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Data sets - the idiosyncratic momentum factor
Data sets - the idiosyncratic momentum factor
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
23-06-2020 | Data sets
Factor investing debates: Should you time your factor exposures?
Factor investing debates: Should you time your factor exposures?
The debate on whether investors should tactically time their factor exposures is almost as old as the discovery of factors.
22-06-2020 | Insight
Defining Quality: separating the wheat from the chaff
Defining Quality: separating the wheat from the chaff
Quality is a commonly accepted equity factor.
18-06-2020 | Research
Reducing the carbon intensity of multi-factor credits strategies
Reducing the carbon intensity of multi-factor credits strategies
Quantitative investment strategies lend themselves well to integrating secondary objectives, such as reducing carbon intensity.
27-05-2020 | Insight
Value ain’t dead
Value ain’t dead
Value stocks have underperformed growth stocks over the past decade.
20-05-2020 | From the field
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Is Value broken?
14-05-2020 | Podcast
Factor investing: will the benefit of having a small and mid-cap tilt return?
Factor investing: will the benefit of having a small and mid-cap tilt return?
The March 2020 market sell-off hit small and mid-caps stocks especially hard.
11-05-2020 | Insight
Now more than ever, it’s time to think outside the Fama-French factor box
Now more than ever, it’s time to think outside the Fama-French factor box
2010-2019 was a lost decade for the Fama-French factors.
28-04-2020 | Research
Equity styles and the Spanish flu
Equity styles and the Spanish flu
Covid-19 first appeared at the start of December 2019.
02-04-2020 | Insight
How to navigate the equity ‘factor zoo’
How to navigate the equity ‘factor zoo’
The number of equity factors reported in the academic literature has exploded.
27-03-2020 | Research
When markets get tough, quant funds stick with their factors
When markets get tough, quant funds stick with their factors
As rules-based investors, quant investors exploit human reactions to market movements.
19-03-2020 | Video
Podcast: One bird, two stones
Podcast: One bird, two stones
Is a fundamental or quant-driven approach the best way forward for investors looking to tap emerging markets?
13-03-2020 | Podcast
Simplistic factor models may get arbitraged out of existence
Simplistic factor models may get arbitraged out of existence
Which financial innovations will investors remember 20 years from now?
26-02-2020 | Interview
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
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
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
The volatility effect revisited
The volatility effect revisited
Over the past decade, low volatility has become a popular investment style.
07-01-2020 | Research
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
Index investing: passive in name only
Index investing: passive in name only
Not all index-based products are alike.
18-12-2019 | From the field
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
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
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
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
Uncovering the promises and challenges of factor investing
Uncovering the promises and challenges of factor investing
The shift towards factor investing seems to be pausing for breath.
23-10-2019 | Interview
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 | Research
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 | Research
CO2 emissions and the pricing of climate risk
CO2 emissions and the pricing of climate risk
Does lower sustainability mean lower returns?
23-09-2019 | From the field
The Essentials of factor investing
The Essentials of factor investing
Introducing our new learning tool on factor investing.
12-09-2019 | Insight
Factor investors should be patient and brave
Factor investors should be patient and brave
What’s best, quantitative or fundamental?
05-09-2019 | Interview
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