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Robeco Emerging Markets Equities I EUR

Index: MSCI Emerging Markets Index (Net Return, EUR)
ISIN: LU0209325462
  • Invests in emerging markets such as Korea, Taiwan, Poland and Brazil
  • Selects companies with the best earnings potential within the most promising countries
  • Prospect of higher returns, but also higher risks than mature markets
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About this fund

Robeco Emerging Markets Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in emerging countries across the world. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. Given that emerging economies are growing faster than developed countries and have stronger balance sheets for governments, companies and households. The fund selects investments based on top-down country analysis and bottom-up stock ideas. The focus is on companies with a sound business model, solid growth prospects and reasonable valuation.

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Robeco Emerging Markets Equities I EUR

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -2.62%. The fund outperformed the benchmark in October, supported by positive contributions from both country allocation and stock selection. Positive country allocation was driven by the overweight positions in Brazil, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, South Korea and Mexico. The positioning in India and the Middle East (both underweight) detracted from performance.Stock selection contributed positively to performance too. Negative selection came from South Africa and Taiwan. In South Africa, the overweight in internet holding company Naspers detracted from performance, as it was impacted by the market decline in Tencent. In Taiwan, the overweight in selective information technology companies, mainly Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC), detracted the most. Strong stock selection was realized in India and South Korea. In India, the overweight in IT outsourcing companies HCL Technologies and Infosys, and in financials Axis Bank, Housing Development and ICICI Bank contributed the most. In South Korea, the large positions in auto parts companies Hyundai Mobis and Mando, and in EV batteries company LG Energy Solutions contributed the most.

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Market development

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Emerging markets declined by 4.0% (EUR) in October, lagging developed markets, which rose by 6.24%. This was driven by a sharp drop for Chinese equities following the 20th China Communist Party Congress. Although Xi Jinping's start of his third term as General Secretary was expected, the shock was that the complete Politburo Standing Committee now consists of Xi loyalists, potentially leading to less checks and balances within China's system. In addition, China faced new US restrictions on exports of high-end semiconductor chips and chip-making equipment. This also affected the tech-heavy Taiwanese equity market, which was the second-worst EM in October. Other EMs performed quite well, in particular in Europe and Latin America, while South Korea and Brazil were among the best-performing markets. The outcome of the elections in Brazil was a return of Lula da Silva as president, while in parliament right-wing and center-right parties gained the majority.Many EM countries continued to hike interest rates, and oil prices went back up following the announced OPEC production cuts. EM equity funds witnessed outflows of around USD 8 billion, reducing the total inflows year-to-date to USD 2 billion.

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Currency policy

The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute dividend. The income earned by the fund is reflected in its share price. The fund's entire result is thus reflected in its share price development.

ESG Integration policy

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.

Investment policy

Robeco Emerging Markets Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in emerging countries across the world. 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. Generally, emerging economies are growing faster than developed countries and can have stronger balance sheets for governments, companies and households. The fund selects investments based on top-down country analysis and bottom-up stock ideas. The focus is on companies with a sound business model, solid growth prospects and reasonable valuation.The majority of stocks selected will be components of the Benchmark, but stocks outside the Benchmark may be selected 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 countries and sectors) to the extent of deviation from the Benchmark. This will consequently limit the deviation of the performance 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 integrated in the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

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Sustainability

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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.

Expectation of fund manager

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Until Russia normalizes again, its equity market will remain irrelevant for EM investors. However, the war also affects the world and the global economy. Energy prices have risen sharply, inflation will rise further, and Europe will reduce dependency on Russian gas and spend more on defense. Geopolitical risks continue to be high. Although selective lockdowns in China are a reality, we are getting closer to a post-Covid world. The macroeconomic fundamentals in emerging countries are relatively strong, with much lower inflation prints and current accounts that look much better than those in developed countries. Given the equities' correction so far in 2022, global equity market valuations are becoming less expensive. Moreover, we do think that emerging markets are attractively valued relative to developed markets, trading at a more than 30% discount, based on earnings.

Wim-Hein Pals, Dimitri Chatzoudis, Jaap van der Hart, Cornelis Vlooswijk
Wim-Hein Pals, Dimitri Chatzoudis, Jaap van der Hart, Cornelis Vlooswijk

Wim-Hein Pals, Dimitri Chatzoudis, Jaap van der Hart, Cornelis Vlooswijk

Wim-Hein Pals is Head of the Robeco Emerging Markets Equity team and Lead Portfolio Manager of the Global Emerging Markets Core strategy. Previously, he was Portfolio Manager Emerging European and African equities and Portfolio Manager Emerging Asian equities. Wim-Hein started his career in the investment industry at Robeco in 1990. He holds a Master's in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Eindhoven University of Technology and a Master's in Business Economics from Tilburg University. Dimitri Chatzoudis is Portfolio Manager Institutional Emerging Markets Accounts. As a Research Analyst he covers the team’s investments in Mexico. Before joining Robeco in 2008, he was Portfolio Manager Eastern European and Global Emerging Markets at ABN AMRO. He started his career in the industry in 1993. Dimitri holds a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology and is a Certified European Financial Analyst. Dimitri is also fluent in Greek. Jaap van der Hart is the Lead Portfolio Manager of Robeco’s High Conviction Emerging Stars strategy. Over time, he has been responsible for the investments in South America, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Mexico, China and Taiwan. He also coordinates the country allocation process. He started his career in the investment industry in 1994 at Robeco's Quantitative Research department and moved to the Emerging Markets Equity team in 2000. Jaap holds a Master's in Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has published several academic articles on stock selection in emerging markets. Cornelis Vlooswijk is Lead Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst African Equities. Previously, he worked for Robeco as an investment strategist focusing on North America and Emerging Markets since 2005. Before joining Robeco in 2005, he worked for Credit Suisse First Boston as an Investment Banking Analyst, focusing on the transport and logistics sector. He started his career in the financial industry in 1998. Cornelis holds a Master’s in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and is a CFA® charterholder.

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Valoren2034113
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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.

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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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