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Conservative Equities: strong risk reduction despite the recent value drag
Conservative Equities: strong risk reduction despite the recent value drag
Despite inevitable hiccups, Conservative Equities’ track record shows our approach adds value.
02-12-2019 | 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
‘Only in hindsight you will see the benefits of low vol-investing’
‘Only in hindsight you will see the benefits of low vol-investing’
In our latest podcast, Pim van Vliet, head of Global Conservative Equities, talks about the merits of low volatility investing.
29-04-2019 | Podcast
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
Is it time for more defensive equity investing?
Is it time for more defensive equity investing?
There are plenty of reasons to pursue a more defensive equity strategy, but paradoxically enough, this also carries several risks.
21-11-2018 | Insight
Time to get defensive?
Time to get defensive?
It’s one of the best-known acronyms in finance – and it remains a good indicator of where stocks might go.
12-11-2018 | 5-Year outlook
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
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
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
Three ways to implement factors and smart beta
Three ways to implement factors and smart beta
Factor-based strategies and smart beta exploit proven factor premiums.
29-03-2017 | Insight
Conservative investing in a solvency framework
Conservative investing in a solvency framework
Are conservative credit and equity strategies attractive under solvency regulations?
27-03-2017 | Insight
‘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
Is the relationship between risk and return positive or negative?
Is the relationship between risk and return positive or negative?
This paper challenges the earlier work of Fu (2009).
16-11-2016 | From the field
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
The profitability of low volatility
The profitability of low volatility
Some people argue that the low risk anomaly can be explained by ‘profitability’, an example of a ‘quality’ factor.
08-09-2016 | Research
Passive Low Vol versus Robeco approach: Interview Pan-European Congress 4 March
Passive Low Vol versus Robeco approach: Interview Pan-European Congress 4 March
Today low-volatility investing is gaining a broader acceptance within academic circles and among investors.
25-04-2016 | Video
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
Why a Conservative Equities strategy works in emerging markets?
Why a Conservative Equities strategy works in emerging markets?
Winning more by losing less, that’s the motto of Robeco's conservative strategies.
22-02-2016 | 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
Robeco Emerging Conservative Equities: an uncommon but proven combination of 3 factors
Robeco Emerging Conservative Equities: an uncommon but proven combination of 3 factors
Emerging markets are going through a volatile period, but the defensive investment strategy of Robeco Emerging Conservative Equities is proving its worth by outperforming the index.
12-11-2015 | 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
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: 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
When factors disagree
When factors disagree
Generic strategies designed to harvest a certain factor premium regularly conflict with other factor premiums.
30-09-2014 | Research
How does the conservative strategy fit into a portfolio?
How does the conservative strategy fit into a portfolio?
Pim van Vliet, Portfolio Manager Conservative Equities, reveals how the strategy fits into a broader investment portfolio.
05-09-2013 | Video
10 things to know about Conservative Equities
10 things to know about Conservative Equities
Robeco’s Conservative Equities strategies aim for equity returns with lower downside risk.
04-09-2013 | Insight
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