Interest rates and inflation – Daniel Stelter’s economic forecast

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How do cities and municipalities get through the Corona crisis? What do capital providers and investors need to be successful? And what advantages does digitalisation bring? In the loanboox.asks. series, we talk to experts about topics like these. Daniel Stelter kicks off our audio talks.

The forecasts for 2021 are mixed. On the one hand, highs on the stock market – on the other hand, dampened economic expectations due to the ongoing Corona pandemic. And on top of that, central banks are pumping massive amounts of money into the markets and keeping interest rates low. In loanboox.asks. we talked to the economic expert and author Daniel Stelter about how all this is connected. He says:

The economic consequences of the Corona crisis will keep us busy for a very long time.

Listen to his assessments in the following audio:

Niedrigzins und Inflation - ein Ausblick auf 2021 mit Daniel Stelter

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About Daniel Stelter:

Daniel Stelter is a macroeconomist, strategy consultant and author. In his podcast “Think beyond the obvious” he looks behind the scenes of economic and financial policy and explains important connections.

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Digital Shapers 2020: These Swiss people are driving digitisation forward

Digital Shapers 2020: These Swiss people are driving digitisation forward

Digital Shapers 2020: For the fifth time, BILANZ, together with Handelszeitung and Le Temps, has chosen the 100 most important minds in Switzerland who are at the forefront of digitalisation.

They work in large organisations and help them to make established structures fit for the digital age, ensure the necessary framework conditions for digitisation or lay the foundations for new technologies and digitisation as academics, bloggers, authors, researchers or employees in think tanks: for the fifth time, BILANZ, in collaboration with Handelszeitung and Le Temps, has chosen the Digital Shapers, the 100 people who are driving digitisation forward in the country.

 

The founder an VR president of Loanboox was also elected.

We congratulate Stefan Mühlemann! He is one of the important minds driving digitalisation forward. Mühlemann recently moved from CEO to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mühlemann says to the balance sheet:

“Managing people who manage other people is not one of my strengths”.

He sees himself more as a strategist and inventor. Even though he has stakes in 15 start-ups and is sometimes more involved in one or the other, most of his energy remains focused on Loanboox. Because he still has a lot of plans for the lending platform. The company is currently active in six countries. In the long term, it aims to become a global marketplace for debt capital. The expansion is to take place primarily through partnerships with banks and other financial institutions. If an acquisition presents itself, the company is not averse to it. At the same time, Mühlemann tries not to take off and to control the pace somewhat: “We are still a start-up and must not open up too many construction sites.

 

Live Stream: Davos Digital Forum

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Live now: take part virtually in the Davos Digital Forum

To all financial administrators of cantons, cities and municipalities: Keynotes, workshops and webinars on the topics of digitalisation and modern administration are waiting for you today.

The day’s programme is divided into three streams. The first stream focuses on the topic of smart villages and the collection of ideas. The second stream will deepen knowledge about participation and communication. The third stream will feature a panel of experts on the topic of “Cities of the Future”.

Further down in the article you will find the livestreams for the conference.

At 11.30 a.m., our Co-Founder & Managing Director Switzerland Andi Burri will speak in the first stream on the topic of “Solving financial bottlenecks in crises (Covid 19) quickly and easily”.

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Podcast: “IFZ Talking Finance” talks to Stefan Feller about Green Bond

Podcast: “IFZ Talking Finance” talks to Stefan Feller about Green Bond

IFZ Talking Finance

The podcast was created by Thomas Birrer (lecturer and project manager) and Timo Heroth (senior researcher at the Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ) from the IFZ of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts to provide an insight into current financial topics. The main focus is on local and international topics related to Swiss finance. Among other things, they deal with the disruption caused by the digitalisation of the financial sector and the opportunities and challenges for Swiss companies.

Each episode features a guest expert to give us an insight into a particular area of expertise and allow you, the listener, to share in the expertise. In the third episode, Stefan Feller (Director Capital Markets) from Loanboox is our guest.

What is a green bond and what role do they play in the Swiss bond market?

Stefan Feller: A green bond is a bond with a fixed interest rate, the proceeds of which are reserved for specific purposes. It requires a second opinion from a specialised agency.  The issuer sets a catalogue of criteria with international standards.

 

What are the challenges and advantages for issuers of green bonds? Is the green bond a hype or a clear financing trend? What is happening with regard to the digitalisation of the bond market?

You can hear the answers in the podcast.

Loanboox in 23rd place at the Swiss Startup Award

Every year since 2011, the 100 most innovative and promising Swiss startups have been selected by a jury of 100 leading investors and startup experts. The selected TOP 100 startups are the world shapers of tomorrow.

The TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award is the annual reference event where the most promising Swiss startup CEOs, investors and company executives gain deep insights into the latest proven concepts, make contacts and forge new business relationships. Switzerland is home to excellent startups, and the TOP 100 is a unique opportunity to discover the best of them.

Loanboox is also among the frontrunners, coming in 23rd place. The Loanboox team is happy to have been part of the top hundred for three years.

Loanboox in Bilanz: demand for credit explodes

Loanboox in Bilanz: demand for credit explodes

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Balance, by Erich Gerbl:
Things are going splendidly for the credit platform in the crisis. Apparently, growing concerns about tax cases are fuelling demand.

The demand for loans by public debtors shot up steeply during the Covid 19 crisis. This can be seen in the business of the loan platform Loanboox.

«In the lockdown, almost three times as many trades were made via the platform as in the previous year,»

says Stefan Mühlemann, founder and VRP of the Zurich-based start-up.

Loanboox brings together public borrowers such as hospitals or municipalities and institutional lenders such as banks and pension funds in Switzerland and five other countries.

In concrete terms, March and April brought Loanboox an increase in loan volume of 136 percent to 1.8 billion Swiss francs compared to the same period last year. In the first half of the year, the platform’s loan volume rose from 2.5 billion to 4.2 billion.

Loanboox as «Corona-Profiteur»

Mühlemann, who himself suffered from the virus, sees his company as a “Corona profiteer”. For the year as a whole, he conservatively expects Loanboox to increase its loan volume by 100 percent.

The reasons for the enormous demand for loans at the height of the crisis are manifold. One important one, according to Mühlemann, is the fear of declining tax revenues due to companies’ declining business. In addition, municipalities are moving ahead anti-cyclically with infrastructure projects to support the economy. Money is also cheap, especially for top borrowers, he said. “You can even continue to make money by borrowing money,” says Mühlemann.

Loanboox has been active for four years and has brokered loans worth 45 billion Swiss francs. The goal is to become a global marketplace for debt capital. The expansion is to take place primarily through partnerships with banks and other financial institutions.