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Hartford Funds Launches Two Multifactor Mutual Funds

June 3, 2019
Wayne, PA

Hartford Funds today announced that it has launched its first two multifactor mutual funds, the Hartford Multifactor International Fund (ticker: HMIVX) and the Hartford Multifactor Large Cap Value Fund (ticker: HMLVX).


The products are designed to meet the demand for multifactor strategies in retirement plans by offering investors access to investment approaches that Hartford Funds offers only through exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

“Retirement plans have historically not had access to the multifactor strategies that are common in ETFs, and have therefore been unable to access their risk-managed results and lower fees,” said Vernon Meyer, Chief Investment Officer of Hartford Funds. “We adapted our existing multifactor ETFs to ensure that retail investors and retirement plans alike can leverage them in their continued pursuit of capital returns with the potential for reduced volatility.”

The Hartford Multifactor International Fund tracks the Hartford Risk-Optimized Multifactor Developed Markets (ex-US) Index (LRODMX), the same index as the Hartford Multifactor Developed Markets (ex-US) ETF (ticker: RODM). The fund is designed to provide equity exposure to major developed markets in Europe, Canada and the Pacific Region with potentially less volatility over a complete market cycle than traditional capitalization-weighted indices.

The Hartford Multifactor Large Cap Value Fund tracks the Hartford Multifactor Large Cap Value Index (HMLCVX), which seeks to outperform traditional cap-weighted, value-oriented U.S. equity market indices and active U.S. equity market strategies, while reducing volatility, over a complete market cycle.

About Hartford Funds

Founded in 1996, Hartford Funds is a leading asset manager, which provides mutual funds, ETFs, 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 leading experts, Hartford Funds delivers insight into the latest demographic trends and investor behavior.

The firm’s line-up includes more than 55 mutual funds in a variety of styles and asset classes, as well as a variety of multifactor and active ETFs. Its mutual funds (with the exception of certain fund of funds) are sub-advised by Wellington Management or Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. The strategic beta ETFs offered by Hartford Funds are designed to help address investors’ evolving needs by leveraging a unique risk-optimized approach, which identifies risks within each asset class and then deliberately and systematically re-allocates capital toward risks more likely to enhance return potential. Excluding affiliated funds of funds, as of March 31, 2019, Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC and its wholly owned subsidiary, Lattice Strategies LLC, had approximately $117.6 billion in discretionary and non-discretionary assets under management. For more information about our investment family, visit www.hartfordfunds.com.

Media Contact:

Netanel Spero
Prosek Partners
(646) 818-9019
nspero@prosek.com


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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 2017 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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Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. Security prices fluctuate in value depending on general market and economic conditions and the prospects of individual companies. ● Foreign investments may be more volatile and less liquid than U.S. investments and are subject to the risk of currency fluctuations and adverse political and economic developments. ● Investments focused in a sector, industry or group of industries may increase volatility and risk. ● The Funds are not actively managed but rather attempt to track the performance of an index. The Funds' returns may diverge from that of the index.

Investors should carefully consider a fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the fund’s prospectus and summary prospectus (if available), which can be obtained by visiting hartfordfunds.com. Please read it carefully before investing.

Mutual funds are distributed by Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC (HFD), Member FINRA. Exchange-traded products are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. (ALPS). Advisory services are provided by Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC (HFMC) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Lattice Strategies, LLC (Lattice). Certain funds are sub-advised by Wellington Management Company LLP or Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. Schroder Investment Management North America Ltd. serves as a secondary sub-adviser to certain funds. Hartford Funds refers to HFD, HFMC, and Lattice, which are not affiliated with any sub-adviser or ALPS.

ETFs and mutual funds: Unlike traditional open-ended mutual funds, ETF shares are bought and sold in the secondary market through a stockbroker. Brokerage commissions may apply. ETFs trade on the major stock exchanges and their prices will fluctuate throughout the day. When buying or selling an ETF, you'll pay or receive the current market price, which may be more or less than net asset value. Mutual fund investors buy and sell directly with the mutual fund and mutual fund shares are priced once a day after the markets close. Both mutual funds and ETFs are subject to risk and volatility.

 

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