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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 9, 2020
File Nos. 002-11387/811-00558

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM N-1A

 

  REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933     x

 

  Pre-Effective Amendment No.      ¨
  Post-Effective Amendment No. 154     x

 

and/or

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940      x

 

  Amendment No.      x

 

THE HARTFORD MUTUAL FUNDS II, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

690 Lee Road, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code: (610) 386-4068

 

Thomas R. Phillips, Esquire
Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC
690 Lee Road
Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087
(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

 

Copy to:
John V. O’Hanlon, Esquire
Dechert LLP
One International Place, 40th Floor
100 Oliver Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02110-2605

 

It is proposed that this filing will become effective (check appropriate box):

 

¨       immediately upon filing pursuant to paragraph (b) of Rule 485

¨       on (Date) pursuant to paragraph (b) of Rule 485

¨       60 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(1) of Rule 485

¨       on (Date) pursuant to paragraph (a)(1) of Rule 485

¨       75 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(2) of Rule 485

x       on March 31, 2020 pursuant to paragraph (a)(2) of Rule 485

 

If appropriate, check the following box:

 

¨       This post-effective amendment designates a new effective date for a previously filed post-effective amendment.

  

 

 

 

 

Preliminary Prospectus dated January 9, 2020

Subject to Completion

 

The information in this prospectus is not complete and may be changed. We may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities and is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted.

 

 

Hartford Schroders China A Fund

Prospectus

[April 1, 2020]

 

Class Ticker
Class A [_____]
Class C [_____]
Class I [_____]
Class Y [_____]
Class F [_____]
Class SDR [_____]

 

Beginning on January 1, 2021, as permitted by regulations adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, paper copies of the Fund’s shareholder reports will no longer be sent by mail, unless you specifically request paper copies of the reports from the Fund or from your financial intermediary, such as a broker-dealer or bank. Instead, the reports will be made available on the Fund’s website (www.hartfordfunds.com). You will be notified by mail each time a report is posted and provided with a website link to access the report. You may at any time elect to receive paper copies of all shareholder reports free of charge by contacting your financial intermediary or, if you invest directly with the Fund, by calling 1-888-843-7824. Your election to receive reports in paper will apply to all Hartford Funds held in your account if you invest through your financial intermediary or directly with the Fund. If you previously elected to receive shareholder reports and other communications electronically, you will not be affected by this change and you need not take any action.

 

You may elect to receive shareholder reports and other communications electronically anytime by contacting your financial intermediary.

 

As with all mutual funds, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have not approved or disapproved these securities or passed upon the adequacy of this Prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense. Mutual Funds are not bank deposits and are not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Because you could lose money by investing in the Fund, be sure to read all risk disclosures carefully before investing.

 

HARTFORD FUNDS

P.O. BOX 219060

KANSAS CITY, MO 64121-9060

 

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Contents

 

Hartford Schroders China A Fund Summary Section 3
   
Additional Information Regarding Investment Strategies and Risks 9
   
More Information About Risks 10
   
Disclosure of Portfolio Holdings 20
   
The Investment Manager and Sub-Advisers 21
   
Classes of Shares 22
   
How to Buy and Sell Shares 27
   
Distribution Arrangements 39
   
Fund Distributions and Tax Matters 43
   
Performance Notes 45
   
Prior Performance of SIMNA and SIMNA Ltd. 45
   
Financial Highlights 47
   
For More Information 48
   
Appendix A – Intermediary-Specific Sales Charge Waivers and Discounts 49

 

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Hartford Schroders China A Fund Summary Section

 

INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE. The Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation.

 

YOUR EXPENSES. The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts for Class A shares if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $50,000 in certain classes of Hartford mutual funds or 529 plans administered by Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC. More information about these and other discounts is available from your financial professional and in the “How Sales Charges Are Calculated” section beginning on page [] of the Fund’s statutory prospectus and the “Purchase and Redemption of Shares” section beginning on page [] of the Fund’s statement of additional information. Descriptions of any financial intermediary specific sales charge waivers and discounts are set forth in Appendix A to the statutory prospectus. In addition, the table and examples below do not reflect any transaction fees that may be charged by financial intermediaries or commissions that a shareholder may be required to pay directly to its financial intermediary when buying or selling Class I, Class Y, Class F or Class SDR shares.

 

Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment)

Share Classes A C I Y F SDR
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) 5.50% None None None None None
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of purchase price or redemption proceeds, which is less) None(1) 1.00% None None None None

 

Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

Share Classes A C I Y F SDR
Management fees [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%]
Distribution and service (12b-1) fees 0.25% 1.00% None None None None
Other expenses(2) [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%]
Total annual fund operating expenses [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%]
Fee waiver and/or expense reimbursement(3) [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%]
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waiver and/or expense reimbursement(3) [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%] [___%]
(1)For investments over $1 million, a 1.00% maximum deferred sales charge may apply.
(2)“Other expenses” are based on estimated amounts for the current fiscal year.
(3)Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC (the “Investment Manager”) has contractually agreed to reimburse expenses (exclusive of taxes, interest expenses, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses and extraordinary expenses) to the extent necessary to limit total annual fund operating expenses as follows: [_____]. This contractual arrangement will remain in effect until [March 31, 2021] unless the Board of Directors of The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc. approves its earlier termination.

 

EXAMPLE. The examples below are intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The examples assume that:

·You invest $10,000
·Your investment has a 5% return each year
·The Fund’s operating expenses remain the same (except that the examples reflect the expense limitation arrangements for only the first year)
·You reinvest all dividends and distributions
·You pay any deferred sales charge due for the applicable period.

 

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Your actual costs may be higher or lower. Based on these assumptions, you would pay the following expenses if you sell all of your shares at the end of each time period indicated:

Share Classes Year 1 Year 3
A [$__] [$__]
C [$__] [$__]
I [$__] [$__]
Y [$__] [$__]
F [$__] [$__]
SDR [$__] [$__]

 

You would pay the following expenses if you did not redeem your shares:

Share Classes Year 1 Year 3
A [$__] [$__]
C [$__] [$__]
I [$__] [$__]
Y [$__] [$__]
F [$__] [$__]
SDR [$__] [$__]

 

Portfolio Turnover. The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the examples, affect the Fund’s performance. Because the Fund has not commenced operations as of October 31, 2019, the date of its most recent fiscal year end, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate for the most recent fiscal year is not available.

 

PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY. Under normal circumstances, the Fund invests at least 80% of its assets in China A shares and other instruments that have similar economic characteristics to such securities. China A shares are equity securities of companies located in mainland China that trade on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The Fund will invest in China A shares through the Shanghai-Hong Kong and Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect programs (collectively, “Stock Connect”). The Fund may also invest in China A shares through the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor and Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor systems (collectively, the “QFII Programs”) once the appropriate license is obtained or through other means of access which may become available in the future.

 

The Fund’s sub-advisers, Schroder Investment Management North America, Inc. (“SIMNA”) and Schroder Investment Management North America Limited (“SIMNA Ltd.,” together with SIMNA, the “Sub-Advisers”), use a fundamental, research driven, bottom-up stock selection approach to seek to identify companies that they believe offer the potential for capital growth. The Sub-Advisers generally consider the following when determining whether to purchase a security of a company: the likelihood of the company to grow shareholder value in the long term; the return on invested capital of the company; the relative valuation of the company; the quality of the company, including the sustainability of its business model; and whether the company has any proprietary competitive advantages. The Sub-Advisers generally sell securities when: they believe the issuer no longer presents an attractive value proposition; they identify more favorable investment opportunities; or they believe that the original investment thesis is irrelevant due to a material change in the company or the industry in which it operates.

 

The Fund may invest in securities of any market capitalization. The Fund may also invest in common and preferred stock, and depositary receipts, including Chinese Depositary Receipts (“CDRs”). The Fund may use derivatives, such as futures contracts, forward currency contracts, option contracts, and participatory notes, in order to gain exposure to particular securities or markets, in connection with hedging transactions, equitizing cash, or otherwise to seek to increase total return.

 

The Fund may trade securities actively. The Fund is a non-diversified mutual fund, which means that it may invest its assets in a smaller number of issuers than a diversified fund.

 

PRINCIPAL RISKS. The principal risks of investing in the Fund are described below. When you sell your shares they may be worth more or less than what you paid for them, which means that you could lose money as a result of your investment. An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. As with any fund, there is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.

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Market Risk − Market risk is the risk that one or more markets in which the Fund invests will go down in value, including the possibility that the markets will go down sharply and unpredictably. Securities of a company may decline in value due to its financial prospects and activities, including certain operational impacts, such as data breaches and cybersecurity attacks. Securities may also decline in value due to general market and economic movements and trends, including adverse changes to credit markets.

 

China Investments Risk – The Fund focuses its investments in Chinese securities. As a result, the Fund may be subject to increased currency, political, economic, social, environmental, regulatory and other risks not typically associated with investing in a larger number of countries or regions. Over the last few decades, the Chinese government has undertaken reform of economic and market practices and has expanded the sphere of private ownership of property in China. Nevertheless, China remains an emerging market and demonstrates significantly higher volatility from time to time in comparison to developed markets. The China A shares market has a higher propensity for trading suspensions than many other global equity markets. In addition, the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges may close for extended periods for holidays or otherwise, which impacts the Fund’s ability to trade in China A shares during those periods. Trading suspensions in certain stocks and extended market closures could lead to greater market execution risk and costs for the Fund.

 

The Chinese markets generally continue to experience inefficiency, volatility and pricing anomalies resulting from governmental influence, a lack of publicly available information and/or political and social instability. Internal social unrest or confrontations with other neighboring countries, including military conflicts in response to such events, may also disrupt economic development in China and result in a greater risk of currency fluctuations, currency non-convertibility, interest rate fluctuations and higher rates of inflation. China has experienced security concerns, such as terrorism and strained international relations. Incidents involving China’s or the region’s security may cause uncertainty in the Chinese markets and may adversely affect the Chinese economy and the Fund’s investments. Reduction in spending on Chinese products and services, institution of tariffs or other trade barriers or a downturn in any of the economies of China’s key trading partners may have an adverse impact on the Chinese economy. Ongoing trade tensions between China and the United States have led each country to impose tariffs on a wide array of the other country’s products. These actions may trigger a significant reduction in international trade, the oversupply of certain manufactured goods, substantial price reductions of goods and possible failure of individual companies and/or large segments of China’s export industry, which could have a negative impact on the Fund’s performance. Events such as these and their consequences are difficult to predict and it is unclear whether further tariffs may be imposed or other escalating actions may be taken in the future.

 

The Fund’s investments in China A-shares are generally subject to the laws of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”), including local securities regulations and listing rules. The PRC’s legal system is underdeveloped and generally untested. The Fund thus faces the risk of being unable to enforce its rights with respect to its China A-shares holdings. In addition, the Chinese government heavily regulates the domestic exchange of foreign currencies and renminbi (“RMB”) exchange rates in China, which may adversely affect the operations and financial results of the Fund’s investments in China. At times there may be insufficient offshore RMB for the Fund to remain fully invested in Chinese equities.

 

Investing in China A-shares is subject to trading, clearance, settlement and other procedures, which could pose risks to the Fund. Trading through Stock Connect is subject to a daily quota, which may restrict the Fund’s ability to invest in China A-shares through Stock Connect on a timely basis and could affect the Fund’s ability to effectively pursue its investment strategy. Stock Connect will only operate on days when both the Chinese and Hong Kong markets are open for trading and when banking services are available in both markets on the corresponding settlement days. Therefore, an investment in China A-shares through Stock Connect may subject the Fund to the risk of price fluctuations on days when the Chinese markets are open, but Stock Connect is not trading. The QFII Programs are subject to the risk that once obtained the QFII Programs license may be revoked or restricted with respect to the Fund or the Fund may be impacted by the rules, restrictions and quota limitations connected to reliance on a QFII Programs license. In difficult market conditions, the Fund may not be able to sell its investments easily or at all, which could affect Fund performance and the Fund’s liquidity. The QFII Programs are subject to custody, settlement and other risks. Cash deposited in the cash account of the Fund with the QFII custodian will not be segregated, but will be commingled with cash belonging to other clients of the QFII custodian. In the event of bankruptcy or liquidation of the QFII custodian, the Fund may face difficulty and/or encounter delays in recovering such debt, or may not be able to recover it in full or at all, in which case the Fund will suffer losses. As a result of QFII regulations, it is likely that only one PRC broker will be appointed with respect to each exchange in the PRC (which may be the same broker). This may impact the Fund’s ability to achieve best execution on its trades of China A shares, and may also make the Fund more susceptible to credit loss or trading disruption. The Fund may also incur losses due to the acts or omissions of the PRC

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brokers in the execution or settlement of any transaction or in the transfer of any funds or securities. China A shares purchased under the QFII regime can only be purchased on a pre-funded basis.

 

Foreign Investments Risk − Investments in foreign securities may be riskier than investments in U.S. securities. Differences between the U.S. and foreign regulatory regimes and securities markets, including the less stringent investor protection and disclosure standards of some foreign markets, as well as political and economic developments in foreign countries and regions and the U.S. (including the imposition of sanctions, tariffs, or other governmental restrictions) may affect the value of the Fund’s investments in foreign securities. Changes in currency exchange rates may also adversely affect the Fund’s foreign investments.

 

Emerging Markets Risk − The risks related to investing in foreign securities are generally greater with respect to investments in companies that conduct their principal business activities in emerging markets or whose securities are traded principally on exchanges in emerging markets. The risks of investing in emerging markets include risks of illiquidity, increased price volatility, smaller market capitalizations, less government regulation, less extensive and less frequent accounting, financial and other reporting requirements, significant delays in settlement of trades, risk of loss resulting from problems in share registration and custody and substantial economic and political disruptions. Frontier markets are those emerging markets that are considered to be among the smallest, least mature and least liquid, and as a result, the risks of investing in emerging markets are magnified in frontier markets.

 

Currency Risk −The risk that the value of the Fund’s investments in foreign securities or currencies will be affected by the value of the applicable currency relative to the U.S. dollar. When the Fund sells a foreign currency or foreign currency denominated security, its value may be worth less in U.S. dollars even if the investment increases in value in its local market. U.S. dollar-denominated securities of foreign issuers may also be affected by currency risk, as the revenue earned by issuers of these securities may also be affected by changes in the issuer’s local currency.

 

Liquidity Risk − The risk that the market for a particular investment or type of investment is or becomes relatively illiquid, making it difficult for the Fund to sell that investment at an advantageous time or price. Illiquidity may be due to events relating to the issuer of the securities, market events, rising interest rates, economic conditions or investor perceptions. Illiquid securities may be difficult to value and their value may be lower than the market price of comparable liquid securities, which would negatively affect the Fund’s performance.

 

Active Investment Management Risk − The risk that, if the sub-advisers’ investment strategy does not perform as expected, the Fund could underperform its peers or lose money.

 

Equity Risk −The risk that the price of equity or equity related securities may decline due to changes in a company’s financial condition and overall market and economic conditions. Securities purchased in IPOs have no trading history, limited issuer information and potentially increased volatility.

 

Mid Cap and Small Cap Securities Risk − Investments in small capitalization and mid capitalization companies involve greater risks than investments in larger, more established companies. Many of these companies are young and have limited operating or business history. These securities may be subject to more abrupt or erratic price movements and may lack sufficient market liquidity, and these issuers often face greater business risks, including the risk of bankruptcy.

 

Depositary Receipts Risk −The Fund may invest in securities of foreign issuers in the form of depositary receipts or other securities that are convertible into securities of foreign issuers, including depositary receipts that are not sponsored by a financial institution (“Unsponsored Depositary Receipts”). Depositary receipts are generally subject to the same risks as the foreign securities that they evidence or into which they may be converted. Unsponsored Depositary Receipts are also subject to the risk that there may be less information available regarding their issuers and there may not be a correlation between such information and the market value of the depositary receipts. Generally, CDRs, in registered from, are designed for use in the Chinese securities markets. CDRs may involve certain risks not applicable to investing in U.S. issuers, including changes in currency rates, application of local tax laws, changes in governmental administration or economic or monetary policy or changed circumstances in dealings between nations.

 

Volatility Risk− The Fund’s investments may fluctuate in value over a short period of time. This may cause the Fund’s net asset value per share to experience significant changes in value over short periods of time.

 

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Derivatives Risk − Derivatives are instruments whose value depends on, or is derived from, the value of an underlying asset, reference rate or index. Derivatives may be riskier than other types of investments because they may be more sensitive to changes in economic or market conditions than other types of investments and could result in losses that significantly exceed the Fund’s original investment. Successful use of derivative instruments by the Fund depends on the sub-adviser’s judgment with respect to a number of factors and the Fund’s performance could be worse and/or more volatile than if it had not used these instruments. In addition, the fluctuations in the value of derivatives may not correlate perfectly with the value of any portfolio assets being hedged, the performance of the asset class to which the sub-adviser seeks exposure, or the overall securities markets.

 

Counterparty Risk − The risk that the counterparty in a transaction by the Fund may be unable or unwilling to make timely principal, interest or settlement payments, or otherwise to honor its obligations.

 

Leverage Risk − Certain transactions, such as the use of derivatives, may give rise to leverage. Leverage can increase market exposure, magnify investment risks, and cause losses to be realized more quickly. Leverage may also cause the Fund to be more volatile than if it had not been leveraged. The use of leverage may cause the Fund to liquidate portfolio positions to satisfy its obligations or to meet asset segregation requirements when it may not be advantageous to do so.

 

Forward Currency Contracts Risk − A forward currency contract is an agreement between two parties to buy and sell a currency at a set price on a future date. The market value of a forward currency contract fluctuates with changes in foreign currency exchange rates. While forward foreign currency exchange contracts do not eliminate fluctuations in the value of foreign securities, they do allow the Fund to establish a fixed rate of exchange for a future point in time. Use of such contracts, therefore, can have the effect of reducing returns and minimizing opportunities for gain. The Fund could also lose money when the contract is settled. The Fund’s gains from its positions in forward foreign currency contracts may accelerate and/or recharacterize the Fund’s income or gains and its distributions to shareholders. The Fund’s losses from such positions may also recharacterize the Fund’s income and its distributions to shareholders and may cause a return of capital to Fund shareholders. Such acceleration or recharacterization could affect an investor’s tax liability.

 

Futures and Options Risks −Futures and options may be more volatile than direct investments in the securities underlying the futures and options, may not correlate perfectly to the underlying securities, may involve additional costs, and may be illiquid. Futures and options also may involve the use of leverage as the Fund may make a small initial investment relative to the risk assumed, which could result in losses greater than if futures or options had not been used. Futures and options are also subject to the risk that the other party to the transaction may default on its obligation.

 

Non-Diversification Risk−The Fund is non-diversified, which means it is permitted to invest a greater portion of its assets in a smaller number of issuers than a “diversified” fund. For this reason the Fund may be more exposed to the risks associated with and developments affecting an individual issuer than a fund that invests more widely. The Fund may also be subject to greater market fluctuation and price volatility than a more broadly diversified fund.

 

Active Trading Risk − Active trading could increase the Fund’s transaction costs and may increase your tax liability as compared to a fund with less active trading policies. These effects may adversely affect Fund performance.

 

Large Shareholder Transaction Risk − The Fund may experience adverse effects when certain large shareholders redeem or purchase large amounts of shares of the Fund. Such redemptions may cause the Fund to sell securities at times when it would not otherwise do so or borrow money (at a cost to the Fund), which may negatively impact the Fund’s performance and liquidity. Similarly, large purchases may adversely affect the Fund’s performance to the extent that the Fund is delayed in investing new cash and is required to maintain a larger cash position than it ordinarily would. These transactions may also accelerate the realization of taxable income to shareholders if such sales of investments resulted in gains, and may also increase transaction costs.

 

New Fund Risk - The Fund is a new fund which may result in additional risk. There can be no assurance that the Fund will grow to an economically viable size, in which case the Fund may cease operations. In such an event, investors may be required to liquidate or transfer their investments at an inopportune time.

 

The Fund is subject to certain other risks. For more information regarding risks and investments, please see “Additional Information Regarding Investment Strategies and Risks” and “More Information About Risks” in the Fund’s statutory prospectus.

 

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PAST PERFORMANCE. Performance information is not included because the Fund did not commence operations as of December 31, 2019. The Fund’s performance is only shown in the prospectus when the Fund has had a full calendar year of operations. Performance information will be available at www.hartfordfunds.com. Keep in mind that past performance does not indicate future results.

 

MANAGEMENT. The Fund’s investment manager is Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC. The Fund’s sub-adviser is Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. and its sub-sub-adviser is Schroder Investment Management North America Limited.

 

Portfolio Manager Title Involved with Fund Since
[   ] [   ] [   ]

 

PURCHASE AND SALE OF FUND SHARES. Not all share classes are available for all investors. Minimum investment amounts may be waived for certain accounts. Certain financial intermediaries may impose different restrictions than those described below.

 

Share Classes Minimum Initial Investment Minimum Subsequent Investment
Class A, Class C and Class I $2,000 for all accounts except: $250, if establishing an Automatic Investment Plan (“AIP”), with recurring monthly investments of at least $50 $50
Class Y

$250,000

This requirement is waived when the shares are purchased through omnibus accounts (or similar types of accounts).

None
Class F

$1,000,000

This requirement is waived when the shares are purchased through omnibus accounts (or similar types of accounts).

None
Class SDR

$5,000,000

This requirement is waived for purchases through certain plan level or omnibus accounts.

None

 

For more information, please see the “How To Buy And Sell Shares” section of the Fund’s statutory prospectus.

 

You may sell your shares of the Fund on those days when the New York Stock Exchange is open, typically Monday through Friday. You may sell your shares through your financial intermediary. With respect to certain accounts, you may sell your shares on the web at www.hartfordfunds.com, by phone by calling 1-888-843-7824, by electronic funds transfer, or by wire. In certain circumstances you will need to write to Hartford Funds to request to sell your shares. For regular mail, please send the request to Hartford Funds, P.O. Box 219060, Kansas City, MO 64121-9060. For overnight mail, please send the request to Hartford Funds, 430 W 7th Street, Suite 219060, Kansas City, MO 64105-1407.

 

TAX INFORMATION. The Fund’s distributions are generally taxable, and may be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains, unless you are investing through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account. Such tax-deferred arrangements may be taxed later upon withdrawal of monies from those arrangements.

 

PAYMENTS TO BROKER-DEALERS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERMEDIARIES. If you purchase shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your financial advisor to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your financial advisor or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

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Additional Information Regarding Investment Strategies and Risks

 

Information about the investment objective and principal investment strategy of the Hartford Schroders China A Fund (the “Fund”) is provided in the summary section of this prospectus. Additional information regarding the investment strategy and other investment policies for the Fund is provided below.

 

In addition to the securities described in the summary section, the Fund may also invest in other investment companies, exchange traded notes, real estate investment trusts (REITs), restricted securities, structured securities, and U.S. government securities. The Sub-Advisers may also purchase securities on a to-be-announced basis. In addition to the factors discussed in the summary section, the Sub-Advisers may also consider certain environmental, social and/or governance (ESG) factors when assessing investment opportunities as long as those factors are consistent with the Sub-Advisers’ fundamental analysis.

 

USE OF CASH OR MONEY MARKET INVESTMENTS

 

The Fund may participate in a cash sweep program whereby the Fund’s uninvested cash balance is used to purchase shares of affiliated or unaffiliated money market funds or cash management pooled investment vehicles at the end of each day. To the extent the Fund invests its uninvested cash through a sweep program, it is subject to the risks of the account or fund into which it is investing, including liquidity issues that may delay the Fund from accessing its cash.

 

The Fund may also invest some or all of its assets in cash, high quality money market instruments (including, but not limited to U.S. government securities, bank obligations, commercial paper and repurchase agreements involving the foregoing securities) and shares of money market funds for temporary defensive purposes in response to adverse market, economic or political conditions. In addition, the Fund may invest some of its assets in these instruments to maintain liquidity or in response to atypical circumstances such as unusually large cash inflows or redemptions. Under such conditions, the Fund may not invest in accordance with its investment objective or principal investment strategy. As a result, there is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective and it may lose the benefit of market upswings.

 

About The Fund’s Investment Objective

 

The Fund’s investment objective may be changed by the Fund’s Board without approval of the shareholders of the Fund. The Fund’s prospectus will be updated prior to any change in the Fund’s investment objective.

 

CONSEQUENCES OF PORTFOLIO TRADING PRACTICES

 

The Fund may have a relatively high portfolio turnover and may, at times, engage in short-term trading. Such activity could produce higher brokerage expenses for the Fund and higher taxable distributions to the Fund’s shareholders and therefore could adversely affect the Fund’s performance. The Fund is not managed to achieve a particular tax result for shareholders. Shareholders should consult their own tax advisor for individual tax advice.

 

OPERATIONAL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CYBERSECURITY

 

The Fund and its service providers’ use of internet, technology and information systems may expose the Fund to potential risks linked to cybersecurity breaches of those technological or information systems. Cybersecurity breaches, amongst other things, could allow an unauthorized party to gain access to proprietary information, customer data, or fund assets, or cause the Fund and/or its service providers to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality. For instance, cybersecurity breaches may interfere with the processing of shareholder transactions, impact the Fund’s ability to calculate its NAV, cause the release of private shareholder information or confidential business information, impede trading, subject the Fund to regulator fines or financial losses and/or cause reputational damage.

 

Investment Policies

 

The Fund has a name that suggests a focus on a particular type of investment. In accordance with Rule 35d-1 under the 1940 Act, the Fund has adopted a policy that it will, under normal circumstances, invest at least 80% of the value of its assets (net assets plus the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes) in investments of the type suggested by its name, as set forth in the Fund’s Principal Investment Strategy section (“80% Policy”). This requirement is applied at the time the Fund invests its assets. If, subsequent to an investment by the Fund, this requirement is no longer met, the Fund’s future

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investments will be made in a manner that will bring the Fund into compliance with this requirement. In addition, in appropriate circumstances, synthetic investments may count toward the 80% minimum if they have economic characteristics similar to the other investments included in the basket. For the purposes of the Fund’s 80% Policy, the Fund may also include investments in exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) toward the 80% minimum so long as each such ETF has policies to invest 80% or more of their assets in China A shares. The Fund’s 80% Policy is not a “fundamental” one, which means that it may be changed without the vote of a majority of the Fund’s outstanding shares as defined in the 1940 Act. The name of the Fund may be changed at any time by a vote of the Fund’s Board of Directors. Shareholders will be given written notice at least 60 days prior to any change by the Fund of its 80% Policy covered by Rule 35d-1.

 

ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES AND RISKS

 

The Fund may invest in various securities and engage in various investment techniques that are not the principal focus of the Fund and, therefore, are not described in this prospectus.  These securities and techniques, together with their risks, are discussed in the Fund’s SAI, which may be obtained free of charge by contacting the Fund (see back cover for address, phone number and website address).

 

More Information About Risks

 

The principal and certain additional risks of investing in the Fund are described below. When you sell your shares they may be worth more or less than what you paid for them, which means that you could lose money as a result of your investment. Many factors affect the Fund’s performance. An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. There is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective, and you should not consider any one fund alone to be a complete investment program. The different types of securities, investments, and investment techniques used by the Fund have varying degrees of risk. The Fund’s statement of additional information (“SAI”) contains more detailed information about the Fund’s investment policies and risks.

 

✓ Principal Risk
X Additional Risk
Hartford Schroders China A Fund
Active Investment Management Risk
Active Trading Risk
China Investments Risk
Counterparty Risk
Currency Risk
Depositary Receipts Risk
Derivatives Risk
Forward Currency Contracts Risk
Futures and Options Risk
Hedging Risk X
Structured Securities Risk X
Equity Risk
Mid Cap and Small Cap Securities Risk
Exchange Traded Notes Risk X
Foreign Investments Risk
Emerging Markets Risk
Illiquid Investments Risk X
Large Shareholder Transaction Risk
Leverage Risk
Liquidity Risk
Market Risk
New Fund Risk
Non-Diversification Risk
Other Investment Companies Risk X
Real Estate Related Securities Risk X
Regional/Country Focus Risk
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✓ Principal Risk
X Additional Risk
Hartford Schroders China A Fund
Restricted Securities Risk X
To Be Announced (TBA) Transactions Risk X
U.S. Government Securities Risk X
Use as Underlying Fund Risk X
Volatility Risk

 

ACTIVE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT RISK −The risk that, if the investment decisions and strategy of the investment manager and/or sub-advisers, as applicable, do not perform as expected, the Fund could underperform its peers or lose money. The Fund’s performance depends on the judgment of the investment manager and/or sub-advisers, as applicable, about a variety of factors, such as markets, interest rates and/or the attractiveness, relative value, liquidity, or potential appreciation of particular investments made for the Fund’s portfolio. The investment manager’s and/or sub-advisers’, as applicable, investment models may not adequately take into account certain factors, may perform differently than anticipated and may result in the Fund having a lower return than if the portfolio managers used another model or investment strategy.

 

In addition, to the extent the Fund allocates a portion of its assets to specialist portfolio managers, the styles employed by the different portfolio managers may not be complementary, which could adversely affect the Fund’s performance. The Fund’s sub-advisers may consider certain environmental, social and governance factors (ESG) as part of its decision to buy and sell securities. Such consideration may fail to produce the intended result and, as a result, the Fund may underperform funds that do not consider ESG factors. ESG factors are not the only factors considered by the sub-adviser(s) and as a result, the companies in which a Fund invests may not be considered an ESG company or have a high ESG rating.

 

ACTIVE TRADING RISK −Active trading could increase the Fund’s transaction costs and may increase your tax liability as compared to a fund with less active trading policies. These effects may also adversely affect Fund performance.

 

CHINA INVESTMENTS RISK - Investment in Chinese securities subjects the Fund to risks specific to China. China may be subject to significant economic, political and social instability. Over the last few decades, the Chinese government has undertaken reform of economic and market practices and has expanded the sphere of private ownership of property in China. Nevertheless, China remains an emerging market and demonstrates significantly higher volatility from time to time in comparison to developed markets. The China A shares market has a higher propensity for trading suspensions than many other global equity markets. In addition, the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges may close for extended periods for holidays or otherwise, which impacts the Fund’s ability to trade in China A shares during those periods. Trading suspensions in certain stocks and extended market closures could lead to greater market execution risk and costs for the Fund. The Chinese markets generally continue to experience inefficiency, volatility and pricing anomalies resulting from governmental influence, a lack of publicly available information and/or political and social instability. Internal social unrest or confrontations with other neighboring countries, including military conflicts in response to such events, may also disrupt economic development in China and result in a greater risk of currency fluctuations, currency non-convertibility, interest rate fluctuations and higher rates of inflation. China has experienced security concerns, such as terrorism and strained international relations. Incidents involving China’s or the region’s security may cause uncertainty in the Chinese markets and may adversely affect the Chinese economy and the Fund’s investments. Reduction in spending on Chinese products and services, institution of tariffs or other trade barriers or a downturn in any of the economies of China’s key trading partners may have an adverse impact on the Chinese economy. Ongoing trade tensions between China and the United States have led each country to impose tariffs on a wide array of the other country’s products. These actions may trigger a significant reduction in international trade, the oversupply of certain manufactured goods, substantial price reductions of goods and possible failure of individual companies and/or large segments of China’s export industry, which could have a negative impact on the Fund’s performance. Events such as these and their consequences are difficult to predict and it is unclear whether further tariffs may be imposed or other escalating actions may be taken in the future.

