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Robeco Customized Euro Government Bonds Fund - EUR G

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Treasury (EUR)
ISIN: NL0012650451
  • Outspoken active and adaptive approach
  • Country allocation main performance driver
  • Active duration (duration of 3yrs targeted currently) and yield curve positioning
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About this fund

Robeco Customized Euro Government Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests only in euro-denominated government bonds issued by the EMU-member countries. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The fund employs an investment process combining top-down and bottom-up elements. Fundamental analysis is performed on each of the three performance drivers: country allocation, duration (interest-rate sensitivity) management and yield curve positioning. Country ESG scores are part of our bottom-up analysis. The target duration of this fund is reduced which means that interest-rate sensitivity is relatively low.

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Robeco Customized Euro Government Bonds Fund - EUR G

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.13%. The return of the fund was close to zero. After initially selling off, Bunds staged a remarkable comeback in May after a barrage of dovish ECB speakers leaned against the rise in yields. The underweight duration position still added to relative returns, as did the 2s5s curve steepener. The overweight in break-evens was neutral for performance in May, but had benefited performance considerably since the position was set up in February. Country positions were more neutral, as spreads finished the month broadly unchanged. The underweight in UK Gilts was slightly negative for performance, as the market rallied later in the month.

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Market development

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Total returns for most government bond markets were close to zero in May. There were a few exceptions, such as UK Gilts (+0.4%) and New Zealand government bonds (-0.9%), but the vast majority of developed countries posted sovereign bond returns within a +/- 25 bps range of 0%. German Bunds expressed some weakness in the first half of the month, but gained back nearly all losses towards the end. Bonds were probably supported by a bearish consensus positioning and by dovish comments from ECB officials. The latter was especially the case for euro periphery bonds. Spreads of 10-year Italian BTPs vs Bunds widened by 12 bps to a level of 123 bps in mid-May, but recouped all of the widening towards the end of the month. US Treasury yields remained in a narrow range, despite being confronted with both much lower than expected payroll data and the highest US core inflation print since 1996.

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Currency policy

Robeco Customized Euro Government Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests only in euro-denominated government bonds issued by the EMU-member countries. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The fund employs an investment process combining top-down and bottom-up elements. Fundamental analysis is performed on each of the three performance drivers: country allocation, duration (interest-rate sensitivity) management and yield curve positioning. Country ESG scores are part of our bottom-up analysis. The target duration of this fund is reduced which means that interest-rate sensitivity is relatively low.

Derivative policy

Robeco Customized Euro Government Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests only in euro-denominated government bonds issued by the EMU-member countries. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The fund employs an investment process combining top-down and bottom-up elements. Fundamental analysis is performed on each of the three performance drivers: country allocation, duration (interest-rate sensitivity) management and yield curve positioning. Country ESG scores are part of our bottom-up analysis. The target duration of this fund is reduced which means that interest-rate sensitivity is relatively low.

Dividend policy

Robeco Customized Euro Government Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests only in euro-denominated government bonds issued by the EMU-member countries. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The fund employs an investment process combining top-down and bottom-up elements. Fundamental analysis is performed on each of the three performance drivers: country allocation, duration (interest-rate sensitivity) management and yield curve positioning. Country ESG scores are part of our bottom-up analysis. The target duration of this fund is reduced which means that interest-rate sensitivity is relatively low.

ESG Integration policy

ESG information of countries is integrated in the investment policy. For a large group of countries an ESG profile is conducted. These profiles are the basis for the 'Country Sustainability Ranking' where we rank countries in terms of ESG performance. The ranking is updated twice a year. Countries are discussed individually in the team, to clearly assess where opportunities and risks are expected. This information is taken into consideration in the investment decisions, in combination with traditional analyses of fiscal and monetary policy. ESG information is especially valuable for decisions regarding country allocation.

Investment policy

Robeco Customized Euro Government Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests only in euro-denominated government bonds issued by the EMU-member countries. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The fund aims for a better sustainability profile compared to the Benchmark by promoting certain ESG (i.e. Environmental, Social and corporate Governance) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and integrating ESG and sustainability risks in the investment process. In addition, the fund applies an exclusion list on the basis of controversial behavior, products (including controversial weapons, tobacco, palm oil and fossil fuel) and countries.The fund employs an investment process combining top-down and bottom-up elements. Fundamental analysis is performed on each of the three performance drivers: country allocation, duration (interest-rate sensitivity) management and yield curve positioning. Country ESG scores are part of our bottom-up analysis. The target duration of this fund is reduced which means that interest-rate sensitivity is relatively low. The majority of bonds selected will be components of the Benchmark, but bonds outside the Benchmark may be se-lected too. The fund can deviate substantially from the weightings of the Benchmark. The fund aims to outperform the Benchmark over the long run, whilst still controlling relative risk through the applications of limits (on currencies) to the extent of deviation from the Benchmark. This will consequently limit the deviation of the per-formance relative to the Benchmark. The Benchmark is a broad market weighted index that is not consistent with the ESG characteristics promoted by the fund.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully embedded in the investment process so as to ensure that the fund's positions remain within set limits at all times.

Expectation of fund manager

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With the reopening of economies progressing, we expect to see continued strength in economic data and a gradual change in tone from the major central banks. This should create the fundamental backdrop for yields to rise somewhat further. Consensus positioning for higher yields has probably been an important factor in the stabilization of bond prices over the past weeks. As time progresses we expect this market technical to normalize, which should make it easier for yields to continue an upward trajectory.

Michiel de Bruin, Stephan van IJzendoorn
Michiel de Bruin, Stephan van IJzendoorn

Michiel de Bruin, Stephan van IJzendoorn

Michiel de Bruin is Co-Head of the Fixed Income Global Macro team and Co-Manager of Euro Government Bonds. Prior to joining Robeco, Michiel worked for BMO Global Asset Management in London, most recently as Head of Global Rates and Money Markets. He held various other positions before that, including Head of Euro Government Bonds. The roles he fulfilled before joining BMO included Co-Head of Fixed Income Sales and Trading at NIB Financial Markets in Amsterdam. Michiel started his career in the industry in 1986 and he holds a Bachelor's degree from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Mr. van IJzendoorn is a Portfolio Manager in Robeco's Global Fixed Income Macro team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2013, Stephan was employed by F&C Investments as a Senior Portfolio Manager Fixed Income. Before his move to F&C Investments he worked in similar functions at Allianz Global Investors and A&O Services. Stephan started his career in the Investment Industry in 2003. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Financial Management, a Master's degree in Investment Management from the VU University Amsterdam and is CEFA charterholder.

Team

This fund is managed within Robeco’s Rates team, which consists of four portfolio managers. The team is focused on government bond strategies including quantitative duration strategies. The investment professionals in the rates team combine portfolio management and research in one function. Furthermore, the team is supported by four dedicated quantitative researchers and four fixed income traders. On average, the members of the rates team have an experience in the asset management industry of sixteen years, of which ten years with Robeco.

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Fiscal product treatment

The fund is established in the Netherlands. The fund is a mutual fund that is open in the sense of the Dutch Corporate-Income Tax Act 1969. The fund has the status of 'tax-exempt investment institution' in the sense of article 6a of the Dutch Corporate-Income Tax Act 1969, and, as such, is exempt from corporate-income tax. The fund is also exempt from withholding Dutch dividend tax on its dividend distributions. In principle the fund cannot use the Dutch treaty network to reduce any foreign withholding tax, nor can it recover any Dutch dividend 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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