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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
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Is Value broken?
14-05-2020 | Podcast
Equity styles and the Spanish flu
Equity styles and the Spanish flu
Covid-19 first appeared at the start of December 2019.
02-04-2020 | Insight
When markets get tough, quant funds stick with their factors
When markets get tough, quant funds stick with their factors
As rules-based investors, quant investors exploit human reactions to market movements.
19-03-2020 | Video
After a ‘terrific’ decade, what’s next for low-risk stocks?
After a ‘terrific’ decade, what’s next for low-risk stocks?
The decade of 2010 to 2019 was an exceptional one for equity investors, in many ways.
05-03-2020 | Insight
Data sets – Volatility-sorted portfolios
Data sets – Volatility-sorted portfolios
This dataset file contains two volatility-sorted datasets going back to 1929.
02-03-2020 | Data sets
The volatility effect revisited
The volatility effect revisited
Over the past decade, low volatility has become a popular investment style.
07-01-2020 | Research
Short positions do not add value to factor investing strategies
Short positions do not add value to factor investing strategies
Common wisdom among academics and investors has it that factors are best harvested using both long and short positions.
09-12-2019 | Research
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 | Research
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
Factor outperformance for more than two centuries
Factor outperformance for more than two centuries
To be considered relevant, a factor must first and foremost be backed by ample empirical evidence.
12-02-2019 | Research
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
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
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
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
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