Robeco Global Consumer Trends I USD
Investing in structural growth trends in consumer spending
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MSCI All Country World Index (Net Return, USD)
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- Invests in consumer exposed companies worldwide (e.g. leading digital platforms, media companies, online travel agencies, luxury manufacturers and strong consumer brands)
- Top-down trend selection and bottom-up stock selection using proprietary valuation models
- Risk limitation through diversification over multiple trends with different drivers and risk characteristics
About this fund
Robeco Global Consumer Trends is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in developed and emerging countries across the world. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund invests in a number of structural growth trends in consumer spending. The first is the "digital transformation of consumption". The second trend is that of the growth in the “emerging middle class”. The third trend focuses on the increasing importance of "health & wellbeing". The fund managers aim to select stocks of the structural winners within these trends.
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Inception date fund
Jack Neele is Portfolio Manager of the Robeco Global Consumer Trends strategy and member of the Trends Equities team. Jack started his career in the investment industry in 1999 and prior to joining Robeco, he was a Global Equity Portfolio Manager at Fortis MeesPierson. He holds a Master’s in Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and is a Certified European Financial Analyst. Richard Speetjens is Portfolio Manager of Robeco Global Consumer Trends strategy and member of the Trends Equities team. He has managed the strategy since December 2010. He joined Robeco as a Portfolio Manager European Equities in 2007. Previously, Richard was Portfolio Manager European Equities at Van Lanschot Asset Management and at Philips Investment Management. Richard has a Master's in Business Economics and Finance from Maastricht University and is a CFA®, charterholder.
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Since inception 06/2013
Tracking error ex-post (%)
The ex-post tracking error is defined as the volatility of the fund's achieved excess return over the index return. In fund management, most managers are subject to an ex-ante (pre-determined) tracking error, which defines the extent of the additional risk they may take when aspiring to outperform the fund's benchmark. The ex-post tracking error explains the distribution of past fund performances compared to those of its underlying benchmark. With a higher tracking error, the fund's returns deviate more from its index's returns, hence there is a greater chance that the fund may outperform. The wider the spread of returns relative to the benchmark, the more "actively" a fund has been managed. In contrast, a low tracking error indicates more "passive" management.
This ratio serves to evaluate the quality of the excess return a fund manager has achieved because it takes the active risk involved into account. The information ratio is defined as the excess return over the benchmark return divided by the fund's tracking error. The higher the information ratio, the better. For example, a fund with a tracking error of 4% and an excess return of 2% over benchmark has an information ratio of 0.5, which is quite good.
This ratio measures the risk-adjusted performance and allows the performance quality of different investments to be compared. It is calculated by subtracting the risk-free rate from the fund's returns and dividing the result by the fund's standard deviation (risk). So the Sharpe ratio tells us whether a fund's returns are the result of smart investment decisions or stem from taking extra risk. The higher the ratio, the better, meaning that a greater return is achieved per unit of risk. This ratio is named after its inventor, Nobel Laureate, William Sharpe.
Alpha measures the difference between a portfolio's actual return and its expected performance, given the level of risk, compared to the benchmark. A positive alpha figure indicates that the fund has performed better than expected, given the level of risk. Beta is used to calculate the level of risk compared to the benchmark..
Beta is a measure of a portfolio's volatility, or systematic risk, in comparison to the benchmark. A beta of 1 indicates that the portfolio will move with the benchmark. A beta of less than 1 means that the portfolio will be less volatile than the benchmark. A beta of more than 1 indicates that the portfolio will be more volatile than the benchmark. For example, if a portfolio's beta is 1.2 it is theoretically 20% more volatile than the benchmark.
Standard deviation is a measure of the dispersion of a set of data from its mean. The more spread out the data is, the higher the deviation. In finance, standard deviation is applied to the annual rate of return of an investment to measure the investment's volatility (risk).
Max. monthly gain (%)
The maximum (i.e. highest) absolute positive monthly performance in the underlying period.
Max. monthly loss (%)
The maximum (i.e. highest) absolute negative monthly performance in the underlying period.
Months out performance
Number of months in which the fund outperformed the benchmark in the underlying period.
Hit ratio (%)
This percentage indicates the number of months in which the fund outperformed in a given period.
Months Bull market
Number of months of positive benchmark performance in the underlying period.
Months outperformance Bull
Number of months in which the fund outperformed positive benchmark performance in the underlying period.
Hit ratio Bull (%)
This percentage indicates the number of months the fund outperformed a positive benchmark in an underlying period.
Months Bear market
Number of months of negative benchmark performance in the underlying period.
Months outperformance Bear
Number of months in which the fund outperformed negative benchmark performance in the underlying period.
