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Robeco Euro Credit Bonds DH CHF

Index: Bloomberg Euro Aggregate: Corporates
ISIN: LU0808559826
  • Diversified credits exposure with full discretion approach
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • Experienced team management
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About this fund

Robeco Euro Credit Bonds is an actively managed fund that provides a diversified exposure to the euro investment grade credit market. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth. The fund implements beta policy, sector rotation, off-benchmark positioning in emerging market, covered bonds or limitedly high yield.

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Robeco Euro Credit Bonds DH CHF

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -2.90%. The portfolio posted a negative return for the month. Credit spreads widened throughout the month, generating negative excess return versus government bonds. This return was amplified by an increase in underlying government bond yields. The index excess return of corporate bonds over underlying government bonds was -1.05%, as credit spreads ended the month at 151 basis points, 22 basis points wider than at the end of the previous month. German 10-year yields increased by 39 basis points to 0.94%. The performance of the portfolio was close to that of the index; the neutral beta positioning did not contribute to performance. Issuer selection added positive performance, but this was offset by the swap spread position. We continue to hold a position in swap spreads, where we are long 5-year European swap spreads. The contribution was negative last month, as swap spreads widened. We see swap spreads normalize during the next quarter. With regard to issuer selection, the largest contributors (in absolute terms) are: Bayer AG, Syngenta AG and Netflix Inc.

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Market development

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After a weak first quarter, which did end on a positive note, market sentiment turned negative again in April. Concerns over global growth continued to gather pace, driven by the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and lockdowns in China, where Covid has flared up again. In addition, there is the fear that central banks are not capable of achieving a soft landing as they continue to grapple with strong inflation. Losses were seen across equities, credit and sovereign bonds. Due to the weak sentiment, there was very little activity in the primary market. Commodity prices moved higher again, while energy prices in Europe were more balanced. Russia decided to stop gas flows to Poland and Bulgaria, but lower demand from China is also expected due to the lockdowns. China had to lower its GDP guidance, but the PBOC refrained from cutting rates. This is in stark contrast to other central banks, which are increasingly becoming more hawkish. The Fed confirmed its intention to do one or more 50 bps rate hikes, and to start with the balance sheet reduction. In April, the ECB confirmed its intention to end its bond purchases in the third quarter.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

Robeco Euro Credit Bonds make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes. These derivatives are very liquid.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute a dividend. The income earned by the fund is reflected in its share price. This means that the fund's total performance is reflected in its share price performance.

ESG Integration policy

The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration and engagement. The fund does not invest in credit 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 security analysis to assess the impact on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. In the credit selection the fund limits exposure to issuers with an elevated sustainability risk profile. Lastly, where issuers are flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement.

Investment policy

Robeco Euro Credit Bonds is an actively managed fund that provides a diversified exposure to the euro investment grade credit market. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth. 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, and engagement. The fund implements beta policy, sector rotation, off-benchmark positioning in emerging market, covered bonds or limitedly high yield. The majority of bonds selected will be components of the benchmark, but bonds 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, while still controlling relative risk through the application of limits (on currencies and issuers) to the extent of the 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 embedded 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 via exclusions, ESG integration and engagement. The fund does not invest in credit 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 security analysis to assess the impact on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. In the credit selection the fund limits exposure to issuers with an elevated sustainability risk profile. Lastly, where issuers are flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement.

Expectation of fund manager

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Making an economic assessment was difficult even before the escalation of the Russia-Ukraine crisis, given the distortion in many data series after two years of Covid. This was why we entitled our previous Credit Quarterly Outlook 'Imperfect information and imperfect foresight'. With the conflict in Ukraine, higher oil prices and further supply chain disruptions, it is clear that an even wider set of possibilities has to be assessed for fundamentals. If anything, downside risks to the economy have risen materially and recession risk is now openly debated. Looking at monetary policy, the main worry we have is that developed market central banks are behind the curve. We think the Fed made a clear policy mistake by starting this tightening cycle too late. The key risks here are higher-than-anticipated hikes in the coming months, and inflation that not only lasts longer but peaks at higher levels. It is clear that central banks will continue their tightening paths, for instance by reducing the amount of corporate bond buying in Europe. We aim for a portfolio beta that is closer to one, and we prefer European risk over US risk, on account of the Ukraine premium.

Victor Verberk, Jan Willem de Moor, Peter Kwaak
Victor Verberk, Jan Willem de Moor, Peter Kwaak

Victor Verberk, Jan Willem de Moor, Peter Kwaak

Mr. Verberk is Head and Portfolio Manager Investment Grade Credits since January 2008. Prior to joining Robeco in 2008, Mr. Verberk was CIO with Holland Capital Management. Before that he was employed by Mn Services as Head of Fixed Income and he worked for AXA Investment Managers as Portfolio Manager Credits. Victor Verberk started his career in the investment industry in 1997. Mr. Verberk holds a Master's degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam and has been a CEFA holder since 1999. Mr. de Moor is a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Mr. de Moor was employed by SBA Artsenpensioenfondsen as Senior Portfolio Manager Equities for six years. Before that, he worked at SNS Asset Management holding positions of Portfolio Manager Equities (three years) and Research Analyst (two years). Jan Willem de Moor started his career in the Investment Industry in 1994. He holds a Master's degree in Economics from Tilburg University. Peter Kwaak is a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Mr. Kwaak was employed by Aegon Asset Management for three years as Credits and High Yield Portfolio Manager and at NIB Capital for two years as Portfolio Manager. Peter Kwaak started his career in the Investment Industry in 1998. Mr. Kwaak is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master's degree in economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mr. Kwaak is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute.

Team

The Robeco Euro Credit Bonds fundis managed within Robeco’s credit team, which consists of nine portfolio managers and twenty-three credit analysts (of which four financials analysts). The portfolio managers are responsible for the construction and management of the credit portfolios, whereas the analysts cover the team’s fundamental research. Our analysts have long term experience in their respective sectors which they cover globally. Each analyst covers both investment grade and high yield, providing them an information advantage and benefiting from inefficiencies that traditionally exist between the two segmented markets. Furthermore, the credit team is supported by dedicated quantitative researchers and fixed income traders. On average, the members of the credit team have an experience in the asset management industry of seventeen years, of which eight years with Robeco.

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ISINLU0808559826
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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 0.05% 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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