News 2019 16 Oct 2019 09:26 SEB receives top ranking in commissioned research SEB is ranked at the top in commissioned research. This was shown in a fresh Prospera survey in which more than 90 buyers of commissioned research ranked their providers. 08 Oct 2019 12:00 SEBx chooses Thought Machine for cloud-based banking platform SEBx is entering into a partnership with the fintech company Thought Machine to use its cloud-based core banking engine Vault, as part of the SEBx technology platform. 08 Oct 2019 08:28 Next step for creation of Nordic Payments Platform The next step is now being taken towards the creation of the P27 Nordic Payments Platform, the Nordic region’s first payment system for real-time payments. 03 Oct 2019 09:35 SEB to advise on Swedish government green bond issue 23 Sep 2019 11:42 SEB present when UN principles launched SEB’s President and CEO Johan Torgeby was present at the UN on Sunday evening when the Principles for Responsible Banking were launched. 04 Sep 2019 13:01 Gustav Radell new Marketing Director in SEB SEB has recruited Gustav Radell as new Global Marketing Director. He is currently Head of Consumer & Brand Marketing Northern Europe at Google. 28 Aug 2019 08:54 Financial market essential for solving water crisis In connection with World Water Week in Stockholm, on Monday SEB together with the organisation Water.org hosted a reception to highlight the link between water and finance. 27 Aug 2019 09:11 SEB signs UN Principles for Responsible Banking SEB has committed to complying with the UN initiative Principles for Responsible Banking. This means that the bank undertakes to continuously strengthen its positive impact on society in accordance with the UN Development Goals. 27 Aug 2019 08:17 Nordic Outlook: Muted global growth amid extreme yields The global economy is seeing a noticeably pessimistic bond market and increased uncertainty due to trade and geopolitical issues, write SEB's economists in a new issue of Nordic Outlook. 26 Aug 2019 12:45 New fund invests in companies that solve global challenges Do you think it is profitable to solve the world’s problems? If so, you are part of the target group for the new Lyxor SEB Impact Fund. 21 Aug 2019 13:30 "For me, SEB equals - huge opportunities" SEB - a workplace where employees can grow and develop. 20 Aug 2019 10:52 Somewhat higher pay hikes despite cyclical headwinds Sweden’s next national wage round begins soon − with the aim of putting collective agreements in place well before the current ones expire next year. In Economic Insights, Håkan Frisén and Olle Holmgren analyzes the process. 15 Aug 2019 12:57 "All global events affect my work at SEB" 05 Aug 2019 11:09 "Enlightening to experience others’ customs and cultures" “It is incredibly enlightening to live and work in another country," says Niklas Eliasson, who is serving as a link between the Swedish operations and SEB's Kuala Lumpur IT development team. 29 Jul 2019 08:53 SEB assisted Air Baltic on large bonds issue SEB assisted Air Baltic Corporation, Latvia’s leading airline company, in successfully placing 200 million euros worth of five-year bonds. 23 Jul 2019 15:44 Business in China still good despite trade tensions Trade tensions have affected Nordic and German companies active in China negatively, but business there so far this year was still good, shows a new survey. 19 Jul 2019 08:11 SEB facilitates issuance of vaccination bond SEB acted as joint lead manager in the issuance of a 600 million Norwegian kroner bond that will help accelerate vaccination programs for children in some of the world's poorest countries. 15 Jul 2019 09:06 Information from all banks in SEB's app Beginning in July it will be possible for SEB customers in Sweden to view information from all of their banks in one and the same place. 12 Jul 2019 07:07 SEB's second quarter 2019 result The operating result for the second quarter 2019 amounted to SEK 6.1bn and return on equity, excluding items affecting comparability, was 13.9 per cent. 10 Jul 2019 09:19 SEB and SAS co-invest in a new AI company SEB and SAS are investing together in Combient mix, a new company recently spun off from Combient. 02 Jul 2019 13:01 SEB top asset manager in Nordic region A Kantar Sifo Prospera survey of Nordic financial institutions and companies with externally managed capital of at least 200 million Swedish kronor places SEB in the top spot overall in the region. 26 Jun 2019 14:48 SEB – the right workplace for enthusiastic system developer 26 Jun 2019 09:14 Johan Torgeby in new IIF podcast The Institute of International Finance this week published a podcast where SEB’s CEO Johan Torgeby talks with its editor about Open Banking, Artificial Intelligence and more. 25 Jun 2019 14:48 Partnership with Mastercard for Nordic payment platform The bank-common P27 project, which aims to create a new payment infrastructure in the Nordic region, has established a partnership with Mastercard. 24 Jun 2019 08:10 New industrial Ph.D. student at SEB SEB has now got its second industrial Ph.D. student the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Programme (WASP). 18 Jun 2019 15:36 New taxonomy and EU standard for green bonds The European Commission’s Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance published three new reports helping define what is environmentally sustainable. In the future this will affect SEB's customers. 18 Jun 2019 10:06 Ensuring trust in an age of digital banking Trust and technology must form the foundations of banking in the digital world, says CEO Johan Torgeby in an interview with PwC´s magazine Strategy & Business. 12 Jun 2019 08:30 SEB and Nokia to test new export documentation process SEB is one of three banks that together with Nokia will carry out a pilot test of a new system for automated handling of export documentation, aiming to make the process more efficient. 28 May 2019 09:14 Mob programming – a method for collective coding An entire team works on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer. These are the principles of mob programming. 24 May 2019 08:32 Presentation of cutting edge research in self-learning AI Patrik Karlsson, head of algorithmic FX execution, and SEB’s industry doctoral candidate Hanna Hultin, held one of the main talks at QuantMinds International, the world’s leading quantitative finance conference. 17 May 2019 10:48 Former trainees and Tech Program participants took on energy challenges Former trainees and Tech Program participants from SEB, Vattenfall, Siemens and Husqvarna met in SEB's premises to address some of the greatest challenges and opportunities within sustainability. 14 May 2019 09:42 Martina Wallenberg to be Head of Open Banking Martina Wallenberg will be Head of Open Banking, a new unit within SEB, which will coordinate and develop SEB’s offering and intake of products and services built on API technology. 10 May 2019 12:57 Considerable interest in the first Social Investment Forum Cooperation between the private and public sectors is essential to solve impending social challenges. That was the message at the first Social Investment Forum. 10 May 2019 09:13 First step in SEB’s new business platform now being launched The first step of Business Arena is now being launched, SEB’s new digital business platform for companies and institutions. 10 May 2019 09:12 First step in SEB’s new business platform now being launched The first step of Business Arena, SEB’s new digital business platform for corporates and financial institutions, is now being launched. 09 May 2019 14:16 Climate change on central banks’ and forecasters’ radar The impact of climate change on macro forecasts is highly uncertain and often double-edged, so any direct impact on monetary policy is unlikely. 30 Apr 2019 13:01 Petra Ålund, new head of Technology Petra Ålund has been named as new head of Technology with overarching responsibility for both IT infrastructure and maintenance and development. 30 Apr 2019 10:07 Magnus about working abroad: “I would go out again if the opportunity was given” "I have had the privilege of working in three global financial centers. I think this experience enables me to be better in my current role", says Magnus Ward. 30 Apr 2019 07:03 SEB's first quarter 2019 result The operating result for the first quarter 2019 amounted to SEK 5.9bn and return on equity, excluding items affecting comparability, was 12.8 per cent. 29 Apr 2019 09:06 Comment on report about AML deficiencies On Monday, Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, published an article that criticises SEB's work against money laundering. 23 Apr 2019 12:50 Paula about the work abroad: ”An excellent base for your future career” "Working in the international network provides a unique opportunity to see a microcosm of SEB, which is an excellent base for your future career", says Paula da Silva who has had several international assignments in both South America and the United States. 17 Apr 2019 11:26 SEB joins test of marketplace for CO2 reduction SEB and other Nordic companies led by Finnish energy company Fortum has initiated a pioneer project to create a marketplace for trading in certificates for the removal of carbon dioxide. 17 Apr 2019 11:07 Daniel about the time abroad: ‘A bit of a dream come true’ “Already after less than a year, it has given me an incredible amount – both professionally and personally,” says Daniel Forslund, who is currently working at SEB in New York. 17 Apr 2019 11:07 BP adjusts strategy after investor criticism British oil company BP will aligning company strategy with the Paris Agreement after criticism from SEB and other investors. “This feels very good,” says SEB's Christina Strand Wadsjö. 11 Apr 2019 07:39 SEB starts venture capital fund for industrial tech companies SEB is setting up a new venture capital fund and going in as the largest investor. Frederick Johansson will be CEO of the new company. 11 Apr 2019 07:06 SEB to sell minority shareholding in LR Realkredit A/S to Nykredit Realkredit A/S Today, SEB and the other owner banks have entered into an agreement to sell Danish mortgage credit institution LR Realkredit A/S to Nykredit Realkredit A/S. 10 Apr 2019 16:24 Hanna about the time abroad:”I’ve learned the strength of seeing things from different perspectives” “It’s enlightening and enriching to live and work in an international environment,” says Hanna Langwagen, who works with transformation management at SEB Kort and who previously worked in the Insurance division in Dublin. 05 Apr 2019 08:24 Long-standing and broad relationship characterised by trust “It’s important that the bank understands our business and our objectives”, says Magnus Billing, CEO of the Swedish occupational pensions company Alecta. 01 Apr 2019 09:30 A good bank is there in good times and bad "It’s when times are tough that you really need a good banking relationship – a mutual trust and understanding for your business,” says Edvard Kälvesten, CEO of Silex Microsystems. 25 Mar 2019 08:31 "Industry 4.0 meets Bank 4.0" at Hannover Messe SEB participates in the Swedish co-lab pavilion at the large industrial fair in Germany April 1st to 5th. 22 Mar 2019 09:21 First microfinance fund reached 6.1 million customers SEB's first microfinance fund reached 6.1 million entrepreneurs – of which more than half were women – in 27 different emerging markets during the period July 2013 to August 2018. 18 Mar 2019 09:20 On the brink of Brexit fatigue: 14 questions and answers The UK is – and will remain – a divided country for a long time to come, regardless of the outcome, says Richard Falkenhäll and Robert Bergqvist in Reflections for this week. 15 Mar 2019 16:39 SEB delegation visits Brazil SEB bring together representatives from Swedish and Nordic companies for a visit to Brazil and São Paulo. 15 Mar 2019 15:07 SEB releases first live data for PSD2 APIs Today SEB opens up the possibility for certified Third Party Providers (TPPs) to access real customer data. 14 Mar 2019 08:37 Decision on repayment of fine assessed by ESMA to SEB ESMA will repay a fine of 495,000 euro to SEB after a board of appeals found the bank did not act negligently in its previous practice of expressing credit quality of corporate bonds 13 Mar 2019 09:03 ‘We want to be high on the priorities list’ “Our relationship with SEB is solid. We have a good and uncomplicated cooperation,” says Dirk Baltzer, Senior Director Corporate Treasury of Germany’s KION Group. 