 

The Fund’s investments in China A shares are generally subject to the laws of the PRC, including local securities regulations and listing rules. The PRC’s legal system is underdeveloped and generally untested. The Fund thus faces the risk of being unable to enforce its rights with respect to its China A shares holdings. In addition, the Chinese government heavily regulates the domestic exchange of foreign currencies and RMB exchange rates in China, which may adversely affect the operations and financial results of the Fund’s investments in China. At times there may be insufficient offshore RMB for the Fund to remain fully invested in Chinese equities.

 

Investing in China A-shares is subject to trading, clearance, settlement and other procedures, which could pose risks to the

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Fund. Trading through Stock Connect is subject to a daily quota, which may restrict the Fund’s ability to invest in China A-Shares through Stock Connect on a timely basis and could affect the Fund’s ability to effectively pursue its investment strategy. Stock Connect will only operate on days when both the Chinese and Hong Kong markets are open for trading and when banking services are available in both markets on the corresponding settlement days. Therefore, an investment in China A-Shares through Stock Connect may subject the Fund to the risk of price fluctuations on days when the Chinese markets are open, but Stock Connect is not trading. The RQFII Program is subject to the risk that once obtained the RQFII Program license may be revoked or restricted with respect to the Fund or the Fund may be impacted by the rules, restrictions and quota limitations connected to reliance on a QFII Programs license. In difficult market conditions, the Fund may not be able to sell its investments easily or at all, which could affect Fund performance and the Fund’s liquidity. . The QFII Programs are subject to custody, settlement and other risks. Cash deposited in the cash account of the Fund with the QFII custodian will not be segregated, but will be commingled with cash belonging to other clients of the QFII custodian. In the event of bankruptcy or liquidation of the QFII custodian, the Fund may face difficulty and/or encounter delays in recovering such debt, or may not be able to recover it in full or at all, in which case the Fund will suffer losses. As a result of QFII regulations, it is likely that only one PRC broker will be appointed with respect to each exchange in the PRC (which may be the same broker). This may impact the Fund’s ability to achieve best execution on its trades of China A shares, and may also make the Fund more susceptible to credit loss or trading disruption. The Fund may also incur losses due to the acts or omissions of the PRC brokers in the execution or settlement of any transaction or in the transfer of any funds or securities. China A shares purchased under the QFII regime can only be purchased on a pre-funded basis.

 

Under current PRC tax laws, regulations and practice, the Fund, the Investment Manager and/or the Sub-Advisers may be subject to PRC tax, directly or indirectly, with respect to the assets held through Stock Connect, Bond Connect and/or the QFII Programs. The Fund will be responsible to reimburse Investment Manager and/or the Sub-Advisers for all PRC taxes and duties of any kind incurred by investment manager and/or the sub-adviser and attributable to the assets of the Fund held through Stock Connect, Bond Connect and/or the QFII Programs. The tax law and regulations of the PRC are constantly changing, and they may be changed with retrospective effect. The interpretation and applicability of the tax law and regulations by tax authorities are not as consistent and transparent as those of more developed nations, and may vary from region to region. Moreover, the PRC taxes and duties payable by investment manager and/or the sub-adviser and which are to be reimbursed by the Fund to the extent attributable to the assets held through Stock Connect, Bond Connect and/or the QFII Programs may change at any time.

 

The treatment of tax under the Investment Regulations (defined below) is not clear. Accordingly, where the relevant regulations applicable to the QFII Programs, Stock Connect and/or Bond Connect (“Investment Regulations”) require a custodian, clearing house, any other agent stipulated by such rules to withhold any tax, or where such custodian, clearing house, any other agent has a reasonable basis for believing that such withholding may be required, the custodian, clearing house and any other agent may do so at the rate required by the regulation, or if in the custodian’s opinion the Investment Regulations are not clear on the rate, at such rate as the custodian, clearing house, and any other agent may, reasonably determine to be appropriate. Tax may be withheld on a retroactive basis. Given the uncertainty surrounding the Fund’s potential PRC tax liabilities or reimbursement obligations, the net asset value of the Fund on any business day may not accurately reflect such liabilities.

 

There are currently temporary tax exemptions and non-taxable treatments in respect of assets traded via Stock Connect, Bond Connect and QFII Programs. There is no guarantee that such temporary tax exemptions or non-taxable treatment with respect to assets traded via Stock Connect, Bond Connect and the QFII Programs will continue to apply, will not be repealed and re-imposed retrospective, or that no new tax regulations and practice in China specifically relating to such programs will not be promulgated in the future. Such uncertainties may operate to the advantage or disadvantage of shareholders in the Fund and may result in an increase or decrease in net asset value of the Fund.

 

COUNTERPARTY RISK −The risk that the counterparty to an over-the-counter derivatives contract or a borrower of the Fund’s securities may be unable or unwilling to make timely principal, interest or settlement payments, or otherwise to honor its obligations. The protections available to the Fund in exchange traded derivatives may not be available for over-the-counter transactions.

 

CURRENCY RISK −The risk that the value of the Fund’s investments in foreign securities or currencies will be affected by the value of the applicable currency relative to the U.S. dollar. When the Fund sells a foreign currency or foreign currency denominated security, its value may be worth less in U.S. dollars even if the investment increases in value in its local market. U.S. dollar-denominated securities of foreign issuers may also be affected by currency risk, as the revenue earned by issuers of these securities may also be affected by changes in the issuer’s local currency. Currency markets generally are not as

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regulated as securities markets. The dollar value of foreign investments may be affected by exchange controls. The Fund may be positively or negatively affected by governmental strategies intended to make the U.S. dollar, or other currencies in which the Fund invests, stronger or weaker. Currency risk may be particularly high to the extent that the Fund invests in foreign securities or currencies that are economically tied to emerging market countries.

 

DEPOSITARY RECEIPTS RISK −The Fund may invest in securities of foreign issuers in the form of depositary receipts or other securities that are convertible into securities of foreign issuers. American Depositary Receipts are receipts typically issued by an American bank or trust company that evidence underlying securities issued by a foreign corporation. European Depositary Receipts (issued in Europe) and Global Depositary Receipts (issued throughout the world) each evidence a similar ownership arrangement. The Fund may invest in Depositary Receipts that are not sponsored by a financial institution (“Unsponsored Depositary Receipts”). Depositary Receipts are generally subject to the same risks as the foreign securities that they evidence or into which they may be converted. The issuers of unsponsored Depositary Receipts are not obligated to disclose information that is, in the United States, considered material. Therefore, there may be less information available regarding their issuers and there may not be a correlation between such information and the market value of the Depositary Receipts. The Fund may also invest in Global Depositary Notes (“GDNs”), a form of depositary receipt. GDNs emulate the terms (interest rate, maturity date, credit quality, etc.) of particular local bonds; however, they trade, settle, and pay interest and principal in U.S. Dollars. Any distributions paid to the holders of GDNs are usually subject to a fee charged by the depositary and holders of GDNs may have limited rights. Certain investment restrictions in certain countries may adversely impact the value of GDNs because such restrictions may limit the ability to convert bonds into GDNs and vice versa.

 

The Fund may invest in, Chinese Depositary Receipts (“CDRs”) or other similar securities representing ownership of foreign listed securities. Generally, CDRs, in registered from, are designed for use in the Chinese securities markets. CDRs may involve certain risks not applicable to investing in U.S. issuers, including changes in currency rates, application of local tax laws, changes in governmental administration or economic or monetary policy or changed circumstances in dealings between nations.

 

DERIVATIVES RISK −The Fund may use derivatives for investment purposes and/or for hedging purposes, including anticipatory hedges. Derivatives are instruments whose value depends on, or is derived from, the value of an underlying asset, reference rate or index. Successful use of derivative instruments by the Fund depends on the sub-adviser’s judgment with respect to a number of factors and the Fund’s performance could be worse and/or more volatile than if it had not used these instruments. Derivatives may involve significant risks, including:

 

·      Counterparty/Credit Risk - The risk that the party on the other side of the transaction will be unable to honor its financial obligation to the Fund.

·      Currency Risk - The risk that changes in the exchange rate between currencies will adversely affect the value (in U.S. dollar terms) of an investment.

·      Leverage Risk - The risk associated with certain types of investments or trading strategies that relatively small market movements may result in large changes in the value of an investment. Certain investments or trading strategies that involve leverage can result in losses that greatly exceed the amount originally invested.

·      Liquidity Risk - The risk that certain investments may be difficult or impossible to sell at the time that the seller would like or at the price that the seller believes the security is currently worth, which could expose the Fund to losses and could make derivatives more difficult for the Fund to value accurately.

·      Index Risk - If the derivative is linked to the performance of an index, it will be subject to the risks associated with changes in that index. If the index changes, the Fund could receive lower interest payments or experience a reduction in the value of the derivative to below what the Fund paid. Certain indexed securities, including inverse securities (which move in an opposite direction to the index), may create leverage, to the extent that they increase or decrease in value at a rate that is a multiple of the changes in the applicable index. For this reason, the Fund’s investment in these instruments may decline significantly in value if index levels move in a way that is not anticipated.

·      Regulatory Risk - Government legislation or regulation may make derivatives more costly, may limit the availability of derivatives, or may otherwise adversely affect the use, value or performance of derivatives.

·      Tax Risk - The tax treatment of a derivative may not be as favorable as a direct investment in the underlying asset. The use of derivatives may adversely affect the timing, character and amount of income the Fund realizes from its investments, and could impair the ability of the sub-adviser to use derivatives when it wishes to do so.

·      Short Position Risk - The Fund may also take a short position in a derivative instrument, such as a future, forward or swap. A short position in a derivative instrument involves the risk of a theoretically unlimited increase in the value of the underlying instrument which could cause the Fund to suffer a (potentially unlimited) loss.

The Fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in derivative instruments. If the Fund does, the Fund’s exposure

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could far exceed the value of its portfolio securities and its investment performance could be primarily dependent upon securities it does not own.

 

FORWARD CURRENCY CONTRACTS RISK −A forward currency contract is an agreement between two parties to buy and sell a currency at a set price on a future date. The Fund may enter into forward currency contracts in connection with settling purchases or sales of securities, to hedge the currency exposure associated with some or all of the Fund’s investments or as part of its investment strategy. The market value of a forward currency contract fluctuates with changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Forward foreign currency exchange contracts do not eliminate fluctuations in the value of foreign securities but allow the Fund to establish a fixed rate of exchange for a future point in time. Forward currency contracts involve the risk that anticipated currency movements will not be accurately predicted, which could result in losses on those contracts and additional transaction costs. Use of such contracts, therefore, can have the effect of reducing returns and minimizing opportunities for gain. The Fund could also lose money when the contract is settled. The Fund’s gains from its positions in forward foreign currency contracts may accelerate and/or recharacterize the Fund’s income or gains and its distributions to shareholders as ordinary income. The Fund’s losses from such positions may also recharacterize the Fund’s income and its distributions to shareholders and may cause a return of capital to Fund shareholders. Such acceleration or recharacterization could affect an investor’s tax liability.

 

FUTURES AND OPTIONS RISKS −An option is an agreement that, for a premium payment or fee, gives the purchaser the right but not the obligation to buy or sell the underlying asset at a specified price during a period of time or on a specified date. A future is a contract that obligates the purchaser to take delivery, and the seller to make delivery, of a specific amount of an asset at a specified future date at a specified price. Futures and options are subject to the risk that the Sub-Advisers may incorrectly predict the direction of securities prices, interest rates, currency exchange rates and other economic factors that may affect the value of the underlying asset. Futures and options may be more volatile than direct investments in the securities underlying the futures and options and may not correlate perfectly to the underlying securities. Futures and options also involve additional expenses as compared to investing directly in the underlying securities, which could reduce any benefit or increase any loss to the Fund from using the strategy. Futures and options may also involve the use of leverage as the Fund may make a small initial investment relative to the risk assumed, which could result in losses greater than if futures or options had not been used. Futures and options transactions may be effected on securities exchanges or in the over-the-counter market. When futures or options are purchased over-the-counter, the Fund bears the risk that the counter-party that wrote the future or option will be unable or unwilling to perform its obligations under the contract. Such futures and options may also be illiquid, and in such cases, the Fund may have difficulty closing out its position or valuing the contract. Options on foreign currencies are affected by the factors that influence foreign exchange rates and investments generally. The Fund’s ability to establish and close out positions on foreign currency options is subject to the maintenance of a liquid secondary market, and there can be no assurance that a liquid secondary market will exist for a particular option at any specific time.

 

HEDGING RISK −Hedging is a strategy in which the Fund uses a derivative to offset the risks associated with other Fund holdings. While hedging can reduce losses, it can also reduce or eliminate gains or cause losses if the market moves in a manner different from that anticipated by the Fund or if the cost of the derivative outweighs the benefit of the hedge. Hedging also involves the risk that changes in the value of the derivative will not match those of the holdings being hedged as expected by the Fund, in which case any losses on the holdings being hedged may not be reduced and may be increased. There can be no assurance that the Fund’s hedging strategy will reduce risk or that hedging transactions will be either available or cost effective. The Fund is not required to use hedging and may choose not to do so.

 

STRUCTURED SECURITIES RISK −Structured securities and other related instruments purchased by a Fund are generally privately negotiated debt obligations where the principal and/or interest is determined by reference to the performance of a specific asset, benchmark asset, market or interest rate. Depending on the terms of the particular instrument and the nature of the underlying instrument, structured securities may be subject to equity market risk, commodity market risk, currency market risk or interest rate risk. Structured securities that do not involve any type of credit enhancement, are subject to credit risk that generally will be equivalent to that of the underlying instruments. Credit enhanced securities will be subject to the credit risk associated with the provider of the enhancement. A Fund may invest in a class of structured securities that is either subordinated or unsubordinated to the right of payment of another class. Subordinated structured securities typically have higher yields and present greater risks than unsubordinated structured securities. Structured securities are typically sold in private placement transactions, and there currently is no active trading market for structured securities, which may make them difficult to value and sell. Certain issuers of such structured securities may be deemed to be “investment companies” as defined in the Investment Company Act, as amended (the “1940 Act”). As a result, a Fund’s investment in such securities may be limited by certain investment restrictions contained in the 1940 Act

 

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EQUITY RISK −Equity securities represent an ownership interest, or the right to acquire an ownership interest, in a company. Equity securities include but are not limited to common stock, preferred stock, securities convertible into common or preferred stock and warrants or rights to acquire common stock, including options. The value of an equity security may be based on the real or perceived success or failure of the particular company’s business, any income paid to stockholders in the form of a dividend, the value of the company’s assets, general market conditions, or investor sentiment generally. Equity securities may have greater price volatility than other types of investments. These risks are generally magnified in the case of equity investments in distressed companies.

 

IPOs are initial public offerings of equity securities. Securities issued in IPOs have no trading history, and information about the companies may be available for very limited periods. Some of the companies involved in new industries may be regarded as developmental stage companies, without revenues or operating income, or the near-term prospects of them. Many IPOs are by small- or micro-cap companies that are undercapitalized. In addition, the prices of securities sold in IPOs may be highly volatile or may decline shortly after the IPO is complete. Although investments in IPOs have the potential to produce substantial gains in a short period of time, there is no assurance that the Fund will have access to profitable IPOs, that any particular IPO will be successful, or that any gains will be sustainable. Investors should not rely on past gains attributable to IPOs as an indication of future performance.

 

MID CAP AND SMALL CAP SECURITIES RISK −The securities of small capitalization and mid capitalization companies involve greater risks than stocks of larger, more established companies and may be subject to more abrupt or erratic price movements. Securities of such issuers may lack sufficient market liquidity to enable the Fund to effect sales at an advantageous time or without a substantial drop in price. Both mid-cap and small-cap companies often have narrower markets and more limited managerial and financial resources than larger, more established companies.

 

It is often more difficult to obtain information on smaller companies, which tend to be less well known, have shorter operating histories, do not have significant ownership by large investors and are followed by relatively few securities analysts. As a result, the performance of such stocks can be more volatile, especially in the short term, and they face greater risk of business failure, which could increase the volatility of the Fund’s portfolio. Generally, the smaller the company size, the greater these risks.

 

EXCHANGE TRADED NOTES RISK −Exchange traded notes (“ETNs”) are a type of unsecured, unsubordinated debt security that have characteristics and risks similar to those of fixed-income securities, including credit risk, and trade on a major exchange similar to shares of exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”). Unlike other types of fixed income securities, however, the performance of ETNs is based upon that of a market index or other reference asset minus fees and expenses, no coupon payments are made and no principal protection exists. The value of an ETN may be affected by time to maturity, level of supply and demand for the ETN, volatility and lack of liquidity in underlying commodities or securities markets, changes in the applicable interest rates, changes in the issuer’s credit rating and economic, legal, political or geographic events that affect the referenced commodity or security. The Fund’s ability to sell its ETN holdings also may be limited by the availability of a secondary market and the Fund may have to sell such holdings at a discount. ETNs also are subject to counterparty credit risk, fixed-income risk and tracking error risk (where the ETN’s performance may not match or correlate to that of its market index). ETNs also incur certain expenses not incurred by their applicable index.

 

FOREIGN INVESTMENTS RISK −Investments in foreign securities may be riskier than investments in U.S. securities and may also be less liquid and more difficult to value than securities of U.S. issuers. Foreign investments may be affected by the following:

 

·changes in currency exchange rates
·changes in foreign or U.S. law or restrictions applicable to such investments and in exchange control regulations
·increased volatility
·substantially less volume on foreign stock markets and other securities markets
·higher commissions and dealer mark-ups
·inefficiencies in certain foreign clearance and settlement procedures that could result in an inability to execute transactions or delays in settlement
·less uniform accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards
·less publicly available information about a foreign issuer or borrower
·less government regulation
·unfavorable foreign tax laws
·political, social, economic or diplomatic developments in a foreign country or region or the U.S. (including the
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imposition of sanctions, tariffs, or other governmental restrictions)

·differences in individual foreign economies
·geopolitical events that may disrupt securities markets and adversely affect global economies and markets

 

Governments in many emerging market countries participate to a significant degree in their economies and securities markets, which may impair investment and economic growth. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibility that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region.

 

Certain European countries in which the Fund may invest have recently experienced significant volatility in financial markets and may continue to do so in the future. The impact of the United Kingdom’s intended departure from the European Union, commonly known as “Brexit,” and the potential departure of one or more other countries from the European Union may have significant political and financial consequences for global markets. These consequences include greater market volatility and illiquidity, currency fluctuations, deterioration in economic activity, a decrease in business confidence and an increased likelihood of a recession in such markets. Uncertainty relating to the withdrawal procedures and timeline may have adverse effects on asset valuations and the renegotiation of current trade agreements, as well as an increase in financial regulation in such markets. This may adversely impact Fund performance.

 

EMERGING MARKETS RISK −The risks of foreign investments are usually greater for emerging markets. Investments in emerging markets may be considered speculative. Emerging markets are riskier than more developed markets because they tend to develop unevenly and may never fully develop. They are more likely to experience hyperinflation and currency devaluations, which adversely affect returns to U.S. investors. In addition, many emerging markets have far lower trading volumes and less liquidity than developed markets. Since these markets are often small, they may be more likely to suffer sharp and frequent price changes or long-term price depression because of adverse publicity, investor perceptions or the actions of a few large investors. In addition, traditional measures of investment value used in the United States, such as price to earnings ratios, may not apply to certain small markets. Also, there may be less publicly available information about issuers in emerging markets than would be available about issuers in more developed capital markets, and such issuers may not be subject to accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards and requirements comparable to those to which U.S. companies are subject. Many emerging markets have histories of political instability and abrupt changes in policies. As a result, their governments are more likely to take actions that are hostile or detrimental to private enterprise or foreign investment than those of more developed countries, including expropriation of assets, confiscatory taxation, high rates of inflation or unfavorable diplomatic developments. In such an event, it is possible that the Fund could lose the entire value of its investments in the affected market. Some countries have pervasive corruption and crime that may hinder investments. Certain emerging markets may also face other significant internal or external risks, including the risk of war, and ethnic, religious and racial conflicts. In addition, governments in many emerging market countries participate to a significant degree in their economies and securities markets, which may impair investment and economic growth. Emerging markets may also have differing legal systems and the existence or possible imposition of exchange controls, custodial restrictions or other foreign or U.S. governmental laws or restrictions applicable to such investments. Settlements of trades in emerging markets may be subject to significant delays. The inability to make intended purchases of securities due to settlement problems could cause missed investment opportunities. Losses could also be caused by an inability to dispose of portfolio securities due to settlement problems. Sometimes, emerging markets may lack or be in the relatively early development of legal structures governing private and foreign investments and private property. In addition to withholding taxes on investment income, some countries with emerging markets may impose differential capital gains taxes on foreign investors.

 

The risks outlined above are often more pronounced in “frontier markets” in which the Fund may invest. Frontier markets are those emerging markets that are considered to be among the smallest, least mature and least liquid. These factors make investing in frontier market countries significantly riskier than investing in other countries.

 

ILLIQUID INVESTMENTS RISK −An illiquid investment means any investment that the Fund reasonably expects cannot be sold or disposed of in current market conditions within seven calendar days without the sale or disposition significantly changing the market value of the investment, as determined by the Fund’s liquidity management program. In addition, securities and other investments purchased by the Fund that are liquid at the time of purchase may subsequently become illiquid due to events relating to the issuer of the securities, market events, rising interest rates, economic conditions or investor perceptions. If the Fund holds illiquid investments, it may be unable to quickly sell them or may be able to sell them only at a price below current value. If one or more of the Fund’s investments becomes illiquid, the Fund may exceed its limit on such investments. In this case, the Fund will consider appropriate steps to bring the Fund’s holdings back under the limit.

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LARGE SHAREHOLDER TRANSACTION RISK −The Fund may experience adverse effects when certain large shareholders purchase or redeem large amounts of shares of the Fund. Such large shareholder redemptions may cause the Fund to sell portfolio securities at times when it would not otherwise do so, which may negatively impact the Fund’s NAV and liquidity. Similarly, large Fund share purchases may adversely affect the Fund’s performance to the extent that the Fund is delayed in investing new cash and is required to maintain a larger cash position than it ordinarily would. These transactions may also accelerate the realization of taxable income to shareholders if such sales of investments resulted in gains, and may also increase transaction costs. In addition, a large redemption could result in the Fund’s current expenses being allocated over a smaller asset base, leading to an increase in the Fund’s expense ratio.

 

LEVERAGE RISK −Certain transactions, including derivatives, to-be-announced investments and other when-issued, delayed delivery or forward commitment transactions, involve a form of leverage. Transactions involving leverage provide investment exposure in an amount exceeding the initial investment. Leverage can increase market exposure, magnify investment risks, and cause losses to be realized more quickly. Certain derivatives have the potential to cause unlimited losses for the Fund, regardless of the size of the initial investment. Leverage may also cause the Fund’s NAV to be more volatile than if the Fund had not been leveraged, as relatively small market movements may result in large changes in the value of a leveraged investment. To reduce the risk associated with leveraging, the Fund may “set aside” liquid assets (often referred to as “asset segregation”), or otherwise “cover” its position in a manner consistent with the 1940 Act or the rules and SEC interpretations thereunder. The Fund reserves the right to modify its asset segregation policies in the future to comply with any changes in the SEC’s positions regarding asset segregation. The use of leverage may cause the Fund to liquidate portfolio positions to satisfy its obligations or to meet asset segregation requirements when it may not be advantageous to do so.

 

LIQUIDITY RISK − Liquidity risk exists when the markets for particular investments or types of investments are or become relatively illiquid so that it is difficult or impossible for the Fund to sell the investment at the price at which the Fund has valued it. Illiquidity may result from political, economic or issuer specific events; changes in a specific market’s size or structure, including the number of participants; or overall market disruptions. Securities with reduced liquidity or that become illiquid involve greater risk than securities with more liquid markets. If the Fund and its affiliates hold a significant portion of a single issuer’s outstanding securities, the Fund may be subject to greater liquidity risk than if the issuer’s securities were more widely held.

 

Market quotations for illiquid or less liquid securities may be volatile and/or subject to large spreads between bid and ask prices. Reduced liquidity may have a negative impact on market price and the Fund’s ability to sell particular securities when necessary to meet the Fund’s liquidity needs or in response to a specific economic event. In addition, during periods of reduced market liquidity or in the absence of readily available market quotations for particular investments in the Fund’s portfolio, it may be difficult for the Fund to value these investments and it may be necessary to fair value the investments. There can be no assurance that a security’s fair value accurately reflects the price at which the Fund could sell that security at that time, which could affect the proceeds of any redemption or the number of Fund shares you receive upon purchase.

 

Bond markets have consistently grown over the past three decades while the capacity for traditional dealer counterparties to engage in fixed income trading has not kept pace and in some cases has decreased. As a result, dealer inventories of corporate bonds are at or near historic lows in relation to market size. The significant reduction in dealer inventories could potentially lead to decreased liquidity and increased volatility in the fixed income markets. Such issues may be worse during periods of economic uncertainty.

 

MARKET RISK −Market risk is the risk that one or more markets in which the Fund invests will go down in value, including the possibility that the markets will go down sharply and unpredictably. Securities or other investments may decline in value due to factors affecting securities markets generally or individual issuers. The value of a security or other investment may change in value due to general market conditions that are not related to a particular issuer, such as real or perceived adverse economic conditions, changes in the general outlook for revenues or corporate earnings, changes in interest or currency rates or adverse investor sentiment generally. The value of a security or other investment may also change in value due to factors that affect an individual issuer, including data breaches and cybersecurity attacks, or a particular sector or industry. During a general downturn in the securities or other markets, multiple asset classes may decline in value simultaneously. When markets perform well, there can be no assurance that securities or other investments held by the Fund will participate in or otherwise benefit from the advance. Any market disruptions, including those arising out of geopolitical events or natural/environmental disasters, could also prevent the Fund from executing advantageous investment decisions in a timely manner. Although the Fund generally seeks to reduce the risks related to the equity and fixed income markets, there is no

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guarantee that the Fund’s strategy will be successful and the Fund is still exposed to overall market risk.

 

NEW FUND RISK–The Fund is a new fund which may result in additional risk. There can be no assurance that the Fund will grow to an economically viable size, in which case the Fund may cease operations. In such an event, investors may be required to liquidate or transfer their investments at an inopportune time.

 

NON-DIVERSIFICATION RISK −The Fund is non-diversified, which means it is permitted to invest a greater portion of its assets in a smaller number of issuers than a “diversified” fund. For this reason, the Fund may be more exposed to the risks associated with and developments affecting an individual issuer than a fund that invests more widely, which may result in a greater risk of loss. The Fund may also be subject to greater market fluctuation and price volatility than a more broadly diversified fund.

 

OTHER INVESTMENT COMPANIES RISK −Investments in securities of other investment companies are generally subject to limitations prescribed by the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”) and its rules, and applicable SEC staff interpretations or applicable exemptive relief granted by the SEC. Such investments subject the Fund to the risks that apply to the other investment company, including market and selection risk, and may increase the Fund’s expenses to the extent the Fund pays fees, including investment advisory and administrative fees, charged by the other investment company. The success of the Fund’s investment in these securities is directly related, in part, to the ability of the other investment companies to meet their investment objective.

 

Investments in ETFs and listed closed-end funds are subject to the additional risk that shares of the ETF or closed-end fund may trade at a premium or discount to their net asset value per share. There may also not be an active trading market available for shares of some ETFs or closed-end funds. Additionally, trading of ETF and closed-end fund shares may be halted and ETF and closed-end fund shares may be delisted by the listing exchange. In addition, the Fund pays brokerage commissions in connection with the purchase and sale of shares of ETF and closed-end funds. ETFs and closed-end funds are also subject to specific risks depending on the nature of the ETF or closed-end fund, such as liquidity risk, sector risk, and foreign and emerging markets risk, as well as risks associated with fixed income securities, real estate investments and commodities. Closed-end funds may utilize more leverage than other types of investment companies. They can utilize leverage by issuing preferred stocks or debt securities to raise additional capital which can, in turn, be used to buy more securities and leverage its portfolio.

 

A business development company (“BDC”), which is a type of closed-end fund, typically invests in small and medium-sized companies. A BDC’s portfolio is subject to the risks inherent in investing in smaller companies, including that portfolio companies may be dependent on a small number of products or services and may be more adversely affected by poor economic or market conditions. Some BDCs invest substantially, or even exclusively, in one sector or industry group and therefore the BDC may be susceptible to adverse conditions and economic or regulatory occurrences affecting the sector or industry group, which tends to increase volatility and result in higher risk.

 

The Small Business Credit Availability Act, which was signed into law in March 2018, permits BDCs to adopt a lower asset coverage ratio, thereby enhancing their ability to use leverage. Investments in BDCs that use greater leverage may be subject to heightened risks.

 

The Fund will indirectly bear a pro rata share of fees and expenses incurred by any investment companies in which the Fund is invested. The Fund’s pro rata portion of the cumulative expenses charged by the investment companies is calculated as a percentage of the Fund’s average net assets. The pro rata portion of the cumulative expenses may be higher or lower depending on the allocation of the Fund’s assets among the investment companies and the actual expenses of the investment companies. Business development company expenses are similar to the expenses paid by any operating company held by the Fund. They are not direct costs paid by Fund shareholders and are not used to calculate the Fund’s net asset value. They have no impact on the costs associated with Fund operations.

 

REAL ESTATE RELATED SECURITIES RISKS −The main risk of real estate related securities is that the value of the underlying real estate may go down. Many factors may affect real estate values. These factors include both the general and local economies, vacancy rates, tenant bankruptcies, the ability to re-lease space under expiring leases on attractive terms, the amount of new construction in a particular area, the laws and regulations (including zoning and tax laws) affecting real estate and the costs of owning, maintaining and improving real estate. The availability of mortgages and changes in interest rates, a decline in rents resulting from unanticipated economic, legal or technological developments or a decline in the price of securities of real estate companies due to a failure of borrowers to pay their loans or poor management may also affect real

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estate values. The real estate industry is particularly sensitive to economic downturns. When economic growth is slow, demand for property decreases and prices may decline. If the Fund’s real estate related investments are concentrated in one geographic area or in one property type, the Fund will be particularly subject to the risks associated with that area or property type.

