Robeco Institutional Sustainable Core Euro Bonds Fund

ISIN: NL0010278982
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About this fund

The fund invests in euro-denominated government and government-related bonds with an AAA/AA rating. The fund aims for a better sustainability profile by integrating country ESG scores and investing in green bonds.

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Robeco Institutional Sustainable Core Euro Bonds Fund


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Based on closing GAV, the fund's return was -1.00%. The return of the fund was negative, as core bond yields rose over the month. The performance of the fund was above that of the index, mainly due to its significant position in government-related bonds versus government bonds. With open-ended QE and a continued high demand for highly-rated green bonds, we expect this tightening of government-related bond spreads to continue. Excessive further rate cuts by the ECB have been priced out now. As economic data continues to weaken across the globe, we think this will continue to put downward pressure on bond yields.


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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.

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ESG integration
Sustainability Themed Fund

Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Dividend policy

All income earned will be accumulated and not be distributed as dividend. Therefore the entire return is reflected in the share price development.

ESG Integration policy

For Robeco Institutional Sustainable Core Euro Bonds Fund ESG information of countries is integrated in the investment policy. For a large group of countries a 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

Robeco Institutional Sustainable Core Euro Bonds Fund is the ideal fund for investors seeking a solid bond investment, made up of 100% AAA/AA European government bonds. Thanks to its solid bond expertise, Robeco holds one of the top positions among Europe's bond-fund providers. The country allocation is determined by a top down and a bottom up analysis to determine country specific risks and opportunities. Country allocation has been an important performance driver over the past few years. Active portfolio management of Euro sovereign bonds allows investors to benefit from credit spread movements whilst keeping investment risks under control. This fund offers the possibility to benefit from Robeco's many years' experience in government bonds. The fund can be used as a solid building block of an institutional portfolio. The portfolio holds Euro denominated investments only and therefore eliminates currency risk.

Risk policy

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

Stephan van IJzendoorn
Stephan van IJzendoorn

Stephan van IJzendoorn

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.


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The fund is established in the Netherlands. The fund is closed for corporate-income tax purposes (fiscally transparent). This means that all results are attributed directly to the participants. As a consequence, the fund is not liable to corporate-income tax and withholds no dividend tax.

Fiscal treatment of investor

Professional investors are divided into pension funds and non-pension funds. Dutch pension funds may re-claim the 25% dividend tax deducted on cash dividends entirely. Dutch non-pension funds may deduct the 25% dividend tax deducted on cash dividends in their corporate income tax assessment. Dividend tax in that case is tax deducted at source. No tax is deducted at source on interest income. Thus, Dutch pension funds do not owe taxes on interest income. Dutch non-pension funds should specify interest income in their corporate income tax assessment.


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