Robeco Launches New Quantitative Equity Fund Focused on Asia-Pacific

Mar 23 2016 | 10:21pm ET

European investment powerhouse Robeco has created a new quantitative long-only equity fund dedicated to Asian-Pacific stocks.

The new fund, named the Robeco Asia-Pacific Active Quant Equities fund, was launched in Luxembourg on March 17, according to Citywire Selector. It is part of Robeco’s Luxembourg-based SICAV and is UCITS-compliant. 

The new vehicle will be managed by quantitative managers Wilma de Groot and Tim Dröge, who currently oversee a number of funds within the bank’s “Quant Core” group designed to cater to investors seeking equity market exposure in combination with flexibility regarding alpha and beta.

Robeco was one of the first global asset managers to employ quantitative research techniques across virtually all markets, successfully running rules-based portfolios since 1994 and leveraging in-house research to exploit market inefficiencies in equities and fixed income markets. The company was also among the first asset managers to implement quantitative research techniques in emerging markets. 

The fund will focus on equities in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, as well as other markets in the region ex-Japan, and will utilize the same stock selection models and portfolio construction algorithms already in use by the firm’s existing Core Quant strategies.

Currency, share class and passport information for the new fund was not immediately available.

Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Rotterdam, Robeco is a global asset manager with more than €268 billion in assets under management as of December 2015.

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