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Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits IH GBP

Index: Bloomberg Global Aggregate Corporates Index
ISIN: LU1235144752
  • Factor investing in investment grade corporate bonds
  • Aiming to generate higher returns with a market-like risk profile
  • For experienced investors looking for style-diversification in a balanced portfolio
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About this fund

Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits is an actively managed fund that invests systematically in predominantly investment grade credits. The selection of these bonds is based on a quantitative model. The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth. The fund offers balanced exposure to a number of quantitative factors by focusing on bonds with a low level of expected risk (low risk factor), an attractive valuation (value), a strong performance trend (momentum) and a small market value of debt (size). The investment universe includes bonds with at least a BB rating.

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Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits IH GBP

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.16%. Based on closing prices, the fund posted a small negative relative return of -0.02% versus the benchmark. Issue(r) selection detracted, while beta allocation contributed positively. The value factor contributed positively last month, while the momentum factor contributed neutrally. The size and low-risk/quality factors both detracted. Sector allocation made a strong positive contribution, mainly due to the overweight in the consumer cyclical sector and the underweight in electric utilities. The underweight in the banking sector detracted somewhat. Currency denomination allocation also made a positive contribution, due to the underweights in CAD- and GBP-denominated bonds and the overweight in EUR bonds. Country allocation contributed neutrally. The allocation to subordination groups also contributed neutrally, as the positive contribution from the overweight in corporate hybrid paper was offset by negative contributions from the overweight in senior corporates and the underweight in senior financials. Rating allocation within investment grade contributed neutrally. The off-benchmark position in BBs contributed positively.

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Market development

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The Bloomberg Global Aggregate Corporates Index posted a credit return of 0.58%, as credit spreads tightened from 105 to 97 bps. The euro-hedged total return was -0.20%, as underlying government bond yields increased. Risky assets experienced a typical year-end rally; both equities and credits recovered from the weakness of November, driven by the market perception that the new Omicron variant will be less severe than initially feared. Central banks seem to be undistracted by the latest Covid wave, as they are gradually becoming less accommodative. The hawkish Fed pivot, whereby up to three rate hikes in 2022 are being signaled, led US Treasury yields to rise to 2021 peak levels, especially on the front end. The Bank of England surprised the market by raising interest rates in its December meeting. The ECB seems to be least in a hurry to become more hawkish, though the bank confirmed that net PEPP bond purchases will end in March 2022.

Fund allocation

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Currency policy

Currency risks are hedged.

Dividend policy

All income earned will be accumulated and not be distributed as dividend. Therefore the entire return is reflected in the share price development.

ESG Integration policy

The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration, ESG and environmental footprint targets, and engagement. The fund does not invest in issuers that are in breach of international norms or where activities have been deemed detrimental to society following Robeco's exclusion policy. Via portfolio construction rules the fund targets a better ESG score and lower carbon, water and waste footprints than that of the reference index. This ensures that credit issuers with better ESG scores or lower environmental footprints are more likely to be included in the portfolio, and vice versa. In addition, our credit analysts check buy candidates and portfolio holdings for ESG risks that may have material impact for bond holders. Lastly, where corporate issuers are flagged for breaching international standards in our ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement.

Investment policy

Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits is an actively managed fund that invests systematically in predominantly investment grade credits. The selection of these bonds is based on a quantitative model. The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth. The fund promotes certain ESG (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 based on controversial behavior, products (including controversial weapons, tobacco, palm oil and fossil fuel) and countries, alongside engagement. The fund offers balanced exposure to a number of quantitative factors by focusing on bonds with a low level of expected risk (low risk factor), an attractive valuation (value), a strong performance trend (momentum) and a small market value of debt (size). The investment universe includes bonds with at least a BB rating. The majority of bonds selected will be components of the benchmark, but bonds outside the benchmark may be selected too. The fund can deviate from the weightings of the benchmark. The fund aims to outperform the benchmark over the long run, while still controlling relative risk through the application of limits (on currencies) to the extent of the 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

The fund will strive to create a risk profile, which is similar to the reference index. The duration and currency exposure of the portfolio will be hedged to the reference index. The strategy can have significant tracking error versus the reference index. The ratio of the portfolio volatility with respect to the volatility of the reference index is restricted by predefined guidelines. These guidelines also restrict the leverage exposure of derivatives on a fund level and the currency exposure as described in the prospectus.

