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Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits CH EUR

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate - Corporates (hedged into EUR)
ISIN: LU1246236340
  • Factor investing in investment grade corporate bonds
  • Aiming to generate higher returns with a market-like risk profile
  • For experienced investors looking for style-diversification in a balanced portfolio
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About this fund

Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits invests systematically in predominantly investment grade credits. The selection of these bonds is based on a quantative model. The fund offers balanced exposure to a number of quantitative factors by focusing on bonds with a low level of expected risk (Low Risk factor), an attractive valuation (Value), a strong performance trend (Momentum) and a small market value of debt (Size). The investment universe includes bonds with at least a BB- rating.

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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 -0.68%. This provided a relative return of -0.14% (-0.68% vs. -0.54%). Beta allocation contributed slightly negatively, but issue(r) selection by the multi-factor model was a more negative contributor. This was mostly driven by a substantially negative contribution from the size factor. The momentum, value and low-risk factors contributed neutrally this month. The underweights in USD-denominated paper and in US issuers contributed negatively, as did the overweights in EUR- and GBP-denominated paper and European issuers. The portfolio’s overweight in subordinated bonds also made a negative contribution to the performance. The overweight in agencies contributed negatively, as did the underweight in insurers. On the other hand, we saw positive contributions from the underweights in REITs and utilities.

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Market development

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The Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Index posted an excess return (over duration-matched government bonds) of 57 bps in September as its spread tightened from 118 to 112 bps over the month. Underlying government bond yields in the US and Germany widened significantly, resulting in a negative EUR-hedged total return of -54 bps. The threat of a trade war between the US and China heightened and concerns rose over the drafting of an Italian budget that could see it come into conflict with the EU. Politics notwithstanding, the strength of the US economy buoyed markets. Credit spread returns were strongest in US and emerging market names, USD-denominated bonds, longer-dated bonds, BBB-rated bonds and subordinated bonds. European firms and EUR and GBP paper generally generated below-benchmark returns. Utilities and financials underperformed industrials. The communications sector was the best-performing sector, followed by energy and basic industry. In financials, finance companies and REITs showed weaker performances, while the insurance sector was the positive exception.

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Currency policy

To preserve the value of the investments of Robeco Global Multi-Factor Credits CH EUR in Euro against the fluctuations of other currency positions in the portfolio, derivatives are used for currency hedging transactions.

Dividend policy

In principle, this share class of the fund will distribute an quarterly dividend.

ESG Integration policy

ESG analysis is systematically incorporated in the highly disciplined investment process. This ensures that companies with higher ESG scores from RobecoSAM are more likely to be included in the portfolio, and vice versa. With these portfolio construction rules we aim for an ESG profile of the fund that is above that of the reference index. In addition, our credit analysts use external sources to identify additional ESG risks, e.g. corporate governance issues or companies that have major litigation or regulatory risks. If these ESG risks may result in a material financial impact, we will not invest in these companies.

Investment policy

Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits aims to provide long-term capital growth by investing systematically in predominantly investment grade credits and offering exposure to a number of quantitative strategies in a diversified way. It uses a strategy focusing on bonds with a low level of expected risk (Low volatility); a strategy focusing on bonds with an attractive valuation (Value); and a strategy focusing on bonds of companies with a medium-term attractive performance trend (Momentum). The fund on average offers balanced exposure to these factors. A disciplined investment process is used for the portfolio's construction, starting with a global universe of all credit bonds, and including those bonds with at least a BB rating to capture the fallen angels and rising stars. The quantitative multi-factor ranking model ranks all bonds from the most attractive to least attractive. In the portfolio's construction, bonds from the top of the ranking will be bought, resulting in a balanced and diversified portfolio, reflecting bonds' liquidities and constraints on sectors and currencies, BBs and emerging markets. The Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Index (hedged into EUR) is used as an index for the fund. The fund will strive to create a risk profile which is similar to this reference index, but with a high conviction approach that aims to generate higher returns, due its exposures to factors. The fund can have a significant tracking error versus the index.

Risk policy

The fund will strive to create a risk profile, which is similar to the reference index. The duration and currency exposure of the portfolio will be hedged to the reference index. The strategy can have significant tracking error versus the reference index. The ratio of the portfolio volatility with respect to the volatility of the reference index is restricted by predefined guidelines. These 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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Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits invests systematically in predominantly investment grade credits. It offers balanced exposure to a number of quantitative factors. In the long term, we expect the fund to outperform the market by systematically harvesting factor premiums with a risk profile that is similar to the reference index.

Patrick Houweling, Mark Whirdy
Patrick Houweling, Mark Whirdy

Patrick Houweling, Mark Whirdy

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. Mark Whirdy is Portfolio Manager in the Credit team for Robeco’s factor credits strategies: Conservative Credits, Multi-Factor Credits and Multi-Factor High Yield. His areas of expertise include portfolio optimization, credit markets, credit derivatives modelling and quant investment process development. Prior to joining Robeco, Mark was Portfolio Manager in the Quant Credit team at Pioneer Investments and Analyst in the Quantitative Equities team at that firm. He is a graduate from University College Dublin, and holds a Master’s in Business from University of Ulster.

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Valoren28513461
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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 0.05% 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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