The main stock index in The Netherlands is called the AEX Index(short for Amsterdam Equity Index). It contains the top 25 actively traded equities on the exchange.
Long before other countries in Europe, the Dutch engaged in many aspects of Capitalism including speculation. One of the famous example of Dutch Capitalism was the tulip mania that occurred in the 17th century. During that time prices of tulip bulbs soared to incredible levels. Rare tulip bulbs sold for more than the cost of a house. After many fortunes were made, the market market crashed in the spring 1637.
In modern times, many world-class companies such as Philips, Royal Dutch Shell, etc. are located in The Netherlands .One easy way to invest in the top companies in the Netherlands is to buy the AEX Index.
The iShares AEX ETF (IAEX.L) tracks the AEX Index giving exposure to the top 25 companies.
The Top 10 holdings of this ETF are:
Note: The tickers listed below are for ADRs trading in the US markets
1. Unilever NV (UN)
Current Dividend Yield: 1.40%
2. ArcelorMittal (MT)
Current Dividend Yield: 1.56%
3. Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A)
Current Dividend Yield: 5.39%
4. Koninklijke KPN (OTC: KKPNY)
Current Dividend Yield: 3.75%
6. Unibail- Rodamco
7. Akzo Nobel (OTC: AKZOY)
Current Dividend Yield: 1.33%
8. Koninklike Ahold (OTC: AHONY)
Current Dividend Yield: 1.72%
9. ING Groep (ING)
Current Dividend Yield: N/A
10. ASML Holding (ASML)
Current Dividend Yield: 0.76%