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Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds D2H USD

ISIN: LU1440725700
  • Diversified exposure to subordinated financial bonds
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • No active duration, nor FX exposure
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About this fund

Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds is an actively managed fund that mainly invests in subordinated euro-denominated bonds issued by financial institutions. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund offers a diversified exposure to banks and insurance companies. Focus of the fund is in general towards higher rated issuers (investment grade).

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Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds D2H USD

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The value of the investments may fluctuate. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
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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.

Performances are net of fees and based on transaction prices.

Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.32%. The index return for European subordinated financial debt was -0.2% in September. Credit spreads widened by 14 basis points to 210 basis points, which means that the spread return of subordinated financial debt amounted to -0.5%. A small decline in underlying government bond yields contributed positively to the market return. The portfolio return was a bit lower than that of the index. The beta overweight position of circa 1.3 contributed negatively, as spreads widened. The contribution of issuer selection was positive during the month. The overweight in Spanish banks contributed positively as Spanish bank spreads tightened on the back of M&A stories. Bank CoCos performed better than the index in September, which contributed to the performance too. Looking at individual issuers, the best performers on a risk-adjusted basis were Rabobank, Sabadell and Bankia. Laggards were LeasePlan and Mapfre.

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Market development

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Volatility in corporate bond markets was fairly low during September. The sell-off that took place in US technology shares in the first weeks of September was ignored completely. This stable environment changed a bit in the last week of September, when some spread widening became visible. New revelations about money laundering issues in the banking sector were among the causes of this temporary weakness. HSBC was hit particularly severely by these headlines, though the price impact on the bank’s shares was much larger than the spread impact on the bank’s bonds. Sentiment is still largely driven by the development of new cases of Covid-19. Once again, it is clear that some countries are suffering much more than others. Spain is one of the European countries that is hit most severely. In the same country, CaixaBank announced the acquisition of Bankia, which was taken positively by the market. Spreads of Bankia bonds have converged to the lower level of CaixaBank bonds, thereby outperforming the market in the past month. M&A in the banking sector could remain a theme going forward, with Sabadell being mentioned as a potential take-over target.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds fund make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes. These derivatives are very liquid.

Dividend policy

This share class of the fund does not distribute dividend.

ESG Integration policy

Our analysis of issuers goes beyond the traditional financial factors and includes the issuers’ performance on ESG factors. We deem it essential for a well-informed investment decision to take into account those ESG factors that have the potential to materially impact the financial performance of the issuer. This perfectly matches the basic need to avoid the losers in credit management, as many credit events in the past can be attributed to issues such as poorly designed governance frameworks, environmental issues, or weak health & safety standards. The aim of ESG integration is to improve the risk/return profile of the investments and does not have an impact goal. ESG analysis is fully integrated in the bottom-up security analysis. We have defined key ESG factors per industry, and for every company we analyze how the firm is positioned versus these key ESG factors, and how this impacts the fundamental credit quality.

Investment policy

Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds mainly invests in subordinated euro-denominated bonds issued by financial institutions. The fund offers a diversified exposure across 50-60 issuers, including the new style hybrid bonds that are being issued on the back of Basel III regulation. Focus of the fund are higher rated bonds (investment grade) with a tilt to Tier 2 bonds. The fund aims to outperform its index Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates Financials Subordinated 2% Issuer Cap. The index applies an issuer cap to avoid concentration risk. The investment philosophy is based on managing a solid diversified portfolio with a long term view. Top-down beta positioning is based on the outcome of our credit quarterly outlook meeting, in which the team is discussing the fundamental market outlook, valuation of bond markets and market technicals. Bottom-up issuer research is executed by our credit analysts, who execute the fundamental analysis. The portfolio managers are responsible for the portfolio construction. A proprietary developed risk management approach avoids high risk concentration in the portfolio. As the investment process is well-structured and proven over time, it contributes to repeatable performance delivery. Duration of the portfolio is managed in line with the index and currency exposure is hedged.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully embedded in the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

Expectation of fund manager

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A lot has changed since we increased the overweight position of the fund in March. Spreads have tightened significantly, but the current index spread is still higher than the long-term average. The economic environment is tough and credit losses for banks will rise, even though we know that short-term economic indicators show the situation is improving. Why are we willing to run an overweight position then? First of all, because if we look forward we expect that the economic situation will improve further. And we are aware that credit losses will be high, but our stress tests have demonstrated that banks are able to deal with that. In addition, both central banks and governments have continuously overdelivered when they announced measures to support economies. We think that the banking sector will benefit from all this support, as governments are aware that banks are part of the solution this time, not part of the problem. Market liquidity has improved and money is flowing into the credits asset class again. It seems clear that we will remain in a low yield environment for a while, which means that investors will look for parts of the market that still offer an interesting yield.

Jan Willem de Moor
Jan Willem de Moor

Jan Willem de Moor

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.

Team

The Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds fund is 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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1st quotation date1468195200000
Close financial year31-12
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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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