Q: The Hartford Schroders International Contrarian Value Fund launched 14 months ago. What’s your approach and how is it differentiated?
A: The portfolio takes a bottom-up, concentrated, deep-value approach. It’s our devout belief that the valuation you pay for a stock is the biggest determinant of the future return you get. Schroders has a deep-value investing heritage, having launched its first value fund over half a century ago. It’s been exciting to launch an international strategy that leverages the 10 dedicated value investors we have on the team.
1 Mean reversion, or reversion to the mean, is a theory used in finance that suggests that asset price volatility and historical returns eventually will revert to the long-run mean or average level of the entire dataset.
Important Risks: The Fund is new and has a limited operating history. 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, economic and regulatory developments. These risks may be greater, and include additional risks, for investments in emerging markets or if the Fund focuses in a particular geographic region or country. • Mid-cap securities can have greater risks and volatility than large-cap securities. • Different investment styles may go in and out of favor, which may cause the Fund to underperform the broader stock market. • To the extent the Fund focuses on one or more sectors, the Fund may be subject to increased volatility and risk of loss if adverse developments occur. • Because the Fund may hold a limited number of securities, the Fund is subject to a greater risk of loss if any of those securities decline in price. • Integration of environmental, social, and/or governance (ESG) characteristics into the investment process may not work as intended.
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