Robeco Global Consumer Trends M 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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Jack Neele is Portfolio Manager of the Robeco Global Consumer Trends strategy and member of the Thematic Investment 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 Thematic Investment 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 holds a Master's in Business Economics and Finance from Maastricht University and is a CFA®, charterholder.
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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.
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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).
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The maximum (i.e. highest) absolute positive monthly performance in the underlying period.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Included service fee
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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 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.
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.The following sections display the ESG-metrics that are relevant 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 [Index name].
Market gains reversed due to weak sentiment in China, but the US maintains strong economic data, particularly in the labor market, with low unemployment. Inflation concerns persist, leading to rising US interest rates (10-year Treasuries at 4.1%). Europe also sees low unemployment and anticipates rate hikes due to elevated core inflation above the ECB's target. In August, the S&P 500 Index fell by 1.8%, driven by losses in utilities and consumer staples, while the energy sector saw gains. The FTSE Eurotop 100 fell 2.7%, while Japan's TOPIX Index saw a 0.4% gain, marking its eighth consecutive month of growth. Emerging markets declined by 6.4%, largely due to concerns in the Chinese property market and weak macroeconomic data, leading to two interest rate cuts by the People's Bank of China (PBoC). The MSCI All Country World Index (in EUR) dropped 1.3% (-2.8% in USD) last month. Robeco Global Consumer Trends slightly lagged the reference index and returned -1.7% (-3.3% in USD). Year-to-date returns remain very pleasing at 21.9% (23.9% in USD) compared to 12.9% (14.8% in USD) for the MSCI ACWI Index.
Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -3.43%. In August, the Digital Transformation of Consumption theme made a negative contribution, primarily due to a significant decline in Adyen (-54%), driven by slowing revenue growth and margin correction. Airbnb (-14%) also saw a decrease, despite solid results. Visa (+3%) and Mastercard (+5%) reached all-time high share prices with steady revenue growth. NVIDIA (+6%) continued its impressive run with 88% revenue growth. The Emerging Middle Class theme made a neutral contribution, with luxury goods holdings like LVMH (-8%) and Richemont (-10%) lagging due to weak sentiment in China. Chinese e-commerce holdings Alibaba (-8%) and PDD Holdings (+10%) had mixed results. MercadoLibre (+11%) continued its strong operational momentum. In Health & Wellbeing, Novo Nordisk (+17%) ended the month as the largest company by market cap in Europe. Unicharm (+10%) also posted solid results, while Nike (-8%) and L'Oréal (-4%) faced challenges due to weak sentiment. IDEXX Laboratories (-8%) saw a drop, despite 10% organic growth and raised guidance.
Expectation of fund manager
From a macro perspective, we are most likely nearing the end of interest rate hikes by central banks. We remain convinced 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. 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. Valuations have derated to more normal levels, although 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.