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Day Traders Battle Quants in the $160 Billion Thematic Boom

  • Robeco finds thematic indexes are opposite of quant approach
  • Funds like Cathie Wood’s ARKK are stacked with growth trades
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New research from quant firm Robeco is lending heft to fears that the day-trader billions flooding the stock market spell trouble for some of Wall Street’s smartest minds.

With suspicions growing that amateur investors are disrupting market patterns, a study from the 188 billion euro ($220 billion) manager suggests retail allocations favoring speculative technologies are in almost direct opposition to traditional systematic trades.