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Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds D2H USD

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corp.Fin.Subordinated 2% Issuer Cap(hedged into 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's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The fund offers a diversified exposure to subordinated bonds issued by banks and insurance companies and the 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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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 -0.24%. The index return for European subordinated financial debt was -0.3% in February. Credit spreads tightened by 10 basis points to 155 basis points, which means that the spread return of subordinated financial debt amounted to 0.5%. Underlying government bond yields rose, contributing negatively to the total return of the index. The portfolio return was higher than that of the index. The beta overweight position of approx. 1.1 contributed positively, as spreads tightened. The contribution of issuer selection was positive too. Individual names that contributed most on a risk-adjusted basis were Sampo, LeasePlan, Axa and Zurich. Negative contributors were BCP, Allianz RT1 and Standard Chartered.

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Market development

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There was a lot of volatility in global markets in February. Fresh fiscal stimulus in the US coupled with growing hopes of post-vaccination economic reopening has led to a sharp rise in nominal government bond yields across developed markets. This means that total returns for corporate bonds were negative last month, though credit spreads actually tightened during this volatile period. There was not much stress in periphery bond markets. Italian spreads performed well as Mario Draghi took office as prime minister. Within equity markets we saw a clear change from growth to value stocks. Bank shares performed very well. However, within the credit universe differences between sectors were relatively small. Many banks have now reported their Q4 earnings and the general picture is that earnings have not disappointed. It remains to be seen what will happen to credit losses in 2021, but we think that for most banks the biggest part of the Covid-19 losses has already been taken last year. Most banks still managed to improve capital buffers during this period, which is a positive factor for bondholders.

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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 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'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, next to engagement. The fund offers a diversified exposure to subordinated bonds issued by banks and insurance companies and the focus of the fund is in general towards higher rated issuers (investment grade). 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, whilst still controlling relative risk through the applications of limits (on currencies and issuers) 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 embedded in the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

Sustainability profile

Full ESG Integration

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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.

Expectation of fund manager

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Last year was a year of many opportunities. There was a beta opportunity in March, a cyclical recovery opportunity in June and, later in the year, a Covid-19 sector theme opportunity. During this time, we did rigorous research in order to keep the portfolio free from the effects of defaults and accidents. We again succeeded and the fact that we added risk to the portfolio following the sell-off in March led to a nice outperformance for the year. It will be more difficult from here onwards. The possible variation in economic and technical outcomes is large. The year will be either boring or bearish. There is hardly any room for aggressive tightening by central banks. At best, we will see some carry, roll down and certain sectors recovering from Covid-19. We see some potential for further spread compression, for instance in CoCos or in debt issued by Italian and Spanish banks. And there certainly will be relative value opportunities between issuers or segments of the market. But while there is something left on the table, it is not much. So, it will either be a boring year, with a small excess return for the market, or a bearish one, should one of these events occur.

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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ISINLU1440725700
BloombergROFD2HU LX
Valoren33119361
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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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