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Robeco Global Credits - Short Maturity IH USD

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporate 1-5 years (hedged into USD)
ISIN: LU2080583474
  • An unconstrained global credit fund with a short duration
  • Flexible approach to investing that benefits from a global credit market exposure
  • Core exposure to global investment grade supplemented by off benchmark opportunities.
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About this fund

Robeco Global Credits - Short Maturity is an actively managed fund that invests primarily in a diversified portfolio of global investment grade corporate bonds with a short maturity. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis.The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.This fund has the flexibility to invest in other fixed income asset classes such as high yield, Emerging Credits and Asset Backed Securities. The fund can take limited active duration (interest-rate sensitivity) positions.

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Robeco Global Credits - Short Maturity IH USD

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.28%. The fund delivered a negative total return driven by underlying rates. The fund had a neutral performance compared to the index. The excess return of the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporate 1-5 Year Index (the benchmark, hedged in euros), was 0.18%. The fund's beta was close to 1 during the month, which made a neutral contribution. Issuer selection made a small negative contribution.

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Market development

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The Global Aggregate Corporate 1-5 Year Index' excess return was 0.18% (EUR hedged) last month. Credit spreads tightened, while interest rates moved wider. The 5-year US Treasury yield moved wider by 31 basis points to 0.73%. The German 5-year yield moved wider to -0.57%. The credit spread on the Global Corporate Bond 1-5 year Index tightened to 0.64%.February was a quiet month, when looking at the developments in the corporate bond market. That said, activity on the underlying interest rates, fueled by reflation fears, caused negative total returns. Fiscal stimulus in the US coupled with growing hopes of post-vaccination economic growth has led to a sharp rise in nominal government bond yields across developed markets. New issue activity picked up, as issuers wanted to lock in low yields. Central banks remain very accommodative though. The Federal Reserve underlined that tapering of its quantitative easing program is not a topic yet and the ECB said to preserve favorable financing conditions over the pandemic period. Going forward, we keep our beta below one, as we have a more cautious view of credit markets.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

The fund make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute a dividend. The income earned by the fund is reflected in its share price. This means that the fund's total performance is reflected in its share price performance.

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 Global Credits - Short Maturity is an actively managed fund that invests primarily in a diversified portfolio of global investment grade corporate bonds with a short maturity. 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. This fund has the flexibility to invest in other fixed income asset classes such as high yield, Emerging Credits and Asset Backed Securities. The fund can take limited active duration (interest-rate sensitivity) positions.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) 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

Engagement

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 our portfolio free from the effects of defaults and accidents. We once again succeeded, with much lower defaults in high yield than the index, and not a single one in investment grade.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. While there is something left on the table, it is not much. We cannot afford to have policy errors, rising yields or inflation, nor any oil price, political or geopolitical shock. There is just not enough cushion left. We faced the same asymmetry this time last year. So, it will either be a boring year, with a small excess return, or a bearish one, should one of these events occur.

Reinout Schapers, Victor Verberk
Reinout Schapers, Victor Verberk

Reinout Schapers, Victor Verberk

Mr. Schapers is Portfolio Manager Emerging Market Credits in the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2011, Reinout worked at Aegon Asset Management for 5 years where he was a senior portfolio manager high yield credits and was Head of High Yield Europe since 2008. Before that, he worked at Rabo Securities as an M&A associate and at Credit Suisse First Boston as a corporate finance analyst. He holds an Engineering degree in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology. He has been active in the industry since 2003. Mr. Verberk is Head and Portfolio Manager Investment Grade Credits since January 2008. Prior to joining Robeco in 2008, Mr. Verberk was CIO with Holland Capital Management. Before that he was employed by Mn Services as Head of Fixed Income and he worked for AXA Investment Managers as Portfolio Manager Credits. Victor Verberk started his career in the investment industry in 1997. Mr. Verberk holds a Master's degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam and has been a CEFA holder since 1999.

Team

The Robeco Global Credits - Short Maturity 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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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

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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