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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.

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.

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.

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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.

  • Robeco has long been an advocate of sustainable investing in general, and in emerging markets in particular. We started to explicitly integrate ESG criteria into our investment processes for emerging markets equities more than ten years ago. Prior to that, we had already been including certain governance aspects in our processes since 2001 by sending a corporate governance-related questionnaire to listed companies.

  • Today, depending on their sustainability requirements and objectives, we offer investors three main types of sustainable investing solutions: Inside, Focused and Impact. Although these offer different levels of sustainability integration, they do all share the same ESG integration process, as well as our active ownership offering, which includes voting and engagement.

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  • A unique combination

    Robeco’s long-standing expertise in the fields of emerging markets investing, sustainability and quantitative investing mean that we are able to offer a wide variety of solutions that combine our unique know-how in all these areas.
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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
PodcastXL: How to read the huge emerging markets discount
PodcastXL: How to read the huge emerging markets discount
Emerging markets look extremely cheap.
01-04-2022 | Podcast
Credit outlook: ‘If I have to make a tackle, I’ve already made a mistake’
Credit outlook: ‘If I have to make a tackle, I’ve already made a mistake’
The Fed may have made a policy mistake by starting this tightening cycle too late.
29-03-2022 | Quarterly outlook
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
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
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
COP26: Helping poorer countries to adapt
COP26: Helping poorer countries to adapt
Developed countries are historically responsible for most of the emissions, and the challenge is to stop emerging markets going down the same coal-fired path.
04-11-2021 | Video
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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