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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 […]
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How factor investing also works for corporate bonds

Two Robeco researchers have become the first to analyze the effect that factor premiums can have on corporate bond investing. The work by Patrick Houweling and Jeroen van Zundert aims to show that the factors used successfully in equity market investing can also work in the corporate bond market. Read more about this research study.
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The beauty and the beast of value and momentum investing

Are all value stocks and all momentum stocks equally attractive? In our research, we found that different types of value and momentum stocks exhibit very different performance characteristics. A value approach which incorporates some momentum and risk considerations tends to outperform a generic approach, but a value approach which intentionally goes against these factors significantly […]