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Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits IH GBP

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate - Corporates (hedged into GBP)
ISIN: LU1235144752
  • Factor investing in investment grade corporate bonds
  • Aiming to generate higher returns with a market-like risk profile
  • For experienced investors looking for style-diversification in a balanced portfolio
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About this fund

Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits invests systematically in predominantly investment grade credits. The selection of these bonds is based on a quantitative model. The fund offers balanced exposure to a number of quantitative factors by focusing on bonds with a low level of expected risk (Low Risk factor), an attractive valuation (Value), a strong performance trend (Momentum) and a small market value of debt (Size). The investment universe includes bonds with at least a BB- rating.

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Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits IH GBP

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Performances are gross of fees and based on closing values. In reality, costs (such as management fees and other costs) are charged. These have a negative effect on the returns shown.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.56%. Based on NAV, the fund realized a relative return of +12 bps versus the benchmark. Beta allocation contributed negligibly, while issue(r) selection by the multi-factor model was the major driver of the outperformance. The value factor was the best-performing factor this month, with other factors contributing negligibly or slightly negatively. The overweight in shorter-dated paper (part of the low-risk factor) contributed positively. The overweight in corporate hybrids contributed positively to performance, as did the underweight in senior financials. The portfolio lost on its off-benchmark position in agencies and its underweight in finance companies. The off-benchmark position in BB-rated bonds made a positive contribution.

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Market development

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The Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Index posted a credit spread return of 30 bps in September as spreads tightened from 121 to 118 bps. Underlying government bond yields widened further and brought the total return to -76 bps (euro-hedged). USD-denominated bonds outperformed other major currencies, while subordinated corporates outperformed senior bonds. The most important news during the month came from the central banks. As expected, the ECB announced a new round of Quantitative Easing, in combination with a rate cut of 10 bps. The biggest surprise in the announcement was the fact that bond buying will start without an end date. In the US, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates by 25 bps and intervened in the repo markets for the first time in a decade to calm money markets. In the meantime, economic data continues to disappoint, both in the US and in Europe. The probability of a hard Brexit decreased somewhat, after the UK courts ruled that the suspension of the UK parliament by PM Boris Johnson was unlawful.

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Currency policy

To preserve the value of the investments of Robeco Global Multi-Factor Credits IH GBP in British Pounds against the fluctuations of other currency positions in the portfolio, derivatives are used for currency hedging transactions.

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

ESG analysis is systematically incorporated in the highly disciplined investment process. This ensures that companies with higher ESG scores from RobecoSAM are more likely to be included in the portfolio, and vice versa. With these portfolio construction rules we aim for an ESG profile of the fund that is above that of the reference index. In addition, our credit analysts use external sources to identify additional ESG risks, e.g. corporate governance issues or companies that have major litigation or regulatory risks. If these ESG risks may result in a material financial impact, we will not invest in these companies.

Investment policy

Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits aims to provide long-term capital growth by investing systematically in predominantly investment grade credits and offering exposure to a number of quantitative strategies in a diversified way. It uses a strategy focusing on bonds with a low level of expected risk (Low volatility); a strategy focusing on bonds with an attractive valuation (Value); and a strategy focusing on bonds of companies with a medium-term attractive performance trend (Momentum). The fund on average offers balanced exposure to these factors. A disciplined investment process is used for the portfolio's construction, starting with a global universe of all credit bonds, and including those bonds with at least a BB rating to capture the fallen angels and rising stars. The quantitative multi-factor ranking model ranks all bonds from the most attractive to least attractive. In the portfolio's construction, bonds from the top of the ranking will be bought, resulting in a balanced and diversified portfolio, reflecting bonds' liquidities and constraints on sectors and currencies, BBs and emerging markets. The Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Index (hedged into EUR) is used as an index for the fund. The fund will strive to create a risk profile which is similar to this reference index, but with a high conviction approach that aims to generate higher returns, due its exposures to factors. The fund can have a significant tracking error versus the index.

Risk policy

The fund will strive to create a risk profile, which is similar to the reference index. The duration and currency exposure of the portfolio will be hedged to the reference index. The strategy can have significant tracking error versus the reference index. The ratio of the portfolio volatility with respect to the volatility of the reference index is restricted by predefined guidelines. These guidelines also restrict the leverage exposure of derivatives on a fund level and the currency exposure as described in the prospectus.

Expectation of fund manager

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Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Credits invests systematically in predominantly investment grade credits. It offers balanced exposure to a number of quantitative factors. In the long term, we expect the fund to outperform the market by systematically harvesting factor premiums with a risk profile that is similar to the reference index.

Patrick Houweling, Mark Whirdy
Patrick Houweling, Mark Whirdy

Patrick Houweling, Mark Whirdy

Patrick Houweling is Lead Portfolio Manager and Researcher Quant Credits. Prior to joining Robeco in 2003, he was Risk Manager at Rabobank International where he started his career in 1998. Patrick has published articles in academic finance literature, including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Empirical Finance and the Financial Analysts Journal. The article 'Factor Investing in the Corporate Bond Market', co-written by Jeroen van Zundert, received a Graham and Dodd Scroll Award of Excellence for 2017. He holds a PhD in Finance and a Master's (cum laude) in Financial Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mark Whirdy is Portfolio Manager in the Credit team for Robeco’s factor credits strategies: Conservative Credits, Multi-Factor Credits and Multi-Factor High Yield. His areas of expertise include portfolio optimization, credit markets, credit derivatives modelling and quant investment process development. Prior to joining Robeco, Mark was Portfolio Manager in the Quant Credit team at Pioneer Investments and Analyst in the Quantitative Equities team at that firm. He is a graduate from University College Dublin, and holds a Master’s in Business from University of Ulster.

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ISINLU1235144752
BloombergROMFIHG LX
Valoren28267597
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1st quotation date1434326400000
Close financial year31-12
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Fiscal product treatment

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.

Fiscal treatment of investor

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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