08 Mar 2019 14:54 ‘Sustainability is important in our entire value chain’ “Personal relationships are the most important part of a banking relation – having a helpful contact person who can bring in various types of specialists when you need advice,” says Margareta Hagman, CFO of the Swedish healthcare company BioGaia. 07 Feb 2019 10:24 SEB increasing its investment as Tink expands in Europe SEB is increasing its investments as Fintech company Tink is raising EUR 56m to finance the expansion of its Open Banking platform in Europe. 30 Jan 2019 07:05 SEB's Annual Accounts 2018 The operating result, before items affecting comparability, for 2018 was SEK 22.8bn (22.7) and return on equity 13.4 per cent (12.9). 29 Jan 2019 09:49 SEB investing in Danish sustainability fund As the sole Swedish investor, SEB is investing in the Danish SDG Investment Fund – a fund that is contributing toward achievement of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals by investing in developing countries. 25 Jan 2019 15:54 New fund for impact investments coupled to the UN’s Global Goals 24 Jan 2019 16:25 SEB participating in issuance of “blue bond” for the Baltic Sea On Thursday the Nordic Investment Bank for the first time issued a “blue bond”, with funding earmarked for protecting the sensitive marine environment in the Baltic Sea. SEB arranged the issue. 16 Jan 2019 09:29 Global blockchain network now being launched A global network and an independent governance organisation tied to the Corda blockchain network are now being launched. 09 Jan 2019 15:38 William – a master of prioritisation who's not afraid of a challenge 2018 11 Dec 2018 15:46 Speedy payments now in all SEB locations SEB on 3 December introduced the speedy SWIFT gpi payment service on all its markets outside of Sweden. SEB already in June introduced the service in Sweden. 23 Nov 2018 11:36 Blockchain moving from hype to reality Next year blockchain will take the leap from hype to reality. That was the message at the blockchain firm R3’s Nordic conference, which was held at SEB in Arenastaden. 20 Nov 2018 13:45 Adam Österman – a driving force in SEB’s Innovation Lab Meet Adam Österman who works in SEB's Innovation Lab. He is driven by releasing innovation and creating new ways of working within the bank. 02 Nov 2018 18:06 SEB’s result in EBA’s banking stress test 2018 On Friday 2 November, the results of the European Banking Authority's EU-wide stress test were published. 26 Oct 2018 10:39 New “boutique” for advice on digital business models SEB is establishing a new function, specialising in digital business models and strategies. Jan Amethier will head up the new unit. 25 Oct 2018 07:13 Life and Investment Management to become separate divisions SEB will split its Life & Investment Management division in two, enabling the bank to further strengthen its savings offering and better meet changing customer demands. 25 Oct 2018 07:11 Strengthened focus on IT and automation in management SEB appoints Nicholas Moch as CIO and Ausra Matuceviciene as responsible for automation in order to strengthen the digitalisation and automation agenda. 25 Oct 2018 07:03 SEB's third quarter 2018 result Operating income for the third quarter amounted to SEK 11.4bn (11.9). Compared to the third quarter 2017, operating income increased by 3 per cent. 23 Oct 2018 08:57 Blockchain ready for use in processing letters of credit SEB is the only Nordic bank participating in the Voltron project which will develop a blockchain-based platform for document processing in trade finance. 19 Oct 2018 17:44 Comment on tax arrangements in Sweden SEB offers no products nor participates in structures whose sole purpose is to avoid taxes, says SEB in a commentary on Friday's media reports that the bank carried out financial transactions in Sweden. 18 Oct 2018 08:23 Comment to media reports about German tax structures SEB has not offered or financed transactions in Germany for the purpose of recovering unpaid taxes. We distance ourselves from that type of arrangement, says SEB in a comment on Thursday's media reports. 16 Oct 2018 11:22 Wage formation at a new crossroads Pay increases in major advanced economies have speeded up in recent years. But in Sweden, we have not seen any similar pay acceleration, says Håkan Frisén and Olle Holmgren in this week's Reflections. 11 Oct 2018 09:11 More informed decisions through reverse mentorship In December last year a reverse mentoring initiative started where members of SEB's Group Executive Committee were paired with a few of the bank's millennials to gain new perspectives. For Mats Torstendahl and Maria Bernstål, sales manager for the SME segment, it was a good match. 10 Oct 2018 09:52 Lack of krona weakness to keep interest rates low As opposed to before, the Swedish currency now has some defensive qualities and may therefore not fall in value and provide a cushion for the economy when the next slowdown arrives. 21 Sep 2018 14:53 SEB joins finance- and sustainability board Joachim Alpen, co-head of Large Corporates & Financial Institutions at SEB, joins the board at the newly founded Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre, SSFC. 21 Sep 2018 12:04 Vasakronan pioneered green certificates Sweden’s largest real estate company Vasakronan on 21 September issued the world’s first green certificates. 17 Sep 2018 10:18 SEB’s program for young IT professionals celebrates 10 years The IT Young Professional Programme, ITYPP, started 2008 to attract new competences to SEB. Kamil Herzog was one of the first to participate and still has a lot to thank the program for. 05 Sep 2018 08:47 ‘Banks have a key role in sustainability shift’ “The financial market has a key role to play in creating economic drivers that contribute to a sustainability shift. The better we are at this, the faster the transformation will take place”, says Karl-Oskar Olming, new Chief Sustainability Strategist at SEB. 16 Aug 2018 14:18 Sweden’s election–strong, decisive government still unlikely The inability of the parties to deal with Sweden’s new political landscape will hinder the formation of a strong, decisive government, says Håkan Frisén and Daniel Bergvall in the Economic Insights on the Swedish election coming up. 14 Aug 2018 09:40 Trump’s trade war: regrettable but manageable Global import tariffs have trended downward for the past 30 years. But increased populism is fuelling protectionism. The trade war will intensify this autumn, foresees Chief Strategist Robert Bergqvist in his reflections for August. 23 Jul 2018 10:01 SEB sanctioned for credit analysis practices The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), which monitors compliance with the EU Credit Rating Agency Regulation (CRAR), has issued SEB with a sanction of 495,000 euros. 17 Jul 2018 07:02 SEB's second quarter 2018 result Operating profit for the second quarter 2018 was SEK 10.7bn (5.3). Return on equity was 29.9 per cent (11.6) while return on equity before items affecting comparability was 16.5 per cent (11.6). 13 Jul 2018 08:25 Next step in global blockchain platform now being launched Corda Enterprise is now being launched, the next step in the development of a scalable, global infrastructure based on blockchain technology. 11 Jul 2018 11:28 Artificial Intelligence had a field day @SEB Our AI Guild recently arranged the very popular AI Day here at Arenastaden. Hundreds flocked to hear both internal experts as well as invited profiled guests talk. Watch the film! 04 Jul 2018 09:41 SEB launched upgraded developer portal SEB now launches its Developer Portal for public use, welcoming developers to sign up and get access to the first APIs that are part of SEB's Open Banking journey. 27 Jun 2018 10:02 Increased speed for international payments This week SEB was enrolled in SWIFT gpi, a new, global payment service that will lead to faster speed, greater transparency and better tracking of cross-border payments. 18 Jun 2018 09:34 Hans Christian Kjelsrud head of Shipping & Offshore Hans Christian Kjelsrud will join SEB as Head of Shipping & Offshore.He most recently held the position as Global Head of Shipping & Offshore at Nordea. 14 Jun 2018 09:58 SEB expert included in EU group for sustainable finance SEB´s head of Sustainability, Marie Baumgarts, has been included in The European Commission's Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. 12 Jun 2018 13:33 Weak krona has little effect on GDP, due to high resource use In recent months the weak Swedish krona has generated a broad discussion about the consequences of monetary policy. Håkan Frisén and Olle Holmgren comments on it in Economic Insights for June. 08 Jun 2018 09:58 Peter Branner to leave SEB Peter Branner, CEO of SEB Investment Management AB, has decided to leave SEB to take up a position with a company outside the Nordic region. 01 Jun 2018 14:26 SEB endorses international recommendation SEB commits to support international voluntary recommendations on climate-related financial disclosure. The recommendations have been prepared by an industry-led working group, Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, (TCFD) at the request of the G20 Financial Stability Board (FSB). 31 May 2018 10:53 SEB commits to global code for FX trade SEB has signed a statement of commitment to the FX Global Code, which will ensure a robust, fair and transparent currency market distinguished by high ethics. 30 May 2018 14:43 Danish competition authority approved sale of SEB Pension The Danish Competition Council, Konkurrencerådet, on 30 May 2018 approved the sale of SEB Pension to Danica Pension. 30 May 2018 13:26 Swedish–French partnership for transition to green economy The financial sector has a key role to play in contributing to the green transition, said Marcus Wallenberg, at the Swedish-French conference on Green economy. 22 May 2018 12:00 SEB Fund Services to merge with FundRock in Luxembourg SEB has signed a share purchase agreement to sell its Fund Services business in Luxembourg to FundRock Management Company S.A. The business, including some 20 employees, will be transferred to FundRock, subject to regulatory approval. 16 May 2018 10:56 Green mortgages to finance green housing This week SEB launched green mortgages. The new loans are available to anyone with housing that Sweden’s National Board of Housing, Building and Planning have assigned an A or B rating for energy efficiency. 07 May 2018 08:28 Fintech collaboration provides digital financing solution Through SEB’s collaboration with fintech company Capcito the bank’s small business customers are offered a digital solution which provides simple access to a dynamic overdraft. 30 Apr 2018 07:03 SEB's first quarter 2018 result Operating profit before items affecting comparability for the first quarter 2018 was SEK 5.3bn (6.1). Operating profit for the first quarter 2018 was SEK 5.3bn (4.2). 25 Apr 2018 15:09 SEB published new Green Bond Investor Report SEB has published its first Green Bond Investor Report, describing the environmental impact from SEB’s inaugural green bond, issued in February 2017. 20 Apr 2018 09:00 Positive tones about investments in renewable energy How can the private sector contribute to the huge investments that need to be made in renewable energy and infrastructure? This was the main question at SEB’s customer seminar on Nordic infrastructure and renewable energy held last week. 13 Apr 2018 09:19 Engagement and smooth operation most important “What’s most important is that you have mutual trust and can meet face to face – that you feel a sense of engagement and a partnership,” says Lotta Svensson, who together with her brother Anders Svensson runs building supply firm Woody Bygghandel Stockholm Syd. 11 Apr 2018 13:56 Spring budget – more campaign kick-off than actual policy A booming economy and solid central government finances have created room for an expansionary election budget; the “krona-by-krona” principle has been replaced by a splurge mentality, says Håkan Frisén and Daniel Bergvall in Economic Insights for April. 04 Apr 2018 10:12 Good, diversified service for global asset manager "Our partnership with SEB works well for our portfolio managers as well as for our administrative staff,” says Mikko Mursula, Chief Investment Officer of the Finnish mutual pension insurance company Ilmarinen. 19 Mar 2018 09:27 For us the customer comes first, and SEB treats me the same Confidence and an understanding for each other’s business are the most important factors in a banking relationship. So says Professor Vladas A. Bumelis, founder and Chairman of Biotechpharma, a Lithuanian company that develops and manufactures biopharmaceutical products for the pharmaceutical industry. 