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RobecoSAM Global Green Bonds IH CHF

Index: Bloomberg MSCI Global Green Bond Index (hedged into CHF)
ISIN: LU2138604967
  • Uses a proprietary green bonds framework to determine eligibility of green bonds for the fund
  • Provides a diversified exposure to the global green bonds market
  • Impact investing, using a disciplined and repeatable investment process and an experienced portfolio management team
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About this fund

RobecoSAM Global Green Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in green bonds issued by governments, government-related agencies and corporates. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The fund invests at least two-thirds of its total assets in global green bonds with a minimal rating of "BBB-" or equivalent by at least one of the recognized rating agencies. Green bonds selection is based on external vendor data or the internally developed framework, about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si.

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 4.20%. The Global Green Bond Index delivered a total return of +4.47% in July (EUR hedged). The credit spread on the Global Green Bond Index tightened 8 basis points to 115 bps. Government bond yields declined in July, contributing to the strong total return. The total return of the fund was 4.41%, slightly underperforming the index.The portfolio posted a positive return, as fixed income markets paired back losses and rallied as recession fears are increasingly becoming a market topic. Nonetheless, the underweight duration position detracted marginally, as JGBs rallied slightly. The curve flattener in EUR rates added to performance, as in the wake of the surprise 50 bps July hike, the curve flattened considerably. In US rates, the curve position actually detracted, as 2s10s flattened further into negative territory. Our credit beta policy made a neutral contribution to performance, as the fund's beta was close to one during the month. Credit issuer selection made a positive contribution overall. Positions in the banking sector, via senior bank debt, made positive contributions.

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Market development

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German 10-year yields ended July at 0.82%, down from 1.34% at the end of June. In the US, rates rallied as well, albeit less pronounced. The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined from 3.01% to 2.65%. Fixed income rallied as the market switched focus from inflation to recession. The ECB surprised again, raising the three key ECB interest rates by 50 basis points instead of the initially-flagged 25 bps. In addition, the ECB announced a Transmission Protection Instrument to counter a fundamentally unwarranted widening of spreads. The FOMC hiked the Fed funds rate by 75 bps to 2.25-2.50%, in line with expectations. Italian BTPs thus far have found little relief, as political concerns dominate, now that elections are scheduled for late September. Credit spreads tightened in July, across regions and ratings, recovering a big part of the losses seen in June. Investment grade corporate bonds outperformed Treasuries, with euro corporate bonds outperforming the USD market. The global green bond market also outperformed the Treasury market. The USD green bond index also rallied, but slightly underperformed the global average.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute a dividend.

ESG Integration policy

The fund’s sustainable investment objective is to invest in green bonds. Green bonds are bonds that are recognized as such by external sources and which proceeds are used to finance or re-finance in part or in full new and/or existing environmentally-friendly projects. The green bond selection is based on external data or an internally developed five-step Green bond framework. The five-step framework states that the issuer's green bond framework must be aligned with market standards related to green bonds such as such as the ICMA Green Bond Principles. Next, the allocation of the investment proceeds must contribute to at least one of the six objectives of the EU Taxonomy nor do any significant harm to the other five. The six objectives of the EU Taxonomy Regulation are climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable use and protection of water and marine resources, the transition to a circular economy, pollution prevention and control, and the protection of healthy ecosystems. The third and fourth steps require that the bond issuer reports on the use of proceeds and that the issuance aligns with the wider sustainability strategy of the issuer. The fifth and last step states that the issuer must respect international norms related to conduct such as international labor rights, human rights and the UN Global Compact. In addition, the investment process also takes into account exclusions following Robeco's exclusion policy and integrates financially material ESG factors in the bottom-up issuer analysis to assess the impact on the issuer's fundamentals.

