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Low Volatility defies the basic finance principles of risk and reward
Low Volatility defies the basic finance principles of risk and reward
Contrary to popular belief, riskier investments do not necessarily translate into higher returns.
12-11-2021 | Insight
Risky CAPE: Is there an alternative?
Risky CAPE: Is there an alternative?
The prospect of rising real yields could accentuate the elevated nature of equity market valuations.
01-11-2021 | Insight
Roadmap outlines plan for move towards net zero emissions
Roadmap outlines plan for move towards net zero emissions
Robeco has laid out a roadmap for achieving carbon neutrality across all its assets under management by 2050.
27-10-2021 | Insight
Central banks' post-pandemic playbook
Central banks' post-pandemic playbook
Central banks have thrown the proverbial kitchen sink at their fight to mitigate the economic impact of Covid-19.
20-10-2021 | 5-Year outlook
The quant cycle
The quant cycle
Equity factors follow their own sentiment-driven cycle that cannot be explained by traditional business cycle indicators.
19-10-2021 | Research
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
The earnings engine threatens to sputter as tapering begins
The earnings engine threatens to sputter as tapering begins
As the end of the year approaches, investors are entering a traditionally auspicious season for equities.
11-10-2021 | Insight
Expected Returns 2022-2026 – Watch the full show
Expected Returns 2022-2026 – Watch the full show
Things are heating up, in different senses of the phrase.
07-10-2021 | Digital event
A more cautious stance on equities
A more cautious stance on equities
As the end of the year approaches, investors are entering a traditionally auspicious season for equities.
07-10-2021 | Quarterly outlook
Some factors are now more equal than others
Some factors are now more equal than others
There is no free lunch when it comes to harvesting factor premiums.
06-10-2021 | 5-Year outlook
What valuations and interest rates tell us about equity factors
What valuations and interest rates tell us about equity factors
Single and multi-factor equity portfolios are currently very attractively valued and factor premiums persist across interest rate cycles.
04-10-2021 | Insight
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
Translating universal goals into SDG impact
Translating universal goals into SDG impact
With the SDGs, the UN has framed the need and drawn the blueprints to advance sustainable development in society.
22-09-2021 | Insight
The CO₂lumnist: Data providers and the greenhouse gas pie
The CO₂lumnist: Data providers and the greenhouse gas pie
The greenhouse gas emissions of different sectors forms parts of giant pie.
22-09-2021 | Column
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
Olympic Games: on! Central banks: on! Equity party: on!
Olympic Games: on! Central banks: on! Equity party: on!
As we enter the second half of 2021, all the ingredients that have been fueling the global stock market rebound since March 2020 remain in place.
14-07-2021 | Column
The ‘equity party’ continues
The ‘equity party’ continues
Our developed and emerging markets equites teams have kept a positive stance on their respective markets for this quarter.
12-07-2021 | Quarterly outlook
The caveats, considerations and challenges of decarbonizing investment portfolios
The caveats, considerations and challenges of decarbonizing investment portfolios
Climate change is the problem, net zero is the goal, and decarbonization is the means.
02-07-2021 | Interview
Value investing’s five principles that have stood the test of time
Value investing’s five principles that have stood the test of time
Value and growth investing have long had a back and forth relationship, with one style leading the market for a period before investors turn in favor of the opposite style.
22-06-2021 | Insight
Guide to emerging markets investing
Guide to emerging markets investing
Emerging markets have undergone significant changes since the term was initially coined in the early 80s.
17-06-2021 | Insight
Podcast: Navigating change and challenge in the asset management industry
Podcast: Navigating change and challenge in the asset management industry
It’s never a dull moment in the asset management industry.
04-06-2021 | Podcast
Low Volatility investing: now more than ever
Low Volatility investing: now more than ever
Low Volatility strategies can handle changes in the investment landscape.
01-06-2021 | Insight
The Big Book of Climate Investing
The Big Book of Climate Investing
Climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity, and is now the single-most important issue for investors.
26-05-2021 | Insight
Our role in the world’s plastic pollution
Our role in the world’s plastic pollution
We’ve all seen the images of the devastating effect single-use plastic is having around the world.
21-05-2021 | Graph of the week
The Low Volatility effect in China
The Low Volatility effect in China
In our recent study, we uncover the presence of a strong Low Volatility effect in the Chinese A-share market.
19-05-2021 | Insight
Rotation, rotation, rotation
Rotation, rotation, rotation
I’ve always been taught that the three most important characteristics for determining the value of real estate such as homes are location, location, location.
12-05-2021 | Graph of the week
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
The road to impact investing – a journey for insurers
The road to impact investing – a journey for insurers
Sustainable investing has risen to the top of insurers’ agendas – but how to make an impact with it?
05-05-2021 | Insight
Sustainability Report 2020: ‘There is no recovery without sustainability’
Sustainability Report 2020: ‘There is no recovery without sustainability’
A commitment to sustainable investing that has become stronger than ever in the era of Covid-19 is highlighted in Robeco’s Sustainability Report 2020.
04-05-2021 | Insight
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