Featured statistic: EUR 2.4 billion

Date 2 April 2008

At end-2007 Dutch investors held nearly EUR 440 billion worth of foreign equity securities. These holdings are very diverse, both geographically and sectorally.

Chart Top Ten of foreign shares

The most popular of all are the shares of the American Exxon-Mobil Corporation. At end-2007 Dutch investors held over EUR 2.4 billion worth of these shares. That is 0.5% of both the total foreign equity securities held by Dutch investors and of Exxon-Mobil’s total value. This is the only US company in the Top Ten of foreign shares.

The other nine are European. Exxon-Mobil is immediately followed by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), one of Spain’s largest banks. The next two are companies with Dutch connections: Fortis (50% Dutch) and Unibail-Rodamco (the French real estate company which emerged from a merger with the Dutch Rodamco Europe in 2007). The list is topped by companies from traditional sectors (oil, banks). The highest-ranking ICT-related equity holds fifth place (Vodafone).