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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 30 billion (December 2019) in a wide range of emerging market strategies.

Paper: 25 years of emerging market 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 SI capabilities together allow us to harness the diverse opportunities across emerging markets.

    Guide to 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
Embrace the underdog
Embrace the underdog
Let me put it out there first: the year ahead is shaping up as a good one for global equities.
27-01-2020 | Insight
Look for the underdog
Look for the underdog
The year ahead is shaping up as a good one for global equities.
21-01-2020 | Quarterly outlook
Biodiversity and mining among engagement themes for 2020
Biodiversity and mining among engagement themes for 2020
Protecting biodiversity and improving mining safety form part of Robeco’s new engagement campaign for 2020.
13-01-2020 | Insight
Investing in China is a question of stock picking rather than index picking
Investing in China is a question of stock picking rather than index picking
In just a decade, Chinese assets have gone from exotic category status to that of must for global investors.
08-01-2020 | Interview
Reform agenda in Brazil signals better investment conditions
Reform agenda in Brazil signals better investment conditions
The government commitment to reforms in Brazil is a source of cautious optimism for investors.
17-12-2019 | Insight
Never a dull moment: 25 years of emerging market investing
Never a dull moment: 25 years of emerging market investing
Today, emerging markets represent a quarter of the global equity market.
26-11-2019 | Insight
Welcome to the world of pinball investing
Welcome to the world of pinball investing
In a whirlwind of contradicting news, markets seem to have created a new investment style: pinball.
29-10-2019 | Column
The brand-new pinball style
The brand-new pinball style
The past few weeks have been filled with news of US-China trade talks and Brexit.
23-10-2019 | Quarterly outlook
In addition to emerging markets investing, we also have four other key strengths: