Investment strategy of Shareholders

What strategy does KBC Brussels follow for your investment portfolio? And where can you find information about our approach?

Investment strategy of Shareholders

What strategy does KBC Brussels follow for your investment portfolio? And where can you find information about our approach?

Investment strategy

KBC Brussels keeps its finger on the pulse of the financial markets in order to build the best possible investment portfolio for you. The KBC Brussels investment strategy offers a concise overview of the current financial and economic climate and the resulting investment decisions.  

How can you keep up to date?

Monthly video

Each month, a Dutch video is published that gives a clear view of the economic and financial markets. A specialist discusses any changes in strategy and goes through the investment decisions for the month in question.

The KBC Brussels Investment Strategy in brief

How do we see the world?

Economy

  • Global growth slows down but remains solid.
  • Growth in the euro area will resume in the second half of 2019.

Oil price and inflation

  • Oil market in equilibrium in 2019 with relatively stable prices.
  • Underlying inflation in US around 2% target; still low in the EU.

Central banks and bond market

  • Interest-rate policy normalisation continues, but at slower pace: US stays ahead.

Risks

  • Trade disputes and Brexit are the key risks.
  • Italy and emerging countries less worrying for the time being.

Stock markets and valuations

  • Valuation and earnings growth support equities; bonds are very expensive.

What are we doing in the portfolios?

Asset allocation?

  • Equities at their benchmark level.
  • Equity positions to be increased only in the event of:
    - recovery of the economy and earnings growth.
    - clarity about risks.

Which preferences within the share component?

  • The US is a favourite thanks to highest growth levels.
  • High dividends as a solid basis.
  • Water exhibiting long-term growth potential.

What about bonds and cash?

  • We prefer cash to bonds.
  • Safe government bonds as a stable factor.
  • We look for returns by investing in high-yield bonds.

Strategie & Accenten e-zine (Strategy & Focus e-zine)

Looking to get regular updates of events on the stock markets? The 'Strategie & Accenten' e-zine explains the KBC Brussels Investment Strategy and provides personal finance tips. Be quick off the mark and check out this digital magazine on our website or the app (for your tablet), only available in French and Dutch.

Download the 'Strategie & Accenten' app

Focus and theme sheets

In search of promising investment opportunities or looking to place a certain emphasis in your investment portfolio? The focus areas below provide near-term investment opportunities and the themes identify opportunities for the longer term.

Short-term focuses

Medium-term themes

Advisory texts

Our latest insights into various investment topics are given below. Use them to your benefit.

Asset classes

Bond markets

Bond themes

Regions and stock markets

Sectors and stock markets

Themes and stock markets

Alternative investments

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