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The capex costs of reaching the Paris goals
The capex costs of reaching the Paris goals
We use green bond reporting to compare the environmental impact of a range of green projects.
06-12-2021 | Insight
Fixed income outlook: Pricing sigma
Fixed income outlook: Pricing sigma
We note several multiple sigma events across fixed income markets.
30-11-2021 | Quarterly outlook
Shielding factor portfolios from credit downgrades and defaults
Shielding factor portfolios from credit downgrades and defaults
Gaining more by losing less in multi-factor credit strategies.
30-11-2021 | Insight
Talk ’22: ‘A season for active credit managers to thrive’
Talk ’22: ‘A season for active credit managers to thrive’
With super stimulus gradually coming to an end, markets will once again be able to distinguish between good and bad credit, says Sander Bus, Co-Head of Credits.
24-11-2021 | Interview
'Investors can benefit from the use of sustainability data'
'Investors can benefit from the use of sustainability data'
Innovative developments in the area of sustainability data can uncover new ways of assessing opportunities and risks.
23-11-2021 | Interview
‘Alternative datasets can help predict future returns’
‘Alternative datasets can help predict future returns’
Big data can unlock a gold mine of information on investor behavior.
16-11-2021 | Interview
Low Volatility defies the basic finance principles of risk and reward
Low Volatility defies the basic finance principles of risk and reward
Contrary to popular belief, riskier investments do not necessarily translate into higher returns.
12-11-2021 | Insight
Central bank watcher: Nerve-wracking
Central bank watcher: Nerve-wracking
Policymakers will need nerves of steel in the coming months as they weigh up inflation numbers against the growth outlook.
02-11-2021 | Insight
Risky CAPE: Is there an alternative?
Risky CAPE: Is there an alternative?
The prospect of rising real yields could accentuate the elevated nature of equity market valuations.
01-11-2021 | Insight
Enhancing the Paris-aware global bond index
Enhancing the Paris-aware global bond index
Last year Robeco helped to create a new Paris-aware benchmark, but now it is time for the next step.
25-10-2021 | Insight
The quant cycle
The quant cycle
Equity factors follow their own sentiment-driven cycle that cannot be explained by traditional business cycle indicators.
19-10-2021 | Research
Looking under the bonnet of passive thematic indices
Looking under the bonnet of passive thematic indices
Passive thematic indices effectively trade against quant investors due to their generally negative exposures to factors.
12-10-2021 | Insight
Taking a more cautionary stance against stagflationary turbulence
Taking a more cautionary stance against stagflationary turbulence
Market fears of stagflation have prompted Robeco’s multi-asset team to take some risk off the table and stash more cash.
08-10-2021 | Monthly outlook
Podcast: Why quant fixed income is a great diversifier
Podcast: Why quant fixed income is a great diversifier
While many quant equity strategies have struggled over the past few years, the performance of quant credits has been robust.
08-10-2021 | Podcast
Some factors are now more equal than others
Some factors are now more equal than others
There is no free lunch when it comes to harvesting factor premiums.
06-10-2021 | 5-Year outlook
What valuations and interest rates tell us about equity factors
What valuations and interest rates tell us about equity factors
Single and multi-factor equity portfolios are currently very attractively valued and factor premiums persist across interest rate cycles.
04-10-2021 | Insight
At the forefront of climate investing solutions
At the forefront of climate investing solutions
Everything you need to know about climate challenges and climate investing solutions.
01-10-2021 | Insight
Are credit factor premiums robust to inflation?
Are credit factor premiums robust to inflation?
With inflation worries having gained momentum, we investigate how inflation has affected credit factor premiums in the past.
24-09-2021 | Insight
Credit outlook: Common prosperity
Credit outlook: Common prosperity
Changing policy in China will have repercussions for the rest of the world – and for credit markets.
21-09-2021 | Quarterly 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.
21-09-2021 | Insight
Fixed income outlook: Tunnel vision
Fixed income outlook: Tunnel vision
There is plenty of evidence of herding and groupthink.
14-09-2021 | Quarterly outlook
Seizing opportunities in emerging markets credits
Seizing opportunities in emerging markets credits
Global credit investors can no longer easily ignore emerging markets (EM) hard-currency corporate bonds.
08-09-2021 | Research
Momentum is a self-fulfilling prophecy and therein lies its strength
Momentum is a self-fulfilling prophecy and therein lies its strength
The Momentum premium arises from mistakes in human reasoning.
06-09-2021 | Insight
The CO₂lumnist: Market versus location-based scope 2 emissions
The CO₂lumnist: Market versus location-based scope 2 emissions
Investors rely on data to make decisions on climate strategy, but emissions data can have smoke coming out of the ears of frustrated investors.
19-08-2021 | Column
‘Moore’s Law is disrupting the world of quant investing’
‘Moore’s Law is disrupting the world of quant investing’
Increasing computing power is altering the investment landscape.
16-08-2021 | Interview
Engaging with miners as the world demands more minerals
Engaging with miners as the world demands more minerals
Miners are rising to the challenge of making the industry more sustainable as demand grows for metals and minerals.
09-08-2021 | Insight
When less is more - making manufacturing clean, green, and lean
When less is more - making manufacturing clean, green, and lean
“Constraints have always been catalysts for catapulting innovation,” says Pieter Busscher, senior portfolio manager of the RobecoSAM Smart Materials Equity strategy.
04-08-2021 | Insight
Water and waste as the next frontier in improving sustainability in factor credits
Water and waste as the next frontier in improving sustainability in factor credits
We impose water and waste constraints on our factor credit strategies.
03-08-2021 | Insight
What we’ve learned from three years of SDG credit investing
What we’ve learned from three years of SDG credit investing
It’s possible to pursue both wealth and well-being.
28-07-2021 | Insight
Deep evidence that factor investing works well in bond markets
Deep evidence that factor investing works well in bond markets
More than two centuries of data confirms that value, momentum and low risk offer attractive premiums.
12-07-2021 | Insight
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