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Opinions

Managing expectations for absolute return funds

01-08-2016 | Opinion | Klaas Smits, Shengsheng Zhang

Should absolute return funds always make a profit? Most investors buy absolute return products to realize positive returns, and to use them for diversification purposes. However, many often forget that these ambitions are realized over a business cycle, and drawdowns can happen just like in any other investment.

How impatience kills your value performance

14-04-2016 | Opinion | Maarten Polfliet

Suppose that over the last few years value investing had outperformed, what would happen?

Sustainability leadership or déjà vu CSR?

13-04-2016 | Opinion | Willem Schramade

Willem Schramade, Sustainability and Valuation Specialist within Robeco’s Global Equity team, has flashbacks of Groundhog Day.

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.

Focus on ESG risks crucial in the telecom sector

01-11-2013 | Opinion | Edith Siermann

When considering sustainable corporate operations you initially think of preventing child labor in the textile industry or of recycling metal. The telecom sector does not immediately spring to mind. However, in this sector there are actually many specific issues, particularly relating to social (S) and environmental (E) aspects of the business that, if not properly managed, can expose telecom companies to considerable risk. I will focus on the most significant of these.

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