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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
Guide to sustainable quant equities investing
Guide to sustainable quant equities investing
The rules-based nature of quant investing lends itself well for sustainability integration.
09-06-2022 | 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
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
‘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
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
Higher risk-free returns do not lead to higher total stock returns
Higher risk-free returns do not lead to higher total stock returns
Our research shows that equity risk premiums tend to be higher when risk-free returns are low, and vice versa.
26-04-2022 | Research
The Formula: Maximum drawdown
The Formula: Maximum drawdown
Capital preservation and steady performance are important considerations in investing.
31-03-2022 | Insight
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
‘Most people are not good investors because they are driven by greed and fear’
‘Most people are not good investors because they are driven by greed and fear’
Exciting stocks can pose significant risks to investors.
22-02-2022 | Interview
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
The implications of divesting from fossil fuel stocks
The implications of divesting from fossil fuel stocks
Excluding fossil fuel companies from a portfolio comes down to an active bet against the oil price.
15-02-2022 | Research
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
Podcast: Stick to your long-term investment beliefs
Podcast: Stick to your long-term investment beliefs
How tough will 2022 be for investors?
28-01-2022 | Podcast
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
Research on pre-1926 database reveals equity factors are ‘eternal’
Research on pre-1926 database reveals equity factors are ‘eternal’
New research reveals that equity factor styles have existed and persisted since the mid-19th century.
21-12-2021 | Research
Talk ‘22: ‘Staying the course is crucial’
Talk ‘22: ‘Staying the course is crucial’
Covid-19 has shown us that it is important to stick to our approach, says Wilma de Groot, Co-head of Quant Equity Portfolio Management.
17-12-2021 | Interview
Shielding factor portfolios from credit downgrades and defaults
Shielding factor portfolios from credit downgrades and defaults
Gaining more by losing less in multi-factor credit strategies.
30-11-2021 | Insight
'Investors can benefit from the use of sustainability data'
'Investors can benefit from the use of sustainability data'
Innovative developments in the area of sustainability data can uncover new ways of assessing opportunities and risks.
23-11-2021 | Interview
‘Alternative datasets can help predict future returns’
‘Alternative datasets can help predict future returns’
Big data can unlock a gold mine of information on investor behavior.
16-11-2021 | Interview
Low Volatility defies the basic finance principles of risk and reward
Low Volatility defies the basic finance principles of risk and reward
Contrary to popular belief, riskier investments do not necessarily translate into higher returns.
12-11-2021 | Insight
Risky CAPE: Is there an alternative?
Risky CAPE: Is there an alternative?
The prospect of rising real yields could accentuate the elevated nature of equity market valuations.
01-11-2021 | Insight
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