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RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits DH EUR

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates (EUR)
ISIN: LU0503372608
  • Invests in companies that contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Provides a diversified exposure to the Euro investment grade credit market
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process and experienced team management
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About this fund

RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits provides a diversified exposure to the Euro investment grade credit market. The selection of the bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund applies a screening process to select issuers that contribute to realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) goals. The methodology used in the screening process assesses the SDG contribution of all companies it invests in to create the fund’s investable universe. The fund excludes companies that contribute negatively to these goals. Engagement, ESG Integration and Robeco's exclusion policy also form part of the investment policy. Following the screening process the fund is actively managed. The fund can take some off-benchmark positioning in emerging markets, covered bonds and a limited exposure to high yield bonds.

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RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits DH EUR

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.78%. The portfolio posted a positive return in August, slightly underperforming the index. The average credit spread of the index widened 2 basis points to 111 basis points at the end of the month. The excess return of corporate bonds over government debt amounted to 0.01%. Underlying government bond yields increased during the month, contributing negatively to the portfolio’s return. The beta of the portfolio was above one during the month. This top-down positioning made a neutral contribution to the performance of the portfolio. Issuer selection made a small positive contribution.

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Market development

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The total return of the European corporate bond market was -0.76% this month, caused mainly by an increase in European interest rates. The 10-year Bund yield rose by 13 basis points to -0.57% at the end of the month.Markets were mainly driven by central banks, the trade war and European politics. 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. Draghi ended his term with a bang, cutting interest rates and starting an open-ended QE program. Oil markets spiked mid-September due to an attack on a Saudi oil plant, cutting global output by 5% for a short while. Among weak manufacturing data, September turns out to be the biggest new issuance month ever recorded.

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Currency policy

The fund only invests in Euro-denominated bonds.

Derivative policy

RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes. These derivatives are very liquid.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute dividend. The fund retains any income that is earned and so its entire performance is reflected in its share price.

ESG Integration policy

In this fund we look for investments with a positive societal impact, whilst generating healthy financial returns. We define impact as an alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We identify and evaluate the impact that specific credits have on the SDGs, and score all the issuers under coverage of the analysts’ team. These scores categorize credits as having either a Positive, Neutral, or Negative impact on the SDGs. The scores are then used in a screening process, to define the investable universe that exclude credits with a Negative impact on the SDGs. In addition to the universe screening, our credit analysts integrate ESG factors in their analysis of the companies fundamental credit quality to strengthen our ability to assess the downside risk of our credit investments. Furthermore the portfolio’s environmental footprint is actively reduced and a part of the portfolio is allocated to green bonds.

Investment policy

RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits provides a diversified exposure to the Euro investment grade credit market. The selection of the bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund applies a screening process to select issuers that contribute to realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) goals. The methodology used in the screening process assesses the SDG contribution of all companies it invests in to create the fund’s investable universe. The fund excludes companies that contribute negatively to these goals. Engagement, ESG Integration and Robeco's exclusion policy also form part of the investment policy. Following the screening process, the fund is actively managed. The fund can take some off-benchmark positioning in emerging markets, covered bonds and a limited exposure to high yield bonds. Top-down beta positioning is based on the outcome of our credit quarterly outlook meeting, in which the team is discussing the fundamental market outlook, valuation. of bond markets and market technicals. Bottom-up issuer research is executed by our credit analysts, who execute the fundamental analysis. The analyst research reports are being discussed in approx. 500 credit committees per year. The portfolio managers are responsible for the portfolio construction. A proprietary developed risk management approach avoids high risk concentration in the portfolio. As the investment process is well-structured and proven over time, it contributes to repeatable performance delivery.

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 aim for credit betas close to and above one in investment grade credit portfolios. 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 below average in euro investment grades but spreads widened in September. We feel not inclined to go significantly overweight beta. 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.

Jan Willem de Moor, Peter Kwaak
Jan Willem de Moor, Peter Kwaak

Jan Willem de Moor, Peter Kwaak

Mr. de Moor is a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Mr. de Moor was employed by SBA Artsenpensioenfondsen as Senior Portfolio Manager Equities for six years. Before that, he worked at SNS Asset Management holding positions of Portfolio Manager Equities (three years) and Research Analyst (two years). Jan Willem de Moor started his career in the Investment Industry in 1994. He holds a Master's degree in Economics from Tilburg University. Peter Kwaak is a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Mr. Kwaak was employed by Aegon Asset Management for three years as Credits and High Yield Portfolio Manager and at NIB Capital for two years as Portfolio Manager. Peter Kwaak started his career in the Investment Industry in 1998. Mr. Kwaak is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master's degree in economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mr. Kwaak is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute.

Team

The RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits fundis 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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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 outside Luxembourg are subject to their national tax regime applying to foreign investment funds. We advise individual investors to contact their financial or fiscal adviser regarding their specific fiscal situation.

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

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