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Credit investing

Three simple words

Duration Times Spread. It’s the industry risk management standard we engineered in 2003. We’ve been corporate bond investors since the 1970s and, in 1998, we became the first European investor to launch a global high yield credit fund. As an industry leader in sustainable credits investing, we continue to break new ground.

Guide to credits

Research rather than being swayed by public opinion

  • Poor liquidity is one of the main challenges today. Our contrarian style helps us to deal with illiquidity while seizing opportunities. We seek to buy after a market sell-off and take risk off the table when a bubble appears.

    A successful contrarian style is only possible with the in-depth research capabilities to back up our investment theses. We have adopted a career analyst model, giving our analysts the research skills, global sector expertise and knowledge of issuers to pinpoint the best opportunities. Our credit team consists of over 30 investment professionals who know when to invest and what to avoid.

  • We also need to be able to measure the true risk of our portfolios – historically, one of the biggest challenges facing credit investors. We developed an innovative method to do so based on the observation that the product of a bond’s credit spread and its duration – its DTS – accurately predicts its future volatility. It has found its way into all aspects of how we manage our credit portfolios at Robeco and has been pivotal in our success in this field.

    This way we can take on the right level of risk at the right time, build well-diversified portfolios that avoid the losers.

    Credit Quarterly Outlook

How to invest in SDGs

Watch the three-step process we use for some of our equity and credits funds to select companies that contribute positively to the SDGs.

Compelling mainstream, sustainable & quant solutions

  • We are leaders regarding fully incorporating ESG analysis in our credit investment process. By considering ESG information, such as corporate governance, we can spot early warning signs for potential risk that traditional financial analysis might miss. In 2018, we were among the first to launch an SDG credits fund, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Using ground-breaking research, we provide our clients with quantitative, factor-based credit strategies in addition to our fundamental credit range.

    Our credit strategies

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights
Broadening credit opportunities through emerging market corporate debt
Broadening credit opportunities through emerging market corporate debt
It is a misperception that emerging market companies are small, risky and single-focused.
03-07-2020 | Interview
Credit outlook: The rules have changed
Credit outlook: The rules have changed
The ‘common enemy’ elicited a massive unconventional, coordinated series of stimulus by policy makers.
24-06-2020 | Insight
Sustainability trends in energy credits after Covid-19
Sustainability trends in energy credits after Covid-19
Finding affordable, low-carbon and reliable energy sources is a challenge for investors in the energy sector.
22-06-2020 | Insight
The green bond opportunity
The green bond opportunity
Trade in green bonds has grown from a small niche sector to a liquid and diversified market.
08-06-2020 | Video
Our introductory guide to investing in SDG credits
Our introductory guide to investing in SDG credits
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have captured the imagination as a great way of impact investing.
03-06-2020 | Insight
Reducing the carbon intensity of multi-factor credits strategies
Reducing the carbon intensity of multi-factor credits strategies
Quantitative investment strategies lend themselves well to integrating secondary objectives, such as reducing carbon intensity.
27-05-2020 | Insight
Duration Times Spread: a measure of spread exposure in credit portfolios
Duration Times Spread: a measure of spread exposure in credit portfolios
Duration Times Spread (DTS) is the market standard method for measuring the credit volatility of a corporate bond.
01-05-2020 | Research
Central bank watcher: Rates in lockdown for longer
Central bank watcher: Rates in lockdown for longer
Central banks have stepped up to the plate by delivering significant amounts of easing.
28-04-2020 | Insight
In addition to credit investing, we also have four other key strengths: