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We believe sustainability is a long-term, secular shift: consumers are demanding sustainable products and services, governments are introducing sustainable policies, and companies are evolving their business models to address environmental and social issues. The sustainability shift presents compelling opportunities for investors to generate alpha and contribute to a more sustainable global economy.

 

Leveraging our rich history of responsible investing and time-tested fixed income capabilities, we developed the US Sustainable Fixed Income strategy, a sustainability-themed approach to multi-sector fixed income investing. Guided by a proprietary sustainability research process, the strategy seeks to outperform the benchmark over the long term by investing in a range of fixed income securities that are aligned with sustainable megatrends.

 

 

Aegon AM US Sustainable Fixed Income

Objective Generate competitive returns over the long term by investing in fixed income securities with a favorable sustainability profile
Benchmark Bloomberg US Aggregate Index
Investment Style

• A sustainability-themed approach to multi-sector fixed income investing

• Pursues long-term alpha by combining sustainable and economic factors

• Simultaneously provides positive social and environmental impact potential

• Emphasizes six key sustainability pillars: climate change, eco solutions, resource efficiency, health and well-being, inclusion and sustainable growth

• Relies on a research-intensive process and proprietary sustainability assessment framework

• Aims to advance sustainability by proactively engaging with issuers

Universe

Primarily focused on US investment grade corporate bonds, US and foreign government securities as well as mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities. May opportunistically invest in high yield bonds, and emerging market debt.

Inception Date

April 1, 2019

Vehicles & Minimums*

• Separate account minimum: $50 million

• Private fund minimum: $1 million*

• Sub-advised mutual fund minimum: $1 million

* For qualified investors only. 

Strategy availability may be limited to certain investment vehicles. Not all products are available or suitable for all investors and this information should not be considered an offer of products or services to any investor in any jurisdiction. 

 

Sustainable Investment Opportunities

Using a proprietary sustainability assessment process, research analysts identify issuers that they believe may contribute to the long‐term sustainability of the global economy, environment and society. This rigorous bottom-up sustainability assessment is tailored to the sector and issuer type including corporate bonds, sovereign debt, and structured securities.

 

Opportunities span six sustainability pillars: Climate Change, Eco Solutions, Resource Efficiency, Health and Well-being, Inclusion and Sustainable Growth.

 

Sustainability Pillar Investable Areas Sector Examples
Climate Change -"Green" buildings
-Waste collection/recycling
-Environmental
-SASB CMBS
-REITS
Eco Solutions -Renewable energy
-Hybrid/electric vehicles
-Cloud-based computing
-Technology
-Data Center ABS
-Automotive
-Solar ABS
Resource Efficiency -Use of recycled inputs
-Sustainable agriculture
-Water services
-Agriculture
-Paper/packaging
Health & Well-being -Nutritious, sufficient food
-Personal hygiene
-Medicines and vaccines
-Educational services
-Consumer products
-Pharmaceuticals
-Student loan ABS
Inclusion

-Empowerment of women and minorities
-Equal pay for equal work

-Financials
-Social bonds

Sustainable Growth

-Affordable housing
-Reliable infrastructure 
-Stable, effective sovereign governments

-Agency MBS
-Sovereigns
-Sustainable bonds

 

Distinguishing characteristics

Differentiated Research Framework

Proprietary Sustainability Process Experienced team, Consistent process
  • Global credit research framework with industry experts covering investment grade, high yield and EM Debt Research
  • Specialized sovereign and structured research teams expand research coverage
  • ESG integration can help identify opportunities and risks
  • Research-driven approach with centralized committee-based decision making
  • Customized sustainability determination process for corporates, structured and sovereigns
  • Responsible Investment team engages issuers to help further enhance sustainability1
  • Seasoned portfolio management team
  • Extensive experience managing multi-sector strategies
  • Adhere to a disciplined, transparent and repeatable process

 

1Engagement will occur with some, but not all, issuers where the manager deems it appropriate. 