12 Mar 2018 08:50 “You want to be seen, understood, and feel a genuine interest” After 20 years of marriage, Göran and Eva Brandt came to an impasse and decided to divorce. A year later they changed their minds and began searching for a new home together. It was then they met with their current bank adviser, who really made an impression. 09 Mar 2018 09:26 Trump’s tariffs – more domestic politics than foreign policy No major economic effect from Trump's tariffs, and no further US action is main scenario, writes SEB’s Chief Economist Robert Bergqvist. 05 Mar 2018 08:26 We need a long-term approach and an interest to grow with us “What’s most important in a banking relationship is a long-term perspective, partnership and an interest to join us on our journey of growth.” So says Pia Aaltonen-Forsell, CFO of the industrial group Ahlström-Munksjö. 31 Jan 2018 07:04 SEB’s Annual Accounts 2017 Excluding items affecting comparability the operating result was SEK 22.7bn and return on equity 12.7 per cent. 11 Jan 2018 08:00 SEB invests in fintech to increase card digitisation In cooperation with Danish venture capital fund SEED, SEB is investing 30 million Danish kronor in fintech company Cardlay. 2017 06 Dec 2017 08:43 Finland 100 years! Watch SEB's congratulation video Today, we congratulate Finland to a 100 years of independence. 28 Nov 2017 15:43 Top ranked in the Nordic among largest companies SEB has the sector’s highest overall performance when the largest companies in the Nordic countries rate their bank relationships. This is the result of Prospera’s annual survey of customer satisfaction. 15 Nov 2017 15:50 New developer page – step towards an open banking world SEB is now taking another step towards a more open banking world. On the new website, developer.sebgroup.com, developers can register their interest in creating new solutions when SEB shortly make the first open interfaces available. 13 Nov 2017 09:06 SEB’s Swedish Housing Price Indicator drops sharply SEB's Swedish Housing Price Indicator declined by 39 points, from an elevated 50 in October to only 11 in November. This is the second largest drop in the history of the series. 27 Oct 2017 09:36 SEB awarded for innovative use of AI technology SEB’s Head of Info, Architecture & Strategy, Nicolas Moch, was presented a Supernova Award for the way the bank uses artificial intelligence in its digital customer service. 26 Oct 2017 14:09 Nordic public sector issuers release position paper on green bond impact reporting Nordic public sector releases detailed framework for how to illustrate the actual impact of the projects financed. SEB acted as a key advisor during the development of the position paper. 25 Oct 2017 07:04 SEB’s third quarter 2017 result The operating profit for the third quarter 2017 was SEK 5.4bn (5.7). Compared to the third quarter 2016, operating profit increased by 3 per cent. Return on equity was 12.1 per cent (13.2). 24 Oct 2017 13:42 SEB buys more Tink shares as new shareholders enter SEB is expanding its ownership in fin-tech company Tink as that company is opening up for technological cooperation with additional partners. 16 Oct 2017 16:35 SEB has received permission from Swedish FSA to acquire property On Monday the Swedish FSA granted SEB permission to acquire parts of the German subsidiary. 11 Oct 2017 10:30 SEB Hållbarhetsfond Sverige receives Nordic Swan Ecolabelling 09 Oct 2017 10:00 SEB involved in project focusing on digitalisation of industry SEB is involved in and is exploring the future of financial services in the “Internet of Things”. This work is being conducted in close collaboration with several of the bank’s industrial corporate customers. 27 Sep 2017 08:53 SEB and Nasdaq to use blockchain in mutual funds SEB has initiated a project with Nasdaq to test a new fund trading platform based on blockchain technology. 25 Sep 2017 11:10 SEB to invest in digital operational financing firm SEB is going in as a part-owner in the fintech company Capcito. The company offers an online service through which companies can gain access to dynamic operational financing based on their cash flow and underlying accounts receivable. 25 Sep 2017 10:53 Merkel remains at the helm: Q&A about the election In this week’s Reflections SEB economists Robert Bergqvist and Daniel Bergvall ask and answer 13 questions about the German election and consequences for the rest of the world. 01 Sep 2017 15:36 Riksbank increasing the risk of a new crisis Sweden's central bank should adjust their policies to avoid a crisis, say SEB economists Robert Bergqvist and Håkan Frisén in an op-ed piece. 25 Aug 2017 13:57 This year’s interns: “Not as rigid as expected” “It was not at all as rigid and hierarchical as I had feared. The atmosphere was very open, and everyone has been so friendly,” says Frederikke Kragerud, an intern at SEB this summer. 22 Aug 2017 13:07 Salla Franzén – new Chief Data Scientist at SEB “It will be exciting to be able to focus entirely on making SEB a more data-driven company,” she says. “Data is the heart of the bank, and that heart beats for its customers", says Salla Franzén, newly appointed Chief Data Scientist at SEB. 21 Aug 2017 09:44 Burning passion to use AI for world-class service During her studies she specialised in intelligent systems, but when she started at SEB in 2008 she hardly thought she would have any use for it. “It’s incredibly fun to be able to work with what you have a passion for,” says Erica Lundin, Head of the Aida Center of Excellence since February. 14 Aug 2017 11:23 “Get ready for an exciting start of the autumn” “As the Trump drama continues, with unclear implications for geopolitics and US fiscal policy, we will turn more focus on the future of Europe and monetary policy”. SEB´s chief economist Robert Bergqvist foresees an exciting start of the autumn, in a short comment. 09 Aug 2017 16:31 40 percent women on the boards that SEB works with Over the last three years, SEB has nominated 64 board candidates. 39 of them were women. This means that SEB has reached the gender equality target set by the government during the election. 07 Aug 2017 12:35 Blockchain testing to digitise international trade SEB, together with eleven other leading trade finance banks, has developed a prototype to modernise international trade using distributed ledger technology. 27 Jul 2017 11:30 Sweden’s political situation: Four questions and answers SEB’s Chief Economist Robert Bergqvist has compiled four questions and answers related to a decision by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s to reshuffle the government. 20 Jul 2017 10:28 I always have the ambition to be better With great passion and a humble yet ambitious mindset – this is how Johan Torgeby, SEB’s CEO since March, wants to lead the Bank. 18 Jul 2017 10:14 SEB reporting on the carbon footprint of equity funds At the end of May SEB began reporting how much carbon dioxide the Bank’s equity funds emit in relation to their benchmark indices. 14 Jul 2017 08:31 Comment on Nasdaq’s decision to fine SEB Nasdaq Stockholm has decided to imposed a fine on SEB. The decision is related to SEB’s communication of former CEO Annika Falkengren’s resignation from SEB. 14 Jul 2017 07:02 SEB’s second quarter 2017 result The operating profit for the second quarter 2017 was SEK 5.7bn (5.5) and return on equity 13.2 per cent (12.2). Excluding items affecting comparability, which occurred in 2016, return on equity was 12.7 per cent (11.7). 30 Jun 2017 13:51 10 questions and answers about Swedish household debt SEB's Chief Strategist Johan Javeus have compiled 10 questions and answers that examine the debts and financial situation of Swedish households. 20 Jun 2017 10:47 SEB is issued a remark for an error in reporting The Swedish financial supervisory authority, Finansinspektionen, has issued a remark and an administrative fee of SEK 12 million to SEB for an error in the transaction reporting of bonds and other financial instruments during a couple of years. 20 Jun 2017 10:39 Tips on keeping the summer more secure Unfortunately the number of frauds increase and the imposters use yet more sophisticated methods. Here are some important points to look out for. 16 Jun 2017 16:46 Retake on exclusion list for SEB’s funds SEB's fund management company this week published a list of about 40 additional companies that it intended to exclude when making investments. The news drew great attention and created a lot of positive response, but also negative reactions. 12 Jun 2017 11:39 SEB raises the sustainability level for all funds From June 12, all companies that violate international standards for the environment, corruption, human rights and labor law will be removed from SEB's funds. 09 Jun 2017 11:20 SEB's microfinance funds reach 18 million entrepreneurs SEB's microfinance funds today reach 18 million entrepreneurs in developing countries. The fifth fund was recently closed – fully subscribed. 09 Jun 2017 10:17 May lost her gamble – Brexit questions will grow SEB economists Robert Bergqvist and Richard Falkenhäll present 11 questions and answers that try to explain the consequences of Britain's election result. 01 Jun 2017 15:01 From idea to working prototype in 24 hours 70 international IT developers attended SEB's first internal Hackathon. Within 24 hours, 15 teams coded a great variety of product and system prototypes. 01 Jun 2017 12:04 SEB a contributor to new FX Global Code SEB has taken part in the establishment of a new FX Global Code, which aims to ensure a robust, fair and transparent currency market distinguished by high ethics. 29 May 2017 17:33 Martin Nilsson new head of Securities Research at SEB SEB has recruited Martin Nilsson as new head of Securities Research. He most recently held the position as head of Equity Research at Nordea. 24 May 2017 08:48 The Swedish government highlights SEB’s microfinance funds in New York SEB's microfinance funds will be shown as a good example of how Sweden works for Agenda 2030 and to achieve the UN's Sustainability Development Goals. 23 May 2017 14:59 SEB takes part ownership in blockchain company R3 SEB takes part ownership and becomes the biggest Nordic investor in newly formed blockchain company R3, which develops infrastructure for financial services based on principles behind the blockchain. 27 Apr 2017 07:03 SEB’s first quarter result 2017 The operating profit for the first quarter 2017 was SEK 5.5bn (5.6) and return on equity 12.2 per cent (12.2). Excluding items affecting comparability, which occurred in 2016, return on equity was 11.7 per cent (11.8). 29 Mar 2017 10:01 Brexit train is rolling, but it risks being derailed The European Union is at an existential crossroads, as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the EU. SEB´s economists Robert Bergqvist and Richard Falkenhäll list 14 questions and answers about the process. 21 Mar 2017 15:57 Varying national conditions decisive in super election year Last week’s Dutch election provided new perspectives on how the 2016 political upheavals in the United States and United Kingdom will affect Europe, writes SEB's Håkan Frisén. 16 Mar 2017 08:51 SEB important partner on continued growth journey With seven new pharmacies and sales growing nearly three times faster than the market, Katre Kõvask, CEO of Estonian pharmacy chain Südameapteek, can look back on a good year. 10 Mar 2017 14:42 SEB among first in Sweden to launch Samsung Pay Samsung this week announced the launch of Samsung Pay in Sweden. As one of the first banks in Sweden, SEB enables customers to add their cards into the service. 23 Feb 2017 11:30 Long and broad relationship marked by trust SEB's contacts are easy to deal with, they act with agility and low bureaucracy and have a proactive approach, says Teo Ottola, CFO for Konecranes. 22 Feb 2017 13:58 Global economy resilient to new political challenges The interplay between economics and politics was undoubtedly a dominant feature of analyses during 2016. As we know, it was difficult to foresee both election results and their economic consequences. 20 Feb 2017 10:23 Anders, 91, on boats, birds and new bank apps The love of boats and birds has followed him through life. Anders Parrow, 91, likes to visit the bank, but is also fond of internet and mobile banking. 13 Feb 2017 09:53 Green bond finances loans for green initiatives SEB is creating a separate financial furrow to channel capital into green projects. Friday 10 February, the bank issued its first green bond of 500 million euros. 