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Hartford Multifactor Low Volatility US Equity Index


  • Seeks to provide the opportunity to improve returns through a complete market cycle with up to 25% less volatility versus the US market capitalization-weighted universe
  • Focuses on selecting stocks with low volatility characteristics while seeking to maintain positive exposure to value, momentum, and quality factors at the index level
  • Risk-balanced sector weighting seeks to improve diversification
  • Eligible universe encompasses 98% of the total US equity market

Description of Methodology

Hartford Multifactor Low Volatility US Equity Index (LLVUSX or the “Index”) seeks to address risks and opportunities within US equities across the capitalization spectrum by selecting equity securities exhibiting low volatility and constructing the portfolio in a way that is designed to improve overall exposure to value, momentum and quality factors. The index seeks to provide a means of improving returns through a market cycle with up to 25% less volatility versus the US capitalization-weighted universe. The rules-based, proprietary methodology employs a multi-layered risk-controlled approach that seeks to improve diversification, balance risk across sectors by utilizing expected tail loss (ETL) estimations, and reduce volatility through security selection and portfolio composition. Expected tail loss is an estimation process that seeks to measure potential loss during turbulent markets and is based on the relative historical performance of each sector. The methodology utilizes an optimization process to help achieve the desired composition and targeted characteristics.

  Hartford Multifactor Low Volatility Index Methodologies

Characteristics Allocations, exposures and holdings are subject to change. Percentages may be rounded.

Holdings Characteristics
(as of 11/30/2017)
Price-to-Book 3.68
Price-to-Earnings 24.30
Return on Equity(%) 13.61
Debt to Equity 1.60
Dividend Yield(%) 2.23
Nominal Countries 1
Effective Countries 1
Nominal Companies 250
Effective Companies 145
Sector Exposure (%)
Sectors 10/31/2017 11/30/2017
Industrials 18.2 18.5
Materials 9.7 9.7
Telecommunication Services 6.1 5.7
Consumer Discretionary 15.6 15.8
Utilities 5.8 5.8
Real-Estate 6.0 5.9
Consumer Staples 7.2 7.5
Energy 4.9 4.9
Health Care 9.4 9.6
Financials 5.8 5.8
Information Technology 11.3 10.8

Top Ten Holdings (%)

(as of 12/31/2017)
Chevron Corp 1.64
Verizon Communications Inc 1.62
Unitedhealth Group Inc 1.60
McDonald's Corp 1.57
Johnson & Johnson 1.56
Exxon Mobil Corp 1.55
AT&T Inc 1.52
Honeywell International Inc 1.33
International Business Machines Corp 1.28
Praxair Inc. 1.15
Total of Top Ten Holdings 14.82
Market Cap Distribution(%)
(as of 11/30/2017)
Less than $2B 6.9
$2B - $10B 25.9
$10B - $100B 40.8
Greater than $100B 26.3


Performance (%)
% (as of 11/30/2017)
Average Annual Total Returns % (as of 11/30/2017)
Multifactor Low Volatility US Equity Index 14.75 --- 0.00 --- 14.75
Performance (%)
% (as of 9/30/2017)
Average Annual Total Returns % (as of 9/30/2017)
Multifactor Low Volatility US Equity Index 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3.65

SI = Since Inception.
Index Inception:12/31/2016

Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Indices are unmanaged and not available for direct investment. 

Key Facts

Key Facts  (as of 1/17/2018)
Ticker LLVUSX Index
Inception December 31, 2016
Current Index Value $1184.69
Last Closing Level $1175.24
Change $9.45
Change % 0.80%
52-Week-High $1184.69
52-Week-Low $1005.59
Number Of Holdings 249

Important Notes

Hartford Multifactor Low Volatility US Equity Index is the exclusive property of Lattice Strategies LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC) which has contracted with Solactive AG to maintain and calculate the Index. Solactive AG uses its best efforts to ensure that the Index is calculated correctly. Irrespective of its obligations towards Lattice Strategies, Solactive AG has no obligation to point out errors in the Index to third parties.

Index returns do not represent actual fund or portfolio returns. A fund or portfolio may differ significantly from the index. The index does not reflect any management fees, transaction fees, brokerage expenses, or other expenses that may reduce returns. Index returns assume that dividends have been reinvested. Investors cannot invest directly in the Index.


There are risks associated with investing, including the possible loss of principal. There is no assurance that any strategy will achieve its investment objectives.

Sources for all data: Bloomberg and Hartford Funds.

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