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Simplistic factor models may get arbitraged out of existence
Simplistic factor models may get arbitraged out of existence
Which financial innovations will investors remember 20 years from now?
26-02-2020 | Interview
Bringing the quant research and the production data together
Bringing the quant research and the production data together
Researching, designing and implementing top-notch quantitative investment strategies requires good data sources.
24-02-2020 | Insight
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
Factor investing debates: Are fees the most important variable in product selection?
Factor investing debates: Are fees the most important variable in product selection?
To choose a product, investors tend to rely on a few easy-to-grasp variables, like recent performance and, increasingly, fees.
14-02-2020 | Insight
Creating value in loops
Creating value in loops
A new RobecoSAM investment strategy will target the ultimate in sustainability – the circular economy.
13-02-2020 | Insight
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
It’s too early to be too gloomy about stocks
It’s too early to be too gloomy about stocks
The coronavirus has given the world a financial scare as well as a health shock – but there’s no need to put equities into quarantine.
07-02-2020 | Monthly outlook
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
SAM publishes Sustainability Yearbook 2020
SAM publishes Sustainability Yearbook 2020
SAM has published its annual yearbook showcasing the sustainability performance of the world’s largest companies.
03-02-2020 | 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 | Insight
Real estate fund cuts its carbon footprint
Real estate fund cuts its carbon footprint
Robeco Sustainable Property Equities has scored well above average for sustainability in an industry survey for the sixth year in a row.
24-01-2020 | Insight
Is shared analyst coverage the source of all spillover effects?
Is shared analyst coverage the source of all spillover effects?
A wide range of spillover effects has been documented in the academic literature.
22-01-2020 | From the field
Look for the underdog
Look for the underdog
The year ahead is shaping up as a good one for global equities.
21-01-2020 | Quarterly outlook
A trillion trees could stabilize global warming
A trillion trees could stabilize global warming
Planting a trillion trees would be enough to stop global warming from escalating, studies have found.
17-01-2020 | Stunning statistics
The volatility effect revisited
The volatility effect revisited
Over the past decade, low volatility has become a popular investment style.
07-01-2020 | Research
Factor investing debates: Are there any capacity issues?
Factor investing debates: Are there any capacity issues?
Even though factor premiums may be persistent, harvesting them in a consistent and efficient way is no mean feat.
30-12-2019 | Insight
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
The tide is turning for value investing
The tide is turning for value investing
It will be ‘game on’ for value stocks next year after a miserable period for the investment style, says Portfolio Manager Josh Jones.
09-12-2019 | Insight
Lower earnings may not usher in a bear market
Lower earnings may not usher in a bear market
Falling company profits don’t necessarily mean a bear market or recession is due, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
06-12-2019 | Monthly outlook
Conservative Equities: strong risk reduction despite the recent value drag
Conservative Equities: strong risk reduction despite the recent value drag
Despite inevitable hiccups, Conservative Equities’ track record shows our approach adds value.
02-12-2019 | Insight
Factor investing debates: Could factor premiums disappear?
Factor investing debates: Could factor premiums disappear?
With the increasing adoption of factor investing, one frequently heard criticism is that factor premiums may end up being arbitraged away.
28-11-2019 | Insight
A Low-Risk anomaly also in the crowdlending market
A Low-Risk anomaly also in the crowdlending market
The existence of a low-risk anomaly has been firmly established for stocks and corporate bonds.
27-11-2019 | From the field
Never a dull moment: 25 years of emerging market investing
Never a dull moment: 25 years of emerging market investing
Today, emerging markets represent a quarter of the global equity market.
26-11-2019 | Insight
Innovation is a crucial way to strengthen our quant offering
Innovation is a crucial way to strengthen our quant offering
Is the emergence of alternative data and artificial intelligence a game changer for quant investors?
25-11-2019 | Insight
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
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 | Research
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
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