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South Korea CBG looks to bridge international gaps

October 1, 2013

Bank of Korea governor Choongsoo Kim tells Jane Cooper how he aims to bridge the gap at international meetings between emerging and developed economies, and how he plans to globalise South Korea’s central bank. 

Mirror image: the Korean exchange, which runs the benchmark Kospi market for larger companies, has opened the Korea New Exchange for younger companies

Capital markets play catch-up to South Korea’s real economy

October 1, 2013

With South Korea's underdeveloped capital markets struggling under the growing weight of the country's rapidly expanding conglomerates, the pressure is on for the sector to evolve and mature – with the government, regulators and banks all taking steps to achieve this goal. But will new regulations and improved infrastructure be enough to transform the industry?

South Korea’s big players make investment banking move

October 1, 2013

Many of South Korea's largest financial institutions are having to reconsider their investment banking strategies in the wake of changed capital markets regulation, increasing competition and narrowing profits, with many turning to the international market.

The future of mobile money

The future of mobile money

May 1, 2013

Mobile money, including banking and payments, is encroaching into the everyday life of the consumer. Monetising the business is still proving difficult, but thanks to the abundance of products available already, tangible business models are slowly emerging.

What does the future hold for South Koreas leading lights

What does the future hold for South Korea's leading lights

January 2, 2013

As South Korea's economy has developed in recent decades, its major companies have grown in tandem. However, as questions are raised about these companies' lack of contribution to Korean 'society' and concerns are aired over their over-importance to the country's economy, what does the future hold for the likes of Samsung?

Eastern presence keeps growing

July 1, 2012

The Banker's Top 1000 new entrants list is dominated by Asia-Pacific-based institutions, with the largest new entrant coming from South Korea and 13 Chinese institutions entering the rankings.

TEASER-Euro woes weigh heavily on Asia

Asia weighs euro impact as global economy rebalances

June 1, 2012

Delegates at the annual Asian Development Bank meeting in Manila had their attention firmly focused upon another continent – Europe – and what the economic problems in the region may pose for its trade and financial activity in Asia. 

Australia dominates 'other' Asia-Pacific ranking

April 2, 2012

While the Asia-Pacific region's growth story over the past few decades has been powered by Japan and then China, at least as far as banking is concerned, when these two countries are removed from The Banker's Asia-Pacific rankings, it is Australia's banks that come to the fore. 

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Emerging markets face currency conundrum

April 2, 2012

A combination of policy intervention in emerging markets and high residual risks in developed markets means volatility in emerging market currencies looks set to continue.


South Korea makes life difficult for foreign investors

November 1, 2011

From drawn-out court cases to labour union strikes, the trials and tribulations of the multinational banks that have tried to invest in South Korea have left many observers with the impression that the country is hostile to foreign capital. 

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