Knowledge that spans the globe

From the Australian wine sector to the European crisis and Dutch dairy farming to Chinese financial sector reforms. Rabobank researchers study the economy at every conceivable level. And there is nothing they enjoy more than sharing this knowledge as quickly as possible. Because knowledge shared is knowledge multiplied.

Customers want more from their bank than only tailor-made financial products and services for themselves or their business. Whether they are just starting out as a self-employed professional or are the director of an international company, they want to keep abreast of everything that is going on within their sector. This information is crucial to them because it enables them to anticipate upcoming or expected developments in a timely manner – regardless of whether they represent opportunities or threats.

From research to broadened horizons

There are numerous specialists working within Rabobank who chart the state of the local, regional, national and international economies. These professionals range from the account managers at the Local Rabobanks to the sector specialists and economists at Rabobank.

Rabobank’s preeminent think tank is the Economic Research Department that is led by chief economist and university professor Wim Boonstra. The researchers in this department produce various studies and provide strategic advice to the Executive Board, Local Rabobanks and other divisions of the Rabobank Group. The Economic Research Department’s economists cover a large area of research. They periodically publish studies on the Dutch housing market and the international and Dutch economy. Dutch government policy, sentiment on the euro and the position of the US dollar are also frequently recurring research topics. The Economic Research Department also regularly carries out large-scale scenario studies.

This acquired knowledge not only benefits Rabobank itself. The Economic Research Department’s research studies and recommendations also serve as a valuable source of information for other users, such as politicians, the press, employers’ organisations and government agencies. And, last but not least, the bank’s retail and wholesale customers also utilise and benefit from the research.

Knowledge that spans the globe

As mentioned above, the bank also encompasses many other researchers. They include Rabobank’s industry and sector specialists who continually measure the state of the SME sector in the Netherlands and Rabobank’s economists who study the financial markets.
As a global player in the food and agri sector, Rabobank also gathers a wealth of knowledge relating to this specialised field. Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) operates globally and pools all the knowledge on food and agri found within Rabobank and makes it accessible to customers worldwide. The analysts focus on a specific sector, whether it is meat, fish and dairy, vegetables, fruit and ornamental cultivation, coffee or cocoa. Renewable energy sources such as solar energy and wind energy also fall within their field of research.

FAR distributes the results of its research through a range of media including publications, reports, congresses and ‘world maps’. In the past year, it has published reports on commodity price forecasts, the outlook for the worldwide poultry sector, the impact of policy reforms on the European sugar industry, changes in the European cheese market and perspectives on the Brazilian coffee market. This is knowledge that can be utilised on an extremely broad scale. The Rabobank economists are in the news on an almost daily basis. They are asked to provide commentary and insight into a range of current topics and events, such as the European debt crisis, the situation on the financial markets, the Dutch government’s approach to the housing market, developments relating to the Dutch pension system and the latest news from the automotive industry.

Firmly embedded

Rabobank knowledge bank is consequently not an empty slogan. Thanks to its cooperative structure, the bank is firmly embedded in the local, regional, national and international community and is close to all the relevant sources. The knowledge the bank acquires is utilised not only for its own business, but also for the benefit of the entire society. So we can all move forward together. Economically. Politically. Socially. This is what distinguishes Rabobank from other banks. Because knowledge shared is knowledge multiplied.