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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

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

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
2023 Outlook: Short-term pain, long-term gain
2023 Outlook: Short-term pain, long-term gain
We believe 2023 will offer a considerable brightening of the return outlook for major asset classes.
17-11-2022 | Yearly outlook
How climate change impacts different asset classes
How climate change impacts different asset classes
We believe the climate impact on asset returns is not yet priced-in, and that it will become more significant over time.
19-10-2022 | Insight
Are credit factor premiums robust to rising inflation and interest rates?
Are credit factor premiums robust to rising inflation and interest rates?
Multi-factor credit strategies provide all-weather outperformance.
14-10-2022 | Insight
Expected Returns 2023-2027 – Watch the full show
Expected Returns 2023-2027 – Watch the full show
A multiplicity of shocks have shaken markets, leading to an ‘Age of Confusion’ in which the many conflicting factors make it hard to predict what’s next.
06-10-2022 | Video
Credit outlook: Trade and trust
Credit outlook: Trade and trust
Valuations have cheapened but this has not been broad-based enough.
28-09-2022 | Quarterly outlook
Fixed income outlook: Twin peaks
Fixed income outlook: Twin peaks
In the past 50 years, every single recessionary peak in credit spreads has been preceded by a peak in government bond yields.
20-09-2022 | Insight
Central bank watcher: Work in progress
Central bank watcher: Work in progress
Financial markets are already giving a verdict on tighter monetary policy in US and European markets.
13-09-2022 | Insight
Time for the Asia-Pacific green bond market to step up to the challenge
Time for the Asia-Pacific green bond market to step up to the challenge
Green bond issuance in the region has grown enormously.
01-08-2022 | Insight
In addition to credit investing, we also have four other key strengths:
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Disclaimer

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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