06 Feb 2017 09:12 Next step towards vision of democratising 3D One sat in a cottage in Värmland, the other in a garage in Norrköping. The vision was to democratise the creation of 3D graphics. In January, the company was purchased by Microsoft as part of their strategic focus on "3D for All". 03 Feb 2017 08:41 SEB best climber in European web ranking SEB moves up from place 42 to number 6 and is named “Best climber in Europe” in the communication company Comprend’ s yearly ranking of corporate websites in Europe. 02 Feb 2017 10:17 SEB, others agree on sustainable financing framework SEB, as the only Nordic bank, and a group of 18 other international banks and asset managers have agreed on Principles for Positive Impact Finance. 01 Feb 2017 07:02 SEB's Annual Accounts 2016 Excluding items affecting comparability the operating result was SEK 20.3bn and return on equity 11.3 per cent. The operating result for 2016 amounted to SEK 14.9bn (20.9) and the return on equity was 7.8 per cent. 16 Jan 2017 09:52 President and CEO Annika Falkengren to leave SEB by July 2017 Annika Falkengren has informed the Board of Directors that she wishes to resign from SEB. Web cast press conference 9:30 Audio telephone conference web cast 14:00 13 Jan 2017 16:02 Top ranking for SEB sustainability fund Fondmarknaden.se, Sweden's largest marketplace for funds, this week named the best funds for 2016. An SEB sustainability fund won in the Best Ethical fund category. 2016 23 Dec 2016 15:04 SEB ranked best bank by financial institutions in the Nordics SEB climbs to first place in Prospera´s annual customer satisfaction survey among financial institutions in the Nordic region. 20 Dec 2016 13:39 A Swedish monetary policy reversal during 2017? On December 21, Sweden’s Riksbank will announce its last monetary policy decision of 2016, amid a changing global scene, writes Håkan Frisén in Reflections of the week. 14 Dec 2016 09:30 SEB is investing in digitisation of the leasing market SEB, through its Ventures unit, is investing 10 million Swedish kronor in fintech outfit Leasify. 01 Dec 2016 13:45 Customer satisfaction rising among large companies SEB is making significant progress in Prospera's annual survey of customer satisfaction among large companies. 15 Nov 2016 17:08 Advanced machine learning ties together all channels SEB will invest 15 million Swedish kronor in Now Interact. "We believe their technology has great potential," says Senior Investment Manager Ulf Lewander. 09 Nov 2016 11:28 SEB experts comment on US Election outcome Many are taken by surprise by the outcome of the US presidential election. See SEB´s experts in a filmed conversation on what can be expected both for the world economy and for investors. 09 Nov 2016 08:56 The US election: 19 key questions and answers The American president election is over. Here are 19 questions and answers, with political, financial market and economic conclusions for the US, the world and Sweden. 07 Nov 2016 09:30 New payment solution with blockchain technology SEB has signed an agreement with Ripple, a San Francisco based fintech company, to use their solution for building payment solutions based on blockchain technology. 01 Nov 2016 08:25 SEB awarded at the Global Private Banking Awards 2016 SEB was recently awarded as Best Private Bank in Sweden, the Nordics and the Baltics. "These are truly collective awards and an inspiring receipt that we manage to convey our strong holistic offering for customers", says Martin Gärtner, Global Head of SEB Private Banking. 25 Oct 2016 14:12 Wage round will follow new paths in familiar terrain The Swedish national wage round has now started up again; given the current mainly one-year collective labour agreements, there was not much breathing room after the last round early in 2016. Håkan Frisén analyses the development in Economic Insights. 20 Oct 2016 05:14 SEB third quarter results 2016 Operating profit for the third quarter was SEK 5,229m (5,536) and return on equity 12.3 per cent. 19 Oct 2016 10:38 Sustainability in India - challenges and chances Klas Eklund, Senior Economist Sustainability at SEB, talks about India's current situation, it's challenges and why he thinks India can still become a sustainable superpower. 07 Oct 2016 14:16 Top PRI ratings for SEB´s equity and fixed income management In PRI's annual grading of sustainable investments, including for example SEB's processes and ways of working, SEB received the top ratings for both its equity and its fixed income management for 2016. 06 Oct 2016 08:08 Amelia to join SEB's customer service Amelia, currently a digital employee at SEB's internal IT support, will soon also join the bank's customer service team. 22 Sep 2016 11:18 Stop the money presses – fiscal policy is back Fiscal policy is being assigned a larger responsibility for economic performance as monetary policy has reached the end of the road, writes Robert Bergqvist, SEB's chief economist. 04 Aug 2016 11:49 SEB invests in blockchain start up SEB Venture Capital has invested in Danish blockchain payment service provider Coinify. 29 Jul 2016 22:46 SEB´s result in EBA´s banking stress test 2016 On Friday 29 July, the results of the European Banking Authority's 2016 stress test were published. 14 Jul 2016 05:02 SEB second quarter 2016 – underlying operating profit SEK 5,016m (4,493) Excluding a one-off item of SEK 520m, the transaction of SEB’s Visa memberships in the Baltic countries, operating profit for the second quarter was SEK 5,016m (4,493) corresponding to a return on equity of 11.9 per cent. 01 Jul 2016 14:37 Reduced coal exposure in funds from 1 July From 1 July, SEB's fund companies are taking a stricter approach to companies involved in thermal coal extraction, and increases the work of influencing energy-related companies with high dependence on coal as an energy source. 01 Jul 2016 14:15 London and Brussels are politically adrift Several questions arose following Britain’s referendum on EU membership. The answers will be crucial to the future and the strategies of both the UK and the EU, write SEB economists Robert Bergqvist and Richard Falkenhäll. 27 Jun 2016 13:51 Filmed comment on political and financial situation The political situation is messy, both in the UK and the EU. The next few weeks will be crucial to resolve the crisis, says SEB's Chief Economist Robert Bergqvist in a filmed comment. 24 Jun 2016 08:58 British plunge themselves and the EU into the unknown The world has been plunged into unknown – mainly political – territory after voters in the United Kingdom chose by a narrow margin to say NO to continued European Union membership. Here are 24 questions and answers about what happens now. 03 Jun 2016 16:32 SEB on Newsweek Green Rankings list Newsweek magazine has included SEB at place 37 in its ranking of the greenest companies in the world, making the bank the best performer among Nordic companies. 25 May 2016 14:56 “Brexit”: 19 questions and answers SEB's economists have compiled a list of questions they get from Swedish and international customers regarding the UK referendum on continued EU membership. 28 Apr 2016 08:42 Comment on alleged activity in tax havens Today there are media reports claiming that SEB has contributed to tax schemes using offshore companies arranged by former subsidiary LWM. Finnish public service broadcaster YLE gives a completely false picture of this activity and Swedish media refer to YLE's report. 27 Apr 2016 05:02 SEB first quarter 2016 – underlying operating profit SEK 4,493m (5,505) Excluding one-off items amounting in total to SEK 5,949m, operating profit for the first quarter was SEK 4,493m (5,505) and a return on equity of 10.1 per cent. 29 Mar 2016 11:27 Indonesia: A potential economic powerhouse Despite today’s slowdown, Indonesia has interesting underlying strengths that could make it one of the world’s most important economies, says SEB’s Chief Economist Robert Bergqvist. 18 Mar 2016 08:47 Turn off the light for the environment on Saturday On Saturday night, 19 March, once again the light in many parts of the world will be turned off at 20.30 – 21.30. 01 Mar 2016 09:05 Annual Report 2015 published SEB’s Annual Report for 2015 is now available. 26 Feb 2016 16:16 SEB to finance Europe’s largest onshore windpower plant SEB will provide 76 million euro in financing to help build Europe’s largest onshore wind power project to date in central Norway. 26 Feb 2016 10:28 SEB outperformed on emission reduction target SEB's carbon emissions fell 54 per cent 2008-2015, outperforming a 45 per cent target. Now the bank aims to further reduce emissions by 20 per cent until 2020. 22 Feb 2016 09:29 Annual General Meeting 2016 Annual General Meeting in Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken has been held on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 at 13.00h. (CET) at Stockholm Concert Hall, Hötorget, Stockholm. Find all AGM documents 12 Feb 2016 11:55 Micro-loans provide better living conditions for women Mwangi Githaiga, president of Kenya Women Microfinance Bank, explains how micro-loans can improve living conditions for women in Kenya. 03 Feb 2016 20:31 Annual Accounts 2015 SEB full year 2015 - operating profit SEK 20,865m (23,348) Fourth quarter 2015 - operating profit SEK 5,505m (6,557) 20 Jan 2016 14:31 Invitation – SEB’s Annual Accounts 2015 SEB’s Annual Accounts 2015 will be announced on Thursday, 4 February, at 07:00 (Swedish time). 13 Jan 2016 16:54 Top rankings for SEB’s fund company and funds Fondmarknaden.se has named SEB Best fund company and SEB Europafond Småbolag- Lux utd Best European fund. Peter Branner, head of Investment Management at SEB, comments. 07 Jan 2016 08:58 China under fire: Top 7 FAQ China’s equity markets closed prematurely again on Thursday after falling over 7 per cent. SEB’s Sean Yokota answers seven questions about what is happening. 05 Jan 2016 14:04 Take cover – the Riksbank loads the currency bazooka The Swedish Riksbank governor has renewed and intensified his threat of currency interventions. SEB’s Chief Economist Robert Bergqvist gives his view on the issue. 2015 17 Dec 2015 09:17 An unusually longed-for rate hike The Federal Reserve decided on Wednesday to raise the target range for its key interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 0.25-0.50 per cent. 16 Dec 2015 10:21 SEB joins the Paris Pledge for Action SEB joins the Paris Pledge for Action, where major cities, regions, companies and investors promise to quickly and effectively help implement the Paris Agreement. 25 Nov 2015 08:30 SEB strengthens efforts for a greener society SEB recognises the importance of limiting the average global temperature rise and has revised and thereby strengthened its Climate Change Position Statement. 06 Nov 2015 09:41 SEB named best private bank in Sweden, Baltics The Banker and PWM named SEB best private bank in Sweden and the Baltic countries at the Global Private Banking Awards event on November 4 in Singapore. 26 Oct 2015 11:23 SEB, others issue manifesto for green economy Within the framework of United Nations’ Environmental Program, SEB and nine other banks around the world have issued a Positive Impact Manifesto. 20 Oct 2015 17:35 SEB’s third quarter 2015 – Operating profit SEK 4.3bn (6.7) Operating income in the third quarter amounted to SEK 10.1bn, compared to an operating income for the third quarter last year of SEK 12.7bn, including the one-off item. 30 Sep 2015 11:25 SEB in global industry blockchain initiative SEB is the only Nordic bank to join Distributed Ledger Group, an international banking cooperation to explore the block chain technology used in crypto currency Bitcoin. 24 Sep 2015 09:29 Marcus Wallenberg comments on Annika Falkengrens' board roles Annika Falkengren’s role on Volkswagen´s Supervisory Board has been questioned in Swedish media. SEB Chairman Marcus Wallenberg comments. 21 Sep 2015 08:00 Nomination Committee for AGM appointed SEB’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 22 March 2016. 18 Sep 2015 09:02 Eight questions and answers about the Fed's rate decision SEB’s Chief Economist Robert Bergqvist has compiled 8 questions and answers related to the Federal Reserve’s announcement on September 17 that they keep the funds rate unchanged. 15 Sep 2015 15:19 Cautious budget hides underlying gridlock The Swedish government will choose a pragmatic solution in which it will not achieve either of its two main economic policy targets, says SEB economists Håkan Frisén and Daniel Bergvall in research note. 10 Sep 2015 14:34 Comment on securities lending in Denmark SEB comments on media reports in Denmark. 