WAYNE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hartford Funds today announced that it has launched its first closed-end interval fund, Hartford Schroders Opportunistic Income Fund, which expands the opportunity set for investments within Hartford Funds’ fixed income product suite to include the broad range of securitized investments (including less liquid instruments). The fund is designed to offer the potential for risk-adjusted returns across market cycles that can exceed those of funds that do not invest in this asset class.
Sub-advised by Schroder Investment Management North America Inc., the Hartford Schroders Opportunistic Income Fund seeks to provide current income and long-term total return consistent with preservation of capital by investing in U.S. and foreign fixed and floating rate securitized credit instruments and various types of loan investments. The Fund, along with the recently launched Hartford Schroders Securitized Income Fund (March 2019), adds to Hartford Funds’ lineup of fixed income funds that invest across the yield curve in varying regions, sectors, and asset classes.
“The Hartford Schroders Opportunistic Income Fund is a specialized strategy that is designed to generate compelling income and fill a core portfolio need,” said Vernon Meyer, Chief Investment Officer of Hartford Funds. “We are thrilled to once again leverage Schroders’ robust research-oriented process and legacy of investing in securitized credit instruments to offer investors greater fixed income diversification with the flexibility of an interval fund structure.”
The Fund incorporates proprietary research into models, scores, and databases, and features a top down view of the economy, risk, and critical trends and market drivers, alongside a strong, disciplined bottom-up approach. The Fund will invest in a variety of securitized instruments and other fixed income investments, mortgage-related investments, private commercial real estate loans, cash and short-term equivalents, treasuries, and derivatives. The Fund will continuously offer shares for sale and will offer to repurchase shares on a quarterly basis only.
Michelle Russell-Dowe, Head of Securitized Credit at Schroders, will serve with Anthony Breaks as the Fund’s portfolio managers.
“The Hartford Schroders Opportunistic Income Fund allows us to leverage the closed-end interval fund structure and give investors access to the full capabilities of the Schroders securitized platform.” said Russell-Dowe. “The fund uses liquid markets and private credit to offer a potential solution designed to fit today’s credit cycle, today’s crowded markets, and today’s volatility. The fund represents an opportunity to benefit from a broad investment universe by allowing us to deploy capital into the best opportunity, be it in the public markets, or in the private markets.”
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 50 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 June 30, 2019, Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC and its wholly owned subsidiary, Lattice Strategies LLC, had approximately $121.3 billion in discretionary and non-discretionary assets under management. For more information about our investment family, visit http://www.hartfordfunds.com.
Key Fund Information: The Fund is a continuously offered closed-end interval fund. Investors in a closed-end interval fund may purchase shares daily but do not have the right to redeem their shares on a daily basis. Shareholders may sell Fund shares only through the Fund’s quarterly offers to repurchase between 5% and 25% of its outstanding shares at Net Asset Value per share. There is no guarantee that an investor will be able to sell their shares in the quantity desired during a repurchase offer. There is no secondary market for Fund shares. Fund shares are not listed on an exchange. Investors should consider Fund shares to be an illiquid investment. The Fund expects to make monthly distributions, which may include a return of capital. Final determination of a distribution’s tax character will be made on Form 1099 DIV sent to shareholders each January. Investors who seek liquidity or cannot tolerate risk of loss should not invest in the Fund.
Important Risks: 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. • The Fund is newly organized with limited operating history. • The Fund expects to invest a large portion in private investments, including private commercial real estate loans, which are not publicly traded and must be fair valued by the Fund. Such valuations are inherently uncertain. • Real estate related securities are subject to the risks associated with credit, liquidity, interest rate fluctuation, adverse general and local economic conditions, and decreases in real estate values and occupancy rates. Fixed income security risks include credit, liquidity, call, duration, event and interest-rate risk. As interest rates rise, bond prices generally fall. • Investments in high-yield ("junk") bonds involve greater risk of price volatility, illiquidity, and default than higher-rated debt securities. • Obligations of U.S. Government agencies are supported by varying degrees of credit but are generally not backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government. • The risks associated with mortgage related- and asset-backed securities as well as collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) and real estate related loans include credit, interest-rate, prepayment, liquidity, default and extension risk. • The purchase of securities in the To-Be-Announced (TBA) market can result in additional price and counterparty risk. • The Fund may use repurchase agreements, or reverse repurchase agreements, which can increase risk and volatility. • Use of leverage can increase market exposure, magnify investment risks, and cause losses to be realized more quickly. • Derivatives are generally more volatile and sensitive to changes in market or economic conditions than other securities; their risks include currency, leverage, liquidity, index, pricing, and counterparty risk. • 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. • Restricted securities may be more difficult to sell and price than other securities
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 and the closed-end interval fund are distributed by Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC (HFD), Member FINRA/SIPC. 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 Hartford Funds Management Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including HFD, HFMC, and Lattice, which are not affiliated with any sub-adviser or ALPS. The funds and other products referred to on this Site may be offered and sold only to persons in the United States and its territories.
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 2018 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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*as of June 30, 2019