Robeco launches multi-factor credit fund

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Rotterdam-headquartered asset manager Robeco has announced the launch of a multi-factor credit fund, aimed at offering investors access to a factor-based investment strategy.

The fund will be managed by Robeco’s Credit Team, with Patrick Houweling as portfolio manager.Houweling joined Robeco in 2003 and has also been managing Robeco’s conservative credits strategy since 2012, which exploits the low-risk anomaly in credit markets.

The fund will have 150 to 200 names in its portfolio. Although it  mainly consists of  investment grade credits, it can hold a maximum of 10 percent in BB in order to  benefit from the attractive characteristics of fallen angels and rising stars.

Patrick Houweling comments on the launch: “At Robeco, we have been closely studying the possibilities of bringing our factor investing offering beyond the traditional equity markets. I am delighted that we have put theory into practice by introducing this factor investing fund to credit investors. This fund is driven by our proprietary quantitative multi-factor model, which offers balanced exposure to the low-risk, value and momentum factors.”

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