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Sugar’s role in coronavirus fatalities
Sugar’s role in coronavirus fatalities
The sugar content of food and drinks played an unseen role in the Covid-19 death toll, says engagement specialist Peter van der Werf.
29-07-2020 | Insight
Streaming is the future of media
Streaming is the future of media
Digitalization of consumption is one of the trends our Global Consumer Trends strategy focuses on.
23-07-2020 | Consumer trends
Green signs, value and grandmother’s cupboard
Green signs, value and grandmother’s cupboard
As investors, we never stop learning.
20-07-2020 | Insight
Factor investing debates: Should sustainability be considered a factor?
Factor investing debates: Should sustainability be considered a factor?
Factor investing and sustainability can make a good combination.
20-07-2020 | Insight
Gradually preparing for a rotation
Gradually preparing for a rotation
In our last quarterly, we expected markets of countries resuming economic activity earlier than others to fare better.
17-07-2020 | Insight
Fixed income outlook: Rising waves
Fixed income outlook: Rising waves
The latest wave of market euphoria prompts us to take profit and adopt a patient stance.
08-07-2020 | Insight
Broadening credit opportunities through emerging market corporate debt
Broadening credit opportunities through emerging market corporate debt
It is a misperception that emerging market companies are small, risky and single-focused.
03-07-2020 | Interview
The unique climate change risks facing insurers
The unique climate change risks facing insurers
Climate change has become undeniable, and no industry has greater exposure to its risks than the insurance sector.
02-07-2020 | Insight
New study reveals: you can predict when interest rates will rise
New study reveals: you can predict when interest rates will rise
Over the past decades, many empirical studies have examined the predictability of interest rates, so far with mixed results.
30-06-2020 | Insight
SI Opener: The mining industry is essential to moving to a greener economy
SI Opener: The mining industry is essential to moving to a greener economy
Mining is a complex industry that is often seen as unsustainable.
25-06-2020 | SI Opener
Credit outlook: The rules have changed
Credit outlook: The rules have changed
The ‘common enemy’ elicited a massive unconventional, coordinated series of stimulus by policy makers.
24-06-2020 | Insight
Data sets - the idiosyncratic momentum factor
Data sets - the idiosyncratic momentum factor
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
23-06-2020 | Data sets
Defining Quality: separating the wheat from the chaff
Defining Quality: separating the wheat from the chaff
Quality is a commonly accepted equity factor.
18-06-2020 | Research
Sustainable investing in equilibrium
Sustainable investing in equilibrium
This is a theoretical paper which investigates what happens if some investors care about ESG, while others do not, or care less.
10-06-2020 | From the field
Showing your metal – adding commodities to the mix
Showing your metal – adding commodities to the mix
The time has come to invest in commodities as we emerge from the Covid-19 recession, says multi-asset specialist Jeroen Blokland.
05-06-2020 | Monthly outlook
Our introductory guide to investing in SDG credits
Our introductory guide to investing in SDG credits
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have captured the imagination as a great way of impact investing.
03-06-2020 | Insight
Don’t tell JR, but Texas has ‘Gone with the Wind’
Don’t tell JR, but Texas has ‘Gone with the Wind’
Those of a certain age may recall Dallas, a 1980s US soap opera about a dysfunctional oil-rich family headed by the scheming JR Ewing.
02-06-2020 | Stunning statistics
US-China conflict: the pressure intensifies on ADRs
US-China conflict: the pressure intensifies on ADRs
Over the past few weeks, the US has ratcheted up its rivalry with China, with various announcements that go beyond a focus on restricting trade of goods.
27-05-2020 | Insight
Value ain’t dead
Value ain’t dead
Value stocks have underperformed growth stocks over the past decade.
20-05-2020 | From the field
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Is Value broken?
14-05-2020 | Podcast
Factor investing: will the benefit of having a small and mid-cap tilt return?
Factor investing: will the benefit of having a small and mid-cap tilt return?
The March 2020 market sell-off hit small and mid-caps stocks especially hard.
11-05-2020 | Insight
Will the oil price crash lower carbon footprints?
Will the oil price crash lower carbon footprints?
An historic plunge in the oil price has raised hopes that carbon footprints could be permanently cut – but this may be wishful thinking.
08-05-2020 | Monthly outlook
Duration Times Spread: a measure of spread exposure in credit portfolios
Duration Times Spread: a measure of spread exposure in credit portfolios
Duration Times Spread (DTS) is the market standard method for measuring the credit volatility of a corporate bond.
01-05-2020 | Research
Central bank watcher: Rates in lockdown for longer
Central bank watcher: Rates in lockdown for longer
Central banks have stepped up to the plate by delivering significant amounts of easing.
28-04-2020 | Insight
Now more than ever, it’s time to think outside the Fama-French factor box
Now more than ever, it’s time to think outside the Fama-French factor box
2010-2019 was a lost decade for the Fama-French factors.
28-04-2020 | Research
Online meal delivery: Growth potential intact despite Covid-19 headwinds
Online meal delivery: Growth potential intact despite Covid-19 headwinds
The digitalization of consumption is one of the structural changes our Global Consumer Trends strategy focuses on.
28-04-2020 | Consumer trends
Appraising home bias exposure
Appraising home bias exposure
The home market bias is one of the clearest examples of behavioral biases among investors.
22-04-2020 | From the field
This time, banks are part of the solution
This time, banks are part of the solution
Compared to conditions during the global financial crisis, the health of the banking sector and the environment for banking are now significantly different.
22-04-2020 | Insight
A negative oil price – a market quirk, or the ‘new normal’?
A negative oil price – a market quirk, or the ‘new normal’?
The price of US oil temporarily dipped below zero for the first time in history, which means an oil supplier has to pay someone to take it off their hands.
21-04-2020 | Insight
The link between ESG and performance: SDG Credits stands the test
The link between ESG and performance: SDG Credits stands the test
“An attribution analysis confirms our view that screening credit holdings for their sustainability characteristics is positive for performance,” says Guido Moret, Robeco’s Head of Sustainability Integration Credits.
21-04-2020 | Insight
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