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Ein ungewöhnliches und herausforderndes Jahr geht zu Ende. Ein Jahr, das vielen von uns viel abverlangt hat. Aber natürlich gab es auch schöne und positive Momente, auf die es sich zurückzublicken lohnt.

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 Auch für uns gab es 2020 schöne und prägende Erlebnisse: Wir freuen uns, dass wir Kommunen und Unternehmen in fünf Ländern dabei unterstützen konnten, ihre Finanzierungsanfragen erfolgreich über unsere Plattform abzuschließen. 105 neue Kapitalgeber konnten wir begrüßen und hoffen, dass wir ihnen – und allen anderen – mit unseren Tools die Arbeit erleichtern. Mit dem Online-Direktdarlehen konnten wir Kommunen eine Lösung für Liquiditätskredite anbieten, die sich etabliert hat, darauf sind wir stolz. Und wir finden es großartig, liebe Loanboox-Community, dass wir auch von zu Hause aus reibungslos mit Ihnen zusammenarbeiten und kommunizieren können.

Herzlichen Dank für das entgegengebrachte Vertrauen und das Interesse in diesen besonderen Zeiten.

Jetzt ist es Zeit, durchzuatmen und die Reset-Taste für 2021 zu drücken. Wir freuen uns auf ein gemeinsames, neues Jahr

Wir wünschen Ihnen frohe und erholsame Festtage mit Ihrer Familie und alles Gute für 2021. Bleiben Sie gesund.

Ihr Loanboox-Team

The vaccine and the capital markets

Everything will be fine, one might say in view of the hopeful news about Covid19 vaccines that will soon be available. And at least the financial markets agree with this credo. But is this just a snapshot or already a signal for a synchronised global upswing?

The announcement that several vaccines against the virus could be approved before the end of this year has not only caused the prices of the respective pharmaceutical companies to soar, but also boosted the stock markets in general. Although many details – such as the distribution of the vaccines – have not yet been clarified, the upswing on the markets is virtually anticipated. This applies both to the development of the real economy and to the opportunities on the capital markets. Investors worldwide are optimistic. The question, however, is: What factors can influence this development? And at what starting point do we actually stand?

Corona is still omnipresent

The macroeconomic backdrop is certainly more constructive at present than it was in the summer or even in the spring. Although the second wave of infection has been rolling for weeks, it has not hit the economy that hard so far. This is partly because governments in Europe have so far tried to avoid a complete lock-down. The international movement of goods, for example, is largely unhindered – that was not the case during the first wave. On the other hand, people have learned from the experience of the crisis in the spring, which creates a better basis in many respects. That is the good news.

Uncertainty factor USA

But the Covid19 infection figures in most countries are still rising or at least stagnating at a high level. The US is fighting a third wave, and if there were to be new lockdowns, this would certainly result in weaker economic activity. In addition, an agreement in Congress on the support programme so urgently needed by the economy is not yet in sight – this also plays a major role in the development of the financial markets worldwide.

Power forecast with small blemishes

This rather ambivalent situation makes an exact prognosis difficult, but nevertheless: the announcement of the vaccines and the hope for an early return to normality is a euphoric signal. Even renewed economic setbacks caused by Corona – according to the calculations of many financial experts – could be quickly offset once widespread vaccination begins. They expect GDP in the Eurozone to return to pre-Corona levels by the end of 2022. The capacity for a rapid economic recovery has already been demonstrated this summer, they say.

Investors are keeping an eye on this development. It is wise to start thinking about the post-pandemic period now. 

You have the foresight and want to invest? Find out about safe investment opportunities on Loanboox.

Market-Update: To know where the wind blows

Market-Update: To know where the wind blows

It’s good to know what’s coming, even in turbulent times. The Loanboox Market Update gives you an overview of the most important developments on the financial markets and on our platform every month.

How are interest rates developing? Will it remain at the historically low level? And what influence will this have on current deals on the debt capital market? Every month we answer these and other important questions. In addition, we provide you with all the relevant news on economic developments in Germany and, of course, on the activities on our platform.

