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Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds IBH USD

Index: Bloomberg Euro Aggregate Corporates Financials Subordinated 2% Issuer Cap
ISIN: LU1493700998
  • 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 IBH 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 4.00%. The portfolio posted a return that was positive in July. Declining underlying government bond yields were the largest driver for the positive return, explaining circa 2.3% of the return. Credit spreads tightened, which added to the portfolio's return. The average index spread ended the month at 307 basis points, which is 37 basis points tighter than at the end of June. The index excess return of financial bonds over underlying government bonds was 2.5%. The performance of the portfolio was lower than that of the index. The portfolio had a small beta overweight position during the month (circa 1.1), contributing positively to performance. The contribution of issuer selection was negative though. Many themes of the past quarters reversed in July: the position in dollar bonds underperformed, the underweight in real estate names contributed negatively as did the overweight in bank and insurance CoCos. Individual names that detracted most from the relative performance were Unibail-Rodamco and Aroundtown (both underweights), and Raiffeisen Bank, BCP and Sabadell.

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Market development

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In July, credit markets recouped most of the losses from June. Strong bond returns were driven by a combination of lower underlying government bond yields and tighter credit spreads. Central banks' policy remains a key theme for investors. As expected, the Fed raised its benchmark rate by 0.75%, as it is still focused on bringing down inflation. However, the focus of financial markets shifted more towards slowing growth, leading to a decline in Treasury yields. Hopes for a Fed pivot rose, helping credits spreads to tighten. In Europe, the ECB hiked rates for the first time in more than ten years, moving from -0.50% to 0%. With more uncertainty about Italy, the ECB also announced the Transmission Protection Instrument, which should be supportive for peripheral spreads. Activity in the new issue market was very limited, even though market sentiment was strong. Many of the names that lagged in June outperformed in July. For instance companies in the real estate sector. Vice versa, bank CoCos that had outperformed until the end of June, underperformed on a risk-adjusted basis in July. Several banks announced their second-quarter earnings. In most cases, results were better than expected.

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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

The fund aims to pay a quarterly 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

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 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 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, while still controlling relative risk through the application of limits (on currencies and issuers) to the extent of the 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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ISINLU1493700998
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Valoren33997221
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1st quotation date1474502400000
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 0.01% 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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