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The quant cycle
The quant cycle
Equity factors follow their own sentiment-driven cycle that cannot be explained by traditional business cycle indicators.
19-10-2021 | Research
Some factors are now more equal than others
Some factors are now more equal than others
There is no free lunch when it comes to harvesting factor premiums.
06-10-2021 | 5-Year outlook
What valuations and interest rates tell us about equity factors
What valuations and interest rates tell us about equity factors
Single and multi-factor equity portfolios are currently very attractively valued and factor premiums persist across interest rate cycles.
04-10-2021 | Insight
Deep evidence that factor investing works well in bond markets
Deep evidence that factor investing works well in bond markets
More than two centuries of data confirms that value, momentum and low risk offer attractive premiums.
12-07-2021 | Insight
The value comeback is driving emerging markets equities too
The value comeback is driving emerging markets equities too
After a decade of lackluster returns, the value stock showdown reached a climax in 2020.
06-07-2021 | Insight
Podcast: Value, back with a vengeance
Podcast: Value, back with a vengeance
Value stocks are in revival – this after what seemed like an endless run of underperformance relative to growth stocks.
01-07-2021 | Podcast
Value investing’s five principles that have stood the test of time
Value investing’s five principles that have stood the test of time
Value and growth investing have long had a back and forth relationship, with one style leading the market for a period before investors turn in favor of the opposite style.
22-06-2021 | Insight
Engaging with countries to promote the SDGs
Engaging with countries to promote the SDGs
A team from Robeco has published a framework that can help investors engage with countries to tackle sustainability challenges.
14-06-2021 | Insight
The Low Volatility effect in China
The Low Volatility effect in China
In our recent study, we uncover the presence of a strong Low Volatility effect in the Chinese A-share market.
19-05-2021 | Insight
Spring has sprung for Value investing
Spring has sprung for Value investing
Despite the recent rally in cheap stocks, we believe the Value upswing still has a way to go.
12-05-2021 | Insight
Value vs. growth in trends – watch the debate
Value vs. growth in trends – watch the debate
Trends investing is often characterized by a growth approach.
30-04-2021 | Video
There’s no quant crisis in credits
There’s no quant crisis in credits
Quant strategies have performed well in credits.
01-04-2021 | Insight
The rising tide of Value won’t lift all boats equally
The rising tide of Value won’t lift all boats equally
The recent Value upswing has provided renewed hope of a comeback and ideal conditions for deep and consistent exposures to the style.
25-03-2021 | Insight
Spring has to come simply because economic fundamentals require it
Spring has to come simply because economic fundamentals require it
How do you perceive the quant equity winter?
26-02-2021 | Interview
ETFs have yet to prove that they can beat active funds
ETFs have yet to prove that they can beat active funds
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are commonly regarded as efficient, low-cost alternatives to actively managed mutual funds.
18-02-2021 | Research
The quant equity crisis of 2018-2020: Cornered by ‘big growth’
The quant equity crisis of 2018-2020: Cornered by ‘big growth’
The 2018-2020 quant equity crisis posed an exceptional challenge to quantitative managers due to a rare combination of circumstances.
16-02-2021 | Research
Data sets - the idiosyncratic momentum factor
Data sets - the idiosyncratic momentum factor
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
31-12-2020 | Data sets
Podcast: Why I believe the quant winter will end
Podcast: Why I believe the quant winter will end
Will value stocks make a comeback in 2021?
17-12-2020 | Podcast
The Value tortoise is on the move
The Value tortoise is on the move
The availability of an effective Covid-19 vaccine may trigger a revival for Value investing, says Robeco strategist Peter van der Welle.
08-12-2020 | Monthly outlook
Long read: Why I am more bullish than ever on quant
Long read: Why I am more bullish than ever on quant
Following more than two years of quant strategies generally underperforming sharply, investors are questioning whether quantitative investing is still viable.
11-11-2020 | Column
Factor investing – going beyond Fama and French
Factor investing – going beyond Fama and French
There is more to factor investing than the standard academic factors, says Head of Quant Research David Blitz.
02-11-2020 | 5-Year outlook
Restoring the battered Value factor in equities
Restoring the battered Value factor in equities
The recent dreadful performance of the academic Value equity factor has been a blow for many investors.
20-10-2020 | Insight
Low-risk stocks behave like bonds
Low-risk stocks behave like bonds
Low-risk stocks are very bond-like.
13-10-2020 | Research
There is more to factor investing than just Fama-French
There is more to factor investing than just Fama-French
The period of 2010-2019 was a lost decade for the five Fama-French factors, leading many to question whether Value was dead and whether Size had ever worked at all.
09-10-2020 | Video
Podcast: ‘The pressure on value investors is almost unbearable’
Podcast: ‘The pressure on value investors is almost unbearable’
Value has underperformed growth in the large-cap space by 43% in the past year.
28-09-2020 | Podcast
Will Value survive the quant winter?
Will Value survive the quant winter?
The Value factor posted excellent returns over the first decade of the century.
01-09-2020 | Insight
Podcast: Our man in Hong Kong
Podcast: Our man in Hong Kong
Arnout van Rijn has been investing in Asia for 25 years; for more than half of this time, he has lived in Hong Kong.
08-07-2020 | Podcast
Linking economic activities with the SDGs
Linking economic activities with the SDGs
A new research paper has mapped the impact that economic activity has on achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
30-06-2020 | Insight
New study reveals: you can predict when interest rates will rise
New study reveals: you can predict when interest rates will rise
Over the past decades, many empirical studies have examined the predictability of interest rates, so far with mixed results.
30-06-2020 | Insight
Defining Quality: separating the wheat from the chaff
Defining Quality: separating the wheat from the chaff
Quality is a commonly accepted equity factor.
18-06-2020 | Research
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