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This podcast is for professional investors only. Robeco Podcasts: offering engaging interviews on Sustainability, Factor Investing & trends.

This podcast is for professional investors only. Robeco Podcasts: offering engaging interviews on Sustainability, Factor Investing & trends.




This podcast is for professional investors only. Robeco Podcasts: offering engaging interviews on Sustainability, Factor Investing & trends.








Challenge the consensus

Keep questioning the consensus in 2021, do your research and stay contrarian, says Victor Verberk, Robeco’s CIO Fixed Income, in our latest podcast episode. “Bond yields are controlled, independence of central banks is out of the window. Joe Biden is going to print another USD 2 trillion in stimulus and the Fed will finance it. It’s a concerted effort to keep the economy going.” To go back to normal, we do need defaults, though, he says. Tune in.


Why I am more bullish than ever on quant

Will value stocks make a comeback in 2021? Robeco’s Chief Quant Researcher, David Blitz, acknowledges that mean reversion isn’t always inevitable. And if it does occur, it’s difficult to predict the timing. “It will take a change of investor sentiment. But valuations cannot be detached from fundamentals forever.” Listen to the full podcast.


A great year for risky assets

With several vaccines on the way, 2021 promises to be a great year for equities. Earnings could reach double-digit growth and the trend of underperformance in value stocks could grind to a hold, say Jeroen Blokland and Peter van der Welle in our latest podcast episode. It’s also a time for non-US stocks to outperform their US equivalents. Tune in to hear it all.


Trends investing – art or science?

Covid-19 seems to have increased the speed at which trends are changing our world. Share prices of companies related to ecommerce and digitalization have surged. “The stock market is known for exaggerating every now and again, and certainly we have seen some really outrageous moves in stock prices. But there is still no reason to think that stocks should go down dramatically,” Steef Bergakker and Sam Brasser claim in our latest podcast episode. Tune in to hear the full story.


Will we avert a grim mix of higher inflation and negative rates?

Central banks are navigating through unchartered territory. “The longer you have negative interest rate policies, the harder it will become to offset the negative side effects and to retain the positive effects of it,” says Martin van Vliet, strategist in the Global Macro team. But the Fed and BoE are still very reluctant to cross the Rubicon into below-zero rates, he argues. Meanwhile, since the money being created is not pursuing goods, the risks for inflation are well within control. Tune...


The pressure on value investors is almost unbearable

Value has underperformed growth in the large-cap space by 43% in the past year. “The pressure on value investors to reevaluate and potentially discard their philosophy and change their processes is immense,” says Jay Feeney, CEO and CIO of Boston Partners.


Our man in Hong Kong

Arnout van Rijn has been investing in Asia for 25 years; for more than half of this time, he has lived in Hong Kong. His experiences have taught him to embrace Daniel Kahneman’s advice to be skeptical, trade little and be patient. In this podcast episode, Arnout talks about life in Hong Kong, the lagging performance of value stocks and the digitalization race between the east and the west. Tune in.


Straight talking about a circular future

Is rebuilding the global economy after Covid-19 an opportunity to fundamentally reboot economic systems? Proponents of the circular economy – which now accounts for 9% of the world economy – certainly think so. In our latest podcast episode, we discuss the circular economy with portfolio manager Holger Frey. Tune in.


Some factors are more equal than others

Is Value broken? Does a decade of disappointing performance mean that a factor has ultimately failed? The ‘lost decade’ for classic Fama-French factors like Size and Value raises some tough questions for quant researchers and portfolio managers. David Blitz and Pim van Vliet discuss a number of hot quant topics in our latest podcast episode.


Navigating the Covid-19 sell-off and the path to a new normal

“This crisis is different from previous ones because our investment teams have to deal with it by working remotely.” Almost four weeks since Covid-19 caused Europe to lock down and financial markets to fall sharply, Robeco’s Head of Investments, Peter Ferket, talks about the challenges of lack of liquidity in credit markets, outflows, and the long-term implications for the economy and the asset management industry.


Why we take stewardship seriously (and what it brings)

Is it just part of a greenwashing scheme or is it a crucial element in an integrated sustainable investing approach? Active ownership (engagement and voting) is a useful tool for investors to help companies be more sustainable but it also leads to better-informed investment decisions, say Carola van Lamoen and Peter van der Werf. A podcast masterclass on active ownership with two of Robeco’s experts.


Market update 9 March: Corona, oil price war and falling markets

“If you wake up and see -6%, you know what kind of day it is going to be.” In our latest podcast, Jeroen Blokland, head of Multi Asset, talks coronavirus and oil price war. “I do not think we are going to see a V-shaped recovery, but a U-shaped recovery is still possible.” Blokland still feels comfortable being underweight in risky assets. For now, the real safe have seems to be US Treasuries, he says. Tune in.


Gilbert Van Hassel: It’s time asset managers make money talk

If we start investing much more towards the long term, and to sustainable solutions, things will go very, very quickly, says Robeco CEO Gilbert Van Hassel. In our latest podcast episode, he describes the industry as being in a period of soul searching and that asset managers are needing to make deliberate choices about positioning for the future. “If you focus on sustainability, you are going to be a better asset manager”


Why contributing to the SDGs is a do or die

If investors ignore the challenges the SDGs represent, future growth will be much lower and much more erratic than it has been in the past. This will have an impact on valuations and, ultimately, the returns investors make, warns Take Wiersma, co-head of Credit Research, in our latest podcast episode. Wiersma discusses the opportunities that incorporating the SDGs into credit strategies offer and the process used at Robeco to assess the contribution companies are making to the achievement of...


Is it too late to jump on the China bandwagon?

Various index providers are increasing the weight of China in their indices. For institutional investors, this poses a dilemma. Should they blindly follow this move, thereby taking on increased portfolio risk? Strategist Jaap Hoek discusses this topic in our latest podcast episode. Inclusion of a stock or country in an index usually leads to higher prices. If you enter the Chinese stock market now, you might be a bit late – but not too late, Hoek argues.


Making the portfolio more concentrated hasn’t made it more risky

“The only way to create alpha is to deviate from the benchmark. Increasing the active share enhances the portfolio without increasing the volatility – at least the way we did it.” In our latest podcast, portfolio manager Jan Keuppens discusses the quest for alpha. He talks about the major changes one of the Robeco flagship funds underwent in order to stand the test of time.


With tech companies we need to be very vigilant

In our latest podcast, portfolio manager Jack Neele talks about the tricks of the trade in trends investing. Valuation of many of the growth stocks obviously is one of the challenges. “The valuation of our portfolio is much higher than the market, but we think that’s justified.” Neele also talks about new trends he sees developing and what would be the right moment to invest in these trends.


Combining quant and SI yields cost-effective solutions

In our latest podcast, Core Quant portfolio manager Machiel Zwanenburg discusses the need for sustainability building blocks to suit different client needs. “If a client is looking for a tailor-made solution, we can provide the building blocks or even develop new ones with them. Everyone is looking to increase their returns, but with sustainability it really depends who you’re talking to. So it’s important to have building blocks to hand.”


Asset management is all about intellectual property

Peter Ferket, CIO, discusses the disruptive trends in the asset management industry, the race to zero costs being one of them. “If you buy cheap solutions, you ultimately end up with lower net returns.”


Only in hindsight you will see the benefits of low vol-investing

In our latest podcast, Pim van Vliet, head of Global Conservative Equities, talks about the merits of low volatility investing. He also discusses the flipside: the relative risks of low volatility, the long-term approach investors need to take and how he got convinced by the concept the hard way. “You will never be top of the list and will not be able to brag about your investment performance at cocktail parties.