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  • Bank Earnings, First Half 2019

    August 12, 2019

    Domestic banks preliminarily reported net income of KRW8.7 trillion for the first half of 2019, up KRW0.4 trillion from KRW8.3 trillion a year earlier. When it came to income, interest income and non-interest income increased by KRW0.9 trillion and KRW0.5 trillion, respectively. However, subsidiaries-related income was reduced KRW0.4 trillion. In case of expense, selling and administrative expenses increased KRW0.9 trillion as well as loan loss expenses were up KRW0.2 trillion during the same period. By contrast, income tax declined KRW0.5 trillion.

     
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  • Foreign Investors’ Stock and Bond Investment, July 2019

    August 12, 2019

    Foreign investors bought a net KRW2.0470 trillion of listed stocks and sold a net KRW421.0 billion of listed bonds in July, 2019. The cumulative holdings of listed stocks came to KRW543.3 trillion, 33.5% of total market capitalization. Meanwhile, the bond holdings came to KRW124.2 trillion, representing 6.9% of total listed bonds.

     
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  • Corporate Debt and Equity Issues, First Half 2019

    July 31, 2019

    Corporate financing through debt and equity issues in the first half of 2019 totaled KRW88.3176 trillion, up KRW1.0463 trillion from the same period a year earlier. By contrast, corporate financing through issuance of commercial paper (CP) and short-term electronic bond in the first half of 2019 decreased KRW45.2943 trillion to KRW695.1962 trillion compared to the previous year.

     
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  • Issuance of Asset-Backed Securities, First Half 2019

    July 29, 2019

    The amount of asset-backed securities (ABS) issued for the first six months of 2019 came to KRW21.5 trillion in total, down KRW2.6 trillion or 10.8% from KRW24.1 trillion a year earlier. Mortgage-backed securities (MBS) issuance by the Korea Housing Finance Corporation (KHFC) came to KRW10.4 trillion (48.4% of total ABS issuance). Issuance by financial and non-financial companies totaled KRW7.2 trillion and KRW3.9 trillion, respectively, at the end of June 2019.

     
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  • Delinquency Rate of Domestic Banks’ WD Loans, May 2019

    July 15, 2019

    The delinquency rate of domestic banks’ won-denominated (WD) loans—calculated as the percentage of loans with principal or interest payment past due by at least one month—as of end-May 2019 stood at 0.51%, up 0.02%p from 0.49% a month earlier but down 0.12%p from 0.62% a year earlier. In May 2019, the amount of newly delinquent loans exceeded that of resolved loans, which contributed to the month-on-month increase in the delinquency rate of domestic banks’ WD loans.

     
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  • Foreign Investors’ Stock and Bond Investment, June 2019

    July 15, 2019

    Foreign investors bought a net KRW244.0 billion of listed stocks and a net KRW5.8010 trillion of listed bonds in June, 2019. The cumulative holdings of listed stocks came to KRW559.8 trillion, 32.7% of total market capitalization. Meanwhile, the bond holdings came to KRW124.5 trillion, representing 7.0% of total listed bonds.

     
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  • Earnings of Credit-Specialized Finance Companies’ Overseas Businesses, 2018

    July 9, 2019

    At the end of 2018, domestic credit-specialized finance companies (CFC) had 41 overseas operations in 15 countries. Most of the overseas businesses were concentrated in Asia, which accounted for 80.5%, and Asian emerging markets including Myanmar took the lion’s share in 2018.

     
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  • Corporate Debt and Equity Issues, May 2019

    June 27, 2019

    Corporate financing through debt and equity issues in May 2019 totaled KRW13.9269 trillion, down KRW5.8163 trillion from a month earlier. In addition, corporate financing through issuance of commercial paper (CP) and short-term electronic bond in May decreased KRW12.7347 trillion to KRW121.5823 trillion.

     
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  • FSC Identifies D-SIBs for 2020

    June 26, 2019

    The Financial Services Commission identified on June 26, 2019, five bank holding companies (BHC) and six BHC’s subsidiary banks as domestic systemically important banks (D-SIBs) for 2020: Shinhan Financial Group, Hana Financial Group, KB Financial Group, NongHyup Financial Group, Woori Financial Group, Shinhan bank, Jeju bank, KEB Hana bank, Kookmin bank, NongHyup bank and Woori Bank. Woori Financial Group was additionally identified as D-SIBs compared to 2019.

     
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  • Insurance Companies’ Risk-based Capital Ratios, March 2019

    June 24, 2019

    The risk-based capital ratios (actual solvency capital divided by the minimum solvency capital required) of domestic insurance companies at the end of March 2019 were seen at 273.9%, up 12.7%p from 261.2% three months earlier.

     
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  • FSS Published Foreign Residents’ Guide to Personal Banking and Finance in Korea for Russian Speakers

    June 24, 2019

    The Financial Supervisory Service published Foreign Residents’ Guide to Personal Banking and Finance in Korea for Russian speakers given that those who speak Russian represented 2.4% of total non-Korean residents at the end of 2018. The guide is to help foreign language speakers living in Korea including multicultural families and migrant workers overcome language and cultural barriers and use reliable financial services in Korea. Meanwhile, the FSS has publishes the guide in Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Tagalog, Indonesian, English and Thai so far.

     
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  • Delinquency Rate of Domestic Banks’ WD Loans, April 2019

    June 19, 2019

    The delinquency rate of domestic banks’ won-denominated (WD) loans—calculated as the percentage of loans with principal or interest payment past due by at least one month—as of end-April 2019 stood at 0.49%, up 0.03%p from 0.46% a month earlier but down 0.10%p from 0.59% a year earlier. In April 2019, the amount of newly delinquent loans exceeded that of resolved loans, which contributed to the month-on-month increase in the delinquency rate of domestic banks’ WD loans.

     
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  • Securities and Futures Trading Companies’ Earnings, First Quarter 2019

    June 17, 2019

    Securities companies reported net income of KRW1.4602 trillion for the first quarter 2019, up KRW945.6 billion or 183.8% from KRW514.6 billion three months earlier. Furthermore, the return of equity (ROE) stood at 2.6% (10.3% on an annualized basis), down 0.1%p from the same period a year earlier.

     
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  • Savings Banks’ Earnings, First Quarter 2019

    June 12, 2019

    The aggregate assets of 79 savings banks came to KRW70.2 trillion in total at the end of March 2019, up KRW0.7 trillion or 0.9% from KRW69.5 trillion at the end of 2018. The uptick was mainly because cash/deposits and loans increased KRW0.5 trillion and KRW0.4 trillion, respectively. Shareholders’ equity also grew KRW121.1 billion or 1.6% from KRW7.8 trillion three months earlier. Retained gains have risen by KRW89.8 billion and secondary offerings have increased KRW20.0 billion since the end of 2018, which contributed to the growth.

     
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  • Foreign Investors’ Stock and Bond Investment, May 2019

    June 10, 2019

    Foreign investors sold a net KRW2.9170 trillion of listed stocks but bought a net KRW7.0760 trillion of listed bonds in May, 2019. The cumulative holdings of listed stocks came to KRW532.4 trillion, 32.3% of total market capitalization. Meanwhile, the bond holdings came to KRW119.2 trillion, representing 6.7% of total listed bonds.

     
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