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Spring has sprung for Value investing

Spring has sprung for Value investing

🕔15:48, 1.Jun 2021

After ‘a lost decade’ of tepid performance, the Value factor has begun to stage a comeback, following the announcement of successful Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine candidate results on 9 November 2020. Despite the recent rally and reversal of fortunes, spreads in

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Multi-asset market outlook

Multi-asset market outlook

🕔09:28, 13.Apr 2021

While fixed income markets mainly remained under pressure, they were not the worst performing asset class in March. That honor went to commodities. After leading the way over the past months, commodities came under pressure in March. The decline was broad based. Crude oil lost …

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Tackling the Trilemma

Tackling the Trilemma

🕔07:32, 24.Nov 2020

Investment Outlook 2021 2020 will likely go down as one of the most remarkable years in history: from an economic perspective, as Covid-19 brought the deepest recession since the 1930s, and from a public health and social viewpoint as well.

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The Big Book of Trends & Thematic Investing

The Big Book of Trends & Thematic Investing

🕔13:03, 15.Oct 2020

For hundreds of millions of people, March 2020 was a watershed. Within days, the Covid19 pandemic had triggered powerful shockwaves across the world. Entire populations were put under strict lockdown measures almost overnight. Planes were grounded; and restaurants, museums and

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Brave real world

Brave real world

🕔12:54, 30.Sep 2020

It’s as if nothing happened. At the time of writing, the MSCI AC World index in EUR is up 8% since a year ago, which is very close to our long-term equilibrium equity return estimate of 7%. Yet, in the

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Gross Domestic Past-it – Rethinking how we value our progress as a society

Gross Domestic Past-it – Rethinking how we value our progress as a society

🕔09:25, 25.Sep 2020

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has long been the go-to metric for assessing countries' development trajectories. In turn, investors are largely judged …

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Climate change: a problem that insurance companies can’t afford to ignore

Climate change: a problem that insurance companies can’t afford to ignore

🕔15:21, 14.Aug 2020

Climate change could have profound implications for property and casualty insurance companies due to the claims expected to result from an increased number of major weather events. What’s more, as major investors, insurers are faced with a likely double whammy

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Climate change: a problem that insurance companies can’t afford to ignore

Climate change: a problem that insurance companies can’t afford to ignore

🕔15:00, 17.Jul 2020

Climate change could have profound implications for property and casualty insurance companies due to the claims expected to result from an increased number of major weather events. What’s more, as major investors, insurers are faced with a likely double whammy

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Unlocking value in the euro  – Multi-asset market outlook

Unlocking value in the euro – Multi-asset market outlook

🕔11:44, 9.Jul 2020

Economic data is coming in stronger than expected. The better data is to some extent just a reflection of improvement from a low base – but on the other hand, it is confirmation that the worse of the economic contraction

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Adding commodities to the mix

Adding commodities to the mix

🕔15:14, 9.Jun 2020

May: Oil is back…  Risky assets continued their ascent in May. The best-performing asset class was commodities, and oil in particular. After an extremely negative performance in April, oil rebounded sharply. Pandemic fears continue to wane, and countries are slowly

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Will the oil price crash lower carbon footprints?

Will the oil price crash lower carbon footprints?

🕔11:04, 13.May 2020

Multi-asset market outlook  April was a good month for most risky assets. These positive returns, however, came on the back of a brutal correction. While most asset classes rebounded in April, some failed to find a bottom. Oil prices continued

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Central Bank Watcher

Central Bank Watcher

🕔16:55, 5.May 2020

Rates in lockdown for longer  With the outbreak of the coronavirus hitting the global economy, central banks have stepped up to the plate by delivering significant amounts of easing. Official yields are now at or below zero for all developed

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Policy missteps could hurt markets more than the virus

Policy missteps could hurt markets more than the virus

🕔08:55, 6.Mar 2020

Perspectives on the Coronavirus Outbreak The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is the cause of COVID-19, a severe respiratory disease first detected in Wuhan, China…  

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Investing in China is a question of stock picking rather than index picking

Investing in China is a question of stock picking rather than index picking

🕔14:50, 30.Jan 2020

The relationship between China and the West has changed radically China faces many challenges and may not overtake the US by 2030 Finding expert managers is key for investors to make the right choices

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Investing in China is a question of stock picking rather than index picking

Investing in China is a question of stock picking rather than index picking

🕔17:18, 13.Jan 2020

Emerging Markets The relationship between China and the West has changed radically China faces many challenges and may not overtake the US by 2030 Finding expert managers is key for investors to make the right choices   

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Norway – the world’s most sustainable country

Norway – the world’s most sustainable country

🕔10:43, 6.Jan 2020

Country Sustainability Ranking Update – December 2019 Scandinavia continues to dominate sustainability rankings, lead this time by Norway.  The Nordic 4 along with Switzerland maintain their strong position thanks to leadership in governance, innovation, human capital, and environmental indicators.  Elsewhere

