backed outside director
The Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), the world's largest proxy adviser, has recommended shareholders of KB Financial Group vote against the nomination of an outside director endorsed by the group's labor union, according to industry sources, Thursday.
Woori Bank CEO abruptly resigns
Woori Bank CEO Lee Won-duk tendered his resignation, Tuesday, in the lead-up to the official appointment of new Woori Financial Group Chairman Yim Jong-ryong who competed with Lee for the nomination last month. Lee's decision came on the same day the banking group carried out a reshuffle of the CEOs of eight affiliates whose terms expired.
Korea's per capita income falls sharply on won's depreciation
Korea's gross national income (GNI) per capita dropped nearly 8 percent last year, mainly due to a sharp depreciation of the Korean won against U.S. dollar, the Bank of Korea (BOK) said Tuesday. GNI, which measures a country's wealth, is the amount of money earned by its people and businesses at home and abroad. It is comparable to gross domestic product (GDP), another gauge ...
Korea posts record trade surplus for cultural products
Korea posted a record trade surplus for cultural products and services in 2022, amid the growing popularity of K-pop plus TV dramas and movies on streaming services. According to the Bank of Korea (BOK), Monday, the balance of payments for sales of cultural products amounted to $1.7 billion in 2022, up 47.9 percent from a year earlier.
Inflation cools to 4% range for 1st time in 10 months
Consumer prices in Korea eased to the 4-percent level for the first time in 10 months in February, raising hopes that inflation will cool down further to the government's 2023 target of the mid-3 percent range. But Korea continues to face obstacles in its efforts to curb inflation, as the growth of utility costs reached an all-time high of 28.4 percent, while core inflation _...