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The new Long March of China
The new Long March of China
China’s attempts to combat a trade war with the US present an uphill battle for emerging market assets, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
07-06-2019 | Monthly outlook
Factor investing works for bond portfolios, too
Factor investing works for bond portfolios, too
Bond portfolios with significant exposure to the value, momentum and low risk factors generate returns that consistently outperform the index.
04-06-2019 | Insight
Solid election outcome paves way for business-friendly reforms in South Africa
Solid election outcome paves way for business-friendly reforms in South Africa
Is the ANC election win a vote for South African economic reform?
13-05-2019 | Emerging markets alert
There’s no need to fear yield curve inversions
There’s no need to fear yield curve inversions
Inverted yield curves may famously herald recessions, but they do not harm market returns that much, says multi-asset investor Jeroen Blokland.
08-05-2019 | Monthly outlook
US-China trade talks – a tweet too far?
US-China trade talks – a tweet too far?
After weeks of positive noises coming from the US-China negotiations, with indications of an agreement by the end of this week, there was an abrupt shift in tone.
07-05-2019 | Emerging markets alert
China and the Fed are partners for now
China and the Fed are partners for now
The data will remain bumpy and markets vulnerable.
30-04-2019 | Insight
Spending one bitcoin = 330,000 credit card transactions
Spending one bitcoin = 330,000 credit card transactions
The average bitcoin transaction now uses 330,000 times more energy than a credit card, new research shows.
11-04-2019 | Stunning statistics
Enabling insurers to achieve capital-efficient returns
Enabling insurers to achieve capital-efficient returns
The majority of assets owned by insurers are invested in investment grade fixed income.
11-04-2019 | Insight
Battening down the hatches in risky assets
Battening down the hatches in risky assets
Investors fearing a downturn should not leave equity markets, but batten down some hatches in risky assets, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
08-04-2019 | Monthly outlook
The outlook for credits: Dead cat bounce
The outlook for credits: Dead cat bounce
04-04-2019 | Quarterly outlook
Brexit saga set to drag on until June or longer
Brexit saga set to drag on until June or longer
Investors are bracing for the prospect of a delayed or canceled Brexit, as the saga looks set to drag on for at least another three months.
15-03-2019 | Insight
Risks to European equities are overstated
Risks to European equities are overstated
European stocks could become more attractive, as positive outcomes can be seen for their perceived risks, says Chief Economist Léon Cornelissen.
08-03-2019 | Monthly outlook
Active duration management shines as bond markets jitter
Active duration management shines as bond markets jitter
Robeco’s Dynamic Duration strategies lived up to their promise in 2018.
05-03-2019 | Insight
Strong multi-asset factor performance over more than two centuries
Strong multi-asset factor performance over more than two centuries
To be considered relevant, a factor must first and foremost be backed by ample empirical evidence.
12-02-2019 | Research
Recession indicators are overrated for stock returns
Recession indicators are overrated for stock returns
Investors should beware of trying to use asset values to forecast recessions, says portfolio manager Jeroen Blokland.
08-02-2019 | Monthly outlook
Single-use plastic among Robeco’s 2019 engagement themes
Single-use plastic among Robeco’s 2019 engagement themes
Trying to cut plastic pollution and the social impact of artificial intelligence are among four themes that Robeco will engage on this year.
04-02-2019 | Insight
In denial, but for how long?
In denial, but for how long?
In our latest Central Bank Watcher, we examine the policy and actions of the world’s major central banks.
11-01-2019 | Insight
It’s late cycle but not end cycle
It’s late cycle but not end cycle
Markets continue to be weak and volatile, while growth expectations are depressed globally.
10-01-2019 | Quarterly outlook
Emerging stocks could make a comeback in 2019
Emerging stocks could make a comeback in 2019
A number of factors bode well for emerging market equities this year, says investor Jeroen Blokland.
10-01-2019 | Monthly outlook
Climate change action tops my projections for 2019 and beyond
Climate change action tops my projections for 2019 and beyond
The new year is upon us, and the projections for 2019 markets are being digested by investors.
07-01-2019 | Column
The outlook for credits: The emperor is naked
The outlook for credits: The emperor is naked
Despite our repeated concerns about high corporate leverage and too much risk appetite, it is only now that credit markets are beginning to react to the global economic slowdown, and the next recession is being openly discussed.
20-12-2018 | Quarterly outlook
Multi Factor Absolute Return: sustainable diversifier
Multi Factor Absolute Return: sustainable diversifier
13-12-2018 | Insight
Markets see the wind taken out of their sails
Markets see the wind taken out of their sails
Markets have seen choppy waters in recent months, but four factors are positive for stocks, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
07-12-2018 | Monthly outlook
Lessons from our 2018 ‘Super Quant’ internships
Lessons from our 2018 ‘Super Quant’ internships
Top-notch investment strategies require top-notch research.
05-12-2018 | Research
Multi-factor bonds: an alternative to passive fixed income
Multi-factor bonds: an alternative to passive fixed income
A growing number of investors are implementing their fixed income strategies through passive Exchange Traded funds (ETFs).
28-11-2018 | Insight
The return of Term Premium
The return of Term Premium
Despite all the focus on the inflation outlook and ongoing Fed hikes, the recent sell-off in US Treasuries was actually driven to a large extent by a reawaking of the term premium.
19-11-2018 | Insight
Outlook 2019: Turbulence ahead
Outlook 2019: Turbulence ahead
Next year we expect the markets to have two faces.
08-11-2018 | Insight
Democrat poll win weakens Trump’s power
Democrat poll win weakens Trump’s power
A Democrat victory in US elections is positive for markets, though a return to fiscal discipline is unlikely, says Chief Economist Léon Cornelissen.
07-11-2018 | Insight
Bond. Corporate Bond
Bond. Corporate Bond
What should and should not be included in strategic asset allocation is a hotly debated topic.
05-11-2018 | 5-Year outlook
Tightening in tougher conditions
Tightening in tougher conditions
In our new Central Bank Watcher, we examine the policy and actions of the world’s major central banks (Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, People’s Bank of China and the Bank of Japan).
30-10-2018 | Insight

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