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Rising rates, no tantrum

12-03-2021 | Insight
Bonds: Shaken, not stirred
Bonds: Shaken, not stirred
A rise in bond yields has left central banks shaken but not stirred as the world comes out of lockdown, says Robeco’s multi-asset team.
08-03-2021 | Monthly outlook
The healthy living trend is to stay in the long run
The healthy living trend is to stay in the long run
Rising health awareness coupled with increasing knowledge about what is favorable for the body are driving a broad trend towards a healthier lifestyle.
05-03-2021 | Insight
Blokland’s daily sketch
Blokland’s daily sketch
Powell’s demon
05-03-2021 | Daily sketch
70 years of evidence on our dynamic duration model
70 years of evidence on our dynamic duration model
Using a new, deep historical dataset, we show that our duration model works well over seven decades.
02-03-2021 | Insight
Central bank watcher: Reflation trend is their friend
Central bank watcher: Reflation trend is their friend
It seems premature to conclude the uptrend in bond yields is over, certainly if breakeven inflation rates rise further.
01-03-2021 | Insight
Spring has to come simply because economic fundamentals require it
Spring has to come simply because economic fundamentals require it
How do you perceive the quant equity winter?
26-02-2021 | Interview
SI Opener: The meat supply chain is a major threat to global health
SI Opener: The meat supply chain is a major threat to global health
It’s not only ‘wet animal markets’ that are causing health risks, as we have seen with Covid-19.
25-02-2021 | SI Opener
Asset managers are yet to truly embrace sustainability
Asset managers are yet to truly embrace sustainability
Proxy voting is a powerful tool for shareholders to steer corporate agendas towards sustainability-focused decision making.
24-02-2021 | Research
The stunning statistics of sustainable investing
The stunning statistics of sustainable investing
The progress that sustainable investment has made in recent years has been stunning.
24-02-2021 | Stunning statistics
Amazon smashes Italy on R&D
Amazon smashes Italy on R&D
US tech giant Amazon single-handedly spent more on research and development (R&D) than Italy in 2019, and even more so in 2020.
23-02-2021 | Stunning statistics
Investors use voting rights to address poor climate change policies
Investors use voting rights to address poor climate change policies
Companies that are not sufficiently decarbonizing will face opposition from shareholders, says Engagement Specialist Michiel van Esch.
19-02-2021 | Insight
ETFs have yet to prove that they can beat active funds
ETFs have yet to prove that they can beat active funds
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are commonly regarded as efficient, low-cost alternatives to actively managed mutual funds.
18-02-2021 | Research
How regulation will enhance sustainable investing in 2021
How regulation will enhance sustainable investing in 2021
Integrating sustainability into investments will become much higher profile under new EU regulations that take effect this year.
17-02-2021 | Insight
The quant equity crisis of 2018-2020: Cornered by ‘big growth’
The quant equity crisis of 2018-2020: Cornered by ‘big growth’
The 2018-2020 quant equity crisis posed an exceptional challenge to quantitative managers due to a rare combination of circumstances.
16-02-2021 | Research
2020 – the year that ESG finally became mainstream
2020 – the year that ESG finally became mainstream
I can still recall that 10 to 15 years ago, the sustainability community including myself would say: “One day, ESG will become mainstream”.
11-02-2021 | Column
Sustainability Yearbook 2021: 7,000 companies, 70 gold medalists
Sustainability Yearbook 2021: 7,000 companies, 70 gold medalists
S&P Global has published its annual yearbook showcasing the sustainability performance of the world’s largest companies.
10-02-2021 | Insight
The old school recovery
The old school recovery
A focus on stimulating the real economy will make the post-Covid-19 recovery different from previous ones, says Robeco’s Multi Asset team.
05-02-2021 | Monthly outlook
What’s up with Momentum?
What’s up with Momentum?
Momentum had its ‘shot of momentum’ in 2020.
04-02-2021 | Insight
When equity factors drop their shorts
When equity factors drop their shorts
How can you best construct an equity market neutral portfolio using a factor-investing approach?
01-02-2021 | Insight
Net zero carbon ambition leads Q4 Active Ownership report
Net zero carbon ambition leads Q4 Active Ownership report
Decarbonizing industry to meet net zero ambitions leads the coverage in Robeco’s Q4 Active Ownership report.
29-01-2021 | Active Ownership Report
SI Opener: Companies should not ignore the challenges of AI
SI Opener: Companies should not ignore the challenges of AI
Recent events in the US have show that the use of artificial intelligence can bring with it negative social issues.
28-01-2021 | SI Opener
Growth trends continue full steam ahead for the financial sector
Growth trends continue full steam ahead for the financial sector
2020 has truly been an epic year for the financial sector.
28-01-2021 | Insight
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
 High yield indices don’t make good benchmarks
High yield indices don’t make good benchmarks
Certain features that are typical of high yield corporate bonds impose costs on high yield portfolios.
26-01-2021 | 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
Consumer trends in 2021: The future of commerce and the caring economy
Consumer trends in 2021: The future of commerce and the caring economy
The Covid-19 pandemic suddenly accelerated some of the shifts our Global Consumer Trends strategy aims to benefit from.
21-01-2021 | Insight
North-south divide emerges in Country Sustainability Ranking
North-south divide emerges in Country Sustainability Ranking
A clear gap between northern and southern European countries has emerged in the biannual Robeco Country Sustainability Ranking.
20-01-2021 | Yearly outlook
Climate risk and portfolio decarbonization have become center stage
Climate risk and portfolio decarbonization have become center stage
Insurance companies are directly exposed to climate risk, and face increasingly tighter scrutiny from regulators regarding its impact on their balance sheets.
14-01-2021 | Interview
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