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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
How to exit?
How to exit?
In its quarterly Fixed Income Outlook, Robeco signals clear improvement in economic data.
20-04-2017 | Quarterly outlook
To reflate or to stagnate - that is the question
To reflate or to stagnate - that is the question
The reflation trade has dominated the financial markets over the past months.
10-04-2017 | Monthly outlook
Boom & Bust
Boom & Bust
In its Credit Quarterly Outlook, Robeco’s Credit team expects inflation to pick up.
06-04-2017 | Quarterly outlook
Six key ESG issues in energy credits
Six key ESG issues in energy credits
The energy sector is faced with big ESG challenges.
06-04-2017 | Insight
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
Expected Returns 2017 - 2021
Expected Returns 2017 - 2021
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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 | Insight
The Mexican wall of worry
The Mexican wall of worry
Despite the huge sell-off in Mexican corporate bonds and negative sentiment following the election of Donald Trump, contrarian credit investors Victor Verberk and Reinout Schapers still found investment opportunities.
31-03-2017 | Insight
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
The rise of Factor Investing,  is it just a hype?
The rise of Factor Investing, is it just a hype?
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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
Robeco publishes Active Ownership Report 2016
Robeco publishes Active Ownership Report 2016
Robeco wants to be transparent about its Active Ownership activities.
21-03-2017 | Active Ownership Report
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 | Insight
Political risk in Eurozone without safety net
Political risk in Eurozone without safety net
The market for bonds from Eurozone countries is turning.
28-02-2017 | Insight
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
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
Customizing Core Quant Strategies
Customizing Core Quant Strategies
Robeco’s Core Quant equity strategies exploit Value, Quality and Momentum factor premiums, combined within a transparent portfolio algorithm designed to consistently outperform the market.
20-02-2017 | Insight
Five reasons to take a global approach to Credits
Five reasons to take a global approach to Credits
Many credit investors only invest in their home currency.
17-02-2017 | Insight
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
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
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