Emerging markets

Moving beyond short-term noise

Back in 1930, we made our first emerging market investment in Peru. Today, we manage more than EUR 34 billion (May 2021) in a wide range of emerging market strategies.

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Long-term view

  • Emerging markets are not homogeneous but instead a grouping of very different countries that are in constant evolution and at different stages of development. With investments often driven by retail investors and short-term market noise, it is vital to have a long-term view to uncover structural drivers in emerging markets. 

  • This long-term investment view and Robeco’s quant and sustainable investing capabilities together allow us to harness the diverse opportunities across emerging markets.

Putting our researchers’ minds to use in emerging markets

  • All investment decisions should be research driven. This was our founders’ firm belief and it is especially true for emerging markets, where data can be challenging due to shorter time series or the need for data cleansing. A strong focus on research and data analysis is pivotal to finding opportunities in inefficient markets and benefiting from the risks and opportunities. Robeco researchers, for example, have published a fantastic collection of articles demonstrating the success of factor investing in emerging markets. But the real beneficiaries of these insights are our clients. 

  • Factors work better in emerging markets—the less mature the market is, the larger returns from anomalies are. A wide range of EM strategies are based on our proven factor investing models, from low volatility to enhanced indexing, to sustainable versions with specific carbon targets. We were one of the first to offer quantitative emerging market strategies and to launch a low-volatility strategy, and to develop Chinese A-shares quant strategies. Our Quantitative Equities team now manages over EUR 23 billion (December 2019) in emerging markets strategies.

    Our strategies

ESG Integration in emerging markets: challenging but crucial

  • Emerging markets often feature poor transparency, lower governance standards, human rights issues, and lack product safety standards. Integrating ESG in investment decisions is a challenge. However, in emerging markets most of all, researching ESG data in-depth is key to uncovering ESG-related risks and unlocking the potential source of alpha in ESG information for investors.

    We integrate ESG analysis into the investment decision-making process for all our emerging market capabilities. And our emerging markets team has incorporated sustainability into its company analysis for over 15 years and been conducting its proprietary ESG survey since 2001.

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights
Constructive outlook for Chinese equities in 2023
Constructive outlook for Chinese equities in 2023
China’s dramatic policy pivot in late-2022, embracing a pro-growth agenda and abandoning zero-Covid, has set up its battered equity markets for a sustained revival.
20-01-2023 | Yearly outlook
Finland and Norway claim top honors in latest Country Sustainability Rankings
Finland and Norway claim top honors in latest Country Sustainability Rankings
A trio of Nordic nations made another clean sweep of the final country sustainability rankings of 2022.
06-01-2023 | Insight
Decoding China’s equity market
Decoding China’s equity market
Despite the size and significance of China’s economy and its busy secondary markets, many foreign investors remain skeptical.
18-10-2022 | Insight
Winter really is coming
Winter really is coming
As markets adjust to an inflationary environment and rising interest rates, we remain cautious on the outlook for global equities.
10-10-2022 | Quarterly outlook
(No) food for thought over soaring prices
(No) food for thought over soaring prices
Rising food insecurity is unsettling markets and fueling inflation.
05-10-2022 | Insight
The emerging trade-off in global trade
The emerging trade-off in global trade
The multiplicity of recent shocks is shifting supply chain management away from efficiency towards resilience and sustainability.
28-09-2022 | Insight
Asia-Pacific equities wait to emerge from the dollar’s shadow
Asia-Pacific equities wait to emerge from the dollar’s shadow
Asia-Pacific equities have been resilient in the face of dollar strength but many investors are staying on the sidelines.
23-09-2022 | Insight
Fixed income outlook: Twin peaks
Fixed income outlook: Twin peaks
In the past 50 years, every single recessionary peak in credit spreads has been preceded by a peak in government bond yields.
20-09-2022 | Insight
In addition to emerging markets, we also have four other key strengths:


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