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Blokland’s daily sketch
Blokland’s daily sketch
A bond collapse of epic proportions?
01-03-2021 | Daily sketch
Spring has to come simply because economic fundamentals require it
Spring has to come simply because economic fundamentals require it
How do you perceive the quant equity winter?
26-02-2021 | Interview
Graph of the week
Graph of the week

Making shareholder votes really count with a ‘Say On Climate’

26-02-2021 | Insight
SI Opener: The meat supply chain is a major threat to global health
SI Opener: The meat supply chain is a major threat to global health
It’s not only ‘wet animal markets’ that are causing health risks, as we have seen with Covid-19.
25-02-2021 | SI Opener
Asset managers are yet to truly embrace sustainability
Asset managers are yet to truly embrace sustainability
Proxy voting is a powerful tool for shareholders to steer corporate agendas towards sustainability-focused decision making.
24-02-2021 | Research
The stunning statistics of sustainable investing
The stunning statistics of sustainable investing
The progress that sustainable investment has made in recent years has been stunning.
24-02-2021 | Stunning statistics
Amazon smashes Italy on R&D
Amazon smashes Italy on R&D
US tech giant Amazon single-handedly spent more on research and development (R&D) than Italy in 2019, and even more so in 2020.
23-02-2021 | Stunning statistics
We will set five-year carbon footprint reduction goals
We will set five-year carbon footprint reduction goals
Decarbonization in the making.
22-02-2021 | Interview
Investors use voting rights to address poor climate change policies
Investors use voting rights to address poor climate change policies
Companies that are not sufficiently decarbonizing will face opposition from shareholders, says Engagement Specialist Michiel van Esch.
19-02-2021 | Insight
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
How regulation will enhance sustainable investing in 2021
How regulation will enhance sustainable investing in 2021
Integrating sustainability into investments will become much higher profile under new EU regulations that take effect this year.
17-02-2021 | Insight
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
2020 – the year that ESG finally became mainstream
2020 – the year that ESG finally became mainstream
I can still recall that 10 to 15 years ago, the sustainability community including myself would say: “One day, ESG will become mainstream”.
11-02-2021 | Column
Sustainability Yearbook 2021: 7,000 companies, 70 gold medalists
Sustainability Yearbook 2021: 7,000 companies, 70 gold medalists
S&P Global has published its annual yearbook showcasing the sustainability performance of the world’s largest companies.
10-02-2021 | Insight
Making solid progress in decarbonizing real estate
Making solid progress in decarbonizing real estate
Real estate companies have made good progress in reducing their carbon footprints following a three-year engagement.
08-02-2021 | Insight
The old school recovery
The old school recovery
A focus on stimulating the real economy will make the post-Covid-19 recovery different from previous ones, says Robeco’s Multi Asset team.
05-02-2021 | Monthly outlook
What’s up with Momentum?
What’s up with Momentum?
Momentum had its ‘shot of momentum’ in 2020.
04-02-2021 | Insight
European utilities on the cusp of a decade-long investment opportunity
European utilities on the cusp of a decade-long investment opportunity
These companies have the unique prospect of tackling climate change and continuing to lead the global energy transition.
03-02-2021 | Insight
When equity factors drop their shorts
When equity factors drop their shorts
How can you best construct an equity market neutral portfolio using a factor-investing approach?
01-02-2021 | Insight
Net zero carbon ambition leads Q4 Active Ownership report
Net zero carbon ambition leads Q4 Active Ownership report
Decarbonizing industry to meet net zero ambitions leads the coverage in Robeco’s Q4 Active Ownership report.
29-01-2021 | Active Ownership Report
SI Opener: Companies should not ignore the challenges of AI
SI Opener: Companies should not ignore the challenges of AI
Recent events in the US have show that the use of artificial intelligence can bring with it negative social issues.
28-01-2021 | SI Opener
Growth trends continue full steam ahead for the financial sector
Growth trends continue full steam ahead for the financial sector
2020 has truly been an epic year for the financial sector.
28-01-2021 | Insight
China outlook 2021: Starting off the year on the right foot
China outlook 2021: Starting off the year on the right foot
Despite the havoc caused by Covid-19, China started off 2021 on a much stronger footing than 2020.
27-01-2021 | Insight
 High yield indices don’t make good benchmarks
High yield indices don’t make good benchmarks
Certain features that are typical of high yield corporate bonds impose costs on high yield portfolios.
26-01-2021 | Insight
Clean Energy Outlook 2021 – Global decarbonization efforts to drive further growth
Clean Energy Outlook 2021 – Global decarbonization efforts to drive further growth
Driven by global government and corporate efforts to decarbonize, the clean energy sector is likely to continue to shine bright in 2021.
26-01-2021 | Interview
Beat the headline
Beat the headline
The events that have unraveled over the last quarter have added support to our constructive stance on global equities.
25-01-2021 | Column
It’s not growth vs value, it’s headline vs fundamentals
It’s not growth vs value, it’s headline vs fundamentals
The events that have unraveled over the last quarter have added support to our constructive stance on global equities.
22-01-2021 | Insight
Consumer trends in 2021: The future of commerce and the caring economy
Consumer trends in 2021: The future of commerce and the caring economy
The Covid-19 pandemic suddenly accelerated some of the shifts our Global Consumer Trends strategy aims to benefit from.
21-01-2021 | Insight
North-south divide emerges in Country Sustainability Ranking
North-south divide emerges in Country Sustainability Ranking
A clear gap between northern and southern European countries has emerged in the biannual Robeco Country Sustainability Ranking.
20-01-2021 | Yearly outlook
Central bank watcher: Inflation – a transitory phenomenon?
Central bank watcher: Inflation – a transitory phenomenon?
The Fed, ECB and the BoJ have signaled that it is way too early to contemplate an exit from accommodative policies.
18-01-2021 | Insight
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