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Research on pre-1926 database reveals equity factors are ‘eternal’
Research on pre-1926 database reveals equity factors are ‘eternal’
New research reveals that equity factor styles have existed and persisted since the mid-19th century.
21-12-2021 | Research
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
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
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
Deep evidence that factor investing works well in bond markets
Deep evidence that factor investing works well in bond markets
More than two centuries of data confirms that value, momentum and low risk offer attractive premiums.
12-07-2021 | Insight
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
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
What’s up with Momentum?
What’s up with Momentum?
Momentum had its ‘shot of momentum’ in 2020.
04-02-2021 | Insight
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
The strategic case for emerging markets factor investing
The strategic case for emerging markets factor investing
Factor premiums can be found in stock markets across the world, including emerging markets.
11-10-2018 | Research
Fama-French 5-factor model: five major concerns
Fama-French 5-factor model: five major concerns
In 2015, Nobel prize laureate Eugene Fama and fellow researcher Kenneth French revamped their famous 3-factor model.
27-03-2018 | Research
What is factor investing?
What is factor investing?
Although Factor Investing is rapidly gaining popularity, there are still ongoing debates about this concept.
15-09-2016 | Insight
Making the most of Momentum
Making the most of Momentum
There is strong evidence that momentum investing works, even though some critics claim that a stock’s past performance can’t be relied on to predict its future returns, and that momentum strategies can involve high turnover and the risk of a trend reversing.
29-03-2016 | Insight
Is rebalancing the source of factor premiums?
Is rebalancing the source of factor premiums?
Some argue that the mere mechanism of rebalancing increases returns, and that this explains the success of factor investment strategies.
14-08-2015 | Research
Balanced exposure to factors in credits
Balanced exposure to factors in credits
Robeco Global Multi-Factor Credits, launched on June 15, 2015, is an innovative fund offering balanced exposure to the Low-Risk, Value, Momentum and Size factors in the credit market.
23-07-2015 | Insight
Robeco’s residual momentum: less risky and more sustainable
Robeco’s residual momentum: less risky and more sustainable
Behavioral explanations of momentum suggest that momentum can be caused by overreaction or underreaction.
25-10-2013 | Insight
Residual Equity Momentum for Corporate Bonds
Residual Equity Momentum for Corporate Bonds
It is well documented that equity momentum has predictive power for corporate bond returns.
17-08-2012 | Research
Short-term residual reversal
Short-term residual reversal
Conventional short-term reversal strategies exhibit dynamic exposures to the Fama and French (1993) factors.
17-11-2011 | Research
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