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Bitcoin as digital gold – a multi-asset perspective
Bitcoin as digital gold – a multi-asset perspective
Bitcoin is often derided as being highly volatile, but as digital gold it could play a role in a multi-asset portfolio, says investor Jeroen Blokland.
09-04-2021 | Monthly outlook
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
Climate change and Covid-19 lead Stewardship Report
Climate change and Covid-19 lead Stewardship Report
A tumultuous year that saw sustainable investing become mainstream is reviewed in Robeco’s Stewardship Report for 2020.
29-03-2021 | Active Ownership Report
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
Data sets – factor investing in corporate bonds
Data sets – factor investing in corporate bonds
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
01-03-2021 | Data sets
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
Asset managers are yet to truly embrace sustainability
Asset managers are yet to truly embrace sustainability
Proxy voting is a powerful tool for shareholders to steer corporate agendas towards sustainability-focused decision making.
24-02-2021 | Research
We will set five-year carbon footprint reduction goals
We will set five-year carbon footprint reduction goals
Decarbonization in the making.
22-02-2021 | 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
How regulation will enhance sustainable investing in 2021
How regulation will enhance sustainable investing in 2021
Integrating sustainability into investments will become much higher profile under new EU regulations that take effect this year.
17-02-2021 | Insight
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
What’s up with Momentum?
What’s up with Momentum?
Momentum had its ‘shot of momentum’ in 2020.
04-02-2021 | Insight
When equity factors drop their shorts
When equity factors drop their shorts
How can you best construct an equity market neutral portfolio using a factor-investing approach?
01-02-2021 | Insight
SI Outlook 2021: From ambition and policy to actual portfolio impact
SI Outlook 2021: From ambition and policy to actual portfolio impact
What does Robeco expect in the world of sustainable investing in 2021?
14-01-2021 | Webinar
Factor investing debates: Do big data and AI herald a new dawn for quant?
Factor investing debates: Do big data and AI herald a new dawn for quant?
Factor investing is based on decades of publicly available empirical studies.
11-01-2021 | Insight
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
Has Low Volatility lost its mojo?
Has Low Volatility lost its mojo?
2020 has been a difficult year for Low Volatility investors and this year’s performance has been truly challenging, amounting to a period of soul searching.
21-12-2020 | Insight
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
Sustainable thematic investing and UN SDGs, a natural fit
Sustainable thematic investing and UN SDGs, a natural fit
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an excellent framework for investors to seek returns while helping shape a more sustainable world.
11-12-2020 | Insight
After Biden’s win, all eyes remain on Covid-19 and the recovery
After Biden’s win, all eyes remain on Covid-19 and the recovery
Joe Biden has been elected 46th US President, based on vote count.
04-12-2020 | Insight
Investors should always strive to understand observed performance
Investors should always strive to understand observed performance
Mathijs van Dijk is Professor of Financial Markets at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
02-12-2020 | Interview
Quant solutions must look beyond the most conventional factors
Quant solutions must look beyond the most conventional factors
Quant strategies have come under pressure over the past two years.
24-11-2020 | Interview
Trends and thematic investing: cutting through short-term noise
Trends and thematic investing: cutting through short-term noise
A growing body of academic literature shows that only a small number of listed stocks account for most of the long-term shareholder value created in the stock market.
16-11-2020 | Insight
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
'Most stocks do not outperform Treasury Bills in the long run'
'Most stocks do not outperform Treasury Bills in the long run'
A growing number of studies show that a tiny fraction of stocks account for virtually all the value created in the equity market.
30-10-2020 | Interview
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
Trends investing: finding the winners among skewed equity returns
Trends investing: finding the winners among skewed equity returns
A tiny proportion of stocks account for most of the market’s returns.
19-10-2020 | 5-Year outlook
The Big Book of trends and thematic investing
The Big Book of trends and thematic investing
Trends and thematic investment strategies have enjoyed quite some popularity over the past few years.
15-10-2020 | Research
Carbon pricing, asset allocation and climate goals
Carbon pricing, asset allocation and climate goals
Assessing carbon risk in portfolios is a difficult but necessary task for investors.
12-10-2020 | 5-Year outlook
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