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'Leaving the well-trodden path without taking a leap of faith'The introduction of Conservative Equities is a good example of such a gradual step. The point of departure for constructing a portfolio using this strategy is no longer a specific benchmark. After the introduction of Conservative Equities for developed market equities, the strategy was also applied to emerging markets. "Robeco Emerging Conservative Equities is now one of our most popular products", Ferket notes. "But if we had skipped steps in the development process, that success story would never have had the solid basis it has today."
'It's not hard to make good headway with a strong wind in your sails'"The implementation of a model takes place gradually. That way we can always maintain complete control of the process. The world of sailing makes a good comparison. It's not hard to make good headway with a strong wind in your sails. But if you use any means to get ahead at full speed and cast all caution to the wind in the process, the consequences can be incalculable if the wind strengthens or suddenly changes direction."
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