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How to navigate the equity ‘factor zoo’
How to navigate the equity ‘factor zoo’
The number of equity factors reported in the academic literature has exploded.
27-03-2020 | Research
Enhanced indexing solutions for insurers
Enhanced indexing solutions for insurers
Over the past decade, investors have operated a massive shift from actively managed strategies into passive ones.
26-03-2020 | Insight
When markets get tough, quant funds stick with their factors
When markets get tough, quant funds stick with their factors
As rules-based investors, quant investors exploit human reactions to market movements.
19-03-2020 | Video
A review of 20 years of academic literature on mutual funds
A review of 20 years of academic literature on mutual funds
How skilled are asset managers?
19-03-2020 | From the field
Simplistic factor models may get arbitraged out of existence
Simplistic factor models may get arbitraged out of existence
Which financial innovations will investors remember 20 years from now?
26-02-2020 | Interview
Bringing the quant research and the production data together
Bringing the quant research and the production data together
Researching, designing and implementing top-notch quantitative investment strategies requires good data sources.
24-02-2020 | Insight
Factor investing debates: Are fees the most important variable in product selection?
Factor investing debates: Are fees the most important variable in product selection?
To choose a product, investors tend to rely on a few easy-to-grasp variables, like recent performance and, increasingly, fees.
14-02-2020 | Insight
Solutions for insurers with the ‘power of three’
Solutions for insurers with the ‘power of three’
The continuing low yield environment and increasing regulatory requirements for insurers make it vital to have the right investment partner.
03-02-2020 | Insight
Is shared analyst coverage the source of all spillover effects?
Is shared analyst coverage the source of all spillover effects?
A wide range of spillover effects has been documented in the academic literature.
22-01-2020 | From the field
The volatility effect revisited
The volatility effect revisited
Over the past decade, low volatility has become a popular investment style.
07-01-2020 | Research
Factor investing debates: Are there any capacity issues?
Factor investing debates: Are there any capacity issues?
Even though factor premiums may be persistent, harvesting them in a consistent and efficient way is no mean feat.
30-12-2019 | Insight
Index investing: passive in name only
Index investing: passive in name only
Not all index-based products are alike.
18-12-2019 | From the field
Short positions do not add value to factor investing strategies
Short positions do not add value to factor investing strategies
Common wisdom among academics and investors has it that factors are best harvested using both long and short positions.
09-12-2019 | Research
Factor investing debates: Could factor premiums disappear?
Factor investing debates: Could factor premiums disappear?
With the increasing adoption of factor investing, one frequently heard criticism is that factor premiums may end up being arbitraged away.
28-11-2019 | Insight
A Low-Risk anomaly also in the crowdlending market
A Low-Risk anomaly also in the crowdlending market
The existence of a low-risk anomaly has been firmly established for stocks and corporate bonds.
27-11-2019 | From the field
Innovation is a crucial way to strengthen our quant offering
Innovation is a crucial way to strengthen our quant offering
Is the emergence of alternative data and artificial intelligence a game changer for quant investors?
25-11-2019 | Insight
A true long-term perspective on alternative risk premiums
A true long-term perspective on alternative risk premiums
Alternative risk premium (ARP) solutions have shown significant performance dispersion over the past two years.
19-11-2019 | Insight
All factor strategies go through long periods of poor performance
All factor strategies go through long periods of poor performance
Will factor investing continue to thrive?
18-11-2019 | Interview
Uncovering the promises and challenges of factor investing
Uncovering the promises and challenges of factor investing
The shift towards factor investing seems to be pausing for breath.
23-10-2019 | Interview
CO2 emissions and the pricing of climate risk
CO2 emissions and the pricing of climate risk
Does lower sustainability mean lower returns?
23-09-2019 | From the field
Pension fund chooses maximum sustainability and low tracking error
Pension fund chooses maximum sustainability and low tracking error
Quant meets sustainability.
16-09-2019 | Insight
The Essentials of factor investing
The Essentials of factor investing
Introducing our new learning tool on factor investing.
12-09-2019 | Insight
The active world of passive investing
The active world of passive investing
Thought exchange-traded funds (ETFs) were passive?
11-09-2019 | From the field
Factor investors should be patient and brave
Factor investors should be patient and brave
What’s best, quantitative or fundamental?
05-09-2019 | Interview
Robeco’s Blitz wins award for low volatility article
Robeco’s Blitz wins award for low volatility article
Robeco’s Head of Quant Research has won a prestigious award for an article on hedge funds and the low volatility anomaly.
04-09-2019 | Insight
Applying big data to investment processes
Applying big data to investment processes
“Jacob Buitelaar is co-head of equity portfolio engineering & trading team at Robeco, based in Rotterdam.
30-08-2019 | Interview
Short-term factor momentum
Short-term factor momentum
The evidence for the existence of various factor premiums is strong.
21-08-2019 | From the field
We’re developing factor-based alternatives to passive fixed income
We’re developing factor-based alternatives to passive fixed income
Quantitative investing in fixed income markets has slowly but surely gained traction in recent years.
21-08-2019 | Insight
A backtesting protocol in the era of machine learning
A backtesting protocol in the era of machine learning
Is machine learning really a game changer for finance?
08-08-2019 | From the field
Seasonal patterns in individual stock returns
Seasonal patterns in individual stock returns
New insights on monthly stock return patterns.
10-07-2019 | From the field
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