Robeco New World Financial Equities F EUR

Index: MSCI All Country Financials Index (Net Return, EUR)
ISIN: LU0792910480
  • Invests in companies active in the financial industry worldwide (e.g. retail banks, insurance companies and asset managers)
  • Top-down theme selection and bottom-up stock selection using proprietary valuation models
  • Risk limitation through global diversification
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About this fund

Robeco New World Financial Equities invests in stocks in developed and emerging countries across the world. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The funds invests in companies in the financial sector and can partly invest in financial oriented companies outside of the formal MSCI Financials. The fund focuses on attractive long term trends such as Digital Finance, Ageing Finance and Emerging Finance. Proprietary valuation models are used to select stocks with good earnings prospects and a reasonable valuation. Companies are individually assessed on the basis of in-depth discussions with corporate management and analysts.

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Robeco New World Financial Equities F EUR


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Market development

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Last year, a tug-of-war started between traditional financials (mostly banks) and fintech. In the first three quarters of 2018, fintech clearly outperformed, but the reversal was swift and sizable in the fourth quarter. In 19Q1, fintech once again emerged as the winner. We are not surprised by the weak performance of many banks in March and YTD. Ofcourse, it is easy to blame low interest rates, but without lending growth, without the right IT to truly compete or cooperate with fintech and largetech, banks in developed markets deserve to trade at low multiples with a clear discount to the overall market. Politically, risks continue with still no solution for the UK. Will the UK perform a hard Brexit, a soft Brexit or remain? We are prepared to deal with any scenario. Finally interest rates are downward-bound again, moving lower from already very low levels. We see no logic in these moves, but markets are once again in fear of recession. While we see very low risk of a recession before 2020 - 2021, the fund is well-positioned and diversified with the right mix of trends and stocks.

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Currency policy

The fund can engage in currency hedging transactions.

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

For Robeco New World Financials Equities, we combine fundamental analysis with proprietary Robeco quantitative models and use the sustainability data from RobecoSAM when available for our universe. In our fundamental analysis and company engagement we focus on governance issues. These factors are material as not splitting CEO / Chairman roles, for instance, or not aligning management incentives with shareholder value creation has proven in several cases to entail large risks to shareholder value.

Investment policy

Allocation to trend strategies that are based on long-term growth trends offer possibilities of outperforming the broader market over a 3-5 year investment horizon. This trend fund invests in companies in financial-related industries worldwide that benefit most from the selected long-term trends. Global population growth, urbanization, higher household incomes, technological changes and growth in emerging markets are the main drivers for our trend strategies. The fund manager selects the companies that have as pure as possible exposure to the selected trends and themes. Proprietary valuation models are used to select stocks with good earnings prospects and a reasonable valuation. Companies are individually assessed on the basis of in-depth discussions with corporate management and consultations with internal and external analysts.

Risk policy

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

Expectation of fund manager

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So, what to do after such good returns and outperformance in 19Q1? First, investors have to realize that in 2019 we have earned a return and outperformance which is a bit better than what we lost during the sell-off in 18Q4. Compared to the start of 2018, our fund became cheaper in terms of next year’s PE with a slightly lower eps growth. Compared to the financials benchmark, the price you pay for the fund in terms of P/E versus growth has become more attractive. Yes, valuations are now higher than at the start of 2019 but clearly lower than one year ago, when we were constructive on the outlook for financials. So we still see room for a healthy 10%+ upside. We see very low risk of recession in 2019 and therefore remain quite constructive given valuations and 3-5 year growth expectations. Our beta is close to 1 and we try to be 100% invested as we do not believe it is our skill or task to time markets. We believe our clients want us to build the best possible and best-diversified global financials fund. We invest in those financials and fintechs that provide the best possible total shareholder return longer term.

Patrick Lemmens, Christian Vondenbusch
Patrick Lemmens, Christian Vondenbusch

Patrick Lemmens, Christian Vondenbusch

Mr. Patrick Lemmens is a Senior Portfolio Manager. He is the Lead Portfolio Manager of Robeco New World Financials Equities fund. He has been responsible for this fund since October 2008. Prior to joining Robeco in 2008, Patrick was employed at ABN AMRO Asset Management as a Senior Portfolio Manager for 5 years and 9 years as a Senior Investment Analyst, both in Global Financials. He managed the ABN AMRO Financials Fund between October 2003 and December 2007. Patrick started his career in the investment industry in 1993. He holds a Master's degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and is a CEFA holder since 1995. He is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute. Mr. Christian Vondenbusch, CFA, is together with portfolio manager Patrick Lemmens the Portfolio Manager for Robeco New World Financials Equities fund and together with portfolio manager Steef Bergakker he is also responsible for Robeco Hollands Bezit. Previous affiliations include a position as Portfolio Manager within the Financial Equities team, the European Equities team and the Property Equities team. Christian started his career in the investment industry in 1999 at Robeco. He holds a Master's degree in Economics from Maastricht University and he is CFA charter holder.


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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.

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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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