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All factor strategies go through long periods of poor performance
All factor strategies go through long periods of poor performance
Will factor investing continue to thrive?
18-11-2019 | Interview
Outlook 2020: A Tale of Two Scenarios
Outlook 2020: A Tale of Two Scenarios
This year’s annual outlook is inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.
12-11-2019 | Yearly outlook
Lower credit risk observed in sectors that are positively aligned with the SDGs
Lower credit risk observed in sectors that are positively aligned with the SDGs
Our analysis of historical performance data confirms what we see in practice.
07-11-2019 | Insight
5G: the next generation mobile data highway
5G: the next generation mobile data highway
Who is best positioned to benefit from 5G?
06-11-2019 | 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
Five reasons to invest in fintech
Five reasons to invest in fintech
The growing trend for cashless payments is causing huge demand for the financial technology that powers it – fintech.
28-10-2019 | Insight
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
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
Next in fintech: ecosystem enablers
Next in fintech: ecosystem enablers
The boom in fintech and digital payments continues unabated.
22-10-2019 | Insight
Engaging with electric utilities on climate change strategies
Engaging with electric utilities on climate change strategies
Replacing fossil fuels with clean energy is a key element in limiting climate change.
17-10-2019 | Insight
‘Making the portfolio more concentrated hasn’t made it more risky’
‘Making the portfolio more concentrated hasn’t made it more risky’
“The only way to create alpha is to deviate from the benchmark.
14-10-2019 | Podcast
The added value of real estate in strategic asset allocation
The added value of real estate in strategic asset allocation
Investing in real estate is one of the key ways to diversify a portfolio.
11-10-2019 | Insight
Refining the inclusion of views in portfolio construction
Refining the inclusion of views in portfolio construction
Taking investors’ views into account when building portfolios is difficult but essential, says Roderick Molenaar.
09-10-2019 | 5-Year outlook
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 | Research
Fixed income outlook: Rising recession risk; unchanged strategy
Fixed income outlook: Rising recession risk; unchanged strategy
It seems a lot has changed in one quarter.
03-10-2019 | Quarterly 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
An empirical test of factors in the unchartered waters of EM credits
An empirical test of factors in the unchartered waters of EM credits
credit markets have seen tremendous growth over the past two decades.
30-09-2019 | Research
Credit outlook: Search for yield versus lurch to protectionism
Credit outlook: Search for yield versus lurch to protectionism
We are still convinced that we are approaching the end of the cycle, and continue to advocate a defensive positioning.
25-09-2019 | Quarterly outlook
‘We seek similar returns, but with a better sustainability profile’
‘We seek similar returns, but with a better sustainability profile’
Sustainable investing in emerging markets is gaining momentum.
25-09-2019 | Insight
Tackling the Achilles heel of the financial sector
Tackling the Achilles heel of the financial sector
Since the global financial crisis, US banks have paid more than USD 160 billion in fines for non-compliance.
24-09-2019 | Insight
Pension fund chooses maximum sustainability and low tracking error
Pension fund chooses maximum sustainability and low tracking error
Quant meets sustainability.
16-09-2019 | 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
Buying cheap is an expensive business
Buying cheap is an expensive business
One of the most frequent questions I have been asked in recent years concerns valuation.
09-09-2019 | Column
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
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
Greenland loses 11 billion tons of ice in one day
Greenland loses 11 billion tons of ice in one day
The scale of global warming has been laid bare by the effect of the summer’s heatwave on the Arctic.
03-09-2019 | Stunning statistics
Digital twins and machine vision: exciting themes of ‘smart’ production
Digital twins and machine vision: exciting themes of ‘smart’ production
Manufacturing as we know it is coming to an end.
30-08-2019 | Insight
‘Chinese stock market matures as institutional investors join the party’
‘Chinese stock market matures as institutional investors join the party’
Investor interest in China’s A-share market is growing.
27-08-2019 | Insight
We’re developing factor-based alternatives to passive fixed income
We’re developing factor-based alternatives to passive fixed income
Quantitative investing in fixed income markets has slowly but surely gained traction in recent years.
21-08-2019 | 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
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