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Our research and analysis on South Korea
The following in-depth pieces represent our archive of research and analysis on South Korea.
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Research Note
Hang Seng Bank tops AB500 rankings; AP banks generally well capitalised
Date: Sep 13, 2013   |   Author: Wendy Weng
Asian banking industry’s aggregate strength declined in 2013, as performance in key parameters such as profitability growth, liquidity and asset quality moderated.
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Research Note
Embracing productivity and innovation key to sustaining profitability in besieged retail banking sector
Date: Jul 24, 2013   |   Author: Research
Banks in Asia Pacific are responding to tightening regulations and fee ceilings with creative strategies and more effective business models.
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Proceedings Report
Operational risks associated with bank compliance take on increasing importance in Korea
Date: Jul 18, 2013   |   Author: Research
Proceedings report from the Korea Banking Risk Dialogue 2013, on the need of a proper risk appetite framework to drive clear articulation of a bank’s strategy and attitude towards risk.
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Research Note
Increased debit card uptake in South Korea drives down credit card growth margin
Date: Jun 07, 2013   |   Author: Wendy Weng
Growth in total credit card transaction value rose a mere 3.9% to $524.8m in 2012, much slower than the 9.5% growth notched in 2011.
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Research Note
Heightened regulations and changing consumer mind-set challenge retail banking growth
Date: Mar 27, 2013   |   Author: Research
Retail banks in the Middle East and Asia Pacific will need to quickly shift from being account-focused to becoming more customer-centric so as to stay ahead of the curve.
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Harsh Basel III capital requirements stifling South Korean banks’ growth
Date: Dec 13, 2012   |   Author: Baron Laudermilk
South Korean banks seek to further optimise their portfolios in the face of rising NPL ratios and tough Basel III capital requirements.
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Research Note
Risky road ahead for South Korean banks
Date: Dec 04, 2012   |   Author: Baron Laudermilk
Weakening ROAs, risky NPLs, and funding exposures may prove to be stumbling blocks in the banks’ quest to seek compliance with Basel III.
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Case Study
Kookmin Bank targets work process innovation through smart branch concept
Date: Oct 24, 2012   |   Author: Research
With the introduction of its smart branch, Kookmin Bank enables staff to spend 70% of their time on sales and advisory services.

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