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Robeco Global Total Return Bond Fund IH USD

Index: Bloomberg Global-Aggregate Index (hedged into USD)
ISIN: LU0955120620
  • Invests globally in government and corporate bonds
  • Dynamic cross-asset class strategies within fixed income to take advantage of global opportunities
  • Solid and long track record since 1974
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About this fund

Robeco Global Total Return Bond Fund is an actively managed fund that invests globally in developed government and corporate bonds but also has the flexibility to invest in Emerging Debt. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund aims to deliver an attractive total return, also on a risk-adjusted basis. The fund will pursue an active duration policy with the objective to limit draw downs when bond yields rise and enhance returns when bond yields fall. Active currency positions are part of the investment strategy.

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Robeco Global Total Return Bond Fund IH USD

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.68%. The fund posted a negative absolute return in December as interest rates fell. The fund's flattener curve positions in Germany and steepener positions in the United States added to performance. Credit added to performance given the tightening of euro swap spreads versus regular corporate bonds. FX added to performance given the further weakening of cyclical FX and a much stronger yen.

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Market development

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December saw a renewed sell-off in bonds. Yields rose by 25 bps for US Treasuries and roughly 60 bps for German Bunds, creating negative returns of -0.8% for the US and -4.2% in Germany. In Japan, the BoJ widened the band of yield curve control on the 10-year point of the curve from 25 bps to 50 bps, causing 10-year JGBs to end the month 16 bps higher, which resulted in negative returns of -1.2%. The Fed hiked rates by 50 bps, in line with market expectations. The update of the Summary of Economic Projections was hawkish though, with the median dot for the Fed funds rate in 2023 being lifted from 4.6 to 5.1%. The ECB also hiked by 50 bps and sounded hawkish, signaling the need for significant further tightening as well as announcing start of QT in March 2023. The spread between Italian BTPs and Bunds in 10-year maturities widened by 19 bps.

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Currency policy

Currency risks are hedged, however active currency positions of the fund are part of the investment strategy and will not be hedged.

Dividend policy

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

ESG Integration policy

The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, negative screening, ESG integration, limits on investments in companies and countries based on ESG performance as well as engagement and a minimum allocation to ESG-labeled bonds. For government and government-related bonds, the fund complies with Robeco’s exclusion policy for countries, excludes the 15% worst ranked countries following the World Governance Indicator 'Control of Corruption', and ensures investments have a minimum weighted average score of 6 following Robeco's proprietary Country Sustainability Ranking. The Country Sustainability Ranking scores countries on a scale from 1 (worst) to 10 (best) based on 40 environmental, social, and governance indicators. For corporate bonds, 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. 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. Where issuers are flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement. Lastly, the fund invests in a minimum of 2.5% in green, social, sustainable and/or sustainability-linked bonds.

Investment policy

Robeco Global Total Return Bond Fund invests in government and corporate bonds, and has the flexibility to invest in emerging debt, with the aim of capturing opportunities in fixed income classes around the globe. The investment process and bond selection is fundamentally driven, based on in-depth research. By adopting a contrarian approach to markets, with a focus on value, while utilizing tools to measure risk aversion, euphoria and value, we believe we can exploit market inefficiencies over the cycle. The fund aims to deliver an attractive total return, also on a risk-adjusted basis. 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. The duration of the fund will be managed actively and can move between 0 and 10 years. Active currency positions are part of the investment strategy. The backbone of the investment process is consistent and in-depth fundamental research on both companies and countries.

Risk policy

The fund aims to deliver an attractive total return, also on a risk-adjusted basis. The fund targets an ex-ante total return volatility within the range of 2 to 6% and can adjust the duration of the portfolio between 0 and 10 years. The leverage exposure of derivatives on a fund level is restricted as described in the prospectus.

Expectation of fund manager

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The 10-year US Treasury failed to reach a new cyclical high, leaving intact the peak set at 4.33% on 21 October. Meanwhile, German yields reached a new high at the end of December at 2.57%, albeit on low market liquidity. In our opinion, chances have grown that these peak levels will hold. Central banks appear to be getting closer to the end of their tightening cycles. While headline inflation may have turned the corner, barring a renewed energy price spike, a descent in core inflation is likely to take longer. This remains a risk especially for euro rates.

Jamie Stuttard, Bob Stoutjesdijk
Jamie Stuttard, Bob Stoutjesdijk

Jamie Stuttard, Bob Stoutjesdijk

Jamie Stuttard is Head of the Global Macro team and Portfolio Manager of Robeco Global Total Return Bond Fund and of Robeco All Strategy Euro Bonds. He started at Robeco in 2018. In 2014-2018 Jamie worked at HSBC Bank in London, where was Head of European and US Credit Strategy. Prior to that he held a number of senior fixed income positions at Fidelity Management & Research, Schroder Investment Management and PIMCO Europe. On the buy-side, he has been awarded the Plan Sponsor Europe Fund Manager of the Year award, was twice named as a Financial News Rising Star, won several Lipper Fund awards as well as helping earn Morningstar’s Best Large Fixed Interest House. He started his career at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in London in 1998. Jamie has a Master’s in History from the University of Cambridge. Bob Stoutjesdijk is Portfolio Manager of Robeco Global Total Return Bond Fund, Strategist and member of Robeco’s Global Macro team. He joined Robeco in 2019. He worked at Shell Asset Management Company as Portfolio Manager Fixed Income Sovereign Credit in the period 2011-2019. Prior to that, he was Portfolio Manager Fixed Income at SNS Asset Management. He started his career as Quantitative Analyst at APG Asset Management in 2008. Bob has a Master’s in Economics & Business from Erasmus University Rotterdam and is a CAIA® charterholder.

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ISINLU0955120620
BloombergRORIHUS LX
Valoren21937905
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1st quotation date1376870400000
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.

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.