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Credit outlook: The rules have changed
Credit outlook: The rules have changed
The ‘common enemy’ elicited a massive unconventional, coordinated series of stimulus by policy makers.
24-06-2020 | Insight
Sustainability trends in energy credits after Covid-19
Sustainability trends in energy credits after Covid-19
Finding affordable, low-carbon and reliable energy sources is a challenge for investors in the energy sector.
22-06-2020 | Insight
This time, banks are part of the solution
This time, banks are part of the solution
Compared to conditions during the global financial crisis, the health of the banking sector and the environment for banking are now significantly different.
22-04-2020 | Insight
Credit outlook: Search for yield versus lurch to protectionism
Credit outlook: Search for yield versus lurch to protectionism
We are still convinced that we are approaching the end of the cycle, and continue to advocate a defensive positioning.
25-09-2019 | Quarterly outlook
Credit outlook: Dead cat bounce
Credit outlook: Dead cat bounce
04-04-2019 | Quarterly outlook
Investing in the SDGs to tackle snake bites
Investing in the SDGs to tackle snake bites
How many people do you think die from snake bites?
11-03-2019 | Stunning statistics
It’s not all black and white when it comes to SDGs
It’s not all black and white when it comes to SDGs
Measuring a company’s contribution to the UN SDGs is not that straightforward.
12-12-2018 | Insight
Miners face rising environmental liabilities
Miners face rising environmental liabilities
Environmental costs are becoming an ever-increasing burden for mining companies, a study shows.
04-12-2018 | Insight
Short Maturity = low risk, less volatility
Short Maturity = low risk, less volatility
Increasing volatility and rising interest rates – not really the cocktail of choice for the risk-averse credit investor.
23-05-2018 | Insight
How to quantify a company’s contribution to the UN SDGs?
How to quantify a company’s contribution to the UN SDGs?
Earning a good return and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals at the same time?
11-05-2018 | Insight
Five reasons to take a global approach to Credits
Five reasons to take a global approach to Credits
Many credit investors only invest in their home currency.
28-12-2017 | Insight
Six ways to improve the sustainability of credit portfolios
Six ways to improve the sustainability of credit portfolios
It is our conviction that analying sustainability information leads to better informed investment decisions.
29-11-2017 | Insight
Factor investing in credit markets is coming of age
Factor investing in credit markets is coming of age
Factor investing strategies for credit markets are increasingly on the radar of researchers and investors.
22-08-2017 | Insight
Financial sector back in vogue with bond investors
Financial sector back in vogue with bond investors
Guess who’s back, banks are back.
08-06-2017 | Insight
Guide to credits
Guide to credits
Credit investors increasingly want to know how they can make superior returns while managing risk in one of the world’s most vibrant markets.
15-05-2017 | Magazine
Value in subordinated insurance debt
Value in subordinated insurance debt
“As spreads on insurance bonds widened last year, we increased our exposure to insurance bonds.
04-05-2017 | Insight
Six key ESG issues in energy credits
Six key ESG issues in energy credits
The energy sector is faced with big ESG challenges.
06-04-2017 | Insight
Protect yourself against rising interest rates with zero-duration
Protect yourself against rising interest rates with zero-duration
Long-term interest rates are on the rise so credit investors need to assess whether they want to hedge interest rate risk.
19-12-2016 | Insight
The quality of low-risk credits
The quality of low-risk credits
Recently a new factor was added to the literature: Quality.
14-09-2016 | Research
Integrating sustainability into factor credit strategies
Integrating sustainability into factor credit strategies
The objective of our factor credit strategies is to maximize the portfolio’s factor exposure at low cost while limiting risks.
12-07-2016 | Research
Robeco Global Credits: We know where to find Alpha
Robeco Global Credits: We know where to find Alpha
Victor Verberk explains why being contrarian is vital in the later stages of the global credits cycle.
10-05-2016 | Video
Robeco Global Credits
Robeco Global Credits
Victor Verberk, portfolio manager on the opportunities of credit investing.
15-07-2015 | Video
One-stop shopping for the best in credits
One-stop shopping for the best in credits
The market practice of ‘segmentation’ – where investors allocate money to specific asset class segments such as investment grade or high yield bonds – has been commonplace over the years.
17-11-2014 | Insight
Credit analysis and ESG: a perfect fit
Credit analysis and ESG: a perfect fit
One of the cornerstones of the investment philosophy of Robeco’s Credit team is that avoiding losers is more important than picking every winner.
17-09-2014 | Research
ESG integration, in particular for corporate bonds
ESG integration, in particular for corporate bonds
Institutional investors are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that trends such as population growth, the scarcity of raw materials and globalization have an impact on a company's risks and opportunities.
08-09-2014 | Insight
Smart Credit Investing: the Size Premium
Smart Credit Investing: the Size Premium
Recently we observe a shift towards factor investing, in which institutional investors strategically allocate their long-term investment portfolios to factor premiums.
16-07-2013 | Research
The impact of ESG on credit analysis: an example from the banking sector
The impact of ESG on credit analysis: an example from the banking sector
In our previous edition we explained the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors in the analysis of stocks.
05-07-2013 | Research
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
On the nature and predictability of corporate bond returns
On the nature and predictability of corporate bond returns
Corporate bond returns consist of two distinct components: an interest rate component, which is default-free and anti-cyclical, and a credit spread component, which is default-risky and pro-cyclical.
16-05-2012 | Research
Ibbotson's default premium: risky data
Ibbotson's default premium: risky data
Ibbotson’s “Stocks, Bonds, Bills and Inflation” data set is widely used because it provides monthly US financial data series going back to as early as 1926.
09-12-2011 | Insight
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