 

In addition to the risks facing real estate related securities, investments in real estate investment trusts (“REITs”), which pool investor money to invest in real estate and real estate related holdings, involve unique risks. REITs may have limited financial resources, may trade less frequently and in limited volume and may be more volatile than other securities. REITs depend generally on their ability to generate cash flow to make distributions to shareholders or unitholders, and may be subject to defaults by borrowers and to self-liquidations. Many issuers of real estate related securities are highly leveraged, which increases the risk to holders of such securities. REITs are also subject to additional risks, such as poor performance by the manager of the REIT, adverse changes to the tax laws, failure by the REIT to qualify for tax-free pass-through of income under the Internal Revenue Code or failure to maintain exemption from registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. In addition, some REITs have limited diversification because they invest in a limited number of properties, a narrow geographic area, or a single type of property, which may make REITs more susceptible to adverse developments affecting a single project or market segment than more broadly diversified investments. Also, the organizational documents of a REIT may contain provisions that make changes in control of the REIT difficult and time-consuming. Because REITs are pooled investment vehicles that have expenses of their own, the Fund will indirectly bear its proportionate share of those expenses. REITs and other real estate related securities tend to be small- to mid-cap stocks that are subject to risks of investing in small- to mid-cap stocks.

 

REGIONAL/COUNTRY FOCUS RISK −To the extent that the Fund focuses its investments in a particular geographic region or country, the Fund may be subject to increased currency, political, social, environmental, regulatory and other risks not typically associated with investing in a larger number of regions or countries. In addition, certain foreign economies may themselves be focused in particular industries or more vulnerable to political changes than the U.S. economy, which may have a pronounced impact on the Fund’s investments. As a result, such Fund may be subject to greater price volatility and risk of loss than a fund holding more geographically diverse investments. Regional and country focus risk is heightened in emerging markets.

 

RESTRICTED SECURITIES RISK −Restricted securities are securities that cannot be offered for public resale unless registered under the applicable securities laws or that have a contractual restriction that prohibits or limits their resale. Restricted securities include private placement securities that have not been registered under the applicable securities laws, such as Rule 144A securities, and securities of U.S. and non-U.S. issuers that are issued pursuant to Regulation S. Restricted securities may not be listed on an exchange and may have no active trading market. Restricted securities may be illiquid. The Fund may be unable to sell them on short notice or may be able to sell them only at a price below current value. Also, the Fund may get only limited information about the issuer of a restricted security, so it may be less able to predict a loss. In addition, if Fund management receives material non-public information about the issuer, the Fund may as a result be unable to sell the securities. Certain restricted securities may involve a high degree of business and financial risk and may result in substantial losses. For more information regarding Rule 144A securities, see “Rule 144A Securities Risk” below.

 

Rule 144A Securities Risk and Regulation S Securities Risk− “Rule 144A” securities are privately placed, restricted securities that may only be resold under certain circumstances to other qualified institutional buyers. Rule 144A investments are subject to certain additional risks compared to publicly traded securities. If there are not enough qualified buyers interested in purchasing Rule 144A securities when the Fund wishes to sell such securities, the Fund may be unable to dispose of such securities promptly or at reasonable prices. For this reason, although Rule 144A securities are generally considered to be liquid, the Fund’s holdings in Rule 144A securities may adversely affect the Fund’s overall liquidity if qualified buyers become uninterested in buying them at a particular time. Issuers of Rule 144A securities are required to furnish information to potential investors upon request. However, the required disclosure is much less extensive than that required of public companies and is not publicly available. Further, issuers of Rule 144A securities can require recipients of the information (such as the Fund) to agree contractually to keep the information confidential, which could also adversely affect the Fund’s ability to dispose of a security.

 

Offerings of Regulation S Securities may be conducted outside of the United States. Regulation S Securities are generally less liquid than registered securities, as a result, a Fund may take longer to liquidate these positions than would be the case for publicly traded securities. Although Regulation S Securities may be resold in privately negotiated transactions, the price realized from these sales could be less than those originally paid by a Fund. Further, companies whose securities are not publicly traded may not be subject to the disclosure and other investor protection requirements that would be applicable if

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their securities were publicly traded. Accordingly, Regulation S Securities may involve a high degree of business and financial risk and may result in substantial losses.

 

TO BE ANNOUNCED (TBA) TRANSACTIONS RISK −TBA investments include when-issued and delayed delivery securities and forward commitments. TBA transactions involve the risk that the security the Fund buys will lose value prior to its delivery. The Fund is subject to this risk whether or not the Fund takes delivery of the securities on the settlement date for a transaction. There also is the risk that the security will not be issued or that the other party to the transaction will not meet its obligation. If this occurs, the Fund loses both the investment opportunity for the assets it set aside to pay for the security and any gain in the security’s price. The Fund may also take a short position in a TBA investment when it owns or has the right to obtain, at no added cost, identical securities. If the Fund takes such a short position, it may reduce the risk of a loss if the price of the securities declines in the future, but will lose the opportunity to profit if the price rises.

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT SECURITIES RISK −Treasury obligations may differ in their interest rates, maturities, times of issuance and other characteristics. Securities backed by the U.S. Treasury or the full faith and credit of the United States are guaranteed only as to the timely payment of interest and principal when held to maturity. Accordingly, the current market values for these securities will fluctuate with changes in interest rates. Obligations of U.S. Government agencies and authorities are supported by varying degrees of credit but generally are not backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government. No assurance can be given that the U.S. Government will provide financial support to its agencies and authorities if it is not obligated by law to do so. In addition, the value of U.S. Government securities may be affected by changes in the credit rating of the U.S. Government. U.S. Government securities are also subject to default risk, which is the risk that the U.S. Treasury will be unable to meet its payment obligations.

 

The maximum potential liability of the issuers of some U.S. Government securities held by the Fund may greatly exceed their current resources, including their legal right to support from the U.S. Treasury. It is possible that these issuers will not have the funds to meet their payment obligations in the future.

 

USE AS UNDERLYING FUND RISK −The Fund may be an investment (an “Underlying Fund”) of one or more fund of funds. The term “fund of funds” refers to a mutual fund that pursues its investment objective by investing primarily in other mutual funds. As a result, the Fund may be subject to the following risks:

·The Fund, as an Underlying Fund, may experience relatively large redemptions or investments as the fund of funds periodically reallocates or rebalances its assets. These transactions may cause the Fund to sell securities to meet such redemptions, or to invest in cash, at times it would not otherwise do so, and may as a result increase transaction costs and adversely affect Fund performance.
·In addition, such transactions could increase or decrease the frequency of capital gain recognition and could affect the timing, amount and character of distributions you receive from the Fund.

 

VOLATILITY RISK –The Fund’s investments may fluctuate in value over a short period of time. This may cause the Fund’s net asset value per share to experience significant changes in value over short periods of time.

 

Disclosure of Portfolio Holdings

 

The Fund will publicly disclose its complete month-end portfolio holdings, excepting certain de minimis or short-term investments, on the Fund’s web site at www.hartfordfunds.com no earlier than 25 calendar days after the end of each month. The Fund also will publicly disclose on its web site the largest ten holdings in which it invests (and the percentage invested in each) no earlier than 15 calendar days after the end of each month. A description of the Fund’s policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of the Fund’s portfolio securities is available in the Fund’s SAI.

 

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The Investment Manager and Sub-Advisers

 

THE INVESTMENT MANAGER

 

Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC (the “Investment Manager”) is the investment manager to the Fund. The Investment Manager is an indirect subsidiary of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (“The Hartford”), a Connecticut-based financial services company. As of December 31, 2019, the Investment Manager and its wholly owned subsidiary, Lattice Strategies LLC, had approximately $[] billion in assets under management. The Investment Manager is responsible for the management of the Fund and supervises the activities of the investment sub-adviser described below. The Investment Manager is principally located at 690 Lee Road, Wayne, PA 19087.

 

“Manager of Managers” Structure

 

The Investment Manager and the Fund rely on an exemptive order (the “Order”) from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) under which the Fund operates pursuant to a “Manager of Managers” structure. The Investment Manager has responsibility, subject to oversight by the Board of Directors, to oversee the sub-adviser and recommend its hiring, termination and replacement. The Order permits the Investment Manager, on behalf of the Fund and subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, to hire, and to materially amend any existing or future sub-advisory agreement with, sub-advisers that are not affiliated with the Investment Manager, as well as sub-advisers that are indirect or direct, wholly owned subsidiaries of the Investment Manager or of another company that, indirectly or directly wholly owns the Investment Manager, in each case without obtaining approval from the respective Fund’s shareholders. [The Fund’s sole initial shareholder has approved the operation of the Fund under any “manager of managers” structure, including under (i) the Order and/or (ii) any future law, regulation, guidance, or exemptive relief provided by the SEC. Within 90 days after hiring any new sub-adviser, the respective Fund’s shareholders will receive information about any new sub-advisory relationship.]

 

THE INVESTMENT SUB-ADVISERS

 

Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. (“SIMNA”) serves as the Fund’s sub-adviser and Schroder Investment Management North America Limited (“SIMNA Ltd.,” together with SIMNA, the “Sub-Advisers”) serves as the Fund’s sub-sub-adviser. The Sub-Advisers perform the daily investment of the assets for the Fund. SIMNA Ltd., an affiliate of SIMNA, serves as sub-sub-adviser pursuant to a sub-sub-advisory agreement with SIMNA. SIMNA (itself and its predecessors) has been an investment manager since 1962, and also serves as investment adviser to other mutual funds and a broad range of institutional investors. Schroders plc, SIMNA’s ultimate parent, is a global asset management company with approximately $555.5 billion under management as of September 30, 2019. Schroders plc and its affiliates (“Schroders”) have clients that are major financial institutions including banks and insurance companies, public and private pension funds, endowments and foundations, high net worth individuals, financial intermediaries and retail investors. Schroders plc has one of the largest networks of offices of any dedicated asset management company with numerous portfolio managers and analysts covering the world’s investment markets. SIMNA’s address is 7 Bryant Park, New York, New York 10018. SIMNA Ltd.’s address is 1 London Wall Place, London EC2Y 5AU.

 

PORTFOLIO MANAGER

 

The portfolio manager for the Fund is set forth below. The Fund’s SAI provides additional information about the portfolio manager’s compensation, other accounts managed by the portfolio manager and the portfolio manager’s ownership of securities in the Fund.

 

[to be updated]

 

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MANAGEMENT FEE. The Fund pays a monthly management fee to the Investment Manager as set forth in its investment management agreement at an annual rate of the Fund’s average daily net asset value as set forth below.

 

Investment Management Fee Schedule
Average Net Assets Annual Rate
[   ] [   ]

 

The Investment Manager pays a sub-advisory fee to SIMNA out of its advisory fee. Pursuant to a sub-sub-advisory agreement between SIMNA and SIMNA Ltd., SIMNA pays a fee to SIMNA Ltd. out of the sub-advisory fees received from the Investment Manager.

 

[A discussion regarding the basis for the Board of Directors’ approval of the investment management agreement for the Fund with the Investment Manager, as well as the investment sub-advisory agreement between the Investment Manager and the Fund’s sub-adviser and the sub-sub-advisory agreement for the Fund, will be available in the Fund’s semi-annual report to shareholders for the fiscal period ended April 30, 2020.]

 

Classes of Shares

 

The Fund offers for sale six classes of shares: Class A, Class C, Class I, Class Y, Class F and Class SDR.

 

INVESTOR REQUIREMENTS.

 

This section describes investor requirements for each class of shares offered by the Fund. The Fund may, in its sole discretion, modify or waive the eligibility requirements for purchases of any class of its shares.

 

Class A Shares. Class A shares are generally available for purchase by all investors other than retirement plans, except as described below.

 

Purchases of Class A shares by certain retirement plans are permitted under the following circumstances:

·If the plan is an employer-sponsored retirement plan held directly at a broker-dealer (that is, outside of a retirement plan recordkeeping platform or third party administrator). Such retirement plans may purchase Class A shares, subject to all applicable sales charges as described in this prospectus.

 

Class C Shares. Class C shares are generally available for purchase by all investors other than retirement plans.

 

Class I Shares. Class I shares are offered:

·through financial intermediaries who charge such clients a fee for advisory, investment, consulting or similar services,
·through financial intermediaries that have entered into an agreement with Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC (the “Distributor”) to offer Class I shares,
·to institutional investors, which include but are not limited to: family offices and their clients; non-profit organizations, charitable trusts, foundations and endowments; and accounts registered to bank trust departments, trust companies, registered investment advisers and investment companies, and
·to current or retired officers, directors and employees (and their spouse (or legal equivalent recognized under state law) and any children under 21) of the Fund, The Hartford, the sub-advisers to the Fund, Hartford Administrative Services Company, and their affiliates.

 

Class I shares are not available to qualified employee benefit plans and other retirement savings plans. Class I shares have a minimum investment requirement of $2,000 for all accounts except: $250, if establishing an AIP, with recurring monthly investments of at least $50.

 

Class Y Shares. Class Y shares are offered:

·through financial intermediaries who charge such clients a fee for advisory, investment, consulting or similar services,
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·through financial intermediaries that have entered into an agreement with the Distributor to offer Class Y shares through a no-load network or platform (as discussed above, a financial intermediary may require you to pay a commission when buying and selling such “no-load” shares), and
·to institutional investors, which include but are not limited to: family offices and their clients; non-profit organizations, charitable trusts, foundations and endowments; and accounts registered to bank trust departments, trust companies, registered investment advisers and investment companies.

 

Class Y shares have an investment minimum of $250,000, which is waived when the shares are purchased through omnibus accounts (or similar types of accounts). The investment minimum for Class Y shares does not apply to qualified employee benefit plans and other retirement savings plans.

 

Class Y shares are no longer available to new qualified employee benefit plans and other retirement savings plans, except as indicated below. Purchases of Class Y shares by certain retirement plans are permitted under the following circumstances: (i) purchases by qualified employee benefit plans and other retirement savings plans that held Class Y shares of any Hartford Fund as of close of business on March 29, 2019; (ii) purchases through reinvestment of dividends; (iii) purchases by qualified employee benefit plans and other retirement savings plans that have been pre-approved by the Distributor to purchase Class Y shares; and (iv) purchases, including through reinvestment of dividends, by qualified employee benefit plans and other retirement savings plans that received shares of the Fund as part of a reorganization.

 

With respect to Class Y shares, neither the Fund, nor the Distributor, nor any affiliates of the Distributor will enter into any new arrangement after May 11, 2018 to make any asset-based or sales-based payment to any financial intermediary that is not directly related to account servicing, record keeping, sub-transfer agency, administration or similar services. For more information, please see the section entitled “Payments to Financial Intermediaries and Other Entities.”

 

Class F Shares. Class F shares are generally only available through financial intermediaries that have entered into an appropriate agreement to sell Class F shares of the Fund. However, purchases by affiliated investment companies, purchases by 529 plans or purchases of $1,000,000 or more of Class F shares may be made directly through the Fund’s transfer agent. Class F shares are not available to retirement plans. Class F shares do not have a minimum initial investment requirement when the shares are purchased through omnibus accounts (or similar types of accounts). All other eligible investors must meet the minimum initial investment requirement of at least $1,000,000 in Class F shares of the Fund, except for affiliated investment companies and 529 plans. The Fund reserves the right in its sole discretion to waive the minimum initial investment requirement. With respect to Class F shares, neither Fund, nor the Distributor, nor any affiliates of the Distributor pay any commission payments, account servicing fees, record keeping fees, 12b-1 fees, sub-transfer agent fees, administration fees or other asset-based or sales-based fees to any financial intermediary. For more information, please see the section entitled “Payments to Financial Intermediaries and Other Entities.”

 

Class SDR Shares. SDR shares are available for purchase by eligible institutional investors, including employer sponsored retirement plans, pension plans, endowments and foundations, and eligible high net worth investors. SDR shares are also available for purchase by health savings plans and health savings accounts. SDR shares are also available for purchase by current or retired officers, trustees and employees (and their spouses and dependents) of Schroders and its affiliates without minimum investment amounts. The minimum initial investment in the Fund for SDR shares is $5,000,000 and there is no minimum for additional purchases of SDR shares of the Fund. Investors generally may meet the minimum initial investment amount by aggregating multiple accounts with common beneficial or related ownership within the Fund or across SDR shares of the Fund and other Hartford mutual funds. Notwithstanding the preceding, there is no minimum initial investment for the following types of plans or accounts held through plan level or omnibus accounts on the books of the Fund: 401(k) plans, 457 plans, employer-sponsored 403(b) plans, profit-sharing and money purchase pension plans, defined benefit plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, health savings plans and health savings accounts. With respect to Class SDR shares, neither the Fund, nor the Distributor, nor any affiliates of the Distributor pay any commission payments, account servicing fees, recordkeeping fees, 12b-1 fees, sub-transfer agent fees, administration fees or other asset-based or sales-based fees to any financial intermediary except for a legacy arrangement with an affiliate of SIMNA (Please see “Distribution Support Provided By SFA” for more information). In certain instances, the Investment Manager and/or its affiliates may make payments to financial intermediaries that are not based on assets or sales of any particular Fund or share class, or that are in connection with the maintenance of the Fund share class within the financial intermediary’s platform. For more information, please see the section entitled “Payments to Financial Intermediaries and Other Entities.”

 

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CHOOSING A SHARE CLASS

 

Each share class has its own cost structure, allowing you to choose the one that best meets your needs. When you choose your class of shares, you should consider a number of factors, including the size of your investment and how long you plan to hold your shares, the expenses borne by each class, any front-end sales charge or contingent deferred sales charge (“CDSC”) applicable to a class and whether you qualify for any reduction or waiver of sales charges, and the availability of the share class for purchase by you. Certain classes have higher expenses than other classes, which may lower the return on your investment when compared to a less expensive class. The Fund, the Fund’s transfer agent, and the Distributor do not provide investment advice. Please contact your financial intermediary to determine which share class may be appropriate for you.

 

In making your decision regarding which share class may be best for you to invest in, please keep in mind that your financial intermediary or plan administrator may receive different compensation depending on the share class you buy and different share classes may offer you different services. You should consult with your financial intermediary about the comparative pricing and features of each share class, the services available for shareholders in each share class, the compensation that your financial intermediary will receive in connection with each share class and other factors that may affect your decision about the best share class to buy.

 

Class A and Class C shares have adopted a Rule 12b-1 plan that allows that class to pay distribution and service fees for the sale and distribution of its shares and for providing services to shareholders. Because these fees are paid out of the Fund’s assets on an ongoing basis, over time these fees will increase the cost of your investment and may cost you more than paying other types of sales charges.

 

  Front End Sales Charge Deferred Sales Charge (Load) Distribution and Service (12b-1) Fees(1)
Class A Described under “How Sales Charges are Calculated” Described under “How Sales
Charges are Calculated”
0.25%
Class C(2) None 1.00% on shares sold within one year of purchase 1.00%
Class I None None None
Class Y None None None
Class F None None None
Class SDR None None None
(1)As a percentage of the Fund’s average net assets.
(2)Automatic conversion of Class C shares to Class A shares after ten years, thus reducing future annual expenses (certain exclusions may apply).

 

COMMISSIONS. You may be required to pay a commission to your financial intermediary when buying or selling Class I, Class Y, Class F and Class SDR shares. The Fund makes available other share classes that have different fees and expenses, which are disclosed and described in this prospectus. Please contact your financial intermediary for more information on commissions.

 

HOW SALES CHARGES ARE CALCULATED

 

Class A Shares. Class A shares pay sales charges and commissions to dealers for the Fund as follows. The offering price includes the front-end sales charge.

 

Your Investment

As a Percentage

of Offering Price

As a Percentage

of Net Investment

Dealer Commission - As Percentage of Offering Price
Less than $50,000 5.50% 5.82% 4.75%
$ 50,000 – $ 99,999 4.50% 4.71% 4.00%
$100,000 – $249,999 3.50% 3.63% 3.00%
$250,000 – $499,999 2.50% 2.56% 2.00%
$500,000 – $999,999 2.00% 2.04% 1.75%
$1 million or more(1) 0% 0% 0%
(1)Investments of $1 million or more in Class A shares may be made with no front-end sales charge. However, if you qualify to purchase your Class A shares without any sales charge and you redeem those shares within 18 months of the purchase, you may pay a CDSC of 1.00% on any Class A shares sold. For purposes of this CDSC, all purchases made during a calendar month are counted as having been made on the first day of that month. The
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amount of any CDSC is based on the lesser of the original purchase cost or the current market value of the shares being sold and is not charged on shares you acquired by reinvesting your dividends and capital gains distributions. Each time you place a request to sell shares, we will first sell any shares in your account that are not subject to a CDSC. This CDSC will not apply where the selling broker dealer was not paid a commission.

 

In order to determine the dollar amount of the sales charges you pay, we multiply the applicable percentage by the dollar amount of your desired investment. The total dollar amount of the sales charge is rounded to two decimal places using standard rounding criteria and is included in the public offering price of the Fund. Your total purchase amount is then divided by the Fund’s per share public offering price to determine the number of shares you receive in the Fund. This number is rounded to three decimal places using standard rounding criteria. Because of this rounding, the front-end sales charge you pay, when expressed as a percentage of the offering price, may be higher or lower than the amount stated in the Fund’s fee table (as illustrated in the table above).

 

For example, you want to invest $100.00 in Class A shares of the Fund. Assume the shares have a public offering price of $15.72 (includes front-end sales charge), a total net asset value of $14.86, and a front-end sales charge of 5.5%. The total dollar amount of the sales charge would be $5.48; the total net asset value of the shares purchased would be $94.52; and the total number of shares purchased would equal 6.361 shares. Therefore, the calculated sales charge rate is 5.48% (sales charge paid divided by the net investment). Please note that this example is a hypothetical and is not intended to represent the value of any Hartford Fund.

 

The Distributor may pay up to the entire amount of the sales commission to particular broker-dealers. The Distributor may pay dealers of record commissions on purchases of over $1 million in an amount of up to 1.00% on the first $10 million, 0.50% of the next $30 million, and 0.25% of share purchases over $40 million. These commission schedules may also apply to certain sales of Class A shares made to investors that qualify under some of the categories listed under “Front-End Sales Charge Waivers for Class A Shares.” Commissions are based on cumulative investments over the life of the account with no adjustment for redemptions, transfers, or market declines.

 

Class C Shares. Class C deferred sales charges are listed below. No CDSC is charged on shares acquired through reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions. The CDSC is based on the original purchase cost or the current market value of the shares being sold, whichever is less. A front-end sales charge is not assessed on Class C shares.

 

Years After Purchase CDSC
1st year 1.00%
After 1 year None

 

For purposes of the Class C CDSC, all purchases made during a calendar month are counted as having been made on the first day of that month. To determine whether a CDSC applies and the amount of such CDSC, the Fund redeems shares in the following order: (1) shares acquired through reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions and (2) Class C shares held over 1 year. Please note that for purposes of the expense examples shown in this prospectus, the figures include the effect of the Class C CDSC as if it had been incurred prior to the expiration of the applicable period. When you request a redemption, the amount withdrawn from your account will equal the specified dollar amount of the redemption request plus the dollar amount of any applicable CDSC. If you do not want any additional amount withdrawn from your account to cover the CDSC due, please indicate that the applicable CDSC should be withdrawn from the total distribution amount requested.

 

Additional Information Regarding the CDSC with respect to Class A and Class C Shares. Proceeds from the CDSC are paid to the Distributor and are used in whole or in part by the Distributor to defray its expenses related to providing distribution-related services to the Fund in connection with the sale of the Class A and Class C shares, such as the payment of compensation to select selling brokers for selling these classes of shares. The combination of the CDSC and the distribution and service fees facilitates the ability of the Fund to sell the Class C shares without a front-end sales charge being deducted, and to sell Class A shares with the maximum applicable sales charge at the time of the purchase. Although the Fund does not charge a transaction fee, you may be charged a fee by financial intermediaries for the purchase or sale of the Fund’s shares through that financial intermediary. This transaction fee is separate from any sales charge that a Fund may apply.

 

Sales Charge Reductions and Waivers for Class A and Class C Shares.

 

Reducing Your Class A Sales Charges −There are several ways you can combine multiple purchases of shares of the Hartford Funds to take advantage of the breakpoints in the Class A shares’ sales charge schedule. Please note that you or your financial intermediary must notify the Fund’s transfer agent that you are eligible for these breakpoints every time you have a qualifying transaction. If you do not let your financial intermediary or the Fund’s transfer agent know that you are eligible

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for a breakpoint reduction, you may not receive the sales charge breakpoints to which you are otherwise entitled. The availability of these sales load waivers and/or discounts may depend on the particular financial intermediary or type of account through which you purchase or hold Fund shares. Please contact your financial intermediary for more information on the intermediary’s policies and procedures applicable to such waivers and/or discounts. In addition, any intermediary specific sales load waivers and/or discounts are reproduced in Appendix A based on information provided by the financial intermediaries.

 

·Accumulation Privilege – Under the accumulation privilege, the applicable sales charge level for Class A shares of the Fund is calculated by aggregating (a) the dollar amount then being purchased plus (b) an amount equal to the then-current, as of the business day immediately prior to such purchases, net asset value of the purchaser’s holdings of all shares (other than Class T, Class R3, Class R4, Class R5, Class R6) of the series of The Hartford Mutual Funds, Inc. and The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc. and 529 college savings plan accounts administered by Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC. For purposes of this Accumulation Privilege, a qualifying investor may include all shares owned by family members which means the owner’s spouse (or legal equivalent recognized under state law) and any children under 21. Employer-sponsored retirement plans or certain tax qualified retirements accounts may also receive these breakpoints as long as the Fund’s transfer agent or the financial intermediary is notified at the time of purchase. The Accumulation Privilege may be amended or terminated at any time as to subsequent purchases.

 

·Letter Of Intent –lets you purchase Class A shares of the Fund over a 13-month period and receive the same sales charge as if all shares had been purchased at once. Any person may use a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) to qualify for a reduced sales charge on purchases of Class A shares. Please note: (i) retirement plans that receive breakpoints at the plan level do not qualify for the LOI privilege and (ii) Class A shares acquired through the reinvestment of distributions do not constitute purchases for purposes of the LOI. A Class A shareholder may include, as an accumulation credit towards the completion of an LOI, the value of all shares of all funds of The Hartford Mutual Funds, Inc., The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc. and 529 college savings plan accounts administered by Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC owned by the shareholder as described above under “Accumulation Privilege.” Such value is determined based on the public offering price on the date of the LOI. During the term of a LOI, the Fund’s transfer agent will hold shares in escrow to secure payment of the higher sales charge applicable for shares actually purchased if you do not purchase the amount indicated on the LOI. Dividends and capital gains will be paid on all escrowed shares and these shares will be released when the amount indicated on the LOI has been purchased. A LOI does not obligate you to buy or the Fund to sell the indicated amount of the LOI. If a Class A shareholder exceeds the amount specified in the LOI and reaches an amount that would qualify for a further quantity discount, the applicable breakpoints in the Class A shares’ sales charge schedule will be applied to such additional Class A share purchases. Any resulting difference in offering price will be used to purchase additional Class A shares for the shareholder’s account at the applicable offering price. If the Class A shareholder does not purchase the amount specified in the LOI within thirty days after a written request by the Fund’s transfer agent, the Fund’s transfer agent will redeem an appropriate number of escrowed shares for an amount equal to the difference between the sales charge paid and the sales charge that would have been paid had the aggregate purchases been made at a single time. This redemption may be treated and reported as a taxable transaction to you, as discussed in the “Fund Distributions and Tax Matters” section of this prospectus. Purchases based on a LOI may include holdings as described above under “Accumulation Privilege.” Additional information about the terms of the LOI is available from your financial intermediary or from the Funds’ transfer agent at 1-888-843-7824.

 

Front-End Sales Charge Waivers for Class A Shares −In order to receive the sales charge reductions or waivers discussed below, you must notify the Fund’s transfer agent of the reduction or waiver request when you place your purchase order. The Fund’s transfer agent may require evidence of your qualification for such reductions or waivers. Additional information about the sales charge reductions or waivers can be obtained from the Fund’s transfer agent. The Class A shares front-end sales charge may be reduced or waived for the following individuals and institutions:

·selling broker dealers and their employees and sales representatives (and their family members, as defined above under the “Accumulation Privilege” section) provided, however, that only those employees of such broker-dealers who, as a part of their usual duties, provide services related to transactions in Fund shares shall qualify,
·financial representatives using Fund shares in fee-based investment products under a signed agreement with the Fund,
·current or retired officers, directors and employees (and their family members, as defined above under the “Accumulation Privilege” section) of the Fund, The Hartford, the sub-advisers to Hartford Funds, Hartford Administrative Services Company, and their affiliates. Such individuals may also purchase Class I shares at net asset value.
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·welfare benefit plans investing in Fund shares through group variable funding agreements issued by Hartford Life Insurance Company,
·college savings programs that are qualified state tuition programs under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code,
·investors purchasing through a financial intermediary that has entered into an agreement with the Distributor to offer shares to self-directed investment brokerage accounts that may or may not charge a transaction fee to customers,
·purchases by investors maintaining a brokerage account with a registered broker-dealer that has entered into an agreement with the distributor to offer Class A shares through a load-waived network or platform, which may or may not charge transaction fees, and
·any purchases of Class A shares in an account maintained directly with the Fund’s transfer agent where there is no financial intermediary specified or Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC is listed as the dealer of record. However, if such account subsequently lists a third party dealer of record, any subsequent purchases of Class A shares in that account will be subject to any applicable front-end sales charge.

 

CDSC Waivers −As long as the Fund’s transfer agent is notified at the time you sell, the CDSC for each applicable share class will generally be waived in the following cases:

·to make Systematic Withdrawal Plan payments that are limited annually to no more than 12% of the value of the account at the time the plan is initiated or updated.
·for death or disability.
·under reorganization, liquidation, merger or acquisition transactions involving other investment companies.
·under the following circumstances, for employer-sponsored retirement plans or tax qualified retirement accounts:
(1)to return excess contributions,
(2)hardship withdrawals as defined in employer-sponsored retirement plans,
(3)under a Qualified Domestic Relations Order as defined in the Internal Revenue Code,
(4)to meet minimum distribution requirements under the Internal Revenue Code,
(5)to make “substantially equal payments” as described in Section 72(t) of the Internal Revenue Code, and
(6)after separation from service.
·for Class C shares only, for withdrawals made pursuant to loans taken from qualified retirement plans. Loans are defined by the retirement plan’s administrator at the time of the withdrawal.

 

The availability of these sales load waivers may depend on the particular financial intermediary or type of account through which you purchase or hold Fund shares. Please contact your financial intermediary for more information on the intermediary’s policies and procedures applicable to such waivers. In addition, any intermediary specific sales load waivers are reproduced in Appendix A based on information provided by the financial intermediaries.

 

REINSTATEMENT PRIVILEGE

 

If you sell shares of the Fund, you may reinvest some or all of the proceeds in shares of the Fund or any other Hartford mutual fund within 90 days without a sales charge, as long as the Fund’s transfer agent is notified before you reinvest; except that, certain qualified plans may only reinvest as a rollover within 60 days of selling shares of the Fund. In this case, once the 60 day rollover period has ended, such qualified plans may reinvest only those amounts that do not exceed the maximum qualified plan contribution amount for their account in that given tax year. If you sold Class A or Class C shares, you must reinvest in shares of the same class to take advantage of the reinstatement privilege. If you paid a CDSC when you sold your Class A or Class C shares, you will be credited with the amount of that CDSC. All accounts involved must have the same registration.

 

Information about sales charges and sales charge reductions or waivers is available, free of charge, on the Fund’s website www.hartfordfunds.com. The website includes hyperlinks that facilitate access to this information.

 

How to Buy and Sell Shares

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PROCEDURES FOR OPENING A NEW ACCOUNT

 

To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify and record information that identifies each person who opens an account. In some cases, Federal law also requires us to verify and record information that identifies the natural persons who control and beneficially own a

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legal entity that opens an account. What this means to you: when you open an account, we will ask for names, addresses, dates of birth and other information that will allow us to identify you and certain other natural persons associated with the account. For some legal entity accounts, you will be asked to provide identifying information for one natural person that controls the entity, and for each natural person that beneficially owns 25% or more of the legal entity.

 

We are also required to obtain information that identifies each authorized signer for an account by requesting name, residential address, date of birth and social security number for each of your authorized signers. We appreciate your cooperation.

 

If the Fund is not able to adequately identify you within the time frames set forth in the law, your shares may be automatically redeemed. If the net asset value per share has decreased since your purchase, you will lose money as a result of this redemption. You may also incur any applicable sales charge.

 

Of critical importance, is the location of those authorized to transact on an account at the time the transaction request is placed with the Fund. In general, shareholders and authorized traders may only place trades with the Fund when physically in the U.S., a U.S. territory, stationed at a military base, or stationed at a U.S. Embassy. The location of the authorized caller may be obtained on a recorded phone call or in writing.

 

The Fund offers the classes of shares described in “Classes of Shares” above.

 

INITIAL PURCHASES

 

Before you invest, please read this prospectus carefully.

 

Determine how much you want to invest. The minimum investment amounts are as follows:

·Class A, Class C and Class I shares – $2,000 for initial investments, at least $50 for subsequent investments; except Automatic Investment Plans, which require $250 to open and at least $50 per month invested in the Fund thereafter.
·Class Y shares – $250,000 minimum initial investment. This requirement is waived when the shares are purchased through omnibus accounts (or similar types of accounts). No subsequent investment minimum.
·Class F shares - $1,000,000 minimum initial investment. This requirement is waived when the shares are purchased through omnibus accounts (or similar types of accounts). No subsequent investment minimum.
·Class SDR shares – $5,000,000 minimum initial investment. This requirement may be waived for certain investors. No subsequent investment minimum.

 

To make an initial investment in a class of shares of the Fund, please contact your financial intermediary. Certain classes may not be available through all financial intermediaries. For more information regarding investing through a financial intermediary, please see “Additional Information Regarding Investing through a Financial Intermediary” below.

 

Certain classes of shares of the Fund may also be purchased through the Fund’s transfer agent by filling out an account application and mailing it to the address below. The Fund does not accept purchases of Class C shares by accounts for which no broker-dealer or other financial intermediary is specified. Any such direct purchase received by the Fund’s transfer agent for Class C shares for such accounts will automatically be invested in Class A shares.

 

Accounts held directly with the transfer agent (i.e. not plan level or an omnibus position) are charged a $30 annual direct account fee. All accounts are subject to this fee other than accounts of any sub-adviser to the Hartford Funds, accounts of employees of the sub-advisers to the Hartford Funds, 529 college savings plan accounts administered by Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC, and affiliated investment companies. This fee is not charged to shareholders who hold Fund shares through an omnibus account with a financial intermediary. Under certain limited circumstances, the $30 annual direct account fee may be waived for certain other accounts at the discretion of Hartford Administrative Services Company. A confirmation of the fee assessment, if applicable, will appear on your next quarterly account statement subsequent to the actual assessment date. If you have questions about the direct account fee, please call the transfer agent at 1-888-843-7824. If you are invested in the Fund directly through a retirement account or Coverdell Education Savings Account with UMB Bank, n.a., you will also be subject to an annual maintenance fee of up to $25.

 

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If purchasing shares through the Fund’s transfer agent, please send your account application to the following address:

 

Hartford Funds (For overnight mail)
P.O. Box 219060 Hartford Funds
Kansas City, MO 64121-9060 430 W 7th Street, Suite 219060
  Kansas City, MO 64105-1407

 

CLASS C SHARES PURCHASE LIMITS

 

Purchases of Class C shares are subject to a total account value limitation at the time of purchase of $999,999. If your existing accounts for all share classes (except Class R3, R4, R5 and R6 shares) held with the Distributor have a total value equal to $999,999, you will not be able to purchase Class C shares. For the purpose of determining your total account value, existing accounts for all share classes (except Class R3, R4, R5 and R6 shares) held with the Distributor that are linked under a Letter of Intent or Accumulation Privilege will be included. Dealers and other financial intermediaries purchasing shares for their customers in omnibus accounts are responsible for compliance with these limits. You should consult your financial adviser when choosing a share class.

 

CLASS SDR SHARES ONLY

 

In addition to purchasing shares as indicated above, you can also contact the Schroders Client Service team by email at clientserviceny@schroders.com or by calling (212)641-3800 and asking to speak with Institutional Client Service. Please contact the Schroders’ Client Service team or your financial intermediary for more information.

 

ADDITIONAL PURCHASES OF SHARES

 

You may purchase additional shares of the Fund through your financial intermediary. Your financial intermediary may charge you for this service. With respect to accounts held directly with the transfer agent (i.e. not plan level or an omnibus position), you may also purchase additional shares through the Fund’s transfer agent as follows:

 

·On the Web – Visit www.hartfordfunds.com, select “Account Access” from the role drop-down menu at the top of the home page and follow the instructions.
·By Phone–To place your order, call the transfer agent at 1-888-843-7824 on any regular business day. Tell the transfer agent the Fund name, share class, account and the name(s) in which the account is registered and the amount of your investment. Complete transaction instructions on a specific account must be received in good order and confirmed by Hartford Funds prior to 4 P.M. Eastern Time or the close of the New York Stock Exchange, whichever comes first. Any transaction on an account received after such time will receive the next business day’s offering price. For your protection, telephone requests may be recorded in order to verify their accuracy.
·In Writing With a Check – Make out a check for the investment amount, payable to “Hartford Funds.” Complete the application or detachable investment slip from an account statement, or write a letter of instruction specifying the Fund name and share class, account number and the name(s) in which the account is registered. Deliver the check and your completed application, investment slip, or letter of instruction to your financial intermediary or plan administrator, or mail to:

 

Hartford Funds (For overnight mail)
P.O. Box 219060 Hartford Funds
Kansas City, MO 64121-9060 430 W 7th Street, Suite 219060
  Kansas City, MO 64105-1407

 

·By Electronic Funds Transfer or Wire – For complete instructions on how to purchase shares of Hartford Funds by electronic funds transfer or wire, contact Hartford Funds at 1-888-843-7824.

 

Please note that these features may not be available for all classes of shares and in such instances, you will need to make additional purchases through your financial intermediary.

 

SELLING SHARES

 

You may redeem your shares by having your financial intermediary process your redemption. Your financial intermediary will be responsible for furnishing all necessary documents to the Fund and may charge you for this service. With respect to

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accounts held directly with the transfer agent (i.e. not plan level or an omnibus position), you may also sell your shares through the Fund’s transfer agent as noted below.

 

·On the Web – Visit www.hartfordfunds.com, select “Account Access” from the role drop-down menu at the top of the home page and follow the instructions. To redeem to your bank account, bank instructions must be submitted to the transfer agent in writing. Because of legal and tax restrictions on withdrawals from retirement accounts, you will not be allowed to enter a redemption request for these types of accounts online.
·By Phone – Only non-retirement accounts or IRA plans may redeem by telephone, and redemptions are restricted to up to $50,000 per shareholder per market day. To place your order, call the transfer agent at 1-888-843-7824 on any regular business day. Complete transaction instructions on a specific account must be received in good order and confirmed by Hartford Funds prior to 4 P.M. Eastern Time or the close of the New York Stock Exchange, whichever comes first. Any transaction on an account received after such time will receive the next business day’s offering price. For automated service 24 hours a day using your touch-tone phone, call 1-888-843-7824. For your protection, telephone requests may be recorded in order to verify their accuracy. Proceeds from telephone transactions may be either mailed to the address of record, or sent electronically to a bank account on file. Also, for your protection, telephone redemptions are limited on accounts whose addresses or bank instructions have been added or changed within the past 30 days. For circumstances in which you need to request to sell shares in writing, see “Selling Shares By Letter or Form.”
·By Electronic Funds Transfer or Wire – For complete instructions on how to redeem shares of Hartford Funds by electronic funds transfer or wire, contact Hartford Funds at 1-888-843-7824. Wire transfers are available upon request for amounts of $500 or more and will be wired on the next business day. Your bank may charge a fee for these services. For your protection, electronic funds transfer and wire redemptions are limited on accounts whose addresses or bank instructions have been added or changed within the past 30 days.
·By Letter or Form – In certain circumstances, you will need to make your request to sell shares in writing. Forms may be obtained by calling the transfer agent at 1-888-843-7824 or through the website at www.hartfordfunds.com. A check will be mailed to the name(s) and address in which the account is registered or otherwise according to your letter of instruction. To redeem, write a letter of instruction indicating: the Fund name, the account number, the share class, the name(s) in which the account is registered, your date of birth, your residential address, your daytime phone number, your social security number, and the dollar value or the number of shares you wish to sell. Include all authorized signatures and obtain a Medallion signature guarantee if: you are requesting payment by check of more than $1,000 to an address of record or bank instructions that have been added or changed within the past 30 days; you are selling more than $100,000 worth of shares; you are requesting an initial distribution from an Automatic 401k Rollover IRA; or you are requesting payment other than by check mailed to the address of record and payable to the registered owner(s). For an Automatic 401k Rollover IRA a completed Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification, is required along with a Medallion signature guarantee. Deliver these instructions to your financial intermediary or plan administrator, or mail or fax to the address below.

 

Please note that a notary public CANNOT provide a Medallion signature guarantee. Please check with a representative of your bank or other financial institution about obtaining a Medallion signature guarantee.

 

Please note that these features may not be available for all classes of shares and in such instances, you will need to sell shares through your financial intermediary.

 

For the following types of accounts, you must provide the following additional documentation if you are selling your shares by letter:

·IRAs (SAR-SEP, ROTH, SEP, SIMPLE, TRADITIONAL) – Signatures and titles of all persons authorized to sign for the account, exactly as the account is registered; indicate the amount of income tax withholding to be applied to your distribution, and the reason for the distribution.
·Automatic 401k Rollover IRAs – Signatures, Medallion signature guarantee, and titles of all persons authorized to sign for the account, exactly as the account is registered; indicate the amount of income tax withholding to be applied to your distribution and the reason for the distribution.
·403(b) – 403(b) Distribution Request Form.
·Owners Or Trustees Of Trust Accounts – Call 1-888-843-7824 for instructions.
·Administrators, Conservators, Guardians, and Other Sellers in Situations of Divorce or Death – Call 1-888-843-7824 for instructions.

 

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ADDRESSES

 

Send Inquiries And Payments To: Or By Overnight Mail To: Phone Number:
Hartford Funds Hartford Funds 1-888-843-7824 or contact your
P.O. Box 219060 430 W 7th Street, Suite 219060 financial intermediary or plan
Kansas City, MO 64121-9060 Kansas City, MO 64121-9060 administrator for instructions and
FAX: 1-888-802-0039   assistance.

 

EXCHANGING SHARES

 

You may exchange one class of shares of the Fund for shares of the same class of any other Hartford Fund if such share class is available.

 

Before exchanging shares, you should carefully read the prospectus relating to the exchanged-for shares. Call your plan administrator or financial intermediary or the transfer agent at the number below to request an exchange, for any questions regarding exchanging shares, or to obtain a current prospectus for the Hartford Fund into which you wish to exchange.

 

If you are a Class A or Class C shareholder, you may also request an exchange by doing the following:

 

·If you hold your shares directly with the transfer agent (i.e. not plan level or an omnibus position) and have an online account with hartfordfunds.com, you may exchange your shares on the web by accessing your account online and following the instructions.
·Write a letter of instruction indicating the Fund names, share class, dollar/share amount, account number, the name(s) in which the accounts are registered, and your signature, and deliver these instructions to your financial intermediary or plan administrator, or mail or fax to the address listed below.

 

The registration for both accounts involved in the exchange must be identical and you must meet the initial investment minimum applicable to such shares of the other Fund (as disclosed in the prospectus), except as noted below with respect to Class Y shares. All exchanges are made at net asset value. If doing a partial exchange, you must retain at least $1,000 in the Fund from which you exchange. Class Y shares of the Fund may be exchanged for Class Y shares of another fund, if (i) the shareholder is already a holder of Class Y shares of the other Fund or (ii) the initial investment minimum applicable to Class Y shares of the other Fund (as disclosed in the prospectus) is satisfied in connection with the exchange.

 

You may be subject to tax liability or sales charges as a result of your exchange. Please see the section of the statutory prospectus entitled “Fund Distributions and Tax Matters — Taxability of Transactions” for more information.

 

Please note that (1) both accounts involved in the exchange must be identical, (2) you will need to observe eligibility requirements, and (3) the proper selling agreements must be in place.

 

Plan participants should consult their plan administrator or plan recordkeeper to determine what exchange privileges are available. Plan administrators and recordkeepers that are interested in an exchange privilege involving R6 shares should call 1-888-843-7824 to determine whether such exchange privilege is available.

 

The Fund reserves the right in its sole discretion to amend or terminate the exchange privilege at any time, for any reason. For more information, please see the section entitled “Exchanges” in the Fund’s SAI.

 

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AUTOMATIC CONVERSIONS

 

Class C shares automatically convert to Class A shares of the same Fund after ten years provided that the Fund or the financial intermediary has records verifying that the Class C shares have been held for at least ten years. These conversions will occur during the month in which the 10-year anniversary of the purchase occurs. Due to operational limitations at your financial intermediary, your ability to have your Class C shares automatically converted to Class A may be limited.

 

The value of the shares received during a conversion will be based on the relative NAV of the shares being converted and the shares received as a result of the conversion without the imposition of any front-end sales charge or CDSC. In general, conversions of one share class for a different share class of the same Fund should not result in the realization by the investor of a taxable capital gain or loss for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Please see the section of the statutory prospectus entitled “Fund Distributions and Tax Matters — Taxability Of Transactions” for more information. Shareholders should consult their tax advisors as to the federal, state, local and non-U.S. tax consequences of an intra-fund conversion. The Fund reserves the right in its sole discretion to amend or terminate the conversion feature at any time, for any reason.

 

CONVERSIONS

 

Subject to the conditions set forth in this section, shares of one class of the Fund may be converted into (i.e., reclassified as) shares of a different class of the same Fund at the request of a shareholder’s financial intermediary. To qualify for any conversion, the shareholder must satisfy the eligibility and other conditions for investing in the class into which the conversion is sought (as described in the prospectus). Under certain circumstances, the following other classes are eligible for conversions:

·Class A shares may be converted into Class F shares of the same Fund if the shares that you are converting are no longer subject to a CDSC or the financial intermediary agrees to reimburse the Fund’s distributor a portion of the CDSC otherwise payable upon the sale of such shares;
·Class A shares may be converted into Class I shares or Class Y shares of the same Fund if the shares that you are converting are no longer subject to a CDSC or the financial intermediary agrees to reimburse the Fund’s distributor a portion of the CDSC otherwise payable upon the sale of such shares and the conversion is made to facilitate the shareholder’s participation in certain fee-based advisory programs or a no-load network or platform, among other reasons consistent with the eligibility requirements of such class;
·Class C shares may be converted into Class A shares or Class I shares of the same Fund if (a) the shares that you are converting are no longer subject to a CDSC or the financial intermediary agrees to reimburse the Fund’s distributor a portion of the CDSC otherwise payable upon the sale of such shares; and (b) the shareholder is eligible to purchase Class A shares at NAV or the conversion is made to facilitate the shareholder’s participation in certain fee based advisory programs;
·Class I shares may be converted into Class Y shares, Class F shares or Class SDR shares; and
·Class Y shares may be converted into Class F shares or Class SDR shares.

 

In addition to the conversion scenarios described above, in certain circumstances, shares of one class of shares may be converted into shares of another share class of the same Fund for which the shareholder is eligible in the event that (a) the shareholder switches to another financial intermediary that does not offer such share class and such financial intermediary offers another share class of the same Fund for which such shareholder is eligible; or (b) the shareholder is no longer eligible to purchase such share class (for example, the shareholder no longer participates in a fee-based, wrap, or other investment platform program of its financial intermediary). Conversions of Class F shares, Class I shares or Class Y shares into Class A shares under the foregoing limited circumstances will be at net asset value without the imposition of a front-end sales charge.

 

Not all share classes discussed above may be available for the Fund and not all of the conversions discussed above may be available through your financial intermediary. Financial intermediaries that are interested in a conversion on behalf of a shareholder should call 1-888-843-7824 to determine whether such feature is available. Please note that (1) both accounts involved in the conversion must be identical, (2) you will need to observe eligibility requirements, and (3) the proper selling agreements must be in place. In addition, the financial intermediary must process and report the transaction as a conversion.

 

The value of the shares received during a conversion will be based on the relative NAV of the shares being converted and the shares received as a result of the conversion. In general, conversions of one share class for a different share class of the same Fund should not result in the realization by the investor of a taxable capital gain or loss for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Please see the section of the statutory prospectus entitled “Fund Distributions and Tax Matters – Taxability of Transactions” for more information. Shareholders should consult their tax advisors as to the federal, state, local and non-

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U.S. tax consequences of an intra-fund conversion. The Fund reserves the right in its sole discretion to amend or terminate the conversion feature at any time, for any reason.

 

ADDRESSES

 

Send Inquiries And Payments To: Or By Overnight Mail To: Phone Number:
Hartford Funds Hartford Funds 1-888-843-7824 or contact your
P.O. Box 219060 430 W 7th Street, Suite 219060 financial intermediary or plan
Kansas City, MO 64121-9060 Kansas City, MO 64121-9060 administrator for instructions and
FAX: 1-888-802-0039   assistance.

 

VALUATION OF SHARES

 

The Fund’s net asset value per share per share (“NAV”) is determined for each class of the Fund’s shares as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (the “Exchange”)(normally 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time) (the “NYSE Close”) on each day that the Exchange is open (“Valuation Date”). If the Exchange is closed due to weather or other extraordinary circumstances on a day it would typically be open for business, the Fund may treat such day as a typical business day and accept purchase and redemption orders from Authorized Participants and calculate the Fund’s NAV in accordance with applicable law. The net asset value for each class of shares of the Fund is determined by dividing the value of the Fund’s net assets attributable to a class of shares by the number of shares outstanding for that class. Information that becomes known to the Fund after the NAV has been calculated on a particular day will not generally be used to retroactively adjust the NAV determined earlier that day.

 

For purposes of calculating the NAV for each class of the Fund, portfolio securities and other assets held in the Fund’s portfolio for which market prices are readily available are valued at market value. Market value is generally determined on the basis of official close price or last reported trade price. If no trades were reported, market value is based on prices obtained from a quotation reporting system, established market makers (including evaluated prices), or independent pricing services. Pricing vendors may use matrix pricing or valuation models that utilize certain inputs and assumptions to derive values, including transaction data, credit quality information, general market conditions, news, and other factors and assumptions.

 

If market prices are not readily available or are deemed unreliable, the Fund will use the fair value of the security or other instrument as determined in good faith under policies and procedures established by and under the supervision of the Board of Directors of the Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc. (“Valuation Procedures”). Market prices are considered not readily available where there is an absence of current or reliable market-based data (e.g., trade information or broker quotes), including where events occur after the close of the relevant market, but prior to the NYSE Close that materially affect the values of the Fund’s portfolio holdings or assets. In addition, market prices are considered not readily available when, due to extraordinary circumstances, the exchanges or markets on which the securities or other instruments trade, do not open for trading for the entire day and no other market prices are available. Fair value pricing is subjective in nature and the use of fair value pricing by the Fund may cause the NAV of its shares to differ significantly from the NAV that would have been calculated using market prices at the close of the exchange on which a portfolio holding is primarily traded. There can be no assurance that the Fund could obtain the fair value assigned to an investment if the Fund were to sell the investment at approximately the time at which the Fund determines its NAV.

 

Prices of foreign equities that are principally traded on certain foreign markets will generally be adjusted daily pursuant to a fair value pricing service in order to reflect an adjustment for the factors occurring after the close of certain foreign markets but before the NYSE Close. Securities and other instruments that are primarily traded on foreign markets may trade on days that are not business days of the Fund. The value of the foreign securities or other instruments in which the Fund invests may change on days when a shareholder will not be able to purchase or redeem shares of the Fund.

 

Fixed income investments (other than short-term obligations) held by the Fund are normally valued at prices supplied by independent pricing services in accordance with the Valuation Procedures. Short term investments maturing in 60 days or less are generally valued at amortized cost if their original term to maturity was 60 days or less, or by amortizing their value on the 61st day prior to maturity, if the original term exceeded 60 days.

 

Exchange-traded derivatives, such as options, futures and options on futures, are valued at the last sale price determined by the exchange where such instruments principally trade as of the close of such exchange (“Exchange Close”). If a last sale price is not available, the value will be the mean of the most recently quoted bid and ask prices as of the Exchange Close. If a mean of the bid and ask prices cannot be calculated for the day, the value will be the most recently quoted bid price as of

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the Exchange Close. Over-the-counter derivatives are normally valued based on prices supplied by independent pricing services in accordance with the Valuation Procedures.

 

Investments valued in currencies other than U.S. dollars are converted to U.S. dollars using the prevailing spot currency exchange rates obtained from independent pricing services for calculation of the NAV. As a result, the NAV of the Fund’s shares may be affected by changes in the value of currencies in relation to the U.S. dollar. The value of securities or other instruments traded in markets outside the United States or denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar may be affected significantly on a day that the Exchange is closed and the market value may change on days when an investor is not able to purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the Fund.

 

Foreign currency contracts represent agreements to exchange currencies on specific future dates at predetermined rates. Foreign currency contracts are valued using foreign currency exchange rates and forward rates as provided by an independent pricing service on the Valuation Date.

 

Investments in open-end mutual funds are valued at the respective NAV of each open-end mutual fund on the Valuation Date. Shares of investment companies listed and traded on an exchange are valued in the same manner as any exchange-listed equity security. Such open-end mutual funds and listed investment companies may use fair value pricing as disclosed in their prospectuses.

 

Financial instruments for which prices are not available from an independent pricing service may be valued using market quotations obtained from one or more dealers that make markets in the respective financial instrument in accordance with the Valuation Procedures.

 

BUY AND SELL PRICES

 

When you buy shares, you pay the NAV plus any applicable sales charges. When you sell shares, you receive the NAV less any applicable sales charges.

 

EXECUTION OF REQUESTS

 

The Fund is open on those days when the Exchange is open, typically Monday through Friday. Buy and sell requests are executed at the next NAV calculated after your request is received, if your order is in “good order” (has all required information), by the transfer agent, authorized broker-dealers or their authorized designee, or third-party administrators. For more information regarding requests in “good order,” please see below.

 

The Fund reserves the right to reject any purchase order in whole or in part and suspend and resume the sale of any share class of the Fund at any time for any reason.

 

You may buy and sell shares of the Fund on the web, by telephone, by wire or by mail. You may exchange your shares by telephone, on the web, or by mail. Note that requests to buy, sell or exchange shares by mail must be sent to the P.O. Box at the address provided elsewhere in this prospectus and will be sent from that address to the transfer agent for processing. Your request will be priced at the next NAV calculated after the transfer agent receives the request rather than after the request arrives at the P.O. Box.

 

At times of peak activity, it may be difficult to place requests by phone. During these times, visit www.hartfordfunds.com or consider sending your request in writing.

 

For shareholders that hold accounts with financial intermediaries, the Fund typically expects to pay sale proceeds to a redeeming shareholder’s account within 1 - 3 business days following receipt of the shareholder redemption order. For sale proceeds that are paid directly to a shareholder with respect to accounts held directly with the transfer agent, the Fund typically expects to pay sales proceeds, by electronic funds transfer, wire or by mailing a check, to redeeming shareholders within 1 business day, following receipt of the shareholder redemption order. Payment of redemption proceeds may take longer than the time the Fund typically expects and may take up to seven days as permitted by the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The Fund may suspend the right of redemption for longer than seven days only as allowed by federal securities laws.

 

Under normal conditions, the Fund expects to meet redemption orders by using a combination of cash and cash equivalents holdings (including cash flows into the Fund) and/or by the sale of portfolio investments, although the Fund reserves the right to use temporary borrowings from its custodian bank (in the form of overdrafts) to meet redemptions, if necessary. As

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the Investment Manager determines to be appropriate in response to unusual circumstances or stressed market conditions, the Fund may use a line of credit, reverse repurchase agreements, interfund lending (subject to Board approval), or in-kind redemptions to meet redemption requests. The Hartford Mutual Funds, Inc. and The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc. recently received an exemptive order from the SEC under which the Fund is permitted to engage in interfund lending. The Fund may engage in interfund lending to meet redemption requests during unusual or stressed market conditions. As of the date of this prospectus, the Fund had not engaged in interfund lending.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING INVESTING THROUGH A FINANCIAL INTERMEDIARY

 

You may purchase shares of the Fund through an approved financial intermediary. These intermediaries may charge you additional fees and may require different minimum investments or impose other limitations on buying and selling shares in addition to those applicable to shareholders who invest in the Fund directly. Please note that if you are purchasing shares through a retirement plan, you may need to call the administrator of the plan for details on purchases, redemptions and other account activity. Some of the services and programs described in this prospectus may not be available or may differ if you are purchasing shares through a financial intermediary. You should check with your financial intermediary for further details.

 

REQUESTS IN “GOOD ORDER”

 

All purchase and redemption requests must be received by the Fund in “good order.” This means that your request includes all accurate required information. The specific requirements for “good order” depend on the type of transaction and the method of purchase. The information generally required includes:

·Name, date of birth, residential address, and social security number.
·The Fund name, share class and account number.
·The amount of the transaction (in dollars or shares).
·Signatures of all owners exactly as registered on the account (for mail requests).
·Medallion signature guarantee or Signature Validation Program stamp (if required).
·Any supporting legal documentation that may be required.

 

FREQUENT PURCHASES AND REDEMPTIONS OF FUND SHARES

 

The Fund is intended to be long-term investment vehicles and is not designed to provide investors with a means of speculating on short-term market movements (market timing). Frequent purchases and redemptions of Fund shares by the Fund’s shareholders can disrupt the management of the Fund, negatively affect the Fund’s performance, and increase expenses for all Fund shareholders. In particular, frequent trading: (i) can force the Fund’s portfolio manager to hold larger cash positions than desired instead of fully investing all the Fund’s assets, which can result in lost investment opportunities; (ii) can cause unplanned and inopportune portfolio turnover in order to meet redemption requests; (iii) can increase broker-dealer commissions and other transaction costs as well as administrative costs for the Fund; and (iv) can trigger taxable gains for other shareholders. Also, some frequent traders engage in arbitrage strategies, by which these traders seek to exploit pricing anomalies that can occur when the Fund invests in securities that are thinly traded (for example, some high yield bonds and small capitalization stocks) or are traded primarily in markets outside of the United States. Frequent traders, and in particular those using arbitrage strategies, can dilute the Fund’s NAV for long-term shareholders.

 

If you intend to trade frequently or use market timing investment strategies, you should not purchase the Fund.

 

The Board has adopted policies and procedures with respect to frequent purchases and redemptions of Fund shares by Fund shareholders. The Fund’s policy is to discourage investors from trading in the Fund’s shares in an excessive manner that would be harmful to long-term investors and to make reasonable efforts to detect and deter excessive trading. The Fund reserves the right to reject any purchase order at any time and for any reason, without prior written notice. The Fund also reserves the right to revoke the exchange privileges of any person at any time and for any reason. In making such determinations, the Fund may consider an investor’s trading history in any of the Hartford Funds, including the person’s trading history in any accounts under a person’s common ownership or control. No system for the prevention and detection of market timing and other abusive trading activities can be expected to identify, address or eliminate all such activities in Fund shares.

 

It is the policy of the Fund to permit only two “substantive round trips” by an investor within any single Hartford Funds within a 90-day period. A substantive round trip is a purchase of or an exchange into a Hartford Funds and a redemption of or an

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exchange out of the same Hartford Funds in a dollar amount that the Fund’s transfer agent determines, in the reasonable exercise of its discretion, could adversely affect the management of the Fund.

 

When an additional purchase or exchange order request for the Fund is received within the 90-day period, the requested transaction shall be rejected (unless such transaction was a transaction in an omnibus account that was identified, in accordance with the procedures described below, after it had already occurred). In addition, the person requesting such transaction shall be deemed an “Excessive Trader.” All exchange and purchase privileges of an Excessive Trader shall be suspended within the Fund for the first violation of the policy for a period of 90 days. For a second violation of the policy, the exchange and purchase privileges of the Excessive Trader shall be suspended indefinitely. If an Excessive Trader makes exchanges through a registered representative, in appropriate circumstances the Fund’s transfer agent may terminate the registered representative’s exchange and purchase privileges in the Fund. The frequent trading limitations do not apply to the following: (1) any transaction not initiated by a shareholder or its registered representative; (2) transactions that are part of a systematic program; (3) automatic programs offered by the Fund, such as dollar cost averaging, dividend diversification and systematic withdrawals; (4) transactions of $1,000 or less; (5) transactions by funds of funds where Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC or an affiliate serves as the investment adviser; (6) transactions by 529 plans where Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC or an affiliate is the program manager; (7) permitted conversion of shares from one share class to another share class within the same Fund; and (8) transactions, including certain rebalancing transactions, that the Fund, in its discretion, determines are not abusive or harmful.

