RobecoSAM Global Gender Equality Equities M2 EUR
Strength in equality
Every share class of a product invests in the same portfolio of securities and has the same investment objectives and policies. However, their parameters might deviate. For instance and amongst others, their distribution type, currency exposure or fees and expenses might differ. The most common share classes at Robeco are:
a) D/DH shares, which are regular shares and available for all Investors;
b) I/IH shares, for institutional investors as defined from time to time by the Luxembourg supervisory authority.
For more information on share classes please go to the prospectus.
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MSCI World Index TRN
Under the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, products can be labelled as either Article 6, 8 or 9 fund.
Article 6 - The fund is not in scope of enhanced sustainability disclosures compared to Article 8 and 9.
Article 8 - The fund does not have a sustainable investment objective but promotes environmental or social characteristics and is subject to enhanced sustainability disclosures.
Article 9 - The fund has a sustainable investment objective and is subject to enhanced sustainability disclosures.
Regardless of Article 8 or 9, the companies in which investments are made must follow good governance practices, and sustainable investments must not do any significant harm.
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- Gender equality, and diversity more broadly, can create both social and financial value
- A company’s true commitment to equality has to go beyond the board: we assess companies’ gender performance across no fewer than 38 criteria, including diversity in key management positions, pay parity, talent retention and work-life balance
- The strategy selects fundamentally attractive companies from a universe of gender equality leaders
About this fund
RobecoSAM Global Gender Equality Equities is an actively managed fund that invests globally in companies that advance gender diversity and gender equality. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The strategy integrates sustainability criteria as part of the stock selection process and through a theme-specific sustainability assessment. The portfolio is built on the basis of an eligible investment universe that includes companies with higher gender scores based on an internally developed gender score methodology. This comprises various criteria, such as board diversity, equal renumeration, talent management and employee well-being. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index.
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Michiel Plakman CFA
Audrey Kaplan is Portfolio Manager and member of the Global Equity team. She is responsible for fundamental global equities with a focus on gender-based investing and on consumer goods, and portfolio construction. She joined Robeco in 2021. Previously, she was Head of Global Equity Strategy at Wells Fargo Investment Institute (NY). Prior to joining Wells Fargo, she worked as Head of International Equity Team and Senior Portfolio Manager at Federated Investors, Inc. (NY, now known as Federated Hermes). She also held roles in European research at Merrill Lynch International (London) and in Asian research at Salomon Brothers, Inc. (Tokyo) earlier in her career. She holds a Master's in Finance from London Business School and a Bachelor’s in Computer & Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Michiel Plakman is Lead Portfolio Manager and member of the Global Equity team. He is also Co-Head of Robeco’s Global Equity team. He is responsible for fundamental global equities with a focus on SDG investing and on companies in the information technology, real estate & communication services sectors, as well as portfolio construction. He has been in this role since 2009. Previously, he was responsible for managing the Robeco IT Equities fund within the TMT team. Prior to joining Robeco in 1999, he worked as a Portfolio Manager Japanese Equities at Achmea Global Investors (PVF Pensioenen). From 1995 to 1996 he was Portfolio Manager European Equities at KPN Pension Fund. He holds a Master's in Econometrics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and he is a CFA® Charterholder.
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Since inception 01/2021
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 0.05% 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.
Fiscal treatment of investor
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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The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns and can engage in currency hedging transactions.
In principle the fund does not intend to distribute dividend and so both the income earned by the fund and its overall performance are reflected in its share price.
RobecoSAM Global Gender Equality Equities is an actively managed fund that invests globally in companies that advance gender equality. 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 aims to advance societal impact by investing in companies that consciously recognize and promote gender equality by recruiting, nurturing and retaining female talent. The strategy integrates sustainability criteria as part of the stock selection process and through a theme specific sustainability assessment. The portfolio is built on the basis of the eligible investment universe that includes companies with higher Gender Scores based on the internally developed Gender Score metholodology. This comprises various criteria, such as board diversity, equal renumeration, talent management or employee well-being. Companies that exhibit an inferior overall ESG assessment are excluded from the investent universe.Benchmark: MSCI World Index TRN. 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 sustainable objective of the fund.
Risk management is fully integrated into the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.
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.
Exclusion based on negative screening
ESG Important Information
The sustainability information below can help investors integrate sustainability considerations in their process. This information is for informational purposes only. The reported sustainability information may not at all be used in relation to binding elements for this fund. A decision to invest should take into account all characteristics or objectives of the fund as described in the prospectus.
The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process by the means of a target universe definition, exclusions, negative screening, ESG integration, and voting. The fund invests at least two-thirds in companies that have a Gender Equality score of 50 or higher and only invests in companies with positive or neutral SDG scores based on the internally developed SDG Framework. The fund also applies a negative screening to exclude the 20% worst ESG scoring stock issuers from the investable universe and does not invest in stock issuers that are in breach of international norms or where products have been deemed controversial as per Robeco's exclusion policy. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up fundamental investment analysis to assess existing and potential ESG risks and opportunities. In addition, where a stock issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to exclusion. Lastly, the fund makes use of shareholder rights and applies proxy voting in accordance with Robeco's proxy voting policy.The following sections display the ESG-metrics for this fund along with short descriptions. For more information please visit the sustainability-related disclosures.The index used for all sustainability visuals is based on MSCI World Index TRN.
As we head into the final two months of the year, there is not much for investors to cheer about as equities continued to sell off across regions, with Europe leading the decline. In October, global equity markets declined (-2.7% in EUR), the third consecutive monthly loss in a row, with nearly all style factors (e.g. growth, value, dividend payers, momentum) and 10 of the 11 sectors closing in the red, utilities (+0.6%) being the exception. Consumer discretionary, energy, industrials and healthcare all dipped more than 4%. Several items drove losses across multiple asset classes, including rising geopolitical risk. Especially due to the Israel-Hamas war there are wider concerns for the region along with escalating fears about the impact of rising rates on the broader economy. US Treasuries lost ground for the sixth month in a row and the S&P has not experienced three months of losses in a row since the pandemic turmoil of March 2020.
Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -1.74%. The portfolio strongly outperformed the MSCI World Index in October despite an overall negative absolute return. This was driven mainly by strong stock selection across almost every sector, but especially in healthcare, consumer discretionary, materials and financials. Our barbell laser focus over the past several months on defensive, high-quality companies on the one hand and high-growth value creation companies on the other hand strongly aided performance this month. Stock selection and sector allocation combined drove over 100 bps of alpha. However, stock selection within the technology sector was a detractor from performance, despite our best performance coming from our largest holding, Microsoft, which continues to beat on all cylinders, confirming its quality safe-haven status and its top weight in the portfolio.
Expectation of fund manager
Michiel Plakman CFA
Airplanes have soft landings, but historically, the economy rarely does. In September 2023, the median projection for the Fed funds rate was to end 2023 at 1% versus the 5.3% we achieved and held at the latest FOMC meeting. The bond market has not sounded recession alarms for this long in at least six decades. While there are some signs that recession risks have eased, such as inflation trending lower, high nominal and real interest rates globally will certainly increase refinancing risks in the next year.