A share is a unit of ownership of a company's capital. A shareholder is a co-owner of the company, in proportion to the number of shares they hold. Shares in companies listed on the stock exchange can be traded freely on the stock exchange.
The BEL 20 is a stock market index that groups the main Belgian stocks listed on Euronext Brussels. The shares that are part of the BEL 20 index are the BEL 20 shares.
In ING Self Invest, ING's online tool for buying and selling shares, you can consult the evolution and shares of some important indices (BEL 20, AEX, CAC 40) at a glance in the 'Stock market news' section.
ING gives you access to all of its home markets (Euronext Brussels, Paris, and Amsterdam) as well as to a selection of the largest market capitalisations on the main international equity markets.
Euronext Brussels, Equiduct
Euronext Paris, Equiduct
Euronext Amsterdam, Equiduct
LSE, Seats, Sets
NYSE, Nasdaq NMS
Xetra, Frankfurt, Equiduct
You can buy or sell shares on the stock exchanges mentioned in the table below.
For the 12 countries mentioned in this table, you will be able to buy shares in index components, as well as the main securities listed on these markets (from a market capitalisation perspective). You can sell all the shares that are listed on these exchanges.
Capital risk : The price of the share in the market varies according to the perspectives of the company and the general trend of the markets. In the event of a company bankruptcy, the investor risks losing his invested capital
Market risk : The price of stocks is influenced by a variety of factors. These include developments in the financial markets, the global economic situation and the economic and political conditions in the countries and regions concerned.
Yield risk : Investing in stocks offers no guarantee of return. As a result, the shareholder may not receive any income from holding the share due to the failure to pay a dividend. In addition, it is also possible that no return, or even a capital gain, will be realized on the sale of the share.
Exchange rate risk : The exchange risk has to do with the possibility that the return on the investment will fall as a result of an unfavorable evolution of the currency in which the share is listed.
Liquidity risk : The liquidity of a share indicates how easily it can be bought and sold. This mainly depends on the number of transactions in the share on the stock exchange and on the size of the stock market capitalization of the company.
The best way to limite the risks that come ith investing in stocks, is to invest in different types of stocks from variety of industries and regions. The result will be a diversified portfolio wich will give you the best returns in the long term.