Investing in Beekeeper – Revolutionizing How 2.7 Billion Frontline Workers Collaborate
Nominated as one of Europe's next 100 unicorns, Beekeeper is on a mission to revolutionize the untapped market of frontline workers' communication and operational efficiency. Let's dive into it.
May 12, 2022
Investing in FulFin – Financial Innovator Drives e- Commerce
As online shopping continues to skyrocket, so does the need for alternative lenders to fill the void left by traditional banks. You should read on if you are looking for a primary venture investment opportunity with downside protection that sits right at the intersection of the massive global e-commerce boom and the transformation of financial services.
Apr 04, 2022
When Reality Overtakes The Hype – Investing in Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence is changing the world. It affects how we interact with companies, how we build computers, and even how we wage war. With developments in both hardware and software set to continue over the coming years, the scale of the artificial intelligence revolution is only just beginning to be felt – not least for investors.
Mar 16, 2022
Investing in BlockFi – Leveraging the Potential of Decentralized Finance
Since its inception in 2017, the crypto platform BlockFi has received accolade after accolade. From being named one of Forbes’ 50 fintechs to watch in 2021 its rise has been stratospheric. But what is behind BlockFi’s success? And how does it stack up against its competitors?
Mar 04, 2022
Investing in Klarna – What You Need To Know Before The IPO
Investing in a company before they list publicly can deliver exciting results and boost an investor's existing portfolio. Klarna is a market leader that is predicted to go public next year. It could well be one of those late-stage, high-quality opportunities with an estab-lished concept. Join us as we take a deeper look.
Feb 22, 2022
Bank CIC and Stableton: Two Strong Partners Expand Their Cooperation
Bank CIC (Switzerland) AG today announced that it is strengthening its cooperation with Stableton Financial AG, a leading European fintech platform for alternative investments. The Bank continues its endeavors to offer its clients access to exceptional and first-class investment opportunities via competent and innovative partners.
Feb 17, 2022
BNPL 2.0 – The Business Model Poised To Replace The Credit Card
As lockdowns hit country after country, people were confined to their homes, and spending was diverted online. As a result, businesses rushed to digitalize, and innovative online payment models emerged or gained new momentum. Part of this shift is the new buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) movement, ostensibly a point-of-purchase financing product evolving into fully integrated shopping experiences.
Feb 17, 2022
Epic Games – Exploring the Company Behind Fortnite
Investing in a company before they list publicly can deliver exciting results. It is a chance to get a slice of proven innovation before the scramble of an oversubscribed IPO. Late-stage, high-quality opportunities to invest in mature startups with an established concept can deliver a portfolio boost to investors. As the technology world begins to build an open, interconnected metaverse with its myriad opportunities, the astute investor would be wise to watch significant players within the sector. Epic Games is one such company. Here's why Stableton is keeping Epic Games on the radar and why investors should, too.
Feb 07, 2022
A deep dive into merging multi-billion industries
Wired magazine described the articulation of "the metaverse" as akin to describing the internet in the 1970s before anyone could know what the internet would become. One thing is certain: the metaverse looks likely to develop into a network of 3D virtual worlds with a social connection. Using virtual/augmented reality and an avatar, you will be able to interact with others socially or professionally, using 3D, real-time software.
Jan 28, 2022
iGroove – How Tech is Disrupting the Music Business
True to our mission to introduce investors to non-boring investment themes and opportunities, in this article, we will spotlight iGroove, and particularly the powerful investment opportunities emerging at the crossroads of streaming and artificial intelligence.
Jan 10, 2022
2TM Group – A Brazilian Fintech Unicorn Conquering Latin America
2TM Group - to many in the industry better known as the holding company behind Mercado Bitcoin, the largest crypto exchange in Latin America - describes itself as "an integrated ecosystem of financial technology companies created to transform the future of the new digital economy".
Dec 09, 2021
Financial Market Infrastructure Is Being Disrupted, And Investors Better Pay Attention
Thriving financial markets rely on the existence of a well-oiled financial market infrastructure (FMI). These institutions enable financial instruments to perform and participants to trade and settle their transactions. While this infrastructure may seem like a mundane necessity, it is currently being dynamically reinvented by exciting new players who are determined to disrupt.
