The Battle of Britain - what the UK election means for investors

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2014 was a year of records

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Markets need not fear the coming rate hike

Markets need not fear a rate rise

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Latest investment insights

Surprise show

24-04-2015 | Insight | Peter van Kleef

Every Friday chief editor Peter van Kleef discusses thought-provoking topics with Robeco experts. This week: Does the Economic Surprise Index hold any surprises?

Graph of the week

24-04-2015 | Lukas Daalder

Two graphs today again instead of one. The subject: inflation. Or in fact, the lack of it.

Best economic links of the web

24-04-2015 | Lukas Daalder

Best of the Web is aimed at reducing gut feeling decisions, it appears…

Greek debt deal is more likely than a Grexit

24-04-2015 | Insight | Léon Cornelissen

A debt deal for Greece is far more likely than the country leaving the euro, despite the saber-rattling and stalemate over talks with creditors, says Robeco’s chief economist.

Currency war

23-04-2015 | Opinion | Mark Glazener

In 2010 a new financial term was born. The Brazilian Minister of Finance accused the US of fomenting a 'currency war'. The US started purchasing government bonds on a grand scale to stimulate the economy and this led directly to lower interest rates. This in turn caused capital to seek higher returns elsewhere and a subsequent weakening of the dollar.

The Battle of Britain – what the UK election means for investors

22-04-2015 | Insight | Léon Cornelissen

A minority Conservative government in the UK would be the best option for investors after Britons go to the polls next month, says Robeco’s chief economist.

Pioneers in factor investing

20-04-2015 | Insight | Joop Huij, PhD

In 2014 Robeco went live with its Factor Investing Solutions: tailored solutions based on multiple factors. “Robeco is not the founder of factor investing, but we are among the first to translate the theory into practical investment solutions,” says Robeco’s Head of Factor Investing Research Joop Huij with pride.

Dutch TV program about the Volvo Ocean Race

17-04-2015 | Volvo Ocean Race

Navigating difficult waters. Taking risks – but only if they are justified. There are many parallels between investing and sailing. In this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race Update on RTL-Z, Arnout van Rijn, head of Robeco's Asia Pacific team in Hong Kong reveals how you can be successful in China.

Shadow over the energy sector

17-04-2015 | Insight | Peter van Kleef

Every Friday chief editor Peter van Kleef discusses thought-provoking topics with Robeco experts. This week: Is the energy sector heading for a wave of bankruptcies or takeovers?

Using quant strategies in emerging markets

15-04-2015 | Insight | Wilma de Groot, CFA

The growing popularity of passive investing using index trackers has enabled many investors to access emerging markets, of which Brazil is a prominent member, at relatively low cost. However, trackers lack the positive exposure to factors which can identify the most attractive stocks.

Beyond BRICs

14-04-2015 | Volvo Ocean Race | Wim-Hein Pals

For about a decade many investors believed investing in the four BRIC countries – a concept launched by Goldman Sachs Asset Management – was the easiest way to profit from growth in emerging markets. But times have changed. Simplification is not always the best approach.

Fixed income outlook: upbeat on bonds down under

14-04-2015 | Outlook | Kommer van Trigt, Machiel van de Groes, Paul van der Worp

In its outlook for the second quarter of this year, Robeco’s Global Fixed Income Macro Team sees opportunities in US, UK and especially Australian govvies, the long end of the European periphery and subordinated financials. Still, in all market segments it’s important to be selective.

Globalization may be ending, says leading strategist

13-04-2015 | Insight

Globalization may be coming to an end, forcing emerging market economies to reform, according to a leading investment strategist.

Sticking to our overweight in longer-dated European bonds

13-04-2015 | Insight | Lukas Daalder

It was just their luck. It took months for the ECB to get to the point of starting the quantitative easing (QE) program, buying bonds to support the European economy.

