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Robeco Investment Grade Corporate Bonds IHHI EUR

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates ex financials 2% issuer constraint
ISIN: LU0466000535
  • Diversified non-financial credits exposure
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • Experienced team management
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About this fund

Robeco Investment Grade Corporate Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in Euro denominated securities. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The investment process combines a top-down market view to assess credit attractiveness and factors that drive credit market returns in the short term with skillful issuer selection to create a broadly diversified portfolio. The fund has a conservative profile and has a limited exposure to derivatives.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.12%. The fund's total return was -0.08% last month, underperforming the index by 4 bps. The fund's beta was below one during the month, which made a negative contribution. Issuer selection made a neutral contribution. Names like Medtronic and Accor outperformed the market.The Corporate ex-Financials Index delivered a total return of -0.04% last month. The average credit spread on the index tightened 5 bps to 80 bps. As a result, the investment grade corporate market outperformed treasuries by 0.40%. The yield of the underlying 10-year German treasury bonds moved wider by 9 basis points to -0.20%.

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Market development

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Demand for spread products was strong in April and many sectors are near YTD tights. Many of the first-quarter earnings reports published so far were better than expected. Some banks are already releasing part of the additions to the loan loss reserves that were made last year. On a macro level, sentiment indicators like the purchasing managers' index show expectations of a strong outlook. This outlook is also reflected in rising commodity prices like copper. One of the explanations for the improved outlook is the fact that the pace of vaccinations is going up in Europe. As a result of this improved outlook, European government bond yields have gradually moved higher during April. Ten-year German Bunds ended the month at -0.20%, which is 0.09% higher than at the end of March. Central banks remain accommodative for now and are keen to run the economy hot. The ECB will step up PEPP asset purchases in the second quarter of this year. Around EUR 25 billion in new bonds has been issued in April, compared to almost EUR 60 billion in March. Year-to-date, gross issuance in the euro investment grade corporate bond market is now around 15% lower than last year.

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Currency policy

The fund invests in Euro denominated securities only.

Derivative policy

Robeco Investment Grade Corporate Bonds make use of derivatives for hedging purposes. These derivatives are very liquid.

Dividend policy

The IHI EUR shares don't distribute a 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 Investment Grade Corporate Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in Euro denominated securities. 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. The investment process combines a top-down market view to assess credit attractiveness and factors that drive credit market returns in the short term with skillful issuer selection to create a broadly diversified portfolio. The fund has a conservative profile and has a limited exposure to derivatives.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 the fund's positions remain within set limits at all times.

Expectation of fund manager

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It seems obvious that in 2021 the global economy will experience the strongest growth in decades. Ultra-loose monetary policy, aggressive fiscal stimulus and the unleashing of pent-up demand as the economy eventually reopens fully, are expected to pave the way for high single-digit economic growth. The Fed and the ECB have made it very clear that they will keep rates low for a long time. The Fed has signaled that it will deliberately be behind the curve, and that it will accept higher bond yields as long as these are driven by higher inflation expectations. Credit markets traditionally perform well in the first year after a recession. What's more, spreads have been negatively correlated with rates for most of the last two decades. So, why are we advocating a defensive positioning? The short answer is that the market is priced for perfection, which means that you do not get paid for potential tail risks. While it is possible that credits could keep rallying, the margin for error is extremely limited. The opportunity costs of being defensive are therefore low. We believe it very likely that better entry points to increase credit risk will arise in the next six months.

Peter Kwaak
Peter Kwaak

Peter Kwaak

Peter Kwaak is a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Mr. Kwaak was employed by Aegon Asset Management for three years as Credits and High Yield Portfolio Manager and at NIB Capital for two years as Portfolio Manager. Peter Kwaak started his career in the Investment Industry in 1998. Mr. Kwaak is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master's degree in economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mr. Kwaak is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute.

Team

The Robeco Investment Grade Corporate Bonds fund is managed within Robeco’s credit team, which consists of nine portfolio managers and twenty-three credit 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 three dedicated quantitative researchers and four 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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ISINLU0466000535
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Valoren10728885
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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.

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Investors outside Luxembourg are subject to their national tax regime applying to foreign investment funds. We advise individual investors to contact their financial or fiscal adviser regarding their specific fiscal situation.

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