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Fundamental Law of Active Management shows way to higher information ratio
Fundamental Law of Active Management shows way to higher information ratio
The Fundamental Law of Active Management by Grinold and Kahn is designed to assess the value of active management, as expressed by the information ratio, using only two variables.
09-04-2018 | Insight
The Formula: Maximum drawdown
The Formula: Maximum drawdown
Preservation of capital and a steady performance are important considerations in investing.
02-04-2018 | Insight
Fama-French 5-factor model: five major concerns
Fama-French 5-factor model: five major concerns
In 2015, Nobel prize laureate Eugene Fama and fellow researcher Kenneth French revamped their famous 3-factor model.
27-03-2018 | Research
On the origins of factor investing
On the origins of factor investing
Where does factor investing come from?
26-03-2018 | Interview
Robeco Quarterly March 2018
Robeco Quarterly March 2018
The seventh edition of Robeco Quarterly – our quant, sustainability and research magazine – is published.
23-03-2018 | Insight
Putting factor investing theory into practice
Putting factor investing theory into practice
What are the basic steps investors should take to implement factor investing?
20-03-2018 | Interview
Some plant trees, we plant ideas
Some plant trees, we plant ideas
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Five years on, the trend remains a friend for our Momentum factor
Five years on, the trend remains a friend for our Momentum factor
Momentum strategies are usually vulnerable to market reversals and high turnover.
08-03-2018 | Insight
Here’s the proof: benchmarking contributes to the low-volatility anomaly
Here’s the proof: benchmarking contributes to the low-volatility anomaly
Benchmark followers amplify the low volatility effect.
07-03-2018 | From the field
Trading is an opportunity to capture alpha
Trading is an opportunity to capture alpha
Trading is often considered a necessary, but tedious and costly step of the investment process.
05-03-2018 | Insight
No place for Liquidity in our set of relevant equity factors
No place for Liquidity in our set of relevant equity factors
A number of academic studies suggest that illiquid stocks should outperform liquid stocks to compensate for higher risk.
28-02-2018 | Insight
Tweaking a popular low volatility index
Tweaking a popular low volatility index
Investment solutions based on popular smart beta indices have enjoyed tremendous success.
14-02-2018 | From the field
Quant research at Robeco: From theory to practice
Quant research at Robeco: From theory to practice
David Blitz explains why quantitative research is so important for Robeco and the investment solutions it creates.
06-02-2018 | Video
Finding alpha in Emerging markets
Finding alpha in Emerging markets
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Active duration management crucial as yields rise
Active duration management crucial as yields rise
Government bond yields are on the rise as central banks tighten their policies and global economies continue to accelerate.
05-02-2018 | Insight
Why ETFs can be more expensive than you think
Why ETFs can be more expensive than you think
The recent rise of passive and smart beta strategies has resulted mainly from the success of ETFs.
24-01-2018 | From the field
Are low-volatility stocks becoming expensive?
Are low-volatility stocks becoming expensive?
Due to uncertainty in financial markets, low-volatility stocks are in high demand.
04-01-2018 | Research
Anomalies remain strong in international equity markets after publication
Anomalies remain strong in international equity markets after publication
One oft-heard concern on factor investing is that factors could be arbitraged away.
03-01-2018 | From the field
Strong hands needed to unlock the potential of factor investing
Strong hands needed to unlock the potential of factor investing
The average investor is not good at timing.
22-12-2017 | Insight
3 best viewed video insights of 2017
3 best viewed video insights of 2017
Did you miss any of our video insights this year?
21-12-2017 | Video
Next time, ask your fund manager what kind of car they drive
Next time, ask your fund manager what kind of car they drive
Tell me what car you drive and I will tell you who you are.
13-12-2017 | From the field
Academic research absolutely supports smart beta
Academic research absolutely supports smart beta
For over four decades, Burton Malkiel has advocated for broad passive exposure to financial markets.
11-12-2017 | Interview
Robeco Quarterly December 2017
Robeco Quarterly December 2017
The sixth edition of Robeco Quarterly – our quant, sustainability and research magazine – is published.
06-12-2017 | Insight
Emerging market equity data help dynamic duration management
Emerging market equity data help dynamic duration management
Expectations for the fundamental drivers of bonds can be derived from financial market information.
05-12-2017 | Insight
The research culture is crucial for the success of an asset manager
The research culture is crucial for the success of an asset manager
Data mining is a threat to empirical research.
04-12-2017 | Interview
Factor challenges: preparing for implementation
Factor challenges: preparing for implementation
How should I prepare for the implementation of a factor-based strategy?
28-11-2017 | Factor investing challenges
Institutional asset managers add value... by using factors
Institutional asset managers add value... by using factors
Are factors the future of active asset management?
22-11-2017 | From the field
Robeco Multi-Factor Indices: a new investment reality
Robeco Multi-Factor Indices: a new investment reality
Client appetite is really increasing for factor indices, and we think this is the future of active management.
02-11-2017 | Video
Factor investing challenges: finding the appropriate degree of transparency
Factor investing challenges: finding the appropriate degree of transparency
How transparent should a factor investing strategy be?
31-10-2017 | Factor investing challenges
Losing money with passive investing
Losing money with passive investing
Passive investing may be popular, but it also raises serious concerns.
18-10-2017 | Column
Enhanced indexing: an alternative to passive strategies
Enhanced indexing: an alternative to passive strategies
Despite the success of passive investing, there are good reasons to consider an alternative approach.
04-10-2017 | Video
Robeco Quarterly September 2017
Robeco Quarterly September 2017
The fifth edition of Robeco Quarterly – our quant, sustainability and research magazine – is published.
29-09-2017 | Magazine

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