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ETFs have yet to prove that they can beat active funds
ETFs have yet to prove that they can beat active funds
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are commonly regarded as efficient, low-cost alternatives to actively managed mutual funds.
18-02-2021 | Research
The quant equity crisis of 2018-2020: Cornered by ‘big growth’
The quant equity crisis of 2018-2020: Cornered by ‘big growth’
The 2018-2020 quant equity crisis posed an exceptional challenge to quantitative managers due to a rare combination of circumstances.
16-02-2021 | Research
What’s up with Momentum?
What’s up with Momentum?
Momentum had its ‘shot of momentum’ in 2020.
04-02-2021 | Insight
Factor investing debates: Are there any capacity issues?
Factor investing debates: Are there any capacity issues?
Even though factor premiums may be persistent, harvesting them in a consistent and efficient way is no mean feat.
30-12-2019 | Insight
Index investing: passive in name only
Index investing: passive in name only
Not all index-based products are alike.
18-12-2019 | From the field
All factor strategies go through long periods of poor performance
All factor strategies go through long periods of poor performance
Will factor investing continue to thrive?
18-11-2019 | Interview
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
Putting factor investing theory into practice
Putting factor investing theory into practice
What are the basic steps investors should take to implement factor investing?
20-03-2018 | Interview
Exploring the world of factors
Exploring the world of factors
Nine academics on the research, theory and implementation of factor investing.
26-02-2018 | Insight
Academic research absolutely supports smart beta
Academic research absolutely supports smart beta
For over four decades, Burton Malkiel has advocated for broad passive exposure to financial markets.
11-12-2017 | Interview
Factor challenges: preparing for implementation
Factor challenges: preparing for implementation
How should I prepare for the implementation of a factor-based strategy?
28-11-2017 | Factor investing challenges
Robeco Multi-Factor Indices: a new investment reality
Robeco Multi-Factor Indices: a new investment reality
Client appetite is really increasing for factor indices, and we think this is the future of active management.
02-11-2017 | Video
Factor investing challenges: implementation costs
Factor investing challenges: implementation costs
Are implementation costs factor investing’s Achilles’ heel?
28-09-2017 | Factor investing challenges
Robeco’s factor investing indices: smarter than smart beta
Robeco’s factor investing indices: smarter than smart beta
Factor investing has become increasingly popular over the past decade.
25-09-2017 | Insight
Ten things you should know about factor investing
Ten things you should know about factor investing
Factor-based investing has gained considerable traction over the past decade.
31-08-2017 | Insight
Factor investing challenges: factor timing
Factor investing challenges: factor timing
Should investors try to time their exposure to different factors?
29-08-2017 | Factor investing challenges
Factor investing in credit markets is coming of age
Factor investing in credit markets is coming of age
Factor investing strategies for credit markets are increasingly on the radar of researchers and investors.
22-08-2017 | Insight
Momentum in futures market
Momentum in futures market
Does momentum investing work with futures?
09-08-2017 | Insight
The Quality Factor
The Quality Factor
The quality effect is the tendency of high-quality stocks to outperform low-quality ones.
19-07-2017 | From the field
The value of multiple momentum signals
The value of multiple momentum signals
The concept of Momentum is not only a basic principle of physics.
18-07-2017 | Research
Factor investing: limited overcrowding risk
Factor investing: limited overcrowding risk
A key concern often voiced by factor investing and smart beta sceptics is the possible risk of overcrowding.
03-07-2017 | Research
Factor investing challenges: determining how much to allocate
Factor investing challenges: determining how much to allocate
Factor-based strategies have become increasingly popular in recent years.
30-06-2017 | Factor investing challenges
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
Ten misconceptions about smart beta investing
Ten misconceptions about smart beta investing
This paper* attempts to debunk no fewer than ten myths about smart beta.
07-06-2017 | From the field
Factor investing challenges: underperforming the benchmark
Factor investing challenges: underperforming the benchmark
Factor based allocation has become increasingly popular in recent years.
31-05-2017 | Factor investing challenges
Factor investing challenges: limiting turnover
Factor investing challenges: limiting turnover
Factor-based allocation has become increasingly popular in recent years.
05-05-2017 | Factor investing challenges
The siren song of factor timing
The siren song of factor timing
Timing when to enter and exit factors seems to be the holy grail of quant investing.
26-04-2017 | From the field
The rise of Factor Investing - is it just a hype?
The rise of Factor Investing - is it just a hype?
Factor Investing is increasingly in the spotlight.
05-04-2017 | Video
Smart beta is no monkey business
Smart beta is no monkey business
It has been argued that all smart beta strategies generate positive exposure to value and small-cap stocks in much the same way as randomly generated portfolio strategies do.
05-04-2017 | From the field
Factor investing challenges: unintended sector biases
Factor investing challenges: unintended sector biases
Factor-based allocation has become increasingly popular in recent years.
31-03-2017 | Factor investing challenges
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