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Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds IH GBP

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corp. Fin. Subordinated 2% Issuer Cap (Hedged into GBP)
ISIN: LU1439788693
  • 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 IH GBP

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.85%. The portfolio posted a positive return in December, which was better than the return of the index. The average credit spread of the index closed the month at a level of 149 basis points, which is 21 basis points lower than at the end of November. This means that subordinated financial bonds performed 1.07% better than underlying government bonds. Yields of underlying government bonds rose during the month, contributing negatively to the portfolio's return. The beta of the portfolio was above one during the month, which contributed positively to the performance of the fund. The contribution of issuer selection was positive too in December. US dollar bonds (approx. 6% of the portfolio) generated a better spread return than euro-denominated bonds. All non-euro exposures are hedged to euros. Insurance perpetuals outperformed dated instruments, the portfolio holds an overweight position in the first category. The largest individual contributors to the relative performance were the overweight positions in Credit Agricole Assurances, BNP Cardiff and Axa. On a risk-adjusted basis, the position in Rabo Certificates contributed negatively to the performance of the fund.

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Market development

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Market sentiment continued to be positive in December, which was reflected in tighter credit spreads, higher equity prices and higher government bond yields. An important driver for markets was the outcome of the elections in the United Kingdom. The fact that the Conservative Party managed to get a majority in parliament makes a soft exit from the European Union at the end of January very likely. And maybe more importantly, the tail risk of a market-unfriendly Corbyn-administration has gone. UK bank spreads already rallied in October, when an immediate hard Brexit was avoided, but they rallied again after the UK elections. Also in December, the first meeting of the ECB governing council headed by Christine Lagarde took place. During the press conference she confirmed that no change in monetary policy should be expected in the near future. As usual, activity in the new issue market was limited in December. Only a handful of new subordinated financial bonds were issued, with the Restricted Tier 1 CoCo of Belgian insurance company Ageas probably being the most important one.

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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 does not distribute dividend.

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

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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Spreads have tightened massively from the peak at the end of 2018 and are now approaching the levels of January 2018. However, after the ECB meeting in September, it has become clear that monetary policy will remain very accommodative for the next years. This means that interest rates will remain low and that investors are almost forced to hunt for yield.We do not think that searching for yield in the area of subordinated financial debt is too risky. It is clear that the quality of balance sheets has improved significantly over the past decade, especially for the banking sector. This is acknowledged by supervisors and the first relaxation of capital rules for European banks has been announced. In the near future, banks will be allowed to replace a small part of their common equity buffer by Tier 1 and Tier 2 debt. We do not see that as a turnaround in the restoration of capital buffers, but more as a confirmation that banks have reached buffer levels that are sufficiently high.In our portfolio construction we maintain our traditional conservative stance, while we still see interesting opportunities for instance in Spanish banks and in the relatively new category of insurance CoCos.

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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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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