 

The Fund’s policies for deterring frequent purchases and redemptions of Fund shares by the Fund shareholder are intended to be applied uniformly to all Fund shareholders to the extent practicable. Some financial intermediaries, such as broker-dealers, investment advisors, plan administrators, and third-party transfer agents, however, maintain omnibus accounts in which they aggregate orders of multiple investors and forward the aggregated orders to the Fund. Because the Fund receives these orders on an aggregated basis and because these omnibus accounts may trade with numerous fund families with differing market timing policies, the Fund is limited in its ability to identify or deter Excessive Traders or other abusive traders. The Fund’s procedures with respect to omnibus accounts are as follows: (1) Where the Fund’s transfer agent is provided individual shareholder level transaction detail on a daily basis, the Fund’s transfer agent shall monitor the daily trade activity of individual shareholders and apply the Policy. (2) Where the Fund’s transfer agent is not provided individual shareholder level transaction detail on a daily basis, the Fund’s transfer agent shall monitor the accounts at an omnibus level and apply detection tools designed to determine whether shareholder transactions violating the Policy may be occurring. In such cases, the Fund’s transfer agent shall request and evaluate individual shareholder level transaction detail and seek to impose restrictions in accordance with the Policy. The Fund’s ability to identify and deter frequent purchases and redemptions of the Fund’s shares through omnibus accounts is limited, and the Fund’s success in accomplishing the objectives of the policies concerning frequent purchases and redemptions of Fund shares in this context depends significantly upon the cooperation of the financial intermediaries. In addition to the foregoing, the Fund’s transfer agent also employs a process for reviewing certain large transactions in the Fund and may restrict trading as a result of its review.

 

The use of fair value pricing can serve both to make the Fund less attractive to market timers and to reduce the potential adverse consequences to other investors of market timing or abusive trading. Certain market timers may seek to take advantage of pricing anomalies that can occur in Fund shares resulting from the manner in which the NAV of the Fund’s shares is determined each day. Frequent trading in Fund shares can dilute the value of long-term shareholders’ interests in the Fund if the Fund calculates its NAV using closing prices that are no longer accurate. Funds that invest in overseas markets or that invest in securities of smaller issuers or thinly traded securities are more susceptible to this activity. The Fund’s pricing procedures, particularly those procedures governing the determination of the “fair value” of securities for which market prices are not readily available (or are unreliable) for foreign securities, may serve as a deterrent against harmful excessive trading in fund shares. For additional information concerning the Fund’s fair value procedures, please refer to “Valuation of Shares.”

 

The Fund reserves the right to modify this policy, including any surveillance procedures established from time to time to effectuate this policy, at any time without notice. The Fund, the Investment Manager, and/or the Fund’s transfer agent shall not be liable for any loss resulting from rejected purchase orders or exchanges.

 

CERTIFICATED SHARES

 

Shares are electronically recorded and share certificates are not issued.

 

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ACCOUNT CLOSINGS

 

There may be instances in which it is appropriate for your account to be closed. Your account could be closed if: (i) your identity cannot be verified or you fail to provide a valid SSN or TIN; (ii) the registered address of your account is outside of the United States or in a U.S. jurisdiction in which the Fund shares are not registered; (iii) transactions in your account raise suspicions of money laundering, fraud or other illegal conduct; (iv) shares purchased are not paid for when due; (v) your account does not meet the qualifications for ownership for the particular class of shares held in your account; (vi) maintenance of your account jeopardizes the tax status or qualifications of the Fund; (vii) your account balance falls to $1,000 or less and you fail to bring the account above $1,000 within thirty (30) days of notification; (viii) there is a change in your broker of record, for example your broker is no longer able to sell Fund shares; or (ix) closing the account is determined to be in the best interests of the Fund.

 

Neither the Fund, the Investment Manager, the Distributor, Hartford Administrative Services Company nor any of their affiliates will be responsible for any loss in an investor’s account or tax liability resulting from an involuntary redemption.

 

SALES IN ADVANCE OF PURCHASE PAYMENTS

 

When you place a request to sell shares for which the purchase money has not yet been collected, the request will be executed in a timely fashion, but the Fund will not release the proceeds to you until your purchase payment clears. This may take up to 5 business days after the purchase.

 

SPECIAL REDEMPTIONS

 

Although the Fund would not normally do so, the Fund has the right to pay the redemption price of shares of the Fund in whole or in part in portfolio securities constituting the shareholder’s proportionate share of the current assets of the Fund rather than cash. When the shareholder sells portfolio securities received in this fashion, transaction costs would be incurred. Prior to such sale, the shareholder would be exposed to market risk. Any such securities would be valued for the purposes of making such payment at the same value as used in determining the Fund’s net asset value. The Fund, however, always redeems shares solely in cash up to the lesser of $250,000 or 1.00% of the net asset value of the Fund during any 90 day period for any one account.

 

ABANDONED PROPERTY

 

It is the responsibility of the shareholder to keep the shareholder’s account(s) active and to provide Hartford Funds with a current and correct address for the shareholder’s account(s). An out-of-date or incorrect address may cause a shareholder’s account statements and other mailings to be returned to Hartford Funds. Please be advised that certain state escheatment laws may require the Fund to turn over your mutual fund account to the state listed in your account registration as abandoned property if no shareholder initiated activity occurs in the account within the time frame specified by the state law. Hartford Funds will not be liable to a shareholder or a shareholder’s financial intermediary for good faith compliance with state unclaimed or abandoned property (escheatment) laws.

 

To learn more about the escheatment rules for your particular state, please contact your attorney or State Treasurer’s and/or Controller’s Offices. If you do not hold your shares directly with the Fund, you should contact your financial intermediary, retirement plan or other third party intermediary regarding applicable state escheatment laws.

 

Escheatment laws vary by state, and states have different criteria for defining inactivity and unclaimed or abandoned property. Hartford Funds strongly encourages you to keep your account active and up-to-date. Depending on laws in your jurisdiction, you may assist us in safeguarding your investments for accounts directly held with Hartford Funds by at least once a year: (i) logging in to your account at http://www.hartfordfunds.com and viewing your account information; (ii) calling Hartford Funds at 1-888-843-7824 for an account balance or speaking with a customer service representative at the same phone number after you go through a security verification process; and (iii) taking action on letters received in the mail from Hartford Funds concerning account inactivity, outstanding checks and/or escheatment or abandoned property and promptly following the directions in such letters. Residents of certain states may designate a representative to receive escheatment or abandoned property notices regarding Fund shares. For more information, please contact your financial adviser. Please be advised that simply visiting the above Hartford Funds website or making contact by phone may not establish sufficient contact for purposes of escheatment laws in certain states. Check with your state of residence for specifics.

 

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PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS

 

All of your purchases must be made in U.S. dollars and checks must be drawn on U.S. banks and made payable to Hartford Funds. You may not purchase shares with a starter or third party check.

 

If your check does not clear, your purchase will be canceled and you will be liable for any losses or fees that the Fund or the Distributor has incurred.

 

Certain broker-dealers and financial institutions may enter confirmed purchase orders with the Fund on behalf of customers with payment to follow within the customary settlement period. If payment is not received by that time, the order will be canceled and the broker-dealer or financial institution will be held liable for the resulting fees or losses.

 

ACCOUNT STATEMENTS AND DUPLICATE COPIES OF MATERIALS TO HOUSEHOLDS

 

You will receive account and tax information statements, if applicable, from your financial intermediary pursuant to its policies or from the transfer agent, depending on how your shares are held with the Fund. If you receive account statements from the transfer agent, you may request copies of annual account summaries by calling 1-888-843-7824. A $20 fee may be charged for account summaries older than the preceding year.

 

Generally, the Fund will mail only one copy of the prospectus, annual report, semi-annual report and proxy statement to shareholders having the same last name and address on the Fund’s records. The consolidation of these mailings, called householding, benefits the Fund through reduced mailing expenses. If you hold your account directly with the Fund’s transfer agent and you want to receive multiple copies of these materials, you may call us at 1-888-843-7824 or notify us in writing. Individual copies of prospectuses, reports and proxy statements will be sent to you commencing within 30 days after we receive your request to stop householding for accounts directly held with the Fund’s transfer agent. If your account is not held directly with the Fund’s transfer agent, please contact your financial intermediary for more information.

 

ADDITIONAL INVESTOR SERVICES CLASS A AND CLASS C SHARES

 

Contact your financial intermediary to determine if you are eligible for any additional investor services. The following outlines the additional investor services for accounts that are directly held with the Fund’s transfer agent:

·Automatic Investment Plan (AIP) lets you set up regular investments from your bank account to the Fund. You determine the frequency and amount of your investments, and you can terminate your program at any time. To establish, complete the appropriate parts of your account application, or if this is an IRA account, complete the “Mutual Fund Automatic Investment Form.” If you are using AIP to open an account, you must invest a minimum initial investment of $250 into the Fund and invest a minimum of $50 per month into the Fund.
·Systematic Withdrawal Plan (SWP) may be used for routine bill payments or periodic withdrawals from your account. To establish, make sure you have at least $5,000 worth of shares in your account and that the amount per transaction is $50 or more. Also, make sure you are not planning to invest more money in this account (buying shares of the Fund during a period when you are also selling shares of the Fund is not advantageous to you, because of sales charges). Specify the payee(s), who may be yourself or any other party. There is no limit to the number of payees you may have. A Medallion signature guarantee is required if the payee is someone other than the registered owner. Determine the schedule (monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, annually or in certain selected months) and fill out the relevant part of the account application. To add a systematic withdrawal plan to an existing account, contact your financial intermediary or the transfer agent.
·Dollar Cost Averaging Programs (DCA) let you set up monthly or quarterly exchanges from the Fund to the same class of shares of another Hartford Fund. To establish, complete the appropriate parts of your account application or the “Mutual Fund Dollar Cost Averaging Form.” Be sure that the amount is for $50 or more and that the accounts involved have identical registrations.
·Automatic Dividend Diversification (ADD) lets you automatically reinvest dividends and capital gains distributions paid by the Fund into the same class of another Hartford Fund. To establish, fill out the relevant portion of the account application and be sure that the accounts involved have identical registrations.
·Systematic Exchange lets you automatically transfer money from a share class of the Fund to the same share of another Hartford Fund.

 

Hartford Funds may stop your AIP, SWP, DCA Program or Systematic Exchange if we are unable to obtain an accurate address for your account.

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UNCASHED CHECKS ISSUED ON YOUR ACCOUNT

 

The Fund reserves the right to reinvest any amounts (e.g., dividends, distributions or redemption proceeds) that you have elected to receive by check should your check remain uncashed for more than 180 days. No interest will accrue on amounts represented by uncashed checks. Your check will be reinvested in your account at the NAV on the day of the reinvestment. When reinvested, those amounts are subject to the risk of loss like any Fund investment. If you elect to receive distributions in cash and a check remains uncashed for more than 180 days, your cash election may be changed automatically to reinvest and your future dividend and capital gains distributions will be reinvested in the Fund at the NAV as of the date of payment of the distribution. This provision may not apply to certain retirement or qualified accounts, accounts with a non-U.S. address or closed accounts. Your participation in a systematic withdrawal program may be terminated if a check remains uncashed.

 

RETIREMENT PLANS AND CERTAIN OTHER ACCOUNTS

 

Hartford Funds are available through a range of retirement plans, including traditional, Roth, SIMPLE and SEPs IRAs and 401(k) plans. Using these plans, you can invest in any Hartford Funds. Minimum investment amounts may apply. To find out more, call 1-888-843-7824.

 

If you open a retirement account (including traditional, Roth, SIMPLE, or SEPs IRAs, and 403(b) Accounts) or Coverdell Education Savings Account (“Coverdell Account”) through Hartford Funds, UMB Bank n.a. will serve as the custodian of that account. Retirement accounts and Coverdell Accounts are charged an annual maintenance fee (up to $25) that is paid to UMB Bank n.a., HASCO and/or certain other Fund service providers. These fees are in addition to the fees and expenses that you pay for investing in the Fund (set forth in the Fund’s fees and expenses table). Please refer to the Custodial Agreement & Disclosure Statement for your retirement account or Coverdell Account for information on applicable annual maintenance fees.

 

Distribution Arrangements

 

Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC, a registered broker-dealer and member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), serves as the principal underwriter for the Fund pursuant to an Underwriting Agreement approved by the Board of Directors. Shares of the Fund are continuously offered and sold by selected broker-dealers pursuant to selling agreements with the Distributor, and such broker-dealers may in turn designate and authorize other financial intermediaries to offer and sell Fund shares. Except as discussed below, the Distributor (and not the Fund) bears the expenses of providing services pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement, including the payment of expenses relating to the distribution of prospectuses for sales purposes, as well as any other advertising or sales literature. The Distributor is not obligated to sell any specific amount of Fund shares.

 

DISTRIBUTION PLANS – CLASS A AND CLASS C SHARES

 

The Board of Directors has approved the adoption of a separate distribution plan (each a “Plan”) pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the 1940 Act for Class A and Class C shares. Under a Plan, Class A and Class C shares of the Fund, as applicable, bear distribution and/or service fees paid to the Distributor, some of which may be paid to select broker-dealers. Total compensation under the Plan may not exceed the maximum cap imposed by FINRA with respect to asset-based sales charges. Distribution fees paid to the Distributor may be spent on any activities or expenses primarily intended to result in the sale of the respective Fund’s shares. Under the Plan, the Fund pays the Distributor the entire fee, regardless of the Distributor’s expenditures. Even if the Distributor’s actual expenditures exceed the fee payable to the Distributor at any given time, the Fund will not be obligated to pay more than that fee. If the Distributor’s actual expenditures are less than the fee payable to the Distributor at any given time, the Distributor may realize a profit from the arrangement.

 

Class A Plan – Pursuant to the Class A Plan, the Fund may pay the Distributor a fee of up to 0.25% of the average daily net assets attributable to Class A shares for distribution financing activities and shareholder account servicing activities. The entire amount of the fee may be used for shareholder servicing expenses and/or distribution expenses.

 

Class C Plan – Pursuant to the Class C Plan, the Fund may pay the Distributor a fee of up to 1.00% of the average daily net assets attributable to Class C shares for distribution financing activities, and up to 0.25% may be used for shareholder

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account servicing activities. The Class C Plan also provides that the Distributor will receive all contingent deferred sales charges attributable to Class C shares.

 

PAYMENTS TO FINANCIAL INTERMEDIARIES AND OTHER ENTITIES

 

The Investment Manager, Distributor and/or their affiliates and the Hartford Funds make a variety of payments to broker-dealers and financial institutions (“Financial Intermediaries”) that sell the shares of the Hartford Funds, and/or Financial Intermediaries and other intermediaries that provide services (“Servicing Intermediaries”) to the Hartford Funds. These payments may vary from one product to another. For this reason, (1) if your Financial Intermediary receives greater payments with respect to the Hartford Funds than it receives with respect to other products, it may be more inclined to sell you shares of a Hartford Fund rather than another product and/or (2) if your Servicing Intermediary (which may also be your Financial Intermediary) receives greater payments with respect to the Hartford Funds, such payments may create an incentive for the Servicing Intermediary to favor the Hartford Funds rather than other fund companies or investment products for which it may receive a lower payment. You may contact your Financial Intermediary or Servicing Intermediary if you want additional information regarding any Additional Payments or Servicing Payments it receives.

 

PAYMENTS MADE FROM FUND ASSETS.

 

·Commissions and Rule 12b-1 Payments. The Distributor and/or its affiliates pay sales commissions and Rule 12b-1 fees to Financial Intermediaries out of assets that the Distributor and/or its affiliates receive from the Hartford Funds. The Fund’s SAI includes information regarding these commission and Rule 12b-1 payments by share class.
·Administrative Fees to Servicing Intermediaries. The Distributor and/or its affiliates make payments to Servicing Intermediaries that provide sub-accounting, administrative and/or shareholder processing services to the Hartford Funds (“Administrative Fees”). Such payments may be made out of 12b-1, administrative and/or transfer agent fees that the Distributor and/or its affiliates receive from the Hartford Funds. Depending upon the particular share class and/or contractual arrangement with a Servicing Intermediary, these payments may be calculated based on average net assets of the Hartford Funds that are serviced by the Servicing Intermediary, or on a per account basis. The Fund’s SAI includes information regarding Fund expenses and distribution arrangements.

 

PAYMENTS MADE BY THE INVESTMENT MANAGER AND/OR ITS AFFILIATES. As explained in more detail below under the sections entitled “Additional Payments to Financial Intermediaries” and “Servicing Payments to Servicing Intermediaries,” the Investment Manager and/or its affiliates make payments out of their own assets and not as an expense to or out of the assets of the Fund to (1) Financial Intermediaries to encourage the sale of Hartford Fund’s shares (“Additional Payments”) and/or (2) Servicing Intermediaries as additional compensation for sub-accounting, administrative and/or shareholder processing services (“Servicing Payments”).

 

·Additional Payments to Financial Intermediaries. The amount of any Additional Payments made by the Investment Manager and/or its affiliates to a Financial Intermediary is generally based on one or more of the following criteria: (i) the average net assets of the Hartford Funds that are attributed to that Financial Intermediary; (ii) the amount of Hartford Funds shares sold through that Financial Intermediary; and (iii) the mix of equity and fixed income funds sold through or attributed to that Financial Intermediary. The annual amount of Additional Payments made to any one Financial Intermediary is normally not expected to exceed [0.13]% of the average net assets of the Hartford Funds that are attributed to that Financial Intermediary. For the calendar year ended December 31, 2019, the Investment Manager and its affiliates incurred approximately $[   ] million in total Additional Payments to Financial Intermediaries.

 

Additional Payments to Financial Intermediaries, including those listed in the Fund’s SAI, may be used for various purposes and take various forms, including but not limited to:

(1)Payments for putting the Hartford Funds on a Financial Intermediary’s list of mutual funds available for purchase by its customers;
(2)Payments for including the Hartford Funds within a group that receives special marketing focus or placing the Hartford Funds on a “preferred list”;
(3)“Due diligence” payments for a Financial Intermediary’s examination of Hartford Funds and payments for providing extra employee training and information relating to Hartford Funds;
(4)“Marketing support fees” for providing assistance in promoting the sale of Hartford Funds shares;
(5)Sponsorships of sales contests and promotions where participants receive prizes such as travel awards, merchandise, cash or recognition;
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(6)Provision by a Financial Intermediary of sales-related data to the Investment Manager and/or its affiliates;
(7)Provision of educational programs, including information and related support materials;
(8)Provision of computer hardware and software; and
(9)Occasional meals and entertainment, tickets to sporting events, nominal gifts and travel and lodging (subject to applicable rules and regulations).

 

In certain instances, the Investment Manager and/or its affiliates may make payments to Financial Intermediaries that are not based on assets or sales of the Fund or share class (e.g. flat fee payments for platform participation, conference sponsorship, data packages, etc.), or that are in connection with the maintenance of the Fund share class within the Financial Intermediary’s platform.

 

As of January 1, 2020, the Investment Manager and/or its affiliates pay or have entered into ongoing contractual arrangements to pay Additional Payments to the Financial Intermediaries listed below: [AIG Advisors Group, Inc. (FSC Securities Corp., Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., Sagepoint Financial, and Woodbury Financial Services); Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.; BancWest Investment Services; Cadaret Grant & Co., Inc.; Cambridge Investment Research Inc.; CCO Investment Services Corp.; Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.; Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.; Commonwealth Financial Network; CUSO Financial Services, L.P.; Edward D. Jones & Co.; Frost Brokerage Services, Inc.; GWFS Equities, Inc.; H.D. Vest Investment Services.; Hilliard Lyons; Huntington Investment Co.; Investment Professionals, Inc.; Janney Montgomery Scott; JPMorgan Securities LLC; Lincoln Financial Advisors Group; LPL Financial Corp.; M&T Securities Inc.; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated; Mid Atlantic Capital Corporation; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; National Financial Services; National Planning Corporation; Newbridge Securities; NEXT Financial Group, Inc.; Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC; Oppenheimer & Co, Inc.; Pershing LLC; Raymond James & Associates Inc. and Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.; RBC Capital Markets Corporation; Robert W. Baird; Schroder Fund Advisors LLC; SII Investments Inc.; Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.; Summit Brokerage Services; UBS Financial Services Inc.; U.S. Bancorp Investments Inc.; Voya Financial; and Wells Fargo]. The Investment Manager and/or its affiliates may in the future enter into similar ongoing contractual arrangements with other Financial Intermediaries. Financial Intermediaries that received Additional Payments in 2019 of at least $[500] in value for items such as sponsorship of meetings, education seminars and travel and entertainment, but may not have an ongoing contractual relationship with the Investment Manager or one of its affiliates, are listed in the SAI.

 

·Servicing Payments to Servicing Intermediaries. The Investment Manager, HASCO and/or their affiliates pay Servicing Payments to Servicing Intermediaries. The amount of the Servicing Payments is generally based on average net assets of the Hartford Funds that are serviced by a Servicing Intermediary. With certain limited exceptions, the annual amount of Servicing Payments made to any specific Servicing Intermediary is not expected to exceed 0.25% of the average net assets of the Hartford Funds that are serviced by that Servicing Intermediary. For the year ended December 31, 2019, the Investment Manager, HASCO and/or their affiliates incurred approximately $[   ] million in total Servicing Payments and these Servicing Payments did not exceed $[   ] million for any one Servicing Intermediary.

 

As of January 1, 2020, the Investment Manager, HASCO and/or their affiliates pay or have entered into ongoing contractual arrangements to pay Servicing Payments to the following entities: [401k ASP, Inc.; ADP Broker Dealer, Inc.; Alerus Financial; Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.; Ascensus, Inc.; Benefit Plans Administrative Services, LLC; Benefit Trust Co.; BenefitStreet, Inc.; Charles Schwab; Companion Life Insurance Company; CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc.; Daily Access Corp.; Digital Retirement Solutions; Edward D. Jones & Co; Expert Plan, Inc.; Fidelity; Gold Trust Company; Goldman Sachs & Co.; Great-West Financial Retirement Plan Services, LLC; GWFS Equities, Inc.; Hewitt Associates LLC; ICMA Retirement Corporation; International Clearing Trust Company; John Hancock Trust Company; Lincoln Retirement Services Company, LLC; LPL Financial Corp.; Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated; Mercer HR Services, LLC; Mid Atlantic Capital Corporation; Minnesota Life Insurance Company; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; MSCS Financial Services, LLC; Nationwide Financial Services, Inc.; Newport Group; NYLife Distributors, LLC.; Plan Administrators, Inc.; Pershing LLC; PNC Bank, N.A.; Principal Life Insurance Company; Prudential Insurance Company of America; Qualified Benefits Consultants; Raymond James & Associates Inc. and Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.; RBC Capital Markets Corporation; Reliance Trust Company; Standard Insurance Company; Standard Retirement Services, Inc.; Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc.; T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services, Inc. & T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc.; TD Ameritrade Trust Company; Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America; The Retirement Plan Company, LLC; The Vanguard Group; Transamerica Retirement Solutions; United of Omaha Life Insurance Company; Valic Retirement Services Company; Voya Financial; Wells Fargo; Wilmington Trust; and Xerox HR Solutions]. The Investment Manager, HASCO and/or their affiliates may in the future enter into similar arrangements with other Servicing Intermediaries.

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·Distribution Support Provided By SFA. Schroder Fund Advisors LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of SIMNA (“SFA”), has entered into an additional compensation arrangement with Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC (“HFMC”), the Fund’s investment manager. Under this arrangement, SFA has entered into a selling agreement with Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC (“HFD”) pursuant to which SFA is involved in the distribution of the shares of the Fund, and SFA and HFMC have entered into an additional compensation agreement, pursuant to which HFMC pays SFA an annual fee based on a percentage of the gross spread between the management fees and sub-advisory fees with respect to Class SDR Shares of the Fund.
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Fund Distributions and Tax Matters

 

DIVIDENDS AND DISTRIBUTIONS

 

The Fund intends to distribute substantially all of its net investment income and capital gains to shareholders at least once a year. Capital gains of the Fund are normally declared and paid annually. Dividends from net investment income of the Fund are normally declared and paid annually.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company’s Board of Directors has delegated authority to the Fund’s Treasurer to reduce the frequency with which dividends are declared and paid and to declare and make payments of long-term capital gains as permitted or required by law or in order to avoid tax penalties. Further, the Fund reserves the right to change its dividend distribution policy at the discretion of its Board of Directors. Unless shareholders specify otherwise, all dividends and distributions received from the Fund are automatically reinvested in additional full or fractional shares of that Fund.

 

Unless your investment is in a tax-deferred account, you may want to avoid buying shares shortly before the Fund pays a dividend. The reason? If you buy shares when the Fund has realized but not yet distributed taxable income or capital gains, you will pay the full price for the shares and then receive a portion of the price back in the form of a taxable dividend.

 

Before investing you may want to consult your tax advisor.

 

If you elect to receive dividends in cash, you will only receive a check if the dividend amount exceeds $10. If the dividend is $10 or less, the amount will automatically be reinvested in the Fund. If you would like to receive cash dividends, regardless of the amount, you can establish an electronic funds transfer to your bank. For assistance in establishing electronic funds transfer transactions, please call 1-888-843-7824.

 

TAXABILITY OF DIVIDENDS

 

Unless your shares are held in a tax-advantaged account, dividends and distributions you receive from the Fund, whether reinvested or taken as cash, are generally considered taxable. Distributions from the Fund’s long-term capital gains are taxable as long-term capital gains, regardless of how long you held your shares. Distributions from short-term capital gains and from ordinary income (other than certain qualified dividend income) are generally taxable as ordinary income.

 

If the Fund’s distributions exceed its taxable income and capital gains realized during a taxable year, all or a portion of the distributions made in the same taxable year may be recharacterized as a return of capital to shareholders. A return of capital distribution generally will not be taxable, but will reduce each shareholder’s cost basis in the Fund and result in a higher reported capital gain or lower reported capital loss when those shares on which the distribution was received are sold. Any return of capital in excess of your basis, however, is taxable as a capital gain.

 

A portion of dividends from ordinary income may qualify for the dividends-received deduction for corporations. Distributions from certain qualified dividend income generally are taxable to individuals at the same rates that apply to long-term capital gains, if certain holding period and other requirements are met. The maximum individual rate applicable to “qualified dividend income” and long-term capital gains is currently generally either 15% or 20%, depending on whether the individual’s income exceeds certain threshold amounts.

 

An additional 3.8% Medicare tax is imposed on certain net investment income (including taxable distributions received from the Fund and net gains from redemptions of Fund shares) of individuals, estates and trusts to the extent that such person’s gross income, with certain adjustments, exceeds certain threshold amounts.

 

Some dividends paid in January may be taxable as if they had been paid the previous December.

 

Dividends and capital gains distributed by the Fund to tax-deferred retirement plan accounts are not taxable currently.

 

TAXABILITY OF TRANSACTIONS

 

Unless your shares are held in a tax-advantaged account, any time you sell or exchange shares, it is considered a taxable event for you. You may have a capital gain or a loss on the transaction that will be long-term or short-term, depending upon

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how long you held your shares. You are responsible for any tax liabilities generated by your transactions. Any loss realized upon the sale or exchange of Fund shares that you held for less than six months may be disallowed to the extent of any distributions treated as exempt-interest dividends with respect to such shares. Consult your tax advisor if you sell shares held for less than six months at a loss after receiving a long-term capital gain distribution from the Fund.

 

Under certain limited circumstances, a shareholder may be able to exchange one class of shares for another class of shares of the same Fund. In general, exchanges of one share class for a different share class of the same Fund should not result in the realization by the investor of a taxable capital gain or loss for U.S. federal income tax purposes, provided that the transaction is undertaken and processed, with respect to any shareholder, as a direct exchange transaction. If the exchange results in a CDSC or sales charge, Fund shares may be redeemed to pay the charge, and that redemption would be taxable. Shareholders should consult their tax advisors as to the federal, state, local and non-U.S. tax consequences of an intra-fund exchange.

 

Exchanges within a tax-deferred retirement plan account will not result in a capital gain or loss for federal or state income tax purposes. With limited exceptions, distributions from a retirement plan account are taxable as ordinary income.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

The Fund may be required to withhold U.S. federal income tax (currently, at the rate of 24%) of all taxable distributions payable to you if you fail to provide the Fund with your correct taxpayer identification number or to make required certifications, or if you have been notified by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) that you are subject to backup withholding. Backup withholding is not an additional tax. Any amounts withheld may be credited against your U.S. federal income tax liability. IRS Regulations require the Fund to report to the IRS and furnish to shareholders the cost basis information and holding period for Fund shares purchased on or after January 1, 2012, and sold on or after that date. The Fund will permit shareholders to elect from among several cost basis methods accepted by the IRS, including average cost. In the absence of an election by a shareholder, the Fund will use the average cost method with respect to that shareholder. To elect a cost basis method other than the default method average cost, your request must be received in writing by completing the appropriate part of your account application, by completing “Cost Basis Method Election for Non-Qualified Mutual Fund Accounts” or submitted through our website at www.hartfordfunds.com. Fund shareholders should consult with their tax advisors to determine the best cost basis method for their tax situation and to obtain more information about how the new cost basis reporting rules apply to them.

 

If more than 50% of the value of the Fund’s total assets at the close of any taxable year consists of securities of foreign corporations, or if at least 50% of the value of the Fund’s total assets at the close of each quarter of its taxable year is represented by interests in other regulated investment companies, the Fund will be eligible to file an election with the IRS that would generally enable its shareholders to benefit from any foreign tax credit or deduction available for any foreign taxes the Fund pays. Pursuant to this election, a shareholder will be required to include in gross income (in addition to dividends actually received) its pro rata share of the foreign taxes paid by the Fund, and may be entitled either to deduct its pro rata share of the foreign taxes in computing its taxable income or to use the amount as a foreign tax credit against its U.S. federal income tax liability (subject to certain holding period and other requirements). The consequences of such an election are discussed in more detail in the SAI.

 

The Fund will generally be required to withhold U.S. federal income tax at the rate of 30% of all taxable distributions to you if you are a non-resident alien or foreign entity and there is no applicable tax treaty or if you are claiming reduced withholding under a tax treaty and you have not properly completed and signed the appropriate IRS Form W-8. You also must complete and send to us the appropriate IRS Form W-8 to certify your foreign status. Provided that the appropriate IRS Form W-8 is properly completed, long-term capital gains distributions and proceeds of sales are not subject to withholding for foreign shareholders.

