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Robeco Euro Government Bonds 2C EUR

Index: Bloomberg Euro Aggregate: Treasury
ISIN: LU1241712022
  • Outspoken active and adaptive approach
  • Country allocation main performance driver
  • Active duration and yield curve positioning
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About this fund

Robeco Euro Government Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests predominantly in euro government bonds. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The fund invests in euro denominated bonds issued by the EMU-member countries. It employs an investment process combining top-down and bottom-up elements. Fundamental analysis is performed on each of the three performance drivers: country allocation, duration (interest rate sensitivity) management and yield curve positioning. Country ESG scores are part of our bottom-up analysis.

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Robeco Euro Government Bonds 2C EUR

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -5.00%. The fund posted a negative return over the month, but above its index. While July was all about recession fears, inflation returned with a vengeance as the dominant topic for markets in August. German Bund yields rose sharply, especially in the short end of the curve. The below index duration position of the fund benefited relative performance. The curve continued to flatten, also supporting relative performance. The overweight in government-related bonds and swaps hurt relative performance, as swap spreads continued to widen. The overweight in Swedish SGBs added to performance, as they did outperform.

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Market development

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After the July rally, government bonds changed course again, producing negative total returns in August for most markets. Europe was the frontrunner in the sell-off, with Bunds down -4.8% and Gilts returning -7.8%. The 2-year German bond yield rose an astonishing 94 bps, ending August at 1.20%. This was probably the largest monthly rise in this metric in at least three decades. More hawkish central bank rhetoric and skyrocketing inflation pushed up yields. High natural gas prices drove up Eurozone inflation to 9.1% YoY, a new record. As a consequence, a string of hawkish ECB members hinted at a possible 75 bps hike at the September Governing Council meeting.

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Currency policy

The fund is not exposed to currency risks, as the fund invests in Euro-denominated bonds.

Derivative policy

Robeco Euro Government Bonds makes use of government bond futures. These derivatives are regarded very liquid.

Dividend policy

The fund distributes dividend on a quarterly basis.

ESG Integration policy

The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, negative screening, ESG integration and minimum thresholds for the ESG score of countries as well investments in ESG-labelled bonds. The fund complies with Robeco's exclusion policy for countries and does not invest in countries where serious violations of human rights or a collapse of the governance structure take place, or if countries are subject to UN, EU or US sanctions. In addition, the fund excludes the 15% worst ranked countries following the World Governance Indicator 'Control of Corruption'. ESG factors of countries are integrated in the bottom-up country analysis. In the portfolio construction the fund ensures a minimum weighted average score of 6.5 following Robeco's proprietary Country Sustainability Ranking. The Country Sustainability Ranking scores countries on a scale from 1 (worst) to 10 (best) based on 40 environmental, social, and governance indicators. Lastly, the fund invests in a minimum of 10% in green, social or sustainable bonds.

Investment policy

Robeco Euro Government Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests predominantly in euro government bonds. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth. The fund promotes E&S (i.e. Environmental and Social) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, integrates sustainability risks in the investment process and applies Robeco’s Good Governance policy. The fund applies sustainability indicators, including but not limited to, region-based exclusions and invest partly in green, social or sustainable bonds. The fund invests in euro-denominated bonds issued by the EMU member countries. It employs an investment process combining top-down and bottom-up elements. Fundamental analysis is performed on each of the three performance drivers: country allocation, duration (interest rate sensitivity) management and yield curve positioning. Country ESG scores are part of our bottom-up analysis. The majority of bonds selected will be components of the benchmark, but bonds outside the benchmark may be selected too. The fund can deviate substantially from the weightings of the benchmark. The fund aims to outperform the benchmark over the long run, while still controlling relative risk through the application of limits (on currencies) to the extent of the deviation from the benchmark. This will consequently limit the deviation of the performance relative to the benchmark. The Benchmark is a broad market-weighted index that is not consistent with the ESG characteristics promoted by the fund.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully embedded in the investment process so as to ensure that the fund's positions remain within set limits at all times.

