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Looking for defensive European stocks? Follow the guide...
Looking for defensive European stocks? Follow the guide...
In order to thrive, quant strategies do not necessarily have to be black boxes.
28-05-2019 | Insight
‘Only in hindsight you will see the benefits of low vol-investing’
‘Only in hindsight you will see the benefits of low vol-investing’
In our latest podcast, Pim van Vliet, head of Global Conservative Equities, talks about the merits of low volatility investing.
29-04-2019 | Podcast
Is it time for more defensive equity investing?
Is it time for more defensive equity investing?
There are plenty of reasons to pursue a more defensive equity strategy, but paradoxically enough, this also carries several risks.
21-11-2018 | Insight
Time to get defensive?
Time to get defensive?
It’s one of the best-known acronyms in finance – and it remains a good indicator of where stocks might go.
12-11-2018 | 5-Year outlook
High dividend investing: buy them stable & strong
High dividend investing: buy them stable & strong
Stock price fluctuations tend to monopolize investors’ attention, on a daily basis.
24-04-2018 | Insight
Are low-volatility stocks becoming expensive?
Are low-volatility stocks becoming expensive?
Due to uncertainty in financial markets, low-volatility stocks are in high demand.
04-01-2018 | Research
Five concerns with low volatility index ETFs
Five concerns with low volatility index ETFs
Equity investors have a choice between active low volatility managers and low volatility index ETFs.
27-06-2017 | Research
The Risk-Return Paradox of Low-Volatility Investing
The Risk-Return Paradox of Low-Volatility Investing
In recent years, low volatility has become a new investment style offering lower-risk, without reducing return.
25-04-2017 | Video
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
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
‘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
Is the relationship between risk and return positive or negative?
Is the relationship between risk and return positive or negative?
This paper challenges the earlier work of Fu (2009).
16-11-2016 | From the field
Low Volatility in historical perspective: Fund investing since 1774
Low Volatility in historical perspective: Fund investing since 1774
As portfolio managers of Robeco Conservative Equities, we want to place our role into a historical perspective and learn from the history of financial markets, and mutual funds in particular.
21-09-2016 | Research
The profitability of low volatility
The profitability of low volatility
Some people argue that the low risk anomaly can be explained by ‘profitability’, an example of a ‘quality’ factor.
08-09-2016 | Research
Factor investing: defining quality
Factor investing: defining quality
Robeco has added Quality to the key list of factors that it follows when constructing factor investing portfolios in equities.
11-07-2016 | Research
Passive Low Vol versus Robeco approach: Interview Pan-European Congress 4 March
Passive Low Vol versus Robeco approach: Interview Pan-European Congress 4 March
Today low-volatility investing is gaining a broader acceptance within academic circles and among investors.
25-04-2016 | Video
Conservative Equities in historical perspective: Investment behavior since 1602
Conservative Equities in historical perspective: Investment behavior since 1602
Since the birth of the modern stock market in 1602, the pendulum of the investment culture has moved from a return focus to a risk focus and back.
18-04-2016 | Research
Low-volatility evidence dating back to 1873
Low-volatility evidence dating back to 1873
As new historical databases are opening up, there are great opportunities for out-of-sample tests of market anomalies.
15-02-2016 | Insight
Are all low vol stocks really that sensitive to interest rate risk?
Are all low vol stocks really that sensitive to interest rate risk?
Investors are still awaiting the first rate hike by the Federal Reserve since June 2006.
11-11-2015 | Insight
Beauty and the beast of low-volatility investing
Beauty and the beast of low-volatility investing
Usually focusing on how to design the best low-volatility strategy, David Blitz, Matthias Hanauer and Pim van Vliet have set out to construct a very bad low-volatility strategy.
17-02-2015 | Research
Low-volatility investing: Expect the unexpected
Low-volatility investing: Expect the unexpected
Low-volatility stocks are known to lag in rising markets and lose less in falling markets.
06-11-2014 | Research
When factors disagree
When factors disagree
Generic strategies designed to harvest a certain factor premium regularly conflict with other factor premiums.
30-09-2014 | Research

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