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Harvesting factor premiums across global bond markets
Harvesting factor premiums across global bond markets
Robeco has combined the latest innovation in quantitative research with its long-standing expertise in credits factor investing.
18-02-2020 | Insight
Blokland’s daily sketch
Blokland’s daily sketch

It’s relative valuation that counts

20-02-2020
Factor investing debates: Are fees the most important variable in product selection?
Factor investing debates: Are fees the most important variable in product selection?
To choose a product, investors tend to rely on a few easy-to-grasp variables, like recent performance and, increasingly, fees.
14-02-2020 | Insight
Graph of the week
Graph of the week
Everyone first!
14-02-2020 | Insight
Solvency regulations and low-risk investing: comparing the Nordics with the Netherlands
Solvency regulations and low-risk investing: comparing the Nordics with the Netherlands
Pension regulations in the Nordic countries and the Netherlands are similar to insurance regulation in the European Union.
11-02-2020 | Insight
Central bank watcher: Liquidity preference
Central bank watcher: Liquidity preference
The key central banks have a preference for injecting liquidity rather than further interest rate cuts.
24-01-2020 | Insight
Mind the skew – stocks may not yet have peaked
Mind the skew – stocks may not yet have peaked
A curious skew in historical stock returns means global equities may have some upside left, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
09-01-2020 | Monthly outlook
The volatility effect revisited
The volatility effect revisited
Over the past decade, low volatility has become a popular investment style.
07-01-2020 | Research
Fixed income outlook: Upside bounce, downside risks
Fixed income outlook: Upside bounce, downside risks
Fixed income returns have been excellent in 2019.
06-01-2020 | Quarterly outlook
Podcast: Why contributing to the SDGs is a do or die
Podcast: Why contributing to the SDGs is a do or die
If investors ignore the challenges the SDGs represent, future growth will be much lower and much more erratic than it has been in the past.
06-01-2020 | Podcast
Data sets – historical returns of the market portfolio
Data sets – historical returns of the market portfolio
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
06-01-2020 | Data sets
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
Recalled to Life: Finding the right bonds for recovery
Recalled to Life: Finding the right bonds for recovery
Global growth has slowed for two years, at some point trends will bottom out.
19-12-2019 | Yearly outlook
Credit outlook: There is no average
Credit outlook: There is no average
There is a bid for safety in credit markets, but a need for yield.
10-12-2019 | Quarterly outlook
Duration Times Spread: measuring credit risk
Duration Times Spread: measuring credit risk
Accurately measuring credit risk is a significant challenge for credit investors.
10-12-2019 | Research
Short positions do not add value to factor investing strategies
Short positions do not add value to factor investing strategies
Common wisdom among academics and investors has it that factors are best harvested using both long and short positions.
09-12-2019 | Research
Scenario analysis confirms need for defensive credit market positioning
Scenario analysis confirms need for defensive credit market positioning
Our analysis of spread markets suggests the most likely scenario in coming months is that of low growth and low inflation.
03-12-2019 | Insight
Factor investing debates: Could factor premiums disappear?
Factor investing debates: Could factor premiums disappear?
With the increasing adoption of factor investing, one frequently heard criticism is that factor premiums may end up being arbitraged away.
28-11-2019 | Insight
The Night Shadows: Investing in fixed income if recession hits
The Night Shadows: Investing in fixed income if recession hits
We live in a world of inverted yield curves, contracting business surveys, global trade, and falling earnings and CEO confidence.
28-11-2019 | Yearly outlook
Never a dull moment: 25 years of emerging market investing
Never a dull moment: 25 years of emerging market investing
Today, emerging markets represent a quarter of the global equity market.
26-11-2019 | Insight
Innovation is a crucial way to strengthen our quant offering
Innovation is a crucial way to strengthen our quant offering
Is the emergence of alternative data and artificial intelligence a game changer for quant investors?
25-11-2019 | Insight
Calm in Storm: Beyond the trade war
Calm in Storm: Beyond the trade war
Over the past year, regional equity market allocation has been heavily influenced by investors’ expectations on the outcome of the US-China trade war.
21-11-2019 | Yearly outlook
A true long-term perspective on alternative risk premiums
A true long-term perspective on alternative risk premiums
Alternative risk premium (ARP) solutions have shown significant performance dispersion over the past two years.
19-11-2019 | Insight
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
Outlook 2020: A Tale of Two Scenarios
Outlook 2020: A Tale of Two Scenarios
This year’s annual outlook is inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.
12-11-2019 | Yearly outlook
Buy-and-maintain credit: sustainability matters
Buy-and-maintain credit: sustainability matters
Sustainable investing is designed to sort future-proof companies from those that are not.
12-11-2019 | Insight
Lower credit risk observed in sectors that are positively aligned with the SDGs
Lower credit risk observed in sectors that are positively aligned with the SDGs
Our analysis of historical performance data confirms what we see in practice.
07-11-2019 | Insight
Understanding climate change risk in portfolios
Understanding climate change risk in portfolios
Creating portfolios that are resilient to climate change is not just an issue of decarbonizing, says RobecoSAM’s Jacob Messina.
05-11-2019 | Insight
Welcome to the world of pinball investing
Welcome to the world of pinball investing
In a whirlwind of contradicting news, markets seem to have created a new investment style: pinball.
29-10-2019 | Column
The brand-new pinball style
The brand-new pinball style
The past few weeks have been filled with news of US-China trade talks and Brexit.
23-10-2019 | Quarterly outlook
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