Robeco Pension Return Portfolio I EUR

ISIN: LU0743697152
  • Equity-like return at lower risk
  • Well-diversified portfolio
  • Customized retirement investing
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About this fund

The Robeco Pension Return Portfolio is an actively managed fund of funds, offering exposure to a mix of asset classes with the goal to outperform the MSCI World 100% Hedged to EUR Net Total Return Index.

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Robeco Pension Return Portfolio I EUR


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The value of the investments may fluctuate. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
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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 -1.64%. The Robeco Pension Return portfolio realized a negative return in September. Equities gave away some of their stellar returns since the recovery that commenced in April. Local currency emerging debt and high yield bonds also declined as economic uncertainties increased. We closed our overweight in the euro against the US dollar after a good run.


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Market development

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The resurgence of Covid-19 cases led to new local lockdowns. This second wave is having less of an impact so far because the mortality rate has declined sharply. Leading indicators in the US, Europe and China showed continued expansion of economic activity although there has been a certain amount of cooling, particularly in the services sector. With the health crisis still unresolved, further recovery remains dependent on support measures by governments and central banks. The continuity of these support measures was a cause for increasing concern in September. Due to a stalemate between Democrats and Republicans, previous US stimulus packages expired at the end of July. In addition, the excess liquidity in the financial system leveled off as central banks refrained from increasing monetary easing. Equity markets, in particular, benefited from the increase in money supply since March and are now experiencing less tailwind. Uncertainty about the outcome and aftermath of the US Presidential elections also impacted market sentiment.

Fund allocation

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Sustainability Themed Fund

Currency policy

The fund may use derivatives for currency risk hedging and for actively taking positions in currencies in order to generate additional returns.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute dividend.

ESG Integration policy

The Robeco Pension Return Portfolio fund mainly invests in Robeco funds. Robeco strives to incorporate ESG issues in investment decisions. For the vast majority of the investments ESG integration applies indirectly. The ambition is to have ESG integration for the full composition of the portfolio. Sustainability can be a decisive factor in the fund selection process. Capabilities from other asset managers might be selected. Such funds are currently out of scope of the sustainability screening.

Investment policy

The Robeco Pension Return Portfolio is aimed at achieving a better risk-reward ratio than an ordinary equity portfolio. To this end, the investments are diversified across various asset classes, which can also include high yield corporate bonds and bonds from emerging markets, with the goal of achieving a risk-reward ratio that is better than the benchmark index, the MSCI World, in the long run. The portfolio is allocated to an optimally diversified mix of passive funds, Robeco funds and/or funds of external asset managers. In the process, the allocation over the asset classes, the selection of funds and composition of this well-diversified portfolio are actively managed, whereby the current vision with regard to future return opportunities is integrated in the portfolio. The Robeco Pension Matching Portfolio can be used in combination with the Robeco Pension Return Portfolio to reduce exposure to investment risk up until retirement. Initially, more money is invested in the Robeco Pension Return Portfolio. As the retirement date draws closer, more and more is invested in the Robeco Pension Matching Portfolio. This one is geared more to stabilizing the future (actual) benefit, by adjusting the interest rate risk of the portfolio to the interest rate risk of a future pension annuity benefit. With these two portfolios, it is possible to take customized approach during the period of pension accrual.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully integrated into the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

Expectation of fund manager

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The risk premiums that equity markets are offering, are still attractive. There is also room for upside surprises in earnings. However, we think that equity markets need a new impulse (clear election result/agreement on new stimulus round/announcement of vaccine) to move decisively higher. Until catalysts arrive, we prefer to have close to neutral weight in equities. Government bonds failed to offer a counterweight to the turmoil in the stock market in September. This makes government bonds not only expensive but also less appealing as a diversifier in the portfolio. The weight of government bonds within the multi-asset portfolio remains below average. We continue to have a preference for the riskier part of the fixed income market. However the weight of high-quality corporate bonds (credits) was trimmed this month. They lost a bit of their attractiveness now that credit risk spreads are around their historical average and duration risks have risen. We made no changes to our allocation to high yield bonds although their spread has become slightly less attractive recently. But, in a low or even negative yield world, high yield bonds still remain an attractive asset class.

Jeroen Blokland
Jeroen Blokland

Jeroen Blokland

Mr. Jeroen Blokland is Portfolio Manager with Robeco within the Robeco Global Allocation team. Jeroen is portfolio manager of the Robeco Pension Return Portfolio since the launch in March 2012. Prior to joining the Robeco Global Allocation team, he was employed by IRIS, the independent Institute for Research and Investment Services of Robeco and Rabobank, as an Investment strategist since 2005. He started his career at Interpolis in 2002, where he held a position as asset manager and investment strategist. Jeroen holds a Master's degree in Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.


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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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