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ETFs have yet to prove that they can beat active funds
ETFs have yet to prove that they can beat active funds
Conventional wisdom has it that exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are an attractive, low-cost alternative to actively managed mutual funds.
07-10-2019 | 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
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
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
Media spotlight does not drive the Volatility effect in equities
Media spotlight does not drive the Volatility effect in equities
Investors’ appetite for stocks frequently mentioned in the news is often raised to explain the Volatility effect.
26-06-2019 | Insight
Good shepherds do not succumb to herding behavior
Good shepherds do not succumb to herding behavior
Thought crowds were wise?
19-06-2019 | From the field
The characteristics of factor investing
The characteristics of factor investing
To make the most of factor investing, understanding how factors work and interact is key.
14-06-2019 | Research
Do mutual funds with good sustainability scores attract more assets?
Do mutual funds with good sustainability scores attract more assets?
In March of 2016, Morningstar first published sustainability ratings (globes), for over 20,000 mutual funds.
08-05-2019 | From the field
Robeco publishes a new book of collected articles on quant investing in EMs
Robeco publishes a new book of collected articles on quant investing in EMs
Our new publication ‘A quant approach to emerging markets investing – Collected Robeco articles’ is now available.
29-04-2019 | Research
Are mutual funds on the other side of the low volatility trade?
Are mutual funds on the other side of the low volatility trade?
This new research helps to explain the existence of the low volatility anomaly.
03-04-2019 | From the field
It’s not about active or passive, but about costs
It’s not about active or passive, but about costs
What if costs were the real issue in the heated active versus passive debate?
06-03-2019 | From the field
Low risk in China
Low risk in China
Does low-risk investing work with A-shares?
13-02-2019 | From the field
Passive investing and sustainability are incompatible
Passive investing and sustainability are incompatible
Sustainable investing requires active choices and so cannot be done purely passively, Robeco quant specialists say.
18-01-2019 | Insight
Residualizing Momentum in China
Residualizing Momentum in China
Previous studies have reported weak results for standard Momentum strategies in China.
02-01-2019 | From the field
Size and Value in China
Size and Value in China
Factor investing in A-share markets?
06-12-2018 | From the field
Lessons from our 2018 ‘Super Quant’ internships
Lessons from our 2018 ‘Super Quant’ internships
Top-notch investment strategies require top-notch research.
05-12-2018 | Research
Thought smart beta indices had unlimited capacity? Think again!
Thought smart beta indices had unlimited capacity? Think again!
Following smart beta indices is a popular way to implement factor investing.
06-11-2018 | Research
Using crowdsourced employer reviews to select stocks
Using crowdsourced employer reviews to select stocks
Can crowdsourced data help investors take better decisions?
28-09-2018 | From the field
Fama-French 5-factor model: why more is not always better
Fama-French 5-factor model: why more is not always better
Fama and French have expanded their original 3-factor model by adding two factors.
15-09-2018 | Insight
Selecting managers based on their past performance
Selecting managers based on their past performance
Is past performance of any use for investors?
28-08-2018 | From the field
Volatility lessons
Volatility lessons
In this paper Eugene Fama and Kenneth French look at the importance of volatility over longer investment horizons.
01-08-2018 | From the field
The value of visibility
The value of visibility
This paper analyzes the relation between firm visibility and stock returns.
04-07-2018 | From the field
Big data & AI pose challenges for quant investors
Big data & AI pose challenges for quant investors
The advent of big data and artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a major game-changer for the financial industry.
03-07-2018 | Insight
The misguided beliefs of financial advisors
The misguided beliefs of financial advisors
Financial advice for private investors has been criticized to be costly or of low quality.
06-06-2018 | From the field
Transitioning from procyclical to countercyclical behavior
Transitioning from procyclical to countercyclical behavior
Are large institutional investors pro- or countercyclical?
02-05-2018 | From the field
Failing to capture factor premiums because of poor timing
Failing to capture factor premiums because of poor timing
Looking for an explanation to the value effect?
04-04-2018 | From the field
Here’s the proof: benchmarking contributes to the low-volatility anomaly
Here’s the proof: benchmarking contributes to the low-volatility anomaly
Benchmark followers amplify the low volatility effect.
07-03-2018 | From the field
No place for Liquidity in our set of relevant equity factors
No place for Liquidity in our set of relevant equity factors
A number of academic studies suggest that illiquid stocks should outperform liquid stocks to compensate for higher risk.
28-02-2018 | Research
Tweaking a popular low volatility index
Tweaking a popular low volatility index
Investment solutions based on popular smart beta indices have enjoyed tremendous success.
14-02-2018 | From the field

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