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Robeco partners with Credit Suisse AM for factor indices push

Tom Eckett

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Robeco has teamed-up with Credit Suisse Asset Management (CSAM) to push its multi-asset equities index solutions.

CSAM will help Robeco in packaging and distributing its smart beta range to investors across Europe and Asia.

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The firm said the move will greatly broaden its range of clients and increases the growth potential for the range.

Launched in 2014, the indices offer investors exposure to four factors; value, momentum, quality and low volatility. S&P Dow Jones Indices will continue to calculate the indices for Robeco.

Joop Huij (pictured), head of factor investing equities and factor index research at Robeco, commented: “CSAM have an outstanding reputation for high-level precision in replicating indices and we look forward to working together as part of this partnership.”

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Valerio Schmitz-Esser, head of index solutions at CSAM, said: “The partnership with Robeco puts us in an excellent position to cover the passive market.”

“We have been seeing an increasing shift towards passive investments, whereby a newer aspect of this trend are portfolios based on specialised indices, made possible by recent advances in indexing and replication. The partnership with Robeco puts us in an excellent position to cover this market.”

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