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Central Bank Watcher: playing the waiting game

Central Bank Watcher: playing the waiting game

🕔15:15, 31.Dec 2019

Fed, ECB, PBoC and the Boj

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All factor strategies go through long periods of poor performance

All factor strategies go through long periods of poor performance

🕔12:04, 22.Nov 2019

Factor investing requires a long-term perspective Talking about a demise of factors seems premature Active managers can add value through intelligent design

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A tale of s scenarios

A tale of s scenarios

🕔12:56, 15.Nov 2019

Outlook 2020 The recurring theme of this outlook can be summarized in just two words: ‘what if?’. We expect the economic expansion to last a little longer, and the equity bull market to enter the last leg of a near

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Lower credit risk observed in sectors that are positively aligned with the SDGs

Lower credit risk observed in sectors that are positively aligned with the SDGs

🕔09:08, 13.Nov 2019

SDG Credits Research

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Search for yield versus lurch to protectionism

Search for yield versus lurch to protectionism

🕔12:37, 14.Oct 2019

2018 was a bear market, but in the last six months credit has traded in a range – a remarkable performance given the slowdown in economic growth. Since last quarter, rates markets have been much more volatile than credit. Ominously,

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Multi-asset markets outlook

Multi-asset markets outlook

🕔17:59, 23.Sep 2019

The global economy is stuck in a persistent slowdown concentrated in the manufacturing sector amidst pervasive economic policy uncertainty. The latest ISM manufacturing producer confidence index slid into contraction territory at 49.1 in August, delivering little comfort for investors. Is

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What yield curve inversion means for credit investors

What yield curve inversion means for credit investors

🕔08:50, 16.Sep 2019

The US 2s10s curve inverted in August, other curves had already inverted

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Investing in a 50:50 World

Investing in a 50:50 World

🕔14:36, 11.Sep 2019

Speed read China-US trade deal has been delayed, expect more volatility Look for structural changes: China stimulus and global IT supply chains Best opportunities remain outside of the US, as long as we have a trade deal 

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Global Fixed Income Macro

Global Fixed Income Macro

🕔10:52, 15.Aug 2019

Central bank watcher: Time to deliver Fed: make life easy and do 50 ECB: A september to remember PBOC: Easing bij reform?

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Beleggen in een 50/50-wereld

Beleggen in een 50/50-wereld

🕔17:08, 26.Jul 2019

Welkom in een nieuwe wereld. Er is nog steeds geen handelsdeal en de winstherzieningen zijn verslechterd. Bovendien zijn centrale banken over de hele wereld nu nog milder dan in het vorige kwartaal. Onze vooruitzichten voor ontwikkelde markten blijven neutraal en

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‘Let’s use finance to make the world a better place’

‘Let’s use finance to make the world a better place’

🕔12:02, 17.Jul 2019

Robeco Quarterly It’s been 20 years since you were involved with the launch of Robeco’s first SI fund. How much do you think has changed in sustainable investing over that time? Is it now mainstream, or still work in progress?

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Multi-asset markets outlook – July

Multi-asset markets outlook – July

🕔17:02, 10.Jul 2019

Economic numbers were generally uninspiring in June. On a relative basis, data out the US was weaker than expected. In June it was less about the data and all about central banks. Market expectations heading into the meetings were extremely

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Credit Quarterly Outlook Q3 2019

Credit Quarterly Outlook Q3 2019

🕔15:02, 5.Jul 2019

Be smart, quick and lucky  

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Multi-asset markets outlook

Multi-asset markets outlook

🕔17:02, 13.Jun 2019

With a series of tweets, President Trump reinvigorated fears of an escalation of trade disputes. Not only did he announce higher and extra tariffs on Chinese products, he also threatened India and Mexico with tariffs. As expected, markets reacted negatively:

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European Conservative Equities strategy

European Conservative Equities strategy

🕔14:04, 3.Jun 2019

In this article, we investigate the current bottom-up attractiveness of European sectors and countries and provide a few examples to illustrate how we are able to find attractive low-risk, high-income stocks with positive momentum across the whole European equity market

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Multi-asset markets outlook

Multi-asset markets outlook

🕔17:02, 14.May 2019

In the absence of big news, markets ground higher in April. This was the fourth consecutive month of higher stocks, with nearly 20% returns over that time, and a new ‘all time high’ for the MSCI World (in euros). Not

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This time it’s different

This time it’s different

🕔17:02, 18.Apr 2019

Fundamental Equities Outlook  Since the beginning of the year, global equity markets have staged a swift comeback, turning around the dismal performance of the final quarter of 2018. Year-to-date, the MSCI World is up almost 16% in US dollar terms

