Robeco Next Digital Billion I USD
Emerging Markets Trend solution with high-growth technology companies and tech-enablers
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
MSCI Emerging Markets Index (Net Return, USD)
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
- This new strategy is a combination of our Emerging Markets and our Trends Investing capabilities and it is the world’s first Emerging Market Technology trend fund that focuses on a new generation of internet users
- Identifies companies that have the potential to be long-term winners in trends like payments, ecommerce, software solutions, fintech, etc
- Evident focus on information technology and consumer discretionary
About this fund
Robeco Next Digital Billion is an actively managed fund that invests in companies in emerging markets. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than that of the index.The fund selects companies with high growth potential that aim to cater to the previous and next billion internet users. Many of the targeted emerging countries now have a critical mass in internet penetration and coupled with the absence of traditional economic infrastructure, this can lead to the emergence of the next wave of technology companies and value creation.
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Michiel van Voorst CFA
Michiel van Voorst is Co-Portfolio Manager within the Trends Equities team. He has a focus on financials/fintech/next digital billion. In 2019, Michiel rejoined Robeco from Union Bancaire Privée in Hong Kong where he was CIO Asian Equities. Prior to that, Michiel spent 12 years at Robeco in several senior positions including senior portfolio manager Rolinco Global Growth fund and Robeco Asian Stars. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Michiel was Portfolio Manager US Equity at PGGM and Economist with Rabobank Netherlands. Michiel started his career in the investment industry in 1996. Michiel van Voorst holds a Master’s in Economics from University of Utrecht and is a CFA® charterholder.
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Since inception 09/2021
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 0.01% 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.
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The fund can engage in currency hedging transactions. Typically currency hedging is not applied.
The fund does not distribute dividend. The fund retains any income that is earned and so its entire performance is reflected in its share price.
Robeco Next Digital Billion is an actively managed fund that invests in companies in emerging markets. 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 selects companies with high growth potential that aim to cater to the previous and next billion internet users by improving access to technology and innovating with digital solutions in local communities. 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 environmental, social and governance characteristics promoted by the fund.
Risk management is fully integrated into the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.
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 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 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 Emerging Markets Index (Net Return, USD).
In October, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index reported a negative return of -3.9% in USD. The Next Digital Billion Fund underperformed this benchmark index. The fund's underperformance was primarily attributed to the broader adverse impact on emerging markets due to the ongoing rise in the US 10-year yield, which in turn affected FX rates and the inability to reduce rates to prevent local currency depreciation. We are currently in the midst of the earnings season, offering an opportunity to assess the influence of external macro-driven factors on sentiment in various regions worldwide. Although China is still facing challenges, we believe there are signs of stabilization, including a series of policy easings and better-than-expected results. From a macroeconomic perspective, countries across EM regions are still grappling with tight monetary policies imposed by the Fed's current hawkish stance.
Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -6.62%. In October, internet platforms negatively impacted performance, with the largest detractor being Baidu, China's largest internet search engine, down 23%. The fintech segment of the portfolio contributed positively, primarily driven by the strong performance of Nubank, up 13%. The B2B/enterprise-focused segment had a negative impact in October, with both software technology developers, EPAM and Globant, declining by 15% and 14%, respectively. Mobility/e-logistics made a negative contribution to the fund's performance, primarily due to the 13% decline of Indonesian mobility and food delivery platform Grab. These fluctuations are typical for emerging markets and not event-specific. ICT & enabler companies negatively contributed to the fund's performance in October, with pan-African telecom company Airtel Africa down 10%, following a positive September. The online consumer & media segment continued to have a negative impact on the fund's results in October, with the most significant detractor being ATRenew, down 35%. This position in the fund is relatively small and has likely been influenced by negative market sentiment around China.
Expectation of fund manager
Michiel van Voorst CFA
Despite facing persistent bearish sentiment and experiencing extreme volatility in our largest-exposure countries, Brazil and China, we remain confident in the ongoing improvement in the operational performance of our current portfolio holdings, and extremely happy to hold a significant overweight in some great outperformers. We are actively on the lookout for opportunities where the market might underestimate a company's future potential.
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