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‘Making the portfolio more concentrated hasn’t made it more risky’
‘Making the portfolio more concentrated hasn’t made it more risky’
“The only way to create alpha is to deviate from the benchmark.
14-10-2019 | Podcast
The added value of real estate in strategic asset allocation
The added value of real estate in strategic asset allocation
Investing in real estate is one of the key ways to diversify a portfolio.
11-10-2019 | Insight
Refining the inclusion of views in portfolio construction
Refining the inclusion of views in portfolio construction
Taking investors’ views into account when building portfolios is difficult but essential, says Roderick Molenaar.
09-10-2019 | 5-Year outlook
ETFs have yet to prove that they can beat active funds
ETFs have yet to prove that they can beat active funds
Conventional wisdom has it that exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are an attractive, low-cost alternative to actively managed mutual funds.
07-10-2019 | Insight
Fixed income outlook: Rising recession risk; unchanged strategy
Fixed income outlook: Rising recession risk; unchanged strategy
It seems a lot has changed in one quarter.
03-10-2019 | Quarterly outlook
5-year Expected Returns: Escaping the hall of mirrors
5-year Expected Returns: Escaping the hall of mirrors
This year’s theme of our 5-year outlook, ‘Escaping the hall of mirrors’, is inspired by the peculiar conditions investors face in today’s financial markets.
01-10-2019 | 5-Year outlook
An empirical test of factors in the unchartered waters of EM credits
An empirical test of factors in the unchartered waters of EM credits
Emerging credit markets have seen tremendous growth over the past two decades.
30-09-2019 | Insight
Credit outlook: Search for yield versus lurch to protectionism
Credit outlook: Search for yield versus lurch to protectionism
We are still convinced that we are approaching the end of the cycle, and continue to advocate a defensive positioning.
25-09-2019 | Quarterly outlook
‘We seek similar returns, but with a better sustainability profile’
‘We seek similar returns, but with a better sustainability profile’
Sustainable investing in emerging markets is gaining momentum.
25-09-2019 | Insight
Tackling the Achilles heel of the financial sector
Tackling the Achilles heel of the financial sector
Since the global financial crisis, US banks have paid more than USD 160 billion in fines for non-compliance.
24-09-2019 | Insight
Pension fund chooses maximum sustainability and low tracking error
Pension fund chooses maximum sustainability and low tracking error
Quant meets sustainability.
16-09-2019 | Insight
The active world of passive investing
The active world of passive investing
Thought exchange-traded funds (ETFs) were passive?
11-09-2019 | From the field
Buying cheap is an expensive business
Buying cheap is an expensive business
One of the most frequent questions I have been asked in recent years concerns valuation.
09-09-2019 | Column
What’s driving the mid-cycle slowdown
What’s driving the mid-cycle slowdown
Economic growth is hitting a speed ramp, but should shift into a higher gear, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
06-09-2019 | Monthly outlook
Robeco’s Blitz wins award for low volatility article
Robeco’s Blitz wins award for low volatility article
Robeco’s Head of Quant Research has won a prestigious award for an article on hedge funds and the low volatility anomaly.
04-09-2019 | Insight
Greenland loses 11 billion tons of ice in one day
Greenland loses 11 billion tons of ice in one day
The scale of global warming has been laid bare by the effect of the summer’s heatwave on the Arctic.
03-09-2019 | Stunning statistics
Digital twins and machine vision: exciting themes of ‘smart’ production
Digital twins and machine vision: exciting themes of ‘smart’ production
Manufacturing as we know it is coming to an end.
30-08-2019 | Insight
‘Chinese stock market matures as institutional investors join the party’
‘Chinese stock market matures as institutional investors join the party’
Investor interest in China’s A-share market is growing.
27-08-2019 | Insight
We’re developing factor-based alternatives to passive fixed income
We’re developing factor-based alternatives to passive fixed income
Quantitative investing in fixed income markets has slowly but surely gained traction in recent years.
21-08-2019 | Insight
A backtesting protocol in the era of machine learning
A backtesting protocol in the era of machine learning
Is machine learning really a game changer for finance?
08-08-2019 | From the field
European banks: Go for debt
European banks: Go for debt
Despite earnings compression, the creditworthiness of European banks appears intact.
07-08-2019 | Insight
Negative yields are becoming the new normal
Negative yields are becoming the new normal
The ECB has adopted a long-term negative interest rate policy.
06-08-2019 | Insight
Voting season: making our voice heard as a shareholder
Voting season: making our voice heard as a shareholder
Sustainability issues have gained more traction in the US, while board composition remains among the most contentious issues in Asia.
25-07-2019 | Insight
'The impact of cyber risks has changed, and companies have to raise the standards'
'The impact of cyber risks has changed, and companies have to raise the standards'
Information on the cybersecurity of companies and their products is hard to obtain at the moment.
24-07-2019 | Insight
Investing in a 50:50 World
Investing in a 50:50 World
Welcome to a new world.
18-07-2019 | Column
Pay your way: assessing corporate tax strategies
Pay your way: assessing corporate tax strategies
It lacks the magnitude of climate change, but a company’s approach to paying tax is still critical when evaluating its sustainability.
17-07-2019 | Insight
Investing in a world of binary outcomes
Investing in a world of binary outcomes
Welcome to a new world.
12-07-2019 | Quarterly outlook
Fixed income outlook: More repression to avoid recession
Fixed income outlook: More repression to avoid recession
Fighting the Fed or ECB has been a losing game over the past decade.
10-07-2019 | Quarterly outlook
Seasonal patterns in individual stock returns
Seasonal patterns in individual stock returns
New insights on monthly stock return patterns.
10-07-2019 | From the field
What the Shareholders Right Directive II means for investors
What the Shareholders Right Directive II means for investors
An updated regulation regarding shareholder rights and obligations came into force on 9 June 2019.
08-07-2019 | Insight

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