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Robeco Euro Government Bonds E EUR

Index: Bloomberg Euro Aggregate: Treasury
ISIN: LU0770131059
  • Outspoken active and adaptive approach
  • Country allocation main performance driver
  • Active duration and yield curve positioning
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About this fund

Robeco Euro Government Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests predominantly in euro government bonds. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The fund invests in euro denominated bonds issued by the EMU-member countries. It employs an investment process combining top-down and bottom-up elements. Fundamental analysis is performed on each of the three performance drivers: country allocation, duration (interest rate sensitivity) management and yield curve positioning. Country ESG scores are part of our bottom-up analysis.

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Robeco Euro Government Bonds E EUR

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.23%. The fund posted a small positive return in October and outperformed its index. Positions in swaps and SSA bonds benefited performance, as spreads tightened. Swap spreads tightened after the German debt agency increased collateral in most special bonds. In addition, the 2s10s curve flattener added considerably, as did the overweight in Swedish SGBs and in inflation-linked bonds. Country spreads detracted though, as with the help of the ECB they remained well supported. The overweight duration position also detracted.

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Market development

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Concerns around the number of hikes delivered are rising, as central banks from Australia and Canada surprised on the dovish side and delivered smaller rate hikes than expected. Even as volatility remained high, rising expectations of a slowdown in the pace of Fed tightening contributed to bond markets stabilizing later in the month. Volatility was huge in the UK, where a new government was installed and 10-year maturities performed a 100 bps round trip in a matter of weeks. The ECB Governing Council meeting was regarded as somewhat dovish, as substantial progress in withdrawing monetary policy accommodation was made. Nonetheless, another 50 bps hike in December is likely, as inflation remains elevated. European rates initially rallied after the ECB meeting and 2-year German bond yields declined with circa 17 bps, but quickly gave back these gains. Inflation in the Eurozone is estimated at another record breaking 10.7% in October. Italian BTPs found support as the ECB did not yet discuss plans to start reducing the balance sheet by scaling down APP reinvestments.

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Currency policy

The fund is not exposed to currency risks, as the fund invests in Euro-denominated bonds.

Derivative policy

Robeco Euro Government Bonds makes use of government bond futures. These derivatives are regarded very liquid.

Dividend policy

The fund distributes an annual dividend. This fund aims to pay a dividend of 3% - 4%. The dividends referred to are target dividends and may be subject to change as a result of market conditions.

ESG Integration policy

The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, negative screening, ESG integration and a minimum average country sustainability ranking score as well as a minimum allocation to ESG-labeled bonds. The fund complies with Robeco's exclusion policy for countries and does not invest in countries where serious violations of human rights or a collapse of the governance structure take place, or if countries are subject to UN, EU or US sanctions. In addition, the fund excludes the 15% worst ranked countries following the World Governance Indicator 'Control of Corruption'. ESG factors of countries are integrated in the bottom-up country analysis. In the portfolio construction the fund ensures a minimum weighted average score of 6.5 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. Lastly, the fund invests in a minimum of 10% in green, social, sustainable and/or sustainability-linked bonds.

Investment policy

Robeco Euro Government Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests predominantly in euro government bonds. 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, region-based exclusions and invest partly in green, social or sustainable bonds. The fund invests in euro-denominated bonds issued by the EMU member countries. It employs an investment process combining top-down and bottom-up elements. Fundamental analysis is performed on each of the three performance drivers: country allocation, duration (interest rate sensitivity) management and yield curve positioning. Country ESG scores are part of our bottom-up analysis. 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 so as to ensure that the fund's positions remain within set limits at all times.

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Sustainability

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The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, negative screening, ESG integration and a minimum average country sustainability ranking score as well as a minimum allocation to ESG-labeled bonds. The fund complies with Robeco's exclusion policy for countries and does not invest in countries where serious violations of human rights or a collapse of the governance structure take place, or if countries are subject to UN, EU or US sanctions. In addition, the fund excludes the 15% worst ranked countries following the World Governance Indicator 'Control of Corruption'. ESG factors of countries are integrated in the bottom-up country analysis. In the portfolio construction the fund ensures a minimum weighted average score of 6.5 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. Lastly, the fund invests in a minimum of 10% in green, social, sustainable and/or sustainability-linked bonds.

Expectation of fund manager

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In time, the higher yield moves in yield levels and flat and inverted curves are likely to reach an inflection point. In yield curves, the macroeconomic and policy backdrop means front-end yields remain under upward pressure in the near-term. The EUR yield curve has finally started to flatten, following the GBP and US Treasuries curves in a broadening wave of global curve flattening. Headline inflation, while reaching a new high in Europe, is already moderating in the US. But the rise in various core measures means central bank tightening is inked in for the near-term. Nonetheless, the prospects for much better bond returns are increasing during a recession, and we could head towards what looks like a market turn in rates. Within the Eurozone, we can well imagine seeing renewed upward pressure on country spreads. Net bond issuance is expected to increase substantially in 2023. In addition, event risks coming out of Italy remain high.

Michiel de Bruin, Stephan van IJzendoorn
Michiel de Bruin, Stephan van IJzendoorn

Michiel de Bruin, Stephan van IJzendoorn

Michiel de Bruin is Head of Euro Sovereigns within the Global Macro team and Portfolio Manager. Prior to joining Robeco in 2018, Michiel was Head of Global Rates and Money Markets at BMO Global Asset Management in London. He held various other positions before that, including Head of Euro Government Bonds. Before he joined BMO in 2003, he was, among others, Co-Head of Fixed income Sales and Trading at NIB Financial Markets in Amsterdam. Michiel started his career in the industry in 1986. He is a Certified European Financial Analyst and has a holds a Bachelor’s in Applied Sciences from University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. Stephan van IJzendoorn is Portfolio Manager in Robeco’s Global Macro team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2013, Stephan was employed by F&C Investments as a Portfolio Manager Fixed Income. Before his move to F&C Investments he worked in similar functions at Allianz Global Investors and A&O Services. Stephan started his career in the Investment Industry in 2003. He holds a Bachelor’s in Financial Management, a Master's in Investment Management from VU University Amsterdam and is Certified European Financial Analyst

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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.

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