S&P Dow Jones launches first sovereign ESG index based on RobecoSAM data

10-04-2015 | Insight | Rikkert Scholten

S&P Dow Jones launched the S&P ESG Pan-Europe Developed Sovereign Bond Index on April 8. This first ESG-weighted bond index from S&P Dow Jones is based on the extensive ESG database of RobecoSAM, Robeco’s Zurich-based Sustainability Investing subsidiary.

No plan B for the Brazilian economy

10-04-2015 | Insight | Daniela da Costa - Bulthuis

The Brazilian economy is in dire straits. However, if the government moves forward with fiscal austerity, the economic and political crisis can be overcome, thinks portfolio manager Daniela da Costa-Bulthuis. Crumbling political support could certainly still throw a spanner in the works though.

From Russia With Love

10-04-2015 | Insight | Peter van Kleef

Every Friday chief editor Peter van Kleef discusses thought-provoking topics with Robeco experts. This week: Is it time to invest in the Greek and Russian stock markets?

Markets need not fear the coming rate hike

09-04-2015 | Outlook | Lukas Daalder

Markets need not fear the prospect of the first rate hike in almost a decade, says Robeco’s multi-asset investment head, Lukas Daalder.

Shell's takeover of BG could lead to a flood of M&As

09-04-2015 | Insight | Dirk Hoozemans

Royal Dutch Shell is forking out EUR 64.3 billion for British BG in the biggest takeover in the industry in the last ten years, and is paying a 50% premium on its current share price. While this takeover is the biggest M&A deal this year and likely to remain so, it will certainly not be the last takeover in the energy sector.

Five things to watch out for in 2015

08-04-2015 | Insight

We’re now a quarter of the way through the year, and it’s been a fairly bumpy ride so far. Geopolitical risk reemerged with the threat of a Greek exit from the Eurozone, while the US Federal Reserve more clearly outlined the criteria that would be used to trigger any future rate hike.

E-magazine: Spotlight on Brazil

07-04-2015 | Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race competitors have arrived at the fifth stopover port in Brazil after three weeks’ sailing from New Zealand. Our new e-magazine focuses on Brazil, the ‘BRICs’ and investing in emerging markets. Read how both Robeco and Team Brunel manage risk on land and sea; see why there is no ‘Plan B’ for rescuing the Brazilian economy; and how three brave Team Brunel sailors finally achieved their dream of ‘Rounding the Horn’.

Video: Team Brunel in Auckland

02-04-2015 | Volvo Ocean Race

Get up to speed with what happened on the fourth leg of the journey by watching our latest race update.

Upbeat on bonds down under

01-04-2015 | Interview | Rikkert Scholten

Recently Rikkert Scholten, Portfolio Manager Fixed Income, visited Australia to meet with, amongst other people, the Minister of Finance and central bank officials. The take-away from these meetings reaffirms the case for our investments in Australian government bonds.

Team Brunel trio achieve the ultimate in sailing

31-03-2015 | Volvo Ocean Race

‘Rounding the Horn’ is the ultimate in sailing – and three Team Brunel crew members are notching up this iconic achievement for the first time.

Duration management is key to bond returns

31-03-2015 | Insight | Olaf Penninga

Active management of bond duration can protect against any future rate rises while still generating returns if yields continue to fall, says Robeco’s Olaf Penninga.

'It's all about the bucks, kid'

30-03-2015 | Insight | Mark Glazener

Although Robeco’s global equity strategies are managed according to a bottom-up process, they are not managed in a vacuum either.

Performance Insights

27-03-2015 | Insight

2014 was a year of records for Robeco and a year of solid returns for our clients. Most of our investment products did very well, some generating double-digit returns.

More than a bond bubble

27-03-2015 | Insight | Peter van Kleef

Every Friday chief editor Peter van Kleef discusses thought-provoking topics with Robeco experts. This week: Are fund managers right to fear a bubble in bonds?

The credit quarterly outlook: is herd behavior rewarded?

