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Credit investing

Three simple words

Duration Times Spread. It’s the industry risk management standard we engineered in 2003. We’ve been corporate bond investors since the 1970s and, in 1998, we became the first European investor to launch a global high yield credit fund. As an industry leader in sustainable credits investing, we continue to break new ground.

Guide to credits

Research rather than being swayed by public opinion

  • Poor liquidity is one of the main challenges today. Our contrarian style helps us to deal with illiquidity while seizing opportunities. We seek to buy after a market sell-off and take risk off the table when a bubble appears.

    A successful contrarian style is only possible with the in-depth research capabilities to back up our investment theses. We have adopted a career analyst model, giving our analysts the research skills, global sector expertise and knowledge of issuers to pinpoint the best opportunities. Our credit team consists of over 30 investment professionals who know when to invest and what to avoid.

  • We also need to be able to measure the true risk of our portfolios – historically, one of the biggest challenges facing credit investors. We developed an innovative method to do so based on the observation that the product of a bond’s credit spread and its duration – its DTS – accurately predicts its future volatility. It has found its way into all aspects of how we manage our credit portfolios at Robeco and has been pivotal in our success in this field.

    This way we can take on the right level of risk at the right time, build well-diversified portfolios that avoid the losers.

    Credit Quarterly Outlook

How to invest in SDGs

Watch the three-step process we use for some of our equity and credits funds to select companies that contribute positively to the SDGs.

Compelling mainstream, sustainable & quant solutions

  • We are leaders regarding fully incorporating ESG analysis in our credit investment process. By considering ESG information, such as corporate governance, we can spot early warning signs for potential risk that traditional financial analysis might miss. In 2018, we were among the first to launch an SDG credits strategy, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Using ground-breaking research, we provide our clients with quantitative, factor-based credit strategies in addition to our fundamental credit range.

    Our credit strategies

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights
A textbook case of factor fixed income investing
A textbook case of factor fixed income investing
The latest edition of an influential handbook on fixed income investing features a chapter authored by Robeco quant specialists.
02-12-2021 | Insight
Fixed income outlook: Pricing sigma
Fixed income outlook: Pricing sigma
We note several multiple sigma events across fixed income markets.
30-11-2021 | Quarterly outlook
Shielding factor portfolios from credit downgrades and defaults
Shielding factor portfolios from credit downgrades and defaults
Gaining more by losing less in multi-factor credit strategies.
30-11-2021 | Insight
Talk ’22: ‘A season for active credit managers to thrive’
Talk ’22: ‘A season for active credit managers to thrive’
With super stimulus gradually coming to an end, markets will once again be able to distinguish between good and bad credit, says Sander Bus, Co-Head of Credits.
24-11-2021 | Interview
Central bank watcher: Nerve-wracking
Central bank watcher: Nerve-wracking
Policymakers will need nerves of steel in the coming months as they weigh up inflation numbers against the growth outlook.
02-11-2021 | Insight
Enhancing the Paris-aware global bond index
Enhancing the Paris-aware global bond index
Last year Robeco helped to create a new Paris-aware benchmark, but now it is time for the next step.
25-10-2021 | Insight
Taking a more cautionary stance against stagflationary turbulence
Taking a more cautionary stance against stagflationary turbulence
Market fears of stagflation have prompted Robeco’s multi-asset team to take some risk off the table and stash more cash.
08-10-2021 | Monthly outlook
Podcast: Why quant fixed income is a great diversifier
Podcast: Why quant fixed income is a great diversifier
While many quant equity strategies have struggled over the past few years, the performance of quant credits has been robust.
08-10-2021 | Podcast
In addition to credit investing, we also have four other key strengths: