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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
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
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
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
Active weight instead of active share?
Active weight instead of active share?
A 2015 study* argues that a simplified measure of activeness, termed active weight, is even more effective than active share.
21-02-2017 | From the field
UK is a hidden gem for stock picking
UK is a hidden gem for stock picking
The UK is a hidden gem for stock picking as it faces the Brexit, says portfolio manager and London resident Josh Jones.
16-02-2017 | Interview
Expected Returns 2017 - 2021
Expected Returns 2017 - 2021
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Trump’s plans may be a net positive for US equities
Trump’s plans may be a net positive for US equities
Plans by new US President Donald Trump to cut taxes and regulations may outweigh the costs of tariffs and be net positive for US equities, say Boston Partners’ portfolio managers.
14-02-2017 | Insight
We remain cautious on risky assets
We remain cautious on risky assets
Robeco remains cautious on risky assets following a tumultous first few weeks of the presidency of Donald Trump.
13-02-2017 | Insight
Deactivating and reactivating active share
Deactivating and reactivating active share
A 2015 study challenged the usefulness of active share.
08-02-2017 | From the field
It’s the economy, stupid
It’s the economy, stupid
Financial markets will continue to follow hard economic data rather than the latest rhetoric of President Trump in deciding asset values, says Robeco’s Lukas Daalder.
07-02-2017 | Monthly outlook
‘Plan B’ is better for equities than government bonds
‘Plan B’ is better for equities than government bonds
Equities remain Robeco’s preferred asset class for 2017, offering new opportunities but also risks as ‘Plan B’ is rolled out in the Trump era, says Lukas Daalder.
19-01-2017 | Insight
‘New world’ bodes well for financial equities
‘New world’ bodes well for financial equities
Since the election of Trump as the next US president, investors are starting to notice the financial sector’s low valuations and are allocating more money to it.
19-01-2017 | Insight
Robeco Quarterly March 2017
Robeco Quarterly March 2017
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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
Chart of 2017 #2: Bond madness!
Chart of 2017 #2: Bond madness!
For our second chart extraordinaire in a series of three, senior portfolio manager Jeroen Blokland picked this one entitled ‘Bond Madness!
10-01-2017 | Insight
Italian unrest returns with a vengeance
Italian unrest returns with a vengeance
Though the Italian government bond market has just calmed down since last month’s referendum, a new referendum is already looming.
05-01-2017 | Insight
Investment fund Robeco moves away from the index
Investment fund Robeco moves away from the index
Robeco NV is to adopt a more distinctive character.
20-12-2016 | Insight
Dynamic duration management in times of rising yields
Dynamic duration management in times of rising yields
Bond yields have declined to unprecedentedly low levels over the last three decades, resulting in stellar returns but also creating a more challenging outlook for the future.
07-12-2016 | Insight
Trump is currently good for equities but bad for bonds
Trump is currently good for equities but bad for bonds
Remarkable.
17-11-2016 | Insight
Bonds shrug off Trump's Brexit-style surprise win
Bonds shrug off Trump's Brexit-style surprise win
The reaction of bond markets to Donald Trump’s surprise victory was not as bad as the aftermath of the Brexit, and could eventually benefit fixed income investors, say Robeco’s fund managers.
09-11-2016 | Insight
Investors should adopt a defensive stance to equities
Investors should adopt a defensive stance to equities
Investors should adopt a defensive stance towards stocks following the Republican landslide in the US elections, say Robeco’s equity portfolio managers.
09-11-2016 | Insight
Bond climate calls for unconstrained investing
Bond climate calls for unconstrained investing
One of the biggest challenges facing fixed income investors today is how to achieve attractive returns in a dysfunctional market environment.
03-11-2016 | Insight
Don’t rule out a Democrat landslide in US elections
Don’t rule out a Democrat landslide in US elections
Investors should not rule out a Democratic Party landslide as Americans go to the polls to elect a new President and Congress, says Chief Economist Léon Cornelissen.
31-10-2016 | Insight
Investing is like running a marathon, not a sprint
Investing is like running a marathon, not a sprint
Stability and reliability are very important to investors.
18-10-2016 | Insight
Volatility sticks to the script in September
Volatility sticks to the script in September
Markets wake up from summer slumber.
13-10-2016 | Insight
Finding the best picks in high yield bonds
Finding the best picks in high yield bonds
The high yield bonds market offers a unique set of opportunities in an environment of low interest rates, but you need to know where to look, says portfolio manager Sander Bus.
11-10-2016 | Insight
Cut out the noise when investing in global equities
Cut out the noise when investing in global equities
Investors should ignore macroeconomic noise and focus on finding the best value when investing in global equities, says fund manager Josh Jones.
05-10-2016 | Insight
Carry fund marks first anniversary with strong returns
Carry fund marks first anniversary with strong returns
The Robeco Global Diversified Carry fund was launched in August 2015 to take advantage of a quantitative investment strategy that searches for yield opportunities in different asset classes.
29-09-2016 | Insight
Rising benchmark durations threaten index-focused bond investors
Rising benchmark durations threaten index-focused bond investors
Durations of fixed income indices are moving up rapidly.
28-09-2016 | Insight
Emerging markets: the grain that will grow?
Emerging markets: the grain that will grow?
In the past two decades emerging markets have experienced bust, boom and lately a more stable phase.
26-09-2016 | Insight
Absolute return strategies: the real diversifier
Absolute return strategies: the real diversifier
Klaas Smits talks about what is special about Robeco’s absolute return strategies and explains the pros and cons of not following a benchmark.
22-09-2016 | Insight
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