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Robeco Emerging Credits DH USD

Index: JPM CEMBI Broad Diversified
ISIN: LU1143725874
  • Diversified exposure to the Global Emerging Credit market
  • Repeatable investment process
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About this fund

Robeco Emerging Credits invests in a diversified portfolio of Emerging Market corporate bonds and corporate bonds with a siginificant exposure to Emerging Markets. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. In addition to the core portfolio of developed (hard) currency emerging credits, the strategy has the flexibility to invest in value opportunities beyond the index universe. Companies are selected based on their exposure rather than their location, and sometimes sovereign exposure is chosen over credit exposure. In-depth company-specific analysis and country analysis are important pillars in the investment process.

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.41%. The fund has positions in all major regions and economies. The fund had an underweight risk position during the month. The risk weighting made a negative contribution to the fund’s performance. Issuer selection had a positive impact on the performance.

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Market development

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The CEMBI Index returned +0.63% (in USD) this month. Credit spreads tightened and interest rates moved up. The 10-year US Treasury yield moved higher from 1.5% to 1.66%. The credit spread on the JPM Corporate EMBI Index decreased 24 basis points to 3.07%.Markets were mainly driven by central banks, the trade war and European politics. Emerging markets however were a clear outperformer this month as the search for yield drove people into EM. Even Argentina saw a decent recovery this month despite a bleak outlook for the country. The Fed had a stressful month with the first-in-a-decade intervention into the repo markets to calm money markets in addition to the announced rate cut, but remains reluctant to cut significantly further. Also Chinese officials are keen on keeping a lid on credit, even if this means slower growth. As a result global (manufacturing) growth continues to disappoint. Despite all the weak manufacturing data, September turned out the be one of the biggest new issuance months ever recorded.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

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

Our analysis of issuers goes beyond the traditional financial factors and includes the issuers’ performance on ESG factors. We deem it essential for a well-informed investment decision to take into account those ESG factors that have the potential to materially impact the financial performance of the issuer. This perfectly matches the basic need to avoid the losers in credit management, as many credit events in the past can be attributed to issues such as poorly designed governance frameworks, environmental issues, or weak health & safety standards. The aim of ESG integration is to improve the risk/return profile of the investments and does not have an impact goal. ESG analysis is fully integrated in the bottom-up security analysis. We have defined key ESG factors per industry, and for every company we analyze how the firm is positioned versus these key ESG factors, and how this impacts the fundamental credit quality.

Investment policy

The Robeco Emerging Credit Bonds Fund is aimed at investors seeking higher yields than those offered by government bonds, but without the higher risk of a pure high-yield corporate bond fund. The fund invests in the emerging credits markets with predominantly investment grade credit acting as the core of the strategy. It does have the freedom to invest into other asset classes within the fixed income credit universe. The fund is managed by an experienced team with a proven track record capable of generating good performance in both rising and falling bond markets. Robeco uses investment strategies that can provide solid returns in both rising and falling bond markets as proven by its strong track record. The fund benefits from the ample resources at its disposal to cover the credit markets. The investment team is highly experienced and stable with clear split in responsibilities between the portfolio managers and the credit analysts. The investment process is well structured and has a disciplined approach and is based both on a top down macro outlook of the credit markets and an in depth and comprehensive bottom up fundamental credit analysis. The fund applies a total return approach with the flexibility to invest in asset classes such as securitized and high yield. This allocation is based on attaining the best risk reward profile for the fund. As such the portfolio manager will switch out of Investment grade into one of these categories when this corresponds to a more efficient use of the risk budget. The fund also benefits from the Robeco proprietary state of the art risk monitoring system.

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 keep the portfolio beta below 1 in emerging markets. Both the European Central Bank and the US Federal Reserve have adjusted their policies, as the economic situation deteriorates. This outcome has induced search-for-yield behavior among investors, which benefits credit markets. Meanwhile, valuations are average in emerging markets although mostly driven by very wide spreads in countries such as Argentina, Turkey and certain African countries. Global trade tensions, especially between the US and China are expected to stay. This has a visibly negative impact on the global economy. We have to cope with a cyclical slowdown in growth, short-term spread cycles driven by a lack of liquidity, and central bank interventions due to fading inflation. We think it is wise not to fight the Fed or the ECB, as their policies create a positive market technical. In principle, lower rates are positive for emerging markets. Having said that, the slow-down in manufacturing is not supportive for emerging corporates. We remain very selective in both country and credit exposure.

Reinout Schapers
Reinout Schapers

Reinout Schapers

Mr. Schapers is Portfolio Manager Emerging Market Credits in the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2011, Reinout worked at Aegon Asset Management for 5 years where he was a senior portfolio manager high yield credits and was Head of High Yield Europe since 2008. Before that, he worked at Rabo Securities as an M&A associate and at Credit Suisse First Boston as a corporate finance analyst. He holds an Engineering degree in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology. He has been active in the industry since 2003.

Team

The Robeco Emerging Credits fund is managed within Robeco's credit team, which consists of eight portfolio managers and twelve credit analysts (of which four cover the financial sector). 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 three dedicated quantitative researchers and four fixed income traders. On average, the members of the credit team have an experience in the asset management industry of sixteen years, of which eight years with Robeco.

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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.

All documents have been registered with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”).

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