 

The Fund is required to withhold U.S. tax (at a 30% rate) on payments of taxable dividends made to certain non-U.S. entities that fail to comply (or be deemed compliant) with extensive new reporting and withholding requirements designed to inform the U.S. Department of the Treasury of U.S.-owned foreign investment accounts. Shareholders may be requested to provide additional information to the Fund to enable the Fund to determine whether withholding is required.

 

Distributions from the Fund may also be subject to state, local and foreign taxes. You should consult your own tax advisor regarding the particular tax consequences of an investment in the Fund.

 

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This section summarizes some of the consequences under current Federal tax law of an investment in the Fund. It is not a substitute for personal tax advice. Consult your personal tax advisor about the potential tax consequences of an investment in the Fund under all applicable tax laws.

 

Performance Notes

 

The Fund will measure its performance against MSCI China A Onshore Index (Net), which is designed to capture large and mid-cap representation across China securities listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges. The index covers only those securities that are accessible through “Stock Connect”.

 

The index is unmanaged, and its results include reinvested dividends and/or distributions net of withholding taxes, but do not reflect the effect of sales charges, commissions, expenses or other taxes.

 

Prior Performance of SIMNA and SIMNA Ltd.

 

The following tables present the past performance of a composite of certain accounts managed by SIMNA and SIMNA Ltd. (the “Schroders China Equity Alpha Composite”), which serves as sub-adviser to the Fund. The Schroders China Equity Alpha Composite consists of all fee paying accounts under discretionary management by SIMNA and SIMNA Ltd. in their [China A] investment strategy that have investment objectives, policies and strategies substantially similar to those of the Fund. Historical gross composite performance has been prepared in compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). The GIPS method for computing historical performance differs from the SEC’s method. Returns reflect all income, gains and losses and reinvestment of any dividends or capital gains without provision for federal or state income tax. Because the gross performance data of the Schroders China Equity Alpha Composite shown in the tables does not reflect the deduction of investment advisory fees paid by certain accounts that make up the composite and certain other expenses that would be applicable to mutual funds, the net performance data may be more relevant to potential investors in the Fund in their analysis of the historical experience of SIMNA and SIMNA Ltd. in managing all [China A] portfolios, with investment objectives, policies and strategies substantially similar to those of the Fund. To calculate the performance of the composite net of the Fund’s Class A expenses and the maximum Class A sales charge, the total annual fund operating expenses (before any waivers and/or reimbursements) and the maximum sales charge payable by Class A shares of the Fund, as set forth in the Fund’s fee table in the Summary Section, were used. To calculate the performance of the composite net of Class A expenses but excluding Class A sales charges, only the total annual fund operating expenses (before any waivers and/or reimbursements) payable by Class A shares of the Fund, as set forth in the Fund’s fee table in the Summary Section, were used. In each case, the expenses are higher than the highest expenses applicable to any account in the composite.

 

Certain accounts that are included in the Schroders China Equity Alpha Composite are not subject to the diversification requirements, specific tax restrictions and investment limitations imposed on the Fund by the 1940 Act or Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code. Consequently, the performance results for the composite may have been less favorable had it been regulated as an investment company under the federal securities laws.

 

The historical performance of THE Schroders China Equity Alpha Composite is not that of THE fund, is not a substitute for THE fund’s performance and is not necessarily indicative of THE fund’s future results.  The Fund’s actual performance may differ significantly from the past performance of the Schroders China Equity Alpha Composite. The personnel who managed the accounts that make up the composite, and who therefore generated, or contributed to, the historical performance shown may differ from the personnel managing the Fund.

 

While the accounts in the composite experience inflows and outflows of cash from clients, there can be no assurance that the continuous offering of the Fund’s shares and its obligation to redeem its shares will not adversely affect the performance of the Fund.

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Schroders China Equity Alpha Composite PERFORMANCE1

 

Average annual total returns for the periods ended December 31, 2019

  1 Year 5 Years Since Inception (March [   ], 2013)
Composite (Net of Class A expenses before fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements and maximum Class A sales charge) [   ]% [   ]% [   ]%
Composite (Net of Class A expenses before fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements but excluding Class A sales charges) [   ]% [   ]% [   ]%
Composite (Gross) [   ]% [   ]% [   ]%
MSCI China A Onshore Index (Net) (reflects reinvested dividends net of withholding taxes but reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or other taxes) [   ]% [   ]% [   ]%

 

Total returns for the periods ended December 31

  20132 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Composite (Net of Class A expenses before fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements and maximum Class A sales charge) [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]%
Composite (Net of Class A expenses before fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements but excluding Class A sales charges) [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]%
Composite (Gross) [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]%
MSCI China A Onshore Index (Net) (reflects reinvested dividends net of withholding taxes but reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or other taxes) [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]% [   ]%
1This is not the performance of the Fund. As of December 31, 2019, the composite consisted of [  ] accounts with aggregate assets of $[  ] million.
2Returns reflect performance beginning March [  ], 2013.

 

Please see “Performance Notes” for a description of the index.

 

Past performance does not guarantee future results. Performance for the periods subsequent to those periods reflected herein may be lower.

 

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Financial Highlights

 

Because the Fund has not commenced operations as of the date of its most recent fiscal year end, audited financial highlights are not available.

 

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For More Information

 

Two documents are or will be available that offer further information on the Fund:


Annual/Semi-Annual Report To Shareholders

 

Additional information about the Fund’s investments will be contained in the Fund’s annual report and semi-annual report, when available. In the Fund’s annual report, when available, you will also find a discussion of the market conditions and investment strategies that significantly affected the Fund’s performance during the last fiscal year (or period as the case may be), as well as the independent registered public accounting firm’s report.

 

Statement of Additional Information (SAI)

 

The SAI contains more detailed information on the Fund. A current SAI and annual report have been filed with the SEC and the SAI is incorporated by reference into (which means it is legally a part of) this prospectus.

 

The Fund makes available this prospectus, the SAI and annual/semi-annual reports free of charge, on the Fund’s web site at www.hartfordfunds.com.

 

To request a free copy of the current annual/semi-annual report, if available, for the Fund and/or the SAI or for shareholder inquiries or other information about the Fund, please contact the Fund at:

 

By Mail:

Hartford Funds (For overnight mail)
P.O. Box 219060 Hartford Funds
Kansas City, MO 64121-9060 430 W 7th Street, Suite 219060
  Kansas City, MO 64121-9060

 

By Phone:

1-888-843-7824

 

On The Internet:
www.hartfordfunds.com

 

Or you may view or obtain these documents from the SEC:

 

On the Internet or by E-Mail:

 

Internet: (on the EDGAR Database on the SEC’s internet website) www.sec.gov

 

E-Mail: publicinfo@sec.gov

 

Requests which are made by e-mail require the payment of a duplicating fee to the SEC in order to obtain a document.

 

Investing In Mutual Funds:

Shareholders or potential shareholders can obtain additional information about investing, including information about investing in mutual funds, on the SEC’s Investor Education and Advocacy Web Site at http://www.sec.gov/investor.shtml and through the FINRA’s Investor Information Web Site at http://www.finra.org/Investors/index.htm. To obtain additional information about the expenses associated with investing in mutual funds, the SEC provides a Mutual Fund Cost Calculator, available at http://www.sec.gov/investor/tools/mfcc/mfcc-int.htm; and FINRA provides a Mutual Fund and ETF Expense Analyzer, available at https://tools.finra.org/fund_analyzer/?rr=1.

 

Net Asset Value

 

The Fund’s net asset value is available on a daily basis on the Fund’s web site at www.hartfordfunds.com.

 

SEC File Number MFPRO-SCHCHINA[   ]
The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc. 811-00558 [April 1, 2020]

 

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Appendix A

 

INTERMEDIARY-SPECIFIC SALES CHARGE WAIVERS AND DISCOUNTS

 

The availability of certain initial and contingent deferred sales charge waivers and discounts may depend on the particular financial intermediary or type of account through which you purchase or hold Fund shares. Financial intermediaries may have different policies and procedures regarding the availability of these waivers and discounts. For waivers or discounts not available through a particular intermediary, investors will have to purchase shares directly from the Fund or through another intermediary to receive such waivers or discounts to the extent such a waiver or discount is available. These waivers or discounts, which may vary from those disclosed elsewhere in the statutory prospectus or SAI, are subject to change and this Appendix will be updated based on information provided by the financial intermediaries. Neither the Fund, Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC, nor Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC supervises the implementation of these waivers or discounts or verifies the intermediaries’ administration of these waivers or discounts. In all instances, it is the purchaser’s responsibility to notify the financial intermediary at the time of purchase of any facts that may qualify the purchaser for sales charge waivers or discounts. Please contact your financial intermediary for more information.

 

Merrill Lynch

 

Effective April 10, 2017, shareholders purchasing Fund shares through a Merrill Lynch platform or account will be eligible only for the following load waivers (front-end sales charge waivers and contingent deferred sales charge waivers) and discounts, which may differ from those disclosed elsewhere in the Fund’s prospectus or SAI. Shareholders should contact Merrill Lynch to determine their eligibility for these waivers and discounts.

 

Front-end Sales Load Waivers on Class A Shares available at Merrill Lynch

·Employer-sponsored retirement, deferred compensation and employee benefit plans (including health savings accounts) and trusts used to fund those plans, provided that the shares are not held in a commission-based brokerage account and shares are held for the benefit of the plan
·Shares purchased by or through a 529 Plan
·Shares purchased through a Merrill Lynch affiliated investment advisory program
·Shares purchased by third party investment advisors on behalf of their advisory clients through Merrill Lynch’s platform
·Shares of funds purchased through the Merrill Edge Self-Directed platform
·Shares purchased through reinvestment of capital gains distributions and dividend reinvestment when purchasing shares of the same fund (but not any other fund within the fund family)
·Shares exchanged from Class C (i.e. level-load) shares of the same fund in the month of or following the 10-year anniversary of the purchase date
·Employees and registered representatives of Merrill Lynch or its affiliates and their family members
·Directors of the Fund, and employees of the Fund’s investment adviser or any of its affiliates, as described in the Fund’s prospectus
·Shares purchased from the proceeds of redemptions within the same fund family, provided (1) the repurchase occurs within 90 days following the redemption, (2) the redemption and purchase occur in the same account, and (3) redeemed shares were subject to a front-end or deferred sales load (known as Rights of Reinstatement)

 

CDSC Waivers on A and C Shares available at Merrill Lynch

·Death or disability of the shareholder
·Shares sold as part of a systematic withdrawal plan as described in the Fund’s prospectus
·Return of excess contributions from an IRA Account
·Shares sold as part of a required minimum distribution for IRA and retirement accounts due to the shareholder reaching age 701/2
·Shares sold to pay Merrill Lynch fees but only if the transaction is initiated by Merrill Lynch
·Shares acquired through a right of reinstatement
·Shares held in retirement brokerage accounts, that are exchanged for a lower cost share class due to transfer to certain fee based accounts or platforms

 

Front-end load Discounts Available at Merrill Lynch:

·Breakpoints as described in the Fund’s prospectus.
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·Rights of Accumulation (ROA) which entitle shareholders to breakpoint discounts will be automatically calculated based on the aggregated holding of fund family assets held by accounts within the purchaser’s household at Merrill Lynch. Eligible fund family assets not held at Merrill Lynch may be included in the ROA calculation only if the shareholder notifies his or her financial advisor about such assets
·Letters of Intent (LOI) which allow for breakpoint discounts using the same criteria as ROA above, but based on anticipated purchases within a fund family, through Merrill Lynch, over a 13-month period of time

 

Ameriprise Financial

 

Effective July 1, 2018, shareholders purchasing Fund shares through an Ameriprise Financial platform or account are eligible for the following front-end sales charge waivers, which may differ from those disclosed elsewhere in the Funds’ prospectus or SAI.

 

Front-end Sales Load Waivers on Class A Shares available at Ameriprise Financial

·Employer-sponsored retirement plans (e.g., 401(k) plans, 457 plans, employer-sponsored 403(b) plans, profit sharing and money purchase pension plans and defined benefit plans). For purposes of this provision, employer-sponsored retirement plans do not include SEP IRAs, Simple IRAs or SAR-SEPs.
·Shares purchased through an Ameriprise Financial investment advisory program (if an Advisory or similar share class for such investment advisory program is not available).
·Shares purchased by third party investment advisors on behalf of their advisory clients through Ameriprise Financial’s platform (if an Advisory or similar share class for such investment advisory program is not available).
·Shares purchased through reinvestment of capital gains distributions and dividend reinvestment when purchasing shares of the same Fund (but not any other fund within the same fund family).
·Shares exchanged from Class C shares of the same fund in the month of or following the 10-year anniversary of the purchase date. To the extent that the Funds’ prospectus elsewhere provides for a waiver with respect to such shares following a shorter holding period, that waiver will apply to exchanges following such shorter period. To the extent that the Funds’ prospectus elsewhere provides for a waiver with respect to exchanges of Class C shares for load waived shares, that waiver will also apply to such exchanges.
·Employees and registered representatives of Ameriprise Financial or its affiliates and their immediate family members.
·Shares purchased by or through qualified accounts (including IRAs, Coverdell Education Savings Accounts, 401(k)s, 403(b) TSCAs subject to ERISA and defined benefit plans) that are held by a covered family member, defined as an Ameriprise financial advisor and/or the advisor’s spouse, advisor’s lineal ascendant (mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, great grandmother, great grandfather), advisor’s lineal descendant (son, step-son, daughter, step-daughter, grandson, granddaughter, great grandson, great granddaughter) or any spouse of a covered family member who is a lineal descendant.
·Shares purchased from the proceeds of redemptions within the same fund family, provided (1) the repurchase occurs within 90 days following the redemption, (2) the redemption and purchase occur in the same account, and (3) redeemed shares were subject to a front-end or deferred sales load (i.e. Rights of Reinstatement).

 

Shareholders should contact Ameriprise Financial to determine their eligibility for these waivers.

 

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

 

Effective July 1, 2018, shareholders purchasing Fund shares through a Morgan Stanley Wealth Management transactional brokerage account are eligible only for the following front-end sales charge waivers with respect to Class A shares, which may differ from and may be more limited than those disclosed elsewhere in the Funds’ Prospectus or SAI.

 

Front-end Sales Charge Waivers on Class A Shares available at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

·Employer-sponsored retirement plans (e.g., 401(k) plans, 457 plans, employer-sponsored 403(b) plans, profit sharing and money purchase pension plans and defined benefit plans). For purposes of this provision, employer-sponsored retirement plans do not include SEP IRAs, Simple IRAs, SAR-SEPs or Keogh plans
·Morgan Stanley employee and employee-related accounts according to Morgan Stanley’s account linking rules
·Shares purchased through reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions when purchasing shares of the same fund
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·Shares purchased through a Morgan Stanley self-directed brokerage account
·Class C (i.e., level-load) shares that are no longer subject to a contingent deferred sales charge and are converted to Class A shares of the same fund pursuant to Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s share class conversion program
·Shares purchased from the proceeds of redemptions within the same fund family, provided (i) the repurchase occurs within 90 days following the redemption, (ii) the redemption and purchase occur in the same account, and (iii) redeemed shares were subject to a front-end or deferred sales charge.

 

Shareholders should contact Morgan Stanley Wealth Management to determine their eligibility for these waivers.

 

Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. and each entity’s affiliates (“Raymond James”)

 

Effective March 1, 2019, shareholders purchasing fund shares through a Raymond James platform or account, or through an introducing broker-dealer or independent registered investment adviser for which Raymond James provides trade execution, clearance, and/or custody services, will be eligible only for the following load waivers (front-end sales charge waivers and contingent deferred, or back-end, sales charge waivers) and discounts, which may differ from those disclosed elsewhere in the Fund’s prospectus or SAI. The following waivers and discounts may not apply if your account is directly held with the Fund’s transfer agent. Shareholders should contact Raymond James to determine their eligibility for these waivers and discounts.

 

Front-end sales load waivers on Class A shares available at Raymond James

·Shares purchased in an investment advisory program.
·Shares purchased within the same fund family through a systematic reinvestment of capital gains and dividend distributions.
·Employees and registered representatives of Raymond James or its affiliates and their family members as designated by Raymond James.
·Shares purchased from the proceeds of redemptions within the same fund family, provided (1) the repurchase occurs within 90 days following the redemption, (2) the redemption and purchase occur in the same account, and (3) redeemed shares were subject to a front-end or deferred sales load (known as Rights of Reinstatement).
·A shareholder in the Fund’s Class C shares will have their shares converted at net asset value to Class A shares (or the appropriate share class) of the Fund if the shares are no longer subject to a CDSC and the conversion is in line with the policies and procedures of Raymond James.

 

CDSC Waivers on Classes A and C shares available at Raymond James

·Death or disability of the shareholder.
·Shares sold as part of a systematic withdrawal plan as described in the fund’s prospectus.
·Return of excess contributions from an IRA Account.
·Shares sold as part of a required minimum distribution for IRA and retirement accounts due to the shareholder reaching age 70 1/2 as described in the fund’s prospectus.
·Shares sold to pay Raymond James fees but only if the transaction is initiated by Raymond James.
·Shares acquired through a right of reinstatement.

 

Front-end load discounts available at Raymond James: breakpoints, rights of accumulation, and/or letters of intent

·Breakpoints as described in this prospectus.
·Rights of accumulation which entitle shareholders to breakpoint discounts will be automatically calculated based on the aggregated holding of fund family assets held by accounts within the purchaser’s household at Raymond James. Eligible fund family assets not held at Raymond James may be included in the calculation of rights of accumulation calculation only if the shareholder notifies his or her financial advisor about such assets.
·Letters of intent which allow for breakpoint discounts based on anticipated purchases within a fund family, over a 13-month time period. Eligible fund family assets not held at Raymond James may be included in the calculation of letters of intent only if the shareholder notifies his or her financial advisor about such assets.

 

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Preliminary Statement of Additional Information

dated January 9, 2020

Subject to Completion

 

   The information in this preliminary statement of additional information is not complete and may be changed. We may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This preliminary statement of additional information is not an offer to sell these securities and is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted.

 

STATEMENT OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

FOR

  Class A Class C Class I Class Y Class F Class SDR
Hartford Schroders China A Fund [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ]

 

OF THE HARTFORD MUTUAL FUNDS II, INC.

 

This Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) is not a prospectus, and it should be read in conjunction with the prospectus of Hartford Schroders China A Fund (the “Fund”), a series of The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc. (the “Company”). The Company is an open-end management investment company currently consisting of [thirteen] separate series. This SAI relates only to the Fund. The Fund’s prospectus is incorporated by reference into this SAI, and this SAI has been incorporated by reference into the Fund’s prospectus. A free copy of the Fund’s Annual/Semi-Annual Report, when available, and the Fund’s prospectus will be available on the Fund’s website at www.hartfordfunds.com, upon request by writing to: Hartford Funds, P.O. Box 219060, Kansas City, MO 64121-9060.

 

Date of Prospectus: [April 1, 2020], as may be amended, restated or supplemented from time to time

 

Date of Statement of Additional Information: [April 1, 2020]

 

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Table of Contents

Page No.

General Information 3
Investment Objectives and Policies 3
Investment Risks 5
Disclosure of Portfolio Holdings 29
Fund Management 31
Control Persons and Principal Security Holders 37
Investment Management Arrangements 38
Transfer Agent 39
Portfolio Manager 40
Portfolio Transactions and Brokerage 41
Fund Expenses 42
Distribution Arrangements 42
Determination of Net Asset Value 45
Capitalization and Voting Rights 45
Purchase and Redemption of Shares 46
Taxes 48
Principal Underwriter 52
Custodian 52
Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm 52
Other Information 52
Code of Ethics 52
Financial Statements 52
Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures 52
Appendix A 55

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc. (the “Company”) was organized as a Maryland corporation on March 23, 2001.

 

The Company issues separate series of shares of stock for the Fund representing a fractional undivided interest in the Fund. The Fund offers the following share classes: Class A, Class C, Class I, Class Y, Class F and Class SDR shares. The Fund is offered through a prospectus relating to the Fund and its classes.

 

Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC (“HFMC” or the “Investment Manager”) is the investment manager to the Fund. Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC (“HFD”) is the principal underwriter to the Fund. HFMC and HFD are indirect subsidiaries of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (“The Hartford”), a Connecticut-based financial services company. The Hartford may be deemed to control each of HFMC and HFD through the indirect ownership of such entities. In addition, Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. (“SIMNA”) is a sub-adviser to the Fund and Schroder Investment Management North America, Ltd. (“SIMNA Ltd.”) is a sub-sub-adviser to the Fund. SIMNA and SIMNA Ltd. (together, the “sub-advisers”) perform the daily investment of the assets of the Fund.

 

HFMC also serves as the investment manager to the other series of The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc., which are not included in this SAI and the series of The Hartford Mutual Funds, Inc., [Hartford Funds Master Fund, Hartford NextShares Trust,] Hartford Funds Exchange-Traded Trust, Hartford Series Fund, Inc., Hartford HLS Series Fund II, Inc. and Hartford Schroders Opportunistic Income Fund.

 

Investments in the Fund are not:

 

 •Deposits or obligations of any bank;
   
 •Guaranteed or endorsed by any bank; or
   
 •Federally insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board or any other federal agency.

 

The prospectus and SAI do not purport to create any contractual obligations between the Company or the Fund and its shareholders. Further, shareholders are not intended third-party beneficiaries of any contracts entered into by (or on behalf of) the Fund, including contracts with the investment manager or other parties who provide services to the Fund.

 

INVESTMENT OBJECTIVES AND POLICIES

 

The investment objectives and principal investment strategies of the Fund are described in the Fund’s prospectus. Additional information concerning certain of the Fund’s investments, strategies and risks is set forth below.

 

A.FUNDAMENTAL INVESTMENT RESTRICTIONS OF THE FUND

 

The Fund has adopted the fundamental investment restrictions set forth below. Fundamental investment restrictions may not be changed with respect to the Fund without the approval of a majority of the Fund’s outstanding voting securities as defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”). Under the 1940 Act and as used in the prospectus and this SAI, a “majority of the outstanding voting securities” means the lesser of (1) the holders of 67% or more of the outstanding shares of the Fund (or a class of the outstanding shares of the Fund) represented at a meeting if the holders of more than 50% of the outstanding shares of the Fund (or class) are present in person or by proxy or (2) the holders of more than 50% of the outstanding shares of the Fund (or of the class).

 

Unless otherwise provided below, all references below to the assets of the Fund are in terms of current market value.

 

The Fund:

 

1. will not borrow money or issue any class of senior securities, except to the extent consistent with the 1940 Act, and the rules and regulations thereunder, or as may otherwise be permitted from time to time by regulatory authority;

 

2. will not "concentrate" its investments in a particular industry or group of industries, except as permitted under the 1940 Act, and the rules and regulations thereunder as such may be interpreted or modified from time to time by regulatory authorities having appropriate jurisdiction;

 

3. will not make loans, except to the extent consistent with the 1940 Act, and the rules and regulations thereunder, or as may otherwise be permitted from time to time by regulatory authority;

 

4. will not act as an underwriter of securities of other issuers, except to the extent that, in connection with the disposition of portfolio securities, the Fund may be deemed an underwriter under applicable laws;

 

5. will not purchase or sell real estate, except to the extent permitted under the 1940 Act and the rules and regulations thereunder, as such may be interpreted or modified from time to time by regulatory authorities having appropriate jurisdiction; and

 

6. will not invest in physical commodities or contracts relating to physical commodities, except to the extent permitted under the 1940 Act and other applicable laws, rules and regulations, as such may be interpreted or modified by regulatory authorities having jurisdiction, from time to time and as set forth in the Fund’s prospectus and SAI.

 

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B.NON-FUNDAMENTAL INVESTMENT RESTRICTIONS OF THE FUND

 

The following restrictions are non-fundamental restrictions and may be changed by the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) without shareholder approval.

 

The Fund may not:

 

1. Pledge its assets other than to secure permitted borrowings or to secure investments permitted by the Fund’s investment policies as set forth in its prospectus and this SAI, as they may be amended from time to time, and applicable law.

 

2. Purchase securities on margin except to the extent permitted by applicable law.

 

3. Purchase securities while outstanding borrowings exceed 5% of the Fund’s total assets, except where the borrowing is for temporary or emergency purposes. Reverse repurchase agreements, dollar rolls, securities lending, borrowing securities in connection with short sales (where permitted in the Fund’s prospectus and SAI), and other investments or transactions described in the Fund’s prospectus and this SAI, as they may be amended from time to time, are not deemed to be borrowings for purposes of this restriction.

 

4. Make short sales of securities or maintain a short position, except to the extent permitted by the Fund’s prospectus and SAI, as amended from time to time, and applicable law.

 

C.NON-FUNDAMENTAL TAX RESTRICTIONS OF THE FUND

 

The Fund must:

 

1. Maintain its assets so that, at the close of each quarter of its taxable year,

 

(a)       at least 50% of the fair market value of its total assets is comprised of cash, cash items, U.S. Government securities, securities of other regulated investment companies and other securities (including bank loans), limited in respect of any one issuer to no more than 5% of the fair market value of the Fund’s total assets and 10% of the outstanding voting securities of such issuer, and

 

(b)       no more than 25% of the fair market value of its total assets is invested in the securities (including bank loans) of any one issuer (other than U.S. Government securities and securities of other regulated investment companies), or of two or more issuers controlled by the Fund and engaged in the same, similar, or related trades or businesses, or of one or more qualified publicly traded partnerships.

 

These tax-related limitations are subject to cure provisions under applicable tax laws and may be changed by the Board without shareholder approval to the extent appropriate in light of changes to applicable tax law requirements.

 

D.CLASSIFICATION

 

The Fund has elected to be classified as a non-diversified series of an open-end management investment company, which means that the Fund is not required to comply with the diversification rules of the 1940 Act, although the Fund must meet the tax-related diversification requirements set forth in Section C above.

 

The Fund may change its classification status from non-diversified to diversified without shareholder approval.

 

E.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING INVESTMENT RESTRICTIONS

 

The information below is not considered to be part of the Fund’s fundamental policies and is provided for informational purposes only.

 

Except with respect to the asset coverage requirements included in the limitation on borrowing set forth in Section A.1 above, if the percentage restrictions on investments described in this SAI and any Prospectus are adhered to at the time of investment, a later increase or decrease in such percentage resulting from a change in the values of securities or loans, a change in the Fund’s net assets or a change in security characteristics is not a violation of any of such restrictions.

 

With respect to investment restriction A.2, the 1940 Act does not define what constitutes “concentration” in an industry. However, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has taken the position that an investment in excess of 25% of the Fund’s total assets in one or more issuers conducting their principal business activities in the same industry generally constitutes concentration. The Fund does not apply this restriction to municipal securities, repurchase agreements collateralized by securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government, its agencies or instrumentalities, or other investment companies.

 

With respect to investment restriction A.5, the 1940 Act does not directly restrict the Fund’s ability to invest in real estate, but does require that every fund have the fundamental investment policy governing such investments. The Fund may acquire real estate as a result of ownership of securities or other instruments and the Fund may invest in securities or other instruments backed by real estate or securities of companies engaged in the real estate business or real estate investment trusts. The Fund is limited in the amount of illiquid assets it may purchase, and to the extent that investments in real estate are considered illiquid, Rule 22e-4 generally limits the Fund’s purchases of illiquid investments to 15% of its net assets.

 

With respect to investment restriction A.6, although the 1940 Act does not directly limit the Fund’s ability to invest in physical commodities or contracts relating to physical commodities, the Fund’s investments in physical commodities or contracts relating to

 

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physical commodities may be limited by the Fund’s intention to qualify as a registered investment company, as at least 90% of its gross income must come from certain qualifying sources of income, and income from physical commodities or contracts relating to physical commodities does not constitute qualifying income for this purpose.  In addition, to the extent that any physical commodity or contracts relating to a physical commodity is considered to be an illiquid investment, Rule 22e-4 generally limits the Fund’s purchases of illiquid investments to 15% of its net assets. Other restrictions that could also limit the Fund’s investment in physical commodities or contracts relating to physical commodities include where that investment implicates the Fund’s diversification, concentration, or securities-related issuer policies, and where the Fund would need to take certain steps as set forth in its policies to avoid being considered to issue any class of senior securities.

 

F.CERTAIN INVESTMENT STRATEGIES, RISKS AND CONSIDERATIONS

 

The investment objective and principal investment strategies for the Fund are discussed in the Fund’s prospectus. Certain descriptions in the Fund’s prospectus and this SAI of a particular investment practice or technique in which the Fund may engage or a financial instrument that the Fund may purchase are meant to describe the spectrum of investments that the Fund’s sub-advisers, in its discretion, might, but is not required to, use in managing the Fund’s portfolio assets in accordance with the Fund’s investment objective, policies and restrictions. The sub-advisers, in their discretion, may employ any such practice, technique or instrument for the Fund for which it serves as sub-adviser. It is possible that certain types of financial instruments or techniques may not be available, permissible or effective for their intended purposes in all markets.

 

The rules under the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”) require that HFMC either operate within certain guidelines and restrictions with respect to the Fund’s use of futures, options on such futures, commodity options and certain swaps, or be subject to registration with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) as a “commodity pool operator” (“CPO”) with respect to the Fund and be required to operate the Fund in compliance with certain disclosure, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements.

 

Under current CFTC rules, the investment adviser of a registered investment company may claim an exemption from registration as a CPO only if the registered investment company that it advises uses futures contracts, options on such futures, commodity options and certain swaps solely for “bona fide hedging purposes,” or limits its use of such instruments for non-bona fide hedging purposes to certain de minimis amounts.

 

[The Fund has currently elected not to register with the CFTC as a commodity pool.] As a result, each such Fund will not purchase commodity futures, commodity options contracts, or swaps if, immediately after and as a result of such purchase, (i) the Fund’s aggregate initial margin and premiums posted for its non-bona fide hedging trading in these instruments exceeds 5% of the liquidation value of the Fund’s portfolio (after taking into account unrealized profits and losses and excluding the in the-money amount of an option at the time of purchase) or (ii) the aggregate net notional value of the Fund’s positions in such instruments not used solely for bona fide hedging purposes exceeds 100% of the liquidation value of the Fund’s portfolio (after taking into account unrealized profits and losses).

 

The Fund may choose to change its election at any time. If the Fund operates subject to CFTC regulation, it may incur additional expenses.

