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  • Earnings of Insurance Companies’ Overseas Businesses, 2018

    April 29, 2019

    Three life insurance and seven nonlife insurance companies have operated total 35 overseas businesses in 12 countries at the end of 2018. Most of the overseas businesses were concentrated on the nonlife insurance sector in Asia.

     
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  • Corporate Debt and Equity Issues, March 2019

    April 25, 2019

    Corporate financing through debt and equity issues in March 2019 totaled KRW14.6442 trillion, up KRW2.6993 trillion from the same period a month earlier. Furthermore, corporate financing through issuance of commercial paper (CP) and short-term electronic bond for March jumped to KRW111.1308 trillion, up KRW14.5845 trillion from the previous month.

     
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  • Credit-specialized Finance Companies’ Earnings, 2018

    April 23, 2019

    At the end of 2018, there were 97 credit-specialized financial companies (CSFCs) excluding credit card companies, and their aggregate assets increased KRW12.4 trillion or 9.5% to KRW143.5 trillion compared to the same period a year earlier. Inherent business assets grew 7.7% to KRW56.0 trillion based on increasing facility leasing and installment financing. Loan assets also expanded 12.4% to KRW68.9 trillion from a year earlier as household and business loans increased.

     
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  • Earnings of Domestic Securities Firms’ Overseas Businesses, 2018

    April 22, 2019

    As of end of 2018, 14 domestic securities companies were operating in 13 countries through 47 subsidiaries and 15 offices. Most of their overseas businesses were concentrated in Asia with 34 subsidiaries and 14 offices.

     
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  • Insurance Companies’ Risk-based Capital Ratios, December 2018

    April 15, 2019

    The risk-based capital ratios (actual solvency capital divided by the minimum solvency capital required) of domestic insurance companies at the end of December 2018 stood at 261.2%, down 0.7%p from 261.9% three months earlier.

     
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  • Foreign Investors’ Stock and Bond Investment, March 2019

    April 15, 2019

    Foreign investors sold a net KRW59.0 billion of listed stocks and bought a net KRW1.4670 trillion of listed bonds in March, 2019. The cumulative holdings of listed stocks came to KRW554.6 trillion, 32.2% of total market capitalization. Meanwhile, the bond holdings came to KRW111.5 trillion, representing 6.3% of total listed bonds.

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

    April 10, 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-February 2019 stood at 0.52%, up 0.07%p from 0.45% a month earlier and also up 0.04%p from 0.48% a year earlier. In February 2019, the amount of newly delinquent loans exceeded that of resolved loans, which contributed to the month-on-month increase in the delinquency rate.

     
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  • FSS Held FSS SPEAKS 2019

    April 5, 2019

    The Financial Supervisory Service held the FSS SPEAKS 2019, an annual forum for communication and dialogue between foreign financial companies and the FSS, at the Millennium Seoul Hilton on April 5, 2019. The annual forum was held under the theme “Inclusive Finance, Responsible Innovation” this year, and approximately 360 officials and executives from embassies and foreign financial firms attended the event. Among the high-profile attendees were Simon Smith, Ambassador of British Embassy in Seoul, Robert Rapson, Chargé d’Affairs of US Embassy in Seoul, James Choi, Ambassador of Australian Embassy in Seoul, and Yasumasa Nagamine, Ambassador of Japanese Embassy in Seoul.

     
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  • Preliminary Earnings of Foreign Bank Branches, 2018

    April 2, 2019

    Foreign banks operated 38 branches in Korea at the end of 2018, and the aggregate assets of the branches increased KRW14 trillion or 5.4% to KRW274.5 trillion. The foreign bank branches’ cash and deposits increased KRW1.4 trillion compared with the previous year as well as securities and loans expanded by KRW3.4 trillion and KRW3.6 trillion, respectively. This contributed to the growth in the branches’ assets.

     
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  • Financial Holding Companies’ Earnings, 2018

    April 1, 2019

    The number of financial holding companies (FHCs) was nine at the end of 2018. The number of subsidiary units increased from 199 to 209 between 2017 and 2018, and that of offices also increased 1.1% from 7,128 to 7,204. As a result, the number of employees grew by 5.8% to 121,125 during the same period.

     
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  • Real Estate Trust Companies’ Earnings, 2018

    March 26, 2019

    Eleven real estate trust companies preliminarily reported net income of KRW507.7 billion for 2018, up KRW3.0 billion or 0.6% from the same period a year earlier.

     
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  • Corporate Debt and Equity Issues, February 2019

    March 26, 2019

    Corporate financing through debt and equity issues in February 2019 totaled KRW11.9449 trillion, down KRW1.6150 trillion from the same period a month earlier. In addition, corporate financing through commercial paper (CP) and short-term electronic bond issues for February plummeted by KRW17.3523 trillion to KRW96.5463 trillion.

     
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  • FSS Governor Marked Korean Companies’ Inclusion in Bloomberg GEI

    March 20, 2019

    Yoon Suk Heun, Governor of the Financial Supervisory Service, attended a luncheon meeting with Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg, to commemorate that two financial companies of Korea came to be included in Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index1 (GEI).

     
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  • Savings Banks’ Earnings, 2018

    March 19, 2019

    The aggregate assets of 79 savings banks came to KRW69.5 trillion at the end of 2018, up KRW9.8 trillion or 16.4% from KRW59.7 trillion a year earlier. The growth was attributable to increases in loans, cash/deposits and securities held by the savings banks. The savings banks also saw a year-on-year growth in shareholders’ equity of 14.9% mainly because of a KRW0.9 trillion increase in retained earnings and a KRW0.1 trillion increase in secondary offerings.

     
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  • Earnings and Localization of Domestic Banks’ Overseas Businesses, 2018

    March 19, 2019

    Domestic banks were operating in 39 countries through 55 subsidiaries, 77 branches and 57 offices at the end of 2018. Most of the overseas operations were concentrated in Asia, accounting for 69.3% of the total, followed by Europe (12.7%), North America (11.1%) and other regions including Latin America, Africa and Oceania (6.9%).

     
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