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Credit investing

Three simple words

Duration Times Spread. It’s the industry risk management standard we engineered in 2003. We’ve been corporate bond investors since the 1970s and, in 1998, we became the first European investor to launch a global high yield credit fund. As an industry leader in sustainable credits investing, we continue to break new ground.

Guide to credits

Research rather than being swayed by public opinion

  • Poor liquidity is one of the main challenges today. Our contrarian style helps us to deal with illiquidity while seizing opportunities. We seek to buy after a market sell-off and take risk off the table when a bubble appears.

    A successful contrarian style is only possible with the in-depth research capabilities to back up our investment theses. We have adopted a career analyst model, giving our analysts the research skills, global sector expertise and knowledge of issuers to pinpoint the best opportunities. Our credit team consists of over 30 investment professionals who know when to invest and what to avoid.

  • We also need to be able to measure the true risk of our portfolios – historically, one of the biggest challenges facing credit investors. We developed an innovative method to do so based on the observation that the product of a bond’s credit spread and its duration – its DTS – accurately predicts its future volatility. It has found its way into all aspects of how we manage our credit portfolios at Robeco and has been pivotal in our success in this field.

    This way we can take on the right level of risk at the right time, build well-diversified portfolios that avoid the losers.

    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.

Compelling mainstream, sustainable & quant solutions

  • We are leaders regarding fully incorporating ESG analysis in our credit investment process. By considering ESG information, such as corporate governance, we can spot early warning signs for potential risk that traditional financial analysis might miss. In 2018, we were among the first to launch an SDG credits strategy, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Using ground-breaking research, we provide our clients with quantitative, factor-based credit strategies in addition to our fundamental credit range.

    Our credit strategies

Tap into our expertise

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

More insights

Tap into our expertise

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

More insights
Outlook 2021: Tackling the trilemma
Outlook 2021: Tackling the trilemma
Finding the right balance between three things – public health, normal economic functioning, and personal freedoms – will be the main challenge for policymakers in 2021.
19-11-2020 | Yearly outlook
The link between ESG and performance: SDG Credits stands the test
The link between ESG and performance: SDG Credits stands the test
Attribution analysis shows that investing in a way that contributes to the SDGs supports financial performance.
13-11-2020 | Insight
Aligning multi-factor credit strategies with the SDGs
Aligning multi-factor credit strategies with the SDGs
We present the latest innovation in our sustainable investing approach.
03-11-2020 | Insight
Is there value in fallen angels?
Is there value in fallen angels?
Credit downgrades can be an opportunity for high yield investors.
29-10-2020 | Insight
European banks face an earnings event, not a capital event
European banks face an earnings event, not a capital event
Although the extent of the economic contraction has been sizeable, and default rates are expected to rise further, our view is that banks will survive the pain.
28-10-2020 | Insight
Central bank watcher: The great repression
Central bank watcher: The great repression
Monetary authorities are likely to continue repressing sovereign borrowing costs well below the nominal rate of economic growth, for years to come.
19-10-2020 | Insight
Credit outlook: Markets already have the vaccine
Credit outlook: Markets already have the vaccine
The world is waiting for a vaccine that will enable us to return to our normal lives.
29-09-2020 | Insight
SDG Credit investing: how we address sustainability in our credit portfolios
SDG Credit investing: how we address sustainability in our credit portfolios
Our research shows that companies that are negatively aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) underperform the broader universe of credits, while those that have a positive or neutral alignment with the SDGs outperform.
11-09-2020 | Product video
In addition to credit investing, we also have four other key strengths: