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70 years of evidence on our dynamic duration model
70 years of evidence on our dynamic duration model
Using a new, deep historical dataset, we show that our duration model works well over seven decades.
02-03-2021 | Insight
Spring has to come simply because economic fundamentals require it
Spring has to come simply because economic fundamentals require it
How do you perceive the quant equity winter?
26-02-2021 | Interview
We will set five-year carbon footprint reduction goals
We will set five-year carbon footprint reduction goals
Decarbonization in the making.
22-02-2021 | Interview
ETFs have yet to prove that they can beat active funds
ETFs have yet to prove that they can beat active funds
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are commonly regarded as efficient, low-cost alternatives to actively managed mutual funds.
18-02-2021 | Research
The quant equity crisis of 2018-2020: Cornered by ‘big growth’
The quant equity crisis of 2018-2020: Cornered by ‘big growth’
The 2018-2020 quant equity crisis posed an exceptional challenge to quantitative managers due to a rare combination of circumstances.
16-02-2021 | Research
What’s up with Momentum?
What’s up with Momentum?
Momentum had its ‘shot of momentum’ in 2020.
04-02-2021 | Insight
European utilities on the cusp of a decade-long investment opportunity
European utilities on the cusp of a decade-long investment opportunity
These companies have the unique prospect of tackling climate change and continuing to lead the global energy transition.
03-02-2021 | Insight
When equity factors drop their shorts
When equity factors drop their shorts
How can you best construct an equity market neutral portfolio using a factor-investing approach?
01-02-2021 | Insight
 High yield indices don’t make good benchmarks
High yield indices don’t make good benchmarks
Certain features that are typical of high yield corporate bonds impose costs on high yield portfolios.
26-01-2021 | Insight
Podcast: Challenge the consensus
Podcast: Challenge the consensus
Keep questioning the consensus in 2021, do your research and stay contrarian, says Victor Verberk, Robeco’s CIO Fixed Income in our latest podcast episode.
14-01-2021 | Podcast
Factor investing debates: Do big data and AI herald a new dawn for quant?
Factor investing debates: Do big data and AI herald a new dawn for quant?
Factor investing is based on decades of publicly available empirical studies.
11-01-2021 | 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.
31-12-2020 | Data sets
Has Low Volatility lost its mojo?
Has Low Volatility lost its mojo?
2020 has been a difficult year for Low Volatility investors and this year’s performance has been truly challenging, amounting to a period of soul searching.
21-12-2020 | Insight
Podcast: Why I believe the quant winter will end
Podcast: Why I believe the quant winter will end
Will value stocks make a comeback in 2021?
17-12-2020 | Podcast
Credit outlook: TINA is still singing
Credit outlook: TINA is still singing
Markets are pricing for the best possible outcome.
17-12-2020 | Insight
Fixed income outlook: Just another range trade
Fixed income outlook: Just another range trade
Markets participants, often overly focused on cyclical and economic factors, may need to take a broader perspective.
08-12-2020 | Insight
Investors should always strive to understand observed performance
Investors should always strive to understand observed performance
Mathijs van Dijk is Professor of Financial Markets at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
02-12-2020 | Interview
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
The link between ESG and performance: SDG Credits stands the test
The link between ESG and performance: SDG Credits stands the test
Attribution analysis shows that investing in a way that contributes to the SDGs supports financial performance.
13-11-2020 | 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
Aligning multi-factor credit strategies with the SDGs
Aligning multi-factor credit strategies with the SDGs
We present the latest innovation in our sustainable investing approach.
03-11-2020 | 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
Is there value in fallen angels?
Is there value in fallen angels?
Credit downgrades can be an opportunity for high yield investors.
29-10-2020 | Insight
European banks face an earnings event, not a capital event
European banks face an earnings event, not a capital event
Although the extent of the economic contraction has been sizeable, and default rates are expected to rise further, our view is that banks will survive the pain.
28-10-2020 | Insight
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
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
Credit outlook: Markets already have the vaccine
Credit outlook: Markets already have the vaccine
The world is waiting for a vaccine that will enable us to return to our normal lives.
29-09-2020 | 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
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
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