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3.5 mln more low-income people eligible for gov't-backed loans

All Headlines 14:28 February 02, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Yonhap) --- South Korea's financial regulatory body said Thursday it will ease qualifications for relatively low interest rate loans backed by the authorities so that more people can benefit from the program.

The Financial Services Commission (FSC) has decided to lower the credit rating for Miso Finance policy loans to the sixth level or lower from the current seventh or lower. Miso Finance is designed to help those who seek to launch or operate their own businesses.

It would allow around 3.55 million more people to borrow up to 70 million won (US$61,000) for a maximum of five years at a rate of some 4.5 percent.

The FSC plans to implement the measure before the end of March after related internal procedures.

A brochure on Miso Finance policy loans for low-income people in a photo provided by Yonhap News TV (Yonhap)

Meanwhile, the nation's state financial watchdog said it would continue efforts to streamline the documentation required for borrowing and insurance or fund purchases.

Last year, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) reduced the number of documents needed for mortgage loans from 17 to eight in a bid to cut red tape.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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