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Emerging markets

Moving beyond short-term noise

Back in 1930, we made our first emerging market investment in Peru. Today, we manage more than EUR 34 billion (May 2021) in a wide range of emerging market strategies.

Download: Guide to emerging markets investing

Long-term view

  • Emerging markets are not homogeneous but instead a grouping of very different countries that are in constant evolution and at different stages of development. With investments often driven by retail investors and short-term market noise, it is vital to have a long-term view to uncover structural drivers in emerging markets. 

  • This long-term investment view and Robeco’s quant and sustainable investing capabilities together allow us to harness the diverse opportunities across emerging markets.

Putting our researchers’ minds to use in emerging markets

  • All investment decisions should be research driven. This was our founders’ firm belief and it is especially true for emerging markets, where data can be challenging due to shorter time series or the need for data cleansing. A strong focus on research and data analysis is pivotal to finding opportunities in inefficient markets and benefiting from the risks and opportunities. Robeco researchers, for example, have published a fantastic collection of articles demonstrating the success of factor investing in emerging markets. But the real beneficiaries of these insights are our clients. 

  • Factors work better in emerging markets—the less mature the market is, the larger returns from anomalies are. A wide range of EM strategies are based on our proven factor investing models, from low volatility to enhanced indexing, to sustainable versions with specific carbon targets. We were one of the first to offer quantitative emerging market strategies and to launch a low-volatility strategy, and to develop Chinese A-shares quant strategies. Our Quantitative Equities team now manages over EUR 23 billion (December 2019) in emerging markets strategies.

    Our strategies

ESG Integration in emerging markets: challenging but crucial

  • Emerging markets often feature poor transparency, lower governance standards, human rights issues, and lack product safety standards. Integrating ESG in investment decisions is a challenge. However, in emerging markets most of all, researching ESG data in-depth is key to uncovering ESG-related risks and unlocking the potential source of alpha in ESG information for investors.

    We integrate ESG analysis into the investment decision-making process for all our emerging market capabilities. And our emerging markets team has incorporated sustainability into its company analysis for over 15 years and been conducting its proprietary ESG survey since 2001.

    Interview: ‘We seek similar returns, but with a better sustainability profile’

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights
Green is the new color, also for emerging markets
Green is the new color, also for emerging markets
Emerging markets have been significantly increasing their investments in green energy generation.
25-11-2021 | Insight
Reflections on the COP26 Climate Summit
Reflections on the COP26 Climate Summit
COP26 provided a breakthrough on the rulebook of the Paris Agreement.
17-11-2021 | Insight
COP26: Helping poorer countries to adapt
COP26: Helping poorer countries to adapt
Developed countries are historically responsible for most of the emissions, and the challenge is to stop emerging markets going down the same coal-fired path.
04-11-2021 | Video
Podcast: China – from power shortages to power play
Podcast: China – from power shortages to power play
In our latest podcast, we discuss China’s challenges – from property to power shortages.
26-10-2021 | Podcast
The earnings engine threatens to sputter as tapering begins
The earnings engine threatens to sputter as tapering begins
As the end of the year approaches, investors are entering a traditionally auspicious season for equities.
11-10-2021 | Insight
A more cautious stance on equities
A more cautious stance on equities
As the end of the year approaches, investors are entering a traditionally auspicious season for equities.
07-10-2021 | Quarterly outlook
Ecommerce tide also reaches Latin American shores
Ecommerce tide also reaches Latin American shores
Retail ecommerce sales in Latin America skyrocketed by over 60% in 2020, as 38 million consumers bought online for the first time.
20-09-2021 | Stunning statistics
Get educated on the SDGs and earn professional development points
Get educated on the SDGs and earn professional development points
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present a major investment opportunity along with a means of improving life for millions.
13-09-2021 | Insight
In addition to emerging markets, we also have four other key strengths: