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RobecoSAM Global SDG Credits FH CHF

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Index (hedged into CHF)
ISIN: LU1940066084
  • Uses a proprietary SDG measurement framework to select companies that contribute positively to the SDGs, excludes those that do the opposite.
  • Offers diversified exposure to global investment grade credits, while optimizing the risk-return profile through off-benchmark high yield and emerging credit opportunities.
  • Aims to outperform the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Index over the full credit cycle.
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About this fund

RobecoSAM Global SDG Credits is an actively managed fund that invests in corporate bonds of companies in high yield and emerging markets. 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 non-government bonds (which may include contingent convertible bonds (also "coco" bonds)) and similar non-government fixed income securities and asset backed securities from all around the world. The fund will not invest into assets with a rating lower than "B-" by at least one of the recognized rating agencies. The portfolio is built on the basis of the eligible investment universe and an internally developed SDG framework for mapping and measuring SDG contributions, 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 -1.50%. The fund delivered a negative total return driven by underlying rates. The fund underperformed the index. The excess return of our benchmark, the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporate (hedged in euros) versus Treasuries was 0.53%. The fund's beta was slightly below 1 during the month, which made a small negative contribution. Issuer selection made a negative contribution. The communications sector detracted from performance, specifically Charter Communications and Cellnex. Other sectors such as banking and energy detracted from performance for the month.

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The Global Aggregate Corporate Bond Index returned -1.51% (hedged to EUR) last month. Credit spread and interest rate moves were mixed. The 10-year US Treasury yield moved from 1.07% to 1.40%. And the German 10-year yield moved wider by 26 basis points to -0.26%. The credit spread on the Global Aggregate Corporate Bond Index was 6 basis points tighter at 0.93%.February was a quiet month, when looking at the developments in the corporate bond market. That said, activity on the underlying interest rates, fueled by reflation fears, caused negative total returns. Fiscal stimulus in the US coupled with growing hopes of post-vaccination economic growth has led to a sharp rise in nominal government bond yields across developed markets. New issue activity picked up, as issuers wanted to lock in low yields. Central banks remain very accommodative though. The Federal Reserve underlined that tapering of its quantitative easing program is not a topic yet and the ECB said to preserve favorable financing conditions over the pandemic period. Going forward, we keep our beta below one, as we have a more cautious view of credit markets.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

The fund make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes.

Dividend policy

This share class of the fund does not distribute dividend.

ESG Integration policy

In the RobecoSAM Global SDG Credits strategy we look for investments with a positive societal impact, whilst generating healthy financial returns. We define impact as an alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We identify and evaluate the impact that specific credits have on the SDGs, and score all the issuers under coverage of the analyst team. These scores categorize credits as having either a Positive, Neutral, or Negative impact on the SDGs. The scores are then used in a screening process, to define the investable universe that exclude credits with a Negative impact on the SDGs. In addition to the universe screening, our credit analysts integrate ESG factors in their analysis of the companies fundamental credit quality.

Investment policy

RobecoSAM Global SDG Credits is an actively managed fund that invests in corporate bonds of companies in high yield and emerging markets. 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 aims to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by investing in companies whose business models and operational practices are aligned with targets defined by the 17 UN SDGs. The fund integrates ESG (i.e. Environmental, Social and corporate Governance) in the investment process, applies an exclusion list basis controversial behavior, products (including controversial weapons, tobacco, palm oil and fossil fuel) while avoiding investment in thermal coal, weapons, military contracting and companies that severely violate labor conditions, next to engagement. The fund invests at least two-thirds of its total assets in non-government bonds (which may include contingent convertible bonds (also "coco" bonds)) and similar non-government fixed income securities and asset backed securities from all around the world. The fund will not invest into assets with a rating lower than "B-" by at least one of the recognized rating agencies. The portfolio is built on the basis of the eligible investment universe and an internally developed SDG framework for mapping and measuring SDG contributions, about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si.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) to the extent of deviation from the Benchmark. This will consequently limit the deviation of the performance relative to the Benchmark. the Benchmark is a broad market weighted index that is not consistent with the sustainable objective of the fund.

Risk policy

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

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ESG integration policy

In the RobecoSAM Global SDG Credits strategy we look for investments with a positive societal impact, whilst generating healthy financial returns. We define impact as an alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We identify and evaluate the impact that specific credits have on the SDGs, and score all the issuers under coverage of the analyst team. These scores categorize credits as having either a Positive, Neutral, or Negative impact on the SDGs. The scores are then used in a screening process, to define the investable universe that exclude credits with a Negative impact on the SDGs. In addition to the universe screening, our credit analysts integrate ESG factors in their analysis of the companies fundamental credit quality.

Expectation of fund manager

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Last year was a year of many opportunities. There was a beta opportunity in March, a cyclical recovery opportunity in June and, later in the year, a Covid-19 sector theme opportunity. During this time, we did rigorous research in order to keep our portfolio free from the effects of defaults and accidents. We once again succeeded, with much lower defaults in high yield than the index, and not a single one in investment grade.It will be more difficult from here onwards. The possible variation in economic and technical outcomes is large. The year will be either boring or bearish. There is hardly any room for aggressive tightening by central banks. At best, we will see some carry, roll down and certain sectors recovering from Covid-19. While there is something left on the table, it is not much. We cannot afford to have policy errors, rising yields or inflation, nor any oil price, political or geopolitical shock. There is just not enough cushion left. We faced the same asymmetry this time last year. So, it will either be a boring year, with a small excess return, or a bearish one, should one of these events occur.

Victor Verberk,Reinout Schapers
Victor Verberk,Reinout Schapers

Victor Verberk,Reinout Schapers

Mr. Verberk is Head and Portfolio Manager Investment Grade Credits since January 2008. Prior to joining Robeco in 2008, Mr. Verberk was CIO with Holland Capital Management. Before that he was employed by Mn Services as Head of Fixed Income and he worked for AXA Investment Managers as Portfolio Manager Credits. Victor Verberk started his career in the investment industry in 1997. Mr. Verberk holds a Master's degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam and has been a CEFA holder since 1999. Mr. Schapers is Portfolio Manager Emerging Market Credits in the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2011, Reinout worked at Aegon Asset Management for 5 years where he was a senior portfolio manager high yield credits and was Head of High Yield Europe since 2008. Before that, he worked at Rabo Securities as an M&A associate and at Credit Suisse First Boston as a corporate finance analyst. He holds an Engineering degree in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology. He has been active in the industry since 2003.

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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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