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Robeco Euro Government Bonds IH USD

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Euro Aggregate: Treasury (hedged into USD)
ISIN: LU1218873120
  • Outspoken active and adaptive approach
  • Country allocation main performance driver
  • Active duration and yield curve positioning
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About this fund

Robeco Euro Government Bonds invests only in euro-denominated government bonds. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund invests in euro denominated bonds issued by the EMU-member countries. It 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.

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Robeco Euro Government Bonds IH USD

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Performances are gross of fees and based on closing values. In reality, costs (such as management fees and other costs) are charged. These have a negative effect on the returns shown.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.19%. The fund posted small negative returns over the month. Core bond yields rose as global risk sentiment gained traction, China-US trade talks developed favorably and chances of a hard Brexit are subsiding. Duration added to performance as yields rose and the fund benefited from the relative underweight position. Country spreads tightened in the second half of the month, supported by ECB sources strongly hinting at the continuation of loose monetary policy. The fund benefited slightly less from this development. The overweight in Belgium versus France added to performance. The small remaining overweight in Italy however subtracted from performance as the Italy-Germany spread initially rose significantly in February.

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Market development

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Government bonds posted mixed returns in February, with gains in Spain, Ireland and Portugal and negative returns in Germany, the US and Italy. Periphery bonds were supported by the expectation that the ECB would soon announce a new cheap funding program for banks (TLTRO). After a rally in January, Italy lost ground due to negative news on leading indicators for growth in Q1. BTPs did find support towards the end of the month from Fitch maintaining their BBB credit rating for the country, despite the negative outlook. Bunds and Treasuries lagged, but returns remained close to zero (-0.3 to -0.5). A continued dovish guidance from central banks across a range of countries helps explain why bond yields remain quite anchored in spite of the positive mood in stocks. The Federal Reserve, for example, gave a strong indication that the balance sheet rundown could already end this summer.

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Currency policy

The fund is not exposed to currency risks, as the fund invests in Euro-denominated bonds and derivatives are used to hedge the currency risk to the US Dollar.

Derivative policy

Robeco Euro Government Bonds makes use of government bond futures. These derivatives are regarded very liquid.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute 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

For Robeco Euro Government Bonds, 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

The Robeco Euro Government Bonds fund invests in euro denominated bonds issued by the EMU countries. Investing in euro government bonds calls for active management in order to cope with country risks and interest rate risks. The fund performance is driven by multiple drivers, of which country allocation is currently the most dominant. The team is actively allocating across core and peripheral European exposure, and as such investors can benefit from spread movements whilst keeping investment risks under control. The fund aims to outperform its index Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Treasury. The aim of the country allocation decisions is to confront price differences between Eurozone countries with divergences in economic and political developments. Country views can capture either broader trends (for example changes in European policy) or country specific developments. Both are assessed in a structured way, combining top-down (macro environment & policy, valuation, sentiment & positioning) and bottom-up inputs (a country's debt sustainability, macro-economic cycle, ESG profile). Next to country allocation, active duration and yield curve positioning are the other drivers of alpha. Risk budgeting can be adaptive through time in order to capture the most compelling investment opportunities.

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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Economic news has been rather negative over recent months, and expectations for both economic growth and central bank rates have been revised downwards to a large degree. This has created an environment in which it is easier for economic news to surprise on the upside. As some of the immediate event risks (China trade dispute, Brexit) seem to have diminished, we would be inclined to use a (further) rally in bonds to trim duration.

Michiel de Bruin, Stefan van IJzendoorn
Michiel de Bruin, Stefan van IJzendoorn

Michiel de Bruin, Stefan 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.

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ISINLU1218873120
BloombergROEGIHU LX
Valoren27851911
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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.

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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