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Robeco Global Credits IH USD

Index: Bloomberg Global Aggregate - Corporates (hedged into USD)
ISIN: LU1479029214
  • Promising investment opportunities in credits
  • Flexible approach
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About this fund

Robeco Global Credits is an actively managed fund that invests primarily in a diversified portfolio of global investment grade corporate bonds. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis.The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.This fund has the flexibility to invest in other fixed income asset classes such as high yield, Emerging Credits and Asset Backed Securities. The fund can take limited active duration (interest-rate sensitivity) positions.

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Robeco Global Credits IH USD

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -1.09%. The Global Aggregate Corporate Bond Index returned -1.02% (hedged to EUR) last month. The credit spread on the Global Aggregate Corporate Bond Index tightened two basis points to 0.88%. US 10-year bond yields rose from 1.31% to 1.46%, and German 10-year yields rose by 18 basis points to -0.20%. The fund performed worse than the benchmark. The excess return of our benchmark, the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporate (hedged in euros) versus Treasuries was 0.21%. The fund's beta was below one during the month, which made a negative contribution. Issuer selection detracted from performance. The biggest laggards came from the overweight in BBs. Specifically, Cellnex Telecom, Fortescue Metals and Allianz SE. On the other hand, our Covid recovery plays performed well, as Royal Caribbean Cruises and Carnival Cruises added to our performance.

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Market development

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In September, we saw several events that could disrupt markets, but so far the impact on credit spreads has been muted. Most volatility was seen in the Chinese real estate sector. It seems that a default of Evergrande, a company with a USD 300 billion balance sheet, is imminent. In Europe, low inventory levels of gas caused gas and electricity prices to spike eightfold compared to last year's winter prices. Oil surpassed the USD 80 mark and other commodity markets also performed strongly. In addition, in some sectors there are shortages in labor and supply bottlenecks. These disruptions on the supply side could have a significant impact on individual companies. Car manufacturers cutting production because of chip shortages is a clear example. The United States will soon reach the debt ceiling, an issue that will need to be resolved quickly to prevent a shutdown of the government.Central banks have moved away from their overly dovish stance. The ECB has recalibrated the net monthly purchases and the Fed has signaled a potential 2022 rate hike. Government bond yields have moved sharply higher, as headline inflation has risen to new highs.

Fund allocation

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

Robeco Global Credit 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

Our analysis of issuers goes beyond the traditional financial factors and includes the issuers’ performance on ESG factors. We deem it essential for a well-informed investment decision to take into account those ESG factors that have the potential to materially impact the financial performance of the issuer. This perfectly matches the basic need to avoid the losers in credit management, as many credit events in the past can be attributed to issues such as poorly designed governance frameworks, environmental issues, or weak health & safety standards. The aim of ESG integration is to improve the risk/return profile of the investments and does not have an impact goal. ESG analysis is fully integrated in the bottom-up security analysis. We have defined key ESG factors per industry, and for every company we analyze how the firm is positioned versus these key ESG factors, and how this impacts the fundamental credit quality.

Investment policy

Robeco Global Credits is an actively managed fund that invests primarily in a diversified portfolio of global investment grade corporate bonds. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis.The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.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.This fund has the flexibility to invest in other fixed income asset classes such as high yield, Emerging Credits and Asset Backed Securities. The fund can take limited active duration (interest-rate sensitivity) positions.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, whilst still controlling relative risk through the applications of limits (on currencies) 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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ESG integration policy

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Our analysis of issuers goes beyond the traditional financial factors and includes the issuers’ performance on ESG factors. We deem it essential for a well-informed investment decision to take into account those ESG factors that have the potential to materially impact the financial performance of the issuer. This perfectly matches the basic need to avoid the losers in credit management, as many credit events in the past can be attributed to issues such as poorly designed governance frameworks, environmental issues, or weak health & safety standards. The aim of ESG integration is to improve the risk/return profile of the investments and does not have an impact goal. ESG analysis is fully integrated in the bottom-up security analysis. We have defined key ESG factors per industry, and for every company we analyze how the firm is positioned versus these key ESG factors, and how this impacts the fundamental credit quality.

Expectation of fund manager

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Most likely, the credit market will at best deliver a coupon excess return. A boring year, in other words. We think it is better to be positioned on the cautious side. 'All signs on green' has become the widely shared view for credit, and as a contrarian investor that is a red flag to us. This is a market that no longer compensates for tail risks and which is vulnerable to negative surprises. Confirmation biases rule. Although any other technical factor is dwarfed by what the Fed and ECB are doing, we believe it is still worth looking at other potential market drivers. The marginal change in policy is negative. We are moving from extremely to very accommodative policies. This is not least because, as the initial Covid shock demonstrated, if a left-hand tail surprise is big enough, spreads can still widen materially in the short run – even when QE is already in operation. Given the very low dispersion in markets, it no longer pays to reach out for the riskier names. Nevertheless, we still find opportunities in banks, rising stars and some idiosyncratic cases. Our positioning is consistent across all credit categories.

Victor Verberk,Reinout Schapers
Victor Verberk,Reinout Schapers

Victor Verberk,Reinout Schapers

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. Mr. Schapers is Portfolio Manager Emerging Market Credits in the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2011, Reinout worked at Aegon Asset Management for 5 years where he was a senior portfolio manager high yield credits and was Head of High Yield Europe since 2008. Before that, he worked at Rabo Securities as an M&A associate and at Credit Suisse First Boston as a corporate finance analyst. He holds an Engineering degree in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology. He has been active in the industry since 2003.

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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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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