Robeco Sustainable Asian Bonds I USD
Active investing in Asian corporate and government bonds using our SDG framework for real-world impact
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.
Class and codes
JP Morgan Asia Credit Index
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.
- Performance & costs
- Providing long-term capital growth and optimizing yield & income.
- Sustainable investing in Asian credits and government debt.
- Proprietary SDG framework applied to select sustainable business models that facilitate the transition and create real-world impact.
About this fund
Robeco Sustainable Asian Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in corporate and government bonds in Asia. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund invests at least two-thirds of its total assets in bonds (which may include contingent convertible bonds (also "coco" bonds)) and similar fixed income securities and asset backed securities issued by entities incorporated or exercising a preponderant part of their economic activities in Asia.
Total size of fund
Size of share class
Inception date fund
Thu Ha Chow
Based in Singapore, Thu Ha Chow is Head of Fixed Income Asia and Portfolio Manager with a focus on Asian credits. Prior to joining Robeco in 2022, she was Portfolio Manager and Asia Strategist at Loomis Sayles & Co and Head of Asian Credit at Aberdeen Asset Management, both in Singapore. Previously Thu Ha worked for 15 years in London where she held senior fixed income positions at Deutsche Asset Management and Threadneedle Asset Management in addition to 3 years in investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston. She started her career in 1998 after obtaining a Master’s in Economics and Philosophy from London School of Economics. Reinout Schapers is Portfolio Manager Investment Grade in the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2011, Reinout worked at Aegon Asset Management where he was a Head of European High Yield. Before that, he worked at Rabo Securities as an M&A Associate and at Credit Suisse First Boston as an Analyst Corporate Finance. Reinout has been active in the industry since 2003. He holds a Master's in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology.
Since inception 05/2022
The average credit quality of the securities in the portfolio. AAA, AA, A en BAA (Investment Grade) means lower risk and BB, B, CCC, CC, C (High Yield) higher risk.
Option Adjusted Modified Duration (years)
The interest rate sensitivity of the portfolio.
The average maturity of the securities in the portfolio.
Yield to Worst (%)
The average yield of the securities in the portfolio (lowest yield to either call date or redemption date).
Green Bonds (%)
The percentage of total AuM in the portfolio (market-weight based) that is indicated as Green Bond in Bloomberg. Green bonds are any type of regular bond instrument for which the proceeds will be applied exclusively to environmental projects.
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.
- Top 10
This share class of the fund does not distribute dividend.
Robeco Sustainable Asian Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in corporate and government bonds in Asia. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund invests at least two-thirds of its total assets in bonds (which may include contingent convertible bonds (also "coco" bonds)) and similar fixed income securities and asset backed securities issued by entities incorporated or exercising a preponderant part of their economic activities in Asia.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.
Risk management is fully embedded in the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.
Sustainability is incorporated in the investment process by the means of a target universe, exclusions, ESG integration, and a minimum allocation to ESG-labeled bonds. The fund invests in credits issued by companies with a positive, neutral or low negative impact on the SDGs. The exposure to credits issued by companies with a low negative impact is at max 20% and the average SDG score of the fund must be greater than zero. The impact of issuers on the SDGs is determined by applying Robeco's internally developed three-step SDG Framework. The outcome is quantified with a proprietary SDG score methodology, considering both the contribution to the SDGs (positive, neutral or negative) and the extent of this contribution (high, medium or low). In addition, the fund does not invest in credit 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 security analysis to assess the impact on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. Furthermore, the fund invests at least 5% in green, social, sustainable, and/or sustainability-linked bonds. Lastly, where a credit issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to exclusion.
Asian Credit's return was +0.27%, as total returns remained positive, despite relatively stable spreads in investment grade and high yield, as well as rising Treasury yields. In China, macro data continues to show weakness, with GDP for the second quarter of 2023 again falling below consensus expectations. The Chinese Politburo has pledged support for the property sector and highly indebted local governments. The Chinese central bank is maintaining an easing monetary stance, and the government continues to stimulate consumption in a targeted way. Given the current environment of disappointing growth, the Chinese property market remains under pressure. However, there might be some relief ahead, as the Politburo removed the phrase "houses are for living in, not for speculation" from its statements. Meanwhile, US Treasury yields continue to exhibit volatility, as the US economy displays resilience, despite slowing inflation and another 25 basis point Fed rate hike. The Bank of Japan (BoJ) made a significant policy shift by widening the band for 10-year Japanese government bonds in order to counter above-target inflation.
Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.14%. The total return of the index in the month was 0.27% and that of the fund was 0.19%, underperforming the index by 8 bps. Within country selection, active overweights in South Korea and India added to performance. Within sectors, the underweights in sovereigns and agencies contributed negatively to the fund's performance, particularly as distressed issuers such as Sri Lanka and Pakistan's discussions with the IMF seem to be turning a corner. The overweights to financials and utilities added to performance.
Expectation of fund manager
Thu Ha Chow
Despite the US economy being in better shape than the European one, rates and recession fears are driving the current cycle for both economies. Rates volatility remains high, even with US Treasury yields close to the cycle peak. In this scenario we prefer a buy-on-dips (and sell-the-rally) approach. Without stimulus, the Chinese economy will struggle to recover post-Covid-19. This makes the outlook for many commodities less attractive. While valuations of Asian credit are still around the long-term average, they have tightened from levels seen late last year. Currently, we have taken some chips off the table by reducing the portfolio beta to just above neutral. As we wrote in our June Credit Quarterly Outlook, markets are stuck between a stubborn inflation environment and a looming recession. Central banks in developed markets may have to force a slowdown in order to combat inflation. As a result, technicals for the upcoming period will remain tough due to liquidity being withdrawn from the market. The unclear outlook for China adds to the overall uncertainty.