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‘I have always tried to make sense of human behavior’
‘I have always tried to make sense of human behavior’
People’s normal wants, even more than their cognitive and emotional shortcuts and errors, underlie answers to important questions of finance.
19-05-2022 | Interview
Indices insights: Does sustainability integration affect factor premiums?
Indices insights: Does sustainability integration affect factor premiums?
In this ‘Indices insights’ article, we analyze the impact of sustainability integration on factor premiums.
17-05-2022 | Insight
Quant chart: Value accelerates to strongest start in decades
Quant chart: Value accelerates to strongest start in decades
Value has achieved the best start to a calendar year in over 35 years.
16-05-2022 | Insight
‘A strong research culture enables you to stay true to your investment philosophy’
‘A strong research culture enables you to stay true to your investment philosophy’
Quant investing is very much a team sport, in fact more so than ever.
13-05-2022 | Interview
Quant chart: Meme stock frenzy confirms short-selling signal
Quant chart: Meme stock frenzy confirms short-selling signal
After more than a year following the short squeeze in so-called meme stocks, the informational advantage of short-selling data resurfaces.
29-04-2022 | Insight
Data sets – factor investing in corporate bonds
Data sets – factor investing in corporate bonds
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
29-04-2022 | Data sets
PodcastXL: How to read the huge emerging markets discount
PodcastXL: How to read the huge emerging markets discount
Emerging markets look extremely cheap.
01-04-2022 | Podcast
Podcast: Equity factors are even older than we thought
Podcast: Equity factors are even older than we thought
New Robeco research confirms that investors’ behavioral biases have been around since the days of the American Wild West.
21-03-2022 | Podcast
Value could outperform for five years or more
Value could outperform for five years or more
The resurgent Value style could bring market-beating returns for the next five years and beyond as interest rates rise, Robeco’s Value experts say.
09-03-2022 | Insight
Shrunk betas can fortify Low-risk portfolios
Shrunk betas can fortify Low-risk portfolios
Research shows that beta forecasts are improved by shrinking correlations more than relative volatilities.
17-02-2022 | Research
‘The main goal was to test for equity factors using an out-of-sample dataset’
‘The main goal was to test for equity factors using an out-of-sample dataset’
Creating novel databases for out-of-sample testing adds real value as people seldom take the time to perform such a task.
16-02-2022 | Interview
Human instincts drive the Value premium
Human instincts drive the Value premium
Companies with exciting growth stories can lure investors, while those that receive little fanfare can deter them.
04-02-2022 | Insight
Factoring carbon taxes into a Value strategy
Factoring carbon taxes into a Value strategy
Incorporating carbon taxes into a Value strategy at a stock level is equivalent to imposing carbon footprint constraints on the overall portfolio.
22-12-2021 | Research
Research on pre-1926 database reveals equity factors are ‘eternal’
Research on pre-1926 database reveals equity factors are ‘eternal’
New research reveals that equity factor styles have existed and persisted since the mid-19th century.
21-12-2021 | Research
Talk ‘22: ‘Staying the course is crucial’
Talk ‘22: ‘Staying the course is crucial’
Covid-19 has shown us that it is important to stick to our approach, says Wilma de Groot, Co-head of Quant Equity Portfolio Management.
17-12-2021 | Interview
Shielding factor portfolios from credit downgrades and defaults
Shielding factor portfolios from credit downgrades and defaults
Gaining more by losing less in multi-factor credit strategies.
30-11-2021 | Insight
'Investors can benefit from the use of sustainability data'
'Investors can benefit from the use of sustainability data'
Innovative developments in the area of sustainability data can uncover new ways of assessing opportunities and risks.
23-11-2021 | Interview
‘Alternative datasets can help predict future returns’
‘Alternative datasets can help predict future returns’
Big data can unlock a gold mine of information on investor behavior.
16-11-2021 | Interview
Low Volatility defies the basic finance principles of risk and reward
Low Volatility defies the basic finance principles of risk and reward
Contrary to popular belief, riskier investments do not necessarily translate into higher returns.
12-11-2021 | Insight
Risky CAPE: Is there an alternative?
Risky CAPE: Is there an alternative?
The prospect of rising real yields could accentuate the elevated nature of equity market valuations.
01-11-2021 | Insight
The quant cycle
The quant cycle
Equity factors follow their own sentiment-driven cycle that cannot be explained by traditional business cycle indicators.
19-10-2021 | Research
Looking under the bonnet of passive thematic indices
Looking under the bonnet of passive thematic indices
Passive thematic indices effectively trade against quant investors due to their generally negative exposures to factors.
12-10-2021 | Insight
Podcast: Why quant fixed income is a great diversifier
Podcast: Why quant fixed income is a great diversifier
While many quant equity strategies have struggled over the past few years, the performance of quant credits has been robust.
08-10-2021 | Podcast
Some factors are now more equal than others
Some factors are now more equal than others
There is no free lunch when it comes to harvesting factor premiums.
06-10-2021 | 5-Year outlook
What valuations and interest rates tell us about equity factors
What valuations and interest rates tell us about equity factors
Single and multi-factor equity portfolios are currently very attractively valued and factor premiums persist across interest rate cycles.
04-10-2021 | Insight
Are credit factor premiums robust to inflation?
Are credit factor premiums robust to inflation?
With inflation worries having gained momentum, we investigate how inflation has affected credit factor premiums in the past.
24-09-2021 | Insight
Seizing opportunities in emerging markets credits
Seizing opportunities in emerging markets credits
Global credit investors can no longer easily ignore emerging markets (EM) hard-currency corporate bonds.
08-09-2021 | Research
Momentum is a self-fulfilling prophecy and therein lies its strength
Momentum is a self-fulfilling prophecy and therein lies its strength
The Momentum premium arises from mistakes in human reasoning.
06-09-2021 | Insight
‘Moore’s Law is disrupting the world of quant investing’
‘Moore’s Law is disrupting the world of quant investing’
Increasing computing power is altering the investment landscape.
16-08-2021 | Interview
Water and waste as the next frontier in improving sustainability in factor credits
Water and waste as the next frontier in improving sustainability in factor credits
We impose water and waste constraints on our factor credit strategies.
03-08-2021 | Insight
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