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The low-risk anomaly in credits

In this Research Note we show that low-risk credits had superior risk-adjusted excess returns over the past 20 years. By selecting low-risk bonds from low-risk issuers, investors would have earned credit-like returns at substantially lower risk. Read more about the low-risk anomaly in credit markets using various dimensions of risk. Read the research paper »
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Robeco Outlook 2016

Valuations have increased, lowering the prospect of above-average returns. This holds true for risky assets in particular, but sovereign bonds will also be expensive in the scenario of subdued but expanding growth we expect in 2016. Read more »
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Factor investing: it works for credits too

Pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds increasingly apply factor investing to equities in their portfolios. And now institutional investors would also like to apply this concept to credits. A research study ( ‘Factor investing in the corporate bond market’) shows that factor strategies can be attractive in credit markets. How does this work […]
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Five things about maximizing factor investing performance

Although factor investing is becoming more popular, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the concept and its implementation. In Europe, the US and Asia, it is a widely debated strategy within the professional investment community. Investors are attracted by the prospect of greater diversification, higher returns and lower risk. What should investors know in […]
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Robeco: Expected returns 2016-2020

What returns can investors expect over the next five years? Equities remain our preferred asset class for the next five years, as we predict they will earn 5.5% annually for investors on the back of global growth. Government bonds however may see negative returns as rates begin to rise. These are the core predictions of […]
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Smart credit investing: harvesting factor premiums

Although most factor research focuses on the equity market, the concept and benefits of factor investing apply equally well to the corporate bond market. A smart way of investing is combining the factors into a multi-factor credit portfolio in order to diversify across factors. A multi-factor portfolio retains the high Sharpe ratio of the individual […]