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Corporate profits boom sends stocks to new peaks
Corporate profits boom sends stocks to new peaks
Equities have shrugged off macro headwinds and hit record highs in the US thanks to strong corporate earnings.
05-11-2021 | Monthly outlook
What's so cryptic about cryptocurrencies?
What's so cryptic about cryptocurrencies?
Bitcoin could qualify as digital gold, and the blockchain technology behind it has enormous potential, say quant researcher Laurens Swinkels and strategist Peter van der Welle.
13-10-2021 | 5-Year outlook
Taking a more cautionary stance against stagflationary turbulence
Taking a more cautionary stance against stagflationary turbulence
Market fears of stagflation have prompted Robeco’s multi-asset team to take some risk off the table and stash more cash.
08-10-2021 | Monthly outlook
Factoring climate change into Expected Returns forecasts
Factoring climate change into Expected Returns forecasts
The impact of climate change has been factored into the core forecasts in Expected Returns for the first time in the five-year outlook’s 11-year history.
30-09-2021 | 5-Year outlook
5-year Expected Returns: the Roasting Twenties
5-year Expected Returns: the Roasting Twenties
Things are heating up and our tech optimism is intertwined with that sinking feeling that climate catastrophe is closing in.
29-09-2021 | Insight
The profits party peaks, but the aftermath looks benign
The profits party peaks, but the aftermath looks benign
Corporate earnings which have soared in the Covid-19 recovery are now flattening out.
07-09-2021 | Monthly outlook
How capex holds the key to a self-sustaining economic recovery
How capex holds the key to a self-sustaining economic recovery
Capital expenditure to fix supply shortages and meet burgeoning demand is seen figuring strongly in the post-Covid recovery.
08-07-2021 | Monthly outlook
Europe takes up the baton
Europe takes up the baton
Vaccination success will allow Europe’s economic recovery to catch up with the US and China, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
08-06-2021 | Monthly outlook
Metals – anything but rusty
Metals – anything but rusty
Commodity prices can continue to rise on a string of favorable factors, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
07-05-2021 | Monthly outlook
Compelling cyclicity
Compelling cyclicity
Financial markets can be unfathomable at times.
23-04-2021 | Graph of the week
Bonds: Shaken, not stirred
Bonds: Shaken, not stirred
A rise in bond yields has left central banks shaken but not stirred as the world comes out of lockdown, says Robeco’s multi-asset team.
08-03-2021 | Monthly outlook
The old school recovery
The old school recovery
A focus on stimulating the real economy will make the post-Covid-19 recovery different from previous ones, says Robeco’s Multi Asset team.
05-02-2021 | Monthly outlook
The Value tortoise is on the move
The Value tortoise is on the move
The availability of an effective Covid-19 vaccine may trigger a revival for Value investing, says Robeco strategist Peter van der Welle.
08-12-2020 | Monthly outlook
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
Expected Returns – watch the full show
Expected Returns – watch the full show
Post Covid-19, we will all be entering a ‘brave real world’ with negative interest rates, looming inflation and unprecedented central bank policies.
09-10-2020 | Digital event
Brave real world: the main takeaways from Expected Returns
Brave real world: the main takeaways from Expected Returns
The Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed the world, making it much harder for investors to navigate likely conditions for the major asset classes.
09-10-2020 | Digital event
Running on fumes, in search of the next refill
Running on fumes, in search of the next refill
Markets need a major catalyst to move higher as they face headwinds led by the US elections and Covid-19, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
08-10-2020 | Monthly outlook
5-year Expected Returns: Brave real world
5-year Expected Returns: Brave real world
Few would doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed the world.
29-09-2020 | 5-Year outlook
Long-term Expected Returns
Long-term Expected Returns
The purpose of this report is to show our long-term return expectations for a wide set of asset classes.
29-09-2020 | 5-Year outlook
Unlocking value in the euro
Unlocking value in the euro
An EU stimulus program to recover from Covid-19 may be the catalyst for the euro to rise again, say Robeco’s multi-asset specialists.
07-07-2020 | Monthly outlook
Will the oil price crash lower carbon footprints?
Will the oil price crash lower carbon footprints?
An historic plunge in the oil price has raised hopes that carbon footprints could be permanently cut – but this may be wishful thinking.
08-05-2020 | Monthly outlook
Navigating the two-way risk in equities
Navigating the two-way risk in equities
Investors are facing an unprecedented conundrum about whether equities have bottomed out, our multi-asset monthly outlook says.
03-04-2020 | Monthly outlook
A shock of Titanic proportions
A shock of Titanic proportions
The world is facing an unprecedented public health crisis that is having a huge impact on both human society and the economy.
27-03-2020 | Insight
Mind the skew – stocks may not yet have peaked
Mind the skew – stocks may not yet have peaked
A curious skew in historical stock returns means global equities may have some upside left, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
09-01-2020 | Monthly outlook
Giving China its rightful share in your portfolio
Giving China its rightful share in your portfolio
Chinese stocks are a major new investment opportunity, yet they are under-represented in most portfolios, say Laurens Swinkels and Jaap Hoek.
23-10-2019 | 5-Year outlook
5-year Expected Returns: Escaping the hall of mirrors
5-year Expected Returns: Escaping the hall of mirrors
This year’s theme of our 5-year outlook, ‘Escaping the hall of mirrors’, is inspired by the peculiar conditions investors face in today’s financial markets.
01-10-2019 | 5-Year outlook
What’s driving the mid-cycle slowdown
What’s driving the mid-cycle slowdown
Economic growth is hitting a speed ramp, but should shift into a higher gear, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
06-09-2019 | Monthly outlook
Outlook 2019: Turbulence ahead
Outlook 2019: Turbulence ahead
Next year we expect the markets to have two faces.
08-11-2018 | Insight
5-year Expected Returns: Patience is a virtue
5-year Expected Returns: Patience is a virtue
Download our Expected Returns 2019-2023 report (116 pages).
28-09-2018 | 5-Year outlook
Longer-term Expected Returns
Longer-term Expected Returns
18-09-2017 | 5-Year outlook
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