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Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds Feeder Fund - zero duration IH USD

Index: Bloomberg Euro Aggregate Corporates Financials Subordinated 2% Issuer Cap
ISIN: LU1821796635
  • Diversified exposure to subordinated financial bonds
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • No active duration, nor FX exposure
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About this fund

The actively managed fund is a feeder Fund ( the “Feeder Fund”) and as such invests at least 85% of its assets in class Z2H shares of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV - Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds (“the Master”).The Master invests mainly in subordinated eurodenominated bonds issued by financial institutions and similar nongovernment fixed income securities. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis.The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth. The Feeder Fund uses derivatives to hedge the duration of the Master. The duration hedge will lead to intended performance differences between the Feeder Fund and the Master. Interest rate movements will have a different effect on the Master and the Feeder Fund.

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Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds Feeder Fund - zero duration IH USD

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -3.37%. The portfolio posted a return that was negative in June. Rising credit spreads were the biggest driver of the negative return. The average index spread ended the month at 344 basis points, which is 80 basis points wider than at the end of May. The index excess return of corporate bonds over underlying government bonds was -3.8%. On top of that, underlying government bond yields rose, explaining around -0.8% of the return.The performance of the portfolio was a bit better than that of the index. The portfolio had a small beta overweight position during the month (circa 1.05). This overweight contributed negatively to performance. The contribution of issuer selection was positive though. The portfolio has an underweight position in real estate names. This underweight contributed positively, as spreads in this sector widened more than the general market. The overweight in bank CoCos helped the relative performance too, as these bonds outperformed Tier 2 bonds on a risk-adjusted basis. Individual names that contributed most to the relative performance were Unibail-Rodamco, Aroundtown and Grand City Properties (in all three cases we do not have any exposure), NIBC and UniCredit.

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Market development

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Volatility was very high in June, both in credit markets and in government bond markets. Spreads widened significantly, which means that current spread levels are getting near to the spread levels that were seen during the Covid peak in the first quarter of 2020. Spreads are already trading well above the peaks of 2016 and 2018. Fear for recession risk is one of the reasons why spreads are moving wider. The fact that Russia is limiting gas supplies to Europe more and more is not helping either. Real estate-related names underperformed during the month, driven by concerns about asset valuations for some specific companies. The portfolio does not hold any exposure in the real estate sector. Bond yields rose sharply during the first half of the month, but declined again from the middle of June. The sharp rise was mainly due to high inflation data in the US and hawkish actions from central banks. Peripheral bonds came under pressure, but rallied back after the ECB governing council quickly announced the design of an 'anti-fragmentation tool'. Notwithstanding volatile markets, both Credit Suisse and Barclays managed to issue new CoCos.

Fund allocation

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

The Feeder Fund uses derivatives to hedge the duration of the Master. The duration hedge will lead to intended performance differences between the Feeder Fund and the Master. Interest rate movements will have a different effect on the Master and the Feeder Fund.

Dividend policy

This share class of the fund does not distribute dividend.

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

The actively managed fund is a feeder Fund ( the “Feeder Fund”) and as such invests at least 85% of its assets in class Z2H shares of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV - Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds (“the Master”).The Master invests mainly in subordinated eurodenominated bonds issued by financial institutions and similar nongovernment fixed income securities. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis.The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth. Through its investment in the Master, 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 Feeder Fund uses derivatives to hedge the duration of the Master. The duration hedge will lead to intended performance differences between the Feeder Fund and the Master. Interest rate movements will have a different effect on the Master and the Feeder Fund. The Master aims to outperform the Benchmark by taking positions that deviate from the Benchmark. The Master 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.

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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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By all standards, we have seen a very significant repricing of fixed income. European government bonds posted their worst quarter in decades and on top of that, credit spreads widened. Could spreads go wider in a full-blown recession scenario? Yes, they can. Should we run full underweight positions until we see those highs? No, we do not believe that would be prudent to do. Even though we acknowledge that recession risks are elevated, there is never 100% certainty that this scenario will play out. Given that markets are rapidly repricing, it is sensible to start buying some credit risk now, and we are aiming for a portfolio beta that is just above one. During Covid, a substantial amount of SME credit risk was shifted from bank balance sheets to government entities via the use of state-backed loans. This means that when defaults increase, banks are partly shielded, as some losses will end up at the government. We conclude that healthy capital positions and probably lower credit losses compared to earlier episodes of economic stress should help banks to weather the storm.

Jan Willem de Moor
Jan Willem de Moor

Jan Willem de Moor

Jan Willem de Moor is Portfolio Manager Investment Grade in the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, he worked at the Dutch Medical professionals’ pension fund as an Equity Portfolio Manager and at SNS Asset Management as an Equity Portfolio Manager. Jan Willem has been active in the industry since 1994. He holds a Master's 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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ISINLU1821796635
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Fiscal product treatment

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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