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Navigating a sea of Covid and elections noise
Navigating a sea of Covid and elections noise
All of our conclusions from our previous quarterly outlook remain valid.
16-10-2020 | Quarterly outlook
Carbon pricing, asset allocation and climate goals
Carbon pricing, asset allocation and climate goals
Assessing carbon risk in portfolios is a difficult but necessary task for investors.
12-10-2020 | Insight
Fixed income outlook: The autumn cluster
Fixed income outlook: The autumn cluster
A cluster of high volatility events will be taking place in the next six weeks.
09-10-2020 | Insight
Expected Returns – watch the full show
Expected Returns – watch the full show
Post Covid-19, we will all be entering a ‘brave real world’ with negative interest rates, looming inflation and unprecedented central bank policies.
09-10-2020 | Video
Running on fumes, in search of the next refill
Running on fumes, in search of the next refill
Markets need a major catalyst to move higher as they face headwinds led by the US elections and Covid-19, says strategist Peter van der Welle.
08-10-2020 | Monthly outlook
5-year Expected Returns: Brave real world
5-year Expected Returns: Brave real world
Few would doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed the world.
29-09-2020 | 5-Year outlook
Gross Domestic Past-it – rethinking how we value societal progress
Gross Domestic Past-it – rethinking how we value societal progress
The Covid-19 crisis has shown that we need to find other ways of measuring national success than just GDP, Robeco’s sustainability experts say.
22-09-2020 | Insight
Will Value survive the quant winter?
Will Value survive the quant winter?
The Value factor posted excellent returns over the first decade of the century.
01-09-2020 | Insight
Central bank watcher: Good citizens
Central bank watcher: Good citizens
The three major central banks, the Fed, ECB and BoJ, are maintaining their dovish tone.
20-08-2020 | Insight
Sugar’s role in coronavirus fatalities
Sugar’s role in coronavirus fatalities
The sugar content of food and drinks played an unseen role in the Covid-19 death toll, says engagement specialist Peter van der Werf.
29-07-2020 | Insight
Business leaders brainstorm the sustainable future at SI Explore
Business leaders brainstorm the sustainable future at SI Explore
Corporate leaders must get on the sustainability train, collaborate more with investors, embrace youth and see how everything is a sub-set of nature.
27-07-2020 | Insight
Covid-19 takes center stage in national ESG rankings
Covid-19 takes center stage in national ESG rankings
More sustainable countries were more successful in containing the deadly coronavirus, RobecoSAM’s latest national rankings reveal.
21-07-2020 | Insight
Green signs, value and grandmother’s cupboard
Green signs, value and grandmother’s cupboard
As investors, we never stop learning.
20-07-2020 | Insight
Factor investing debates: Should sustainability be considered a factor?
Factor investing debates: Should sustainability be considered a factor?
Factor investing and sustainability can make a good combination.
20-07-2020 | Insight
Gradually preparing for a rotation
Gradually preparing for a rotation
In our last quarterly, we expected markets of countries resuming economic activity earlier than others to fare better.
17-07-2020 | Insight
Fixed income outlook: Rising waves
Fixed income outlook: Rising waves
The latest wave of market euphoria prompts us to realize gains and adopt a patient stance.
08-07-2020 | Insight
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
Factor investing debates: Should you time your factor exposures?
Factor investing debates: Should you time your factor exposures?
The debate on whether investors should tactically time their factor exposures is almost as old as the discovery of factors.
22-06-2020 | Insight
Pandemic starts process of EMs decoupling from each other
Pandemic starts process of EMs decoupling from each other
China, Taiwan and South Korea are among the farthest ahead on the path of normalization.
11-06-2020 | Insight
Adding commodities to the mix
Adding commodities to the mix
The time has come to take a second look at commodities as we emerge from the Covid-19 recession, says multi-asset specialist Jeroen Blokland.
05-06-2020 | Monthly outlook
SI Opener: Protecting digital human rights in the post-Covid-19 era
SI Opener: Protecting digital human rights in the post-Covid-19 era
Digital data has expanded beyond imagination.
28-05-2020 | SI Opener
Reducing the carbon intensity of multi-factor credits strategies
Reducing the carbon intensity of multi-factor credits strategies
Our research into sustainability integration in quantitative investment strategies shows that such strategies lend themselves well to integrating secondary objectives, such as reducing carbon intensity.
27-05-2020 | Insight
Solving the sustainable investment dilemma
Solving the sustainable investment dilemma
Combining quant and sustainable investing efficiently requires expertise.
25-05-2020 | Interview
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Is Value broken?
14-05-2020 | Podcast
Factor investing: will the benefit of having a small and mid-cap tilt return?
Factor investing: will the benefit of having a small and mid-cap tilt return?
The March 2020 market sell-off hit small and mid-caps stocks especially hard.
11-05-2020 | Insight
Will the oil price crash lower carbon footprints?
Will the oil price crash lower carbon footprints?
An historic plunge in the oil price has raised hopes that carbon footprints could be permanently cut – but this may be wishful thinking.
08-05-2020 | Monthly outlook
Now more than ever, it’s time to think outside the Fama-French factor box
Now more than ever, it’s time to think outside the Fama-French factor box
2010-2019 was a lost decade for the Fama-French factors.
28-04-2020 | Research
Is it time to favor North Asia over the US?
Is it time to favor North Asia over the US?
We thought we had seen it all, or almost all, and then the ball comes out of left field.
14-04-2020 | Quarterly outlook
Navigating the two-way risk in equities
Navigating the two-way risk in equities
Investors are facing an unprecedented conundrum about whether equities have bottomed out, our multi-asset monthly outlook says.
03-04-2020 | Monthly outlook