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Latest investment insights

Factor investing versus sector investing

20-09-2016 | UK | Insight | Milan Vidojevic, Simon Lansdorp

A recent study suggests that sector investing does as well or even better than factor investing in a long-only context. We challenge this conclusion and show that an explicit allocation to well established factors yields better results than allocation to sectors.

Bank of England keeps rates on hold despite Brexit

20-09-2016 | UK | Insight | Léon Cornelissen

The Bank of England surprised investors by keeping its base rate unchanged at 0.5%, despite expectations for a cut following the Brexit vote.

Wind of change

16-09-2016 | UK | Insight | Chris Berkouwer

The wind industry is past its growing pains. It hardly needs subsidies anymore and is showing much better returns on invested capital and free cash flow generation. It’s finally investment worthy.

Year to date: Successfully integrating sustainability

14-09-2016 | UK | Insight | Edith Siermann

In an institutional masterclass on Asset TV a panel of industry experts discuss how they manage sustainability, how they select prospects and talk about their research process.

Factor Investing with smart beta indices

14-09-2016 | UK | Insight | David Blitz, PhD

Smart beta indices are a popular way of implementing a factor investing strategy. However, research suggests that this may not the best way, as the factor exposure provided by popular smart beta strategies varies greatly and they do not unlock the full potential of factor premiums.

Integrating sustainability into factor credit strategies

13-09-2016 | Research | Frederik Muskens, Jeroen van Zundert, Mark Whirdy, Patrick Houweling, PhD

Our factor credit strategies have two main objectives: maximizing the portfolio’s factor exposure and limiting sustainability risks. How do we integrate these two goals?

No news is good news for markets

09-09-2016 | UK | Outlook | Lukas Daalder

The old phrase that ‘no news is good news’ has been working its magic in the markets lately – but it may be the calm before the storm, says Robeco’s Lukas Daalder.

Factor investing case studies – the merits of tailor made solutions

29-07-2016 | Insight | Chris Suiker, Joop Huij, PhD, Patrick Houweling, PhD

Factor investing – the investment strategy that aims to capture ‘hidden’ returns in financial markets – is rapidly gaining in popularity. However, it is important to follow the right factors, and to be wary of one factor counteracting another, to get the best results. Otherwise, investors might follow generic factor strategies that expose them to risks that are not properly rewarded, resulting in inferior performance.

Stock markets are too complacent about Brexit aftermath

11-07-2016 | UK | Outlook | Lukas Daalder

Stock markets are too complacent about the potential consequences of the UK’s historic vote to leave the EU, says Robeco’s Lukas Daalder.

Implementing factor strategies in corporate bonds

07-07-2016 | Insight | Patrick Houweling, PhD

Research shows that factor investing strategies work well in corporate bonds, but actually building a portfolio requires greater care due to liquidity issues, Robeco’s quantitative experts argue in a new white paper.

Britons stun the world by voting to leave the EU

24-06-2016 | UK | Outlook | Léon Cornelissen

Britons stunned the world and sent financial markets into freefall after voting to leave the European Union in an historic referendum.

Financial markets get a ‘nasty surprise’ from Brexit vote

24-06-2016 | UK | Outlook | Kommer van Trigt, Lukas Daalder, Mark Glazener, Sander Bus, Victor Verberk

Markets got the biggest shock from the Brexit vote since the financial crisis of 2008 and now face months of uncertainty, say Robeco’s portfolio managers for the major asset classes.

Stock markets caught between hope and fear

06-06-2016 | UK | Outlook | Lukas Daalder

Equity markets are caught in a classic ‘hope versus fear’ cycle as investors face a number of major events, says Robeco’s Lukas Daalder.

Britons set to vote with their wallets against a Brexit

24-05-2016 | UK | Insight | Léon Cornelissen

Britons will vote to remain in the European Union, as the economic consequences of leaving it would be severe, says Robeco Chief Economist Léon Cornelissen.

Who’s to blame for volatility?

06-05-2016 | UK | Outlook | Lukas Daalder

Who’s to blame for the volatility seen in 2016? The temptation is to look for scapegoats, or blame it on structural problems, but is this correct?

