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.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 8.81%. The Robeco Pension Return portfolio realized a positive return of almost 10% in April, recouping a large part of the losses of March. Equities were the best-performing asset class, but high-risk assets in general did very well. We closed our long-term underweight in high yield bonds by lowering the equity and cash positions (both neutral). We think high yield offers decent value over a medium-term outlook, where equities are starting to price a very aggressive V-shaped recovery in earnings.


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Market development

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In April, high-risk assets rebounded sharply, after one of the most severe corrections of this type of assets in March. Global equities were up 10.5%, and the S&P 500 was up a massive 30.4% in EUR since the trough on 23 March. The riskier segments of the fixed income market also performed strongly. The financial markets were able to recover thanks to the willingness of central banks and governments to provide a substantial amount of support to dampen the economic fallout of the pandemic. This powerful interplay between fiscal and monetary authorities boosted confidence and created the perfect circumstances for most high-risk assets to recover in April.However, a return to normal is anything but certain. This is exemplified by commodities, which experienced another devastating month. Oil prices dropped 40.7% in April. The dislocation in the oil market was so substantial that the first oil future settled at minus USD 37.The massive policy support from governments and central banks was successful in diminishing tail risk. However, for high-risk assets to maintain positive momentum, it is important that the current lockdowns are eased, so activity can start to rebound.

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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 profound uncertainty about the shape of the economic recovery continues. It will ultimately be determined by the effectiveness of the policy stimulus, the risk of a second wave, the release of a Covid-19 vaccine and the willingness of governments to ease lockdowns. Given these circumstances, it is not surprising that many companies have suspended their earnings guidance. We remain selective when it comes to adding exposure to the portfolio. The recent divergence of cyclical cross-asset performance (equities surging, oil crashing) confirms that this selective approach is warranted. We still believe that the two-way risk in the equity market remains. Some equity markets, such as the US market, remain expensive. In addition, various asset classes currently discount different economic growth trajectories. For credit and high yield, the expected return distribution on a tactical horizon looks more skewed to the upside. These asset classes are increasingly bought by central banks and tend to lead equities at this juncture in the business cycle. Furthermore, relative valuation levels are more attractive compared to equities.

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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