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Robeco Asset Management Podcast
This podcast is for professional investors only. Robeco Podcasts: offering engaging interviews on Sustainability, Factor Investing & trends.
Nov 14, 2022
Is this the low point for high yield?
2022 has been a year of records for bond investors. In the first six months, the fixed income asset class clocked its worst performance since 1788. And, unusually, bonds have weakened at the same time that equity markets got hammered. In this episode we take a look at a segment of the fixed income market: high yield corporate bonds. Here too, new records have been set.Never before have there been two consecutive years of negative total returns in high yield. Investors are now wrestling with the question of whether this is the low point for high yield. Our guests are two veterans in the field, portfolio managers Sander Bus and Roeland Moraal.
Oct 24, 2022
We’re nowhere near an equilibrium between growth and value yet
Value has proven over the past two years that it’s not dead, after all. The rotation away from growth stocks towards value that started in November 2020 continues. But it’s been in fits and starts. And, let’s face it, the market mood now is tense, fickle and unsure. Will it be smooth sailing for value strategies from here onwards? Jay Feeney is CEO and CIO of Boston Partners, the US-based investment house focused on fundamentally driven value investing.
Sep 6, 2022
Has the sustainability premium vanished?
It’s been a gruelling year so far for financial markets, including for equities. And sustainable indices have had it even harder, having underperformed the overall equity market. Critics of sustainable and ESG investing have been emboldened by these recent market developments, arguing that doing good seems to equate to losing money. We ask portfolio managers Chris Berkouwer and Michiel Plakman if the field of sustainable investing is now facing a reckoning?
Jul 13, 2022
PodcastXL: The pursuit of alternative alpha
It has been hailed as the next frontier in quant investing. Using artificial intelligence, algorithms and vast volumes of new data types to explore untapped sources of returns sounds intriguing. Especially when times are uncertain, and alpha is evasive. But is this hype, false hope or real opportunity? We discuss these questions with three of our experts. Tune in.
Jun 14, 2022
Aggressive growth stocks face an uphill battle
A year ago today, the scope for growth stocks – and particularly tech-related growth companies – still seemed boundless. But, the recognition that higher inflation is not so transitory after all, and the clear signaling from central banks that interest rates will ratchet up, appear to have given growth investors a run for their money. Jack Neele and Richard Speetjens discuss the matter in our latest podcast episode.
May 27, 2022
What’s with inflation?
Rising inflation has become a growing concern for consumers around the world. It’s also wreaked havoc in financial markets, owing to fear and uncertainty about what happens next with interest rates, prices and economic growth. This after central bankers and analysts have been reassuring consumers and investors for nearly two years that they need not fear rising prices. We discuss the topic with Rikkert Scholten and Bob Stoutjesdijk.
May 23, 2022
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May 4, 2022
Rediscovering real assets
There’s far more to real estate than ‘location, location, location’, and investors are taking note. Amid volatile market conditions, listed real estate has outperformed general equity over the past year. This is not without challenges, though, particularly on the sustainability front: the property sector churns out some 40% of global greenhouse gases. Listen in as Frank Onstwedder and Folmer Pietersma tell us all about it.
Apr 1, 2022
How to read the huge emerging markets discount
Emerging markets look extremely cheap. But are they cheap for a reason? We bring some 70 years of investment experience to the table to discuss the risks and opportunities that emerging markets offer in these volatile times. Tune in to our latest podcast episode.
Mar 21, 2022
The art of true engagement
Investors have grown to recognize the importance of having a say in how their capital is used. Butconducting successful engagements with companies is an art, say Robeco’s active ownership experts Daniëlle Essink, Laura Bosch and Robert Dykstra. Tune in to hear them share their insights on the topic.
Mar 15, 2022
Equity factors are even older than we thought
New Robeco research confirms that investors’ behavioural biases have been around since the days of the American Wild West. Guido Baltussen and Pim van Vliet talk about the mammoth task of building a database going back to the 1860s, and what it means for investors. Listen in to the conversation.
Feb 25, 2022
Not seeing red on Russian invasion
With Russian tanks rolling into the suburbs of Kyiv, what should investors do? Wim-Hein Pals, head of Emerging Markets Equities, talks about keeping calm in a crisis, and the impact the conflict might have on various sectors and regions. Tune in to hear it all.
Jan 26, 2022
Stick to your long-term investment beliefs
How tough will 2022 be for investors? What will it take to successfully navigate volatile market conditions, with very little in financial markets, central bank policy and fiscal action being business as usual? Robeco's CIO Victor Verberk and Mark van der Kroft discuss the tricks of the trade in our latest podcast.
Dec 20, 2021
Is this peak insanity?
With current market valuations now exceeding those of 1929, and even of 1999, the term ‘peak insanity’ is coined. Arnout van Rijn, CIO Asia Pacific, is less concerned. “It is not as bad as 1999. It's just a small segment of the market that is really at multiples that are hard to defend. The bigger segment of the market that now trades at relatively elevated multiples are just healthy cash flow-positive stocks that the market is willing to pay up for because of the TINA argument – ‘there is no alternative’.
