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Robeco Global Credits Feeder Fund - zero duration IH USD

Index: Bloomberg Global Aggregate Corporates Index
ISIN: LU1940066241
  • Promising investment opportunities in credits
  • Flexible approach
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About this fund

This actively managed fund is a feeder Fund and invests at least 85% of its assets in shares of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV - Robeco Global Credits (“the Master”). The Master invests in global credits markets with investment grade credit acting as the core of the global strategy.The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth. The Feeder Fund uses derivatives to hedge the duration of the Master to nearly zero. The duration hedge will lead to intended performance differences as a result of interest rate movements between the Feeder Fund and the Master.

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Robeco Global Credits Feeder Fund - zero duration IH USD

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.68%. The Global Aggregate Corporate Bond Index returned -0.83% (hedged to EUR) last month. The credit spread on the Global Aggregate Corporate Bond Index widened 13 basis points to 1.04%. US 10-year bond yields fell from 1.55% to 1.41%, and German 10-year yields dropped 24 basis points to -0.35%. The underlying fund performed better than the benchmark. The excess return of our benchmark, the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporate (hedged in euros) versus Treasuries was -0.83%. The fund's beta was below one during the month, but made a positive contribution. Issuer selection and our short-duration positioning detracted from performance. The biggest laggards were Covid-exposed names like: Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises. To benefit from the widening of swap spreads we entered a trade where we are long 5-year European swap spreads, even though this means that the portfolio beta rose a little bit during the month.

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Market development

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Credit spreads widened significantly in November, which came as a surprise after a year in which spreads had hardly moved at all. Spread levels are now back to the levels last seen in December 2020, but when taking a longer-term view, current spread levels can still be qualified as low. Part of the spread widening in November can be attributed to widening of European swap spreads, concerns about the fourth Covid wave in Europe, the new Omicron variant, a scare of high and sticky inflation and continued weakness in Chinese real estate. Covid-sensitive sectors suffered most and this was visible for instance in lower oil and gas prices and underperformance of industries like hotels and cruise lines. Underlying government bonds performed well, as they benefited from a flight to quality. Central banks are increasingly becoming more hawkish. The Fed acknowledges inflation concerns and will discuss a quicker pace of tapering of its bond purchases. The ECB confirmed that PEPP would end in March, but emphasized that it was premature to have rate hikes priced in for 2022, even as Eurozone inflation printed at a record 4.9% in November.

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Currency policy

Currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

The Feeder Fund uses derivatives to hedge the duration of the Master. The duration hedge will lead to intended performance differences between the Feeder Fund and the Master. Interest rate movements will have a different effect on the Master and the Feeder Fund.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute dividend. The income earned by the fund is reflected in its share price. The fund's entire result is thus reflected in its share price development.

ESG Integration policy

The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration and engagement. The fund does not invest in credit issuers that are in breach of international norms or where activities have been deemed detrimental to society following Robeco's exclusion policy. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up security analysis to assess the impact on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. In the credit selection the fund limits exposure to issuers with an elevated sustainability risk profile. Lastly, where issuers are flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement.

Investment policy

This actively managed fund is a feeder Fund and invests at least 85% of its assets in shares of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV - Robeco Global Credits (“the Master”). The Master invests in global credits markets with investment grade credit acting as the core of the global strategy.The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth. Through its investment in the Master, the fund aims for a better sustainability profile compared to the Benchmark by promoting certain ESG (i.e. Environmental, Social and corporate Governance) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and integrating 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 engagement. The Feeder Fund uses derivatives to hedge the duration of the Master to nearly zero. The duration hedge will lead to intended performance differences as a result of interest rate movements between the Feeder Fund and the Master.The Master aims to outperform the Benchmark by taking positions that deviate from the Benchmark. The Master fund aims to outperform the Benchmark over the long run, whilst still controlling relative risk through the applications of limits (on currencies and issuers) to the extent of 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, ESG integration and engagement. The fund does not invest in credit issuers that are in breach of international norms or where activities have been deemed detrimental to society following Robeco's exclusion policy. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up security analysis to assess the impact on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. In the credit selection the fund limits exposure to issuers with an elevated sustainability risk profile. Lastly, where issuers are flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement.

Expectation of fund manager

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Imperfect information implies imperfect forecasts, which is especially true right now. With so many distorting elements at play, including severe global supply chain disruptions, there are no easy answers in predicting economic growth. As we consider all the evidence around corporate pricing power, policy stimulus and consumer spending behavior, we believe that US and European fundamentals will not be the key driver of credit markets in Q1 2022. The outlook might be more uncertain again, but corporate fundamentals are still strong. On top of that, we have seen a widening in credit spreads. Still, we think there are also many risk factors that are not sufficiently priced in yet, like geopolitical risks around Russia, the growth impact of the Chinese real estate meltdown, and emerging market volatility in general. Central bank activity and communication might cause a bout of risk aversion after years of increased risk taking by asset owners. This means we see plenty of reasons to enter 2022 with a fairly cautious positioning. We aim for a portfolio beta that is below one, though we do see opportunities still in financials, BB-rated credit, Euro swap spreads or Covid-recovery plays.

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 Global Credits fund is 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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ISINLU1940066241
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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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