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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
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are commonly regarded as efficient, low-cost alternatives to actively managed mutual funds.
18-02-2021 | Research
Data sets - the idiosyncratic momentum factor
Data sets - the idiosyncratic momentum factor
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
31-12-2020 | Data sets
Podcast: Why I believe the quant winter will end
Podcast: Why I believe the quant winter will end
Will value stocks make a comeback in 2021?
17-12-2020 | Podcast
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
Podcast: A great year for risky assets
Podcast: A great year for risky assets
With several vaccines on the way, 2021 promises to be a great year for equities.
07-12-2020 | Podcast
Long read: Why I am more bullish than ever on quant
Long read: Why I am more bullish than ever on quant
Following more than two years of quant strategies generally underperforming sharply, investors are questioning whether quantitative investing is still viable.
11-11-2020 | Column
Factor investing – going beyond Fama and French
Factor investing – going beyond Fama and French
There is more to factor investing than the standard academic factors, says Head of Quant Research David Blitz.
02-11-2020 | 5-Year outlook
Restoring the battered Value factor in equities
Restoring the battered Value factor in equities
The recent dreadful performance of the academic Value equity factor has been a blow for many investors.
20-10-2020 | Insight
Low-risk stocks behave like bonds
Low-risk stocks behave like bonds
Low-risk stocks are very bond-like.
13-10-2020 | Research
There is more to factor investing than just Fama-French
There is more to factor investing than just Fama-French
The period of 2010-2019 was a lost decade for the five Fama-French factors, leading many to question whether Value was dead and whether Size had ever worked at all.
09-10-2020 | Video
Podcast: ‘The pressure on value investors is almost unbearable’
Podcast: ‘The pressure on value investors is almost unbearable’
Value has underperformed growth in the large-cap space by 43% in the past year.
28-09-2020 | Podcast
Will Value survive the quant winter?
Will Value survive the quant winter?
The Value factor posted excellent returns over the first decade of the century.
01-09-2020 | Insight
Green signs, value and grandmother’s cupboard
Green signs, value and grandmother’s cupboard
As investors, we never stop learning.
20-07-2020 | Insight
Gradually preparing for a rotation
Gradually preparing for a rotation
In our last quarterly, we expected markets of countries resuming economic activity earlier than others to fare better.
17-07-2020 | Insight
Podcast: Our man in Hong Kong
Podcast: Our man in Hong Kong
Arnout van Rijn has been investing in Asia for 25 years; for more than half of this time, he has lived in Hong Kong.
08-07-2020 | Podcast
Linking economic activities with the SDGs
Linking economic activities with the SDGs
A new research paper has mapped the impact that economic activity has on achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
30-06-2020 | Insight
New study reveals: you can predict when interest rates will rise
New study reveals: you can predict when interest rates will rise
Over the past decades, many empirical studies have examined the predictability of interest rates, so far with mixed results.
30-06-2020 | Insight
Defining Quality: separating the wheat from the chaff
Defining Quality: separating the wheat from the chaff
Quality is a commonly accepted equity factor.
18-06-2020 | Research
Value ain’t dead
Value ain’t dead
Value stocks have underperformed growth stocks over the past decade.
20-05-2020 | From the field
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Is Value broken?
14-05-2020 | Podcast
Duration Times Spread: a measure of spread exposure in credit portfolios
Duration Times Spread: a measure of spread exposure in credit portfolios
Duration Times Spread (DTS) is the market standard method for measuring the credit volatility of a corporate bond.
01-05-2020 | Research
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
Adjusting the Value factor for intangibles
Adjusting the Value factor for intangibles
The standard academic definition for the Value factor is the ratio of book-value-to market-value (B/M).
19-02-2020 | From the field
Solvency regulations and low-risk investing: comparing the Nordics with the Netherlands
Solvency regulations and low-risk investing: comparing the Nordics with the Netherlands
Pension regulations in the Nordic countries and the Netherlands are similar to insurance regulation in the European Union.
11-02-2020 | Insight
Multiple expansion may put value investing back in favor
Multiple expansion may put value investing back in favor
The nature of 2019’s stock market gains bodes well for a return to value investing this year, Boston Partners’ senior managers believe.
04-02-2020 | Insight
Exclusions may simply be transferring a problem
Exclusions may simply be transferring a problem
Do exclusions work?
03-02-2020 | Research
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 | Column
The volatility effect revisited
The volatility effect revisited
Over the past decade, low volatility has become a popular investment style.
07-01-2020 | Research
Echoing Footsteps: The return of the underdog
Echoing Footsteps: The return of the underdog
It has been a while since we heard so much talk about value versus growth and momentum.
12-12-2019 | Yearly outlook
Duration Times Spread: measuring credit risk
Duration Times Spread: measuring credit risk
Accurately measuring credit risk is a significant challenge for credit investors.
10-12-2019 | Research
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