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Credit investing

Three simple words

Duration Times Spread. It’s the industry risk management standard we engineered in 2003. We’ve been corporate bond investors since the 1970s and, in 1998, we became the first European investor to launch a global high yield credit fund. As an industry leader in sustainable credits investing, we continue to break new ground.

Guide to credits

Research rather than being swayed by public opinion

  • Poor liquidity is one of the main challenges today. Our contrarian style helps us to deal with illiquidity while seizing opportunities. We seek to buy after a market sell-off and take risk off the table when a bubble appears.

    A successful contrarian style is only possible with the in-depth research capabilities to back up our investment theses. We have adopted a career analyst model, giving our analysts the research skills, global sector expertise and knowledge of issuers to pinpoint the best opportunities. Our credit team consists of over 30 investment professionals who know when to invest and what to avoid.

  • We also need to be able to measure the true risk of our portfolios – historically, one of the biggest challenges facing credit investors. We developed an innovative method to do so based on the observation that the product of a bond’s credit spread and its duration – its DTS – accurately predicts its future volatility. It has found its way into all aspects of how we manage our credit portfolios at Robeco and has been pivotal in our success in this field.

    This way we can take on the right level of risk at the right time, build well-diversified portfolios that avoid the losers.

    Credit Quarterly Outlook

How to invest in SDGs

Watch the three-step process we use for some of our equity and credits funds to select companies that contribute positively to the SDGs.

Compelling mainstream, sustainable & quant solutions

  • We are leaders regarding fully incorporating ESG analysis in our credit investment process. By considering ESG information, such as corporate governance, we can spot early warning signs for potential risk that traditional financial analysis might miss. In 2018, we were among the first to launch an SDG credits strategy, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Using ground-breaking research, we provide our clients with quantitative, factor-based credit strategies in addition to our fundamental credit range.

    Our credit strategies

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights
Aligning credit portfolios with the post-Covid-19 world and the SDGs
Aligning credit portfolios with the post-Covid-19 world and the SDGs
The world is on track to get back to normal as countries speed up their vaccination efforts and restart their economies.
08-04-2021 | Product webinar
There’s no quant crisis in credits
There’s no quant crisis in credits
Quant strategies have performed well in credits.
01-04-2021 | Insight
Credit outlook: Running the economy hot
Credit outlook: Running the economy hot
While it’s possible that credits could keep rallying, the margin for error is extremely limited.
31-03-2021 | Insight
Fixed income outlook: Coming to America
Fixed income outlook: Coming to America
Several things are coming to America.
23-03-2021 | Insight
70 years of evidence on our dynamic duration model
70 years of evidence on our dynamic duration model
Using a new, deep historical dataset, we show that our duration model works well over seven decades.
02-03-2021 | Insight
Data sets – factor investing in corporate bonds
Data sets – factor investing in corporate bonds
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
01-03-2021 | Data sets
European utilities on the cusp of a decade-long investment opportunity
European utilities on the cusp of a decade-long investment opportunity
These companies have the unique prospect of tackling climate change and continuing to lead the global energy transition.
03-02-2021 | Insight
 High yield indices don’t make good benchmarks
High yield indices don’t make good benchmarks
Certain features that are typical of high yield corporate bonds impose costs on high yield portfolios.
26-01-2021 | Insight
In addition to credit investing, we also have four other key strengths: