• nr. 03 - March 2015

    Dear colleagues and friends, the third edition of the 360° newsletter that you are now holding is the first that I have distributed as chairman of Febelfin. Just as with the revamped annual event - where we will enter into dialogue with all segments of our society more than ever before - in this 360° we will endeavour to provide a fair but critical look at the financial sector, and above all focus on banking between and for people.

  • nr. 03 - March 2015

    The one had a long career in journalism and - after a few sidesteps in the private sector and at the VKW - has now become Minister of Finance in the Michel I government. The other has worked for a good forty years at the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) and is now its new governor. For this third 360° we put Johan Van Overtveldt and Jan Smets in the hot seat for a discussion on banks and the financial and economic landscape after the crisis, and discussed the role of Brussels.

  • nr. 03 - March 2015

    "What are the biggest challenges for your market sector?” We asked these and two other questions to Dirk Wouters, Patrick Keusters and Wim Hautekiet. The result? 9 different but very honest and critical answers.

  • nr. 03 - March 2015

    In 2014 Febelfin set up a working group that investigated whether Belgian companies have sufficient ready access to risk capital. It also examined what role the government, banks and investors (could) play in this story.

  • nr. 03 - March 2015

    The provision of credit to individuals has a substantial impact on the Belgian economy. If mortgage credit and consumer credit had stagnated between 1995 and 2013, the gross domestic product (GDP) of Belgium would have come out 0.76% lower on an annual basis.

  • nr. 03 - March 2015

    In the 25 years that the Febelfin Academy - the training institute of the financial sector - has been in place, it has grown into a recognised training partner for the banks and joint funds. This expertise has broken through into the online story of Febelfin Academy: via the new website but also via the digital learning platform, Fa-cts.

  • nr. 03 - March 2015

    "Journalists also have lessons to learn from the crisis. Concepts that used to be as good as unknown are now on everybody’s lips: CDO, swap, subprime, etc."

  • nr. 03 - March 2015

    In 2015 it will be seven years since the financial crisis erupted. Today we can look back at this period from the perspective of a reformed sector and again look forward to the future. One word is central here: balance.

  • nr. 02 - December 2014

    The key positions in two financial sector federations have been taken up by two newcomers  who are already well-known, i.e. Wim Mijs as CEO of the European Banking Federation and Rik Vandenberghe as chairman of Febelfin. 360° has asked them about their opinion on the present-day financial landscape, tomorrow’s players and the role of Brussels.

  • nr. 02 - December 2014

    Do you know that in 2014, banks had to pay almost 1 billion EUR of taxes and contributions, i.e. six times as much as in 2007? Moreover, an additional tax of
    150 million EUR will be imposed according to the government agreement. Dirk De Cort, Febelfin Director Economic Affairs: “At any price, we must avoid excessive taxation being imposed on the financial sector up to the point where the real economy would be jeopardised”.

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