Dec 07, 2021
Why Thrasio Could Be Beating Amazon at Its Own Game
Opportunities for direct investment access to Amazon aggregators currently in the late-stage and pre-IPO stages are increasingly popping up on investors' radar screens. Today, that translates into exciting opportunities for private markets investors who prefer to avoid the scramble of an over-subscribed IPO but are attracted to a startup's late-stage financing (i.e., the growth/profitability stage).
Nov 08, 2021
Investment News – September 2021
Big news: Upgrade has been identified as the fastest-growing card in the US, and it is the first time that a fintech company has made it to the Top 50 Visa/Mastercard credit card issuers. Revolut is also spreading its wings further by planning the roll-out of commission-free stock trading, thus taking on Robinhood and eyeing a buy-now-pay-later product rivaling the Swedish fintech unicorn Klarna in Europe next year.
Oct 07, 2021
Upgrade, Inc. Revolutionizing the Lending Space
Fintech is continuing its upward trajectory by leveraging technological solutions to solve traditional banking problems. And Upgrade is part of that wave, enjoying significant success in the credit market since its inception in 2016. After the recently raised series E funding round in August 2021, an IPO is ultimately in sight for Upgrade: “We believe we will be ready to go public in the next 18 months,” Upgrade co-founder and CEO Renaud Laplanche told the financial services news platform “Bank Automation News”.
Sep 10, 2021
The Case for Fund of Funds in Venture Capital
Venture capital is an exciting asset class for investors seeking higher returns, but evaluating untested companies at the beginning of their lifecycle and picking winners at an early stage entails significant risk. It’s a tricky proposition, as most companies either fail outright or do not live up to their (perceived) potential. As a result, investors may fail to achieve their return targets, or in the worst case, lose their entire investment. For investors looking at venture capital as an asset class, an alternative mitigates venture capital investment risk through greater diversification: a venture capital fund of funds (VCFOF).
Aug 23, 2021
The European Venture Capital Ecosystem Is Booming
With venture capitalists worldwide searching for innovative products and service companies, they are increasingly turning to Europe, which has seen many eye-catching venture capital deals lately. Venture capital firms invested nearly EUR 40 billion in European companies in 2020 through funding a wide range of sectors and countries across the continent. This boom has occurred despite the pandemic that began in the early spring of last year, demonstrating the strength and appeal of this market.
Aug 17, 2021
The Future of Banking: For Revolut, The Term “Neo-Bank” Is Something Of an Understatement
For Revolut, the term “neo-bank” is something of an understatement. Revolut’s “super app” offers a spectrum of banking services, including bank accounts, debit cards, free currency exchange, peer-to-peer transfers, savings tools, budgeting tools and wealth management products with access to cryptocurrency and stock trading. The breadth of Revolut’s products and services sets it apart from both digital and traditional banking competitors. The Financial Brand website writes, “Revolut is a product juggernaut. By the time you finish reading this article, it’s conceivable the company may have launched another service.” Although Revolut competes with other fintechs in several product areas, it is one of very few delivering a one-stop shop.
Jul 06, 2021
Introducing Bellabeat: The Fastest-Growing Wellness Subscription Super App
Bellabeat helps women easily track their overall health and connect to their body and mind throughout different stages in life through smart devices and an app. The Bellabeat Wellness Club subscription offers content covering personalized wellness coaching programs and fitness, mindfulness, nutrition, health, beauty, and lifestyle. The women's health tech startup recently turned profitable, and with over 100 percent growth within the last three years, Bellabeat is the fastest-growing wellness subscription app.
May 11, 2021
Why Investors Should Start to Care about Femtech and Women’s Health
"I think the beautiful part about the digital healthcare space is you are talking about a $4 trillion market that really has yet to be touched by technology. Over the next five to ten years, the entire industry is going to be rebuilt and redesigned with the consumer in control and in the driver's seat" Hims&Hers founder Andrew Dudum is quoted by "Forbes".
May 05, 2021
Meet Eat JUST, The Worldwide Market Leader in Plant-Based Egg
The Californian company Eat JUST develops and markets plant-based substitutes for foods that ordinarily use chicken eggs, with the mayonnaise JUST Mayo being the best-known product. Josh Tetrick and Josh Balk founded the startup in 2011.
