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CO2 emissions and the pricing of climate risk
CO2 emissions and the pricing of climate risk
Does lower sustainability mean lower returns?
23-09-2019 | From the field
Guide to low volatility investing
Guide to low volatility investing
This new edition includes recent figures and a new section on income generation.
28-05-2019 | Insight
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
Are mutual funds on the other side of the low volatility trade?
Are mutual funds on the other side of the low volatility trade?
This new research helps to explain the existence of the low volatility anomaly.
03-04-2019 | From the field
Diverging fortunes for low-risk stocks as EM and DM decouple
Diverging fortunes for low-risk stocks as EM and DM decouple
So far, 2018 has been marked by a clear decoupling of emerging and developed equity markets.
23-10-2018 | Insight
Volatility lessons
Volatility lessons
In this paper Eugene Fama and Kenneth French look at the importance of volatility over longer investment horizons.
01-08-2018 | From the field
 Risky CAPE ratios? Keep calm and reduce downside risk
Risky CAPE ratios? Keep calm and reduce downside risk
High CAPE ratio levels do not signify an imminent end to the bull market.
27-07-2018 | Insight
Quantitative investing with a simple formula
Quantitative investing with a simple formula
Quantitative investing should be easy to understand.
09-05-2018 | Research
The Formula: Maximum drawdown
The Formula: Maximum drawdown
Preservation of capital and a steady performance are important considerations in investing.
02-04-2018 | Insight
Here’s the proof: benchmarking contributes to the low-volatility anomaly
Here’s the proof: benchmarking contributes to the low-volatility anomaly
Benchmark followers amplify the low volatility effect.
07-03-2018 | From the field
Tweaking a popular low volatility index
Tweaking a popular low volatility index
Investment solutions based on popular smart beta indices have enjoyed tremendous success.
14-02-2018 | From the field
Low turnover: a virtue of low volatility
Low turnover: a virtue of low volatility
Trading is necessary to follow an active strategy, but excessive trading is linked to human behavior.
24-01-2018 | Research
Investment lessons from the racetrack
Investment lessons from the racetrack
Misperceptions matter.
11-10-2017 | From the field
Five concerns with low volatility index ETFs
Five concerns with low volatility index ETFs
Equity investors have a choice between active low volatility managers and low volatility index ETFs.
27-06-2017 | Research
The Risk-Return Paradox of Low-Volatility Investing
The Risk-Return Paradox of Low-Volatility Investing
In recent years, low volatility has become a new investment style offering lower-risk, without reducing return.
25-04-2017 | Video
Characteristics of different low-volatility strategies
Characteristics of different low-volatility strategies
A study* by three Blue Sky pension provider researchers (Bastiaan Pluijmers, Imke Hollander and Ramon Tol) together with Dimitris Melas from MSCI compares the characteristics of nine different low-volatility strategies.
17-02-2016 | From the field
Are all low vol stocks really that sensitive to interest rate risk?
Are all low vol stocks really that sensitive to interest rate risk?
Investors are still awaiting the first rate hike by the Federal Reserve since June 2006.
11-11-2015 | Insight
Low-volatility anomaly among mutual funds
Low-volatility anomaly among mutual funds
A paper* examines whether the low-volatility anomaly, which has been extensively documented for global equity markets, is also visible in mutual fund returns.
27-03-2015 | From the field
Sustainability integration in Quantitative Equity strategies
Sustainability integration in Quantitative Equity strategies
Robeco is committed to sustainable investing.
10-03-2015 | Insight
Why low-volatility investing is exciting and important
Why low-volatility investing is exciting and important
ForewordLow-volatility investing is a great place for investors and researchers.
12-01-2015 | Research
Low-Volatility Investing: Collected Robeco Articles
Low-Volatility Investing: Collected Robeco Articles
Robeco launches the 2015 Edition of “Low-Volatility Investing” by David Blitz, PhD, Head Robeco Quantitative Equity Research and Pim van Vliet, PhD, Senior Portfolio Manager, Robeco Conservative Equities.
01-01-2015 | Research
Low-volatility investing: Expect the unexpected
Low-volatility investing: Expect the unexpected
Low-volatility stocks are known to lag in rising markets and lose less in falling markets.
06-11-2014 | Research
Why is there a volatility effect?
Why is there a volatility effect?
Robeco’s David Blitz, Pim van Vliet and author Eric Falkenstein publish their paper ‘Explanations for the Volatility Effect: An Overview Based on the CAPM Assumptions’.
30-04-2014 | Research
Low-volatility investing: how does the Robeco approach differ?
Low-volatility investing: how does the Robeco approach differ?
What makes the Robeco approach to low-volatility investing special?
30-09-2013 | Video
What is the low volatility anomaly?
What is the low volatility anomaly?
Risk and return do not always go hand in hand.
09-09-2013 | Video
What is driving the growth in low-volatility investing?
What is driving the growth in low-volatility investing?
A long and successful track record, portfolios covering global, developed and emerging markets and a sophisticated quantitative investment process are propelling the take-up of Conservative Equities, says Arlette van Ditshuizen.
18-10-2012 | Insight
Case closed: high volatile stocks have lower returns
Case closed: high volatile stocks have lower returns
Over his long career, Professor Robert Haugen has been an advocate of quantitative investing in general and low-volatility investing in particular.
16-05-2012 | Insight
Professor Robert Haugen speaks at Robeco low-volatility investing seminar
Professor Robert Haugen speaks at Robeco low-volatility investing seminar
10-05-2012 | Video
Preface to Low-Volatility Investing
Preface to Low-Volatility Investing
We are pleased to present you with this collection of 13 articles on low-volatility investing.
01-05-2012 | Insight
Low-volatility investing: a long-term perspective
Low-volatility investing: a long-term perspective
Over the long-run, risk and return within equity markets are not related.
16-01-2012 | Research
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