Prof.dr. M.A. (Mary) Pieterse-Bloem

Associate Professor
Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Associate Member ERIM
Field: Finance & Accounting
Affiliated since 2011

The integration of financial markets and optimal portfolio allocations and diversification strategies remain subjects of intense interest in international finance. Yet, fixed income markets have taken a backseat compared to equity markets in the field. This is largely undeserved; given the size and prominence of these markets and the asset allocation share fixed income assets hold in the portfolios of investors, particularly with institutional investors. Given that the recent financial crisis originated in a subpart of fixed income markets (subprime and mortgage bonds), and has via the balance sheets of financial institutions rolled into a sovereign bond crisis, the urgency for more research on the financial integration and institutional investor behavior in fixed income markets is greater than ever.
The research subjects of international financial integration and portfolio diversification are strongly interrelated. Integrated financial markets are a prerequisite for diversified international investment portfolios. In turn, the extent in which portfolios are diversified is indicative for the degree of financial integration that has been achieved. The desire to increase financial benefits from more optimal portfolio allocations is often a leading force in the further breakdown of any remaining barriers between national financial markets. In this sense there is an ongoing dynamic interaction between financial integration and international diversification. New techniques have in the past decade been developed in the dual study of international financial integration and the benefits of international portfolio diversification. Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) is at the forefront of applying these new techniques to fixed income markets in an econometric-empirical research setting. The novelty in this research is that new and promising techniques in the field are adapted and applied to fixed income markets.

  • M. Pieterse-Bloem (2012). EMU and Bond Market Integration. Saarbrucken: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
  • M. Pieterse-Bloem (1998). The Euro Government Bond Markets. In Paul Temperton (Ed.), The Euro (1st Edition). Wiley
  • M. Pieterse-Bloem (1997). The European Currency Unit. In N Battley (Ed.), The European Bond Markets: An Overview and Analysis for Issuers and Investors (6th Revised edition). McGraw-Hill Publishing Co
  • M. Pieterse-Bloem (2011, mei 13). The Effect of EMU on Bond Market Integration and Investor Portfolio Allocations. Tilburg University (215 pag.) Prom./coprom.: Prof.Dr. S.C.W. Eijffinger & D.M.N. Van Wensveen.
  • Role: Daily Supervisor
  • PhD Candidate: Zhaowen Qian
  • Time frame: 2012 -

Side positions (5)

  • ING Investment Management

    Senior Investment Strategist

  • Societe Generale

    Research Internship - CBIC Fixed Income

  • European Central Bank

    visiting Researcher - Financial Research Division

  • APG Asset Management

    Senior Strategist


    Global Head of Fixed Income Strategy & Portfolio Management


Visiting address

Office: Tinbergen Building H14-21
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam