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Swiss Fintech Startup Reveals First of Its Kind Alternative Investments Platform

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April 17th, 2019

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Vinzent Zerner


First to market fintech platform for alternative investments 12 products live in cooperation with well-established Swiss investment firms Stableton Financial AG backed by early-stage VC, industry experts

Stableton Financial AG (“Stableton”) today announces the successful closing of its first financing round in connection with a larger seed round later in the year. The company was backed by early-stage venture capital firm Alpha Founders Capital, and other investors and industry experts from leading Swiss wealth management firms and family offices. Stableton also revealed today that it had recently launched an alternative investments platform. The platform caters to financial intermediaries who wish to make the benefits of alternative investments accessible to their clients. Institutional-grade portfolios, i.e., tailored to a client’s specific requirements, start at portfolio sizes from CHF 500,000. Single products are available at a minimum investment starting as low as CHF 100. The platform brings together investors, financial intermediaries, investment managers, service providers, and startups. Stableton’s launch partners have been predominantly Swiss-based. The Zug and Zurich based startup, however, has set its sights on growing within Europe, and ultimately becoming the leading marketplace for alternative investments globally, a USD 21 trillion market, according to PwC’s AWM Research Centre.

Johannes von Rohr, General Partner at Alpha Founders Capital, said, “Today, many traditional investor portfolios are exposed to an equity market downturn. In such an environment, private and mid-size investors should have access to alternative asset classes, which traditionally are reserved for large institutional investors. Hence, we believe that Stableton’s platform will unlock a huge unserved market demand.” There are already twelve products on the platform with further launches expected later in April, providing exposure to alternative equity, market-neutral strategies, managed futures, volatility / tail-hedge, alternative lending, value-added real estate, relative-value energy, and selected startups. Other strategies are about to be included. “While some startups try to raise money on ideas alone, we have spent most of our time since last October forging partnerships and ensuring that as many offerings as possible are up and running. We are currently at 12 products and counting,” said Andreas Bezner, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Stableton. Portfolios of large institutional investors such as the endowment of Yale University and the largest European pension plans contain significant allocations to Alternative Investments. Alternatives are known for providing attractive risk-adjusted returns over the medium term, and for contributing to capital preservation during difficult markets. For the vast majority of investors and their financial advisers, however, accessing these sophisticated asset classes meant high investment minima, a lot of paperwork, and high fees that took a painful bite out of the performance advantage when compared to traditional stocks and bonds investments. Stableton wants to change this.

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First to market fintech platform for alternative investments 12 products live in cooperation with well-established Swiss investment firms Stableton Financial AG backed by early-stage VC, industry experts

Stableton Financial AG (“Stableton”) today announces the successful closing of its first financing round in connection with a larger seed round later in the year. The company was backed by early-stage venture capital firm Alpha Founders Capital, and other investors and industry experts from leading Swiss wealth management firms and family offices. Stableton also revealed today that it had recently launched an alternative investments platform. The platform caters to financial intermediaries who wish to make the benefits of alternative investments accessible to their clients. Institutional-grade portfolios, i.e., tailored to a client’s specific requirements, start at portfolio sizes from CHF 500,000. Single products are available at a minimum investment starting as low as CHF 100. The platform brings together investors, financial intermediaries, investment managers, service providers, and startups. Stableton’s launch partners have been predominantly Swiss-based. The Zug and Zurich based startup, however, has set its sights on growing within Europe, and ultimately becoming the leading marketplace for alternative investments globally, a USD 21 trillion market, according to PwC’s AWM Research Centre.

Johannes von Rohr, General Partner at Alpha Founders Capital, said, “Today, many traditional investor portfolios are exposed to an equity market downturn. In such an environment, private and mid-size investors should have access to alternative asset classes, which traditionally are reserved for large institutional investors. Hence, we believe that Stableton’s platform will unlock a huge unserved market demand.” There are already twelve products on the platform with further launches expected later in April, providing exposure to alternative equity, market-neutral strategies, managed futures, volatility / tail-hedge, alternative lending, value-added real estate, relative-value energy, and selected startups. Other strategies are about to be included. “While some startups try to raise money on ideas alone, we have spent most of our time since last October forging partnerships and ensuring that as many offerings as possible are up and running. We are currently at 12 products and counting,” said Andreas Bezner, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Stableton. Portfolios of large institutional investors such as the endowment of Yale University and the largest European pension plans contain significant allocations to Alternative Investments. Alternatives are known for providing attractive risk-adjusted returns over the medium term, and for contributing to capital preservation during difficult markets. For the vast majority of investors and their financial advisers, however, accessing these sophisticated asset classes meant high investment minima, a lot of paperwork, and high fees that took a painful bite out of the performance advantage when compared to traditional stocks and bonds investments. Stableton wants to change this.

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