The AEX index is an index grossly composed of the 25 largest listed companies by market capitalisation on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange (Euronext). As of today the company with the highest weighting in the index is ASML. As can be seen in the table below is that the top 5 companies in the index have a total weighting of almost 50% while the top 10 has a total weighting of almost 70% in the index.
In the past I’ve shared a chart which showed the AEX index since inception with dividends re-invested and without. It’s time to share an updated version of that chart. This chart is a great example of how the compounding of dividends positively impacts long term investment returns. Via Twitter.
The money supplyis the total amount of monetary assetsavailable in an economy at a specific time. There are different ways to calculate the amount of money in an economy and M3 is the most broad definition. This is important because there is strong empirical evidence of a direct relation between money supply growth and long-term price inflation, at least for rapid increases in the amount of money in the economy.
The interesting thing is that the amount of money in the Dutch economy has been declining for over 2 years now. I guess it has to do with people using their savings to pay down debt on their mortgages and other types of loans.
Not surprisingly inflation in the Netherlands is low. Last June it was only 0.9% according to CBS.