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Quant solutions must look beyond the most conventional factors
Quant solutions must look beyond the most conventional factors
Quant strategies have come under pressure over the past two years.
24-11-2020 | Interview
Outlook 2021: Tackling the trilemma
Outlook 2021: Tackling the trilemma
Finding the right balance between three things – public health, normal economic functioning, and personal freedoms – will be the main challenge for policymakers in 2021.
19-11-2020 | Yearly outlook
Trends and thematic investing: cutting through short-term noise
Trends and thematic investing: cutting through short-term noise
A growing body of academic literature shows that only a small number of listed stocks account for most of the long-term shareholder value created in the stock market.
16-11-2020 | Insight
Long read: Why I am more bullish than ever on quant
Long read: Why I am more bullish than ever on quant
Following more than two years of quant strategies generally underperforming sharply, investors are questioning whether quantitative investing is still viable.
11-11-2020 | Column
Driving change at carmakers
Driving change at carmakers
A multi-decade transformational change has begun at carmakers that will identify the winners and losers for investors.
09-11-2020 | Insight
Factor investing – going beyond Fama and French
Factor investing – going beyond Fama and French
There is more to factor investing than the standard academic factors, says Head of Quant Research David Blitz.
02-11-2020 | 5-Year outlook
'Most stocks do not outperform Treasury Bills in the long run'
'Most stocks do not outperform Treasury Bills in the long run'
A growing number of studies show that a tiny fraction of stocks account for virtually all the value created in the equity market.
30-10-2020 | Interview
Green hydrogen: powering the low-carbon future
Green hydrogen: powering the low-carbon future
Interview with Thiemo Lang, Senior Portfolio Manager, RobecoSAM Smart Energy and Smart Mobility strategies.
27-10-2020 | Interview
Restoring the battered Value factor in equities
Restoring the battered Value factor in equities
The recent dreadful performance of the academic Value equity factor has been a blow for many investors.
20-10-2020 | Insight
Keep your eye on the relevant ball
Keep your eye on the relevant ball
I know a lot, really.
19-10-2020 | Column
Trends investing: finding the winners among skewed equity returns
Trends investing: finding the winners among skewed equity returns
A tiny proportion of stocks account for most of the market’s returns.
19-10-2020 | 5-Year outlook
Navigating a sea of Covid and elections noise
Navigating a sea of Covid and elections noise
All of our conclusions from our previous quarterly outlook remain valid.
16-10-2020 | Quarterly outlook
The Big Book of trends and thematic investing
The Big Book of trends and thematic investing
Trends and thematic investment strategies have enjoyed quite some popularity over the past few years.
15-10-2020 | Research
Reports of the death of the office are greatly exaggerated
Reports of the death of the office are greatly exaggerated
The widespread lockdowns of 2020 have proved that remote working is a valid alternative to traditional office working.
14-10-2020 | Insight
Carbon pricing, asset allocation and climate goals
Carbon pricing, asset allocation and climate goals
Assessing carbon risk in portfolios is a difficult but necessary task for investors.
12-10-2020 | 5-Year outlook
Expected Returns – watch the full show
Expected Returns – watch the full show
Post Covid-19, we will all be entering a ‘brave real world’ with negative interest rates, looming inflation and unprecedented central bank policies.
09-10-2020 | Video
Brave real world: the main takeaways from Expected Returns
Brave real world: the main takeaways from Expected Returns
The Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed the world, making it much harder for investors to navigate likely conditions for the major asset classes.
09-10-2020 | Video
There is more to factor investing than just Fama-French
There is more to factor investing than just Fama-French
The period of 2010-2019 was a lost decade for the five Fama-French factors, leading many to question whether Value was dead and whether Size had ever worked at all.
09-10-2020 | Video
Addressing carbon risk in investor portfolios
Addressing carbon risk in investor portfolios
Investors have a role to play in facilitating the transition to a low-carbon economy.
09-10-2020 | Video
Running on fumes, in search of the next refill
Running on fumes, in search of the next refill
Markets need a major catalyst to move higher as they face headwinds led by the US elections and Covid-19, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
08-10-2020 | Monthly outlook
5-year Expected Returns: Brave real world
5-year Expected Returns: Brave real world
Few would doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed the world.
29-09-2020 | 5-Year outlook
Long-term Expected Returns
Long-term Expected Returns
The purpose of this report is to show our long-term return expectations for a wide set of asset classes.
29-09-2020 | 5-Year outlook
Podcast: ‘The pressure on value investors is almost unbearable’
Podcast: ‘The pressure on value investors is almost unbearable’
Value has underperformed growth in the large-cap space by 43% in the past year.
28-09-2020 | Podcast
Robeco strengthens exclusions policy for fossil fuels
Robeco strengthens exclusions policy for fossil fuels
Robeco is extending its exclusion policy for fossil fuel producers and users to its entire range of strategies to help combat global warming.
24-09-2020 | Insight
Settling the Size matter in equities
Settling the Size matter in equities
The equity Size premium has failed to materialize since its discovery, almost forty years ago.
23-09-2020 | Research
No bubble for tech, but can their mega-growth last?
No bubble for tech, but can their mega-growth last?
Tech stocks are not in a bubble that was pricked this week, though their staggering growth may not be sustainable, says Robeco investor Michiel Plakman.
10-09-2020 | Insight
Shifting into neutral in multi-asset portfolios
Shifting into neutral in multi-asset portfolios
The improving global economy has made bonds less attractive compared to equities, says multi-asset investor Jeroen Blokland.
07-09-2020 | Monthly outlook
Will Value survive the quant winter?
Will Value survive the quant winter?
The Value factor posted excellent returns over the first decade of the century.
01-09-2020 | Insight
Sizing up Chinese equities – a market too big to ignore
Sizing up Chinese equities – a market too big to ignore
China’s rise to become the world’s second-largest economy has been matched by the growth of its mainland stock market.
31-08-2020 | 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 | Insight
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