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Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits IH GBP

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate - Corporates (hedged into GBP)
ISIN: LU1235144752
  • 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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Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits IH GBP

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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 -0.92%. This provided a relative return of +2 bps (-107 bps versus -109 bps). A negative contribution from beta allocation was offset by a positive contribution from issue(r) selection by the multi-factor model. The size factor generated a positive return, recovering from last month. The momentum and value factors contributed neutrally. The low-risk factor detracted from performance, due to the risk-adjusted outperformance of longer-dated bonds over shorter-dated bonds. The underweights in USD-denominated paper and in US issuers contributed positively, as did the overweight in GBP-denominated paper. The overweights in EUR-denominated bonds and EMU issuers on the other hand, contributed somewhat negatively. The same holds for the underweight in emerging market issuers. The portfolio’s overweight in capital credit bonds and the off-benchmark position in BB-rated bonds made positive contributions to the performance. In terms of sector allocation, the overweight in consumer cyclicals contributed negatively, as did the underweight in the banking sector. The portfolio benefited from its underweights in capital goods and finance companies, and its overweight in insurers.

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Market development

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The Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates index posted a negative credit spread return of -68 bps in October as its spread widened from 112 to 124 bps over the month. Underlying government bond yields contributed negatively too, resulting in a negative EUR-hedged total return of -109 bps. Markets turned more cautious in October, with Chinese growth slowing down further and Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU not progressing at all. The Italian government has so far not given in to the European Commission and is sticking to the proposed budget. Even though the US economy continues to perform very well, leading to fears of higher inflation and higher rates, US credit saw some weakness, mainly in the high yield market. The relative credit spread widening in the investment grade market was strongest in shorter-dated bonds, BBB-rated bonds and senior bonds. European and US firms, and EUR- and USD-denominated paper widened more than other regions and currencies. The technology, consumer cyclical, and capital goods sectors showed the worst performance. Financials and utilities generally did well. Within industrials, communications and transportation companies outperformed.

Fund allocation

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Currency policy

To preserve the value of the investments of Robeco Global Multi-Factor Credits IH GBP in British Pounds against the fluctuations of other currency positions in the portfolio, 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

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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Close financial year31-12
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Fiscal product treatment

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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