Sustainability profile

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Environmental Footprint

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The footprint ownership of the portfolio expresses the total resource consumption the portfolio finances. Each company's footprint is calculated by normalizing resources consumed by the company's enterprise value. Multiplying these values by the dollar amount invested in each company yields the aggregate footprint ownership figures. The selected index's footprint (for an equivalent $ amount invested in corporates) is provided alongside. The portfolios score is shown in blue and the index in grey.

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Robeco data based on Trucost data. *
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Robeco data based on Trucost data*
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Robeco data based on Trucost data*
*Source: S&P Trucost Limited © Trucost 2021. All rights in the Trucost data and reports vest in Trucost and/or its licensors. Neither Trucost, not its affliates, nor its licensors accept any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions in the Trucost data and/or reports. No further distribution of the Data and/or Reports is permitted without Trucost's express written consent.

Portfolio Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating

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The Portfolio Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating chart displays the portfolio's ESG Risk Rating. This is calculated by multiplying each portfolio component's Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating by its respective portfolio weight. If an index has been selected, those scores are provided alongside the portfolio scores, highlighting the portfolio's ESG risk level compared to the index. The Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating distribution chart shows the portfolio allocations broken into Sustainalytics' five ESG risk levels: negligible (0-10), low (10-20), medium (20-30), high (30-40) and severe (40+), providing an overview of portfolio exposure to the different ESG risk levels. If an index has been selected, the same information is shown for the index.

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Sustainability

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The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration, ESG and environmental footprint targets, and engagement. The fund does not invest in issuers that are in breach of international norms or where activities have been deemed detrimental to society following Robeco's exclusion policy. Via portfolio construction rules the fund targets a better ESG score and lower carbon, water and waste footprints than that of the reference index. This ensures that credit issuers with better ESG scores or lower environmental footprints are more likely to be included in the portfolio, and vice versa. In addition, our credit analysts check buy candidates and portfolio holdings for ESG risks that may have material impact for bond holders. Lastly, where corporate issuers are flagged for breaching international standards in our ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement.

Expectation of fund manager

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Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits invests systematically in predominantly investment grade credits. It offers balanced exposure to a number of quantitative factors. In the long term, we expect the fund to outperform the market by systematically harvesting factor premiums with a risk profile that is similar to the reference index.

Patrick Houweling, Mark Whirdy
Patrick Houweling, Mark Whirdy

Patrick Houweling, Mark Whirdy

Patrick Houweling is Lead Portfolio Manager and Researcher Quant Credits. Prior to joining Robeco in 2003, he was Risk Manager at Rabobank International where he started his career in 1998. Patrick has published articles in academic finance literature, including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Empirical Finance and the Financial Analysts Journal. The article 'Factor Investing in the Corporate Bond Market', co-written by Jeroen van Zundert, received a Graham and Dodd Scroll Award of Excellence for 2017. He holds a PhD in Finance and a Master's (cum laude) in Financial Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mark Whirdy is Portfolio Manager in the Credit team for Robeco’s factor credits strategies: Conservative Credits, Multi-Factor Credits and Multi-Factor High Yield. His areas of expertise include portfolio optimization, credit markets, credit derivatives modelling and quant investment process development. Prior to joining Robeco, Mark was Portfolio Manager in the Quant Credit team at Pioneer Investments and Analyst in the Quantitative Equities team at that firm. He is a graduate from University College Dublin, and holds a Master’s in Business from University of Ulster.

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ISINLU1235144752
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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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