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Seoul Banks on Fintech to Solve Household Debt Crisis: FT

(AF) The South Korean government is banking on fintech companies to help its heavily indebted citizens better manage their finances, the Financial Times reported.

It’s hoped companies such as PeopleFund will help borrowers restructure their debts, which are in largely unsecured high-interest structures, into more affordable packages, the report stated. Household debt in Asia’s fourth-largest economy is at about $1.6 billion, the report said, adding that Korea’s debt-to-GDP ratio is 103.8%, compared with the 62.1% average of 43 countries surveyed by the Bank for International Settlements. Full story: Financial Times


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