Hit ratio Bear (%)
This percentage indicates the number of months the fund outperformed a negative benchmark performance in an underlying period.
Indication of annual charges that are deducted for this fund. This indication is based on the costs over the last calendar year and may vary from year to year. Transaction costs incurred by the fund, any performance fees and other one-off costs are not included in the ongoing charges.
Included management fee
A fee paid by the fund to the asset management company for the professional management of the fund.
Included service fee
This fee is intended to cover official fees, such as the cost of annual reports, annual shareholders' meetings and price publications.
The transaction costs shown are the average annual transaction costs over the last three years calculated in accordance with European regulations.
Fiscal product treatment
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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The fund can engage in currency hedging transactions. Typically currency hedging is not applied.
The fund does not distribute dividend. Any income earned is retained, and so the fund's entire performance is reflected in its share price.
Robeco Global Consumer Trends is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in developed and emerging countries across the world. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund promotes E&S (i.e. Environmental and Social) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, integrates sustainability risks in the investment process and applies Robeco’s Good Governance policy. The fund applies sustainability indicators, including but not limited to normative, activity-based and region-based exclusions, proxy voting and engagement. The fund invests in a number of structural growth trends in consumer spending. The first is the "digital transformation of consumption". The second trend is that of the growth in the “emerging middle class”. The third trend focuses on the increasing importance of "health & wellbeing". The fund managers aims to select stocks of the structural winners within these trends. The majority of stocks selected will be components of the Benchmark, but stocks outside the Benchmark may be selected too. The investment policy is not constrained by a Benchmark but the fund may use a benchmark for comparison purposes. The fund can deviate substantially from the issuer, country and sector weightings of the Benchmark. There are no restrictions on the deviation from the Benchmark. the Benchmark is a broad market weighted index that is not consistent with the ESG characteristics promoted by the fund.
Risk management is fully integrated into the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.
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The fact that the sub-fund has obtained this label does not mean that it meets your personal sustainability goals or that the label is in line with requirements arising from any future national or European rules. The label obtained is valid for one year and subject to annual reappraisal. More information on this label.
The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process through exclusions, ESG integration, engagement and voting. 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. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up investment analysis to assess existing and potential ESG risks and opportunities. In the stock selection the fund limits exposure to elevated sustainability risks. In addition, where a stock issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement. Lastly, the fund makes use of shareholder rights and applies proxy voting in accordance with Robeco's proxy voting policy.
Most of the world's markets turned down last month, with equities, bonds and commodities all dipping after the strong start to the year. While the Federal Reserve did raise rates by another 25 basis points, the expectation was that this was one of the final hikes before an eventual pivot to lower rates. However, a spate of stronger-than-expected US economic data changed the picture completely, with markets now anticipating higher peak rates. In Europe, the ECB raised rates by 50 basis points. The S&P 500 Index lost 2.6% in February, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq outperformed with a relatively small 1.1% drop. European stocks in the FTSE Eurotop 100 Index rose 1.3%, with several European markets touching all-time highs. The TOPIX Index also posted a small 0.9% gain. Finally, emerging market stocks dropped 6.5% as Chinese stocks in Hong Kong reversed course.
Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -1.70%. Stocks exposed to the Digital Transformation of Consumption theme continued their very strong start. Some of the strength actually caught us by surprise a little bit. Even though we had expected some of the beaten down stocks from last year to stage a bit of a recovery, the persistent strength lasted longer than we expected. Our Emerging Middle Class trend again made a neutral contribution last month, as gains in Ferrari and MercadoLibre were offset by losses in our Chinese e-commerce holdings like PDD and Alibaba. The Chinese e-commerce holdings were pressured by signals that the competitive environment was getting tougher after peer JD.com indicated it was open to using subsidies to drive sales. Our Health & Wellbeing trend made a small negative contribution. Defensive stocks continue to underperform, as rising interest rates translate into lower valuations for stable growth stocks.
Expectation of fund manager
A regime of rising interest rates presents a more challenging environment for companies with high long-term growth potential. Luckily, central banks have indicated that we are nearing the end of interest rate increases and high but easing levels of inflation may support investor sentiment in the first half of the year. We remain steadfast in our belief that long-term investors should focus on high-quality businesses with valuable intangible assets, low capital intensity, high margins and superior returns on capital. Companies with these traits have historically delivered above-average returns, while offering downside protection in volatile market environments. Firms that exhibit these characteristics are poised to deliver healthy revenue and earnings growth in the future and we therefore expect them to continue to generate attractive long-term returns. We believe premium valuations for these businesses are justified given the quality of their business models, the high levels of earnings growth and the sustainability of their franchises. We continue to have a positive long-term outlook for our investments.