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Factors are an all-season phenomenon
Factors are an all-season phenomenon
Multi-factor strategies currently present an appealing opportunity for equity investors, even against a challenging macroeconomic backdrop.
01-12-2022 | Insight
When factors and behavioral biases meet
When factors and behavioral biases meet
Behavioral finance shines a spotlight on how psychology influences investor behavior which in turn has an impact on financial markets.
25-11-2022 | Insight
Short-sightedness, rates moves and a potential boost for Value
Short-sightedness, rates moves and a potential boost for Value
The strong Value rebound from its 2018-2020 winter has triggered numerous questions on whether it can sustain this run.
18-11-2022 | Insight
‘Back to normal’ means a new dawn for defensive equity investors
‘Back to normal’ means a new dawn for defensive equity investors
After three consecutive years of double-digit returns, we’re heading into a new but familiar environment of uncertainty.
17-10-2022 | Insight
From carrier pigeons to AI – gaining an edge with alternative data
From carrier pigeons to AI – gaining an edge with alternative data
Investors increasingly prefer alternative data over more traditional sources.
12-10-2022 | Insight
Low Volatility portfolios cushion macroeconomic risks
Low Volatility portfolios cushion macroeconomic risks
Beyond general downside protection, Low Volatility portfolios are effective in softening the impact of various sources of systematic risk.
03-10-2022 | Research
Academic insights into using machine learning for valuation
Academic insights into using machine learning for valuation
Machine learning (ML) mispricing models are designed to detect hidden nonlinearities that are important in predicting the fundamental value of stocks.
26-09-2022 | Research
Investing across deflation, inflation and stagflation
Investing across deflation, inflation and stagflation
Real returns on equities and multi-asset portfolios are typically poor when inflation is high, especially in times of stagflation.
29-08-2022 | Insight
‘Alternative data allows you to take a deeper look’
‘Alternative data allows you to take a deeper look’
Novel data sources and techniques can help you tap into alternative alpha.
24-08-2022 | Interview
‘Quantification of sustainability can be pushed even further’
‘Quantification of sustainability can be pushed even further’
There is a large amount of untapped alternative data that can be used for sustainable investments.
18-08-2022 | Interview
Quant chart: enhancing emerging market factors
Quant chart: enhancing emerging market factors
Emerging markets have proven to be fruitful for well-established equity factors.
16-08-2022 | Insight
Half-time! And what a ride it has been
Half-time! And what a ride it has been
After a turbulent first half of the year, the summer holidays represent a great time to catch up on useful information that you might have missed amid the tumult.
08-07-2022 | Insight
Ten years of successful factor investing in credit markets
Ten years of successful factor investing in credit markets
A decade of live track-records shows that our factor-based credit investing approach delivers improved risk-adjusted returns compared to the market.
30-06-2022 | Insight
Quant chart: Cornered by Big Oil
Quant chart: Cornered by Big Oil
Positive year-to-date returns from oil stocks are bucking the trend given the S&P 500 Index has slid into bear market territory.
29-06-2022 | Insight
Forecasting stock crash risk with machine learning
Forecasting stock crash risk with machine learning
Machine learning techniques can be used to uncover nonlinear relationships between several variables to help forecast stock crash risk.
15-06-2022 | Insight
‘Factors are still the foundation of financial markets’
‘Factors are still the foundation of financial markets’
New data sources and techniques can help us to better understand factors.
08-06-2022 | Interview
Quality: the underappreciation of well-managed businesses
Quality: the underappreciation of well-managed businesses
Persistent human errors when forming future earnings expectations for companies give rise to the Quality premium.
01-06-2022 | Insight
Beyond Fama-French: alpha from short-term signals
Beyond Fama-French: alpha from short-term signals
Positive net alpha from established short-term signals can be harvested practically by investors.
31-05-2022 | Research
Conservative investing stands the test of time
Conservative investing stands the test of time
Conservative investing (also termed defensive or low-risk investing) is all about winning by losing less.
23-05-2022 | Insight
‘I have always tried to make sense of human behavior’
‘I have always tried to make sense of human behavior’
People’s normal wants, even more than their cognitive and emotional shortcuts and errors, underlie answers to important questions of finance.
19-05-2022 | Interview
Navigating bond markets in times of stagflation
Navigating bond markets in times of stagflation
High inflation and central bank tightening are already leading to rising yields and negative bond returns.
18-05-2022 | Insight
Indices insights: Does sustainability integration affect factor premiums?
Indices insights: Does sustainability integration affect factor premiums?
In this ‘Indices insights’ article, we analyze the impact of sustainability integration on factor premiums.
17-05-2022 | Insight
Quant chart: Value accelerates to strongest start in decades
Quant chart: Value accelerates to strongest start in decades
Value has achieved the best start to a calendar year in over 35 years.
16-05-2022 | Insight
‘A strong research culture enables you to stay true to your investment philosophy’
‘A strong research culture enables you to stay true to your investment philosophy’
Quant investing is very much a team sport, in fact more so than ever.
13-05-2022 | Interview
Quant chart: Meme stock frenzy confirms short-selling signal
Quant chart: Meme stock frenzy confirms short-selling signal
After more than a year following the short squeeze in so-called meme stocks, the informational advantage of short-selling data resurfaces.
29-04-2022 | Insight
Data sets – factor investing in corporate bonds
Data sets – factor investing in corporate bonds
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
29-04-2022 | Data sets
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
Podcast: Equity factors are even older than we thought
Podcast: Equity factors are even older than we thought
New Robeco research confirms that investors’ behavioral biases have been around since the days of the American Wild West.
21-03-2022 | Podcast
Fama-French 5-factor model: why more is not always better
Fama-French 5-factor model: why more is not always better
Fama and French have expanded their original three-factor model by adding two factors, namely investment and profitability.
10-03-2022 | Insight
Value could outperform for five years or more
Value could outperform for five years or more
The resurgent Value style could bring market-beating returns for the next five years and beyond as interest rates rise, Robeco’s Value experts say.
09-03-2022 | Insight
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