financial

Seoul’s Financial Hub Dream Outshined By Startup Success

With the recent wave of global financial groups leaving or downsizing their South Korean presence, government efforts to establish Seoul as one of Asia’s three financial hubs have clearly come up short. However, a mixture of public & private initiatives have put Seoul in the spotlight for its burgeoning startup scene. Korea FM spoke with Kyle Ferrier, the Director of Academic Affairs and Research for the Korea Economic institute of America (KEI), & Forbes entrepreneurial ecosystems writer Amy Guttman, to discuss Seoul’s current financial & startup atmosphere.


Hopeful Wishing

 

I work four hours a day in Korea. It’s great. In the States I’d be working more than twice that to maintain the same income. Even more hours would be needed to realize the same lifestyle I enjoy here (nothing outlandish, I assure you). The Koreans with whom I work are not paid as much as I am for the same work. They work more hours than I do as well.


Busan e-FM Week 25: Financial Trading in Korea

About 'Open Mike in Busan'

Introduction

This week I’m going to talk about my job. I’m a financial trader, and I work for myself.

Provenance

I read recently that seven out of ten Korean people regretted changing their jobs. Clearly there’s a lot of stress here connected with people’s working lives. It’s the same in England. In fact, there’s a word for it in English – we call it the “rat-race”, and it’s a race many people dream about dropping out of. There’s a book about trading by Alexander Elder, which begins with these words: “You can be free. You can live and work anywhere in the world. You can be independent from routine and not answer to anybody. This is the life of a successful trader.” It’s a good opening because it speaks to the dream of freedom and independence people have.

When the Last Sword Is Drawn

You can be free. You can live and work anywhere in the world. You can be independent from routine and not answer to anybody. This is the life of a successful trader. - Alexander Elder - Trading for a Living

I don't write about my job very much; it's usually not relevant to my Korean experiences I document here. Occasionally though, the two worlds do become intertwined.

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