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  • Jeong Eun Bo Takes Office as 14th Governor of Financial Supervisory Service

    August 13, 2021

    Jeong Eun Bo took office as the 14th Governor of the Financial Supervisory Service on August 5, 2021. He was appointed by the President with the recommendation of the Chairman of the Financial Services Commission as provided under article 29 of the Act on the Establishment of the Financial Services Commission. He serves a three-year term that may be renewed once. In announcing Mr. Jeong’s nomination, the FSC noted his long and distinguished career in public service, including Deputy Minister of Strategy and Finance and Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the FSC. Immediately prior to joining the FSS, Mr. Jeong spent close to two years as Ambassador for Defense Cost-sharing Talks with the United States.

     
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  • Foreign Investors' Stock and Bond Investment, July 2021

    August 13, 2021

    Foreign investors sold a net KRW3.7780 trillion of listed stocks and bought a net KRW9.2900 trillion of listed bonds in July 2021. The cumulative holdings of listed stocks came in at KRW811.0 trillion in total, 29.4% of total market capitalization. Meanwhile, the bond holdings totaled KRW195.3 trillion, representing 8.9% of total listed bonds.

     
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  • Bank Earnings, First Half 2021

    August 11, 2021

    Domestic banks’ preliminary net income for the first half of 2021 expanded KRW4.0 trillion year on year to KRW10.8 trillion based on unusual factors of the Korea Development Bank (KDB). From the 12 months prior, non-interest and non-operating incomes of the KDB grew by KRW1.7 trillion and KRW1.1 trillion, respectively. Meanwhile, preliminary net income of the 18 domestic banks except the KDB increased KRW2.1 trillion to KRW8.6 trillion during the same period.

     
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  • Corporate Debt and Equity Issues, First Half 2021

    July 20, 2021

    Corporate financing through debt and equity issued in the first half of 2021 hit a record high, coming in at KRW122.7661 trillion which was KRW31.2539 trillion greater than the same period a year ago. In addition, corporate financing through issuance of commercial paper (CP) and short-term electronic bond expanded KRW81.5838 trillion to KRW759.1576 trillion in the January-to-June period.

     
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  • Delinquency Rate of Domestic Banks' WD Loans, May 2021

    July 14, 2021

    The delinquency rate of domestic banks’ won-denominated (WD) loans—classified as the percentage of loans with principal of interest payment past due by at least one month—as of end-May 2021 was seen at 0.32%, up 0.01%p from a month earlier but down 0.11%p from a year earlier. In May, the amount of newly delinquent loans decreased KRW0.1 trillion from the previous month as well as that of resolved loans increased by KRW0.1 trillion month on month.

     
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  • Issuance of Asset-Backed Securities, First Half 2021

    July 14, 2021

    The amount of asset-backed securities (ABS) issued in the first six months of 2021 came in at KRW35.4 trillion in total, down KRW8.2 trillion or 18.8% from the same period a year earlier. The Korea Housing Finance Corporation (KHFC) decreased its mortgage-backed securities (MBS) issuance by KRW5.9 trillion from a year ago. In addition, financial companies and non-financial companies also cut their issuance by KRW1.3 trillion and KRW1.1 trillion, respectively, compared to the previous year.

     
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  • FSC Identifies D-SIBs for 2022

    July 13, 2021

    The Financial Services Commission identified five bank holding companies (BHCs) and five banks as domestic systemically important banks (D-SIBs) for 2022 on July 13: Shinhan Financial Group, KB Financial Group, Hana Financial Group, Woori Financial Group, NH Financial Group, Shinhan Bank, KB Kookmin Bank, Woori Bank, KEB Hana Bank and NH Bank. Those identified as D-SIBs are required to set aside an additional common equity capital of 1%, and the higher loss absorbency requirement will take effect on January 1, 2022.

     
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  • Foreign Investors' Stock and Bond Investment, June 2021

    July 12, 2021

    Foreign investors sold a net KRW499.0 billion of listed stocks and bought a net KRW9.3870 trillion of listed bonds in June 2021. The cumulative holdings of listed stocks came in at KRW842.3 trillion in total, 29.9% of total market capitalization. Meanwhile, the bond holdings totaled KRW189.0 trillion, representing 8.7% of total listed bonds.

     
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  • Corporate Debt and Equity Issues, May 2021

    June 28, 2021

    Corporate financing through debt and equity issued in May 2021 came in at KRW16.3183 trillion in total, down KRW8.5930 trillion from a month earlier. In addition, corporate financing through issuance of commercial paper (CP) and short-term electronic bond totaled KRW140.1970 trillion in May, KRW8.8960 trillion greater than in the previous month.

     
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  • Delinquency Rate of Domestic Banks’ WD Loans, April 2021

    June 16, 2021

    The delinquency rate of domestic banks’ won-denominated (WD) loans—classified as the percentage of loans with principal of interest payment past due by at least one month—as of end-April 2021 was seen at 0.30%, up 0.02%p from a month earlier but down 0.10%p from a year earlier. In April, the amount of newly delinquent loans grew KRW0.2 trillion from the previous month as well as that of resolved loans decreased month on month. This contributed to the increase in the delinquency rate in April.

     
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  • Insurance Companies' Risk-based Capital Ratios, March 2021

    June 14, 2021

    The risk-based capital ratios (actual solvency capital divided by the minimum solvency capital required) of domestic insurance companies as of end-March 2021 stood at 256.0%, down 19.0%p from 275.0% three months earlier.

     
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  • Asset Management Companies' Earnings, First Quarter 2021

    June 8, 2021

    Assets under management (AUM)-sum of fund assets and assets under discretionary management-by asset management companies came in at KRW1,237.8 trillion in total as of end March 2021, up KRW40.0 trillion or 3.3% from three months earlier.

     
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  • Foreign Investors' Stock and Bond Investment, May 2021

    June 7, 2021

    Foreign investors sold a net KRW10.1670 trillion of listed stocks and bought a net KRW5.5160 trillion of listed bonds in May 2021. The cumulative holdings of listed stocks came in at KRW820.2 trillion in total, 30.1% of total market capitalization. Meanwhile, the bond holdings totaled KRW179.1 trillion, representing 8.3% of total listed bonds.

     
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  • Securities and Futures Trading Companies' Earnings, First Quarter 2021

    June 3, 2021

    Securities companies reported preliminary net income of KRW2.9888 trillion for the first quarter of 2021, up KRW1.5870 trillion or 113.2% from three months earlier. Return on equity (ROE) stood at 4.4% (17.4% on an annualized basis) for the first three months, up 3.5%p from 0.9% a year ago.

     
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  • Domestic Banks’ SBLs, First Quarter 2021

    June 2, 2021

    Preliminary figures on domestic banks’ loan classified as substandard or below (SBLs) for the first quarter of 2021 showed that the ratio stood at 0.62%, down 0.02%p from 0.64% three months earlier and down 0.16%p from 0.78% a year earlier.

     
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