Robeco Sustainable Pension Protection P EUR

ISIN: LU1949716051
  • Robeco has extensive experience in this type of overlay management and is a solid party with deep knowledge of the Dutch pension market. Robeco acts as sparring partner in the translation of Asset & Liability Matching studies towards a strategic investment portfolio.
  • Implementation of the chosen interest overlay strategy is done by state-of-the-art systems with a strong focus on operational and financial risk management.
  • Robeco offers liability matching tools in the form of stand-alone overlay management and in fund solutions.
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About this fund

The fund has a defensive proposition by investing mainly in core Euro government bonds from countries such as Germany and the Netherlands.

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Robeco Sustainable Pension Protection P EUR


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Government bonds continued their positive momentum in June. Italy led the rally, with a return of 3.7%. Despite low yield levels, German Bunds still gained 0.7%. Central banks played a role in stimulating the demand for bonds. In his Sintra speech of mid-June, ECB President Draghi lived up to his reputation and managed to exceed market expectations once more. The bar for further policy action was laid low. All tools clearly are on the table, including rate cuts and a restart of QE. The Fed also surprised on the dovish side in its June meeting. FOMC members lowered their expectations on inflation and on the Fed funds rate and in his comments Fed chair Powell opened the door for a rate cut in July. A weak payrolls figure for May and continued modest inflation data further added to the expectation that the Fed will cut interest rates.

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Sustainability Themed Fund

Currency policy

The portfolio holds euro-denominated investments only. No active currency policy is applied.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute dividend. The income earned by the fund is reflected in its share price. The fund's entire result is thus reflected in its share price development.

ESG Integration policy

Sustainability is an important factor within the investment process of the Subfund. Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) aspects are systematically integrated in our highly disciplined investment process in several ways. We apply an extensive exclusion list covering various controversial countries, sectors or business practices and we continuously monitor our universe for companies with governance issues, major litigations or regulatory risk. For investments in sovereigns, the Country Sustainability Ranking and underlying research is used as input for assessment of the structural outlook for a country. Furthermore, the Subfund holds a substantial position in green bonds and we take into account sustainability scores of brokers we select for executing transactions.

Investment policy

The objective of the Sustainable Pension Protection Fund is to replicate 1.5 times the value development of a pension annuity purchased on retirement date through a creditworthy portfolio. For this reason, the fund has no benchmark. The fund has a long-term investment horizon with a focus on low turnover and risk management. The value development of an annuity mainly depends on interest rate movements and the fund tracks this value development as well as possible. The Sustainable Pension Protection fund exclusively invests in high quality government bonds and government-related bonds, listed in euros. Country allocations are primarily driven by creditworthiness, liquidity, matching efficiency and ESG factors. By means of a swap overlay, the desired hedge is accomplished in a cost-efficient manner and the spread risk from bonds versus the annuity is reduced.

Risk policy

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

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Central banks have committed themselves to pursue a more accommodative monetary policy and they will now be forced to deliver. This implies lower rates for longer which is manifesting itself in a hunt for yield. Yields will probably continue to decline, curves will flatten and spreads will tighten as a result. Speculation of renewed ECB asset purchases only adds to demand for yielding assets in the euro area.

Remmert Koekkoek, Yvo Schoemaker
Remmert Koekkoek, Yvo Schoemaker

Remmert Koekkoek, Yvo Schoemaker

Remmert Koekkoek is Head of Insurance and Pension Solutions within the Global Fixed Income Macro team. He has worked at Robeco since 2011. In the period 2010-2011 he was responsible for derivative overlay investment solutions for Dutch pension funds and insurance companies at Credit Suisse. Between 2005 and 2010 Remmert also worked in Robeco's Structured Investment team as a Trader. He started his career in the industry in 2004 at ING Risk Management. Remmert holds a Master's (cum laude) in Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Yvo is Portfolio Manager in the Insurance & Pension Solutions team. Yvo started his career in 2005 at Robeco Quantitative Strategies. In 2006 he moved to the Structured Investments department where he was responsible for trading linear and non-linear exposures on the balance sheet of Robeco on predominantly the rates markets. Since 2012 he is responsible for the management and development of discretionary and pooled matching solutions on both the bond and swap markets. Yvo holds a Master’s degree in Computational Finance from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.


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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 0,00% 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

Professional investors are divided into pension funds and non-pension funds. Dutch pension funds may re-claim the 25% dividend tax deducted on cash dividends entirely. Dutch non-pension funds may deduct the 25% dividend tax deducted on cash dividends in their corporate income tax assessment. Dividend tax in that case is tax deducted at source. No tax is deducted at source on interest income. Thus, Dutch pension funds do not owe taxes on interest income. Dutch non-pension funds should specify interest income in their corporate income tax assessment.


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