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‘Factor investing is by no means a black box’
‘Factor investing is by no means a black box’
In our second podcast, David Blitz discusses the latest trends and issues in factor investing, in which investors chase factors such as low-volatility, value or momentum to get the best picks for their funds.
18-02-2019 | Podcast
Blokland’s daily sketch
Blokland’s daily sketch

Powerful pause

21-02-2019
2018 – another record year for sustainability investing
2018 – another record year for sustainability investing
In 2017, we reported that we saw a lift-off in sustainability investing.
18-02-2019 | Column
Graph of the week
Graph of the week

Average annual revenue per Fortnite user

15-02-2019 | Insight
RobecoSAM publishes Sustainability Yearbook 2019
RobecoSAM publishes Sustainability Yearbook 2019
RobecoSAM has published its annual yearbook showcasing the sustainability performance of the world’s largest companies.
14-02-2019 | Insight
Low risk in China
Low risk in China
Does low-risk investing work with A-shares?
13-02-2019 | From the field
Strong multi-asset factor performance over more than two centuries
Strong multi-asset factor performance over more than two centuries
To be considered relevant, a factor must first and foremost be backed by ample empirical evidence.
12-02-2019 | Insight
The investment industry needs to keep up its education efforts
The investment industry needs to keep up its education efforts
Over the past five years, FTSE Russell’s annual smart beta survey of asset owners has become a must-read.
11-02-2019 | Interview
Recession indicators are overrated for stock returns
Recession indicators are overrated for stock returns
Investors should beware of trying to use asset values to forecast recessions, says portfolio manager Jeroen Blokland.
08-02-2019 | Monthly outlook
‘We are approaching Peak Environment right now’
‘We are approaching Peak Environment right now’
In the first podcast, Daniel Wild explains why embracing SI is “a good sort of selfish”, as it enables the investor to enjoy superior risk-adjusted returns while also helping the planet on a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues at the same time.
06-02-2019 | Podcast
Tune in now – Robeco launches podcasts
Tune in now – Robeco launches podcasts
If a face can launch a thousand ships, what power does the spoken word have?
06-02-2019 | Insight
Consumer trends in 2019: smart speakers, India and well-being
Consumer trends in 2019: smart speakers, India and well-being
Steady as she goes?
04-02-2019 | Insight
Single-use plastic among Robeco’s 2019 engagement themes
Single-use plastic among Robeco’s 2019 engagement themes
Trying to cut plastic pollution and the social impact of artificial intelligence are among four themes that Robeco will engage on this year.
04-02-2019 | Insight
Client update: FAQ about Robeco’s Brexit preparations
Client update: FAQ about Robeco’s Brexit preparations
Robeco is carefully analyzing all Brexit-related business risks.
01-02-2019 | Insight
Get Real! Individuals prefer more sustainable investments
Get Real! Individuals prefer more sustainable investments
A majority of people want their pension funds to invest their money sustainably.
23-01-2019 | Research
Data sets – Volatility-sorted portfolios
Data sets – Volatility-sorted portfolios
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
22-01-2019 | Data sets
UK hotel runs on battery power
UK hotel runs on battery power
A battery the size of a delivery truck is being used to power a UK hotel, cutting its carbon footprint while saving money.
21-01-2019 | Stunning statistics
Passive investing and sustainability are incompatible
Passive investing and sustainability are incompatible
Sustainability investing requires active choices and so cannot be done purely passively, Robeco quant specialists say.
18-01-2019 | Insight
Goldilocks vs Armageddon: It’s time to buy EM
Goldilocks vs Armageddon: It’s time to buy EM
We sold Goldilocks in the last quarter of 2018.
16-01-2019 | Column
Buy Armageddon, sell Goldilocks
Buy Armageddon, sell Goldilocks
We sold a false sense of Goldilocks, now we should buy a misplaced fear of Armageddon.
15-01-2019 | Quarterly outlook
In denial, but for how long?
In denial, but for how long?
In our latest Central Bank Watcher, we examine the policy and actions of the world’s major central banks.
11-01-2019 | Insight
It’s late cycle but not end cycle
It’s late cycle but not end cycle
Markets continue to be weak and volatile, while growth expectations are depressed globally.
10-01-2019 | Quarterly outlook
Emerging stocks could make a comeback in 2019
Emerging stocks could make a comeback in 2019
A number of factors bode well for emerging market equities this year, says investor Jeroen Blokland.
10-01-2019 | Monthly outlook
The link between ESG and performance
The link between ESG and performance
Robeco has long believed in the benefits of sustainability investing.
09-01-2019 | Insight
Dutch pension funds have yet to embrace SDGs
Dutch pension funds have yet to embrace SDGs
Dutch pension funds view Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an investment opportunity, but have yet to fully adopt them.
08-01-2019 | Insight
Enhanced indexing – a proven alternative to passive investing
Enhanced indexing – a proven alternative to passive investing
This new brochure explains why enhanced indexing provides a compelling alternative to passive strategies.
07-01-2019 | Insight
Climate change action tops my projections for 2019 and beyond
Climate change action tops my projections for 2019 and beyond
The new year is upon us, and the projections for 2019 markets are being digested by investors.
07-01-2019 | Column
Climate change dominates Robeco’s public policy engagement
Climate change dominates Robeco’s public policy engagement
The battle against global warming was a central theme in Robeco’s engagement with public bodies in 2018.
03-01-2019 | Active Ownership Report
The drone that can plant millions of trees
The drone that can plant millions of trees
A drone that can carpet bomb 100,000 tree seeds a day may solve the issue of deforestation in remote areas.
03-01-2019 | Stunning statistics
Residualizing Momentum in China
Residualizing Momentum in China
Previous studies have reported weak results for standard Momentum strategies in China.
02-01-2019 | From the field

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