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Robeco Euro Credit Bonds DH EUR

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates (EUR)
ISIN: LU0213453771
  • Diversified credits exposure with full discretion approach
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • Experienced team management
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About this fund

Robeco Euro Credit Bonds provides a diversified exposure to the Euro investment grade credit market. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund is actively managed and implement beta policy, sector rotation, off- benchmark positioning in emerging market, covered bonds or limitedly high yield.

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Robeco Euro Credit Bonds DH EUR

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.09%. The portfolio posted a positive return in December, which was very close to the return of the index. The average credit spread of the index widened from 149 basis points to 152 basis points during the month. This means that the excess return of corporate bonds over government debt was just below zero during the month. Underlying government bond yields declined during the month, benefiting the portfolio’s return. The beta of the portfolio was above one; this positioning made no significant contribution.The largest positive contribution in issuer selection was realized through the overweight in RBS bonds; other positive contributors were Barclays and Santander UK. Spreads of UK banks tightened a bit, even though the Brexit uncertainty has not yet diminished. The relative performance of the portfolio also benefited from underweight positions in names such as Atlantia and Unibail Rodamco. Three other large underweight positions actually performed well, as spreads of GE, Intesa Sanpaolo and Generali recovered. This contributed negatively to the relative performance of the portfolio. Our position in high-yield rated Tereos debt contributed negatively as well.

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Market development

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Risk appetite in capital markets was limited in December, though the level of pessimism was highest in the US and not in Europe this time. Sentiment towards Italy improved considerably, as the Italian government decided to adjust its 2019 budget a little bit, to avoid an Excessive Deficit Procedure. Italian government bonds performed well in December, as did bonds issued by Italian corporates and financials. Several Spanish issuers benefited from this improved sentiment towards southern Europe.In the UK, the parliamentary vote on the exit deal was postponed until January. It is still unlikely that the deal will be approved by parliament in the first instance and it is not very clear what will happen in the coming months. Having said that, spreads for UK banks recovered somewhat in December. The most volatile action was visible in the US credit market. Spreads for US credit and high yield widened significantly. As expected, the Fed raised interest rates, but the outlook for further hikes in 2019 was more hawkish than the market had hoped for. Trade war tensions increased after the arrest of Huawei’s CFO in Canada.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

Robeco Euro Credit Bonds make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes. These derivatives are very liquid.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute a dividend. The income earned by the fund is reflected in its share price. This means that the fund's total performance is reflected in its share price performance.

ESG Integration policy

The prime goal of integrating ESG factors in our analysis is to strengthen our ability to assess the downside risk of our credit investments. Our analysts include RobecoSAM sustainability data and use external sources to make an ESG assessment as a part of the fundamental analysis.

Investment policy

Robeco Euro Credit Bonds provides diversified exposure across circa 80 corporate issuers to the Euro investment grade credit market (industrial and financial companies). The fund is a pure play credit with full discretion to actively implement beta policy, sector rotation, off- benchmark positioning in emerging market, covered bonds or limitedly high yield (overall non-IG exposure limited to 20%). The fund aims to outperform its index Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates. The investment philosophy is based on managing a solid diversified portfolio with a long term view. Top-down beta positioning is based on the outcome of our credit quarterly outlook meeting, in which the team is discussing the fundamental market outlook, valuation of bond markets and market technicals. Bottom-up issuer research is executed by our credit analysts, who execute the fundamental analysis. The analyst research reports are being discussed in approx. 500 credit committees per year.The portfolio managers are responsible for the portfolio construction. A proprietary developed risk management approach avoids high risk concentration in the portfolio. As the investment process is well-structured and proven over time, it contributes to repeatable performance delivery. The Investment Grade Corporate Bonds fund is managed by our credit team which consists of seven portfolio managers and twelve credit analysts. Within the team, Victor Verberk, Peter Kwaak and Jan Willem de Moor are responsible for investment grade, and work together for 6 years at Robeco. The portfolio managers are responsible for the construction and management of the credit portfolios, whereas the analysts cover the team's fundamental research.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully embedded in the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

Expectation of fund manager

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Our latest Quarterly Outlook took place on 6 December. There are many reasons to be cautious about credit markets, like trade wars, Italy, Brexit and the slowdown in China. The biggest concern however, seems to be the end of easy liquidity, now that QE is ending and the Fed is hiking rates. It is very difficult to predict when the next recession will arrive, but we can see that market volatility is increasing and we know that especially the US credit market is vulnerable after a long period of increasing corporate leverage. We do take some comfort from the fact that European companies have behaved fairly conservatively in the past years. Market expectations for the hiking path of the Fed are changing and we might be very close to the last hike already. Valuations have improved as spreads have widened, so we think it is too late for an underweight positioning. We are willing to buy bonds that have widened significantly already, while we keep our cautious stance towards expensive names that have not repriced yet. We are still shying away from buying Italian credit.

Victor Verberk
Victor Verberk

Victor Verberk

Mr. Verberk is Head and Portfolio Manager Investment Grade Credits since January 2008. Prior to joining Robeco in 2008, Mr. Verberk was CIO with Holland Capital Management. Before that he was employed by Mn Services as Head of Fixed Income and he worked for AXA Investment Managers as Portfolio Manager Credits. Victor Verberk started his career in the investment industry in 1997. Mr. Verberk holds a Master's degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam and has been a CEFA holder since 1999.

Team

The Robeco Euro Credit Bonds fundis managed within Robeco’s credit team, which consists of nine portfolio managers and twenty-three credit analysts (of which four financials analysts). The portfolio managers are responsible for the construction and management of the credit portfolios, whereas the analysts cover the team’s fundamental research. Our analysts have long term experience in their respective sectors which they cover globally. Each analyst covers both investment grade and high yield, providing them an information advantage and benefiting from inefficiencies that traditionally exist between the two segmented markets. Furthermore, the credit team is supported by dedicated quantitative researchers and fixed income traders. On average, the members of the credit team have an experience in the asset management industry of seventeen years, of which eight years with Robeco.

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The fund is established in Luxembourg and is subject to the Luxembourg tax laws and regulations. The fund is not liable to pay any corporation, income, dividend or capital gains tax in Luxembourg. The fund is subject to an annual subscription tax ('tax d'abonnement') in Luxembourg, which amounts to 0.05% of the net asset value of the fund. This tax is included in the net asset value of the fund. The fund can in principle use the Luxembourg treaty network to partially recover any withholding tax on its income.

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