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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
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
The long-run value of Conservative Equities
The long-run value of Conservative Equities
Should low volatility investing just be about minimizing volatility?
01-03-2019 | Research
Strong multi-asset factor performance over more than two centuries
Strong multi-asset factor performance over more than two centuries
To be considered relevant, a factor must first and foremost be backed by ample empirical evidence.
12-02-2019 | Research
Data sets – Volatility-sorted portfolios
Data sets – Volatility-sorted portfolios
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
22-01-2019 | Data sets
Fama-French 5-factor model: why more is not always better
Fama-French 5-factor model: why more is not always better
Fama and French have expanded their original 3-factor model by adding two factors.
15-09-2018 | Insight
 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
High dividend investing: buy them stable & strong
High dividend investing: buy them stable & strong
Stock price fluctuations tend to monopolize investors’ attention, on a daily basis.
24-04-2018 | Insight
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
Are low-volatility stocks becoming expensive?
Are low-volatility stocks becoming expensive?
Due to uncertainty in financial markets, low-volatility stocks are in high demand.
04-01-2018 | Research
Investment lessons from the racetrack
Investment lessons from the racetrack
Misperceptions matter.
11-10-2017 | From the field
Solvency II encourages risk-seeking behavior
Solvency II encourages risk-seeking behavior
Solvency II regulation should prevent insurance companies from going bankrupt.
02-10-2017 | Research
Rankings and risk-taking in the financial industry
Rankings and risk-taking in the financial industry
Rankings matter.
20-09-2017 | From the field
Chinese A-shares: does taking risk pay off?
Chinese A-shares: does taking risk pay off?
Is risk rewarded on the Chinese A-share market?
27-07-2017 | 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
‘Culture is a crucial factor in quant investing’
‘Culture is a crucial factor in quant investing’
Quant investing is becoming more widely accepted.
13-12-2016 | Interview
Robeco presents first Low Volatility Thesis Award
Robeco presents first Low Volatility Thesis Award
During the Conservative Equity Seminar held on 29 September 2016 ‘Celebrating a decade of active low volatility investing’, Robeco presented its first Thesis Award.
03-10-2016 | Insight
Low Volatility in historical perspective: Fund investing since 1774
Low Volatility in historical perspective: Fund investing since 1774
As portfolio managers of Robeco Conservative Equities, we want to place our role into a historical perspective and learn from the history of financial markets, and mutual funds in particular.
21-09-2016 | Research
Honey, how much did you say you paid for these low-vol stocks?
Honey, how much did you say you paid for these low-vol stocks?
Investors are worried about the high valuations of stocks in general and low-volatility stocks in particular.
12-09-2016 | Research
Robeco adds fourth factor Quality to its factor investing strategies
Robeco adds fourth factor Quality to its factor investing strategies
Investors increasingly decide to allocate strategically to factor premiums such as Value, Momentum and Low-Volatility.
15-06-2016 | Insight
Conservative Equities in historical perspective: Investment behavior since 1602
Conservative Equities in historical perspective: Investment behavior since 1602
Since the birth of the modern stock market in 1602, the pendulum of the investment culture has moved from a return focus to a risk focus and back.
18-04-2016 | Research
10 years of Conservative Equities Investing
10 years of Conservative Equities Investing
Pim van Vliet explains why Robeco’s Conservative Equities Strategy has been successful for 10 years.
21-03-2016 | Video
Low-volatility evidence dating back to 1873
Low-volatility evidence dating back to 1873
As new historical databases are opening up, there are great opportunities for out-of-sample tests of market anomalies.
15-02-2016 | Insight
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
European low-vol stocks: lessons from ‘a lost decade’
European low-vol stocks: lessons from ‘a lost decade’
Europe has seen a modest pick-up in economic growth in the first quarter, with unexpectedly strong figures coming in from France and Italy.
29-05-2015 | Insight
Sustainability integration in Quantitative Equity strategies
Sustainability integration in Quantitative Equity strategies
Robeco is committed to sustainable investing.
10-03-2015 | Insight
Beauty and the beast of low-volatility investing
Beauty and the beast of low-volatility investing
Usually focusing on how to design the best low-volatility strategy, David Blitz, Matthias Hanauer and Pim van Vliet have set out to construct a very bad low-volatility strategy.
17-02-2015 | 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

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