RobecoSAM Global Gender Equality Equities D USD
Strength in equality
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Class and codes
MSCI World Index TRN
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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- Investing in gender equality creates positive impact—Delivers positive long-term shareholder returns by selecting companies with a strong competitive advantage from recognizing and acting on the strategic importance of improving gender equality.
- Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals —Supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by investing in companies that exhibit strength in the retention of female talent, equal remuneration and employee well-being.
About this fund
RobecoSAM Global Gender Equality Equities is an actively managed fund that invests globally in companies that advance gender diversity and gender equality. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. 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 with higher gender scores based on an internally developed gender score methodology. This comprises various criteria, such as board diversity, equal renumeration, talent management and employee well-being. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index.
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Inception date fund
Michiel Plakman CFA
Audrey Kaplan is Lead Portfolio Manager and member of the Global Equity team. She is responsible for fundamental global equities with a focus on gender-based investing and on companies in financials, consumer staples, and portfolio construction. She joined Robeco in 2021. Previously, she was Head of Global Equity Strategy at Wells Fargo Investment Institute (NY). Prior to joining Wells Fargo, she worked as Head of International Equity Team and Senior Portfolio Manager at Federated Investors, Inc. (NY, now known as Federated Hermes). She also held roles in European research at Merrill Lynch International (London) and in Asian research at Salomon Brothers, Inc. (Tokyo) earlier in her career. She holds a Master's in Finance from London Business School and a Bachelor’s in Computer & Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Michiel Plakman is Lead Portfolio Manager and member of the Global Equity team. He is responsible for fundamental global equities with a focus on SDG investing and on companies in information technology, real estate and portfolio construction. He has been in this role since 2009. Previously, he was responsible for managing the Robeco IT Equities fund within the TMT team. Prior to joining Robeco in 1999, he worked as a Portfolio Manager Japan at Achmea Global Investors (PVF Pensioenen). From 1995 to 1996 he was Portfolio Manager European Equities at KPN Pension Fund. He holds a Master's in Econometrics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and he is a CFA® charterholder.
Since inception 05/2018
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 and can engage in currency hedging transactions.
In principle the fund does not intend to distribute dividend and so both the income earned by the fund and its overall performance are reflected in its share price.
RobecoSAM Global Gender Equality Equities is an actively managed fund that invests globally in companies that advance gender equality. 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 aims to advance societal impact by investing in companies that exhibit a high degree of gender equality and that actively promote gender equality. The fund integrates ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors 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, negative screening and proxy voting. 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 with higher gender scores based on an internally developed gender score methodology. This comprises various criteria, such as board diversity, equal renumeration, talent management and employee well-being. Companies that exhibit an inferior overall ESG performance are excluded from the investment universe. 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.
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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.
Exclusion based on negative screening
The Gender Equality Score chart displays the portfolio's scores for a subset of questions covering the topic of gender equality from multiple angles (from board diversity through executive compensation to workforce diversity). In the middle, the Total scores for the portfolio and index are available. The Total Gender Equality Score is comprised of these question scores and is provided at the center of the chart. If an index has been selected, additional alerts appear below the question name to highlight relative performance with respect to gender equality. Only holdings mapped as corporates are included in the figures.
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 incorporates sustainability in the investment process by the means of a target universe definition, exclusions, negative screening, ESG integration, and voting. The fund invests at least two-thirds in companies that have a Gender Equality score of 50 or higher and only invests in companies with positive or neutral SDG scores based on the internally developed SDG Framework. The fund also applies a negative screening to exclude the 20% worst ESG scoring stock issuers from the investable universe and does not invest in stock issuers that are in breach of international norms or where products have been deemed controversial as per Robeco's exclusion policy. 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 Jan-Feb risk-on rally in global equity markets stalled, as markets were hit by worries that stubborn inflation may require further tightening and for longer than previously anticipated. The MSCI World was flat (-0.1%) for February. The MSCI Europe region led returns (+1.8%), as several early February business surveys were positive on global growth, with European composite PMIs moving back into expansionary territory. However, several signs of persistent services inflation remain. Central banks may have to hike further to keep inflation cooling. Globally, some sectors that lagged the most during 2022 led returns, including information technology and consumer discretionary. Performance indicates the market is assuming no recession, which is supported by strong spending in the US and unemployment near historic lows. Stronger-than-expected inflation data was reported in Spain and France; the highest level since 1985. And the US 2Y yield is at its highest level since 2007. Investors are weighing strong consumer data (and China reopening) against further rate hikes and we continue to position the portfolio cautiously.
Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -2.37%. In February, the portfolio was flat (0.11%) and modestly outperformed the MSCI World, mainly driven by broad-based favorable stock selection across multiple sectors, including materials, healthcare and communication services. AstraZeneca provided reassuring guidance. The company expects more than 30 Phase-3 drug trials to be initiated in 2023, including many new late-stage trials, with 10 having the potential to deliver blockbuster sales. Linde also reported a solid beat of 22Q4 results and raised guidance for 2023, as the company sees continued strength in its core business. Within technology, all three semiconductor companies continued their YTD positive contribution. While stock selection overall was positive, bank stock selection detracted, where higher provisions for the industry overall as well as 'higher for longer' rates are creating additional risks, even among the high-quality franchises with strong loan growth. Our focus on D&I-leading companies that promote gender equality and diversity kept us from owning Tesla and Apple, which were two top-performing names in the benchmark. Lack of exposure to these names hurt our relative performance.
Expectation of fund manager
Michiel Plakman CFA
We are awaiting more confirmation of lower inflation indeed materializing. Most central banks might be in for a slowdown of rate hikes in 2023. Nonetheless, the new neutral rate level – wherever that may end up – remains firmly higher than what we have seen in many years. We believe that the market is too optimistic and will continue to underestimate the stickiness of inflation, which is still at very elevated levels. With market valuations not anywhere close to trough levels to reflect these uncertainties, risk is still to the downside. Too many pockets in the market simply have not seen real multiple compression, with negative earnings revisions looming as we enter 2023. As we have communicated before, caution is still warranted, given the current macro conditions. To navigate this environment, portfolio robustness is needed. Focusing on a diverse mix of high-quality companies with strong operational track records and resilient business models is, therefore, something we continue to do with our investment strategy.