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Koen Breemersch

  • Monday 30/5/2022

    This article analyzes the behavior of Belgian retail investors over different age categories. It highlights five distinct features of the younger investors aged 18 to 30. First, the stock market keeps on attracting new and young investors. Secondly, younger retail investors show great interest in investing in exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Thirdly, the younger generation applies a more international outlook in its investments than older generations. Fourth, young investors are net purchasers of stocks and hold these investments for a longer period than other groups. Finally, even among younger investors, active retail investors are predominantly male.

  • Tuesday 1/12/2020
    Marjan Wauters, Koen Breemersch

    The current study presents an estimation of the state of the crowdfunding market in Belgium based on an analysis of information notes received by the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA). It appears that the interest in investing through crowdfunding has been growing steadily over time in Belgium. Our results show that eight platforms launched in total 234 financing campaigns with an information note. For 145 campaigns, the effective collected amount is known. At least 140 campaigns were successful. They managed to collect 69.24 mio euro in total. In 2019, the market at least doubled in terms of size compared to 2017. Over the first half of 2020 a decrease in the number of information notes has been noticed, it is too early to say whether this is related to the COVID-19 crisis or not.