RobecoSAM QI Global SDG & Climate Multi-Factor Credits IH EUR
Systematic approach to credits with significant sustainability improvements
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
Solactive Paris Aligned Global Corporate Index (hedged into EUR)
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
- Invests in companies at the forefront of the transition to a low-carbon economy in line with the Paris Agreement while also contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
- Provides a sophisticated quantitative multi-factor approach offering a diversified exposure to low risk, value and momentum
- Offers attractive risk-adjusted returns and style diversification with traditional fundamental credit strategies
About this fund
RobecoSAM QI Global SDG & Climate Multi-Factor Credits is an actively managed fund that invests globally in bonds, predominantly investment grade credits, of companies that advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and pursue a carbon reduction objective. The selection of these bonds is based on a quantitative model. The fund has sustainable investment as its objective, within the meaning of Article 9 of the Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 of 27 November 2019 on Sustainability-related disclosures in the financial sector. The fund aims to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by investing in companies whose business models and operational practices are aligned with targets defined by the 17 UN SDGs, and the fund aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the portfolio and thereby contribute towards the goals of the Paris agreement to keep the maximum global temperature rise well-below 2◦C. The fund integrates ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors in the investment process and applies Robeco’s Good Governance policy. The fund also aims to provide long term capital growth.
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Inception date fund
Patrick Houweling is Co-Head of Quant Fixed Income and Lead Portfolio Manager of Robeco’s quantitative credit strategies. Patrick has published seminal articles on Duration Times Spread, factor investing in credit markets, corporate bond liquidity and credit default swaps in various academic journals, including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Empirical Finance and the Financial Analysts Journal. The article 'Factor Investing in the Corporate Bond Market' he co-authored received a Graham and Dodd Scroll Award of Excellence for 2017. Patrick is a guest lecturer at several universities. Prior to joining Robeco in 2003, he was Researcher in the Risk Management department at Rabobank International where he started his career in 1998. He holds a PhD in Finance and a Master's (cum laude) in Financial Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mark Whirdy is Portfolio Manager Quant Fixed Income. His areas of expertise include portfolio optimization, credit markets, credit derivatives modelling and quant investment process development. Prior to joining Robeco, Mark was Portfolio Manager in the Quant Credit team at Pioneer Investments and Analyst in the Quantitative Equities team at that firm. He is a graduate from University College Dublin, and holds a Master’s in Business from University of Ulster. Johan Duyvesteyn is Portfolio Manager Quant Fixed Income. His areas of expertise include government bond market timing, credit beta market timing, country sustainability and emerging-market debt. He has published in the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of Empirical Finance, the Journal of Banking and Finance, and the Journal of Fixed Income. Johan started his career in the industry in 1999 at Robeco. He holds a PhD in Finance, a Master's in Financial Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and he is a CFA® charterholder.
Since inception 06/2022
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.
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.
All currency risks are hedged.
This share class of the fund does not distribute dividend.
RobecoSAM QI Global SDG & Climate Multi-Factor Credits is an actively managed fund that invests globally in bonds, predominantly investment grade credits, of companies that advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contribute to maintaining the global temperature rise below 2◦C. The selection of these bonds is based on a quantitative model.
Risk management is fully embedded in the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines
ESG score target
SDG Impact Alignment
This distribution across SDG scores shows the portfolio weight allocated to companies with a positive, negative and neutral impact alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) based on Robeco’s SDG Framework. The frameworks, which utilizes a three-step approach to assess a company’s impact alignment with the relevant SDGs, provides a methodology for assigning companies with an SDG score. The score ranges from positive to negative impact alignment with levels from high, medium or low impact alignment. This results in a 7-step scale from -3 to +3. If the data set does not cover the full portfolio, the figures shown above each impact level sum to the coverage level to reflect the data coverage of the portfolio, with minimal deviations that reflect rounding. Weights < 0.5% will show as 0. If an index has been selected, the same figures are also provided for the index. Holdings mapped as corporates and/or sovereign are included in the figures. For more information, please visit https://www.robeco.com/docm/docu-brochure-robecosam-sdg-framework.pdf
Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating
The Portfolio Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating chart displays the portfolio's ESG Risk Rating. This is calculated by multiplying each portfolio component's Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating by its respective portfolio weight. If an index has been selected, those scores are provided alongside the portfolio scores, highlighting the portfolio's ESG risk level compared to the index. The Distribution across Sustainalytics ESG Risk levels chart shows the portfolio allocations broken into Sustainalytics' five ESG risk levels: negligible (0-10), low (10-20), medium (20-30), high (30-40) and severe (40+), providing an overview of portfolio exposure to the different ESG risk levels. If an index has been selected, the same information is shown for the index. Only holdings mapped as corporates are included in the figures.
