Most influential investor Mary Pieterse-Bloem opens Amsterdam trading session

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Mary Pieterse-Bloem, Head of Bond Investments at ABN AMRO Private Banking, signalled the start of the trading session on Monday 7 January 2019 using the traditional opening bell. The reason: she was the first woman to be voted most influential investor of the year (IEX Dutch Investment Influential 2018), winning with as many as 72% of her colleagues' votes.

Mary Pieterse-Bloem: “I felt truly honoured to ring the opening bell in the presence of clients and colleagues. After the opening ceremony, we all sat down to discuss market developments over the past few weeks, especially the high volatility and the swings in sentiment.”

Bond investments

Pieterse-Bloem, who works part-time as a professor at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, explained in an interview with IEX-Profs why investors are showing renewed interest in bonds. “We find ourselves in an odd situation, with the US economy expected to cool down in 2019, and Europe's economy affected in turn. Meanwhile, there is very little scope for the ECB to lower interest rates any further. All in all, this is no cake walk even for savvy bond investors. The risk on equity pushes everyone to invest in government bonds instead, but those provide next to no interest, or even negative interest. That sums up our current bond predicament.”

Read the interview (Dutch only) with Mary after she was voted IEX Dutch Investment Influential 2018.


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