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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
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 | 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
Expected Returns 2017 - 2021
Expected Returns 2017 - 2021
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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
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 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
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
The rise of Factor Investing,  is it just a hype?
The rise of Factor Investing, is it just a hype?
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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
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
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
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 | Insight
The virtue of patience
The virtue of patience
In a previous study, Cremers showed that high active share funds beat the market on average, while low active share funds (closet indexers) do not.
25-01-2017 | From the field
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
Harvesting the value premium
Harvesting the value premium
This paper* compares classic and new smart-beta indices that are designed to capture the value premium.
11-01-2017 | From the field
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
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
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