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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.

Duration Times Spread: a measure of spread exposure in credit portfolios

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 looking for opportunities. Our goal is 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 with the aim to pinpoint the best opportunities. Our credit team consists of over 30 investment professionals.

  • 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 for us.

    This way we can take on an appropriate level of risk at the right time, building well-diversified portfolios with the goal of avoiding losers.

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 at the forefront of fully incorporating ESG analysis in our credit investment process. By considering ESG information, such as corporate governance, we believe we can spot early warning signs for potential risk that traditional financial analysis might miss. In 2018, we were among the first to launch SDG credits, 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
Shielding factor portfolios from credit downgrades and defaults
Shielding factor portfolios from credit downgrades and defaults
Gaining more by losing less in multi-factor credit strategies.
30-11-2021 | Insight
Central bank watcher: Nerve-wracking
Central bank watcher: Nerve-wracking
Policymakers will need nerves of steel in the coming months as they weigh up inflation numbers against the growth outlook.
02-11-2021 | Insight
Enhancing the Paris-aware global bond index
Enhancing the Paris-aware global bond index
Last year Robeco helped to create a new Paris-aware benchmark, but now it is time for the next step.
25-10-2021 | Insight
Markets face stagflationary turbulence for first time in decades
Markets face stagflationary turbulence for first time in decades
Market fears of stagflation have reared their head for the first time since the 1970s, though they may be overblown, says Robeco’s Global Macro team.
08-10-2021 | Monthly outlook
Credit outlook: Common prosperity
Credit outlook: Common prosperity
Changing policy in China will have repercussions for the rest of the world – and for credit markets.
21-09-2021 | Insight
Fixed income outlook: Tunnel vision
Fixed income outlook: Tunnel vision
There is plenty of evidence of herding and groupthink.
14-09-2021 | Insight
Learnings from three years of SDG credits investing
Learnings from three years of SDG credits investing
The Sustainable Development Goals have made it possible to earn financial returns while also making a real difference to people’s lives.
09-09-2021 | Product webinar
Water and waste as the next frontier in improving sustainability in factor credits
Water and waste as the next frontier in improving sustainability in factor credits
We impose water and waste constraints on our factor credit strategies.
03-08-2021 | Insight
In addition to credit investing, we also have four other key strengths:
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This page is intended for US prospects, clients and investors only and includes information about the capabilities, staffing and history of RIAM US and its participating affiliates, which may include information on strategies not yet available in the US. SEC regulations are applicable only to clients, prospects and investors of RIAM US. Robeco BV, Robeco HK and Robeco SH are considered a “participating affiliate” of RIAM US and some of their employees are “associated persons” of RIAM US as per relevant SEC no-action guidance. Employees identified as associated persons of RIAM US perform activities directly or indirectly related to the investment advisory services provided by RIAM US. In those situations, these individuals are deemed to be acting on behalf of IUAM, a US SEC registered investment adviser.

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