 

The Board may convert the Fund to a master-feeder structure without shareholder approval and with advance notice to the Fund’s shareholders. Under a master-feeder structure, the Fund (i.e., feeder fund) would seek to achieve its investment objective by, instead of investing in portfolio securities directly, investing all or a portion of its investable assets in another open-end investment management company (i.e., master fund) with substantially the same investment objective, restrictions and policies.

 

INVESTMENT RISKS

 

The discussion set forth below provides descriptions of some of the types of investments and investment strategies that the Fund may use, and the risks and considerations associated with those investments and investment strategies. Please see the Fund’s Prospectus and the “Investment Objectives and Policies” section of this SAI for further information on the Fund’s investment policies and risks. Information contained in this section about the risks and considerations associated with the Fund’s investments and/or investment strategies applies only to the Fund. The Fund may engage in any of the investment strategies or purchase any of the investments described below directly, through its investment in one or more other investment companies, or through hybrid instruments, structured investments, or other derivatives.

 

ACTIVE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT RISK. The risk that, if the investment decisions and strategy of the investment manager and/or sub-advisers, as applicable, do not perform as expected, the Fund could underperform its peers or lose money. The Fund’s performance depends on the judgment of the investment manager and/or sub-advisers, as applicable, about a variety of factors, such as markets, interest rates and/or the attractiveness, relative value, liquidity, or potential appreciation of particular investments made for the Fund’s portfolio. The investment manager’s and/or sub-advisers’, as applicable, investment models may not adequately take into account certain factors, may perform differently than anticipated and may result in the Fund having a lower return than if the portfolio managers used another model or investment strategy. In addition, to the extent the Fund allocates a portion of its assets to specialist portfolio managers, the styles employed by the different portfolio managers may not be complementary, which could adversely affect the Fund’s performance.

 

The Fund's sub-advisers may consider certain environmental, social and/or governance factors (ESG) as part of its decision to buy and sell securities. Such consideration may fail to produce the intended result and, as a result, the Fund may underperform funds that do not consider ESG factors.

 

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ACTIVE TRADING RISK. Active or frequent trading of the Fund’s portfolio securities could increase the Fund’s transaction costs and may increase an investor’s tax liability as compared to a fund with less active trading policies. These effects may adversely affect Fund performance.

 

ASSET Segregation. To the extent required by the SEC guidelines, if the Fund engages in transactions that expose it to an obligation to another party, the Fund will either (i) hold an offsetting position for the same type of financial asset or (ii) maintain cash or liquid securities, designated on the Fund’s books or held in a segregated account, with a value sufficient at all times to cover its potential obligations not covered pursuant to clause (i). Assets used as offsetting positions, designated on the Fund’s books or held in a segregated account cannot be sold while the position(s) requiring cover is/are open unless replaced with other appropriate assets. As a result, the commitment of a large portion of assets to be used as offsetting positions or to be designated or segregated in such a manner could impede portfolio management or the Fund’s ability to meet shareholder redemption requests or other current obligations. The Fund reserves the right to modify its asset segregation policies in the future to comply with any changes in the SEC’s positions regarding asset segregation. In order to reduce the risk associated with leveraging, the Fund may “set aside” liquid assets (as described in “Asset Segregation” above), or otherwise “cover” its position in bond forwards in a manner consistent with the 1940 Act or the rules and SEC interpretations thereunder.

 

BORROWING. The Fund may borrow money to the extent set forth under “Investment Objectives and Policies.” The Fund does not intend to borrow for leverage purposes, except as may be set forth under “Investment Objectives and Policies.” Interest paid on borrowings will decrease the net earnings of the Fund and will not be available for investment.

 

Commodities Regulatory Risk. Commodity-related companies are subject to significant federal, state and local government regulation in virtually every aspect of their operations, including how facilities are constructed, maintained and operated, environmental and safety controls, and the prices they may charge for the products and services they provide. In addition, certain derivatives (for example, interest rate swaps) are considered to be commodities for regulatory purposes. The CFTC and the exchanges are authorized to take extraordinary actions in the event of a market emergency, including, for example, the retroactive implementation of speculative position limits or higher margin requirements, the establishment of daily limits and the suspension of trading. Any of these actions, if taken, could adversely affect the returns of the Fund by limiting or precluding investment decisions the Fund might otherwise make. In addition, various national governments have expressed concern regarding the derivatives markets and the need to regulate such markets. Stricter laws, regulations or enforcement policies, with respect to the derivatives market, could be enacted in the future which would likely increase compliance costs and may adversely affect the operations and financial performance of commodity-related companies. The effect of any future regulatory change on the Fund is impossible to predict, but could be substantial and adverse to the Fund. Also, future regulatory developments may impact the Fund’s ability to invest in commodity-linked derivatives. In addition, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has currently suspended the issuance of private letter rulings relating to the tax treatment of income and gain generated by investments in commodity-linked notes and income generated by investments in controlled foreign corporations that invest in commodity-linked derivative instruments.

 

CONVERTIBLE SECURITIES. The market value of a convertible security typically performs like that of a regular debt security; this means that if market interest rates rise, the value of a convertible security usually falls. Convertible securities are also subject to the risk that the issuer will not be able to pay interest or dividends when due, and their market value may change based on changes in the issuer’s credit rating or the market’s perception of the issuer’s creditworthiness. Since it derives a portion of its value from the common stock into which it may be converted, a convertible security is also subject to the same types of market and issuer risk that apply to the underlying common stock. A convertible security tends to perform more like a stock when the underlying stock price is high relative to the conversion price (because more of the security’s value resides in the option to convert) and more like a debt security when the underlying stock price is low relative to the conversion price (because the option to convert is less valuable).

 

Contingent Convertibles. Contingent convertible securities (“CoCos”) are a form of hybrid debt security that are intended to either convert into equity or have their principal written down upon the occurrence of certain “triggers.” The triggers are generally linked to regulatory capital thresholds or regulatory actions calling into question the issuing banking institution’s continued viability as a going-concern. CoCos’ unique equity conversion or principal write-down features are tailored to the issuing banking institution and its regulatory requirements. Some additional risks associated with CoCos include, but are not limited to:

 

Loss absorption risk. CoCos have no stated maturity and have fully discretionary coupons. This means coupons can potentially be cancelled at the banking institution’s discretion or at the request of the relevant regulatory authority in order to help the bank absorb losses.

 

• Subordinated instruments. CoCos will, in the majority of circumstances, be issued in the form of subordinated debt instruments in order to provide the appropriate regulatory capital treatment prior to a conversion. Accordingly, in the event of liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of an issuer prior to a conversion having occurred, the rights and claims of the holders of the CoCos, such as the Fund, against the issuer in respect of or arising under the terms of the CoCos shall generally rank junior to the claims of all holders of unsubordinated obligations of the issuer. In addition, if the CoCos are converted into the issuer’s underlying equity securities following a conversion event (i.e., a “trigger”), each holder will be subordinated due to their conversion from being the holder of a debt instrument to being the holder of an equity instrument.

 

• Market value will fluctuate based on unpredictable factors. The value of CoCos is unpredictable and will be influenced by many factors including, without limitation: (i) the creditworthiness of the issuer and/or fluctuations in such issuer’s

 

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 applicable capital ratios; (ii) supply and demand for the CoCos; (iii) general market conditions and available liquidity; and (iv) economic, financial and political events that affect the issuer, its particular market or the financial markets in general.

 

Synthetic Convertibles. Synthetic convertible securities involve the combination of separate securities that possess the two principal characteristics of a traditional convertible security (i.e., an income-producing component and a right to acquire an equity security). Synthetic convertible securities are often achieved, in part, through investments in warrants or options to buy common stock (or options on a stock index), and therefore are subject to the risks associated with derivatives. The value of a synthetic convertible security will respond differently to market fluctuations than a traditional convertible security because a synthetic convertible is composed of two or more separate securities or instruments, each with its own market value. Because the convertible component is typically achieved by investing in warrants or options to buy common stock at a certain exercise price, or options on a stock index, synthetic convertible securities are subject to the risks associated with derivatives. In addition, if the value of the underlying common stock or the level of the index involved in the convertible component falls below the exercise price of the warrant or option, the warrant or option may lose all value.

 

COUNTERPARTY Risk. With respect to certain transactions, such as over-the-counter derivatives contracts or repurchase agreements, the Fund will be exposed to the risk that the counterparty to the transaction may be unable or unwilling to make timely principal, interest or settlement payments, or otherwise to honor its obligations. In the event of a bankruptcy or insolvency of a counterparty, the Fund could experience delays in liquidating its positions and significant losses, including declines in the value of its investment during the period in which the Fund seeks to enforce its rights, the inability to realize any gains on its investment during such period and any fees and expenses incurred in enforcing its rights. The Fund also bears the risk of loss of the amount expected to be received under a derivative transaction in the event of the default or bankruptcy of a counterparty.

 

CURRENCY RISK. The risk that the value of the Fund’s investments in foreign securities or currencies will be affected by the value of the applicable currency relative to the U.S. dollar. When the Fund sells a foreign currency or foreign currency denominated security, its value may be worth less in U.S. dollars even if the investment increases in value in its local market. U.S. dollar-denominated securities of foreign issuers may also be affected by currency risk, as the revenue earned by issuers of these securities may also be affected by changes in the issuer’s local currency. Currency markets generally are not as regulated as securities markets. The dollar value of foreign investments may be affected by exchange controls. The Fund may be positively or negatively affected by governmental strategies intended to make the U.S. dollar, or other currencies in which the Fund invests, stronger or weaker. Currency risk may be particularly high to the extent that the Fund invests in foreign securities or currencies that are economically tied to emerging market countries.

 

Cybersecurity Risk. Cybersecurity breaches are either intentional or unintentional events that allow an unauthorized party to gain access to Fund assets, customer data, or proprietary information, or cause the Fund or Fund service provider to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality. Intentional cybersecurity incidents include: unauthorized access to systems, networks, or devices (such as through “hacking” activity); infection from computer viruses or other malicious software code; and attacks that shut down, disable, slow, or otherwise disrupt operations, business processes, or website access or functionality. In addition, unintentional incidents can occur, such as the inadvertent release of confidential information.

 

A cybersecurity breach could result in the loss or theft of customer data or funds, the inability to access electronic systems (“denial of services”), loss or theft of proprietary information or corporate data, physical damage to a computer or network system, or costs associated with system repairs, any of which could have a substantial impact on the Fund. For example, in a denial of service, Fund shareholders could lose access to their electronic accounts indefinitely, and employees of the investment manager, the sub-advisers, or the Fund’s other service providers may not be able to access electronic systems to perform critical duties for the Fund, such as trading, NAV calculation, shareholder accounting, or fulfillment of Fund share purchases and redemptions. Cybersecurity incidents could cause the Fund, the investment manager, the sub-advisers, or other service provider to incur regulatory penalties, reputational damage, compliance costs associated with corrective measures, or financial loss. They may also result in violations of applicable privacy and other laws. In addition, such incidents could affect issuers in which the Fund invests, thereby causing the Fund’s investments to lose value.

 

The investment manager, the sub-advisers, and their affiliates have established risk management systems that seek to reduce cybersecurity risks, and business continuity plans in the event of a cybersecurity breach. However, there are inherent limitations in such plans, including that certain risks have not been identified, and there is no guarantee that such efforts will succeed, especially since none of the investment manager, the sub-advisers, or their affiliates controls the cybersecurity systems of the Fund’s third-party service providers (including the Fund’s custodian), or those of the issuers of securities in which the Fund invests.

 

DEPOSITARY RECEIPTS (ADRs, EDRs and GDRs). The Fund may invest in securities of foreign issuers in the form of depositary receipts or other securities that are convertible into securities of foreign issuers, including American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”), European Depositary Receipts (“EDRs”) and Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”). ADRs are receipts typically issued by a U.S. bank or trust company that evidence underlying securities issued by a foreign corporation. ADRs are traded on U.S. securities exchanges, or in over-the-counter markets, and are denominated in U.S. dollars. EDRs and GDRs are similar instruments that are issued in Europe (EDRs) or globally (GDRs), traded on foreign securities exchanges and denominated in foreign currencies. The value of a depositary receipt will fluctuate with the value of the underlying security, reflect changes in exchange rates and otherwise involve the same risks associated with the foreign securities that they evidence or into which they may be converted. The Fund may also invest in depositary receipts that are not sponsored by a financial institution (“Unsponsored Depositary Receipts”). Depositary Receipts are generally subject to the same risks as the foreign securities that they evidence or into which they may be converted. The issuers of

 

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Unsponsored Depositary Receipts are not obligated to disclose information that would be considered material in the United States. Therefore, there may be less information available regarding their issuers and there may not be a correlation between such information and the market value of the depositary receipts.

 

The Fund may also invest in Global Depositary Notes (“GDN”), a form of depositary receipt. A GDN is a debt instrument created by a bank that evidences ownership of a local currency-denominated debt security. An investment in GDNs involves further risks due to certain features of GDNs. GDNs emulate the terms (interest rate, maturity date, credit quality, etc.) of particular local currency-denominated bonds; however, they trade, settle, and pay interest and principal in U.S. dollars, and are Depository Trust Company/Euroclear/Clearstream eligible. Any distributions paid to the holders of GDNs are usually subject to a fee charged by the depositary. Certain investment restrictions in certain countries may adversely impact the value of GDNs because such restrictions may limit the ability to convert bonds into GDNs and vice versa. Such restrictions may cause bonds of the underlying issuer to trade at a discount or premium to the market price of the GDN. See also “Foreign Investments” below.

 

DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS

 

The Fund may use instruments called derivatives or derivative securities. A derivative is a financial instrument the value of which is derived from the value of one or more underlying securities, commodities, currencies, indices, debt instruments, other derivatives or any other agreed upon pricing index or arrangement (e.g., the movement over time of the Consumer Price Index or freight rates) (each an “Underlying Instrument”). Derivatives contracts are either physically settled, which means the parties trade the Underlying Instrument itself, or cash settled, which means the parties simply make cash payments based on the value of the Underlying Instrument (and do not actually deliver or receive the Underlying Instrument). Derivatives may allow the Fund to increase or decrease the level of risk to which the Fund is exposed more quickly and efficiently than transactions in other types of instruments.

 

Many derivative contracts are traded on securities or commodities exchanges, the contract terms are generally standard, and the parties make payments due under the contracts through the exchange. Most exchanges require the parties to post margin against their obligations under the contracts, and the performance of the parties’ obligations under such contracts is usually guaranteed by the exchange or a related clearing corporation. Other derivative contracts are traded over-the-counter (“OTC”) in transactions negotiated directly between the counterparties. OTC derivative contracts do not have standard terms, so they are generally less liquid and more difficult to value than exchange-traded contracts. OTC derivatives also expose the Fund to additional credit risks to the extent a counterparty defaults on a contract. See “Additional Risk Factors and Considerations of OTC Transactions” below.

 

Depending on how the Fund uses derivatives and the relationships between the market values of the derivative and the Underlying Instrument, derivatives could increase or decrease the Fund’s exposure to the risks of the Underlying Instrument. Derivative contracts may also expose the Fund to additional liquidity and leverage risks. See “Risk Factors in Derivative Instruments” below.

 

The Fund may use derivatives for cash flow management or, as part of its overall investment strategy, to seek to replicate the performance of a particular index or to enhance returns. The use of derivatives to enhance returns is considered speculative because the Fund is primarily seeking to achieve gains rather than to offset, or hedge, the risks of other positions. When the Fund invests in a derivative for speculative purposes, the Fund is fully exposed to the risks of loss of that derivative, which may sometimes be greater than the cost of the derivative itself. The Fund may use any derivative to gain exposure to an asset or class of assets that it would be prohibited by its investment restrictions from purchasing directly.

 

Hedging Risk. The Fund may use derivative instruments to offset the risks, or to “hedge” the risks, associated with other Fund holdings. For example, derivatives may be used to hedge against movements in interest rates, currency exchange rates and the equity markets through the use of options, futures transactions and options on futures. Derivatives may also be used to hedge against duration risk in fixed-income investments. Losses on one Fund investment may be substantially reduced by gains on a derivative that reacts to the same market movements in an opposite manner. However, while hedging can reduce losses, it can also reduce or eliminate gains or cause losses if the market moves in a manner different from that anticipated by the Fund or if the cost of the derivative offsets the advantage of the hedge.

 

Among other risks, hedging involves correlation risk, which is the risk that changes in the value of the derivative will not match (i.e., will not offset) changes in the value of the holdings being hedged as expected by the Fund. In such a case, any losses on the Fund holdings being hedged may not be reduced or may even be increased as a result of the use of the derivative. The inability to close options and futures positions also could have an adverse impact on the Fund’s ability effectively to hedge its portfolio.

 

There can be no assurance that the use of hedging transactions will be effective. The Fund is required to engage in hedging transactions, and the Fund may choose not to do so. A decision as to whether, when and how to hedge involves the exercise of skill and judgment, and even a well-conceived hedge may be unsuccessful to some degree because of market behavior or unexpected interest rate trends.

 

The Fund might not employ any of the derivatives strategies described below, and there can be no assurance that any strategy used will succeed. The Fund’s success in employing derivatives strategies may depend on the sub-advisers’ correctly forecasting

 

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interest rates, market values or other economic factors, and there can be no assurance that the sub-advisers’ forecasts will be accurate. If the sub-advisers’ forecasts are not accurate, the Fund may end up in a worse position than if derivatives strategies had not been employed at all. The Fund’s ability to use certain derivative transactions may be limited by tax considerations and certain other legal considerations. Further, suitable derivative transactions might not be available at all times or in all circumstances. Described below are certain derivative instruments and trading strategies the Fund may use (either separately or in combination) in seeking to achieve their overall investment objectives.

 

Options Contracts. An options contract, or an “option,” is a type of derivative. An option is an agreement between two parties in which one gives the other the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an Underlying Instrument at a set price (the “exercise price” or “strike price”) for a specified period of time. The buyer of an option pays a premium for the opportunity to decide whether to carry out the transaction (exercise the option) when it is beneficial. The option seller (writer) receives the initial premium and is obligated to carry out the transaction if and when the buyer exercises the option. Options can trade on exchanges or in the OTC market and may be bought or sold on a wide variety of Underlying Instruments. Options that are written on futures contracts, or futures options (discussed below), are subject to margin requirements similar to those applied to futures contracts. The Fund may engage in options transactions on any security or instrument in which it may invest, on any securities index based on securities in which it may invest or on any aggregates of equity and debt securities consisting of securities in which it may invest (aggregates are composites of equity or debt securities that are not tied to a commonly known index). The Fund may also enter into options on foreign currencies. As with futures and swaps (discussed below), the success of any strategy involving options depends on the sub-advisers’ analysis of many economic and mathematical factors, and the Fund’s return may be higher if it does not invest in such instruments at all. The Fund may only write “covered” options. The sections below describe certain types of options and related techniques that the Fund may use.

 

Call Options. A call option gives the holder the right to purchase the Underlying Instrument at the exercise price for a fixed period of time. The Fund would typically purchase a call option in anticipation of an increase in value of the Underlying Instrument because owning the option allows the Fund to participate in price increases on a more limited risk basis than if the Fund had initially directly purchased the Underlying Instrument. If, during the option period, the market value of the Underlying Instrument exceeds the exercise price, plus the option premium paid by the Fund and any transaction costs the Fund incurs in purchasing the option, the Fund realizes a gain upon exercise of the option. Otherwise, the Fund realizes either no gain or a loss on its purchase of the option.

 

The Fund is also permitted to write (i.e., sell) “covered” call options, which obligate the Fund, in return for the option premium, to sell the Underlying Instrument to the option holder for the exercise price if the option is exercised at any time before or on its expiration date. In order for a call option to be covered, the Fund must have at least one of the following in place with respect to the option and for so long as the option is outstanding: (i) the Fund owns the Underlying Instrument subject to the option (or, in the case of an option on an index, owns securities whose price changes are expected to be similar to those of the underlying index), (ii) the Fund has an absolute and immediate right to acquire the Underlying Instrument without additional cash consideration (or for additional cash consideration so long as the Fund segregates such additional cash amount) upon conversion or exchange of other securities in its portfolio, (iii) the Fund enters into an offsetting forward contract and/or purchases an offsetting option or any other option that, by virtue of its exercise price or otherwise, reduces the Fund’s net exposure on its written option position, or (iv) the Fund segregates assets with an aggregate value equal to the exercise price of the option.

 

The Fund would typically write a call option to generate income from the option premium and/or in anticipation of a decrease, or only a limited increase (i.e., an increase that is less than the option premium received by the Fund in writing the option), in the market value of the Underlying Instrument. In writing a call option, however, the Fund would not profit if the market value of the Underlying Instrument increases to an amount that exceeds the sum of the exercise price plus the premium received by the Fund. Also, the Fund cannot sell the Underlying Instrument while the option is in effect unless the Fund enters into a closing purchase transaction. A closing purchase transaction cancels out the Fund’s position as option writer by means of an offsetting purchase of an identical option prior to the expiration or exercise of the option it has written.

 

Put Options. A put option gives the holder the right to sell the Underlying Instrument at the exercise price for a fixed period of time. The Fund would typically purchase a put option in anticipation of a decline in market values of securities. This limits the Fund’s potential for loss in the event that the market value of the Underlying Instrument falls below the exercise price.

 

The Fund is also permitted to write covered put options on the securities or instruments in which it may invest. In order for a put option to be covered, the Fund must have at least one of the following in place with respect to the option and for so long as the option is outstanding: (i) the Fund enters into an offsetting forward contract and/or purchases an offsetting option or any other option that, by virtue of its exercise price or otherwise, reduces the Fund’s net exposure on its written option position or (ii) the Fund segregates assets or cash with an aggregate value equal to the exercise price of the option.

 

The Fund would typically write a put option on an Underlying Instrument to generate income from premiums and in anticipation of an increase or only a limited decrease in the value of the Underlying Instrument. However, as writer of the put and in return for the option premium, the Fund takes the risk that it may be required to purchase the Underlying Instrument at a price in excess of its market value at the time of purchase. Because the purchaser may exercise its right under the option contract at any time during the

 

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option period, the Fund has no control over when it may be required to purchase the Underlying Instrument unless it enters into a closing purchase transaction.

 

Collars and Straddles. The Fund may employ collars, which are options strategies in which a call with an exercise price greater than the price of the Underlying Instrument (an “out-of-the-money call”) is sold and an in-the-money put (where the exercise price is again above the price of the Underlying Instrument) is purchased, to preserve a certain return within a predetermined range of values. The Fund may also write covered straddles consisting of a combination of a call and a put written on the same Underlying Instrument. A straddle is covered when sufficient assets are deposited to meet the Fund’s immediate obligations. The Fund may use the same liquid assets to cover both the call and put options where the exercise price of the call and put are the same, or the exercise price of the call is higher than that of the put. In such cases, the Fund will also segregate or designate on their books liquid assets equivalent to the amount, if any, by which the put is “in the money.”

 

Options on Indices. The Fund is permitted to invest in options on any index made up of securities or other instruments in which the Fund itself may invest. Options on indices are similar to options on securities except that index options are always cash settled, which means that upon exercise of the option the holder receives cash equal to the difference between the closing price of the index and the exercise price of the option times a specified multiple that determines the total monetary value for each point of such difference. As with other written options, all index options written by the Fund must be covered.

 

Risks Associated with Options. There are several risks associated with options transactions. For example, there are significant differences between the options market and the securities markets that could result in imperfect correlation between the two markets. Such imperfect correlation could then cause a given transaction to fail to achieve its objectives. Options are also subject to the risks of an illiquid secondary market, whether those options are traded over-the-counter or on a national securities exchange. There can be no assurance that a liquid secondary market on an options exchange will exist for any particular exchange-traded option at any particular time. If the Fund is unable to effect a closing purchase transaction with respect to options it has written, the Fund will not be able to sell the Underlying Instruments or dispose of the segregated assets used to cover the options until the options expire or are exercised. Similarly, if the Fund is unable to effect a closing sale transaction with respect to options it has purchased, it would have to exercise the options in order to realize any profit and would incur transaction costs upon the purchase or sale of the Underlying Instruments. Moreover, the Fund’s ability to engage in options transactions may be limited by tax considerations and other legal considerations.

 

The presence of a liquid secondary market on an options exchange may dry up for any or all of the following reasons: (i) there may be insufficient trading interest in certain options; (ii) the exchange may impose restrictions on opening or closing transactions or both; (iii) the exchange may halt or suspend trading, or impose other restrictions, on particular classes or series of options; (iv) unusual or unforeseen circumstances may interrupt normal exchange operations; (v) the facilities of the exchange or its related clearing corporation may at times be inadequate to handle trading volume; and/or (vi) one or more exchanges could, for economic or other reasons, decide or be compelled at some future date to discontinue the trading of options (or particular classes or series of options), in which event the secondary market on that exchange (or in such classes or series of options) would cease to exist. However, if the secondary market on an exchange ceases to exist, it would be expected (though it cannot be guaranteed) that outstanding options on that exchange, if any, that had been issued as a result of trades on that exchange would continue to be exercisable in accordance with their terms.

 

The Fund’s options transactions will also be subject to limitations, established by exchanges, boards of trade or other trading facilities, governing the maximum number of options in each class that may be written or purchased by any single investor or a group of investors acting in concert. As such, the number of options the Fund can write or purchase may be affected by options already written or purchased by other Hartford Funds. An exchange, board of trade or other trading facility may order the liquidation of positions found to be in excess of these limits and/or impose sanctions. Also, the hours of trading for options may not conform to the hours during which the Underlying Instruments are traded. To the extent that the options markets close before the markets for the Underlying Instruments, significant price movements can take place in the underlying markets that would not be reflected in the options markets.

 

OTC options implicate additional liquidity and credit risks. Unlike exchange-listed options, where an intermediary or clearing corporation assures that the options transactions are properly executed, the responsibility for performing OTC options transactions rests solely on the writer and holder of those options. See “Additional Risk Factors and Considerations of OTC Transactions” below.

 

The writing and purchase of options is a highly specialized activity that involves investment techniques and risks different from those associated with ordinary portfolio securities transactions. The successful use of options depends on the sub-advisers’ ability to predict correctly future price fluctuations and the degree of correlation between the options and securities markets. See “Risk Factors in Derivative Instruments” below.

 

Additional Risk Associated with Options on Indices. The writer’s payment obligation under an index option (which is a cash-settled option) usually equals a multiple of the difference between the exercise price, which was set at initiation of the option, and the closing index level on the date the option is exercised. As such, index options implicate a “timing risk” that the value of the

 

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underlying index will change between the time the option is exercised by the option holder and the time the obligation thereunder is settled in cash by the option writer.

 

Equity Linked Notes. Investments in Equity Linked Notes (“ELNs”) often have risks similar to their underlying securities, which could include management risk, market risk and, as applicable, foreign securities and currency risks. In addition, since ELNs are in note form, ELNs are also subject to certain debt securities risks, such as interest rate and credit risk. Should the prices of the underlying securities move in an unexpected manner, the Fund may not achieve the anticipated benefits of an investment in an ELN, and may realize losses, which could be significant and could include the Fund’s entire principal investment. An investment in an ELN is also subject to counterparty risk, which is the risk that the issuer of the ELN will default or become bankrupt and the Fund will have difficulty being repaid, or fail to be repaid, the principal amount of, or income from, its investment. Investments in ELNs are also subject to liquidity risk, which may make ELNs difficult to sell and value. In addition, ELNs may exhibit price behavior that does not correlate with the underlying securities or a fixed income investment. See also “Foreign Investments – Linked Notes” below.

 

Futures Contracts and Options on Futures Contracts. A futures contract, which is a type of derivative, is a standardized, exchange-traded contract that obligates the purchaser to take delivery, and the seller to make delivery, of a specified quantity of an Underlying Instrument at a specified price and specified future time. The Fund is generally permitted to invest in futures contracts and options on futures contracts with respect to, but not limited to, equity and debt securities and foreign currencies, aggregates of equity and debt securities (aggregates are composites of equity or debt securities that are not tied to a commonly known index), interest rates, indices, commodities and other financial instruments.

 

No price is paid upon entering into a futures contract. Rather, when the Fund purchases or sells a futures contract it is required to post margin (“initial margin”) with the futures commission merchant (“FCM”) executing the transaction. The margin required for a futures contract is usually less than ten percent of the contract value, but it is set by the exchange on which the contract is traded and may by modified during the term of the contract. Subsequent payments, known as “variation margin,” to and from the FCM, will then be made daily as the currency, financial instrument or securities index underlying the futures contract fluctuates (a process known as “marking to market”). If the Fund has insufficient cash available to meet daily variation margin requirements, it might need to sell securities at a time when such sales are disadvantageous. Futures involve substantial leverage risk.

 

An option on a futures contract (“futures option”) gives the option holder the right (but not the obligation) to buy or sell its position in the underlying futures contract at a specified price on or before a specified expiration date. As with a futures contract itself, the Fund is required to deposit and maintain margin with respect to futures options it writes. Such margin deposits will vary depending on the nature of the underlying futures contract (and the related initial margin requirements), the current market value of the option and other futures positions held by the Fund.

 

The sale of a futures contract limits the Fund’s risk of loss, prior to the futures contract’s expiration date, from a decline in the market value of portfolio holdings correlated with the futures contract. In the event the market values of the portfolio holdings correlated with the futures contract increase rather than decrease, however, the Fund will realize a loss on the futures position and a lower return on the portfolio than would have been realized without the purchase of the futures contract.

 

Positions taken in the futures markets are usually not held to maturity but instead liquidated through offsetting transactions that may result in a profit or loss. While the Fund’s futures contracts will usually be liquidated in this manner, the Fund may instead make or take delivery of the Underlying Instrument whenever it appears economically advantageous to do so.

 

The Fund is permitted to enter into a variety of futures contracts, including interest rate futures, index futures, currency futures and commodity futures, and options on such futures contracts. The Fund may also invest in instruments that have characteristics similar to futures contracts, such as debt securities with interest or principal payments determined by reference to the value of a security, an index of securities or a commodity or currency at a future point in time. The risks of such investments reflect the risks of investing in futures and derivatives generally, including volatility and illiquidity.

 

Risks Associated with Futures and Futures Options. The primary risks associated with the use of futures contracts and options are: (a) imperfect correlation between the change in market value of instruments held by the Fund and the price of the futures contract or option; (b) the possible lack of an active market for a futures contract or option, or the lack of a liquid secondary market for a futures option, and the resulting inability to close the futures contract or option when desired; (c) losses, which are potentially unlimited, caused by unanticipated market movements; (d) the sub-advisers’ failure to predict correctly the direction of securities prices, interest rates, currency exchange rates and other economic factors; and (e) the possibility that the counterparty will default in the performance of its obligations. Futures contracts and futures options also involve brokerage costs, require margin deposits and, in the case of contracts and options obligating the Fund to purchase securities or currencies, require the Fund to segregate assets to cover such contracts and options. Moreover, futures are inherently volatile, and the Fund’s ability to engage in futures transactions may be limited by tax considerations and other legal considerations.

