For some, the AEX or Dow Jones is just a jumble of numbers and dollar signs, for others a list of interesting data that can generate income. Investing is more popular than ever. Encouraged by low interest rates, soaring stocks, and success stories from finfluencers, we are putting our entire savings in the stock market and crypto-currencies. At the same time, the stock market seems detached from the real world. A stock is worth what “the fool will pay for it,” as we saw with the rise in the price of the shares of the American retail chain GameStop. What exactly is a stock and what are bonds? How can you estimate which shares will be profitable and which will be less successful? How can you create the lowest possible risk and is the rise of user-friendly apps like BuxZero and DEGIRO a positive development? And how are the corona crisis, the war in Ukraine and the looming economic crisis affecting the stock market?

In this lecture, Prof. Dr. Patrick Verwijmeren gives an insight into the stock market. What influence does a tweet from Kylie Jenner have on SnapChat’s stock market listing? And how can the Challenger Crash of 1986 tell us something about how the stock market works?

Patrick Verwijmeren is Professor of Corporate Finance at the Erasmus School of Economics and regularly gives lectures, such as at University of the Netherlands, Tedx and Studio Erasmus.

More information:

  • Date: Tuesday 10 May 2022
  • Time: 16:00 – 17:30 hrs. (Doors open 15:45 hrs.)
  • Location: Erasmus Paviljoen, campus Woudestein
  • Moderation: Lenya Slierendrecht


This programme is organized by Studium Generale.