 

All investments contain risk and may lose value. Responsible investing is qualitative and subjective by nature, and there is no guarantee that the criteria utilized, or judgement exercised, by any company of Aegon Asset Management will reflect the beliefs or values of any one particular investor. Responsible norms differ by region. There is no assurance that the responsible investing strategy and techniques employed will be successful. Investors should consult their investment professional prior to making an investment decision. The firm's research teams may incorporate ESG-related factors into their analysis as applicable to their asset class and the output may differ as warranted.

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As of December 31, 2022. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Returns are gross and net of management fees and include the reinvestment of all income. Returns beyond 12 months are annualized. Click here for a definition of the index.
 
 

Source: Aegon AM. The benchmark is the Bloomberg US Aggregate Index. Percentages based on market value as of December 31, 2022. Numbers may not add due to rounding. The portfolio information above reflects a representative account. Credit ratings reflect the Bloomberg credit quality methodology. Average quality excludes cash and securities that are not rated. The credit quality of a security or group of securities does not ensure the stability or safety of the overall portfolio.

 

**Effective June 1, 2022, credit quality calculations are sourced to Aegon AM and reflect a proprietary methodology. Credit quality calculations prior to June 1, 2022, may be different. Credit ratings for the portfolio reflect the Bloomberg Indices credit quality methodology which is the middle rating of the three agencies, if only rated by two agencies it uses the lower rating and if only rated by one entity it uses that rating. Ratings are calculated by applying the methodology to available ratings from rating agencies. If the rating is NR on a structured security, the methodology will look to both DBRS and Kroll and use the lower rating; if rated by one, use that rating; else it will remain NR. Average Quality excludes cash and securities that are not rated. The credit quality of a security or group of securities does not ensure the stability or safety of the overall portfolio. NR includes securities that are not rated by S&P®, Moody’s®, or Fitch and may contain bonds, equities and/or bank loans.

 

* The Sustainability Pillar Allocation reflects holdings excluding cash and cash equivalents, based on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals as well as Aegon AM US' sustainable categories and sustainability pillars. All information is provided for informational purposes only. Click here for term definitions.

Portfolio managers

Brad Doyle, CFA

Brad Doyle, CFA

Head of Investment Grade credit

Brad Doyle, CFA, is head of investment grade credit and a portfolio manager responsible for the portfolio management of Investment Grade Credit strategies, multi-sector portfolios and Sustainable Fixed Income strategy.

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Chuck Foster, CFA

Chuck Foster, CFA

Head of US Client Investment Solutions and Insurance Asset Management

Chuck Foster, CFA, is head of US client investment solutions and insurance asset management, which includes oversight for the Transamerica companies’ general account portfolios.

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James Rich

James Rich

Senior Portfolio Manager

James Rich is a senior portfolio manager on the Impact Venture Credit strategy,  the US Sustainable Fixed Income strategy and is a member of the Sustainable Investment Committee. 

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Aegon Asset Management US

 

Important Disclosures

Past performance is not indicative of future results. The net of fees performance is time weighted and includes the reinvestment of dividends, interest, and other earnings, and is calculated net of model fees and expenses. The gross of fees performance figures do not reflect the deduction of investment advisory fees (as described in the firm's ADV, Part 2), commissions and other expenses. Cash is included in the calculation of performance. The client's return will be reduced by the management fees and any other expenses it may incur in the management of its investment advisory account. The volatility of the performance shown may be materially different from the individual performance attained by any specific investor. In addition, client holdings may differ significantly from the securities that comprise the index. It is not possible to invest directly in an index, which also does not take into account trading commissions and costs. In addition, the actual investment advisory fees incurred by the client will vary according to the asset classes in the account and the size of the account.  An individual client's actual returns may differ from the results shown for reasons such as the timing of investments and withdrawals.

 

The US dollar is the currency used to express performance.

 

Aegon AM US claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). Please contact Aegon AM US at aegoninvestments@aegonam.com or 877-234-6862 to obtain a GIPS Composite Report for the strategy presented in this advertisement.

 

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