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China’s new economy takes root

China’s new economy takes root

🕔17:03, 15.Apr 2019

Country Outlook The inclusion of Chinese A-shares in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index that took place last June is a landmark step for China’s integration into global markets. It is expected to boost investors’ interest in Chinese firms and to

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Multi-asset market outlook

Multi-asset market outlook

🕔13:02, 10.Apr 2019

The continuous string of bad economic numbers started to eat away at market confidence. The fact that the policy objective of central banks was to normalize policy didn’t help, as it could imply that they would be less sensitive to

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Sustainable inside

Sustainable inside

🕔15:02, 7.Apr 2019

Sustainable investing means many things to many people, and their investment goals can vary greatly – there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Techniques used can also vary a lot, from negative screenings such as exclusions, to more sophisticated impact approaches or

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Multi-asset market outlook

Multi-asset market outlook

🕔13:02, 13.Mar 2019

Compared to the meltdown in the fourth quarter last year, and the sharp reversal the followed it, February was slightly uneventful. Global developed equities returned 3.3% in local currencies. The top performers, however, were commodities. Oil prices rose again, with

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Overcoming the challenges of ESG integration in Chinese A-shares

Overcoming the challenges of ESG integration in Chinese A-shares

🕔14:05, 27.Feb 2019

Tailored ESG integration methodology for Chinese A-shares Powerful tool to spot the winners and losers in domestic market ESG profile coverage for 100% of portfolio and 70% of universe

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Multi-asset markets outlook

Multi-asset markets outlook

🕔19:02, 11.Feb 2019

February 2019 It was a sort of ‘game of chicken’ between the markets and the Fed. From October onwards, markets gave a strong signal to the US central bank that they disagreed with the more hawkish tone the Fed had

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Multi-asset market outlook

Multi-asset market outlook

🕔11:02, 17.Jan 2019

Those who hoped for a December equity market rally were massively disappointed. Not only did the markets take a hit in the first days of the month, but losses rapidly accumulated going into the new year. The gains realized by

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Investment Outlook 2019

Investment Outlook 2019

🕔13:02, 3.Dec 2018

Turbulence Ahead The bull market of the last few years has caused a number of noticeable differences within asset classes. We highlight some of them in this outlook, as we think that these will offer good investment opportunities in 2019. 

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Investment Outlook 2019

Investment Outlook 2019

🕔13:02, 3.Dec 2018

Turbulence Ahead The bull market of the last few years has caused a number of noticeable differences within asset classes. We highlight some of them in this outlook, as we think that these will offer good investment opportunities in 2019. 

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Factor investing in corporate bond markets

Factor investing in corporate bond markets

🕔19:02, 16.Nov 2018

Low Risk, Quality, Value, Momentum, Size. These are well-known style factors: characteristics that can help explain differences in the risk and return of stocks and bonds. In recent years investors have started to tilt their portfolios towards factor strategies in

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Turbulance ahead

Turbulance ahead

🕔19:02, 16.Nov 2018

The bull market of the last few years has caused a number of noticeable differences within asset classes. We highlight some of them in this outlook, as we think that these will offer good investment opportunities in 2019. Although 2018

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Turbulance Ahead

Turbulance Ahead

🕔13:04, 13.Nov 2018

Investment Outlook 2019 The bull market of the last few years has caused a number of noticeable differences within asset classes. We highlight some of them in this outlook, as we think that these will offer good investment opportunities in

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Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue

🕔13:02, 6.Nov 2018

Robeco has been publishing its Expected Returns since 2011. Over the years, our readers have continued to confirm that the underlying research has helped them make investment decisions. As a result, we have decided to maintain the same approach and

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Brexit – still bordering on the ridiculous

Brexit – still bordering on the ridiculous

🕔15:04, 17.Oct 2018

Brexit issue to be discussed at EU summit from 17-18 October Core issue remains over how to solve problem of Irish border UK faces real risk of crashing out in March without a deal 

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Passive investing and sustainability are incompatible

Passive investing and sustainability are incompatible

🕔14:02, 17.Oct 2018

Passive funds buy the entire market without using ESG factors Sustainable indices are active, not passive strategies Best of both worlds possible with sustainable enhanced indexing 

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Now is the time for sustainability investing

Now is the time for sustainability investing

🕔13:01, 16.Oct 2018

Robeco has received the highest possible rating from the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) for all aspects of its sustainability investing approach. The PRI awarded A+ for every facet of Robeco’s SI operations, from strategy and ESG integration, to

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Multi-asset markets outlook

Multi-asset markets outlook

🕔13:00, 8.Oct 2018

October 2018 It was an exceptionally good month for commodities. The main driver of the positive return generated by the general commodity indexes was oil. In September, Brent increased 7.4% and WTI rose 4.9%. With Venezuela imploding and the almost

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