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Credit outlook: Search for yield versus lurch to protectionism
Credit outlook: Search for yield versus lurch to protectionism
We are still convinced that we are approaching the end of the cycle, and continue to advocate a defensive positioning.
25-09-2019 | Quarterly outlook
Our guide to investing in SDG credits
Our guide to investing in SDG credits
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have captured the imagination as a great way of impact investing.
29-04-2019 | Insight
Credit outlook: Dead cat bounce
Credit outlook: Dead cat bounce
04-04-2019 | Quarterly outlook
Investing in the SDGs to tackle snake bites
Investing in the SDGs to tackle snake bites
How many people do you think die from snake bites?
11-03-2019 | Stunning statistics
Credit outlook: The emperor is naked
Credit outlook: The emperor is naked
Despite our repeated concerns about high corporate leverage and too much risk appetite, it is only now that credit markets are beginning to react to the global economic slowdown, and the next recession is being openly discussed.
20-12-2018 | Quarterly outlook
It’s not all black and white when it comes to SDGs
It’s not all black and white when it comes to SDGs
Measuring a company’s contribution to the UN SDGs is not that straightforward.
12-12-2018 | Insight
Credit outlook: crowding out credit
Credit outlook: crowding out credit
The US economy is still firing on all cylinders.
05-10-2018 | Quarterly outlook
Credit outlook: a slow bleed?
Credit outlook: a slow bleed?
We are past the peak of the credit cycle and uncertainty lies ahead.
06-07-2018 | Quarterly outlook
The outlook for credits: active managers are coming to life
The outlook for credits: active managers are coming to life
Although fundamentals are positive with a global economy firing on all cylinders, risky assets are expensive.
10-04-2018 | Quarterly outlook
Inflation - a little goes a long way
Inflation - a little goes a long way
Only a couple of years ago, US economists were still worrying about deflation.
19-03-2018 | Insight
There is always an opportunity somewhere in credits
There is always an opportunity somewhere in credits
The credits markets have undergone a metamorphosis in the last decade.
01-03-2018 | Insight
Five reasons to take a global approach to Credits
Five reasons to take a global approach to Credits
Many credit investors only invest in their home currency.
28-12-2017 | Insight
Six ways to improve the sustainability of credit portfolios
Six ways to improve the sustainability of credit portfolios
It is our conviction that analying sustainability information leads to better informed investment decisions.
29-11-2017 | Insight
How will carmakers deal with the end of diesel?
How will carmakers deal with the end of diesel?
High NOx emissions and diesel gates are precipitating the end of the diesel era.
16-11-2017 | Insight
Guide to credits
Guide to credits
Credit investors increasingly want to know how they can make superior returns while managing risk in one of the world’s most vibrant markets.
15-05-2017 | Magazine
Six key ESG issues in energy credits
Six key ESG issues in energy credits
The energy sector is faced with big ESG challenges.
06-04-2017 | Insight
The quality of low-risk credits
The quality of low-risk credits
Recently a new factor was added to the literature: Quality.
14-09-2016 | Research
Integrating sustainability into factor credit strategies
Integrating sustainability into factor credit strategies
The objective of our factor credit strategies is to maximize the portfolio’s factor exposure at low cost while limiting risks.
12-07-2016 | Research
The quarterly outlook for credits: we are on borrowed time
The quarterly outlook for credits: we are on borrowed time
How much further can the US business cycle be extended?
04-04-2016 | Quarterly outlook
Successfully integrating sustainability
Successfully integrating sustainability
In an institutional masterclass on Asset TV a panel of industry experts discuss how they manage sustainability, how they select prospects and talk about their research process.
18-02-2016 | Insight
Credit analysis and ESG: a perfect fit
Credit analysis and ESG: a perfect fit
One of the cornerstones of the investment philosophy of Robeco’s Credit team is that avoiding losers is more important than picking every winner.
17-09-2014 | Research
ESG integration, in particular for corporate bonds
ESG integration, in particular for corporate bonds
Institutional investors are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that trends such as population growth, the scarcity of raw materials and globalization have an impact on a company's risks and opportunities.
08-09-2014 | Insight
Smart Credit Investing: the Size Premium
Smart Credit Investing: the Size Premium
Recently we observe a shift towards factor investing, in which institutional investors strategically allocate their long-term investment portfolios to factor premiums.
16-07-2013 | Research
The impact of ESG on credit analysis: an example from the banking sector
The impact of ESG on credit analysis: an example from the banking sector
In our previous edition we explained the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors in the analysis of stocks.
05-07-2013 | Research
Residual Equity Momentum for Corporate Bonds
Residual Equity Momentum for Corporate Bonds
It is well documented that equity momentum has predictive power for corporate bond returns.
17-08-2012 | Research
On the nature and predictability of corporate bond returns
On the nature and predictability of corporate bond returns
Corporate bond returns consist of two distinct components: an interest rate component, which is default-free and anti-cyclical, and a credit spread component, which is default-risky and pro-cyclical.
16-05-2012 | Research
Ibbotson's default premium: risky data
Ibbotson's default premium: risky data
Ibbotson’s “Stocks, Bonds, Bills and Inflation” data set is widely used because it provides monthly US financial data series going back to as early as 1926.
09-12-2011 | Insight
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