25-03-2015 | Insight | Sander Bus

There are finally some rays of light for the European economy. Even before the ECB started its Quantitative Easing (QE) program, consumer data surprised on the upside helped by a cautious recovery in labor markets and lower oil prices.

The Formula: Maximum drawdown

24-03-2015 | Insight

Preservation of capital and a steady performance are important considerations in investing. Therefore, the maximum drawdown is highly relevant.

The robots are coming

23-03-2015 | Opinion | Mark Glazener

The renowned British physicist, Stephen Hawking, predicts that the advent of artificial intelligence will mean the end of mankind. Elon Musk, founder of PayPal and Tesla, thinks that robots could be potentially more dangerous than nuclear weapons. Dutch minister Lodewijk Asscher is somewhat less gloomy but feels that robots do pose a threat to employment.

Top dollar?

20-03-2015 | Insight | Peter van Kleef

Every Friday chief editor Peter van Kleef discusses thought-provoking topics with Robeco experts. This week: the most important effects of a structurally rising dollar.

Fed brings confidence to bond markets

19-03-2015 | Insight | Kommer van Trigt

The fixed income market has rallied after the US Federal Reserve increased the chances of its first rate rise in almost a decade.

Getting old and staying wealthy

19-03-2015 | Insight | Jeroen van Oerle

As the demographic dividend is used up in many Western countries and dependency ratios are increasing, the current set-up of many pension schemes is unsustainable. We see four trends that are likely to influence global pension systems. Fully integrated insurance companies, ICT providers and financial planners are most likely to benefit.

Solar eclipse exposes vulnerability of electricity supply

19-03-2015 | Insight | Erik Hylarides

On March 20, 2015 a solar eclipse will pass over the Atlantic Ocean between 08:40 and 12:50 CET and will be visible across Europe. The reduction in solar radiation will directly affect the output of solar (photovoltaics) electricity and for the first time this is expected to have a relevant impact on the secure operation of the European power system.

Down to the river: engaging with Freeport-McMoRan

18-03-2015 | Insight | Matthias Narr

As a sustainable investor, Robeco is convinced that engaging with companies on the most material sustainability issues enhances their competitiveness and profitability. In addition, it generates measurable benefits for investors and society as a whole. We recently closed a successful engagement with mining company Freeport-McMoRan on its mining waste management in Indonesia.

On a mission in Korea

17-03-2015 | Opinion | Arnout van Rijn

Korea is a modern and wealthy country, but equities there trade at a significant discount. The reason for this – low dividend payments – is not going to go away any time soon. The idea of shareholder value has not yet found any traction in the minds of Korea's decision-makers.

Aiming for the stars

17-03-2015 | Peter van der Welle

Investing is a risky business. Before you decide to take on risk, you need to be convinced that it will pay off. Creative investors are not afraid to investigate exotic ideas in the search for a better understanding of how to limit risk. But would you make an investment recommendation based on the position of the planets? Or on the basis of a cyclically weighted average of the number of sunspots? Nor do I think that many of you would dare to bother a respected client with theories surrounding recent data on the orbits of Mars and Saturn.

Passive indexing? Enhanced indexing!

16-03-2015 | Insight | Petra Sagel

Investing in a purely passive manner is increasingly popular. Although we do not deny that passive investing has its merits, we argue that enhanced indexing may be an even better alternative. It is supported by theory and evidence, allows for better ESG integration, and contributes to a liquid and efficient market.

The rise of the machines: don't be scared embrace it

16-03-2015 | Insight | Chris Berkouwer

The Smart Factory’, ‘Industrial Internet’, ‘Factory 4.0’: these concepts are all related to one of the most powerful secular trends in the global industrials sector: Industrial Automation. We have explored this topic in-depth, assessing how our funds can benefit. This journey led us to fascinating companies across the globe, ranging from highly secretive Japanese robot manufacturers to leading innovators in the US and Europe.