Oil is losing its power to shock

08-04-2016 | UK | Outlook | Lukas Daalder

Oil is losing its power to shock as its risks have been better discounted into financial markets, while the passing of time will bring the positive impact of lower oil to the fore, says Robeco’s Lukas Daalder.

Brexit fears in credit markets 'are overblown'

16-03-2016 | UK | Insight | Victor Verberk

Fears that the credit markets will be adversely affected much further by a Brexit are overblown, or at least have been priced in to a certain extent, as fundamentals are unchanged, says portfolio manager Victor Verberk.

Brexit: Balancing between country risk and currency tailwind

15-03-2016 | UK | Insight | Mark Glazener

The chances of a Brexit still appear low, but the stakes are high. The polls show that a growing number of the British want to turn their back on Europe.

Brexit unlikely, but what if…?

14-03-2016 | UK | Insight | Lukas Daalder

What are the odds that the UK will leave Europe on 23 June? And if this occurs what impact will it have? We asked Lukas Daalder, CIO Investment Solutions.

Helicopter money flies into view

07-03-2016 | UK | Outlook | Lukas Daalder

Helicopter money is moving onto central banks’ radar as they run out of ammunition to stimulate economies, says Robeco’s Lukas Daalder.

Reducing our risk profile as markets sink

11-02-2016 | UK | Insight | Lukas Daalder

If you believe in the January effect – the predictive power of the returns of the first month for the rest of the year – it is clear that 2016 is not going to be a very pleasant experience for a substantial part of the financial markets.

Beware the ‘self-fulfilling outcome’ of market sentiment

09-02-2016 | UK | Outlook | Lukas Daalder

Financial markets are in danger of creating a ‘self-fulfilling outcome’ that will send asset values even lower unless common sense breaks out, says Robeco’s Lukas Daalder.

The three things spooking markets: rational or not?

11-01-2016 | UK | Outlook | Lukas Daalder

Equities are being rattled by three fears that are leading to an overreaction in markets, says Robeco’s Lukas Daalder.

Cautious pioneers – The Dutch approach

16-10-2015 | UK | Insight

Robeco is growing its London office to be able to better serve the UK market.

'A quantitative approach to sustainability investing'

22-09-2015 | UK | Insight | Machiel Zwanenburg

“We wanted to create an alternative to the existing active and passive ESG solutions.” Portfolio manager Machiel Zwanenburg manages RobecoSAM Quant Sustainable Global Equities (QSGE) together with Peter Ferket.

Factor investing: it works for credits too

21-09-2015 | UK | Insight | Patrick Houweling, PhD

Factor investing has been successfully applied to equity markets. It can also work in the corporate bond market and can generate substantial premiums.

07-09-2015 | UK | Insight

For the best results, we look at several factors. Discover the five things regarding factor investing you need to know about.

A critical eye and patience are crucial in low-volatility investing

24-07-2015 | UK | Insight | Peter van Kleef

On Fridays chief editor Peter van Kleef discusses thought-provoking topics with Robeco experts. This week: What to watch out for when selecting low-volatility products.

The beauty and the beast of value and momentum investing

22-07-2015 | UK | Insight | David Blitz, PhD

We usually focus on how to make a good investment strategy even better, but in recent research we looked at how to make it worse.

The quarterly outlook for credits: dot plots and tantrums

25-06-2015 | UK | Insight | Sander Bus, Victor Verberk

In our latest Credit Quarterly Outlook, we note two changes that are taking place in the credit markets. First, the US credit cycle is becoming unfriendly. Corporate releveraging is accelerating and margins have peaked.

Quantifying the chance of a ‘Grexit’

11-05-2015 | UK | Insight | Lukas Daalder

The prospect of Greece leaving the Eurozone may not be that bad for investors, and may even be positive in the long run, says Robeco’s head of asset allocation.

Markets need not fear the coming rate hike

09-04-2015 | UK | Insight | 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.

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

09-03-2015 | UK | Insight | 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.

Real-estate rally still not run out of puff

13-02-2015 | UK | Insight | Folmer Pietersma

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

Just how much lower can bond yields go?

09-02-2015 | UK | 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.

Happy new investment strategy

09-01-2015 | UK | Insight | Lukas Daalder

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

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