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A textbook case of factor fixed income investing
A textbook case of factor fixed income investing
The latest edition of an influential handbook on fixed income investing features a chapter authored by Robeco quant specialists.
02-12-2021 | Insight
Talk ’22: ‘We look for unexpected beauties rather than the usual suspects’
Talk ’22: ‘We look for unexpected beauties rather than the usual suspects’
Emerging market equities can catch up with their developed world counterparts as tapering starts in 2022, says Wim-Hein Pals.
01-12-2021 | Interview
Shielding factor portfolios from credit downgrades and defaults
Shielding factor portfolios from credit downgrades and defaults
Gaining more by losing less in multi-factor credit strategies.
30-11-2021 | Insight
Green is the new color, also for emerging markets
Green is the new color, also for emerging markets
Emerging markets have been significantly increasing their investments in green energy generation.
25-11-2021 | Insight
'Investors can benefit from the use of sustainability data'
'Investors can benefit from the use of sustainability data'
Innovative developments in the area of sustainability data can uncover new ways of assessing opportunities and risks.
23-11-2021 | Interview
Power play – why lithium remains the unchallenged champion of battery metals
Power play – why lithium remains the unchallenged champion of battery metals
Structural supports, low cost and proven performance in EV markets make lithium ideal for exposure to electrification and decarbonization trends.
18-11-2021 | Insight
‘Alternative datasets can help predict future returns’
‘Alternative datasets can help predict future returns’
Big data can unlock a gold mine of information on investor behavior.
16-11-2021 | Interview
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
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
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
Working to fortify digital assets to beat cybercrime
Working to fortify digital assets to beat cybercrime
Attitudes to improving data security have improved as cybercrime becomes a multi-trillion dollar threat, a Robeco engagement program has found.
22-10-2021 | Insight
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
Chipping away at water supplies
Chipping away at water supplies
Climate change and an intensifying appetite for silicon wafers and chips put water supplies and global supply chains at risk.
18-10-2021 | Stunning statistics
Looking under the bonnet of passive thematic indices
Looking under the bonnet of passive thematic indices
Passive thematic indices effectively trade against quant investors due to their generally negative exposures to factors.
12-10-2021 | Insight
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
Podcast: Why quant fixed income is a great diversifier
Podcast: Why quant fixed income is a great diversifier
While many quant equity strategies have struggled over the past few years, the performance of quant credits has been robust.
08-10-2021 | Podcast
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
At the forefront of climate investing solutions
At the forefront of climate investing solutions
Everything you need to know about climate challenges and climate investing solutions.
01-10-2021 | Insight
Are credit factor premiums robust to inflation?
Are credit factor premiums robust to inflation?
With inflation worries having gained momentum, we investigate how inflation has affected credit factor premiums in the past.
24-09-2021 | 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
Seizing opportunities in emerging markets credits
Seizing opportunities in emerging markets credits
Global credit investors can no longer easily ignore emerging markets (EM) hard-currency corporate bonds.
08-09-2021 | Research
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
Momentum is a self-fulfilling prophecy and therein lies its strength
Momentum is a self-fulfilling prophecy and therein lies its strength
The Momentum premium arises from mistakes in human reasoning.
06-09-2021 | Insight
‘Moore’s Law is disrupting the world of quant investing’
‘Moore’s Law is disrupting the world of quant investing’
Increasing computing power is altering the investment landscape.
16-08-2021 | Interview
When less is more - making manufacturing clean, green, and lean
When less is more - making manufacturing clean, green, and lean
“Constraints have always been catalysts for catapulting innovation,” says Pieter Busscher, senior portfolio manager of the RobecoSAM Smart Materials Equity strategy.
04-08-2021 | Insight
Water and waste as the next frontier in improving sustainability in factor credits
Water and waste as the next frontier in improving sustainability in factor credits
We impose water and waste constraints on our factor credit strategies.
03-08-2021 | Insight
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