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Sustainability

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The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, negative screening, ESG integration and minimum thresholds for the ESG score of countries as well investments in ESG-labelled bonds. The fund complies with Robeco's exclusion policy for countries and does not invest in countries where serious violations of human rights or a collapse of the governance structure take place, or if countries are subject to UN, EU or US sanctions. In addition, the fund excludes the 15% worst ranked countries following the World Governance Indicator 'Control of Corruption'. ESG factors of countries are integrated in the bottom-up country analysis. In the portfolio construction the fund ensures a minimum weighted average score of 6.5 following Robeco's proprietary Country Sustainability Ranking. The Country Sustainability Ranking scores countries on a scale from 1 (worst) to 10 (best) based on 40 environmental, social, and governance indicators. Lastly, the fund invests in a minimum of 10% in green, social or sustainable bonds.

Expectation of fund manager

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We expect continued headwinds for bonds from central bank tightening. The Fed, Bank of England and ECB are all expected to hike by at least 50 bps in their September meetings and will probably not stop there. They will most likely be joined by a wide range of colleagues in tightening monetary policy, with the BoJ and PBoC as notable exceptions. It will take a cooler inflation climate, weak jobs data, or a sufficient response in risk markets to halt the tightening. Hints of a rate hike pause could bring a rally in bonds, but this probably requires further patience. In Italy, parliamentary elections are nearing and higher bond yields will be seen as concerning, with debt-financing costs rising further. Even as the current spread at 235 bps is just 10 bps short of the 245 bps seen last June, a level where the ECB announced the intention to develop a spread protection tool, it is unlikely that this tool will be triggered. The upcoming elections make it difficult for the ECB to act.

Michiel de Bruin, Stephan van IJzendoorn
Michiel de Bruin, Stephan van IJzendoorn

Michiel de Bruin, Stephan van IJzendoorn

Michiel de Bruin is Head of Euro Sovereigns within the Global Macro team and Portfolio Manager. Prior to joining Robeco in 2018, Michiel was Head of Global Rates and Money Markets at BMO Global Asset Management in London. He held various other positions before that, including Head of Euro Government Bonds. Before he joined BMO in 2003, he was, among others, Co-Head of Fixed income Sales and Trading at NIB Financial Markets in Amsterdam. Michiel started his career in the industry in 1986. He is a Certified European Financial Analyst and has a holds a Bachelor’s in Applied Sciences from University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. Stephan van IJzendoorn is Portfolio Manager in Robeco’s Global Macro team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2013, Stephan was employed by F&C Investments as a Portfolio Manager Fixed Income. Before his move to F&C Investments he worked in similar functions at Allianz Global Investors and A&O Services. Stephan started his career in the Investment Industry in 2003. He holds a Bachelor’s in Financial Management, a Master's in Investment Management from VU University Amsterdam and is Certified European Financial Analyst

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ISINLU1241712022
BloombergROE2CHE LX
Valoren28418120
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1st quotation date1435190400000
Close financial year31-12
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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.

Fiscal treatment of investor

The fiscal consequences of investing in this fund depend on the investor's personal situation. For private investors in the Netherlands real interest and dividend income or capital gains received on their investments are not relevant for tax purposes. Each year investors pay income tax on the value of their net assets as at 1 January if and inasmuch as such net assets exceed the investor’s tax-free allowance. Any amount invested in the fund forms part of the investor's net assets. Private investors who are resident outside the Netherlands will not be taxed in the Netherlands on their investments in the fund. However, such investors may be taxed in their country of residence on any income from an investment in this fund based on the applicable national fiscal laws. Other fiscal rules apply to legal entities or professional investors. We advise investors to consult their financial or tax adviser about the tax consequences of an investment in this fund in their specific circumstances before deciding to invest in the fund.

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