24 Aug 2015 16:48 China growth concerns pushing markets sharply lower Concerns about Chinese growth prospects and a possible rate hike by the Federal Reserve are creating worries and helped push equity markets sharply lower on Monday August 24. 18 Aug 2015 16:55 SEB signs international climate initiative SEB has signed the Montreal Carbon Pledge, an international climate initiative. "For us as investors it is important to contribute to a more sustainable world," says Peter Branner, head of Investment Management, SEB. 10 Aug 2015 09:32 Swedish home price set to continue rapid rise SEB’s Swedish Housing Price Indicator was unchanged at 67 in August, one point below the all-time high from March this year, indicating prices will rise further. 31 Jul 2015 13:00 SEB number 12 on world´s strongest banks list SEB is number 12 on a list of the world’s strongest banks compiled by Bloomberg Markets magazine. Hong Kong based Hang Seng Bank is number one on the list. 28 Jul 2015 13:38 Chinese A–share market catching headlines again Recent swings in Chinese A-share market is not a major cause of concern, but it can create some nervousness, says Hans Peterson, Global head of Asset Allocation at SEB. 16 Jul 2015 09:18 Greek approval of deal with creditors, what happens now? The Greek Parliament approved the deal with the creditors. What happens now? SEB´s Chief economist Robert Bergqvist comments. 16 Jul 2015 09:10 New service improves liquidity management in China SEB is the first Nordic bank to offer customers a possibility to release surplus liquidity in Chinese currency for use in a global cash pool. 14 Jul 2015 05:20 SEB second quarter 2015 – Operating profit SEK 5.3bn (5.3) Reported operating profit in the second quarter amounted to SEK 5.3bn (SEK 5.3bn in the second quarter of 2014). 13 Jul 2015 10:00 Swedish house prices will continue to rise House price expectations in Sweden close to record level, shows SEB’s Housing Price Indicator as it edged higher in July to 67 from 66 in June. 13 Jul 2015 09:08 Ten general questions on the Greece situation After the clear result in the referendum the Greek crisis has deepened further. Here are some common questions and answers about the situation. 13 Jul 2015 08:13 Greece, Europe and the future – where are we headed? Greece has taken a step back from the abyss and from a severe economic collapse, but is facing continued major challenges, comments Robert Bergqvist. 10 Jul 2015 09:00 Greece: An important step toward an agreement The prospects for a settlement have definitely improved over the past 24 hours. But we have not yet crossed the finish line, comments chief economist Robert Bergqvist. 08 Jul 2015 08:57 Greece, what was the outcome of Tuesday´s summits? The result of Tuesday´s negotiations will be a new summit on Sunday and a new “final deadline” to reach an agreement. SEB´s Robert Bergqvist comments. 06 Jul 2015 08:11 12 Q&As on historic setback in Greece 12 Q&As on the situation after Greece’s resounding “No” to new austerity measures from SEB´s Robert Bergqvist. 01 Jul 2015 09:01 The Greece crisis, what's next after missed payment? As expected Greece failed to make the payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). SEB´s chief economist Robert Bergqvist comments the development. 29 Jun 2015 08:56 Still some light at the end of dark Greek tunnel A Grexit unfortunately has high probability, but the majority of Greeks want to keep euros, which bodes well. SEB’s Chief Economist Robert Bergqvist summarises the latest in the Greek crisis. 08 Jun 2015 09:26 Swedish housing market still booming Swedish households remain bullish on home prices as SEB’s Housing Price Indicator increased slightly in June to 66 from 65 in May. 11 May 2015 09:57 Housing sentiment inches down, remains at high levels Swedish house price sentiment remains very strong with SEB’s Housing Price Indicator down only slightly in May, for the second month running, to 65. 05 May 2015 08:05 Nordic Outlook: Central bank-driven recovery with risks The world economy is now being driven almost entirely by the actions of central banks, and there are risks with this strategy, write SEB's economists in a new Nordic Outlook. 23 Apr 2015 05:13 SEB’s first quarter 2015 – Operating profit SEK 5.8bn (4.9) Operating income in the first quarter amounted to SEK 11.6bn, an increase of 11 per cent compared to the same quarter 2014. 22 Apr 2015 16:15 Green Bond Fund complements sustainable offering SEB has launched a green bond fund that private individuals can invest in. 15 Apr 2015 13:49 Swedish krona to appreciate against euro later in 2015 SEB’s Chief foreign-exchange strategist Carl Hammer projects the Swedish krona will appreciate over the course of 2015 and reach 9 kronor per euro at year-end. 13 Apr 2015 11:03 Cautious spring budget hides underlying tensions The Swedish spring budget will be an initial test of how economic policy making will work. Major challenges lie further ahead, write SEB economists Håkan Frisén and Daniel Bergvall. 13 Apr 2015 08:59 Strong trend for Swedish housing prices to continue SEB’s Swedish Housing Price Indicator declined slightly to 67 in April, just slightly below to the record level of 68, reached last month. 19 Mar 2015 15:50 Positive outlook for SEB credit rating upgrade Rating agency Moody's has a positive outlook on SEB's long-term credit rating and may upgrade it one notch to Aa3 before the summer. 04 Mar 2015 15:30 Annual Report 2014 published SEB’s Annual Report for 2014 is now available. 17 Feb 2015 15:29 Annual General Meeting 2015 Annual General Meeting in Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken has been held on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 14.00h. (CET) at Stockholm Concert Hall, Hötorget, Stockholm. Find all documents related to the Annual General Meeting 09 Feb 2015 10:50 Record high optimism on Swedish home prices SEB’s Swedish Housing Price Indicator rose to a record high of 66 in February. 29 Jan 2015 11:42 SEB Globalfond Lux named Global Fund of the Year Privata Affärer has named SEB Globalfond Lux the Global Fund of the Year. "Our carefully prepared investment process and clear goals are what got us here”, says team leader Ulrika Bergman. 28 Jan 2015 13:44 SEB's fourth quarter 2014 operating profit 6.6 billion kronor The full year operating profit was 23.3 billion kronor and return on equity was 15.3 per cent. 26 Jan 2015 10:49 SEB sees oil price reaching $70 at year end 2015 SEB’s experts forecast the price of Brent crude oil will gradually rise and reach 70 dollars per barrel in the fourth quarter of 2015. 22 Jan 2015 12:36 SEB fares well in sustainability rankings SEB led a recent ranking of Swedish banks by Fair Finance Guide and was included in both the Sustainability Yearbook 2015 and the Global 100. "We're on track," says Cecilia Widebäck West. 21 Jan 2015 10:19 Only Fed can stop dollar - Strategy Report Monetary policy continues to play an overwhelmingly important role in currency markets, and only the U.S. Federal Reserve can stop the surging dollar. 19 Jan 2015 09:11 SEB’s fund company and funds get top rankings SEB won in five out of 12 categories when Fondmarknaden.se, Sweden's largest marketplace for funds, named funds of the year 2014. SEB was also named best fund company 2014. 15 Jan 2015 14:34 Invitation – SEB's Annual Accounts 2014 SEB’s Annual Accounts 2014 will be announced on Thursday, 29 January, at 07:00 (Swedish time). In addition, presentations and the Fact Book will be available. 14 Jan 2015 13:12 China labour market can cope with lower growth Demographic changes and a growing, labour-intensive service sector will help China cope with lower GDP growth, says SEB economist Andreas Johnson. 13 Jan 2015 15:23 Deep Russia recession if oil prices fail to recover Russian GDP could fall by around 7 per cent in the current year if oil prices remain at current levels, say SEB's economists in new research note. 12 Jan 2015 09:08 Home price expectations rebound on dovish rate signals SEB’s Swedish Housing Price Indicator rebounded in January to 59 from 54 in December last year and remains at historically very elevated levels. 08 Jan 2015 14:11 Insights from 2014 of significance for 2015 SEB’s Chief Economist Robert Bergqvist shares 18 reflections and conclusions that may provide some guidance for the new year. 2014 17 Dec 2014 16:54 Deep Russia recession expected in wake of turmoil SEB’s economists are cutting their forecast for Russia’s economic development significantly in the wake of recent financial stress and a lower forecasted oil price. 12 Dec 2014 10:43 SEB’s Ethical Sweden Fund granted climate label South Pole Carbon, a Swiss advisory firm, has granted SEB’s Ethical Sweden Fund its “Climate Impact Transparent Investment” label. 04 Dec 2014 10:02 Increased climate investments with green bonds “Our issuance of green bonds has really taken off during 2014", says Bertrand de Mazières, from the European Investment Bank. On Wednesday he participated in a seminar on green bonds at SEB. 04 Dec 2014 09:50 Annika Falkengren received trade award in New York Annika Falkengren on Monday became the 26th recipient of the Lucia Trade Award from the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC). 02 Dec 2014 16:21 The Banker named SEB best bank in Sweden and Baltics The Banker named SEB best bank 2014 in Sweden and all three Baltic countries at an award ceremony last week. SEB last won the recognition in 2012. 25 Nov 2014 10:00 Nordic Outlook: Increased stress squeezing global growth But support from continued monetary expansion and an increasingly solid recovery in the United States will help, say SEB's Chief Economist Robert Bergqvist and his colleagues in a new report. 20 Nov 2014 13:29 Falkengren spoke at European Banker of the Year ceremony SEB’s Chief Executive Officer Annika Falkengren this week delivered the laudatory speech at the award ceremony for European Banker of the Year in Frankfurt. 11 Nov 2014 16:21 Amortisation rules less aggressive than expected Sweden's financial regulator today presented new rules on amortisation of mortgages. They are slightly less aggressive than expected, say SEB's economists. 06 Nov 2014 09:55 SEB launching new version of C&I Online Customers from all SEB's markets have participated in a pilot test of the new version of C&I Online, SEB’s internet bank for large corporate and institutional customers. Soon everyone is invited. 06 Nov 2014 08:43 CFOs more cautious in Finland In the past half year, chief financial officers in Finland have grown more cautious. That’s one key conclusion from the latest Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey in Finland. 29 Oct 2014 17:34 SEB awarded best private bank in Sweden and the Baltics For the fifth consecutive year, SEB has been awarded in The Global Private Banking Awards. This year as "Best Swedish bank for private banking services" as well as "Best provider of private banking services in the Baltics." 23 Oct 2014 09:01 Best corporate finance advisor in Sweden and Finland In Prospera’s most recent client survey, SEB maintained its position as the top adviser in Sweden and Finland when it comes to acquisitions, mergers and equity capital markets. 23 Oct 2014 08:07 Market for green bonds sees rapid expansion At 32 billion dollars, issuance volumes for green bonds so far this year are already three times higher than for all of 2013, according to data from Climate Bonds Initiative. 23 Oct 2014 06:19 SEB third quarter 2014 – Operating profit SEK 6.7bn (4.6) 13 Oct 2014 10:41 Management appointments in SEB Joachim Alpen, currently Head of Markets, Merchant Banking, has together with Johan Torgeby, currently Head of Client Coverage, Merchant Banking, been appointed to jointly head the Merchant Banking division. 10 Oct 2014 11:00 Invitation – SEB’s interim report January – September 2014 SEB's result for January – September 2014 will be announced on Thursday, 23 October, at 07:00 (Swedish time). In addition, presentations and the Fact Book will be available on www.sebgroup.com/ir. 24 Sep 2014 09:00 SEB enhances custody offering for institutions SEB is making further enhancements in its global custody offering to financial institutions through accelerated investments in market-leading functionality and competence. 23 Sep 2014 13:55 SEB among world’s 10 greenest banks SEB is number nine on Bloomberg Markets magazine’s latest list of the world’s greenest banks. 22 Sep 2014 08:05 Nomination Committee for SEB appointed SEB’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 25 March 2015. 