In Belgium, Economic Research is a group of 5 economists directed by Peter Vanden Houte. They are part of ING’s international Economic Research network. This network gathers and coordinates ING Group economists throughout the world, under the leadership of Mark Cliffe, ING Group’s Chief Economist.
Economic Research aims to provide ING and its clients with studies on the financial and economic environment. Each economist has a specialization (for a country or an analytical field). Eurozone country analysis is, for example, steered from Brussels by Peter Vanden Houte, Chief Eurozone Economist. This analysis contributes to ING’s global macroeconomic forecasting scenarios publication, the ‘Monthly Economic Update’, which is summarized and translated in Belgium into both Dutch and French. Every week, the ‘Economic Hotline’ in Belgium covers the main macroeconomic developments of the week and provides a deep analysis of a specific topic in the news. This combined analysis enables ING to answer questions regarding economic developments in various countries and to offer independent economic analysis for its own strategy. Thanks to this output, ING can better inform its own clients.
This table gives you an idea of the current composition of ING Group’s Economic Research team.
Belgium is a very important home market for ING and economists in Brussels are continually developing topics for the Belgian market. They are covered in publications such as ‘ING Focus’, the ‘Investor Barometer’ and the ‘ING Belgium Economic Newsletter’ (IBEN). Economic and monetary policies, the labour market, the real estate market, saving behaviours and consumer economics are therefore topics that are covered in addition to our country-based specializations. Most of these publications are available on this website and are frequently picked up by the general and financial press.