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Our philosophy

Research from the very beginning

At Robeco we have a strong belief that being an investment engineer requires both pioneering and caution in equal measure. Robeco has long had a pioneering spirit. We were one of the first asset managers to invest in emerging markets, the first to take sustainability investing seriously, and one of the first to adopt quantitative investing using advanced research techniques.

And since the very beginning, we have consistently based our investment decisions on thorough research and sound risk management, assuming a long-term view, focusing on achieving responsible capital growth. We still operate as a pure-play asset manager today, with an active investment style, and our aim is to continue to achieve responsible returns for clients.

Investing is all we do
Our mission is to enable our clients to achieve their financial objectives through superior investment returns and solutions. We do this through offering a compact, client-oriented and distinctive range of responsible, actively managed investment strategies and pension/investment solutions, such as integrated asset management. Our product range includes equity, fixed income and alternative investments, including private equity and structured products. And as we are a pure play asset manager, we do not have the distractions of offering other financial services such as banking or insurance. Investing is all we do; our slogan is we are ‘the investment engineers’.

A pioneering spirit demands for exercising caution

Navigating choppy waters
In 2014 we became the first asset manager to sponsor Team Brunel, the Dutch entry into the Volvo Ocean Race. Investing is often compared to navigating choppy waters, and we were proud to back the sailors who will use quantitative data analysis to find their way around the world.

We crash test the world, not our clients
A pioneering spirit demands we also exercise caution. Key to combining both is rigorous research. We draw fully on our talented investment managers, researchers, analysts and specialists to find the best ideas. Working through a process, ‘we crash test’ strategies to identify - and solve - problems.

Research in our DNA since the very beginning
The principle of sound research has been embedded in our DNA since several prominent Rotterdam businessmen founded the company in 1929.  Our first Chief Executive, Lodewijk Rauwenhoff, said that “every investment strategy should be research driven”. This policy hasn’t changed since the earliest days of Robeco.

Portfolio managers integrate fundamental, quant & SI research

And so our mission remains to use a research-based, quality-driven process to produce the best possible long-term results for our clients. We uniquely integrate fundamental, quantitative and sustainability research. Portfolio managers use the insights from all three, allowing them to make better-informed investment decisions. Furthermore, risk management is essential, which is why we say we will always believe in long-term, responsible capital growth.
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