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Robeco Global Consumer Trends I USD

Index: MSCI All Country World Index (Net Return, USD)
ISIN: LU0936248318
  • Invests in consumer exposed companies worldwide (e.g. leading digital platforms, media companies, online travel agencies, luxury manufacturers and strong consumer brands)
  • Top-down trend selection and bottom-up stock selection using proprietary valuation models
  • Risk limitation through diversification over multiple trends with different drivers and risk characteristics
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About this fund

Robeco Global Consumer Trends is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in developed and emerging countries across the world. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund invests in a number of structural growth trends in consumer spending. The first is the "digital transformation of consumption". The second trend is that of the growth in the “emerging middle class”. The third trend focuses on the increasing importance of "health & wellbeing". The fund managers aims to select stocks of the structural winners within these trends.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -6.62%. Our Digital Consumption Trend made a small negative contribution last month. The correction in technology shares led to investors taking profit in one of the best-performing areas in the market over the past few years, the digital payments space. After reaching a record high last month, shares of Dutch payment processor Adyen dropped. It wasn't all bad news though. Shares of Netflix rose and reached a new all-time high. The recent launch of the very popular series Squid Game has led to an increase in subscriber sign-ups. Our Emerging Middle Class trend delivered a negative contribution as well. Even though the share of most Chinese technology firms declined last month, they no longer underperformed the market. Our best-performing direct emerging market exposure has been Indian household and personal care firm Hindustan Lever. Companies exposed to Health & Wellbeing made the most negative contribution. Shares of pet food retailer Chewy declined after a disappointing earnings report.

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Market development

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In the United States, the inflation rate reached a 13-year high, triggering a debate among investors about whether we are entering an inflationary period and what that would mean for stock markets. On top of that, disruptions in the supply chain used to transport goods around the world are leaving retailers and manufacturers empty-handed. The pandemic-induced global recession and equally fast snapback in economic activity has led to a major logistics crunch. Public health restrictions have slowed activity in ports and factories. The delays have been exacerbated by just-in-time inventory strategies that keep costs low, but leave little room for interruption. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index dropped last month, as did the Nasdaq. European stocks in the FTSE Eurotop 100 Index followed the US market, while in Japan the Topix surprisingly gained. Emerging markets dropped for the third time in four months. The MSCI World All Country Index (in EUR) dropped 2.4% (-4.1% in USD), but is still up 17.3% (11.1% in USD) for the year.

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The fund can engage in currency hedging transactions. Typically currency hedging is not applied.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute dividend. Any income earned is retained, and so the fund's entire performance is reflected in its share price.

ESG Integration policy

Robeco Global Consumer Trends integrates ESG factors into its investment process by analyzing the impact of financially material ESG factors to a company’s competitive position and value drivers. We believe that this enhances our ability to understand existing and potential (long-term) risks and opportunities of a company. The impact of material ESG factors can be positive or negative, reflecting risks or opportunities, that ensue from a company’s ESG analysis. If ESG risks and opportunities are significant, the ESG analysis could impact a stock’s fair value and the portfolio allocation decision. In addition to ESG integration, Robeco also has an exclusion policy and conducts proxy voting and engagement activities focused on specific themes, such as climate change, aiming to improve a company’s sustainability profile.

Investment policy

Robeco Global Consumer Trends is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in developed and emerging countries across the world. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund promotes ESG (i.e. Environmental, Social and corporate Governance) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and integrates ESG and sustainability risks in the investment process. In addition, the fund applies an exclusion list on the basis of controversial behavior, products (including controversial weapons, tobacco, palm oil and fossil fuel) and countries, next to voting and engaging. The fund invests in a number of structural growth trends in consumer spending. The first is the "digital transformation of consumption". The second trend is that of the growth in the “emerging middle class”. The third trend focuses on the increasing importance of "health & wellbeing". The fund managers aims to select stocks of the structural winners within these trends. The majority of stocks selected will be components of the Benchmark, but stocks outside the Benchmark may be selected too. The investment policy is not constrained by a Benchmark but the fund may use a benchmark for comparison purposes. The fund can deviate substantially from the issuer, country and sector weightings of the Benchmark. There are no restrictions on the deviation from the Benchmark. the Benchmark is a broad market weighted index that is not consistent with the ESG characteristics promoted by the fund.

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

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ESG integration policy

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Robeco Global Consumer Trends integrates ESG factors into its investment process by analyzing the impact of financially material ESG factors to a company’s competitive position and value drivers. We believe that this enhances our ability to understand existing and potential (long-term) risks and opportunities of a company. The impact of material ESG factors can be positive or negative, reflecting risks or opportunities, that ensue from a company’s ESG analysis. If ESG risks and opportunities are significant, the ESG analysis could impact a stock’s fair value and the portfolio allocation decision. In addition to ESG integration, Robeco also has an exclusion policy and conducts proxy voting and engagement activities focused on specific themes, such as climate change, aiming to improve a company’s sustainability profile.

Expectation of fund manager

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Central bank actions and low interest rates have boosted investor demand for quality growth companies. Even though we do not spend much time examining central banking policies, we cannot deny that low interest rates have presented a favorable environment for companies with high long-term growth potential. Many of our investments fall into this category due to their market leadership and sustainable competitive edge. It is our belief that investors should focus on high-quality businesses with valuable intangible assets, low capital intensity, high margins and superior returns on capital. We believe the currently above-market valuations for these businesses are justified, given the quality of their business models, the high levels of earnings growth and the sustainability of their franchises. We continue to have a positive long-term outlook for our investments.

Jack Neele, Richard Speetjens
Jack Neele, Richard Speetjens

Jack Neele, Richard Speetjens

Mr.Jack Neele, Portfolio Manager within the Robeco Trends Investing Equities team since April 2006. Before managing the Robeco Global Consumer Trends fund, Jack was responsible for Robeco IT Equities fund. Prior to joining Robeco in 2006, Jack was employed by Mees Pierson as a portfolio manager active global equity for seven years, also responsible for alternative investments. Jack started his career in the investment industry in 1999. He holds a Master's degree in Econometrics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and is an EFFAS certified Financial Analyst. Jack is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute. Mr. Richard Speetjens, Portfolio Manager within the Robeco Trends Investing Equities team. He joined Robeco in June 2007 to co-manage two European equity funds. Prior to joining Robeco in June 2007, he was employed by Van Lanschot Asset Management as a portfolio manager European Equities. He started his career in 2000, as a portfolio manager European Equities at Philips Investment Management. Richard is a CFA charter holder and holds a Master's degree in Business Economics and Finance from Maastricht University. Richard is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute.

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ISINLU0936248318
BloombergRGCTIUS LX
Valoren21462620
WKNA1181Y
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1st quotation date1370217600000
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 0.01% 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

Investors who are not subject to (exempt from) Dutch corporate-income tax (e.g. pension funds) are not taxed on the achieved result. Investors who are subject to Dutch corporate-income tax can be taxed for the result achieved on their investment in the fund. Dutch bodies that are subject to corporate-income tax are obligated to declare interest and dividend income, as well as capital gains in their tax return. Investors residing outside the Netherlands are subject to their respective national tax regime applying to foreign investment funds. We advise individual 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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