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Further ‘gamification’, or back to fundamental investing?
Further ‘gamification’, or back to fundamental investing?
First Futu, then WeBull, and now Longbridge.
11-01-2022 | Column
Earnings engine in lower gear but still humming
Earnings engine in lower gear but still humming
As the new year begins, we maintain our positive outlook for developed markets, as well as our neutral stance on their emerging counterparts.
07-01-2022 | Quarterly outlook
China flexes its policy muscles – but can they still do the heavy lifting?
China flexes its policy muscles – but can they still do the heavy lifting?
China’s muscle flexing to fix its problems is set to keep investors cautious until the domestic economy garners more growth.
06-01-2022 | Monthly outlook
Managing climate change risk for insurers
Managing climate change risk for insurers
No sector is more exposed to the harsh reality of climate change than insurers.
30-12-2021 | Insight
Factoring carbon taxes into a Value strategy
Factoring carbon taxes into a Value strategy
Incorporating carbon taxes into a Value strategy at a stock level is equivalent to imposing carbon footprint constraints on the overall portfolio.
22-12-2021 | Research
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
Talk ‘22: ‘Staying the course is crucial’
Talk ‘22: ‘Staying the course is crucial’
Covid-19 has shown us that it is important to stick to our approach, says Wilma de Groot, Co-head of Quant Equity Portfolio Management.
17-12-2021 | Interview
Talk ’22: ‘It's likely that equity returns will be front-end loaded’
Talk ’22: ‘It's likely that equity returns will be front-end loaded’
Equities and commodities remain the favored asset classes of multi-asset Portfolio Manager Colin Graham and Strategist Peter van der Welle.
13-12-2021 | Interview
Inflation fears and a more hawkish Fed spook markets
Inflation fears and a more hawkish Fed spook markets
Rising inflation that prompted the Fed to suggest faster tapering which may accelerate rate hikes has rattled markets.
08-12-2021 | Monthly outlook
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
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
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
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
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
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