Nov 16, 2021
Why the research that backs sustainable investing takes tenacity
The wave of inflows continues into ESG-focused funds and impact-targeting strategies. But what lies behind the impressive product labels and glossy marketing materials? What does it truly take to identify to build sustainable investment portfolios? Rachel Whittaker, Head of SI Research, discusses the latest thinking in this field.
Oct 21, 2021
China – from power shortages to power play
In our latest podcast, we discuss China’s challenges – from property to power shortages. We also zoom in on China’s ambition as it moves from a trade war to a tech war with the US. "The rivalry will only intensify," says Jie Lu, Head of Investments China. Tune in for more fascinating insights.
Oct 4, 2021
Why quant fixed income is a great diversifier
While many quant equity strategies have struggled over the past few years, the performance of quant credits has been robust. Patrick Houweling, Co-head of Quant Fixed Income, talks about the tricks of the quant trade, how his team is integrating sustainability into models, and the potential impact of a rise in inflation. Tune in to our latest podcast episode.
Sep 7, 2021
The Next Digital Billion is here. Are investors prepared?
A fundamental shift is occurring in how and where the internet is used. Investors could be caught out by who the real winners are in this transition, according to Robeco portfolio managers Bryan Satterly and Michiel van Voorst. They explain why in our latest podcast.
Jul 27, 2021
Are investment managers ready for ESG going mainstream?
More and more investors say they choose their fund manager based on their sustainability credentials. But is the industry ready for this fundamental shift towards ESG and impact investing? In our latest podcast, Masja Zandbergen, Robeco’s head of sustainability integration, discusses what it takes to keep up the pace. She also tackles some hot topics in ESG investing, including activism, health and biodiversity
Jun 30, 2021
Value, back with a vengeance
Value stocks are in revival – this after what seemed like an endless run of underperformance relative to growth stocks. But, is this the long-awaited value rotation? Andhow big is the opportunity from here onwards? David Cohen is portfolio manager for the Boston Partners Large Cap Value strategy and our guest in our latest podcast episode. Tune in
May 31, 2021
Navigating change and challenge in the asset management industry
It’s never a dull moment in the asset management industry. Innovation, market swings, increasing regulatory pressure, the rotation from growth to value and, of course, the growing importance of climate investing solutions, are among the pressing themes in the industry. Each change and challenge offers opportunity to excel. Chief investment officer Mark van der Kroft discusses these topics – and more – in our latest podcast episode. Tune in.
Mar 30, 2021
No need to fear an inflationary accident – just yet
It’s inevitable that the forceful fiscal stimulus and exceptionally loose monetary policy currently in place will result in higher inflation. But, say Rikkert Scholten and Bob Stoutjesdijk, portfolio managers in the Robeco Global Macro Fixed Income team, the impact will be temporary. “There are a number of very strong secular forces keeping inflation in check”. Tune in to hear why they’re not falling for the inflation fearmongering.
Mar 10, 2021
Climate investing is more than just the next big thing
“The more you read about climate change, the more worried you become”, says Carola van Lamoen, Head of Sustainable investing. However, “mankind is hugely creative, and we can live up to the challenge”, says Climate Strategist Lucian Peppelenbos. The two experts discuss the risks and opportunities of climate change for asset managers in our latest podcast episode. Tune in.
Jan 11, 2021
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.
Dec 17, 2020
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.
Dec 7, 2020
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.
Nov 2, 2020
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.
Oct 15, 2020
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 in.
Sep 28, 2020
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.
Jul 8, 2020
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.
Jun 29, 2020
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.
May 13, 2020
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.
Apr 9, 2020
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.
Apr 6, 2020
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.
Mar 9, 2020
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.
Jan 22, 2020
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”
Jan 6, 2020
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 these global objectives.
Nov 26, 2019
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.
Oct 14, 2019
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.
Sep 18, 2019
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.
Jun 28, 2019
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.”
May 27, 2019
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.”
Mar 29, 2019
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.
Mar 29, 2019
Investing in emerging markets takes nerves of steel
In our third podcast, Fabiana Fedeli, head of Global Fundamental Equities, talks about emerging markets. And she is optimistic about the US-China trade war. “Six months ago the world was convinced there would be no solution. There is going to be a solution – it may not be perfect – but that solution will be enough to make markets a little bit more relaxed.” However, investing in emerging markets does take nerves of steel at many occasions, she adds.
Feb 5, 2019
Factor investing is by no means a black box
In the second episode of Robeco Podcast, David Blitz (Head of Quant Research) discusses the latest trends and challenges in factor investing with podcast host Sam Shaw. They talk about different factors and about capacity and transparency of quant strategies.
Feb 2, 2019
We are approaching Peak Environment right now
In this first episode of the new Robeco podcast, Sam Shaw is joined by Daniel Wild, co-CEO of RobecoSAM on the current trends in sustainable investing: 'Millennials want their investments to reflect their environmental and social beliefs'.