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Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds IEH USD

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corp.Fin.Subordinated 2% Issuer Cap(hedged into USD)
ISIN: LU1493700725
  • Diversified exposure to subordinated financial bonds
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • No active duration, nor FX exposure
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About this fund

Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds mainly invests in subordinated euro-denominated bonds issued by financial institutions. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund offers a diversified exposure to banks and insurance companies. Focus of the fund is in general towards higher rated issuers (investment grade).

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Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds IEH USD

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 1.01%. The fund posted a positive return in March, which was mainly driven by a decline in underlying government bond yields. The average spread for the fund’s index was volatile and ended the month at 232 basis points. This is 3 basis points more than at the end of February. The excess return of subordinated debt of financials over government bonds was 0.14%. The credit beta of the portfolio was above one during the month. This top-down position contributed positively to the relative performance of the fund. Issuer selection contributed negatively to the performance and the fund underperformed its index. The overweight position in Tier 1 Cocos contributed negatively in March, as this part of the market underperformed. Some individual names performed very well though and in some cases we took profit. We focused on selling bonds with lower reset spreads, thereby further eliminating extension risk in the portfolio. We still hold some bonds with lower reset spreads, but in these cases extension risk is to a large extent reflected in bond prices.

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Market development

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Risk appetite remained fairly strong during March, but spreads behaved more volatile. Subordinated insurance debt and bank CoCos underperformed government bonds, as spreads widened. Bank Tier 2 debt and bank senior debt performed well. Investors worried about the risk of a hard Brexit, where the UK would leave the EU without an agreement. The most important driver for markets remains the fact that central banks have changed their tone to a more dovish stance. Economic data continues to be weak, though the negative surprises have started to become less negative. Still, the fact that economic data is weak and the fact that the Fed indicated that it has finished hiking rates, led to a sharp decline in government bond yields.One issue that had a big impact on some names was the further revelation of shortfalls in Anti Money Laundering (AML) efforts at some banks. Last year, biggest victims of AML headlines were ING Bank and Danske Bank. This quarter, the biggest victim was Swedbank, after big shortcomings were disclosed in its Baltic operations. The share price of the bank lost about a third of its value and the bank’s CoCos underperformed. The fund did not have any exposure.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds fund make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes. These derivatives are very liquid.

Dividend policy

This share class of the fund will distribute dividend. 

ESG Integration policy

The prime goal of integrating ESG factors in our analysis is to strengthen our ability to assess the downside risk of our credit investments. Our analysts include RobecoSAM sustainability data and use external sources to make an ESG assessment as a part of the fundamental analysis.

Investment policy

Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds mainly invests in subordinated euro-denominated bonds issued by financial institutions. The fund offers a diversified exposure across 50-60 issuers, including the new style hybrid bonds that are being issued on the back of Basel III regulation. Focus of the fund are higher rated bonds (investment grade) with a tilt to Tier 2 bonds. The fund aims to outperform its index Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates Financials Subordinated 2% Issuer Cap. The index applies an issuer cap to avoid concentration risk. The investment philosophy is based on managing a solid diversified portfolio with a long term view. 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 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. Duration of the portfolio is managed in line with the index and currency exposure is hedged.

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 have reduced the credit overweight in the portfolio, but maintain an overweight position as we kept our positive view on the fundamental credit quality of the financial sector. The fact that yield curves are flattening and that the first rate hike in Europe is still not anywhere in sight, is not helpful for financials. But banks and insurance companies have been dealing with the low interest rate environment for a number of years already. It seems unlikely that credit costs for banks will decline further, but we also do not see much reason for a sudden increase in credit charges. We think the recapitalization of the European banking sector is ready, but we do not expect to banks to increase leverage again.We may have been too conservative and we can think of potential positive surprises. China being able to reignite economic growth could have a positive impact on European economies. The change in Fed stance might be just in time to avoid a more significant slowdown in US economic growth. For now we still prefer to be a bit more cautious though. But we still are overweight credit risk and we still see interesting value opportunities, like in the Spanish banking sector.

Jan Willem de Moor
Jan Willem de Moor

Jan Willem de Moor

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.

Team

The Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds fund is 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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ISINLU1493700725
BloombergROBFIEH LX
Valoren33997219
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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 0.01% 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.

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