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Hedge fund bets show Low Volatility is still far from overcrowded
Hedge fund bets show Low Volatility is still far from overcrowded
Thorough analysis of hedge fund data shows that, despite their flexible approach to investing, these funds tend to bet strongly against the low-volatility anomaly.
17-01-2017 | Research
Concerns regarding the new Fama-French 5-factor model
Concerns regarding the new Fama-French 5-factor model
Nobel prize laureate Eugene Fama and fellow researcher Kenneth French have revamped their famous 3-factor model.
12-12-2016 | Research
The quality of low-risk credits
The quality of low-risk credits
Recently a new factor was added to the literature: Quality.
14-09-2016 | Research
Honey, how much did you say you paid for these low-vol stocks?
Honey, how much did you say you paid for these low-vol stocks?
Investors are worried about the high valuations of stocks in general and low-volatility stocks in particular.
12-09-2016 | Research
The profitability of low volatility
The profitability of low volatility
Some people argue that the low risk anomaly can be explained by ‘profitability’, an example of a ‘quality’ factor.
08-09-2016 | Research
Factor investing versus sector investing
Factor investing versus sector investing
A recent study suggests that sector investing does as well or even better than factor investing in a long-only context.
01-09-2016 | Research
Expected Returns 2017 - 2021
Expected Returns 2017 - 2021
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Integrating sustainability into factor credit strategies
Integrating sustainability into factor credit strategies
The objective of our factor credit strategies is to maximize the portfolio’s factor exposure at low cost while limiting risks.
12-07-2016 | Research
Defining the Quality factor
Defining the Quality factor
Robeco has added Quality to the key list of factors that it follows when constructing factor investing portfolios in equities.
11-07-2016 | Research
Factor investing case studies – the merits of tailor made solutions
Factor investing case studies – the merits of tailor made solutions
Factor investing – the investment strategy that aims to capture 'hidden' returns in financial markets – is rapidly gaining in popularity.
06-07-2016 | Research
Factor Investing with smart beta indices
Factor Investing with smart beta indices
Smart beta indices are a popular way of implementing a factor investing strategy.
06-07-2016 | Research
Implementing factor strategies in corporate bonds
Implementing factor strategies in corporate bonds
Research shows that factor investing strategies work well in corporate bonds, but actually building a portfolio requires greater care due to liquidity issues, Robeco’s quantitative experts argue in a new white paper.
14-06-2016 | Research
Conservative Equities in historical perspective: Investment behavior since 1602
Conservative Equities in historical perspective: Investment behavior since 1602
Since the birth of the modern stock market in 1602, the pendulum of the investment culture has moved from a return focus to a risk focus and back.
18-04-2016 | Research
Factor Investing in the Corporate Bond Market
Factor Investing in the Corporate Bond Market
We provide empirical evidence that the Size, Low-Risk, Value and Momentum factors have economically meaningful and statistically significant risk-adjusted returns in the corporate bond market.
11-12-2015 | Research
Factor investing – the flipside of following the index
Factor investing – the flipside of following the index
Investing in market-cap weighted indexes and factor indexes has serious disadvantages, according to Han Dieperink and Joop Huij.
07-12-2015 | Research
Is value trapped?
Is value trapped?
The poor long-term live performance of the first generation of value indices indicates that capturing the value premium is not easy.
04-12-2015 | Research
Can mutual funds successfully adopt factor investing strategies?
Can mutual funds successfully adopt factor investing strategies?
To the best of our knowledge, no study has been conducted on the added value of innovative investment strategies that incorporate academic insights.
24-11-2015 | Research
Emerging markets: the value of strategic allocation
Emerging markets: the value of strategic allocation
The added value of allocating to emerging markets (EM) has always been a topic of discussion among equity investors, especially when there was a large difference in performance with developed markets (DM).
12-11-2015 | Research
Factor investing for credits: from research paper to fund
Factor investing for credits: from research paper to fund
Most academic studies on factor investing are about equities.
24-07-2015 | Research
The beauty and the beast of value and momentum investing
The beauty and the beast of value and momentum investing
We usually focus on how to make a good investment strategy even better, but in recent research we looked at how to make it worse.
22-07-2015 | Research
Low turnover: a virtue of low volatility
Low turnover: a virtue of low volatility
Trading is necessary to follow an active strategy, but excessive trading is linked to human behavior.
08-06-2015 | Research
Beauty and the beast of low-volatility investing
Beauty and the beast of low-volatility investing
Usually focusing on how to design the best low-volatility strategy, David Blitz, Matthias Hanauer and Pim van Vliet have set out to construct a very bad low-volatility strategy.
17-02-2015 | Research
Is rebalancing the source of factor premiums?
Is rebalancing the source of factor premiums?
Some argue that the mere mechanism of rebalancing increases returns, and that this explains the success of factor investment strategies.
12-02-2015 | Research
Views of pension fund participants important for the discussion on ESG
Views of pension fund participants important for the discussion on ESG
Social preferences in sustainability can play a role in investment decisions, says Paul Smeets PhD, an expert in behavioral economics and finance.
09-02-2015 | Research
Robeco quant EM equities outperforms generic factor indices
Robeco quant EM equities outperforms generic factor indices
We have compared the realized performance of our quantitative emerging markets equities (QEME) strategies with the hypothetical performance of recently launched generic factor indices.
19-01-2015 | Research
Factor investing works
Factor investing works
Factor investing is in vogue.
06-01-2015 | Research
Low-Volatility Investing: Collected Robeco Articles
Low-Volatility Investing: Collected Robeco Articles
Robeco launches the 2015 Edition of “Low-Volatility Investing” by David Blitz, PhD, Head Robeco Quantitative Equity Research and Pim van Vliet, PhD, Senior Portfolio Manager, Robeco Conservative Equities.
01-01-2015 | Research
Risk Parity versus Mean-Variance: It’s all in the Views
Risk Parity versus Mean-Variance: It’s all in the Views
19-12-2014 | Research
Short-term stock selection model boosts performance Enhanced Indexing
Short-term stock selection model boosts performance Enhanced Indexing
Robeco Enhanced Indexing invests in global developed markets equities, and has a low tracking error against its benchmark, the MSCI World index.
11-12-2014 | Research
Testing the simplest asset allocation rule: 1/N
Testing the simplest asset allocation rule: 1/N
An important decision investors have to make, is how to allocate their assets.
04-12-2014 | Research
Low-volatility investing: Expect the unexpected
Low-volatility investing: Expect the unexpected
Low-volatility stocks are known to lag in rising markets and lose less in falling markets.
06-11-2014 | Research
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