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Quant chart: Winning by losing less
Quant chart: Winning by losing less
Low-risk investing tends to deliver higher risk-adjusted long-term returns than the market as it tallies wins by losing less in down periods.
21-07-2022 | Insight
Half-time! And what a ride it has been
Half-time! And what a ride it has been
After a turbulent first half of the year, the summer holidays represent a great time to catch up on useful information that you might have missed amid the tumult.
08-07-2022 | Insight
Ten years of successful factor investing in credit markets
Ten years of successful factor investing in credit markets
A decade of live track-records shows that our factor-based credit investing approach delivers improved risk-adjusted returns compared to the market.
30-06-2022 | Insight
Quant chart: Cornered by Big Oil
Quant chart: Cornered by Big Oil
Positive year-to-date returns from oil stocks are bucking the trend given the S&P 500 Index has slid into bear market territory.
29-06-2022 | Insight
SI Dilemmas: We need to start thinking differently about SI and returns
SI Dilemmas: We need to start thinking differently about SI and returns
For many years, the debate has raged among investors and academics about whether sustainable investors need to sacrifice returns in order to achieve their values.
23-06-2022 | SI Dilemmas
Forecasting stock crash risk with machine learning
Forecasting stock crash risk with machine learning
Machine learning techniques can be used to uncover nonlinear relationships between several variables to help forecast stock crash risk.
15-06-2022 | Insight
‘Factors are still the foundation of financial markets’
‘Factors are still the foundation of financial markets’
New data sources and techniques can help us to better understand factors.
08-06-2022 | Interview
Quality: the underappreciation of well-managed businesses
Quality: the underappreciation of well-managed businesses
Persistent human errors when forming future earnings expectations for companies give rise to the Quality premium.
01-06-2022 | Insight
Beyond Fama-French: alpha from short-term signals
Beyond Fama-French: alpha from short-term signals
Positive net alpha from established short-term signals can be harvested practically by investors.
31-05-2022 | Research
Conservative investing stands the test of time
Conservative investing stands the test of time
Conservative investing (also termed defensive or low-risk investing) is all about winning by losing less.
23-05-2022 | Insight
‘I have always tried to make sense of human behavior’
‘I have always tried to make sense of human behavior’
People’s normal wants, even more than their cognitive and emotional shortcuts and errors, underlie answers to important questions of finance.
19-05-2022 | Interview
Navigating bond markets in times of stagflation
Navigating bond markets in times of stagflation
High inflation and central bank tightening are already leading to rising yields and negative bond returns.
18-05-2022 | Insight
Markets are a voting machine, investing is a weighing machine
Markets are a voting machine, investing is a weighing machine
Weighing up the long view has never been more important as turbulence continues to hit markets, says multi-asset investor Colin Graham.
18-05-2022 | Insight
The performance in government bonds is a reminder that it’s all relative
The performance in government bonds is a reminder that it’s all relative
So far this year we’ve seen fixed income assets cheapening faster than at any time in over 40 years.
18-05-2022 | Insight
Indices insights: Does sustainability integration affect factor premiums?
Indices insights: Does sustainability integration affect factor premiums?
In this ‘Indices insights’ article, we analyze the impact of sustainability integration on factor premiums.
17-05-2022 | Insight
Quant chart: Value accelerates to strongest start in decades
Quant chart: Value accelerates to strongest start in decades
Value has achieved the best start to a calendar year in over 35 years.
16-05-2022 | Insight
The role of green bonds in a fixed income portfolio
The role of green bonds in a fixed income portfolio
Demand for green bonds has grown spectacularly, reflecting investors’ ambitious climate policies.
16-05-2022 | Insight
‘A strong research culture enables you to stay true to your investment philosophy’
‘A strong research culture enables you to stay true to your investment philosophy’
Quant investing is very much a team sport, in fact more so than ever.
13-05-2022 | Interview
Podcast: Rediscovering real assets
Podcast: Rediscovering real assets
There’s far more to real estate than ‘location, location, location’, and investors are taking note.
11-05-2022 | Podcast
Quant chart: Meme stock frenzy confirms short-selling signal
Quant chart: Meme stock frenzy confirms short-selling signal
After more than a year following the short squeeze in so-called meme stocks, the informational advantage of short-selling data resurfaces.
29-04-2022 | Insight
Data sets – factor investing in corporate bonds
Data sets – factor investing in corporate bonds
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
29-04-2022 | Data sets
PodcastXL: How to read the huge emerging markets discount
PodcastXL: How to read the huge emerging markets discount
Emerging markets look extremely cheap.
01-04-2022 | Podcast
Podcast: Equity factors are even older than we thought
Podcast: Equity factors are even older than we thought
New Robeco research confirms that investors’ behavioral biases have been around since the days of the American Wild West.
21-03-2022 | Podcast
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 three-factor model by adding two factors, namely investment and profitability.
10-03-2022 | Insight
Value could outperform for five years or more
Value could outperform for five years or more
The resurgent Value style could bring market-beating returns for the next five years and beyond as interest rates rise, Robeco’s Value experts say.
09-03-2022 | Insight
Shrunk betas can fortify Low-risk portfolios
Shrunk betas can fortify Low-risk portfolios
Research shows that beta forecasts are improved by shrinking correlations more than relative volatilities.
17-02-2022 | Research
‘The main goal was to test for equity factors using an out-of-sample dataset’
‘The main goal was to test for equity factors using an out-of-sample dataset’
Creating novel databases for out-of-sample testing adds real value as people seldom take the time to perform such a task.
16-02-2022 | Interview
Human instincts drive the Value premium
Human instincts drive the Value premium
Companies with exciting growth stories can lure investors, while those that receive little fanfare can deter them.
04-02-2022 | Insight
Earnings engine in lower gear but still humming
Earnings engine in lower gear but still humming
As the new year begins, we maintain our positive outlook for developed markets, as well as our neutral stance on their emerging counterparts.
07-01-2022 | Quarterly outlook
Factoring carbon taxes into a Value strategy
Factoring carbon taxes into a Value strategy
Incorporating carbon taxes into a Value strategy at a stock level is equivalent to imposing carbon footprint constraints on the overall portfolio.
22-12-2021 | Research
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