Hartford Funds Launches Hartford Global Impact Fund, Expanding Socially Responsible Investing Lineup

RADNOR, Pa.--()--Hartford Funds today announced that it has launched the Hartford Global Impact Fund (A-share: HGXAX). Sub-advised by Wellington Management, the Hartford Global Impact Fund will seek long-term capital appreciation by investing in companies that focus their operations in areas that the Fund believes are likely to address the world’s major social and environmental challenges.

“We’re delighted to expand our socially responsible investment solutions for investors who want to align their portfolios with their values”

The Fund invests in companies that the sub-adviser believes are likely to address major social and environmental challenges including, but not limited to, health, clean water and sanitation, financial inclusion, alternative energy, and resource efficiency, as determined by Wellington.

“We’re delighted to expand our socially responsible investment solutions for investors who want to align their portfolios with their values,” said Anita Baldwin, Managing Director and Head of Research for Hartford Funds.

The Hartford Global Impact Fund complements Hartford Funds’ existing socially responsible investing solution, the Hartford Environmental Opportunities Fund (HEOMX). Launched in February 2016, the Environmental Opportunities Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by identifying companies it believes represent attractive investments and also address environmental challenges and/or seeks to improve the efficiency of resource consumption.

“The design and launch of the Hartford Global Impact Fund aligns with our human-centric investing philosophy and is a direct response to increasing advisor and investor demand for more products that take ESG factors into consideration,” Baldwin added.

Wellington Management’s Eric Rice, PhD., Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, and Patrick Kent, CFA, CMT, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, will manage the Hartford Global Impact 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 leading practice management experts, Hartford Funds delivers insight into the latest demographic trends and investor behavior.

As of October 24, 2016, the firm’s line-up includes more than 55 mutual funds in a variety of styles and asset classes, and five strategic beta 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. Hartford Funds has mutual fund assets under management of $81.5 billion as of December 31, 2016 (excluding assets used in certain annuity products). For more information about our investment family, visit www.hartfordfunds.com.

Important Information

All investments are subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal. There is no guarantee the Fund will achieve its stated objective. The Fund’s share price may fluctuate due to market risk and/or security selections that may underperform the market or relevant benchmarks. Foreign investments can be riskier and more volatile than U.S. investments due to the adverse effects of currency exchange rates, differences in market structure and liquidity, as well as political and economic developments in foreign countries and regions (e.g., “Brexit”). These risks are generally greater for investments in emerging markets. Small-cap securities can have greater risk and volatility than large-cap securities. Investing in companies that seek to address major social and environmental challenges may cause the Fund to forego certain investment opportunities and underperform Funds that do not have a similar focus. By investing in cash and money market investments, the Fund may lose the benefit of market upswings. Because it invests in a master portfolio, the Fund is also subject to the risks related to a master-feeder structure.

Hartford Funds refers to Hartford Funds Management Group, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including the mutual funds’ investment manager, Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC (HFMC), the mutual funds’ distributor, Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC, Member FINRA, as well as Lattice Strategies LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of HFMC, which serves as the adviser to exchange-traded funds (ETFs). 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. ETFs are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. (ALPS). Hartford Funds is not affiliated with any fund sub-adviser or ALPS. The MIT AgeLab is not an affiliate or subsidiary of Hartford Funds.

Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of a fund before investing. This and other information can be found in the fund’s prospectus, which should be read carefully before investing. To obtain a mutual fund prospectus or summary prospectus, please call 888-843-7824 (retail) or 800-279-1541 (institutional); ETF prospectuses can be obtained by calling 415-315-6600.

“The Hartford” is The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (“HFSG”) and its subsidiaries. HFD is a subsidiary of The HFSG.

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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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