Important events and trends
The global economy was fragile but gradually stabilised while central banks’ quantitative easing continued. At the end of the year, the Swedish central bank ended a five-year period of negative interest rates.
Corporate customers were active with high demand for advisory services, banking and capital market financing.
Financial institutions handled the challenging interest rate environment with caution, while demand for illiquid investments increased.
Private customers’ demand for household mortgages grew and SEB’s market share for new mortgage loans in Sweden improved.
Sustainability became an even stronger factor for customers and demand for green products grew.
SEB signed the UNEP FI Principles for Responsible Banking by which we undertake to align our activities with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.
The fight against financial crime and money laundering continued with further development of advanced technology solutions and refined working processes.