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Robeco Investment Grade Corporate Bonds IH EUR

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates ex financials 2% issuer constraint
ISIN: LU0418691860
  • Diversified non-financial credits exposure
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • Experienced team management
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About this fund

Robeco Investment Grade Corporate Bonds is an actively managed fund and provides a diversified exposure to the euro investment grade credit market excluding financial companies.The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis.The investment process combines a top-down market view to assess credit attractiveness and factors that drive credit market returns in the short term with skillful issuer selection to create a broadly diversified portfolio. The fund has a conservative profile and has a limited exposure to derivatives.

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Robeco Investment Grade Corporate Bonds IH EUR

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.19%. The fund's total return was -0.15% last month, underperforming the index by 3 bps. The fund's beta was close to one during the month, which made a neutral contribution. Non-financial corporate bonds outperformed treasuries. Issuer selection made a small negative contribution, driven by idiosyncratic events. Names such as Syngenta and Electricité de France underperformed the broader market.The Corporate ex-Financials Index delivered a total return of -0.13% last month. The average credit spread on the index widened 1 basis point to 88 bps. As a result, the investment grade corporate market outperformed treasuries by 4 bps. The yield on 10-year German treasury bonds moved wider by 5 basis points to -0.52%.

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Market development

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January was a fairly boring month, when looking at the developments in the European corporate bond market. Activity in the new issue market was limited and spread moves in the secondary market were muted. Returns were very close to zero in this environment. Some other markets showed more volatility and risk appetite. Certain cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin reached new highs and retail investors in the US equity market ignited spectacular share price increases in some smaller stocks. The short-term economic outlook has deteriorated as a result of new Covid strains, shortages of vaccines and expanded lockdowns. Central banks remain very accommodative though. The Federal Reserve underlined that tapering of QE is not a topic yet and the ECB signaled that further rate cuts would be possible. Lagarde on the other hand made it clear that the ECB PEPP program does not necessarily need to be used in full. A bit of volatility was visible in Italian spreads, as the Italian coalition government lost one of its partners. The first European companies have released their fourth quarter earnings; so far the tendency has been that earnings are better than expected.

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Currency policy

The fund invests in Euro denominated securities only.

Derivative policy

Robeco Investment Grade Corporate Bonds make use of derivatives for hedging purposes. These derivatives are very liquid.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute dividend. Any 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 Investment Grade Corporate Bonds provides diversified exposure across circa 80 corporate issuers to the Euro investment grade credit market (corporates only). The fund is excluding exposure to financial companies. The fund contains mainly bonds, and can make use of derivatives very limitedly. The fund aims to outperform its index Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates ex financials 2% Issuer Cap. The index applies an issuer cap to avoid concentration risk. The investment philosophy is based on managing a solid diversified portfolio with a long term view. Top-down beta positioning is based on the outcome of our credit quarterly outlook meeting, in which the team is discussing the fundamental market outlook, valuation of bond markets and market technicals. Bottom-up issuer research is executed by our credit analysts, who execute the fundamental analysis. The analysts' research reports are being discussed in approx. 500 credit committees per year. A proprietary quant model is used to assist in issuer selection. The portfolio managers are responsible for the portfolio construction. A proprietary developed risk management approach avoids high risk concentration in the portfolio. As the investment process is well-structured and proven over time, it contributes to repeatable performance delivery.

Risk policy

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

Expectation of fund manager

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Last year was a year of many opportunities. There was a beta opportunity in March, a cyclical recovery opportunity in June and, later in the year, a Covid-19 sector theme opportunity. During this time, we did rigorous research in order to keep our portfolio free from the effects of defaults and accidents. We once again succeeded, with much lower defaults in high yield than the index, and not a single one in investment grade.It will be more difficult from here onwards. The possible variation in economic and technical outcomes is large. The year will be either boring or bearish. There is hardly any room for aggressive tightening by central banks. At best, we will see some carry, roll down and certain sectors recovering from Covid-19. While there is something left on the table, it is not much. We cannot afford to have policy errors, rising yields or inflation, nor any oil price, political or geopolitical shock. There is just not enough cushion left. We faced the same asymmetry this time last year. So, it will either be a boring year, with a small excess return, or a bearish one, should one of these events occur.

Peter Kwaak
Peter Kwaak

Peter Kwaak

Peter Kwaak is a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Mr. Kwaak was employed by Aegon Asset Management for three years as Credits and High Yield Portfolio Manager and at NIB Capital for two years as Portfolio Manager. Peter Kwaak started his career in the Investment Industry in 1998. Mr. Kwaak is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master's degree in economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mr. Kwaak is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute.

Team

The Robeco Investment Grade Corporate Bonds fund is managed within Robeco’s credit team, which consists of nine portfolio managers and twenty-three credit 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 three dedicated quantitative researchers and four 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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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.

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Investors outside Luxembourg are subject to their national tax regime applying to foreign investment funds. We advise individual investors to contact their financial or fiscal adviser regarding their specific fiscal situation.

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