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Robeco Customized Euro Government Bonds Fund - EUR G

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Treasury (EUR)
ISIN: NL0012650451
  • Outspoken active and adaptive approach
  • Country allocation main performance driver
  • Active duration (duration of 3yrs targeted currently) and yield curve positioning
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About this fund

The fund invests only in euro-denominated government bonds. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund invests in euro denominated bonds issued by the EMU-member countries. It employs an investment process combining top-down and bottom-up elements. Fundamental analysis is performed on each of the three performance drivers: country allocation, duration (interest-rate sensitivity) management and yield curve positioning. Country ESG scores are part of our bottom-up analysis. The duration of this fund is reduced. This means that interest-rate sensitivity is relatively low.

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Robeco Customized Euro Government Bonds Fund - EUR G

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.69%. The return of the fund was positive. Moreover, the fund benefited considerably from relative positions. Especially the country positioning contributed to relative returns. President Draghi did not disappoint and delivered a comprehensive stimulus package. Especially the open-ended nature of the QE-II program was a dovish surprise to markets. Peripheral spreads tightened considerably benefiting fund positions, as the fund had a sizeable overweight in Italy, Portugal and Spain. Also the relative duration overweight and the curve flattener contributed to relative returns, albeit in smaller magnitude.

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Market development

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Most government bonds posted negative returns in September, as yields bounced after a strong bond rally in August. German Bunds were down -1.1% and US Treasuries lost -1.2%, while most developed government bond markets posted similar returns. Euro periphery markets did less worse, with Italy even posting a positive return of 1.4%, reflecting constructive sentiment towards the new Five Star–PD coalition government. UK Gilts were another positive exception, as economic conditions in the UK weakened further due to ongoing Brexit uncertainty. Central banks played a role in driving yields higher. The ECB cut rates and announced a new bond purchase program at their September meeting, but also pointed to fiscal stimulus starting to play a larger role in stimulating the economy. In the US, the move up in yields was fueled by disappointment on the ‘dot plot’, the expected fed funds rate trajectory as signaled by FOMC meeting participants.

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Currency policy

The fund is not exposed to currency risks, as the fund invests in Euro-denominated bonds.

Derivative policy

Robeco Euro Government Bonds makes use of government bond futures. These derivatives are regarded very liquid.

Dividend policy

The fund distributes an annual dividend.

ESG Integration policy

ESG information of countries is integrated in the investment policy. For a large group of countries an ESG profile is conducted. These profiles are the basis for the 'Country Sustainability Ranking' where we rank countries in terms of ESG performance. The ranking is updated twice a year. Countries are discussed individually in the team, to clearly assess where opportunities and risks are expected. This information is taken into consideration in the investment decisions, in combination with traditional analyses of fiscal and monetary policy. ESG information is especially valuable for decisions regarding country allocation.

Investment policy

The fund invests in euro denominated bonds issued by the EMU countries. Investing in euro government bonds calls for active management in order to cope with country risks and interest rate risks. The fund performance is driven by multiple drivers, of which country allocation is currently the most dominant. The team is actively allocating across core and peripheral European exposure, and as such investors can benefit from spread movements whilst keeping investment risks under control. The aim of the country allocation decisions is to confront price differences between Eurozone countries with divergences in economic and political developments. Country views can capture either broader trends (for example changes in European policy) or country specific developments. Both are assessed in a structured way, combining top-down (macro environment & policy, valuation, sentiment & positioning) and bottom-up inputs (a country's debt sustainability, macro-economic cycle, ESG profile). Next to country allocation, active duration and yield curve positioning are the other drivers of alpha. Risk budgeting can be adaptive through time in order to capture the most compelling investment opportunities.

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.

Expectation of fund manager

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Global economic growth continues to decelerate, driven to a large extent by slower growth in China and the impact of the China-US trade dispute. Chinese monetary authorities show a limited appetite to stimulate the economy, as they have a desire to reduce leverage in the economy. This suggests that central banks in other countries need to stimulate more, in order to mitigate effects from global factors on their domestic economies. In Europe, Brexit brings additional uncertainty affecting the economy. We see room for yields to decline, especially in those markets where yields are still in clear positive territory.

Michiel de Bruin, Stephan van IJzendoorn
Michiel de Bruin, Stephan van IJzendoorn

Michiel de Bruin, Stephan van IJzendoorn

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. Mr. van IJzendoorn is a Portfolio Manager in Robeco's Global Fixed Income Macro team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2013, Stephan was employed by F&C Investments as a Senior Portfolio Manager Fixed Income. Before his move to F&C Investments he worked in similar functions at Allianz Global Investors and A&O Services. Stephan started his career in the Investment Industry in 2003. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Financial Management, a Master's degree in Investment Management from the VU University Amsterdam and is CEFA charterholder.

Team

This fund is managed within Robeco’s Rates team, which consists of four portfolio managers. The team is focused on government bond strategies including quantitative duration strategies. The investment professionals in the rates team combine portfolio management and research in one function. Furthermore, the team is supported by four dedicated quantitative researchers and four fixed income traders. On average, the members of the rates team have an experience in the asset management industry of sixteen years, of which ten years with Robeco.

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Fiscal product treatment

The fund is established in the Netherlands. The fund is a mutual fund that is open in the sense of the Dutch Corporate-Income Tax Act 1969. The fund has the status of 'tax-exempt investment institution' in the sense of article 6a of the Dutch Corporate-Income Tax Act 1969, and, as such, is exempt from corporate-income tax. The fund is also exempt from withholding Dutch dividend tax on its dividend distributions. In principle the fund cannot use the Dutch treaty network to reduce any foreign withholding tax, nor can it recover any Dutch dividend 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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