South Korea bank lending

South Korean banks to further ease lending in Q3: report

Household loan growth has slowed as borrowing costs rose, according to Yonhap.   Banks in South Korea are expected to further ease lending in the third quarter, even as credit risks are expected to rise, reports Yonhap, based on a survey conducted by the Bank of Korea (BOK).   An index gauging banks’ attitude toward home-backed loans and unsecured household lending stood at 14 and 19, respectively, for the July-September period, according to the findings of a poll of officials handling credit affairs at financial institutions (FIs)—which include 18 banks.   A reading above zero means the number of lenders that will ease lending surpasses that of banks planning to tighten lending criteria. 

South Korea regulator calls for banks to intensify loan assessment: report

Fast-rising interest rates are expected to hit borrowers’ capacity to repay loans.