Robeco QI Dynamic High Yield ZH USD

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Global High Yield Corporate (hedged into USD)
ISIN: LU1285434657
  • Liquid exposure to global high yield corporates
  • Performance driven by a unique quantitative model
  • An alternative for passive or direct high-yield investments
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About this fund

Robeco QI Dynamic High Yield aims to provide long-term capital growth and offers diversified exposure to global high yield corporates, by investing primarily in CDS index derivatives. The selection of these instruments is based on a quantative model. The performance is model-driven by taking active beta positions to decrease or increase the exposure towards the high-yield market within pre-defined risk limits.


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Market development

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Global high yield bond spreads traded sideways in August, despite global trade tensions and emerging market concerns. Total returns were slightly positive with 3 bps, which was largely driven by the declining Treasury yields. August was dominated by political headlines, with trade tensions and a dispute between the United States and Turkey at the center of attention. Italy has been dominating the headlines in Europe. Investors are keeping a close eye on the new government’s promises, which include substantial tax cuts and more income for the poor. The global CDS index return was flat over the month as credit spreads widened by 19 bps for the iTraxx CrossOver Index and by 2 bps for the CDX High Yield Index. Underlying government bond yields decreased by 8 bps in the US, and by 7 bps in Germany. The combined return of investing in CDS indices and government bonds was 0.16%, outperforming the cash high yield bond market with 0.13%.

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Sustainability Themed Fund

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Currency policy

To preserve the value of the investments of Robeco Quant High Yield Fund ZH USD in dollar, derivatives are used for currency hedging transactions.

Dividend policy

All income earned will be accumulated and not be distributed as dividend. Therefore the entire return is reflected in the share price development.

ESG Integration policy

For Robeco QI Dynamic High Yield the investment universe and the type of investments are such that it is not feasible to implement the ESG factors into the investment processes.

Investment policy

Robeco QI Dynamic High Yield offers well-diversified exposure to US and European high yield corporates by investing in highly liquid CDS indices. These indices, which are independently maintained, are much more liquid than direct investments in high yield bonds. Twice a year the issuers with the highest liquidity are added to these indices and distressed issuers are excluded. Because of their high liquidity, investors can use these CDS indices to efficiently get high yield exposure with much lower transaction costs than high yield bonds. The performance of Robeco QI Dynamic High Yield is driven by a unique quantitative market-timing model. This proprietary model has a track record of over 10 years. The model is based on academic research and uses a variety of factors, amongst others from credit and equity markets, to forecast credit returns. Based on this forecast, the exposure of the fund to the high yield corporate bond market will be decreased or increased. As a result, the beta of the portfolio varies between 0.5 and 1.5, to reduce risk in declining markets and to benefit more in rising markets. Robeco QI Dynamic High Yield Fund aims to offer a better return than the Barclays Global High Yield Corporate index. The index is used to express the benefits of the strategy as an alternative to passive or direct investments in high yield bonds. Especially in low-liquidity environments, the benefits of the strategy become clear: cash bond returns could be severely hurt, whereas market stress has a much more muted impact on the liquid instruments used in Robeco QI Dynamic High Yield .

Risk policy

The investment strategy of the fund aims to outperform its 100% exposure to high yield corporates by taking active beta positions based on Robeco's quantitative market timing model. These active positions are set to always meet the predefined guidelines. As the investment exposure of the fund is obtained to a material degree through derivatives, it is important to manage counterparty risk. Therefore the credit quality of the counterparties is monitored and collateral is exchanged on a daily basis to reflect market movements in the value of the instruments. The predefined guidelines also restrict the leverage exposure of derivatives on a fund level and the currency exposure as described in the prospectus.

Expectation of fund manager

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The positions of the fund are fully determined by the outcome of our proprietary credit beta model. Both the growth and business cycle indicators are positive, signaling higher economic growth expectations which is positive for expected credit returns. The positives are further strengthened by a positive trend factor, but are offset by a negative season factor. The fund therefore has a neutral beta position.

PatrickHouweling, Johan Duyvesteyn
PatrickHouweling, Johan Duyvesteyn

PatrickHouweling, Johan Duyvesteyn

Patrick Houweling is Lead Portfolio Manager and Researcher Quant Credits. Prior to joining Robeco in 2003, he was Risk Manager at Rabobank International where he started his career in 1998. Patrick has published articles in academic finance literature, including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Empirical Finance and the Financial Analysts Journal. The article 'Factor Investing in the Corporate Bond Market', co-written by Jeroen van Zundert, received a Graham and Dodd Scroll Award of Excellence for 2017. He holds a PhD in Finance and a Master's (cum laude) in Financial Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mr. Johan Duyvesteyn is Portfolio Manager and Quantitative Researcher with Robeco. Johan has been active in the industry and with Robeco since 1999. He started his career as researcher. His areas of expertise are government bond market timing, country sustainability and emerging debt. Johan has published several articles in the academic finance literature, including the Journal of Empirical Finance, the Journal of Banking and Finance and the Journal of Fixed Income. Johan holds a Ph.D. in Finance as well as a Master's degree in Financial Econometrics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He became a CFA charter holder in 2005 and is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute.


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Management companyRobeco Luxembourg S.A.
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AvailabilityLU, SG, CH
1st quotation date1441324800000
Close financial year31-12
Legal statusInvestment company with variable capital incorporated under Luxembourg law (SICAV)
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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

The fiscal consequences of investing in this fund depend on the investor's personal situation. For private investors in the Netherlands real interest and dividend income or capital gains received on their investments are not relevant for tax purposes. Each year investors pay income tax on the value of their net assets as at 1 January if and inasmuch as such net assets exceed the investor’s tax-free allowance. Any amount invested in the fund forms part of the investor's net assets. Private investors who are resident outside the Netherlands will not be taxed in the Netherlands on their investments in the fund. However, such investors may be taxed in their country of residence on any income from an investment in this fund based on the applicable national fiscal laws. Other fiscal rules apply to legal entities or professional investors. We advise 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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