SEOUL, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) -- Loans by insurance companies in South Korea rose 4.6 percent in September this year from a year earlier, data showed Tuesday.
Outstanding lending by insurance firms totaled 229.3 trillion won (US$193 billion) as of Sept. 30, compared with 219.1 trillion won during the same period of last year, according to the data released by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS).
Loans extended to households edged up 0.5 percent on-year to 120.4 trillion won, while their corporate lending increased 9.6 percent to 108.3 trillion won.
Among household loans, those extended with insurance policies as collateral increased 4.2 percent to 64.5 trillion won, while home-backed loans fell 4.3 percent on-year to 44.2 trillion won and credit loans declined 0.6 percent to 7.3 trillion won.
Loans for real estate project financing jumped 13.8 percent to 25.6 trillion won at the end of September.
The overall loan default rate -- which measures loans whose interest and principal payments are overdue by one month or more -- came to 0.31 percent at the end of September, up from 0.29 percent during the same period of last year.
The default rate for household loans increased 0.03 percentage point to 0.62 percent, and the rate for corporate loans rose 0.05 percentage point to 0.16 percent.
Non-performing loans amounted to 445.9 billion won at the end of September, down 175.9 billion won from the end of June.
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