In the current issue, you will find out, among other things, what is currently causing German municipalities to worry and why Loanboox is becoming increasingly attractive for institutional lenders.

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Corona solutions: How to successfully organise digital financing

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Spending just for the sake of negative interest rates, on the other hand, is a bad idea. “The interest rates sound very tempting. But taking out loans always involves the promise of repayment,” says Christian Keuschnigg, who holds the Chair of Public Finance at the University of St. Gallen. Besides, interest rates could also rise again soon.

The interest subsidies from this also serve to ease the burden on the budget

Says Stefan Mühlemann, founder and CEO of Loanboox.

But it’s not a good business model. Waldkirch has already profited from it: Last year, the municipality took out a loan and received an interest rate of 0.25 per cent, said Aurelio Zaccari, president of the municipality, at an information event on the sports field vote.

 

Connecting instead of disrupting: How FinTechs and banks work together

Connecting instead of disrupting: How FinTechs and banks work together

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FinTechs versus banks – the public likes the image of the small, innovative David against the big, ponderous Goliath. What is often disregarded in the process: the customer benefit. We explain why cooperations with institutional partners like banks are important and useful. 

Many banks, insurance companies and businesses want to become more customer-oriented, efficient and agile. But structures that have evolved over decades and internal regulations do not exactly make this development process easy. It is important for clients, especially in difficult times like these, to find efficient financing options that can also be easily operated from the home office.

The market for such partnerships is there

For our COO Dominique Hügli, the advantages were therefore obvious when, for example, the opportunity arose to cooperate with Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB). Through the cooperation, both sides want to drive the digitalisation process in the financial sector and better exploit the existing market potential.

Digital transformations and joint projects like these are always a challenge as well. It is important that everyone is brought on board, believes in the joint product or service and consistently follows the underlying strategy.

But it worked well and at the end of the process, with the “Direktdarlehen”, we have a digital product that everyone is happy with – especially the customer. What’s more, the cooperation with DKB shows that it is worth expanding the portfolio for further strategic partnerships. With innovative partners who – like us – believe in the digitalisation of the debt capital markets. What’s important here: picking up on needs and developing new standard solutions from them.

Interesting topic? You can find information on further services with DKB here.

Press release: Fintech company Loanboox cooperates with ICF BANK

Press release: Fintech company Loanboox cooperates with ICF BANK

The fintech Loanboox and ICF Bank AG have joined forces to turn the market for bond issues in Germany upside down: The first corporate bonds of medium-sized companies will soon be processed digitally.

After the first successful issue via Loanboox in Switzerland, the first corporate bonds in Germany are to follow in the next few weeks. With the cooperation of the established ICF BANK AG Wertpapierhandelsbank and the independent debt capital market platform Loanboox, both sides have created an essential basis for joint activities in the German market. Sascha Rinno, Chief Capital Markets Officer of ICF BANK AG:

«We are convinced that digitalisation will also find its way into the capital market business. Thanks to Loanboox’s digital platform, we are bringing more efficiency and transparency to the processing of bond issues – to the benefit of issuers and investors.»

Investors are continuously informed about the most important process steps and deadlines via the platform and have access to all transaction-relevant documents and information. This increases the efficiency of the placement process for all parties involved.

Stefan Feller, Director Capital Markets at Loanboox: «Together with the specialists at ICF, we are pleased to digitise the issuing process for corporate bonds in Germany as well. This will not only make it more comprehensible, but also more accessible.»

About ICF Bank AG

ICF Bank AG with its more than 75 employees is one of the leading securities trading banks in Germany.

In addition to the Market Making and Brokerage Services business areas, ICF is active in the Capital Markets business area as a long-term and reliable capital market partner and supports its clients in all questions of equity and debt financing. The focus of the advisory services is on listed companies or companies close to the capital market with plans to enter the capital market. The experienced team of experts has successfully completed numerous capital market transactions and offers its clients efficient support in the structuring and placement of equity and debt capital markets transactions.

About Loanboox GmbH

The fintech Loanboox is Europe’s leading debt capital market platform for large corporations, the public sector, institutional investors and banks. Loanboox has processed over EUR 40 billion in financing requests to date and is active in six countries.