European QE offers more opportunities than risks

13-03-2015 | Insight | Peter van Kleef

Every Friday, chief editor Peter van Kleef discusses thought-provoking topics with Robeco experts. This week: is the ECB bond-buying program a game changer?

Surfing the wave in Australia

12-03-2015 | Insight | Rikkert Scholten

Commodity paradise Australia is suffering from lower prices for its natural resources. The economy is struggling to keep its head above water, but the country does offer interesting opportunities for fixed income investors right now.

The big central-bank rally

12-03-2015 | Insight | Jeroen Blokland

9 March 2009 entered the history books as the day on which equity markets hit rock bottom, a few months after the fall of Lehman Brothers and the deepest point of the financial crisis. On that day, the S&P 500 touched 666 points, rebounding from that moment on. This week – precisely six years later – the index is now 200% higher.

Still cautiously overweight on risky assets

11-03-2015 | Insight | Lukas Daalder

Following the volatile start of the year, February turned out to be a classic risk-on month. Greece was saved, the Ukraine military escalation halted, and oil prices recovered.

Sustainability integration in Quantitative Equity strategies

10-03-2015 | Insight | Bart Van der Grient, Michael Strating, Pim van Vliet, PhD, Wilma de Groot, CFA

Robeco is committed to sustainable investing. All Robeco Quantitative Equity strategies already integrated ESG factors (Environment, Social and Governance), and since December 2014, we have taken this one step further.

Indian elephant set to overtake the Chinese tiger

10-03-2015 | Insight | Wim-Hein Pals

Indian stocks have reached new highs after a ‘triple whammy’ of economic positives was warmly received by investors.

New Zealand’s cash cows

09-03-2015 | Insight | Jürgen Siemer, Peter van der Werf

The dairy industry is faced with sustainability challenges such as food safety and greenhouse gas emissions. “Companies that are able to address these challenges can benefit from a fast-growing market with very good prospects,” says Jürgen Siemer, RobecoSAM’s agribusiness analyst.

Nasdaq’s 5,000 is not a repeat of the year 2000

09-03-2015 | Outlook | Lukas Daalder

The Nasdaq’s rise towards 5,000 does not mean a repeat of year 2000 when stocks collapsed shortly afterwards, says Robeco’s Lukas Daalder.

Too early to write off active management

06-03-2015 | Insight | Peter van Kleef

Every Friday chief editor Peter van Kleef discusses thought-provoking topics with Robeco experts. This week: Is the tide turning for active funds?

Diverging tides for New Zealand and Australia

05-03-2015 | Insight | Peter van der Welle

Economic developments in Australia and New Zealand are not running in tandem. Commodity-price developments play a role, but this is not the only explanation, according to strategist Peter van der Welle.

Helping pension funds to ‘do something’ with sustainability

04-03-2015 | Insight | Lucas van Berkestijn

While many institutional investors may have the ambition to integrate sustainability into their investment processes, they often don’t know where to start, struggling to make more concrete steps. “We can help them by making a step-by-step roadmap to implement sustainability investing and keep in control of their progress”, says Lucas van Berkestijn, Sustainability Investing Client Specialist for RobecoSAM.

High yield is back at attractive levels

03-03-2015 | Insight | Sander Bus

The high yield bond market is again offering attractive returns thanks to central bank support and high investor demand, says portfolio manager Sander Bus.

Malaysia: a wealth of low-volatility stocks

03-03-2015 | Insight

Portfolio Manager Pim van Vliet discusses what makes many Malaysian stocks attractive for low-volatility investors.

E-magazine: Spotlight on New Zealand

02-03-2015 | Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race competitors have arrived at the fourth stopover port in Auckland after a month at sea sailing from China.

Investment-fund industry needs ‘female touch’

27-02-2015 | Insight | Peter van Kleef

Every Friday chief editor Peter van Kleef discusses thought-provoking topics with Robeco experts. This time: the endangered female portfolio manager.

Dollar poses a challenge for Fed policy

26-02-2015 | Insight | Peter van der Welle

Looking back at 2014, one of the more remarkable developments in the financial markets was the comeback of the US dollar. And we have not seen the end of it yet, thinks Peter van der Welle, strategist at Robeco.

How do you assess the track record of a strategy?

25-02-2015 | Insight

How do you assess the track record of a strategy in order to ensure the best possible future returns?

The land of ESG confusion

25-02-2015 | Insight | Willem Schramade

In the Genesis video clip ‘The land of confusion’, the world is depicted by Spitting Image dolls of politicians who go about messing up the world in utter confusion. This video clip vividly came to mind when attending several ESG events.

Draghi casts the die

24-02-2015 | Opinion | Mark Glazener

Alea iacta est – that’s what ECB Chairman Mario Draghi must have been thinking when he announced the euro bond-buying program at the ECB’s press conference on 22 January 2015. The very same words uttered by his fellow countryman Julius Caesar in 49BC, when he crossed Italy's Rubicon river.

Higher returns thanks to ‘sin stocks’

20-02-2015 | Insight | Mark Glazener

Every Friday chief editor Peter van Kleef discusses thought-provoking topics with Robeco experts. This time: the remarkable outperformance of ‘sin shares’.

19-02-2015 | Insight | Peter van der Werf

Last June, British newspaper The Guardian reported that farmed prawn producer Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) buys fishmeal from some suppliers that own, operate or buy from fishing boats manned by slaves. An investor coalition headed by Robeco subsequently started an engagement with CP Foods.

Bond markets might surprise on the upside again

19-02-2015 | Insight | Kommer van Trigt

The low yield environment has made some investors question the merits of investing in the bond market, believing that it would mean poor returns.

Global fund manager buys back into Europe

19-02-2015 | Insight | Chris Hart

Europe is now more attractive as certain stocks have become cheaper relative to their earnings potential, says US-based portfolio manager Chris Hart.

Video: Team Brunel in Sanya

19-02-2015 | Volvo Ocean Race

Get up to speed with what happened on the third leg of the journey by watching our latest race update.

How investors implement ESG

18-02-2015 | Insight | Bas Eestermans

The drive to including sustainability factors into mainstream investing has become unstoppable – but investors approach it in different ways. Robeco recently held a series of round tables with existing and prospective clients to find out how investment professionals now tackle the subject.

Beauty and the beast of low-volatility investing

17-02-2015 | Insight | David Blitz, PhD, Pim van Vliet, PhD, Matthias Hanauer

Usually focusing on how to design the best low-volatility strategy, David Blitz, Matthias Hanauer and Pim van Vliet have set out to construct a very bad low-volatility strategy. Comparing good and bad low-volatility strategies they found very different performance characteristics. Clearly, not all low-volatility stocks are created equal. The results highlight the importance of being selective when investing in low-volatility stocks.

Hypochondria in Japan

17-02-2015 | Opinion | Arnout van Rijn

Suppose for a moment you are a Japanese investor. You don't believe in equities. Things were going okay some 25 years ago, but over the last ten years, it was basically a case of buying high and selling low. Even smart investors who bought in after the crash in the early nineties and didn't take any further action have gained nothing on balance.

Navigating through flexible bond funds

16-02-2015 | Insight | Kommer van Trigt, Winfried Hallerbach, PhD

Flexible bond funds have become increasingly popular. Being benchmark unaware, their portfolio allocation can shift quickly over time and across fixed income asset classes – and sometimes beyond. However, these dynamics and the diversity in flexible bond funds make them difficult to evaluate and compare. In our white paper ‘Navigating through flexible bond funds’, we provide a list of focus points that can help.

Real-estate rally still not run out of puff

13-02-2015 | Insight | Folmer Pietersma

Every Friday chief editor Peter van Kleef discusses thought-provoking topics with Robeco experts.

