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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
Core Quant Equity: it's about risk, risk, risk
Core Quant Equity: it's about risk, risk, risk
Risk management plays a central role in our Core Quant strategies.
01-02-2017 | Insight
US Conservative: lower valuations, higher payout
US Conservative: lower valuations, higher payout
Markets reacted positively to the election of Donald Trump, who took office last week.
23-01-2017 | Insight
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
Targeting attractive returns with limited downside risk
Targeting attractive returns with limited downside risk
Boosted by falling bond yields and rising equity markets, multi-asset products have enjoyed increasing popularity over the past few years.
21-12-2016 | Insight
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
Expected Returns 2017 - 2021
Expected Returns 2017 - 2021
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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
Is the relationship between risk and return positive or negative?
Is the relationship between risk and return positive or negative?
This paper challenges the earlier work of Fu (2009).
16-11-2016 | From the field
Not only high-volatility stocks underperform
Not only high-volatility stocks underperform
One of the explanations for the low-volatility anomaly is that stocks with lottery-like characteristics (a small chance of experiencing a large positive payoff) are overpriced.
02-11-2016 | From the field
Robeco presents first Low Volatility Thesis Award
Robeco presents first Low Volatility Thesis Award
During the Conservative Equity Seminar held on 29 September 2016 ‘Celebrating a decade of active low volatility investing’, Robeco presented its first Thesis Award.
03-10-2016 | Insight
Low Volatility in historical perspective: Fund investing since 1774
Low Volatility in historical perspective: Fund investing since 1774
As portfolio managers of Robeco Conservative Equities, we want to place our role into a historical perspective and learn from the history of financial markets, and mutual funds in particular.
21-09-2016 | Research
What is factor investing?
What is factor investing?
Although Factor Investing is rapidly gaining popularity, there are still ongoing debates about this concept.
15-09-2016 | Insight
The quality of low-risk credits
The quality of low-risk credits
Recently a new factor was added to the literature: Quality.
14-09-2016 | Research
Honey, how much did you say you paid for these low-vol stocks?
Honey, how much did you say you paid for these low-vol stocks?
Investors are worried about the high valuations of stocks in general and low-volatility stocks in particular.
12-09-2016 | Research
No news is good news for markets
No news is good news for markets
The old phrase that ‘no news is good news’ has been working its magic in the markets lately – but it may be the calm before the storm, says Robeco’s Lukas Daalder.
08-09-2016 | Monthly outlook
The profitability of low volatility
The profitability of low volatility
Some people argue that the low risk anomaly can be explained by ‘profitability’, an example of a ‘quality’ factor.
08-09-2016 | Research
Year-to-date: Low-volatility evidence dating back to 1873
Year-to-date: Low-volatility evidence dating back to 1873
As new historical databases are opening up, there are great opportunities for out-of-sample tests of market anomalies.
15-08-2016 | Insight
Year-to-date: It's all about income and stable returns
Year-to-date: It's all about income and stable returns
This year is the tenth anniversary of the launch of Robeco Global Conservative Equities.
03-08-2016 | Insight
Multi-factor fund celebrates birthday with outperformance
Multi-factor fund celebrates birthday with outperformance
“Putting your research to the test is always exciting, and if it then works out well, then that’s very satisfying.
18-07-2016 | Insight
Defining the Quality factor
Defining the Quality factor
Robeco has added Quality to the key list of factors that it follows when constructing factor investing portfolios in equities.
11-07-2016 | Research
Factor investing case studies – the merits of tailor made solutions
Factor investing case studies – the merits of tailor made solutions
Factor investing – the investment strategy that aims to capture 'hidden' returns in financial markets – is rapidly gaining in popularity.
06-07-2016 | Research
Factor Investing with smart beta indices
Factor Investing with smart beta indices
Smart beta indices are a popular way of implementing a factor investing strategy.
06-07-2016 | Research
Passive Low Vol versus Robeco approach: Interview Pan-European Congress 4 March
Passive Low Vol versus Robeco approach: Interview Pan-European Congress 4 March
Today low-volatility investing is gaining a broader acceptance within academic circles and among investors.
25-04-2016 | Video
Conservative Equities in historical perspective: Investment behavior since 1602
Conservative Equities in historical perspective: Investment behavior since 1602
Since the birth of the modern stock market in 1602, the pendulum of the investment culture has moved from a return focus to a risk focus and back.
18-04-2016 | Research
10 years of Conservative Equities Investing
10 years of Conservative Equities Investing
Pim van Vliet explains why Robeco’s Conservative Equities Strategy has been successful for 10 years.
21-03-2016 | Video
It's all about income and stable returns
It's all about income and stable returns
This year is the tenth anniversary of the launch of Robeco Global Conservative Equities.
25-02-2016 | Insight
Characteristics of different low-volatility strategies
Characteristics of different low-volatility strategies
A study* by three Blue Sky pension provider researchers (Bastiaan Pluijmers, Imke Hollander and Ramon Tol) together with Dimitris Melas from MSCI compares the characteristics of nine different low-volatility strategies.
17-02-2016 | From the field
Low-volatility evidence dating back to 1873
Low-volatility evidence dating back to 1873
As new historical databases are opening up, there are great opportunities for out-of-sample tests of market anomalies.
15-02-2016 | Insight
Can mutual funds successfully adopt factor investing strategies?
Can mutual funds successfully adopt factor investing strategies?
To the best of our knowledge, no study has been conducted on the added value of innovative investment strategies that incorporate academic insights.
24-11-2015 | Research
Robeco Emerging Conservative Equities: an uncommon but proven combination of 3 factors
Robeco Emerging Conservative Equities: an uncommon but proven combination of 3 factors
Emerging markets are going through a volatile period, but the defensive investment strategy of Robeco Emerging Conservative Equities is proving its worth by outperforming the index.
12-11-2015 | Insight
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