Apr 22, 2021
How Revolut Became One of the Most Valuable Fintech Startups Ever
Revolut initially helped international travelers avoid horrid foreign exchange fees by letting them change money into about 30 currencies at market rates with the Revolut smartphone app and card. In an interview with Forbes, Revolut founder Nikolay Storonsky said in December 2015: “I thought of the business three years ago.
Apr 07, 2021
How Neo-Banks Are Changing the Banking Game
Disruptive new entrants – so-called neo-banks – such as Revolut, N26, Monzo, and Upgrade keep winning new customers thanks to better user experiences than traditional financial institutions are currently offering. A neo-bank can be defined as a technology-based bank without branches where all operations are done online.
Apr 07, 2021
5 Myths About Alternative Investments
Portfolio diversification, exploiting illiquidity premiums, and less dependence on macroeconomic factors: Most market observers agree that alternative investments have become an essential portfolio component. Nevertheless, there are still multiple myths surrounding alternatives. In this blog post, we are analyzing and debunking five myths about alternative investments.
Mar 11, 2021
Investment News February 2021
Exciting news: The Next-Gen (Pre-IPO) Winners Portfolio is still open for subscriptions. Meanwhile, we graduated from the renowned F10 Incubation Program in Zurich. The Stableton team is proud to have achieved these milestones in the first two months of 2021 and excited to further innovate the investment world and facilitate access to alternative investments.
Mar 04, 2021
Private Markets Enable Investors to Exploit Illiquidity Premiums
Illiquidity, the state of assets that cannot easily and readily be sold or exchanged for cash without a substantial loss in value, is a relevant consideration for most investors. Both institutional and private investors generally consider the liquidity of assets before closing investments.
Feb 04, 2021
Key to Future Returns Alternative Investments
Stableton’s new Pre-IPO and Late-Stage portfolio strategy allows investing in late-stage and pre-IPO companies with a clear exit plan and foreseeable timeframe. By following a portfolio approach within this investment stage, holding periods will be decreasing significantly. In other words, this means having the advantage of private equity and venture capital investing in terms of generating higher returns while having a shorter time horizon and achieving portfolio diversification.
Jan 08, 2021
From Nice to Have to Must-Have: Alternative Investments
Most market observers agree that alternatives are evolving from an optional to an essential portfolio component. For more than five decades, institutional investors have been in the position to add alternative investments to their portfolios. Whether in search of alpha, income, or diversification, both institutional, as well as individual investors, currently face ever-fewer opportunities for these pursuits in the traditional asset classes.
Dec 29, 2020
Positive and uncorrelated returns in a wide range of markets
One of the benefits which can be achieved with alternative investments is avoiding stock market volatility, a statistical measure of the variation of asset prices over a certain period of time. In a 2019 blog post on volatility, we wrote that “even professional allocators have started to turn a blind eye towards the fact that, the longer this party lasts, the harsher the reality might sink in once the music stops playing.”
Dec 11, 2020
Alternative Investments are Booming – Get Access to New Opportunities
When is a good time to invest? Millions of people worldwide regularly turn to Google, their banks, or wealth managers to find out about lucrative investment opportunities and the right moment to start investing. “The stock market does not move linearly; there are ups and downs, and no one can say with certainty which way it will go next. Its path is even more unpredictable during an emotionally charged economic crisis like the coronavirus pandemic”...
Dec 08, 2020
Next-Gen (Pre-IPO) Winners – Spot the Global Technology Leaders Before They Go Public
The average time for a tech company to go from startup founding to their Initial Public Offering (IPO) has almost tripled. Most market observers agree that factors such as the current market dynamics, an internationally flourishing Venture Capital (VC) ecosystem, and access to cheap capital due to low-interest rates incentivized many companies to stay private much longer than those founded before 2000.
Nov 11, 2020
Imagine there was a one-stop-shop for alternative investments
At Stableton our vision is to enable prosperity and positive impact from alternatives. We imagine an investment universe where investment research is a positive, even rewarding, experience, where access to compelling investments is the norm, and where investors can count on a critical mass of high-quality and suitable investments.
Oct 27, 2020
The World Is Changing – The Transition To Contactless Payment Is Real
Marqeta is the premier payment issuer and processor behind Affirm, DoorDash, Instacart, Square, and Uber. With operations in Canada, Europe, Australia, and the US, Marqeta is strategically positioned for a successful IPO. A recent profile from Business Insider outlined Marqeta’s steady growth throughout the last number of years, highlighting its $260 million funding round back in 2019.
Aug 11, 2020
The Benefits of Portfolio Products & Venture Capital Funds
When it comes to the world of investing, there are a wide variety of ways to go about maximizing your return. Here at Stableton, we offer our members opportunities across an expansive range of investment styles and approaches. But today, we’re going to talk about a unique type of opportunity that revolves around portfolio products in the form of a venture capital funds – and in particular, a secondary in a leading Swiss venture capital fund
Aug 04, 2020
The World of Cashless Payments
When it comes to contactless payment, the industry is being disrupted by a brand new pre-IPO company looking to bring forth a new payment issuing and processing solution. But before we get to that company, let’s talk a bit about the market in general. After all, the world of cashless payment is certainly becoming more and more like the solution it’s been said to be for so long. But are consumers really okay with that? Well, we can simply take a look at some of the companies that use cashless payment solutions to get some insight.
Jul 24, 2020
Upgrade – A New Challenger Bank Built for Lending
Upgrade is clearly ahead of the pack after its third year of existence and has been growing revenues at a rapid pace, much faster than Salesforce, Netflix, eBay, Airbnb, Spotify, Revolut or Uber, to name a few. Continuing margin expansion combined with fast revenue growth (4x compared to the prior year’s quarter), plus a world-class investor base, will likely make the unicorn and “decacorn” (>10B valuation) soon.
Jun 25, 2020
Late-Stage Ventures & Neobanking
There is a maturing happening in the neo-bank market for those startups that are in their second and third round of funding. They’re moving from a growth model to a profitability model. As the report notes, some of those features that are most attractive to consumers, such as no fees, are making profitability a little harder for these companies.
Jun 22, 2020
Volatility & Tail-Hedge – Update after COVID-19
After a historic 10-year bull run, the world and global markets were suddenly forced to deal with a worldwide pandemic that is known to all of us as COVID-19. Globally, the macro picture was looking decently good, as company earnings growth appeared healthy, and equity market valuations remained attractive, particularly relative to cash and fixed income.
May 25, 2020
Investment Opportunity: The Air Mobility Revolution
For years, we’ve been hearing about the air mobility revolution. The revolution is based in autonomous and commercial drones. With advancing technologies and revolutionary ideas, the air mobility revolution represents a profound investment opportunity. As new applications are discovered and flight systems are designed, the world will change.
May 06, 2020
Private Debt as an Attractive Asset Class
Low bond yields and negative interest rates put pressure on investors. It is no longer even a question of earning something, but rather of not losing any money. What could be more natural than to invest in Swiss SMEs via private debt as an alternative and thus keep an attractive addition to the portfolio from a risk/return perspective?
Apr 24, 2020
40% YTD Outperformance – How to Profit From Short-Term Equity Momentum
With this approach, we are well prepared and positioned to deal with the current fear-driven, wild price swings in this exceptional market environment, as outlined by the massive outperformance of more than 30% YTD.
Apr 06, 2020
Neo-Banking the New Frontier and Pre-IPO Investing
The old brick-and-mortar bank building is beginning to fade. In the “app age,” customers want convenience and they want things to be different from the way they used to be. Neo-banking is the answer. This subset of financial technology (fintech) is changing our relationship with money and how the world does banking.
Apr 03, 2020
Stableton Home Office Guide
Regardless of who we are or where we live, the coronavirus pandemic is impacting every aspect of our individual and professional lives. Our primary duty now is to be safe, to avoid spreading COVID-19, and to care for those around you who need help.
Mar 18, 2020
What a University Can Teach Us About Boosting Returns and Protecting Our Money
The Yale-Investment Model is widely known for its risk adjusted outperformance. As this strategy is adopted by investment managers around the globe, the time has come for you to hop on the train as well.
Feb 10, 2020
What Will Happen When the Music Stops Playing?
The last two decades have brought the dotcom bubble, the global financial crisis, the European debt crisis, and flash crashes to name a few which resulted in losses of more than 50% of capital for several asset classes.
May 28, 2019
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