• nr. 07 - March 2016

    How international is the Belgian financial landscape? How big are the financial assets of the Belgian households? Which place is held by Brussels in the ranking of financial centres? An overview of the most recent figures!

  • nr. 06 - December 2015

    Offering quality funding for sound projects, is what the financial sector has set as its aim. For projects launched by young and talented companies, corporate lending by banks may not always be the best way of funding their start. Neither will flotation nor the issue of corporate bonds be the best solution for this type of companies, which are often very small and hardly profitable. This is where venture capital funding can come in.

  • nr. 06 - December 2015

    In Belgium, the amount of venture capital taken up is less than in the rest of Europe. Between 2008 and 2014, only 0.09% - as a percentage of the GDP – was taken up in our country. This puts Belgium behind the European average.

  • nr. 06 - December 2015

    It has often been said that in Belgium, young and fast growing companies have difficulty in finding venture capital. Is this correct and if so, what are the causes? Are there any alternative solutions? 360° asked those questions to Renaat Berckmoes (Fortino Capital), Sophie Manigart (Vlerick Business School & Universiteit Gent), Pieter Timmermans (FEB) and Marc Moonens (BNP Paribas Fortis). 'Funding by banks always will be the only possibility for 90% of the companies'. 

  • nr. 05 - October 2015

    Our economy is on the brink of a massive breakthrough of digitalisation which will utterly transform a number of sectors. Almost all specialists agree on this. This will also have an effect on the banking sector. How exactly will this transformation look like and what should current players do in order to prepare for it? 360° asked Alexander De Croo, Minister in charge of the Digital Agenda among other things, tech entrepreneur Jurgen Ingels and Frank Stockx, Managing Director of ING and Chairman of the Febelfin Payments Council, about their opinion.

  • nr. 05 - October 2015

    The digital switchover creates a new financial ecosystem. These last few years, many non-traditional players such as telecom operators and technology giants have become active on the payments market. Apple and Facebook are just two examples. The combination of services offered by those companies on the one hand and newly offered financial services on the other hand is very attractive for a large group of consumers. Which role can banks play in this respect?

  • nr. 05 - October 2015

    Online market activities represent 14% of the Belgian companies’ turnover. This creates enormous opportunities.

  • nr. 04 - June 2015

    Sustainability is one of those terms which currently serve a multitude of purposes. It is also often used in the world of finance. What exactly does sustainability mean? What is the definition of a sustainable bank? In what way do media and politics have an effect on the banks’ image of sustainability? 360° asked Sabine Denis (The Shift), Professor Luc Van Liedekerke (UA/KULeuven) and Michel Vermaerke (Febelfin) to give their opinion.  

  • nr. 04 - June 2015

    Sustainable investment funds in Belgium take up an amount of 6.15 billion EUR, i.e. 4.3% of the total volume outstanding on the investment fund market.

  • nr. 04 - June 2015

    More and more attention goes to the role of the financial sector in society. Politicians, citizens, civil organisations and the sector itself are trying to create a sector which is sustainable and responsible. The key elements in this respect are stability, providing services and a sound level of profitability. This means that the sector puts the emphasis on its core business as well as on transparency and a critical analysis of its own corporate policy.

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