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Blokland’s daily sketch
Blokland’s daily sketch
What could go wrong?
22-01-2021 | Daily sketch
Graph of the week
Graph of the week

Rapid increase in number of lawsuits against fossil fuel companies

15-01-2021 | Insight
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
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
Robeco commits to net zero carbon ambition by 2050
Robeco commits to net zero carbon ambition by 2050
Robeco is committing to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions across all its assets under management by 2050.
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
All eyes on fiscal stimulus as US awaits election results
All eyes on fiscal stimulus as US awaits election results
Investors should focus on likely levels of fiscal stimulus from the eventual winners of the US elections, says multi-asset investor Jeroen Blokland.
04-11-2020 | Insight
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
Low-risk stocks behave like bonds
Low-risk stocks behave like bonds
Low-risk stocks are very bond-like.
13-10-2020 | 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
Expected Returns – watch the full show
Expected Returns – watch the full show
Post Covid-19, we will all be entering a ‘brave real world’ with negative interest rates, looming inflation and unprecedented central bank policies.
09-10-2020 | Video
Brave real world: the main takeaways from Expected Returns
Brave real world: the main takeaways from Expected Returns
The Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed the world, making it much harder for investors to navigate likely conditions for the major asset classes.
09-10-2020 | Video
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
Addressing carbon risk in investor portfolios
Addressing carbon risk in investor portfolios
Investors have a role to play in facilitating the transition to a low-carbon economy.
09-10-2020 | Video
Running on fumes, in search of the next refill
Running on fumes, in search of the next refill
Markets need a major catalyst to move higher as they face headwinds led by the US elections and Covid-19, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
08-10-2020 | Monthly outlook
5-year Expected Returns: Brave real world
5-year Expected Returns: Brave real world
Few would doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed the world.
29-09-2020 | 5-Year outlook
Long-term Expected Returns
Long-term Expected Returns
The purpose of this report is to show our long-term return expectations for a wide set of asset classes.
29-09-2020 | 5-Year outlook
Settling the Size matter in equities
Settling the Size matter in equities
The equity Size premium has failed to materialize since its discovery, almost forty years ago.
23-09-2020 | Research
Shifting into neutral in multi-asset portfolios
Shifting into neutral in multi-asset portfolios
The improving global economy has made bonds less attractive compared to equities, says multi-asset investor Jeroen Blokland.
07-09-2020 | Monthly outlook
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
Factor investing debates: Should sustainability be considered a factor?
Factor investing debates: Should sustainability be considered a factor?
Factor investing and sustainability can make a good combination.
20-07-2020 | 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
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