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The Quality Factor
The Quality Factor
The quality effect is the tendency of high-quality stocks to outperform low-quality ones.
19-07-2017 | From the field
The value of multiple momentum signals
The value of multiple momentum signals
The concept of Momentum is not only a basic principle of physics.
18-07-2017 | Research
Taking enhanced indexing to the next sustainability level
Taking enhanced indexing to the next sustainability level
The rising demand for sustainable investment solutions poses challenges.
10-07-2017 | Insight
Factor investing: limited overcrowding risk
Factor investing: limited overcrowding risk
A key concern often voiced by factor investing and smart beta sceptics is the possible risk of overcrowding.
03-07-2017 | Interview
Estimating the equity risk premium
Estimating the equity risk premium
Assessing the equity risk premium (ERP) is an ongoing debate among academics.
28-06-2017 | From the field
Five concerns with low volatility index ETFs
Five concerns with low volatility index ETFs
Equity investors have a choice between active low volatility managers and low volatility index ETFs.
27-06-2017 | Research
Uncovering the 7 steps to ESG integration
Uncovering the 7 steps to ESG integration
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Robeco Quarterly June 2017
Robeco Quarterly June 2017
The fourth edition of Robeco Quarterly – our quant, sustainability and research magazine – is published.
21-06-2017 | Magazine
Patience and high active share is a rare combination in asset management
Patience and high active share is a rare combination in asset management
When is active management really active?
19-06-2017 | Interview
Looking at the long-term evidence on factors
Looking at the long-term evidence on factors
How important are factor tilts?
12-06-2017 | Interview
Robeco sponsors PLSA ‘Made Simple Guide’ to Factor Investing
Robeco sponsors PLSA ‘Made Simple Guide’ to Factor Investing
Robeco has sponsored a new ‘Made Simple Guide’ to Factoring Investing published by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA).
09-06-2017 | Outlook
Ten misconceptions about smart beta investing
Ten misconceptions about smart beta investing
This paper* attempts to debunk no fewer than ten myths about smart beta.
07-06-2017 | From the field
Factor investing challenges: underperforming the benchmark
Factor investing challenges: underperforming the benchmark
Factor based allocation has become increasingly popular in recent years.
31-05-2017 | Factor investing challenges
The rise of Factor Investing,  is it just a hype?
The rise of Factor Investing, is it just a hype?
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Hedging climate risk
Hedging climate risk
The carbon footprint of a passive equity portfolio can be reduced by 50% without sacrificing returns.
17-05-2017 | From the field
Passive investing the smart way: Enhanced Indexing
Passive investing the smart way: Enhanced Indexing
More and more clients will make the step from purely passive to enhanced indexing.
09-05-2017 | Video
The siren song of factor timing
The siren song of factor timing
Timing when to enter and exit factors seems to be the holy grail of quant investing.
26-04-2017 | From the field
The rise of Factor Investing - is it just a hype?
The rise of Factor Investing - is it just a hype?
Factor Investing is increasingly in the spotlight.
05-04-2017 | Video
Smart beta is no monkey business
Smart beta is no monkey business
It has been argued that all smart beta strategies generate positive exposure to value and small-cap stocks in much the same way as randomly generated portfolio strategies do.
05-04-2017 | From the field
Factor investing challenges: unintended sector biases
Factor investing challenges: unintended sector biases
Factor-based allocation has become increasingly popular in recent years.
31-03-2017 | Factor investing challenges
Three ways to implement factors and smart beta
Three ways to implement factors and smart beta
Factor-based strategies and smart beta exploit proven factor premiums.
29-03-2017 | Insight
The smart beta ETF vogue is no threat to factor investing
The smart beta ETF vogue is no threat to factor investing
The success of smart beta ETFs has raised concerns over a possible ‘overcrowding’ of factor strategies.
29-03-2017 | Research
Conservative investing in a solvency framework
Conservative investing in a solvency framework
Are conservative credit and equity strategies attractive under solvency regulations?
27-03-2017 | Insight
Decomposing fundamental indexation?
Decomposing fundamental indexation?
Previous studies have shown that the value added by fundamental indexation strategies is entirely driven by their implicit exposure to the classic value premium.
22-03-2017 | From the field
Robeco Quarterly March 2017
Robeco Quarterly March 2017
The third edition of Robeco Quarterly – our quant, sustainability and research magazine – is published.
09-03-2017 | Magazine
Is smart beta performance driven by rising valuations?
Is smart beta performance driven by rising valuations?
Rob Arnott, argues that the good recent performance of many smart beta strategies has mainly been driven by rising valuations.
08-03-2017 | From the field
Factor investing challenges: unintended factor biases
Factor investing challenges: unintended factor biases
Allocation to factors has become increasingly popular in recent years, but practical implementation remains a puzzle for many investors.
28-02-2017 | Factor investing challenges
Practical implementation of credit factor strategies
Practical implementation of credit factor strategies
Well-established factors, such as Low Risk, Value, Momentum and Size, generate economically meaningful and statistically significant premiums in credit markets.
27-02-2017 | Interview
Finding Value in government bonds
Finding Value in government bonds
The Value factor has been exploited for decades by equity investors and academic research shows it can also be applied to fixed income, in particular to government bonds.
24-02-2017 | Insight
Absolute return strategies under the microscope
Absolute return strategies under the microscope
Absolute return strategies are gaining traction with investors looking for alternative sources of return.
23-02-2017 | Insight
US Conservative: the best defense
US Conservative: the best defense
It is hard to predict when the present uptrend will end in the US, but it always pays to reduce volatility with a Conservative strategy.
22-02-2017 | Video
Investors need a better understanding of liquidity risk
Investors need a better understanding of liquidity risk
Ronnie Sadka is a prominent academic voice on topics like liquidity in financial markets, high frequency trading and hedge funds.
21-02-2017 | Interview