Investment policy

RobecoSAM Global Green Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in green bonds issued by governments, government-related agencies and corporates. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth. The fund has sustainable investment as its objective within the meaning of Article 9 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation. The fund finances or re-finances new and/or existing environmentally-friendly projects by investing in green bonds which are designed to support specific climate-related or environmental projects. The fund integrates ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors in the investment process and applies Robeco’s Good Governance policy. The fund applies sustainability indicators, including but not limited to, normative, activity-based and region-based exclusions. The fund invests at least two-thirds of its total assets in global green bonds with a minimal rating of "BBB-" or equivalent by at least one of the recognized rating agencies. Green bonds selection is based on external vendor data or the internally developed framework, about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si. The Benchmark is aligned with the sustainable investment objective of the fund by applying clearly defined rules for classifying green bonds. The majority of bonds selected will be components of the Benchmark, but bonds outside the Benchmark may be selected too. The fund can deviate substantially from the weightings of the Benchmark. The fund aims to outperform the Benchmark over the long run, whilst still controlling relative risk through the applications of limits (on currencies and issuers) to the extent of deviation from the Benchmark. This will consequently limit the deviation of the performance relative to the Benchmark. the Benchmark is aligned with the sustainable investment objective of the fund by applying clearly defined rules for classifying green bonds.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully embedded in the investment process so as to ensure that the fund's positions remain within set limits at all times.

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The fund’s sustainable investment objective is to invest in green bonds. Green bonds are bonds that are recognized as such by external sources and which proceeds are used to finance or re-finance in part or in full new and/or existing environmentally-friendly projects. The green bond selection is based on external data or an internally developed five-step Green bond framework. The five-step framework states that the issuer's green bond framework must be aligned with market standards related to green bonds such as such as the ICMA Green Bond Principles. Next, the allocation of the investment proceeds must contribute to at least one of the six objectives of the EU Taxonomy nor do any significant harm to the other five. The six objectives of the EU Taxonomy Regulation are climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable use and protection of water and marine resources, the transition to a circular economy, pollution prevention and control, and the protection of healthy ecosystems. The third and fourth steps require that the bond issuer reports on the use of proceeds and that the issuance aligns with the wider sustainability strategy of the issuer. The fifth and last step states that the issuer must respect international norms related to conduct such as international labor rights, human rights and the UN Global Compact. In addition, the investment process also takes into account exclusions following Robeco's exclusion policy and integrates financially material ESG factors in the bottom-up issuer analysis to assess the impact on the issuer's fundamentals.

Expectation of fund manager

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In terms of credit risk, we aim for a portfolio beta close to one. Valuations have improved a lot, especially in the European credit market, with spreads trading well above the long-term averages. Euro investment grade and euro high yield have even reached the top quartile. Could spreads go wider in a full-blown recession scenario? Yes, they can. Should we run full underweight positions until we see those highs? No, we do not believe that would be prudent to do. Even though we acknowledge that recession risks are elevated, there is never 100% certainty that this scenario will play out. Given that markets are rapidly repricing, it is sensible to start buying some credit risk now.

Michiel de Bruin, Peter Kwaak
Michiel de Bruin, Peter Kwaak

Michiel de Bruin, Peter Kwaak

Michiel de Bruin is Co-Head of the Fixed Income Global Macro team and Co-Manager of Euro Government Bonds. Prior to joining Robeco, Michiel worked for BMO Global Asset Management in London, most recently as Head of Global Rates and Money Markets. He held various other positions before that, including Head of Euro Government Bonds. The roles he fulfilled before joining BMO included Co-Head of Fixed Income Sales and Trading at NIB Financial Markets in Amsterdam. Michiel started his career in the industry in 1986 and he holds a Bachelor's degree from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Peter Kwaak is Portfolio Manager Investment Grade in the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, he was Portfolio Manager Credits at Aegon Asset Management for three years and at NIB Capital for two years. Peter has been active in the industry since 1998. He holds a Master’s in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and he is a CFA® charterholder.

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ISINLU2138604967
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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 0.01% 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.

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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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