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Credit investing

A long history of innovation

We’ve been corporate bond investors since the 1970s and were one of the first European investors to launch a global high yield credit strategy. Today we’re also an industry leader in sustainable credits investing, with trailblazing SDG and climate-focused credit strategies. We continue to innovate, all while staying focused on running well-diversified and sustainable portfolios, where we take on the right level of risk at the right time.

Guide to SDG Credits
  • Unmoved by market hype

    Our style is contrarian, value-focused and research-driven. Our overall view of the credit cycle – as the Credit Quarterly Outlook – is the framework for our disciplined process of selecting the right bonds for the investment portfolios. In this way our strategies are designed to navigate market cycles, exploit market inefficiencies, and contribute positively to sustainable activity. A contrarian style can only be successful if it is backed by in-depth research capabilities. Our international team of analysts have the research skills, global sector expertise and sustainable investing knowledge to pinpoint the best opportunities. They form part of our stable credit team of investment professionals who know how to navigate the credit cycle: when and where to invest and what to avoid.

  • Understanding true risk

    Incorporated in this process is our focus on measuring the true risk of our portfolios – historically, one of the biggest challenges facing credit investors. We developed an innovative method to do so in 2003, based on the observation that the product of a bond’s credit spread and its duration – its Duration Times Spread – accurately predicts its future volatility. The concept of DTS has found its way into all aspects of how we manage our credit portfolios at Robeco and has become an industry standard for measuring risk.

    Credit Quarterly Outlook

How to invest in SDGs

Watch the three-step process we use for some of our equity and credits funds to select companies that contribute positively to the SDGs.

  • Capturing truly sustainable rewards

    In credit investing, where managing risk is a primary focus, a clear sustainability mindset is essential. In fact, we would argue that integrating long-term environmental, social and governance considerations into the investment process – as we have done since 2010 – is an important step in mitigating downside risk. Risks related to carbon emissions and how companies deal with these risks are now also integrated into our processes. In the end, these rigorous sustainability checks and balances help us identify credit opportunities that will deliver longer-term rewards.

    We’ve also built on this approach by creating investment strategies that specifically target certain sustainability goals. Our impact solutions include the SDG Credit range, our Global and US Green Bond strategies, and the Global Climate Credit and Global Climate Bonds strategies.

  • Compelling quantitative solutions

    In addition to our fundamental credit strategies, we offer a suite of quantitative, factor-based credit strategies. Robeco’s work in quantitative fixed income dates back to 1995, and relies on an experienced and stable team that has produced award-winning academic publications and launched strategies providing a range of client solutions.

    Our credit strategies

A suite of credit strategies with positive impact

Our SDG Credit strategies are a powerful impact investing tool that can help build wealth and contribute to the world’s collective well-being – all in a way that’s measurable.

Tap into our expertise

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Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights
Six things you need to know about SDG investing
Six things you need to know about SDG investing
Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has become one of the biggest investment opportunities of our time.
20-05-2022 | Insight
The performance in government bonds is a reminder that it’s all relative
The performance in government bonds is a reminder that it’s all relative
So far this year we’ve seen fixed income assets cheapening faster than at any time in over 40 years.
18-05-2022 | Insight
The role of green bonds in a fixed income portfolio
The role of green bonds in a fixed income portfolio
Demand for green bonds has grown spectacularly, reflecting investors’ ambitious climate policies.
16-05-2022 | Insight
Central bank watcher: Spreading attention
Central bank watcher: Spreading attention
Markets are adjusting their focus.
12-05-2022 | Insight
Embracing the sustainability revolution in the world of investing
Embracing the sustainability revolution in the world of investing
What does the deep shift to sustainability mean for asset owners and asset managers?
09-05-2022 | Insight
Data sets – factor investing in corporate bonds
Data sets – factor investing in corporate bonds
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
29-04-2022 | Data sets
Credit outlook: ‘If I have to make a tackle, I’ve already made a mistake’
Credit outlook: ‘If I have to make a tackle, I’ve already made a mistake’
The Fed may have made a policy mistake by starting this tightening cycle too late.
29-03-2022 | Quarterly outlook
Fixed income outlook: Czech mate
Fixed income outlook: Czech mate
We’re facing the risk of central bank policy error.
22-03-2022 | Quarterly outlook
In addition to credit investing, we also have four other key strengths: