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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
Does Carry add value to existing credit factors?
Does Carry add value to existing credit factors?
Is Carry a factor in its own right in credit markets?
11-07-2017 | 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
Factor investing challenges: determining how much to allocate
Factor investing challenges: determining how much to allocate
Factor-based strategies have become increasingly popular in recent years.
30-06-2017 | Factor investing challenges
Uncovering the 7 steps to ESG integration
Uncovering the 7 steps to ESG integration
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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
Factor investing challenges: limiting turnover
Factor investing challenges: limiting turnover
Factor-based allocation has become increasingly popular in recent years.
05-05-2017 | Factor investing challenges
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?
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Factor investing challenges: finding the right set of strategies
Factor investing challenges: finding the right set of strategies
Allocation to factors has become increasingly popular in recent years, but practical implementation remains a puzzle for many investors.
30-01-2017 | Factor investing challenges
The case for the size premium
The case for the size premium
This AQR working paper argues that the size effect does, in fact, exist.
16-12-2016 | From the field
The case against the size premium
The case against the size premium
This Research Affiliates research note argues that the size premium does not exist.
14-12-2016 | From the field
‘Culture is a crucial factor in quant investing’
‘Culture is a crucial factor in quant investing’
Quant investing is becoming more widely accepted.
13-12-2016 | Interview
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
Introducing a new factor – Quality
Introducing a new factor – Quality
Robeco has long been a pioneer in quantitative investing, having exploited the Value and Momentum effects since the early 1990s and Low Volatility since 2006.
05-12-2016 | Insight
Connecting academic theory and financial industry practices
Connecting academic theory and financial industry practices
Throughout his career, Noël Amenc has championed the incorporation of academic research into the decision-making of finance professionals and regulators.
01-12-2016 | Interview