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The unique climate change risks facing insurers
The unique climate change risks facing insurers
Climate change has become undeniable, and no industry has greater exposure to its risks than the insurance sector.
02-07-2020 | Insight
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
SI Opener: The mining industry is essential to moving to a greener economy
SI Opener: The mining industry is essential to moving to a greener economy
Mining is a complex industry that is often seen as unsustainable.
25-06-2020 | SI Opener
Data sets - the idiosyncratic momentum factor
Data sets - the idiosyncratic momentum factor
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
23-06-2020 | Data sets
Sustainability trends in energy credits after Covid-19
Sustainability trends in energy credits after Covid-19
Finding affordable, low-carbon and reliable energy sources is a challenge for investors in the energy sector.
22-06-2020 | Insight
Factor investing debates: Should you time your factor exposures?
Factor investing debates: Should you time your factor exposures?
The debate on whether investors should tactically time their factor exposures is almost as old as the discovery of factors.
22-06-2020 | 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
The smart way to make an impact, from food to fairness
The smart way to make an impact, from food to fairness
Impact investing involves making a difference on the ground alongside generating a financial return.
10-06-2020 | Insight
Sustainable investing in equilibrium
Sustainable investing in equilibrium
This is a theoretical paper which investigates what happens if some investors care about ESG, while others do not, or care less.
10-06-2020 | From the field
Appointing directors of climate change
Appointing directors of climate change
Companies need to appoint directors who focus on business exposure to climate change, Robeco’s Active Ownership team says.
09-06-2020 | Insight
Our introductory guide to investing in SDG credits
Our introductory guide to investing in SDG credits
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have captured the imagination as a great way of impact investing.
03-06-2020 | Insight
Don’t tell JR, but Texas has ‘Gone with the Wind’
Don’t tell JR, but Texas has ‘Gone with the Wind’
Those of a certain age may recall Dallas, a 1980s US soap opera about a dysfunctional oil-rich family headed by the scheming JR Ewing.
02-06-2020 | Stunning statistics
SI Opener: Protecting digital human rights in the post-Covid-19 era
SI Opener: Protecting digital human rights in the post-Covid-19 era
Digital data has expanded beyond imagination.
28-05-2020 | SI Opener
US-China conflict: the pressure intensifies on ADRs
US-China conflict: the pressure intensifies on ADRs
Over the past few weeks, the US has ratcheted up its rivalry with China, with various announcements that go beyond a focus on restricting trade of goods.
27-05-2020 | Insight
Solving the sustainable investment dilemma
Solving the sustainable investment dilemma
Combining quant and sustainable investing efficiently requires expertise.
25-05-2020 | Interview
Value ain’t dead
Value ain’t dead
Value stocks have underperformed growth stocks over the past decade.
20-05-2020 | From the field
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Is Value broken?
14-05-2020 | Podcast
Factor investing: will the benefit of having a small and mid-cap tilt return?
Factor investing: will the benefit of having a small and mid-cap tilt return?
The March 2020 market sell-off hit small and mid-caps stocks especially hard.
11-05-2020 | Insight
Will the oil price crash lower carbon footprints?
Will the oil price crash lower carbon footprints?
An historic plunge in the oil price has raised hopes that carbon footprints could be permanently cut – but this may be wishful thinking.
08-05-2020 | Monthly outlook
Robeco publishes Q1 2020 Active Ownership report
Robeco publishes Q1 2020 Active Ownership report
New engagement themes lead the coverage in Robeco’s latest Active Ownership report – a quarter that saw the first impact of Covid-19.
07-05-2020 | Active Ownership Report
Covid-19 exposes weaknesses in country sustainability
Covid-19 exposes weaknesses in country sustainability
The coronavirus has highlighted how vulnerable a nation can become to a sudden crisis, RobecoSAM warns in a new report.
01-05-2020 | Insight
Duration Times Spread: a measure of spread exposure in credit portfolios
Duration Times Spread: a measure of spread exposure in credit portfolios
Duration Times Spread (DTS) is the market standard method for measuring the credit volatility of a corporate bond.
01-05-2020 | Research
Now more than ever, it’s time to think outside the Fama-French factor box
Now more than ever, it’s time to think outside the Fama-French factor box
2010-2019 was a lost decade for the Fama-French factors.
28-04-2020 | Research
Online meal delivery: Growth potential intact despite Covid-19 headwinds
Online meal delivery: Growth potential intact despite Covid-19 headwinds
The digitalization of consumption is one of the structural changes our Global Consumer Trends strategy focuses on.
28-04-2020 | Insight
Appraising home bias exposure
Appraising home bias exposure
The home market bias is one of the clearest examples of behavioral biases among investors.
22-04-2020 | From the field
A negative oil price – a market quirk, or the ‘new normal’?
A negative oil price – a market quirk, or the ‘new normal’?
The price of US oil temporarily dipped below zero for the first time in history, which means an oil supplier has to pay someone to take it off their hands.
21-04-2020 | Insight
The link between ESG and performance: SDG Credits stands the test
The link between ESG and performance: SDG Credits stands the test
“An attribution analysis confirms our view that screening credit holdings for their sustainability characteristics is positive for performance,” says Guido Moret, Robeco’s Head of Sustainability Integration Credits.
21-04-2020 | Insight
Shell escalates net-zero goal on carbon emissions
Shell escalates net-zero goal on carbon emissions
Royal Dutch Shell has stepped up its plans to become carbon neutral following investor engagement led by Robeco and the Church of England.
17-04-2020 | Insight
Robeco publishes Stewardship Report 2019
Robeco publishes Stewardship Report 2019
Active Ownership has always been an important part of Robeco’s sustainable investing capability.
16-04-2020 | Active Ownership Report
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