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RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities Z EUR

Index: MSCI World Index TRN
ISIN: LU2118442214
  • Invests in leading companies that address the opportunities created by the paradigm shift in traditional production and consumption patterns toward a circular economy.
  • Focus on innovative solutions in the area of redesign inputs, circular use, enabling technologies and loop resources.
  • Diversified strategy enhanced by proprietary ESG risk considerations, appealing to investors with a horizon of three to five years.
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About this fund

RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities is an actively managed fund. The fund aims to outperform the benchmark over the long run. The fund invests in stocks in developed and emerging countries across the world. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund invests in companies that foster resource-efficient business models with regard to the production and consumption of consumer goods. The investment team identifies companies that are offering superior solutions regarding the development and redesign of production inputs that can be reused or recycled, that manage circular logistics and waste management systems or promote a social and eco-friendly nutrition and lifestyle. By combining RobecoSAM thematic research expertise with sustainability analysis, ESG criteria are fully integrated into the investment process.

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RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities Z EUR

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Market development

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Stock markets continued their uptrend in February, but reversed their course on increasing concerns over a global growth slowdown due to the coronavirus epidemic. Especially the jump of new cases in Europe spooked investors and caused the worst weekly return since the financial crisis. After reaching all-time highs earlier in the month, all major indices dropped more than 10% from previous highs. The MSCI World lost approx. 8% (in EUR terms) vs. its January close with energy and materials being hit the hardest. The Circular Economy strategy outperformed the stock market in February. Investors turned to sectors associated with non-cyclical growth attributes like packaging, where once again company reports highlighted the shift underway from plastic to other packaging solutions, which will reshape the industry. On a similar note, under the umbrella of the EU New Green Deal, a Circular Economy action plan is expected to be announced in March. According to recent information, the package will be both ambitious and comprehensive, as strong emphasis will be put on keeping products and resources in use like the discussed ‘right to repair’ or a EU strategy for textiles and clothing.

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The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns.

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The fund does not distribute dividend; any income earned is retained, and so the fund's entire performance is reflected in its share price.

ESG Integration policy

RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities employs systematic, bottom-up stock selection that combines proprietary Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) data and research throughout the investment process. ESG criteria for exclusions and theme-specific suitability are applied during universe construction. An in-house Sustainability Investing (SI) research team integrates financially-material sector and company-specific sustainability analysis into investment cases. A dedicated thematic equity team incorporate SI research within fundamental analysis and stock valuations. Impact assessments of controversial incidences affecting portfolio holdings provide additional risk management. An active ownership and engagement team interacts directly with company management of fund holdings, offering additional channels for sustainable impact.

Investment policy

Our investment philosophy is grounded in the core belief that the integration of ESG factors into a disciplined, research-driven investment process leads to better-informed investment decisions and better risk-adjusted returns through an economic cycle. Building on our proprietary data and research, we identify companies that generate a competitive advantage through sound business practices, efficiency improvements, and the creation of new solutions for the myriad challenges facing society over the coming decades. Taking a long-term investment perspective, we analyze companies’ business models, market positioning and growth potential, and evaluate their financial performance and valuation. Based on this fundamental assessment, we seek to uncover attractive investment opportunities and implement them in concentrated, conviction-based equity portfolios.

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

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The global spreading of the coronavirus has brought recessionary fears back on the table, as the shutdown of production sites disrupts parts of global supply chains. Likely stock markets will remain fragile as long as the number of new infections is accelerating outside of China. Even though it is difficult to forecast the implications of the further spread of the virus, we also see new investment opportunities arising from the current situation. Accordingly we aim to use market volatility to build exposure to companies that continue to enjoy structural tailwinds or have demonstrated innovation leadership. We see providers of environmentally friendly packaging for consumer and food products are well-positioned to benefit from shifting consumer preferences and regulatory changes. Companies that address the leakage of natural resources and keep products in the loop are set to capitalize on the shift to the Circular Economy. Furthermore, we expect products and services around collaboration solutions to outgrow the broader market.

Holger Frey, CAIA
Holger Frey, CAIA

Holger Frey, CAIA

Holger Frey is Senior Portfolio Manager in the trends & thematic equities team responsible for managing the RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities Strategy. He joined RobecoSAM in May 2016 for managing the RobecoSAM Sustainable Food Strategy. Prior to joining RobecoSAM, Holger worked for 10 years as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst for Sustainable Equities at DWS. In this role he served also as the lead Portfolio Manager of the DWS Water Sustainability Fund. Prior to that, he worked as a financial services consultant for KPMG Consulting/Bearing Point in the Asset & Wealth Management Practice Group and as a graduand at KfW Bankengruppe. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Media from the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda (Germany), a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Musicology from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

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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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