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Hartford Funds Launches Environmental Opportunities Fund

March 1, 2016
Radnor, PA

Hartford Funds today announced that it has launched the Hartford Environmental Opportunities Fund (A-share: HEOMX), a mutual fund that invests in companies promoting environmental sustainability.


Sub-advised by Wellington Management, the Environmental Opportunities Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing in companies that directly address environmental challenges.

“The Hartford Environmental Opportunities Fund is designed to invest in companies that we believe provide a positive impact on our environment while also aiming to deliver positive returns and value to our fund shareholders,” said Anita Baldwin, Vice President and Managing Director, Head of Research, Hartford Funds. “It aligns directly with our human-centric investing philosophy, responding to what today’s investors want and need.”

The fund will invest in companies globally that address environmental challenges, such as companies that are focused on low carbon electricity, energy efficiency, low carbon transportation, and/or water and resource management. At a time when climate change initiatives across the world are growing, the Hartford Environmental Opportunities Fund will seek to support low carbon energy solutions and the overall efficiency of resource consumption through its investments.

“We created and launched the Environmental Opportunities Fund as part of our continued commitment to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment [UNPRI] initiative, which supports incorporating environmental, social and corporate governance considerations into investment analysis, policies and practice,” Baldwin added.

Wellington Management’s Alan Hsu, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager and Global Industry Analyst, and Tom Levering, Senior Managing Director, Portfolio Manager and Global Industry Analyst, will serve as the Portfolio Managers of the Hartford Environmental Opportunities Fund.

 

About Hartford Funds

Founded in 1996, Hartford Funds is a leading provider of mutual funds and 529 college savings plans. Using its human-centric investing approach, Hartford Funds creates strategies and tools designed to address the needs and wants of investors. Leveraging partnerships with MIT AgeLab and leading practice management experts, Hartford Funds delivers insight into the latest demographic trends and investor behavior. Hartford Funds offers a diverse line-up of more than 45 mutual funds, primarily sub-advised by Wellington Management, designed to address the challenges investors face and includes equity, fixed-income, multi-strategy, and alternative investments. The Company has mutual fund assets under management of $74.4 billion as of December 31, 2015 (excluding assets used in certain annuity products). For more information about the fund family, www.hartfordfunds.com.

Media Contact:

Robin Pertusi
(212) 279-3115 x254
rpertusi@prosek.com


All investments are subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal. The Fund’s share price may fluctuate due to market risk and/or security selections that may underperform the market or relevant benchmarks. Risks of focusing on investments that involve sustainability and environmentally responsible investment criteria may influence investment performance relative to the Fund’s benchmark or competing funds and expose the Fund to increased risks related to downturns or other adverse developments in that market segment. Risks of focusing investments on the utilities and industrials sectors include regulatory and legal developments, competitive pressures, pricing and rate pressures (utilities), rapid technological changes, potential product obsolescence, and liquidity risk. Small-cap stocks can have greater risk and volatility than large-cap stocks. Foreign investments can be riskier than U.S. investments due to the adverse effects of currency exchange rates, differences in market structure and liquidity, as well as specific country, regional, and economic developments. These risks are generally greater for investments in emerging markets. There is no guarantee the Fund will achieve its stated objective.

“The Hartford” is The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. and its subsidiaries. Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC is a subsidiary of The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.

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Some of the statements in this release may be considered forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We caution investors that these forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results may differ materially. Investors should consider the important risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ. These important risks and uncertainties include those discussed in The Hartford’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, our 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K and the other filings The Hartford makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no obligation to update this release, which speaks as of the date issued.

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