The 6th Edition of the Vlerick Finance Alumni’s Macro-Economic Debat is looking back on the main topics of 2014 and looking forward to the major themes for 2015 and beyond.
- Mr. Edwin De Boeck: Chief Economist, KBC Bank
- Mr. Peter De Keyzer: Chief Economist, BNP Paribas Fortis
- Mr. Geert Gielens: Chief Economist, Belfius
- Mr. Peter Vanden Houte: Chief Economist, ING
Moderator: Prof. dr. Koen Schoors
The Vlerick Chief Economists Event has become the leading macro-economic & investors’ event for the alumni of Vlerick Business School.
In the 6th edition, all Chief Economists of Belgium’s 4 largest banks will provide the status of the market in 2014 and their views on 2015 and beyond:
A number of geo-political issues in emerging markets have been at the front stage of the news. Even when humanitarian disasters like the terror of IS-militia or ebola are daily news and environmental catastrophe is never far away, it is the Russian economic war-front that may have the largest impact on global economy as oil prices plunged $50 to 65$... in only 6 months’ time.
Amidst international turbulences, Europe is still looking to combine our social with business acumen. By now, we know that medicine is called “growth”, but defining a name seemed much easier than mingling the ingredients of low interest rates, liquidity, efficient governments (over time) with a European funded stimulus plan. Innovation is welcomed, as long as Uber, AirBnB and Tesla etc. do not harm traditional business models, of course.
In Belgium, we may evaluate the first actions of the Swedish coalition in force. May we expect for sound economic policy and government stimulus – preferably with limited impact on our real-estate value? Can a tax-shift have an tangible impact on our growth? We’ll start by crossing our fingers for the absence of strikes and black-outs.
On the bright side, portfolios of bonds and stocks have once again increased thanks to asset inflation in 2014. To know how long the music will keep on playing, we look forward to welcoming you again on 6th edition of the Chief Economists’ debate.
• 20h00: Welcome and introduction
• 20h15: Interactive Debate
• 21h45: Networking reception
Catering: reception & sandwiches
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