During the last years, we have added more significant services to our broad offer: online mortgages in collaboration with BLKB, Swiss DOTS, the trading platform for derivative products in collaboration with UBS, Goldman Sachs, Commerzbank, Vontobel and Deutsche Bank as well as our partnership with PostFinance in 2014.
In 2015, Themes Trading, a new service in the Fintech environment, provided our customers with insights to invest in comprehensible and relatable trends. In the same year, Swissquote and Manchester United announced an agreement on a global multi-year partnership. With this cooperation, Swissquote is aiming to share to its services and expertise with a broader, international public.
Always on the lookout for creative solutions, in 2016 Swissquote launched an Apple TV application, which provides continuous financial news coverage on TV. Inspired by Pokémon GO, our engineers developedSwissquote GO, the first financial based game in Switzerland. Our Quant Fund, which uses the same algorithm as our Robo-Advisory solution, won the Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Award 2016, declaring it the best performing equity fund over 3 years with an average growth of 8.6% per year and a total return of almost 60% since its inception in 2009.
In 2017, Swissquote hit another important milestone by becoming the first bank to offer five cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ether, Litecoin and Ripple) providing simple and safe trading to all customers. To secure unlimited access to the European markets, in August 2018 Swissquote bought the Luxembourg-based Internaxx Bank S.A. with around 12’000 clients and client assets of EUR 2 billion. In the same year, another innovation came to live: a multicurrency credit card that can be used to pay in 12 different currencies without conversion fees.
Since October 2018 clients have the chance to participate in initial coin offerings (ICOs) with the possibility to directly buy tokens for Swiss francs through your Swissquote account and hold them in custody at Swissquote. The start-up company LakeDiamond, a spin-off of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), launched the first ICO on Swissquote’s platform. The company produces lab-grown diamonds for industrial applications such as lasers, microelectronics and clockwork.
Digital banking is part of our DNA and we will continue to be curious, creative and inventive in order to facilitate and democratise the world of finance for our clients.