• nr. 08 - June 2016

    At the end of 2015, the amount of corporate credit outstanding at the Belgian banks was 133.4 billion EUR. This represents an annual increase of 3.4%. Corporate lending by banks clearly is on the move. 

  • nr. 07 - March 2016

    “How does the future of the Belgian financial sector look like?” At the request of Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt, a group of eight experts has spent a whole year trying to find an answer to this question. The result of their study is a report of 70 pages in which they make an in-depth analysis of the stability of the banking landscape, the real estate situation in Belgium, Fintech, cybersecurity, etc. 360° has organised a debate on this matter with the participation of three members of the Expert Group: André Sapir (ULB), Geert Noels (Econopolis) and Tom Dechaene (NBB).

  • nr. 07 - March 2016

    On January 13,  2016, a group of experts commissioned by Minister Johan Van Overtveldt published its report on the future of the Belgian financial landscape. Febelfin welcomes any initiative aimed at a reflection on this subject.

     

  • 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.

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