Finding business solutions to sustainability issues

13-02-2015 | Insight

Markus Reichling is the European General Manager for Environmental Affairs at Panasonic, the Japanese electronics manufacturer. In this article he reveals how one of the world’s largest companies is developing modern business solutions for age-old sustainability problems, particularly in consumer products such as light bulbs.

Is rebalancing the source of factor premiums?

12-02-2015 | Research | David Blitz, PhD

Some argue that the mere mechanism of rebalancing increases returns, and that this explains the success of factor investment strategies. Although factor strategies do need rebalancing to maintain their exposures, there are several reasons why it is unlikely that this is their source of added value.

The mass food system under stress

12-02-2015 | Insight | Vera Krückel

Health & wellness considerations are increasingly important in a world where salt, sugar and fat (SS&F) make up the majority of packaged foods. Reducing SS&F is a challenge for food manufacturers because of costs and picky taste buds. Ingredient companies hold the key.

The lion in the wild versus the lion in the cage

11-02-2015 | Engagement Spotlight | Matthias Narr, Sylvia van Waveren

Tightening legislation on toxic chemicals has an important impact on chemical companies. As consumer awareness on the dangers of certain substances grows, companies are evaluating the negative impacts of hazardous chemicals on their image and competitiveness.

Fresh opportunities in Asia

11-02-2015 | Insight | Arnout van Rijn

Robeco’s Asian equities team is more bullish on the region’s stocks than before, thanks to improved prospects for the China market.

How investors implement ESG | Advance February 2015

11-02-2015 | Magazine

How do investors implement ESG? Opinions as to what counts as ESG differ widely, from exclusions to engagement. Our latest Advance sustsianability magazine analyzes the issue in depth.

Winter is coming for TV advertising

10-02-2015 | Insight | Jack Neele

Advertising revenues are shifting away from TV commercials. Portfolio Manager Jack Neele sees three main issues for investors.

China's mouth-watering investment opportunities

10-02-2015 | Insight | Dieter Küffer

Water is a precious resource in short supply. Long-term trends such as population growth, increasing water consumption per person, and pollution are major drivers of water scarcity. This is aggravated by an inadequate water infrastructure.

Just how much lower can bond yields go?

09-02-2015 | Insight | Lukas Daalder

Bond yields may not have bottomed out, and negative yields are not necessarily a bad thing for certain investors, says Robeco’s multi-asset investment head, Lukas Daalder.

Views of pension fund participants important for the discussion on ESG

09-02-2015 | Insight

Social preferences in sustainability can play a role in investment decisions, says Paul Smeets PhD, an expert in behavioral economics and finance. Quantitative investors should pay attention too.

Active funds should nail their colors to the mast

06-02-2015 | Insight | Peter Ferket

Every Friday chief editor Peter van Kleef discusses thought-provoking topics with Robeco experts. This week: the active share lobby.

Riding the Chinese e-commerce boom

05-02-2015 | Insight | Victoria Mio

China’s rapid growth is now being fueled by e-commerce as the country becomes more consumerist, says Chinese Equities portfolio manager Victoria Mio.

Strong performance for duration model over 2014

05-02-2015 | Research | Olaf Penninga

Government bonds posted strong returns in 2014 as yields declined in the US, Germany and Japan. The duration model performed well as it captured these moves in the second half of the year and in the first months as well.

Where are we headed in 2015?

04-02-2015 | Insight | Mark Glazener

The year has only just started but it already seems to have lasted an eternity. The oil price has not rebounded and interest rates have just carried on falling. The equity markets experienced corrections, but bounced back just as quickly. What else does 2015 have in store for us?

The importance of good data in selecting stocks

04-02-2015 | Insight | Bart Van der Grient

Bart van der Grient explains how Robeco ensures good data quality, which is vital for selecting stocks and conducting empirical research. “Our approach makes the stock selection and portfolio construction process more transparent,” he says.