19 Sep 2014 10:40 Annika Falkengren in Fortune ranking Annika Falkengren made it to number four in a ranking of the most powerful business women in Europe, Middle East and Africa made by Fortune, an American business magazine. 18 Sep 2014 09:06 Financially sound, but cautious on business conditions The financial position of Swedish companies is very strong today. At the same time, companies are clearly cautious about capital spending, according to the latest Deloitte/SEB CFO survey released this week. 15 Sep 2014 10:00 Good morning, Stefan – it’s Political Monday In a postelection analysis, SEB’s Chief Economist Robert Bergqvist and head of Economic Forecasting Håkan Frisén lists 16 questions and answers about what Sweden can expect given the new parliamentary landscape. 08 Sep 2014 10:41 Optimism on home prices close to record in Sweden Swedish households became even more optimistic on home prices in September from an already very high level. SEB’s Housing Price Indicator increased to 64 from 62, recovering the small setback in August. 26 Aug 2014 10:00 Continued recovery – greater downside risks Accelerating global growth is the most probable scenario in 2015, helped by an improved outlook in the U.S., U.K., China and India, write SEB's economists in the latest issue of Nordic Outlook. 11 Aug 2014 08:54 July cut didn't boost house market sentiment further SEB’s Housing Price Indicator for Sweden declined marginally in August to 62, from 64 in July. 70 per cent of households expect home prices to rise in the coming year. 16 Jul 2014 16:00 SEB helped issue largest Green Bond to date SEB acted as a lead manager when Germany's KfW bank launched a 1.5 billion euro Green Bond this week, the largest single transaction in the segment to date. 14 Jul 2014 05:22 SEB second quarter 2014 – Operating profit SEK 5.3bn (4.8) Operating profit in the second quarter amounted to SEK 5.3bn (SEK 4.8bn in the second quarter of 2013). 07 Jul 2014 08:30 Swedish House Price Indicator close to all time high After a temporary setback last month, the SEB’s Swedish Housing Price Indicator increased markedly in July to 64, only marginally below the all time high of 65 recorded in June 2007. 01 Jul 2014 12:30 Back to reality in Brazil after the World Cup When the festivities around the World Cup in Brazil are over, the economy will still face numerous challenges, write SEB’s economists in a new report. 30 Jun 2014 13:22 Invitation – SEB’s second quarter 2014 results SEB’s result for the second quarter 2014 will be announced on Monday, 14 July, at 07:00 (Swedish time). In addition, presentations and the Fact Book will be available on www.sebgroup.com/ir. 18 Jun 2014 13:00 SEB number 9 on world’s strongest banks list SEB is number 9 on a list of the world’s strongest banks compiled by Bloomberg Markets magazine. 09 Jun 2014 14:47 Swedish households remain optimistic on home prices SEB’s Housing Price lndicator for Sweden declined slightly in June, but remained at elevated levels consistent with further rising home prices. 28 May 2014 08:02 SEB to sell card acquiring business to Nordic Capital SEB has signed an agreement to sell card acquiring company Euroline AB to Nordic Capital for 2.2 billion Swedish kronor on an enterprise value basis. 27 May 2014 10:00 Selective risk-taking in a challenging market A challenging market environment requires selectivity and precision, and investors should hold back on return expectations, write SEB's experts led by Ann Grevelius in a new edition of Investment Outlook. 26 May 2014 15:00 Riksbank to lower key rate, while seeking new role Sweden’s central bank is likely to make two cuts and bring the repo rate down to 0.25 per cent in the next six months, writes Håkan Frisén, head of economic forecasting at SEB, in a new Economic Insight. 12 May 2014 10:30 Swedish House Price Indicator at new post crisis high Swedish home prices showed signs of accelerating in the beginning of the year and SEB’s Housing Price Indicator suggests that this trend may continue. 09 May 2014 09:30 Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey Finland: Closing the gap The spring 2014 results of the Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey for Finland signal that the ailing outlook for the Finnish economy is not discouraging chief financial officers from finally building a healthy growth appetite. 30 Apr 2014 08:35 SEB’s Swedish Ethos fund granted climate label One of SEB’s Swedish Ethos funds was labelled “Climate Impact Transparent Investment”. “This is a confirmation that we are doing the right things”, says fund manager Anette Andersson. 25 Apr 2014 07:00 First quarter 2014 – Operating profit SEK 4.9bn (3.7) Operating profit in the first quarter amounted to SEK 4.9bn (SEK 3.7bn in the first quarter of 2013). 11 Apr 2014 15:45 About the Heartbleed bug SEB’s experts have made checks that show the bank’s systems and services are not affected by the Heartbleed bug. 11 Apr 2014 14:12 Invitation – SEB’s first quarter 2014 results SEB’s result for the first quarter 2014 will be announced on Friday, 25 April, at 07:00 (Swedish time). In addition, presentations and the Fact Book will be available on www.sebgroup.com/ir. 07 Apr 2014 10:07 Swedish housing price indicator signals rising prices SEB’s Housing Price Indicator inched higher in April from already elevated levels, to 55 (March 54). 65 per cent of households expect home prices to rise in the coming year. 27 Mar 2014 09:54 The Middle East – politically hobbled but with major potential Israel and Palestine have the potential to flourish economically. but the deadlocked political situation continues to prevent such development. SEB’s Chief Economist Robert Bergqvist shares his thoughts after a trip in the region. 24 Mar 2014 13:29 Global economy resilient to geopolitical uncertainty The global picture is still mainly unchanged and downward adjustments in GDP forecasts are relatively marginal, says Håkan Frisén, head of economic forecasting, in a comment to SEB's recent macroeconomic updates. 04 Mar 2014 12:32 Annual Report 2013 SEB's Annual Report and Annual Review for 2013 are now published on the web. The Corporate Sustainability Report for 2013 is published as well. Additionally the SEB's Capital Adequacy and Risk Management report (Pillar 3) for 2013 is published. 24 Feb 2014 14:43 Annual General Meeting in SEB on 25 March 2014 Annual General Meeting in Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken has been held on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 13.00h. (CET) at Stockholm Concert Hall, Hötorget, Stockholm. See all documents here Read the press release here 10 Feb 2014 09:33 Optimism on Swedish home prices fading a little SEB's Housing Price Indicator declined in February for the second consecutive month from 49 to 47, the lowest level since August last year. 05 Feb 2014 05:11 Full year 2013 – Operating profit SEK 18,127m (14,235)Fourth quarter 2013 – Operating profit SEK 5,009m (2,839) Operating profit in the fourth quarter amounted to SEK 5.0bn (SEK 2.8bn in the fourth quarter of 2012) and the full year operating profit was SEK 18.1bn (14.2). 27 Jan 2014 09:26 SEB supports innovation fund in Estonia In co-operation with Estonia’s University of Tartu, SEB will help fund the introduction of knowledge-intensive solutions into everyday use. 22 Jan 2014 14:54 Invitation – SEB’s Annual Accounts 2013 SEB’s Annual Accounts 2013 results will be announced on Wednesday, 5 February, at 07:00 (Swedish time). In addition, presentations and the Fact Book will be available on www.sebgroup.com/ir. 21 Jan 2014 13:05 Honoured for diversity in currency trading Robert Celsing, head of SEB's foreign exchange and commodities unit, and Ann-Marie Lamb, a human resources expert in SEB's Merchant Banking division, were awarded for diversity efforts. 21 Jan 2014 11:00 SEB survey: Baltic housing prices seen rising SEB’s Housing Price Indicators for Latvia and Lithuania in December rose to their highest levels since measurements began in March 2012. 20 Jan 2014 15:26 SEB best bank for large companies in Nordic region SEB continued to be top ranked by Tier1 companies and institutions in Prospera’s 2013 Nordic Corporate Banking survey and in the Institutional Banking survey. Magnus Carlsson, head of SEB's Merchant Banking, comments. 13 Jan 2014 09:14 Swedish house price expectations down in January SEB's Housing Price Indicator declined in January from 53 to 49, but remained around the highest levels since July 2007. 2013 10 Dec 2013 09:30 CFO Survey: Hope for better days in Finland Focus on defensive business strategies has risen to record highs, shows a new survey among CFOs in Finland done by Deloitte and SEB. 09 Dec 2013 09:00 Swedish house prices seen stable at high level SEB's Housing Price Indicator for Sweden was unchanged in December at 53, the highest level since July 2007. 27 Nov 2013 12:46 SEB defends leading positions in Prospera In a pair of results, SEB defends leading positions in Prospera surveys on equities and corporate finance in Sweden, respectively. SEB also holds its top ranking in equities for the entire Nordic region. 22 Nov 2013 14:40 SEB in on world's first 'green' corporate bond In a new step for ‘green’ bonds, SEB helped Vasakronan issue the world’s first ‘green’ corporate bond. 18 Nov 2013 17:45 Annika Falkengren European Banker of the Year “I feel extremely honored to receive this award. To me it is a tribute to all of SEB", said SEB´s CEO Annika Falkengren, when she received the award European Banker of the year for 2012. 11 Nov 2013 09:00 Swedish households more optimistic on house prices SEB’s Swedish Housing Price Indicator in November reached 53, its highest level since July 2007. According to the underlying survey 64 per cent of the responding households expect house prices to rise. 24 Oct 2013 06:06 SEB´s third-quarter operating profit 4.6 billion kronor At 4.6 billion kronor, SEB's third-quarter operating profit was 20 per cent higher than last year's third quarter. "We keep delivering on our business plan," says SEB's CEO Annika Falkengren. 22 Oct 2013 15:31 SEB maintains top equity research ranking in Sweden SEB held its top ranking in Prospera's latest equity research house ranking for 2013. "We have also put a lot of heart and spirit into improving our research product offering over the past year," says Nicklas Fhärm, head of research for SEB in Sweden. 18 Oct 2013 16:39 SEB rewarded for its risk reporting Audit and consulting firm EY on Friday handed SEB its Risk Transparency Award, for the best risk reporting in Swedish listed companies' annual reports for 2012. 10 Oct 2013 08:14 Invitation – SEB’s interim report January – September 2013 SEB’s interim report January – September 2013 results will be announced on Thursday, 24 October, at 07:00 (Swedish time). In addition, presentations and the Fact Book will be available on www.sebgroup.com/ir. 07 Oct 2013 09:30 Swedish Households still optimistic on housing market While it declined slightly in October to 50, SEB’s Housing Price Indicator continues to signal rising prices. The indicator remains near the highest levels since July 2007. 19 Sep 2013 14:30 Upgraded mobile banking in Estonia and Lithuania SEB last month launched upgraded mobile banking services in Estonia and Lithuania. The new services work well for both smartphones and tablet computers such as the iPad. 13 Sep 2013 13:00 Entrepreneurs advised by SEB managers on TV Two top managers from SEB in Lithuania are among those who will offer their advice to entrepreneurs in rural parts of the country on national television starting in September. 09 Sep 2013 16:14 Swedish housing price indicator close to pre-crisis highs SEB's Housing Price Indicator increased further to 51 in September, bringing the indicator to the highest level since July 2007, before the start of the financial crisis. 15 Aug 2013 11:00 SEB in financing deal for wind power in Sweden SEB and Germany’s KfW IPEX bank have together provided financing worth 84.5 million euros for 36 wind turbines at a power plant in northern Sweden. The two banks provided 50 per cent each of the loan. 12 Aug 2013 09:18 Swedish housing prices set to rise next 12 months SEB's Housing Price Indicator inched up to 45 in August, back to recent highs from spring, and up from 42 in July. A resilient labour market and rising equity prices thus continue to support sentiment in Sweden. 15 Jul 2013 07:03 Second quarter 2013 – Operating profit SEK 4,783m (3,889) “SEB’s second quarter result is a testimony to the investments we have made over the past years in our franchise and broader customer base”, says Annika Falkengren, SEB’s President and CEO, commenting on the second quarter. 