South Korea Plans Measures to Alleviate Strain on Financial and Real Estate Sectors

South Korea Plans Measures to Alleviate Strain on Financial and Real Estate Sectors

Yunseo Park
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South Korea's Financial Watchdog Plans Measures to Ease Strain on Banking and Real Estate Sectors

Next week, South Korea's financial watchdog is set to announce measures aimed at alleviating the strain on banking and real estate businesses caused by troubled project-finance debt. The government's plan for project financing sites is designed to encourage the sale of the projects at lower prices, fostering a virtuous cycle in the industry rather than causing losses for developers. This comes as the real estate sector displays signs of stress following the Bank of Korea's decision to raise interest rates to a 15-year high, leading to a nearly doubled delinquency rates and an estimated $81 billion of troubled project-finance debt. The plan will primarily focus on project finance sites in the early stages of construction. In addition, the Financial Supervisory Service aims to wrap up its investigation into short-selling practices by 14 global banks within this year.

Key Takeaways

  • South Korea to announce measures for troubled project-finance debt next week to ease banking and real estate stress.
  • Aim is not to "kill developers" but to encourage changing hands at lower prices for a "virtuous cycle".
  • Real estate sector showing cracks due to BOK increasing interest rates to 15-year high.
  • Delinquency rates for key Korean lenders nearly doubled to 6.55% last year.
  • Estimated 111 trillion won ($81 billion) of project-finance debt is "troubled".
  • Plan targets restructuring of project finance sites in early stages with construction not started.
  • FSS to complete short-selling investigation into 14 global banks within 2024.


The South Korean government's plan indicates efforts to stabilize the banking and real estate sectors, which have been under strain due to rising delinquency rates and increased borrowing costs. The move particularly targets projects in the early stages of construction, aiming to prompt their restructuring and revitalize the sector. The investigation into short-selling by global banks may further impact financial institutions, and potential regulatory actions could have far-reaching consequences for international banking practices. Countries and organizations with significant exposure to the South Korean real estate sector may face indirect consequences. Success of these measures will depend on the market's response and the government's management of potential risks.

Did You Know?

  • Project-finance debt: This term refers to financing that evaluates a project's credit risk and extends loans based on the project's cash flows, rather than the creditworthiness of the sponsor or borrower. Approximately $81 billion (111 trillion won) of this debt is considered "troubled."
  • Bank of Korea (BOK) interest rates: The BOK raised interest rates to a 15-year high, leading to higher delinquency rates. Delinquency rates for key Korean lenders nearly doubled to 6.55% last year.
  • Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) investigation on short-selling: The FSS is investigating short-selling practices by 14 global banks, aiming to complete this investigation within 2024. This could potentially lead to regulatory actions against violations of short-selling rules.

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