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Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds FH USD

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corp.Fin.Subordinated 2% Issuer Cap(hedged into USD)
ISIN: LU1048590209
  • 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 FH 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.

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 0.54%. The index return for European subordinated financial debt was 0.4% in June. Credit spreads tightened 4 basis points to 136 basis points, which means that the spread return of subordinated financial debt amounted to 0.33%. Underlying government bond yields declined a bit, contributing positively to the total return of the index. The portfolio return was higher than that of the index. The beta overweight position of circa 1.05 had a small positive impact. The outperformance of the fund was mainly driven by issuer selection. Bank CoCos outperformed on a risk-adjusted basis and the portfolio benefited from the (small) overweight position. Individual names that contributed most on a risk-adjusted basis were Unipol (bonds benefited from an upgrade by Fitch), RBI, LeasePlan and DBS.

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Market development

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Credit spreads continued to tighten in the past month, which means that new lows were reached in the past weeks. This positive sentiment was also visible in other risky asset classes, like the equity market. Economies are opening up, which is also reflected in higher commodity prices. As expected, headline inflation numbers are going up and in the US the CPI number even reached 5%. The Federal Reserve surprised markets by a slightly more hawkish tone than expected. The Fed has now started talking about tapering and the Fed dot plot showed that expectations for the first rate hikes have moved forward to 2023. The result of this more hawkish tone was a flattening of yield curves of government bonds: short-term yields are rising while longer-term yields are declining. Still, the impact on risky assets like equities and credit was very low. New issuance of subordinated bank and insurance debt remains low and deals that are coming to the market offer hardly any new issue premium. This means that our activity in new issues was very limited.

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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.

Expectation of fund manager

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Most likely, the credit market will at best deliver a coupon excess return. A boring year, in other words. We think it is better to be positioned on the cautions side. All signs on green has become the widely shared view for credit. This is a market that no longer compensates for tail risks and which is vulnerable to negative surprises. Confirmation biases rule. The credit impulse is set to roll over in Europe, the US and China. So, the net combined fiscal and private credit impulse will become negative soon. Towards 2022, this might start to have a dampening impact on growth rates. At times like these, it is best to be humble about the unknowns and to just accept that, every now and then, it is difficult to see the forest from the trees. In the past quarters, we have reduced the overall market sensitivity of the portfolio to neutral versus the index. We mainly achieved this by reducing the exposure to CoCos. In an environment where spreads are low and compressed, we think it makes sense to aim for a more cautious positioning.

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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ISINLU1048590209
BloombergRFIBFUS LX
Valoren24024679
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1st quotation date1395878400000
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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