09 Jul 2013 11:00 SEB included in the FTSE4Good Index in 2013 SEB is included in the FTSE4Good Index 2013. ""It confirms that our sustainability efforts are recognised and live up to high standards,” says Cecilia Widebäck West, head of Corporate Sustainability at SEB. 01 Jul 2013 15:31 Invitation – SEB’s interim report January – June 2013 SEB’s half-year 2013 results will be announced on Monday, 15 July, at 07:00 (Swedish time). In addition, presentations and the Fact Book will be available on www.sebgroup.com/ir. 20 Jun 2013 09:30 Login with mobile ID now available at SEB in Sweden SEB’s Swedish customers can now log in to the online bank using electronic id software in mobile devices. “This is something customers have really asked for,” says Frida Garnefält, who works at SEB’s internet banking unit. 14 Jun 2013 14:44 Annika Falkengren receives prestigious award Annika Falkengren has been named European Banker of the Year for 2012. It is the first time someone from Scandinavia receives the prestigious award. 11 Jun 2013 16:00 Financial Hearings names SEB best equity research firm Financial Hearings Tuesday named SEB Sweden’s best equity research firm for the twelfth year running. Several equity analysts from SEB also won awards for their performance in various industry sectors. 10 Jun 2013 10:37 Swedish households less optimistic on housing prices Swedish households are now a tad less optimistic on housing prices, writes SEB’s Elisabet Kopelman in a research note about the Housing Price Indicator for June. 28 May 2013 10:13 Investment Outlook: Rising values in sight Capital markets are well on their way forward. Prices are moving upward in stock markets, reinforcing a sense of economic healing since the crisis years, says the latest issue of SEB's Investment Outlook report. 13 May 2013 13:03 Efficient capital management increasingly important One neglected area within working capital with great potential is trade finance. Take control of the entire value chain to unlock savings, says Lars Millberg, head of SEB’s Transaction Banking business area. 13 May 2013 10:45 Swedish households remain optimistic on housing prices SEB’s Housing Price Indicator was stable at 45 in May after a string of four monthly increases. 06 May 2013 10:03 Four reasons why the Riksbank may cut in July The market sees 50 per cent likelihood the Riksbank will cut its rate in July. SEB’s economists believe the likelihood is much larger than that. SEB’s Chief Strategist Johan Javeus presents four new arguments why. 25 Apr 2013 14:30 SEB takes part in new Green Bond issue This week, SEB was a joint bookrunner for a European Investment Bank (EIB) Climate Awareness Bond issue which aims to support EIB lending to investors interested in climate protection. 23 Apr 2013 07:03 Q1 2013 results First quarter 2013 – Operating profit SEK 3,717m (3,650) 16 Apr 2013 10:07 Baltic Household Outlook: More signs of optimism The labour market continues to improve and real wage growth is expected to accelerate, say SEB’s experts in a new issue of Baltic Household Outlook. 10 Apr 2013 17:00 Invitation – SEB’s Interim Report Q1 2013 SEB's first quarter 2013 results will be announced on Tuesday, 23 April, at 07:00 (Swedish time). 28 Mar 2013 11:15 SEB contributes to "financial literacy” in the Baltics During the financial literacy week SEB in Lithuania and Latvia invited school children to increase their financial knowledge through an online test. 26 Mar 2013 11:52 Bottoming commodity prices provide buying opportunities We expect commodity prices to bottom soon, creating the best buying opportunities within the next two months, say Filip Petersson, commodity strategist at SEB in a new report. 21 Mar 2013 11:12 SEB turns off the light on Saturday for the Earth On Saturday, it's time for Earth Hour 2013, the WWF manifestation to reduce the use of resources and the global warming. SEB is participating also this year. 18 Mar 2013 13:15 SEB´s sustainability report 2012 now published SEB has now published its sustainability report for 2012 on sebgroup.com. The report, which is the sixth since the start, describes how far the bank has come within eight prioritised areas. 28 Feb 2013 13:27 Annual Report 2012 SEB's Annual Report and Annual Review for 2012 are now published on the web. Additionally the SEB's Capital Adequacy and Risk Management report (Pillar 3) is published. 26 Feb 2013 11:49 Commodities Monthly: Demand lags fading tail risks Global growth is unlikely to be sufficiently strong to boost commodities prices generally, though many selective valuation opportunities remain, says Filip Petersson, strategist at SEB, in a new issue of Commodities Monthly. 22 Feb 2013 09:24 Japanese investments abroad rise with weaker Yen Japanese investment trusts have started to look abroad for better returns on their investments compared to what the domestic market offers, writes Sean Yokota, chief strategist at SEB in Asia, in a report. 19 Feb 2013 15:51 Notice for the AGM 2013 The notice for SEB's Annual General Meeting is now published! 19 Feb 2013 12:18 Recruitment to trainee programme starting We are now starting recruitment for our one-year trainee programme and hope to find 19 people in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Germany who want to join. 30 Jan 2013 22:00 Annual Accounts 2012 result Full year – Operating profit SEK 14,235m (14,953)Fourth quarter – Operating profit SEK 2,839m (3,061) 22 Jan 2013 12:29 SEB report: New Year rally – but not in commodities Global equity markets have performed strongly since the start of 2013 while most commodities markets have moved sideways at best. SEB’s commodities expert Filip Petersson sees little upside in the short term. 18 Jan 2013 11:20 Latvian housing prices up in 2013, flat in Lithuania SEB’s most recent Baltic Housing Price Indicator from December 2012 shows that Latvians see rising prices in 2013 whereas Lithuanians expect a flat development. 17 Jan 2013 14:02 Invitation – SEB’s Annual Accounts 2012 SEB’s Annual Accounts 2012 will be announced on Thursday, 31 January, at 07:00 (Swedish time). 11 Jan 2013 14:00 SEB Pension tops customer satisfaction list Danish consultancy agency Aalund positions SEB Pension as number one on the Danish pension market in terms of customer satisfaction. Peter Nilsson, head of SEB in Denmark, comments. 10 Jan 2013 11:30 How do new liquidity rules affect banks? The Basel committee has announced new easier liquidity requirements for banks. “These changes create a better environment for banking,” says SEB’s Chief Financial Officer Jan Erik Back. 02 Jan 2013 15:00 Latvenergo pioneer in Latvia’s corporate bond market State-owned energy company Latvenergo late last year became the first public Latvian company to issue corporate bonds. SEB organised and placed the 20 million euro issue. 2012 14 Dec 2012 14:14 Surging interest in alternative assets Poor equity returns and record-low bond yields spur surging interest for alternative assets, writes SEB’s X-asset team in one of a pair of recent reports. 12 Dec 2012 10:07 Paperless service soon to reach Estonian branches SEB will soon start offering digital documentation in Estonia. "We know that customers want to manage documents digitally as long as it is easy and safe," says Katre Kuulpak at SEB in Estonia. 06 Dec 2012 11:57 SEB survey: Baltic SMEs bullish on 2013 prospects In 2013, small and medium-sized companies in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania expect higher sales and considerable export activity, indicates a flash survey conducted by SEB. 06 Dec 2012 10:45 Oil Market Report: Just where Saudi Arabia wants it SEB’s experts see Brent crude easing towards 105 dollars per barrel, exactly where Saudi Arabia wants it. Should the price fall below 100 dollars, Saudi Arabia would cut production. 29 Nov 2012 09:00 SEB named Bank of the Year in Sweden and the Baltics SEB was named Bank of the Year 2012 in Sweden and the Baltic countries. ”We want to be leaders in our markets and also be perceived as the best bank," says SEB's CEO Annika Falkengren. 27 Nov 2012 10:00 Investment Outlook: The dawn is discernible There is a growing likelihood of better times ahead, SEB's experts, lead by Chief Investment Officer Hans Peterson, say in a new issue of Investment Outlook. 22 Nov 2012 15:30 Oil Market Report: Product supply increasing again Long-term supply continues to increase while the global oil demand forecast has been progressively reduced during 2012, says SEB’s experts in a new Oil Market Report. 20 Nov 2012 11:31 Little change in commodities short term, up long term Except for a slightly lower oil price, SEB’s experts in a new issue of Commodities Monthly see few near-time changes to commodities prices. 15 Nov 2012 09:45 Comment to information in media regarding SEB´s card business with SAS Regarding information in media this morning concerning SEB’s card acquiring business with SAS. 28 Oct 2012 13:00 SEB awarded prize to entrepreneur at Business Day “It is important to be courageous and learn from your mistakes. That is what leads you to success,” IT entrepreneur Hjalmar Winbladh said as he accepted the newly established SEB A Perfect Entrepreneur award from SEB’s Chief Executive Officer Annika Falkengren at a ceremony in Stockholm’s Concert Hall recently. 11 Sep 2012 16:29 Three Nordic banks arrange 720 Baltic scholarships SEB, Nordea and Swedbank are jointly backing a programme to provide 720 scholarships for students at the Stockholm School of Economics branch in Riga. 23 Aug 2012 16:27 Latvians increasingly optimistic on housing prices SEB’s Housing Price Indicator in Latvia in August reached its highest level since measurements began in 2009. The underlying survey commissioned by SEB shows that 38 per cent of respondents now expect housing prices to rise while only 9 per cent expect declines over the coming 12 months. 03 Aug 2012 16:24 SEB’s green cars on tour in the Baltics Now SEB’s green cars have reached also the Baltic countries. During six months, ten environmentally friendly Smart cars will cover thousands of miles of roads in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, visiting thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises to give advice on financial issues. 18 Jul 2012 16:22 Latvian housing price view stable, down in Lithuania SEB’s Housing Price Indicators show optimism remaining stable in Latvia while it has decreased significantly in Lithuania since March. 11 Jul 2012 11:14 A world in debt – where does the money come from? The simple questions are often the hardest to answer – but perhaps also the most enjoyable. That shows when we meet Robert Bergqvist, chief economist at SEB, and Anders Kvist, the bank’s head of Financial Management, to discuss the debt crisis – the reasons behind it, where new credits come from and how new money is created. 06 Jul 2012 16:11 Swedish strength begins to pay off – krona value up The Swedish krona has recently become stronger compared to other currencies, particularly the euro which is now cheaper for Swedes than any time in the past 11 years. SEB's economists believe the trend towards a stronger krona will continue over the next 12 months albeit at a slower pace. 03 Jul 2012 16:09 Venture Capital unit invests in leading cloud services firm With eBay, Bonnier and SAS among its clients, Swedish technology firm Apica is ready to increase its global presence. SEB’s Venture Capital unit is joining three existing investors to provide 35 million kronor to support the expansion as well as further development of the company’s products. 27 Jun 2012 16:06 SEB continues support for teen mentor programme SEB has extended its support of the Mentor programme in three countries. The non-profit organisation works with young people to strengthen self esteem and confidence as a way of resisting peer pressure in relation to alcohol and drug use. 20 Jun 2012 16:04 SEB in Estonia sets world record with coin mosaic SEB in Estonia is now the holder of an official Guinness World Record. This weekend 412 devoted employees helped to add 53,757 coins to a 20 square meter coin mosaic in the form of a debit card. The biggest challenge was to create a so-called QR code, which is a bar code that works with mobile phones. 19 Jun 2012 16:03 SEB takes top positions in analyst rankings Financialhearings.com has named SEB Enskilda as the best research house in Sweden and put four of its analysts among the top 15 individual performers. At the same time, SEB's chief economist Robert Bergqvist has been honoured as the best economy commentator by Svensk Image. 