RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities D USD
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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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- Performance & costs
- More than “just” recycling, Circular Economy designs waste and pollution out, and keeps products and materials in use for longer
- Circular Economy is a Need-To-Have to transition to sustainable production and consumption practices, and to reach global net zero targets
- Regulation, company commitments and changing consumer preferences provide strong tailwinds for winners across various industries, business models and geographies
About this fund
RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities is an actively managed fund that invests globally in companies aligned with circular economy principles. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. 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 to finance solutions supporting the paradigm shift to a circular economy. 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 whose business models contribute to the thematic investment objectives and relevant SDGs using an internally developed framework, more information on which can be obtained at www.robeco.com/si. The fund also has the aim to achieve a better return than the index.
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Inception date fund
Natalie Falkman is Portfolio Manager of the RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities strategy. Before joining Robeco in 2022, she was a portfolio manager for Kapitalinvest, a global equity, 5-star rated by Morningstar, fund at Swedbank Robur in Stockholm. Prior to that, she worked as the Head of Emerging Markets research at Carnegie (formerly HQ Bank), covering Eastern Europe and Africa, before shifting her focus to Nordic stocks. She started her career in 2002 as an equity research analyst at Deutsche Bank in Moscow covering utility and shipping sectors. Natalie holds a Master in Finance from Stockholm School of Economics.
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Since inception 01/2020
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 0.05% 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.
The fund does not distribute dividend; any income earned is retained, and so the fund's entire performance is reflected in its share price.
RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities is an actively managed fund that invests globally in companies aligned with circular economy principles. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund has sustainable investment as its objective within the meaning of Article 9 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation. The fund fosters resource-efficient business models for production and consumption of consumer goods, aligned with Circular Economy principles, by investing in companies that advance the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs): Zero Hunger, Good health and well-being, Decent work and economic growth, Industry, innovation and infrastructure, Sustainable cities and communities and Responsible consumption and production. The fund applies sustainability indicators, including but not limited to, integrates E&S (i.e. Environmental and Social) in the investment process, applies normative, activity-based and region-based exclusions, and applies proxy voting. In addition, the fund also aims to achieve a better return than the index. 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 whose business models contribute to the thematic investment objectives. The assessment regarding relevant SDGs uses an internally developed framework, more information on which can be obtained at www.robeco.com/si. 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. While the investment policy is not constrained by a benchmark, the fund may use one 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.
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
The fund's sustainable investment objective is to finance solutions that support the transition from traditional production and consumption patterns toward a circular economy. Circular economy and sustainability considerations are incorporated in the investment process by the means of a target universe definition, exclusions, ESG integration, and voting. The fund only invests in companies that have a significant thematic fit as per Robeco's thematic universe methodology. Through screening on both Robeco's internally developed SDG Framework and Robeco’s exclusion policy, the fund does not invest in issuers that have a negative impact on the SDGs, are in breach of international norms or where products have been deemed controversial. 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 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].
From the lens of the Circular Economy Fund, the month of August was dominated by two themes. One is the continued poor sentiment for solar-exposed stocks. The other is the interest rate volatility dictating equity markets' movements. Considering the appalling solar sentiment, it is good to be reminded that the opposite was true at the beginning of this year. Considering the true underlying demand, commercial solar markets continue to be very strong, in all the important regions. However, residential solar markets have weakened, especially in the US. The Circular Economy Fund is mainly focused on commercial installations (through two solar holdings), where the use of the right solutions can lead to large resource and energy savings. For a long-term investor, attractive entry points present themselves when the sentiment is indispensably bearish. Looking at the equity markets' response to this month's interest rate movements, it becomes quite clear that for equities, the prospects of fewer interest rates hikes outweigh potential concerns around economic data being weak.
Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -4.00%. In August, the strategy underperformed the broader MSCI World Index. Three stocks are behind the relative underperformance. Two solar-exposed names, SolarEdge and Shoals, and a power semiconductor company, Infineon. The solar-exposed companies experienced a sharp sentiment deterioration, especially during the summer months. We are likely close to the peak bearishness towards solar companies. The two solar companies predominantly serve commercial solar clients, where demand continues to be strong, but the companies are still impacted by the overall unfriendly solar sentiment. Infineon's price weakness can be attributed partly to the high expectations that were not fully met in the latest quarterly report, and partly also to the unwinding of the benefits from the Covid-era supply overstocking frenzy. However, the key underlying demand is continuously strong, supported by growth in electric vehicles sales globally. The largest positive relative contribution versus the MSCI World Index came from the electrical companies that service the utilities sector. In August, the strategy slightly underperformed the internal thematic benchmark.
Expectation of fund manager
The month of August illustrated clearly that at the current high levels of interest rates, the prospects of fewer rate hikes outweigh potential concerns around economic data being weak. Equity investors seem to view additional rate hikes as being negative for underlying demand, both retail and corporate, as well as negative for the current AI darlings and their relatively high valuations. Fresh macro data on employment indicates that labor markets are starting to cool off. Investors hope that for the Fed, these numbers should help to abate inflationary concerns. The balancing act of a soft landing seems to still be the base case, which would be supportive of equity markets for the remainder of this year. The positive parameter for many of the fund's holdings is that investments in sustainability and electrification remain consistent. Companies and governments continue to invest in becoming cleaner and more innovative to retain attractive partners and suppliers as their clients. This does not only support underlying demand for these companies but also creates visibility, allowing further investment in top-line growth.
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