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Credit investing

Three simple words

Duration Times Spread. It’s the industry risk management standard we engineered in 2003. We’ve been corporate bond investors since the 1970s and, in 1998, we became the first European investor to launch a global high yield credit fund. As an industry leader in sustainable credits investing, we continue to break new ground.

Guide to credits

Research rather than being swayed by public opinion

  • Poor liquidity is one of the main challenges today. Our contrarian style helps us to deal with illiquidity while seizing opportunities. We seek to buy after a market sell-off and take risk off the table when a bubble appears.

    A successful contrarian style is only possible with the in-depth research capabilities to back up our investment theses. We have adopted a career analyst model, giving our analysts the research skills, global sector expertise and knowledge of issuers to pinpoint the best opportunities. Our credit team consists of over 30 investment professionals who know when to invest and what to avoid.

  • We also need to be able to measure the true risk of our portfolios – historically, one of the biggest challenges facing credit investors. We developed an innovative method to do so based on the observation that the product of a bond’s credit spread and its duration – its DTS – accurately predicts its future volatility. It has found its way into all aspects of how we manage our credit portfolios at Robeco and has been pivotal in our success in this field.

    This way we can take on the right level of risk at the right time, build well-diversified portfolios that avoid the losers.

    Credit Quarterly Outlook

How to invest in SDGs

Watch the three-step process we use for some of our equity and credits funds to select companies that contribute positively to the SDGs.

Compelling mainstream, sustainable & quant solutions

  • We are leaders regarding fully incorporating ESG analysis in our credit investment process. By considering ESG information, such as corporate governance, we can spot early warning signs for potential risk that traditional financial analysis might miss. In 2018, we were among the first to launch an SDG credits strategy, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Using ground-breaking research, we provide our clients with quantitative, factor-based credit strategies in addition to our fundamental credit range.

    Our credit strategies

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Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights
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Central bank watcher: Delta hedging
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Regulation, changing consumer preferences and new entrants are cranking up the pressure.
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Why climate risk considerations are especially relevant for buy-and-maintain portfolios
Why climate risk considerations are especially relevant for buy-and-maintain portfolios
Decarbonizing long-term, stable portfolios calls for a forward-looking approach.
02-07-2021 | Insight
Creating sustainable multi-factor bond portfolios
Creating sustainable multi-factor bond portfolios
Our simulations show we can do this without materially reducing factor exposures and hence the alpha potential.
29-06-2021 | Insight
Credit outlook: Humble
Credit outlook: Humble
It’s best to be humble about the many unknowns and distortions as economies reopen.
23-06-2021 | Quarterly outlook
Fixed income outlook: Inflation hyperventilation
Fixed income outlook: Inflation hyperventilation
Heading into H2, we still find plenty to disagree with in the prevailing market consensus.
15-06-2021 | Insight
Showing the way to Paris-aligned investing
Showing the way to Paris-aligned investing
The race to zero is on.
10-06-2021 | Insight
Finding the downside risks in credit with ESG
Finding the downside risks in credit with ESG
Using financially material ESG information leads to better-informed investment decisions and benefits society.
09-06-2021 | Insight
In addition to credit investing, we also have four other key strengths: