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Emerging markets

Moving beyond short-term noise

Back in 1930, we made our first emerging market investment in Peru. Today, we manage more than USD 33 billion (December 2019) in a wide range of emerging market strategies.

Paper: 25 years of emerging market investing

Long-term view

  • Emerging markets are not homogeneous but instead a grouping of very different countries that are in constant evolution and at different stages of development. With investments often driven by retail investors and short-term market noise, it is vital to have a long-term view to uncover structural drivers in emerging markets. 

  • This long-term investment view and Robeco’s quant and sustainable investing capabilities together allow us to eliminate market noise in our goal to identify diverse opportunities across emerging markets.

    Guide to emerging markets

Putting our researchers’ minds to use in emerging markets

  • All investment decisions should be research driven. This was our founders’ firm belief and it is especially true for emerging markets, where data can be challenging due to shorter time series or the need for data cleansing. A strong focus on research and data analysis is pivotal to finding opportunities in inefficient markets and benefiting from the risks and opportunities. Robeco researchers, for example, have published a fantastic collection of articles demonstrating the success of factor investing in emerging markets. But the real beneficiaries of these insights are our clients. A wide range of EM strategies are based on our established factor investing models, from low volatility to enhanced indexing, to sustainable versions with specific carbon targets.

  • Factors work better in emerging markets—the less mature the market is, the larger returns from anomalies are. A wide range of EM strategies are based on our proven factor investing models, from low volatility to enhanced indexing, to sustainable versions with specific carbon targets. We were one of the first to offer quantitative emerging market strategies and to launch a low-volatility strategy, and to develop Chinese A-shares quant strategies. Our Quantitative Equities team now manages over USD 25 billion (December 2019) in emerging markets strategies.

    Our strategies

ESG Integration in emerging markets: challenging but crucial

  • Emerging markets often feature poor transparency, lower governance standards, human rights issues, and lack product safety standards. Integrating ESG in investment decisions is a challenge. However, in emerging markets most of all, researching ESG data in-depth is key to uncovering ESG-related risks and unlocking the potential source of alpha in ESG information for investors.

    We integrate ESG analysis into the investment decision-making process for all our emerging market capabilities. And our emerging markets team has incorporated sustainability into its company analysis for over 15 years and been conducting its proprietary ESG survey since 2001.

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights
China outlook 2021: Starting off the year on the right foot
China outlook 2021: Starting off the year on the right foot
Despite the havoc caused by Covid-19, China started off 2021 on a much stronger footing than 2020.
27-01-2021 | Insight
Beat the headline
Beat the headline
The events that have unraveled over the last quarter have added support to our constructive stance on global equities.
25-01-2021 | Column
It’s not growth vs value, it’s headline vs fundamentals
It’s not growth vs value, it’s headline vs fundamentals
The events that have unraveled over the last quarter have added support to our constructive stance on global equities.
22-01-2021 | Insight
After Biden’s win, all eyes remain on Covid-19 and the recovery
After Biden’s win, all eyes remain on Covid-19 and the recovery
Joe Biden has been elected 46th US President, based on vote count.
04-12-2020 | Insight
SI Opener: Covid-19 puts spotlight on labor issues in the apparel industry
SI Opener: Covid-19 puts spotlight on labor issues in the apparel industry
The fashion industry has been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic due to its discretionary nature, impacting not only garment brands but also their supply chains.
26-11-2020 | SI Opener
Sizing up Chinese equities – a market too big to ignore
Sizing up Chinese equities – a market too big to ignore
China’s rise to become the world’s second-largest economy has been matched by the growth of its mainland stock market.
31-08-2020 | 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
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
In addition to emerging markets, we also have four other key strengths:
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This page is intended for US prospects, clients and investors only and includes information about the capabilities, staffing and history of RIAM US and its participating affiliates, which may include information on strategies not yet available in the US. SEC regulations are applicable only to clients, prospects and investors of RIAM US. Robeco BV, Robeco HK and Robeco SH are considered a “participating affiliate” of RIAM US and some of their employees are “associated persons” of RIAM US as per relevant SEC no-action guidance. Employees identified as associated persons of RIAM US perform activities directly or indirectly related to the investment advisory services provided by RIAM US. In those situations, these individuals are deemed to be acting on behalf of IUAM, a US SEC registered investment adviser.

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