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A backtesting protocol in the era of machine learning
A backtesting protocol in the era of machine learning
Is machine learning really a game changer for finance?
08-08-2019 | From the field
Blokland’s daily sketch
Blokland’s daily sketch
The yield curve has inverted, so now what?
16-08-2019
Graph of the week
Graph of the week

Record buybacks

08-08-2019 | Insight
Voting season: making our voice heard as a shareholder
Voting season: making our voice heard as a shareholder
Sustainability issues have gained more traction in the US, while board composition remains among the most contentious issues in Asia.
25-07-2019 | Insight
'The impact of cyber risks has changed, and companies have to raise the standards'
'The impact of cyber risks has changed, and companies have to raise the standards'
Information on the cybersecurity of companies and their products is hard to obtain at the moment.
24-07-2019 | Insight
Investing in a 50:50 World
Investing in a 50:50 World
Welcome to a new world.
18-07-2019 | Column
Pay your way: assessing corporate tax strategies
Pay your way: assessing corporate tax strategies
It lacks the magnitude of climate change, but a company’s approach to paying tax is still critical when evaluating its sustainability.
17-07-2019 | Insight
Investing in a world of binary outcomes
Investing in a world of binary outcomes
Welcome to a new world.
12-07-2019 | Quarterly outlook
Fixed income outlook: More repression to avoid recession
Fixed income outlook: More repression to avoid recession
Fighting the Fed or ECB has been a losing game over the past decade.
10-07-2019 | Quarterly outlook
Seasonal patterns in individual stock returns
Seasonal patterns in individual stock returns
New insights on monthly stock return patterns.
10-07-2019 | From the field
What the Shareholders Right Directive II means for investors
What the Shareholders Right Directive II means for investors
An updated regulation regarding shareholder rights and obligations came into force on 9 June 2019.
08-07-2019 | Insight
The Fed’s sugar rush rally
The Fed’s sugar rush rally
When the Fed starts cutting rates, it is easier to be long 2-year Treasuries than credit, says Global Macro team co-head Jamie Stuttard.
05-07-2019 | Monthly outlook
Post G20 expect delays on a trade deal, but we still need one
Post G20 expect delays on a trade deal, but we still need one
Reaching a trade deal would be crucial for equity markets.
05-07-2019 | Insight
The digital toolbox: emergency care for our health care system
The digital toolbox: emergency care for our health care system
Is the end in sight for the malaises that plague today’s health care industry?
04-07-2019 | Insight
Stronger mandate for Modi bodes well for Indian reforms
Stronger mandate for Modi bodes well for Indian reforms
India needs jobs, infrastructure and renewed economic growth.
02-07-2019 | Insight
Media spotlight does not drive the Volatility effect in equities
Media spotlight does not drive the Volatility effect in equities
Investors’ appetite for stocks frequently mentioned in the news is often raised to explain the Volatility effect.
26-06-2019 | Insight
Gradual progress towards gender equality
Gradual progress towards gender equality
Companies still have a long way to go to make men and women equals in the workplace, a RobecoSAM study reveals.
24-06-2019 | Insight
Using engagement to unpick the Korean Discount
Using engagement to unpick the Korean Discount
Foreign investors can unlock value at Korean companies through engagement, says active ownership specialist Ronnie Lim.
20-06-2019 | Insight
Good shepherds do not succumb to herding behavior
Good shepherds do not succumb to herding behavior
Thought crowds were wise?
19-06-2019 | From the field
Strong hands needed to unlock the potential of factor investing
Strong hands needed to unlock the potential of factor investing
The average investor is not good at timing.
19-06-2019 | Insight
How to invest in SDGs
How to invest in SDGs
It is estimated that the SDGs could unlock up to USD 12 trillion in market opportunities.
18-06-2019 | Video
The characteristics of factor investing
The characteristics of factor investing
To make the most of factor investing, understanding how factors work and interact is key.
14-06-2019 | Research
Easing does it
Easing does it
Market expectations for central bank policy rates have come down substantially, following continued weakness in global economic conditions and the rift in the trade talks between the US and China.
10-06-2019 | Insight
The new Long March of China
The new Long March of China
China’s attempts to combat a trade war with the US present an uphill battle for emerging market assets, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
07-06-2019 | Monthly outlook
The best strategy is the one you can stick with through thick and thin
The best strategy is the one you can stick with through thick and thin
Bringing quant investing to non-quants is tough but worthwhile.
29-05-2019 | Interview
Looking for defensive European stocks? Follow the guide...
Looking for defensive European stocks? Follow the guide...
In order to thrive, quant strategies do not necessarily have to be black boxes.
28-05-2019 | Insight
Five reasons for strategic allocation to China A-shares
Five reasons for strategic allocation to China A-shares
As the A-share market opens up to investors and MSCI has taken an additional step to include A-shares, substantial capital flows are again expected to flow into China’s onshore market.
08-05-2019 | Insight
There’s no need to fear yield curve inversions
There’s no need to fear yield curve inversions
Inverted yield curves may famously herald recessions, but they do not harm market returns that much, says multi-asset investor Jeroen Blokland.
08-05-2019 | Monthly outlook
Do mutual funds with good sustainability scores attract more assets?
Do mutual funds with good sustainability scores attract more assets?
In March of 2016, Morningstar first published sustainability ratings (globes), for over 20,000 mutual funds.
08-05-2019 | From the field
US-China trade talks – a tweet too far?
US-China trade talks – a tweet too far?
After weeks of positive noises coming from the US-China negotiations, with indications of an agreement by the end of this week, there was an abrupt shift in tone.
07-05-2019 | Emerging markets alert

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