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Robeco Euro Government Bonds 2EH EUR

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Treasury (EUR)
ISIN: LU1241712378
  • 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 invests only in euro-denominated government bonds. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. 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. This share class hedges the duration of the portfolio to approximately two.

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Robeco Euro Government Bonds 2EH EUR

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.51%. The fund posted strong returns in March. Country positions were beneficial to the funds return. The overweight in long-dated semi-core bonds added, as spreads versus Germany declined. Also the underweight in Italy added, as the Italy-Germany spread widened in the second half of the month. Moreover, the fund’s curve flattening position attributed positively. After the ECB’s dovish March council meeting longer-dated bond yields declined substantially. Duration positioning subtracted from performance. The fund gained less from declining bond yields as a result of the relative underweight duration position.

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Market development

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Government bonds rallied in March, pushing yields sharply lower. US Treasuries gained 1.8%, while both German Bunds and Italian BTPs generated a return of 1.7% last month. The rally was driven by dovish turns from both the ECB and the Fed. The ECB downgraded its growth forecasts and pushed back the timing of the first rate hike in their forward guidance. The Fed surprised on the dovish side by taking out all rate hikes for 2019 in the summary of economic projections and by announcing the end of balance sheet reduction in Q3. Weak German manufacturing PMI data (44.7) also helped push rates lower and 10-year yields dipped into negative territory on 22 March. With Bund yields below zero, the demand for French OATs rose as well, leading to some spread compression in the long end of the curve and a return of 2.2%.

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Currency policy

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

Dividend policy

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

ESG Integration policy

For Robeco Euro Government Bonds, ESG information of countries is integrated in the investment policy. For a large group of countries an ESG profile is conducted. These profiles are the basis for the 'Country Sustainability Ranking' where we rank countries in terms of ESG performance. The ranking is updated twice a year. Countries are discussed individually in the team, to clearly assess where opportunities and risks are expected. This information is taken into consideration in the investment decisions, in combination with traditional analyses of fiscal and monetary policy. ESG information is especially valuable for decisions regarding country allocation.

Investment policy

The Robeco Euro Government Bonds fund invests in euro denominated bonds issued by the EMU countries. Investing in euro government bonds calls for active management in order to cope with country risks and interest rate risks. The fund performance is driven by multiple drivers, of which country allocation is currently the most dominant. The team is actively allocating across core and peripheral European exposure, and as such investors can benefit from spread movements whilst keeping investment risks under control. The fund aims to outperform its index Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Treasury. The aim of the country allocation decisions is to confront price differences between Eurozone countries with divergences in economic and political developments. Country views can capture either broader trends (for example changes in European policy) or country specific developments. Both are assessed in a structured way, combining top-down (macro environment & policy, valuation, sentiment & positioning) and bottom-up inputs (a country's debt sustainability, macro-economic cycle, ESG profile). Next to country allocation, active duration and yield curve positioning are the other drivers of alpha. Risk budgeting can be adaptive through time in order to capture the most compelling investment opportunities.

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.

Expectation of fund manager

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The rally in March has led to a sizeable reduction in market expectations for central bank rates on a 1-2 year horizon. For the Fed, the market now prices in 45 bps of rate cuts over the next two years, while only 10 bps in rate hike expectations are left for the ECB. For the Fed funds rate, this marks an 80 bps reduction from December, while expectations for ECB rates have come down by 30 bps. Fed expectations have already bounced a bit, and we expect some further easing to be priced out in coming months.

Michiel de Bruin, Stefan van IJzendoorn
Michiel de Bruin, Stefan van IJzendoorn

Michiel de Bruin, Stefan van IJzendoorn

Michiel de Bruin is Co-Head of the Fixed Income Global Macro team and Co-Manager of Euro Government Bonds. Prior to joining Robeco, Michiel worked for BMO Global Asset Management in London, most recently as Head of Global Rates and Money Markets. He held various other positions before that, including Head of Euro Government Bonds. The roles he fulfilled before joining BMO included Co-Head of Fixed Income Sales and Trading at NIB Financial Markets in Amsterdam. Michiel started his career in the industry in 1986 and he holds a Bachelor's degree from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Mr. van IJzendoorn is a Portfolio Manager in Robeco's Global Fixed Income Macro team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2013, Stephan was employed by F&C Investments as a Senior 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 degree in Financial Management, a Master's degree in Investment Management from the VU University Amsterdam and is CEFA charterholder.

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ISINLU1241712378
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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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