China goes for 'gently does it'

02-02-2015 | Insight | Léon Cornelissen

Chinese economic reforms continue, but the authorities are going about it carefully. After all, they don't want to risk missing their growth targets. Oil-price declines and the US growth recovery are providing some welcome wind in China's wings.

Robeco High Yield Bonds performs well in a challenging 2014

02-02-2015 | Insight | Sander Bus

Robeco High Yield Bonds recorded a total return of almost 4% gross of fees over 2014, outperforming its underlying benchmark by 150 basis points . Over a three-year period, the fund also recorded a remarkable performance of 9.97%% annualized, against 8.54% for the benchmark. This puts it in top place amongst its peers (source: Morningstar).

The time for sitting back and relaxing is over

30-01-2015 | Insight | Jeroen Blokland

On Fridays chief editor Peter van Kleef discusses 'thought-provoking topics' with Robeco experts. This week: the end of the 60/40 era.

E-magazine: Spotlight on China

30-01-2015 | Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race competitors have arrived at the third stopover port in Sanya, southern China, after a month at sea sailing from Abu Dhabi. Our new e-magazine focuses on opportunities in China and Asia, one of the greatest growth areas in the world. Find out why China has adopted a ‘gently does it’ strategy; how e-commerce is leading growth as a cultural lifestyle; and why we believe some things are more equal than others.

Two takeaways from the 2015 outlook

29-01-2015 | Insight

What are the main themes for both the equity and bond market in the Robeco outlook 2015 – and what funds are well equipped to play these ideas?

Bigger screens means bigger profits for Apple

28-01-2015 | Insight | Jack Neele

Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6 has generated spectacular success that has restored the company’s fortunes, says Robeco’s consumer expert, Jack Neele.

QE won't work in the Eurozone, say Robeco investors

28-01-2015 | Insight | Arnout van Rijn, Chris Hart

Full-blown quantitative easing by the European Central Bank (ECB) is unlikely to save the struggling Eurozone economy, say two senior investors at Robeco.

India 2015: Bigger and better

27-01-2015 | Press release | Nimesh Chandan

In the 2014 General Elections the Indian Republic delivered a strong mandate to a single party for the first time in 30 years.

Euro area: a frozen economy

26-01-2015 | Insight | Kommer van Trigt, Machiel van de Groes, Paul van der Worp

In its outlook for the first quarter of this year, Robeco’s Fixed Income Allocation team shares its views on Treasuries, credits and emerging debt.

Review 2014 by Robeco CEO Roderick Munsters

26-01-2015 | Insight | Léon Cornelissen, Roderick Munsters

I am pretty comfortable looking back at the year 2014, says Robeco CEO Roderick Munsters. Find out why he expects more volatility this year.

‘European leaders have to explain what is at stake’

26-01-2015 | Insight

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission until November last year, thinks that Europe would benefit from further economic and political integration.

Outlook for 2015

26-01-2015 | Insight | Léon Cornelissen

2014 has been an exceptional year for investors, says Robeco Chief Economist Léon Cornelissen. What are the investment opportunities and risks in 2015?

Experts are divided on the Fed's influence in 2015

26-01-2015 | Insight

What effect will the divergent policies of the Fed and the ECB have in 2015? Robeco expects that this could have a negative influence on the stock markets, while two major banks have a different opinion.

'Making the best of capitalism'

23-01-2015 | Insight

Capitalism is a complex system and easily misunderstood. But it’s still the best we have available, says economist and bestselling author Ha-Joon Chang. There is the constant necessity to improve it, though.

ECB surprises, but it is not a real game changer

22-01-2015 | News item | Lukas Daalder

The European Central Bank, as expected, introduced QE to the European markets. And it came with a positive surprise.

Video: Team Brunel in Abu Dhabi

21-01-2015 | Volvo Ocean Race

Robeco quant EM equities outperforms generic factor indices

19-01-2015 | Research | David Blitz, PhD, Wilma de Groot, CFA

We have compared the realized performance of our quantitative emerging markets equities (QEME) strategies with the hypothetical performance of recently launched generic factor indices.

