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Robeco Global Credits - Short Maturity IH USD

Index: Bloomberg Global Aggregate Corporate 1-5 years (hedged into USD)
ISIN: LU2080583474
  • An unconstrained global credit fund with a short duration
  • Flexible approach to investing that benefits from a global credit market exposure
  • Core exposure to global investment grade supplemented by off benchmark opportunities.
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About this fund

Robeco Global Credits - Short Maturity is an actively managed fund that invests primarily in a diversified portfolio of global investment grade corporate bonds with a short maturity. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth. This fund has the flexibility to invest in other fixed income asset classes such as high yield, emerging credits and asset-backed securities. The fund can take limited active duration (interest-rate sensitivity) positions.

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Robeco Global Credits - Short Maturity IH USD

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.16%. The fund outperformed the benchmark in December. The fund's long beta position contributed positively in December as spreads continued to grind tighter. Also, euro swap spreads tightened, leading to a positive contribution from our swap position. Issuer selection made a small positive contribution. The positions in United Rentals and Bancolombia were among the better performers.

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Market development

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After a very strong November, credit markets' performance slowed down a bit in December. Spreads for the Bloomberg Global Agg Corp 1-5 declined 6 bps in December to 1.24%. Excess return over Treasuries was 0.31% for this index. The news flow in December was less positive. Although inflation numbers were slightly better than anticipated, more and more indicators are pointing toward a potential recession in the US. The market started pricing in rate cuts again. The Fed made an end to this by indicating that rate cuts are not in the cards yet. In Europe, mild weather is helping gas reserves and with that a gas shortage this year does not seem to be a risk anymore. If any, that risk is more for next year as gas reserves need to be fully filled with non-Russian gas. Germany posted its issuance plan for next year, which resulted in swap spreads moving lower. In Asia, the news flow continues to be dominated by China. Growth numbers are bad and it remains to be seen whether or not current policies are sufficient to turn things around. On the positive end, China is trying to move away from its strict Covid policies. These policies were a key drag on economic growth.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

The fund make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute a dividend. The income earned by the fund is reflected in its share price. This means that the fund's total performance is reflected in its share price performance.

ESG Integration policy

The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration, a minimum allocation to ESG-labeled bonds, and engagement. The fund does not invest in credit issuers that are in breach of international norms or where activities have been deemed detrimental to society following Robeco's exclusion policy. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up security analysis to assess the impact on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. In the credit selection the fund limits exposure to issuers with an elevated sustainability risk profile. Furthermore, the fund invests at least 5% in green, social, sustainable, and/or sustainability-linked bonds. Lastly, where issuers are flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement.

Investment policy

Robeco Global Credits - Short Maturity is an actively managed fund that invests primarily in a diversified portfolio of global investment grade corporate bonds with a short maturity. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth.The fund promotes E&S (i.e. Environmental and Social) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, integrates sustainability risks in the investment process and applies Robeco’s Good Governance policy. The fund applies sustainability indicators, including but not limited to, normative, activity-based and region-based exclusions, and engagement. This fund has the flexibility to invest in other fixed income asset classes such as high yield, emerging credits and asset-backed securities. The fund can take limited active duration (interest-rate sensitivity) positions. The majority of bonds selected will be components of the benchmark, but bonds outside the benchmark may be selected too. The fund can deviate substantially from the weightings of the benchmark. The fund aims to outperform the benchmark over the long run, while still controlling relative risk through the application of limits (on currencies) to the extent of the deviation from the benchmark. This will consequently limit the deviation of the performance relative to the benchmark. The benchmark is a broad market-weighted index that is not consistent with the ESG characteristics promoted by the fund.

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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A hiking cycle often ends in a recession with rates typically peaking before credit spreads do. We believe we are in the valley between the two peaks. Rates have started to come down and may have peaked in some markets, while inflation is now easing. Credit spreads have also rallied a lot since mid-October, but are set to rewiden when markets start anticipating a recession that would hit corporate health. This is particularly the case for high yield credits. The probability of a recession rises and is increasingly becoming part of the consensus view. Once a recession is fully priced in and spreads reach their peak, it would be the time to go outright long across credit classes. Attractive valuations can already be found in European investment grade and especially in financials. Spreads on the Global Agg Corporate 1-5 Index still offer some protection against spread widening, but less after the recent rally. We therefore prefer a small long beta position in the portfolio.

Reinout Schapers, Victor Verberk
Reinout Schapers, Victor Verberk

Reinout Schapers, Victor Verberk

Reinout Schapers is Portfolio Manager Global & Emerging Credits in the Robeco Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2011, Reinout worked at Aegon Asset Management where he was a Head of European High Yield. Before that, he worked at Rabo Securities as an M&A Associate and at Credit Suisse First Boston as an Analyst Corporate Finance. Reinout has been active in the industry since 2003. He holds a Master's in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology. Victor Verberk is CIO Fixed Income and Sustainability and Portfolio Manager Investment Grade Credits. Prior to joining Robeco in 2008, Victor was CIO at Holland Capital Management. Before that, he was Head of Fixed Income at MN Services and Portfolio Manager Credits at AXA Investment Managers. He has been active in the industry since 1997. Victor holds a Master’s in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and he is a Certified European Financial Analyst.

Team

The Robeco Global Credits - Short Maturity 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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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 0.05% 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

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.

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.