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Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds Feeder Fund - zero duration D2H USD

Reference index: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corp. Fin. Subordinated 2% Issuer Cap (Hedged into USD)
ISIN: LU1857098922
  • Diversified exposure to subordinated financial bonds
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • No active duration, nor FX exposure
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About this fund

This Fund is a feeder Fund ( the “Feeder Fund”) and as such invests at least 85% of its assets in class Z2H shares of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV – Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds (“the Master”). The Master is a sub-fund of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV, a Luxembourg open-ended investment company with variable capital. The Master invests mainly in subordinated euro-denominated bonds issued by financial institutions and similar nongovernment fixed income securities. The Master aims to outperform the benchmark by taking positions that deviate from the benchmark. The benchmark of the Master is Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corp.Fin.Subordinated 2% Issuer Cap. The Feeder Fund uses derivatives to hedge the duration of the Master. The duration hedge will lead to intended performance differences between the Feeder Fund and the Master. Interest rate movements will have a different effect on the Master and the Feeder Fund.

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Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds Feeder Fund - zero duration D2H USD

Performance

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The value of the investments may fluctuate. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
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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.

Performances are net of fees and based on transaction prices.

Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.02%. The average credit spread of the index widened from 182 basis points to 184 basis points during the month. This means that the excess return of subordinated financial bonds over government debt amounted to only 0.09% in August. The beta of the portfolio was above one during the month, which led to a small positive contribution to the performance. The contribution of issuer selection was negative in August. Positions in USD bonds underperformed and the overweight of Spanish issuers versus Italian issuers worked against us. Italian issuers like Generali and Unicredit benefited from the sharp decline in the yield differential between Italy and Germany. The largest individual contributors to the relative performance were HSBC (underweight), Credit Agricole and Allianz. Negative contributors were Rabobank and Generali (underweight).

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Market development

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Credit spreads widened in August as there were a lot of negative headlines to digest for the market. The outlook for a quick resolution of the trade war has not improved, with both the US and China announcing more tariffs during the month. China also put another weapon at work, as it devalued its currency by circa 4% in several steps. At the same time, increasing social unrest in Hong Kong is adding to the worries for the Chinese government. Global economic data remained fairly weak in August. Part of this weakness can be attributed to the slowdown in global trade. The German economy is feeling this impact too and the continued uncertainty around Brexit is not helping either.In this environment, risk-free rates continued to decline. German 10-year yields declined by 26 basis points and several European countries now have a complete yield curve below 0%. Low rates are weighing negatively on the outlook for profitability, but are also pushing investors to search for yield. Italian spreads outperformed, after it became clear that a new, more Europe-friendly coalition government would be formed. Italian issuers benefited from this change in sentiment.

Fund allocation

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

The Feeder Fund uses derivatives to hedge the duration of the Master. The duration hedge will lead to intended performance differences between the Feeder Fund and the Master. Interest rate movements will have a different effect on the Master and the Feeder Fund.

Dividend policy

This share class of the fund does not distribute dividend.

ESG Integration policy

The prime goal of integrating ESG factors in our analysis is to strengthen our ability to assess the downside risk of our credit investments. Our analysts include RobecoSAM sustainability data and use external sources to make an ESG assessment as a part of the fundamental analysis.

Investment policy

This Fund is a feeder Fund ( the “Feeder Fund”) and as such invests at least 85% of its assets in class Z2H shares of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV – Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds (“the Master”). The Master is a sub-fund of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV, a Luxembourg open-ended investment company with variable capital. The Master invests mainly in subordinated euro-denominated bonds issued by financial institutions and similar non-government fixed income securities. The Master aims to outperform the benchmark by taking positions that deviate from the benchmark. The benchmark of the Master is Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corp.Fin.Subordinated 2% Issuer Cap (hedged into USD).

Risk policy

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

Expectation of fund manager

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We maintained our positive view on the fundamental credit quality of the financial sector. The low yield environment is in itself not helpful for financials and this is for instance reflected in the share price performance of the banking sector. But banks and insurance companies have been dealing with the low interest rate environment for a number of years already. We think that pressure on net interest margins is more of a concern to shareholders than to bondholders. For the next few months, we expect that central banks will be the most important driver for credit spreads. The odds of a second round of corporate bond buying by the European Central Bank has increased and this will force investors to take more credit risk. We expect that higher yield bonds like subordinated financial debt will benefit from a renewed search for yield.

Jan Willem de Moor
Jan Willem de Moor

Jan Willem de Moor

Mr. de Moor is a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Mr. de Moor was employed by SBA Artsenpensioenfondsen as Senior Portfolio Manager Equities for six years. Before that, he worked at SNS Asset Management holding positions of Portfolio Manager Equities (three years) and Research Analyst (two years). Jan Willem de Moor started his career in the Investment Industry in 1994. He holds a Master's degree in Economics from Tilburg University.

Team

The Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds fund is managed within Robeco’s credit team, which consists of nine portfolio managers and twenty-three credit analysts (of which four financials analysts). The portfolio managers are responsible for the construction and management of the credit portfolios, whereas the analysts cover the team’s fundamental research. Our analysts have long term experience in their respective sectors which they cover globally. Each analyst covers both investment grade and high yield, providing them an information advantage and benefiting from inefficiencies that traditionally exist between the two segmented markets. Furthermore, the credit team is supported by dedicated quantitative researchers and fixed income traders. On average, the members of the credit team have an experience in the asset management industry of seventeen years, of which eight years with Robeco.

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ISINLU1857098922
BloombergROFID2H LX
Valoren42784521
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1st quotation date1533168000000
Close financial year31-12
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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.

Regulation S Disclosure

The Robeco Capital Growth Funds have not been registered under the United States Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, nor the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. None of the shares may be offered or sold, directly or indirectly in the United States or to any US Person. A US Person is defined as (a) any individual who is a citizen or resident of the United States for federal income tax purposes; (b) a corporation, partnership or other entity created or organized under the laws of or existing in the United States; (c) an estate or trust the income of which is subject to United States federal income tax regardless of whether such income is effectively connected with a United States trade or business.