18 Jun 2012 16:00 Greek elections: support for euro, uncertainty remains “After Sunday’s election, Greece and the world are awaiting the formation of a new government in Athens. The most likely outcome is a majority government consisting of the two parties that have signed the bail-out plan,” Robert Bergqvist, SEB’s chief economist, says. 16 Jun 2012 15:49 Lithuanians name SEB the best employer Business daily Verslo Zinios and career portal CV.LT have named SEB as the most attractive employer in Lithuania. It’s the sixth time in the eight-year history of the awards that SEB has been singled out by the Lithuanian public. 29 May 2012 15:44 SEB wins gold medal in Latvia’s Sustainability Index SEB in Latvia repeated its performance from last year and claimed a gold medal in the Sustainability Index competition, a joint initiative by the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia and the Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia. 25 May 2012 15:41 "Gratifying that Moody´s confirms our stability" Moody’s, the rating agency, Friday confirmed SEB’s credit rating with a stable outlook. Nordea and Handelsbanken however saw their ratings lowered one notch. Moody’s review of Swedish banks is part of an on-going review of the European banking system. 25 May 2012 15:39 SEB sponsors new Baltic sustainable business centre The Stockholm School of Economics last week opened a Sustainable Business Centre in Latvia’s capital Riga. SEB is providing support to the centre, which will work with research, training and popularising sustainable activities across the Baltic region. 25 May 2012 15:34 SEB has launched Latvian Facebook channel SEB this week launched its Latvian Facebook channel where customers can keep track of the bank’s events, express views and opinions, engage in and support social projects and of course ask SEB’s call centre specialists questions related to products, services and their personal financial needs. 11 May 2012 15:30 Annika Falkengren closes NASDAQ Annika Falkengren, SEB’s CEO, rang the closing bell at the NASDAQ OMX exchange yesterday (10 May), reminding those present that it wasn’t that long ago that the Nordic countries were considered, to some extent, emerging markets. 08 May 2012 15:28 Clarification regarding EIB capital infusion forecast SEB published its Nordic Outlook report Tuesday and at the same time provided forecasts in a number of areas. One such forecast was for a capital infusion of 50 billion euro at the European Investment Bank (EIB) in order to finance investments across Europe. 24 Apr 2012 15:23 Top Prospera ranking shows strategy is having effect SEB is the top bank for large corporate clients and financial institutions for the entire Nordic region according to market researcher TNS SIFO Prospera. Here SEB’s CEO Annika Falkengren and Magnus Carlsson, head of the Merchant Banking division, comment on how the bank achieved a 20 per cent improvement in the rankings over 2010. 18 Apr 2012 15:19 Hyrdoelectricity plant financing named "Deal of the Year 2011" A complex deal involving long-term financing of equipment for a new hydroelectric plant in Iceland has been named “EMEA Trade Finance Deal of the Year 2011” by International Trade Finance magazine. SEB arranged and will continue to manage the financing structure. 16 Apr 2012 15:17 SEB and Industrifonden invest in cutting-edge IT firm Clavister SEB’s venture capital unit and Industrifonden are investing 40 million Swedish kronor in the IT company Clavister AB to support its expansion plans. The firm offers advanced network security products that are in increasing demand as the threat from intrusions, malware and denial of service attacks increase. 13 Apr 2012 15:12 Prospera names SEB top Swedish bank for debt capital market finance SEB has retained its ranking as the top advisor and arranger of debt capital market financing for customers in Sweden in the latest TNS SIFO Prospera survey. 03 Apr 2012 14:53 Fund of hedge funds named best performer in Europe SEB True Market Neutral has been named the top performer in the “Best Fund of Hedge Funds Multi-Strategy under 500 million US dollars” category of the HFMWeek European awards – among the most highly regarded awards for the hedge fund industry. 07 Mar 2012 13:46 Eurozone, regulations and recovery dominate Financial Summit The future of the Eurozone and impact of regulatory changes on the financial services market dominated the agenda at yesterday’s SEB Financial Summit. While speakers didn’t always see eye to eye, there was general consensus that the crisis is not over and building credibility will be key to long-term success. 06 Mar 2012 11:55 Morningstar names SEB best manger, Danish equities SEB’s Danish mutual fund SEBinvest Danske Aktier has received Morningstar’s 2012 award for best Danish equities fund. The SEB fund provided a better risk-adjusted return over a three year period than any other fund in the Danish equities category. 29 Feb 2012 11:53 Why did SEB not take ECB´s loan offer? None of the Swedish banks took the offer of cheap funding when the European Central Bank (ECB) Wednesday offered a three year loan facility. Anders Kvist, head of Group Financial Mangement at SEB, explains why SEB did not want to take the offer. 23 Feb 2012 11:51 SEB invests in largest solar power plant SEB's Danish life insurance company SEB Pension, has in collaboration with GreenGo Energy, established the largest solar cell power plant on the roof of Teknikerbyen (the Techno Village) in Virum, Denmark. The facility increases the overall solar power capacity of the country by eight percent. 20 Feb 2012 11:47 Young students in Latvia shadow employees at SEB Continuing a 12 year old tradition, SEB in Latvia also this year participated in Shadow Day, giving schoolchildren from all over Latvia the opportunity to get to know the bank’s everyday work. 272 students applied and 49 of them got the chance to follow an SEB employee during a working day. 16 Feb 2012 11:43 Swedish banks on Moody´s watch list Moody's Investors service, the credit ratings agency, has placed 114 financial institutions in 16 European countries on a watch list for possible downgrades to their long-term credit ratings. 13 Feb 2012 11:44 Wind power deal earns award for project financing The 200 megawatt wind farm is being built outside Gävle in eastern Sweden and should be finished next year. SEB’s Project, Asset and Export Finance (PAEF) team, joined forces with Norwegian bank DNB to arrange financing for the 300 million euro project. AEB is also providing interest rate hedging. 09 Feb 2012 11:28 European investors say SEB is top Nordic equity research firm European investors and money managers, in a survey done by Institutional Investor magazine, named SEB Enskilda the best provider of Nordic equity research. 18 Jan 2012 11:22 SEB facilitated gifts to SOS Children’s Villages in Latvia SEB together with customers, partners and the Latvian public raised almost 4,300 Latvian lats for SOS Children’s Villages through a range of activities from 17 November to 6 January. 2011 29 Dec 2011 10:51 Estonian shelter children get gifts through SEB fund SEB’s Estonian charity fund – Heategevusfond – this year facilitated distribution of Christmas gifts to 1,000 children living in shelters. The gifts were made possible by donations from over 1,500 people. 19 Dec 2011 10:38 Tallinn offers most affordable housing in Baltic region SEB’s latest Baltic Housing Affordability Index shows that the average Estonian can buy 49 square meters of housing in the capital Tallinn, whereas the corresponding figure for Latvia and Lithuania are 43 and 35 square meters respectively. 14 Dec 2011 10:35 SEB at top of Baltic bank corporate reputation index SEB and Swedbank both scored well in a TNS survey of corporate reputation across the Baltic region. SEB took the number one position among banks in Latvia, shared the top spot in Estonia and came in second in Lithuania. 12 Dec 2011 10:32 SEB Enskilda top Nordic corporate finance advisor Prospera named SEB Enskilda the top Nordic corporate finance advisor in its latest ranking based on interviews with over 500 corporations and institutions in the region. 09 Dec 2011 10:30 SEB Enskilda best Nordic equity research firm Prospera has for the second year in a row awarded SEB Enskilda the sole number 1 position in the Nordic Equity category in its annual analyst ranking. 29 Nov 2011 10:26 Two top awards for foreign exchange SEB’s foreign exchange (FX) business has been named the top supplier in the Nordic region (for all currencies) by magazine Global Finance, and the best provider of Scandinavian currencies, globally, by FX Week. 25 Nov 2011 10:24 Proposal on capital requirements for Swedish banks The Swedish government is to propose higher capital adequacy requirements for systemically important banks in an effort to strengthen the stability of the Swedish banking system and reduce the vulnerability of the Swedish economy. SEB meets these requirements today. 22 Nov 2011 10:19 SEB’s venture capital firm invests in Teknikmagasinet SEB’s venture capital firm has become the largest owner of Teknikmagasinet with a 40 per cent share. The SEB company will work with the remaining shareholders to continue developing the home electronic and gadget chain’s business throughout the Nordic region. 16 Nov 2011 10:13 Gala reception marks formal opening of Hong Kong branch It’s official. SEB is back in business in Hong Kong. Annika Falkengren formally opened the bank’s premises in the city’s financial heart on Friday (11 November) at a gala reception for more than 200 customers and local dignitaries. 10 Nov 2011 13:27 A more attractive digital presence for corporate and institutional clients 31 Oct 2011 13:25 SEB wins Global Private Banking Award - again 25 Oct 2011 13:23 SEB top five in global FX forecasting, Bloomberg says 29 Sep 2011 13:20 Green economy in focus at sustainability event 16 Sep 2011 13:18 SEB sees change of government in Latvia, but no policy change 05 Sep 2011 13:15 SEB back on top for cross-Nordic equities 08 Jul 2011 13:12 Euromoney says SEB best bank in Nordic, Baltic regions 05 Jul 2011 13:05 SEB to finance Fazer Amica Baltic management buyout 14 Jun 2011 11:25 SEB's chief economist named best commentator 07 Jun 2011 10:41 SEB in Lithuania named Most Attractive Employer 03 Jun 2011 10:37 SEB´s annual report gets good review 20 May 2011 10:34 SEB a one-stop-shop for China payments 16 May 2011 10:27 SEB wins gold as responsible company in Latvia 11 May 2011 10:24 Annika Falkengren rang closing bell at Nasdaq OMX 10 May 2011 10:18 "Very chunky increase" in prime brokerage mandates 09 May 2011 10:15 SEB, customers support Latvian children’s hospital 28 Apr 2011 10:07 Lithuania sees strong Q1 economic recovery 15 Apr 2011 10:03 SEB goes to Tanzania for climate compensation 31 Mar 2011 10:00 SEB ranked top Swedish debt capital markets house 25 Mar 2011 09:57 SEB in Latvia waives fees for Japanese relief effort 24 Mar 2011 09:55 Perception more prudent on Latvian housing prices 24 Mar 2011 09:50 Switch off on Saturday - send a signal to the world's leaders 18 Mar 2011 09:37 SEB shares the stage at key Green Bond event 17 Mar 2011 09:33 SpotR part of holistic savings offering 22 Feb 2011 09:29 SEB´s Latvian Housing Price Indicator hits new high 15 Feb 2011 09:25 SEB to issue student loans in Latvia 11 Feb 2011 11:19 SEB hosted large Baltic Sea conference in Helsinki 10 Feb 2011 11:16 Save The Children: "The support from SEB saved lives” 10 Feb 2011 11:13 SEB and EIB in Lithuanian energy savings deal 04 Feb 2011 11:09 SEB number one in private banking - again 26 Jan 2011 10:29 SEB to donate funds to Latvian children’s hospital SEB will donate one lat (1.42 euro) for each new customer that signs up for the bank’s second pillar pension scheme to upgrade equipment at the rehabilitation centre of the children’s clinical university hospital in Riga. 24 Jan 2011 10:58 Peter Nilsson new head of SEB Pension in Denmark Peter Nilsson has been appointed new head of the life business SEB Pension in Denmark succeeding Per Klitgård who will leave SEB. 19 Jan 2011 10:45 SEB best bank in Latvian reputation index SEB ranks number one among banks in a corporate reputation survey conducted by TNS in Latvia. 07 Jan 2011 15:30 Latvians see rising housing prices 2011 SEB's housing price indicator in Latvia declined slightly in December but 38 per cent of the population still believe prices will rise over the coming 12 months.