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The value of visibility
The value of visibility
This paper analyzes the relation between firm visibility and stock returns.
04-07-2018 | From the field
Big data & AI pose challenges for quant investors
Big data & AI pose challenges for quant investors
The advent of big data and artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a major game-changer for the financial industry.
03-07-2018 | Insight
The misguided beliefs of financial advisors
The misguided beliefs of financial advisors
Financial advice for private investors has been criticized to be costly or of low quality.
06-06-2018 | From the field
Transitioning from procyclical to countercyclical behavior
Transitioning from procyclical to countercyclical behavior
Are large institutional investors pro- or countercyclical?
02-05-2018 | From the field
Failing to capture factor premiums because of poor timing
Failing to capture factor premiums because of poor timing
Looking for an explanation to the value effect?
04-04-2018 | From the field
Here’s the proof: benchmarking contributes to the low-volatility anomaly
Here’s the proof: benchmarking contributes to the low-volatility anomaly
Benchmark followers amplify the low volatility effect.
07-03-2018 | From the field
Credits investing: discover the power of three
Credits investing: discover the power of three
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No place for Liquidity in our set of relevant equity factors
No place for Liquidity in our set of relevant equity factors
A number of academic studies suggest that illiquid stocks should outperform liquid stocks to compensate for higher risk.
28-02-2018 | Insight
Tweaking a popular low volatility index
Tweaking a popular low volatility index
Investment solutions based on popular smart beta indices have enjoyed tremendous success.
14-02-2018 | From the field
Quant research at Robeco: From theory to practice
Quant research at Robeco: From theory to practice
David Blitz explains why quantitative research is so important for Robeco and the investment solutions it creates.
06-02-2018 | Video
Why ETFs can be more expensive than you think
Why ETFs can be more expensive than you think
The recent rise of passive and smart beta strategies has resulted mainly from the success of ETFs.
24-01-2018 | From the field
Anomalies remain strong in international equity markets after publication
Anomalies remain strong in international equity markets after publication
One oft-heard concern on factor investing is that factors could be arbitraged away.
03-01-2018 | From the field
Next time, ask your fund manager what kind of car they drive
Next time, ask your fund manager what kind of car they drive
Tell me what car you drive and I will tell you who you are.
13-12-2017 | From the field
Some plant trees, we plant ideas
Some plant trees, we plant ideas
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Institutional asset managers add value... by using factors
Institutional asset managers add value... by using factors
Are factors the future of active asset management?
22-11-2017 | From the field
‘Facts’ about formulaic value investing
‘Facts’ about formulaic value investing
Successful value investing requires well designed strategies.
01-11-2017 | From the field
Losing money with passive investing
Losing money with passive investing
Passive investing may be popular, but it also raises serious concerns.
18-10-2017 | Column
Mixed versus integrated multi-factor portfolios
Mixed versus integrated multi-factor portfolios
Many investors acknowledge the merits of factor investing but disagree on how to implement it.
12-10-2017 | Insight
Solvency II encourages risk-seeking behavior
Solvency II encourages risk-seeking behavior
Solvency II regulation should prevent insurance companies from going bankrupt.
02-10-2017 | Research
Research reveals why sin stocks outperform
Research reveals why sin stocks outperform
sin stocks’ outperformance has finally been unraveled.
11-09-2017 | Insight
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 | Interview
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
Hedging climate risk
Hedging climate risk
The carbon footprint of a passive equity portfolio can be reduced by 50% without sacrificing returns.
17-05-2017 | From the field
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
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
The smart beta ETF vogue is no threat to factor investing
The smart beta ETF vogue is no threat to factor investing
The success of smart beta ETFs has raised concerns over a possible ‘overcrowding’ of factor strategies.
29-03-2017 | Research
Decomposing fundamental indexation?
Decomposing fundamental indexation?
Previous studies have shown that the value added by fundamental indexation strategies is entirely driven by their implicit exposure to the classic value premium.
22-03-2017 | From the field
Is smart beta performance driven by rising valuations?
Is smart beta performance driven by rising valuations?
Rob Arnott, argues that the good recent performance of many smart beta strategies has mainly been driven by rising valuations.
08-03-2017 | From the field
Active weight instead of active share?
Active weight instead of active share?
A 2015 study* argues that a simplified measure of activeness, termed active weight, is even more effective than active share.
21-02-2017 | From the field
Deactivating and reactivating active share
Deactivating and reactivating active share
A 2015 study challenged the usefulness of active share.
08-02-2017 | From the field
The virtue of patience
The virtue of patience
In a previous study, Cremers showed that high active share funds beat the market on average, while low active share funds (closet indexers) do not.
25-01-2017 | From the field
Hedge fund bets show Low Volatility is still far from overcrowded
Hedge fund bets show Low Volatility is still far from overcrowded
Thorough analysis of hedge fund data shows that, despite their flexible approach to investing, these funds tend to bet strongly against the low-volatility anomaly.
17-01-2017 | Research

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