The fund’s sustainable investment objective is to advance the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to keeping global temperature rise well-below 2°C by reducing the carbon footprint of the fund. SDG, climate change and sustainability considerations are incorporated in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration, ESG and environmental footprint targets. Firstly, the fund does not invest in credits that are in breach of international norms or where activities have been deemed detrimental to society following Robeco's exclusion policy. This includes activity-based exclusions of Article 12 of the EU regulation on Climate Transition Benchmarks, EU Paris-aligned Benchmarks and sustainability-related disclosures for benchmarks. In addition, the fund excludes credits issued by companies that have a negative impact on the SDGs. The impact of issuers on the SDGs is determined by applying Robeco's internally developed three-step SDG Framework. Secondly, financially material ESG factors are integrated in the portfolio construction to ensure the ESG score of the portfolio is equal or better than that of the reference index. By restricting the GHG emissions the carbon footprint of the fund is made lower than that of the Paris-Aligned benchmark to ensure alignment with the desired decarbonization trajectory of 7% year on year. Water use and waste generation are also made at least equal or lower than that of the reference index. With these portfolio construction rules, credits issued by companies with better ESG scores or environmental footprints are more likely to be included in the portfolio while credits issued by companies with worse ESG scores or environmental footprints are more likely to be divested from the portfolio. Thirdly, where a credit issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to exclusion.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].
The Solactive Paris Aligned Global Corporate Index posted a credit return of -0.12%, as credit spreads widened. The euro-hedged total return was -0.50%, as underlying government bond yields increased. Credit spreads reversed the tightening of June and July, and began widening out in August, with the exception of US high yield, which remained flat over the month. Stagflation fears were kept alive due to uncertainty over the inflation outlook, with inflation in services sectors remaining stubbornly high, notwithstanding falls in core CPI, coupled with negative PMIs and other economic data. The number of corporates on rating watch negative has exceeded the number on rating watch positive. S&P 500 sold off before rallying into month-end, with VIX moving in sympathy. Sovereign yield curves remained inverted and steepened slightly, notwithstanding the compressed bond market volatility expectations as indicated by the MOVE Index. In China, Country Garden Holdings narrowly avoided a default, which coupled with struggling exports, falling prices, and rising unemployment undermined global market sentiment further.
Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.48%. Based on closing prices, the fund posted a relative return of +0.07% versus the benchmark. Issue(r) selection delivered a strong positive contribution and beta allocation also contributed slightly positively. SDG score allocation contributed slightly positively. The value factor made the largest positive contribution, followed by smaller positive contributions from size and low-risk/quality. The momentum factor contributed neutrally. Sector allocation delivered a small positive contribution, mainly due to the overweight in the technology sector and the underweight in the banking sector. Currency allocation delivered a positive contribution, primarily due to the overweight in AUD bonds. Country allocation contributed slightly positively due to the overweight in the United States; the underweight in Belgium slightly detracted. The allocation to subordination groups contributed slightly positively, due to the overweight in senior corporates. Rating allocation contributed slightly positively, primarily due to the off-benchmark position in BAs.
Expectation of fund manager
RobecoSAM QI Global SDG & Climate Multi-Factor Credits invests systematically in predominantly investment grade bonds of companies that advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contribute to maintaining the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. The selection of these bonds is based on a number of quantitative factors. In the long term, we expect the portfolio to outperform its Paris Aligned benchmark with a similar risk profile by systematically harvesting factor premiums.