China bull can continue to rage

16-01-2015 | Outlook | Victoria Mio

The Shanghai stock market ended 2014 with an impressive 53% gain for the year, but Victoria Mio, portfolio manager Robeco Chinese Equities, thinks the rally can continue. According to Mio the past year marked ‘the beginning of a multi-year bull market’ in Chinese A-shares.

Is European unity in jeopardy?

15-01-2015 | Insight | Léon Cornelissen

Former European Commission President Barroso thinks that Europe should bridge its internal differences. Unity seems a long way off – with controversy over budget policy and threat of British and Greek secession from the union. Why is Robeco Chief Economist Léon Cornelissen not too worried about these issues?

Toxic chemicals a lion in the cage or in the wild

14-01-2015 | Insight

Intensified legislation on toxic chemicals impacts chemical manufacturers and retailers. As consumer awareness grows, these companies are evaluating the negative implications of hazardous chemicals for their image and competitiveness. At the same time, they are investigating opportunities to develop less toxic alternatives. We believe investors should be considering these implications in their analysis. The topic provided a nice platform for trying a new engagement tool: a roundtable with chemicals companies.

Key consumer developments to watch in 2015

13-01-2015 | Outlook | Jack Neele, Richard Speetjens

Consumer spending in developed markets will continue to grow at a relatively slow but sustained pace. This calls for a more focused investment approach.

Emerging credits: separate the wheat from the chaff

12-01-2015 | Insight | Reinout Schapers

With the rally in stock markets entering a new, more volatile phase Robeco Asset Allocation has taken some risk off the table.

Why low-volatility investing is exciting and important

12-01-2015 | Research | Eric Falkenstein, Ph.D

Low-volatility investing is a great place for investors and researchers. For long-term investors, it can create a simple tilt that offers an attractive alternative to following market capweighted equity indices, generating at least the same return for two-thirds of the risk.

Smart credit investing: harvesting factor premiums

12-01-2015 | Insight | Jeroen van Zundert, Patrick Houweling, PhD

Although most factor research focuses on the equity market, the concept and benefits of factor investing apply equally well to the corporate bond market. A smart way of investing is combining the factors into a multi-factor credit portfolio in order to diversify across factors.

Happy new investment strategy

09-01-2015 | Outlook | Lukas Daalder

With the rally in stock markets entering a new, more volatile phase Robeco Asset Allocation has taken some risk off the table.

Secular stagnation isn’t a bad thing for bonds

07-01-2015 | Insight | Kommer van Trigt

Secular stagnation in Europe is not necessarily a bad thing for bonds, says Rorento’s portfolio manager, Kommer van Trigt.

Factor investing works

06-01-2015 | Interview

Factor investing is in vogue. Investors are increasingly focusing on factors such as value, low volatility, momentum and small cap. But what do we know about the relevance of factor investing?

The Gulf: Gateway between East and West

05-01-2015 | Insight | Rob Schellekens

Huge growth in the airline industry in the Gulf States has had a major impact on the local economy. The construction and financial sectors offer interesting investment opportunities.

Fundamental Law of Active Management shows way to higher information ratio

05-01-2015 | Insight

The Fundamental Law of Active Management by Grinold and Kahn is designed to assess the value of active management, as expressed by the information ratio, using only two variables. The first is the portfolio manager ‘skill’ in selecting securities and the second is the number of independent investment opportunities.

Low-Volatility Investing: Collected Robeco Articles

01-01-2015 | Research | David Blitz, PhD, Pim van Vliet, PhD

The second edition of the first and only book to focus on the volatility effect, "Low-Volatility Investing" by David Blitz, PhD, Head Robeco Quantitative Equity Research and Pim van Vliet, PhD, Senior Portfolio Manager, Robeco Conservative Equities, presents our research on low-volatility investing from a number of different angels important to investors.

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