 

U.S. futures exchanges and some foreign exchanges limit the amount of fluctuation in futures contract prices which may occur in a single business day (generally referred to as “daily price fluctuation limits”). The maximum or minimum price of a contract as a result of these limits is referred to as a “limit price.” If the limit price has been reached in a particular contract, no trades may

 

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be made beyond the limit price. Limit prices have the effect of precluding trading in a particular contract or forcing the liquidation of contracts at disadvantageous times or prices.

 

Additional Considerations of Commodity Futures Contracts. In addition to the risks described above, there are several additional risks associated with transactions in commodity futures contracts. In particular, the costs to store underlying physical commodities are reflected in the price of a commodity futures contract. To the extent that storage costs for an underlying commodity change while the Fund is invested in futures contracts on that commodity, the value of the futures contract may change proportionately. Further, the commodities that underlie commodity futures contracts may be subject to additional economic and non-economic variables, such as drought, floods, weather, livestock disease, embargoes, tariffs and international economic, political and regulatory developments and may be subject to broad price fluctuations.

 

Other Considerations Related to Options and Futures Options. The Fund will engage in transactions in futures contracts and related options only to the extent such transactions are consistent with the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, (the “Code”) for maintaining qualification as a regulated investment company for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 

Hybrid Instruments. A hybrid instrument is an interest in an issuer that combines the characteristics of an equity security, a debt security, a commodity and/or a derivative. For example, an oil company might issue a commodity-linked bond that pays a fixed level of interest plus additional interest that accrues in correlation with the extent to which oil prices exceed a certain predetermined level. This is a hybrid instrument combining a bond with an option on oil.

 

Depending on the types and terms of hybrid instruments, they present risks that may be similar to, different from or greater than those associated with more traditional investments with similar characteristics. Hybrid instruments are potentially more volatile than traditional investments and, depending on the structure of the particular hybrid, may expose the Fund to additional leverage and liquidity risks. Moreover, the purchase of hybrids exposes the Fund to the credit risk of the issuers of the hybrids. Described below are certain hybrid instruments the Fund may use in seeking to achieve its investment objective. The sub-advisers reserve the right to use the instruments mentioned below and similar instruments that may be available in the future.

 

Foreign Currency Transactions. The Fund also may purchase and sell foreign currency options and foreign currency futures contracts and futures options, and they may engage in foreign currency transactions either on a spot (cash) basis at prevailing currency exchange rates or through forward currency contracts. The Fund may engage in these transactions to hedge, directly or indirectly, against currency fluctuations, for other investment purposes and/or to seek to enhance returns. The Fund may enter into currency transactions only with counterparties that the sub-advisers deem to be creditworthy. Certain of the foreign currency transactions the Fund may use are described below.

 

Forward Currency Contracts. The Fund may enter into forward currency contracts (“forwards”) in connection with settling purchases or sales of securities, to hedge the currency exposure associated with some or all of the Fund’s investments or as part of its investment strategy. Forwards are OTC contracts to purchase or sell a specified amount of a specified currency or multinational currency unit at a set price on a future date. The market value of a forward fluctuates with changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Forwards are marked to market daily based upon foreign currency exchange rates from an independent pricing service, and the change in value is recorded as unrealized appreciation or depreciation. The Fund’s gains from its positions in forward foreign currency contracts may accelerate and/or recharacterize the Fund’s income or gains and its distributions to shareholders. The Fund’s losses from such positions may also recharacterize the Fund’s income and its distributions to shareholders and may cause a return of capital to Fund shareholders. Such acceleration or recharacterization could affect an investor’s tax liability. Forwards are highly volatile, involve substantial currency risk and may also involve credit and liquidity risks.

 

The Fund may use a forward in a “settlement hedge,” or “transaction hedge,” to lock in the U.S. dollar price on the purchase or sale of securities denominated in a foreign currency between the time when the security is purchased or sold and the time at which payment is received. Forward contracts on foreign currency may also be used by the Fund in anticipation generally of the Fund’s making investments denominated in a foreign currency, even if the specific investments have not yet been selected by the sub-advisers.

 

In a “position hedge,” the Fund uses a forward contract to hedge against a decline in the value of existing investments denominated in foreign currency. For example, the Fund may enter into a forward contract to sell Japanese yen in return for U.S. dollars in order to hedge against a possible decline in the yen’s value. Position hedges tend to offset both positive and negative currency fluctuations. Alternately, the Fund could hedge its position by selling another currency expected to perform similarly to the Japanese yen. This is called a “proxy hedge” and may offer advantages in terms of cost, yield or efficiency. However, proxy hedges may result in losses if the currency used to hedge does not move in tandem with the currency in which the hedged securities are denominated.

 

The Fund may also engage in cross-hedging by entering into forward contracts in one currency against a different currency. Cross-hedging may be used to limit or increase exposure to a particular currency or to establish active exposure to the exchange rate between the two currencies.

 

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Options on foreign currencies are affected by the factors that influence foreign exchange rates and investments generally. The Fund’s ability to establish and close out positions on foreign currency options is subject to the maintenance of a liquid secondary market, and there can be no assurance that a liquid secondary market will exist for a particular option at any specific time.

 

Forward Rate Agreements. The Fund may also enter into forward rate agreements. Under a forward rate agreement, the buyer locks in an interest rate at a future settlement date. If the interest rate on the settlement date exceeds the lock rate, the buyer pays the seller the difference between the two rates. If the lock rate exceeds the interest rate on the settlement date, the seller pays the buyer the difference between the two rates. Any such gain received by the Fund would be taxable. These instruments are traded in the OTC market. These transactions involve risks, including counterparty risk. See “Risk Factors in Derivative Instruments” below.

 

Currency Swaps, Options and Futures. In order to protect against currency fluctuations and for other investment purposes, the Fund may enter into currency swaps, options and futures. Options on foreign currencies are affected by the factors that influence foreign exchange rates and investments generally. The Fund’s ability to establish and close out positions on foreign currency options is subject to the maintenance of a liquid secondary market, and there can be no assurance that a liquid secondary market will exist for a particular option at any specific time. See “Swap Agreements and Swaptions – Currency Swaps,” “Options Contracts,” and “Futures Contracts and Options on Futures Contracts” herein.

 

Additional Risks Associated with Foreign Currency Transactions. It is extremely difficult to forecast currency market movements, and whether any hedging or other investment strategy will be successful is highly uncertain. Further, it is impossible to forecast with precision the market value of portfolio securities at the expiration of a foreign currency forward. Therefore, the Fund may be required to buy or sell additional currency on the spot market (and bear the expense of such transaction) if the sub-advisers’ predictions regarding the movement of foreign currency or securities markets prove inaccurate. To the extent the Fund hedges against anticipated currency movements that do not occur, the Fund may realize losses and reduce its total return as a result of its hedging transactions. It is impossible to hedge fully or perfectly against the effects of currency fluctuations on the value of non-U.S. securities because currency movements impact the value of different securities in differing degrees.

 

The Fund may buy or sell foreign currency options either on exchanges or in the OTC market. Foreign currency transactions on foreign exchanges may not be regulated to the same extent as similar transactions in the United States, may not involve a clearing mechanism and related guarantees and are subject to the risk of governmental actions affecting trading in, or the prices of, foreign securities. The value of such positions also could be adversely affected by (i) other complex foreign political, legal and economic factors, (ii) lesser availability than in the United States of data on which to make trading decisions, (iii) delays in the Fund’s ability to act upon economic events occurring in foreign markets during non-business hours in the United States, (iv) the imposition of different exercise and settlement terms and procedures and margin requirements than in the United States and (v) lesser trading volume. Foreign currency transactions are also subject to the risks inherent in investments in foreign markets. Please see “Foreign Investments” below.

 

Risk Factors in Derivative Instruments. Derivatives are volatile and involve significant risks, including:

 

Correlation Risk – the risk that changes in the value of a derivative instrument will not match the changes in the value of the Fund holdings that are being hedged.

 

Counterparty Risk – the risk that the party on the other side of an OTC derivatives contract or a borrower of the Fund’s securities may be unable or unwilling to make timely principal, interest or settlement payments, or otherwise to honor its obligations.

 

Credit Risk – the risk that the issuer of a security will not be able to make timely principal and interest payments. Changes in an issuer’s credit rating or the market’s perception of an issuer’s creditworthiness may affect the value of the Fund’s investment in and/or exposure to that issuer. The degree of credit risk depends on both the financial condition of the issuer and the terms of the obligation.

 

Currency Risk – the risk that changes in the exchange rate between currencies will adversely affect the value (in U.S. dollar terms) of an investment.

 

Index Risk – in respect of index-linked derivatives, the risks associated with changes in the underlying indices. If an underlying index changes, the Fund may receive lower interest payments or experience a reduction in the value of the derivative to below what the Fund paid. Certain indexed securities, including inverse securities (which move in an opposite direction from the reference index), may create leverage to the extent that they increase or decrease in value at a rate that is a multiple of the changes in the applicable index.

 

Interest Rate Risk – the risk that the value of an investment may decrease when interest rates rise because when interest rates rise, the prices of bonds and fixed rate loans fall. Generally, the longer the maturity of a bond or fixed rate loan, the more sensitive it is to this risk (interest rate risk is commonly measured by a fixed income investment’s duration). Falling interest rates also create the potential for a decline in the Fund’s income.

 

Leverage Risk – the risk associated with certain types of investments or trading strategies (for example, borrowing money to increase the amount being invested) that relatively small market movements may result in large changes in the value of an investment. Certain investments or trading strategies that involve leverage can result in losses that substantially exceed the amount originally invested.

 

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Liquidity Risk – the risk that certain securities may be difficult or impossible to sell at the time that the seller would like to sell them or at the price the seller believes the security is currently worth.

 

Short Position Risk - The Fund may also take a short position in a derivative instrument, such as a future, forward or swap. A short position in a derivative instrument involves the risk of a theoretically unlimited increase in the value of the underlying instrument which could cause the Fund to suffer a (potentially unlimited) loss.

 

Tax Risk – The tax treatment of a derivative may not be as favorable as a direct investment in the underlying asset. The use of derivatives may adversely affect the timing, character and amount of income the Fund realizes from its investments, and could impair the ability of the sub-advisers to use derivatives when they wish to do so.

 

The potential loss on derivative instruments may be substantial relative to the initial investment therein. The Fund incurs transaction costs in opening and closing positions in derivative instruments. There can be no assurance that the use of derivative instruments will be advantageous.

 

Additional Risk Factors and Considerations of OTC Transactions. Certain derivatives traded in OTC markets, including swaps, OTC options and indexed securities, involve substantial liquidity risk. This risk may be increased in times of financial stress if the trading market for OTC derivatives contracts or otherwise becomes restricted. The absence of liquidity may make it difficult or impossible for the Fund to ascertain a market value for such instruments and/or to sell them promptly and at an acceptable price.

 

Because derivatives traded in OTC markets are not guaranteed by an exchange or clearing corporation and generally do not require payment of margin, to the extent that the Fund has unrealized gains in such instruments or has deposited collateral with its counterparty, the Fund is at risk that its counterparty will become bankrupt or otherwise fail to honor its obligations. The counterparty’s failure to honor its obligations would result in the loss of any premium paid by the Fund as well as the loss of any expected benefit of the transaction. In addition, closing transactions can be made for OTC options only by negotiating directly with the counterparty or effecting a transaction in the secondary market (if any such market exists). There can be no assurance that the Fund will in fact be able to close out an OTC option position at a favorable price prior to expiration. In the event of insolvency of the counterparty, the Fund might be unable to close out an OTC option at any time prior to its expiration, if at all.

 

EQUITY RISK. Equity securities represent an ownership interest, or the right to acquire an ownership interest, in a company. Equity securities include but are not limited to common stock, preferred stock, securities convertible into common or preferred stock and warrants or rights to acquire common stock, including options. The value of an equity security may be based on the real or perceived success or failure of the particular company’s business, any income paid to stockholders in the form of a dividend, the value of the company’s assets, general market conditions, or investor sentiment generally. Equity securities may have greater price volatility than other types of investments. These risks are generally magnified in the case of equity investments in distressed companies.

 

EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS (ETFs). ETFs are registered investment companies that trade their shares on stock exchanges (such as the NYSE Arca, Cboe BZX, and NASDAQ) at market prices (rather than net asset value) and only are redeemable from the fund itself in large increments or in exchange for baskets of securities. As an exchange traded security, an ETF’s shares are priced continuously and trade throughout the day. ETFs may track a securities index, a particular market sector, a particular segment of a securities index or market sector, or they may be actively managed. An investment in an ETF generally implicates the following risks: (i) the same primary risks as an investment in the Fund that is not exchange-traded that has the same investment objectives, strategies and policies of the ETF; (ii) the risk that the ETF may fail to accurately track the market segment or index that underlies its investment objective; (iii) the risk that, to the extent the ETF does not fully replicate the underlying index, the ETF’s investment strategy may not produce the intended results; (iv) the risk of more frequent price fluctuations due to secondary market trading, which may result in a loss to the Fund; (v) the risk that an ETF may trade at a price that is lower than its net asset value; and (vi) the risk that an active market for the ETF’s shares may not develop or be maintained. Also, the Fund will indirectly pay a proportional share of the asset-based fees of the ETFs in which it invests. ETFs are also subject to specific risks depending on the nature of the ETF, such as liquidity risk, sector risk and foreign and emerging market risk, as well as risks associated with fixed income securities, real estate investments and commodities. An investment in an ETF presents the risk that the ETF may no longer meet the listing requirements of any applicable exchanges on which the ETF is listed. Further, trading in an ETF may be halted if the trading in one or more of the securities held by an ETF is halted. The Fund may pay brokerage commissions in connection with the purchase and sale of shares of ETFs.

 

Generally, the Fund will not purchase securities of an investment company (which would include an ETF) if, as a result: (1) more than 10% of the Fund’s total assets would be invested in securities of other investment companies; (2) such purchase would result in more than 3% of the total outstanding voting securities of any such investment company being held by the Fund; or (3) more than 5% of the Fund’s total assets would be invested in any one such investment company. Many ETFs have obtained exemptive relief from the SEC to permit unaffiliated funds sponsored by other fund families to invest in the ETF’s shares beyond the above statutory limitations, subject to certain conditions and pursuant to a contractual arrangement between the ETFs and the investing fund. The Fund may rely on these exemptive orders to invest in ETFs. Please see “Other Investment Companies” below.

 

EXCHANGE-TRADED NOTES (ETNs). ETNs are a type of unsecured, unsubordinated debt security that have characteristics and risks similar to those of fixed-income securities, including credit risk, and trade on a major exchange similar to shares of ETFs. Unlike other types of fixed income securities, however, the performance of ETNs is based upon that of a market index or other reference

 

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asset minus fees and expenses, no coupon payments are made and no principal protection exists. The value of an ETN may be affected by time to maturity, level of supply and demand for the ETN, volatility and lack of liquidity in underlying commodities or securities markets, changes in the applicable interest rates, changes in the issuer’s credit rating and economic, legal, political or geographic events that affect the referenced commodity or security. The Fund’s ability to sell its ETN holdings also may be limited by the availability of a secondary market and the Fund may have to sell such holdings at a discount. ETNs also are subject to counterparty credit risk, fixed-income risk and tracking error risk (where the ETN’s performance may not match or correlate to that of its market index). ETNs also incur certain expenses not incurred by their applicable index.

 

FOREIGN INVESTMENTS. The Fund may invest in foreign issuers and borrowers, which include: (1) companies organized outside of the United States, including in emerging market countries; (2) foreign sovereign governments and their agencies, authorities, instrumentalities and political subdivisions, including foreign states, provinces or municipalities; and (3) issuers and borrowers whose economic fortunes and risks are primarily linked with markets outside the United States. These securities may be denominated or quoted in, or pay income in, U.S. dollars or in a foreign currency. Certain companies organized outside the United States may not be deemed to be foreign issuers or borrowers if the issuer’s or borrower’s economic fortunes and risks are primarily linked with U.S. markets.

 

Investing in securities of foreign issuers and loans to foreign borrowers involves considerations and potential risks not typically associated with investing in obligations issued by U.S. entities. Less information may be available about foreign entities compared with U.S. entities. For example, foreign issuers and borrowers generally are not subject to uniform accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards or to other regulatory practices and requirements comparable to those applicable to U.S. issuers and borrowers. In addition, prices of foreign securities may fluctuate more than prices of securities traded in the United States. Other potential foreign market risks include difficulties in pricing securities, defaults on foreign government securities, difficulties in enforcing favorable legal judgments in foreign courts and political and social conditions, such as diplomatic relations, confiscatory taxation, expropriation, limitation on the removal of funds or assets or imposition of (or change in) exchange control regulations. Legal remedies available to investors in certain foreign countries may be less extensive than those available to investors in the United States or other foreign countries. In addition, changes in government administrations or economic or monetary policies in the United States or abroad could result in appreciation or depreciation of portfolio securities. Any of these actions could severely affect security prices, impair the Fund’s ability to purchase or sell foreign securities or transfer the Fund’s assets or income back into the United States, or otherwise adversely affect the Fund’s operations.

 

Recent geopolitical events in the European Union (particularly in Greece and Italy) and in China may disrupt securities markets and adversely affect global economies and markets. Such developments could lead to increased short-term market volatility and may have adverse long-term effects on world economies and markets generally. Those events as well as other changes in regional economic and political conditions could adversely affect individual issuers or related groups of issuers, securities markets, interest rates, credit ratings, inflation, investor sentiment, and other factors affecting the value of the Fund’s investments. Given the increasing interdependence among global economies and markets, conditions in one country, market, or region might adversely affect markets, issuers, and/or foreign exchange rates in other countries.

 

A default or debt restructuring by any European country would adversely impact holders of that country’s debt, and sellers of credit default swaps linked to that country’s creditworthiness (which may be located in other countries). These events may have an adverse effect on the value and exchange rate of the euro and may continue to significantly affect the economies of every country in Europe, including European Union member countries that do not use the euro and non-European Union member countries.  If any member country exits the European Monetary Union, the departing country would face the risks of currency devaluation and its trading partners and banks and others around the world that hold the departing country’s debt would face the risk of significant losses.  In addition, the resulting economic instability of Europe and the currency markets in general could have a severe adverse effect on the value of securities held by the Fund.

 

Certain European countries in which the Fund may invest have recently experienced significant volatility in financial markets and may continue to do so in the future. The impact of the United Kingdom’s intended departure from the European Union, commonly known as “Brexit,” and the potential departure of one or more other countries from the European Union may have significant political and financial consequences for global markets.  These consequences include greater market volatility and illiquidity, currency fluctuations, deterioration in economic activity, a decrease in business confidence and an increased likelihood of a recession in such markets. Uncertainty relating to the withdrawal procedures and timeline may have adverse effects on asset valuations and the renegotiation of current trade agreements, as well as an increase in financial regulation in such markets. This may adversely impact Fund performance.

 

Currency Risk and Exchange Risk. Because foreign securities generally are denominated and pay dividends or interest in foreign currencies, the value of the Fund that invests in foreign securities as measured in U.S. dollars will be affected by changes in exchange rates. Generally, when the U.S. dollar rises in value against a foreign currency, a security denominated in that currency loses value because the currency is worth fewer U.S. dollars. Conversely, when the U.S. dollar decreases in value against a foreign currency, a security denominated in that currency gains value because the currency is worth more U.S. dollars. This risk, generally known as “currency risk,” means that a stronger U.S. dollar will reduce returns for U.S. investors while a weak U.S. dollar will increase those returns. Moreover, transaction costs are incurred in connection with conversions between currencies.

 

Linked Notes. The Fund may invest in debt exchangeable for common stock, debt, currency or equity linked notes and similar linked securities (e.g., zero-strike warrants) (“LNs”), which are derivative securities, typically issued by a financial institution or special purpose entity, the performance of which depends on the performance of a corresponding foreign security or index. Upon redemption

 

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or maturity, the principal amount or redemption amount is payable based on the price level of the linked security or index at the time of redemption or maturity, or is exchanged for corresponding shares of common stock. LNs are generally subject to the same risks as direct holdings of securities of foreign issuers and non-dollar securities, including currency risk and the risk that the amount payable at maturity or redemption will be less than the principal amount of a note because the price of the linked security or index has declined. LNs are also subject to counterparty risk, which is the risk that the company issuing the LN may fail to pay the full amount due at maturity or redemption. The Fund may also have difficulty disposing of LNs because there may be restrictions on redemptions and there may be no market or only a thin trading market in such securities.

 

Settlement Risk. Settlement and clearance procedures in certain foreign markets differ significantly from those in the United States. Foreign settlement procedures and trade regulations may involve certain risks (such as delays in payment for or delivery of securities) not typically generated in the settlement of U.S. investments. Settlements in certain foreign countries at times have not kept pace with the number of securities transactions being undertaken; these problems may make it difficult for the Fund to carry out transactions. If the Fund cannot settle or is delayed in settling a purchase of securities, it may miss attractive investment opportunities and certain of its assets may remain uninvested with no return earned thereon for some period. There may also be the danger that, because of uncertainties in the operation of settlement systems in individual markets, competing claims may arise in respect of securities held by or to be transferred to the Fund. Further, compensation schemes may be non-existent, limited or inadequate to meet the Fund’s claims in any of these events. In connection with any of these events, and other similar circumstances, the Fund may experience losses because of failures of or defects in settlement systems.

 

There are additional and magnified risks involved with investments in emerging or developing markets, which may exhibit greater price volatility and risk of principal, have less liquidity and have settlement arrangements that are less efficient than in developed markets. In addition, the economies of emerging market countries generally are heavily dependent on international trade and, accordingly, have been and may continue to be adversely affected by trade barriers, managed adjustments in relative currency values and other protectionist measures imposed or negotiated by the countries with which they trade. Emerging market economies also have been and may continue to be adversely affected by economic conditions in the countries with which they trade. See “Investments in Emerging Market Securities” below.

 

Government Intervention in Financial Markets. From time to time, governments – including the U.S. Government, may take actions that directly affect the financial markets. During the 2008 global financial crisis, for example, instability in the financial markets led the U.S. Government to take a number of unprecedented actions designed to support certain financial institutions and segments of the financial markets that experienced extreme volatility and, in some cases, a lack of liquidity. Federal, state, and other governments, their regulatory agencies or self-regulatory organizations may in the future take actions that affect the regulation of the instruments in which the Fund invests, or the issuers of such instruments, in ways that are unforeseeable. Legislation or regulation may also change the way in which the Fund itself is regulated. In particular, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) provides for widespread regulation of financial institutions, consumer financial products and services, broker-dealers, over-the-counter derivatives, investment advisers, credit rating agencies and mortgage lending, which expands federal oversight in the financial sector and may affect the investment management industry as a whole. The Dodd-Frank Act leaves many issues to be resolved by regulatory studies and rulemakings, and in some cases further remedial legislation, by deferring their resolution to a future date. This legislation, as well as additional legislation and regulatory changes that may be enacted in the future, could change the fund industry as a whole and limit or preclude the Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective.

 

Governments or their agencies may also acquire distressed assets from financial institutions and acquire ownership interests in those institutions. The implications of government ownership and disposition of these assets are unclear, and such programs may have positive or negative effects on the liquidity, valuation and performance of the Fund’s portfolio holdings. Furthermore, volatile financial markets can expose the Fund to greater market and liquidity risk and potential difficulty in valuing portfolio instruments held by the Fund. The Fund has established procedures to assess the liquidity of portfolio holdings and to value instruments for which market prices may not be readily available. HFMC and the sub-advisers will monitor developments and seek to manage the Fund in a manner consistent with achieving the Fund’s investment objective, but there can be no assurance that they will be successful in doing so.

 

ILLIQUID INVESTMENTS. An illiquid investment means an investment that a Fund reasonably expects cannot be sold or disposed of in current market conditions within seven calendar days without the sale or disposition significantly changing the market value of the investment, as determined under the Fund's liquidity risk management program. The Fund may not be able to sell illiquid securities or other investments when the sub-advisers consider it desirable to do so or may have to sell such securities or other investments at a price that is lower than the price that could be obtained if the securities or other investments were more liquid. Illiquid investments also may be more difficult to value due to the lack of reliable market quotations for such securities or investments, and investments in them may have an adverse impact on the Fund’s net asset value.

 

Securities and other investments purchased by the Fund that are liquid at the time of purchase may subsequently become illiquid due to events relating to the issuer of the security, market events, economic conditions or investor perceptions. Domestic and foreign markets are becoming more and more complex and interrelated such that events in one sector of the market or the economy, or in one geographical region, can reverberate and have negative consequences for other market, economic or regional sectors in a manner that may not be reasonably foreseen. With respect to over-the-counter (“OTC”) securities, the continued viability of any OTC secondary market depends on the continued willingness of dealers and other participants to purchase the securities.

 

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If one or more instruments in the Fund’s portfolio become illiquid, the Fund may exceed its limit on illiquid instruments. If this occurs, the Fund must take steps to bring the aggregate amount of illiquid instruments back within the prescribed limitations as soon as reasonably practicable. However, this requirement will not force the Fund to liquidate any portfolio instrument where the Fund would suffer a loss on the sale of that instrument.

 

INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERINGS. The prices of securities purchased in initial public offerings (“IPOs”) can be very volatile and/or decline shortly after the IPO. Securities issued in IPOs have no trading history, and information about the issuing companies may be available for only very limited periods. Some of the companies involved in new industries may be regarded as developmental stage companies, without revenues or operating income, or the near-term prospects of them. Many IPOs are by small- or micro-cap companies that are undercapitalized. The effect of IPOs on the Fund’s performance depends on a variety of factors, including the number of IPOs the Fund invests in relative to the size of the Fund and whether and to what extent a security purchased in an IPO appreciates and depreciates in value. Although investments in IPOs have the potential to produce substantial gains in a short period of time, there is no assurance that the Fund will have access to profitable IPOs, that any particular IPO will be successful, or that any gains will be sustainable. Investors should not rely on past gains attributable to IPOs as an indication of future performance.

 

Interfund Lending Program. The Fund has received exemptive relief from the SEC, which permits the Fund to participate in an interfund lending program. The interfund lending program allows the Fund to borrow money from and loan money to each other for temporary or emergency purposes. All interfund loans would consist only of uninvested cash reserves that the lending Fund otherwise would invest in short-term repurchase agreements or other short-term instruments. The Fund may participate in the interfund lending program only to the extent that such participation is consistent with the Fund’s investment objectives, restrictions, policies, and limitations.

 

The program is subject to a number of conditions designed to ensure fair and equitable treatment of the Fund, including the following: (1) the Fund may not borrow money through the program unless it receives a more favorable interest rate than a rate approximating the lowest interest rate at which bank loans would be available to the Fund under a loan agreement; and (2) the Fund may not lend money through the program unless it receives a more favorable return than that available from an investment in repurchase agreements. Interfund loans and borrowings have a maximum duration of seven days, and loans may be called on one business day’s notice. If the Fund has outstanding bank borrowings, any interfund loan to the Fund would: (a) be at an interest rate equal to or lower than that of any outstanding bank loan, (b) be secured at least on an equal priority basis with at least an equivalent percentage of collateral to loan value as any outstanding bank loan that requires collateral, (c) have a maturity no longer than any outstanding bank loan (and in any event not over seven days), and (d) provide that, if an event of default occurs under any agreement evidencing an outstanding bank loan to the Fund, that event of default will automatically (without need for action or notice by the lending Fund) constitute an immediate event of default under the interfund lending agreement, entitling the lending Fund to call the interfund loan (and exercise all rights with respect to any collateral), and cause such call to be made if the lending bank exercises its right to call its loan under its agreement with the borrowing Fund.

 

The Fund may borrow on an unsecured basis through the interfund lending program only if its outstanding borrowings from all sources immediately after the borrowing total 10% or less of its total assets, provided that if the Fund has a secured loan outstanding from any other lender, including but not limited to another Fund, the Fund’s borrowing will be secured on at least an equal priority basis with at least an equivalent percentage of collateral to loan value as any outstanding loan that requires collateral. If a borrowing Fund’s total outstanding borrowings immediately after an interfund loan under the interfund lending program exceed 10% of its total assets, the Fund may borrow through the interfund lending program on a secured basis only. The Fund may not borrow under the interfund lending program or from any other source if its total outstanding borrowings immediately after the borrowing would be more than 33 1/3% of its total assets or any lower threshold provided for by the Fund’s investment restrictions.

 

The Fund may not lend to another Fund through the interfund lending program if the loan would cause the lending Fund’s aggregate outstanding loans through the interfund lending program to exceed 15% of its current net assets at the time of the loan. The Fund’s interfund loans to any one fund shall not exceed 5% of the lending Fund’s net assets.

 

The Fund’s participation in the interfund lending program may be subject to certain risks. To the extent that the Fund borrows through the program, the Fund may have to borrow from a bank at a higher interest rate if an interfund loan is called or not renewed. Any delay in repayment to a lending Fund could result in a lost investment opportunity or additional costs. As of [____, 2020], the Fund does not engage in interfund lending.

 

INVESTMENTS IN EMERGING MARKET SECURITIES. The Fund may invest in securities of issuers that conduct their principal business activities in, or whose securities are traded principally on exchanges located in, less developed countries considered to be “emerging markets.” Unless otherwise stated in the Fund’s investment strategy, emerging markets are those markets (1) included in emerging market or equivalent classifications by the United Nations (and its agencies); (2) having per capita income in the low to middle ranges, as determined by the World Bank; or (3) the Fund’s benchmark index provider designates as emerging. Emerging countries are generally located in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern and Central Europe and Central and South America. Investing in emerging market securities involves not only the risks described above with respect to investing in foreign securities, but also other risks that may be more severe and pervasive than those present in foreign countries with more developed markets. Emerging markets are riskier than more developed markets because they tend to develop unevenly and may never fully develop. The value of the Fund’s investments in emerging markets securities may be adversely affected by changes in the political, economic or social conditions, expropriation, nationalization, limitation on the removal of funds or assets, controls, tax regulations and other restrictions in emerging

 

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market countries. In the past, governments of such nations have expropriated substantial amounts of private property, and most claims of the property owners have never been fully settled. There is no assurance that such expropriations will not reoccur. In such circumstances, it is possible that the Fund could lose the entire amount of its investments in the affected market.

 

Some countries have pervasive corruption and crime that may hinder investments. Certain emerging markets may also face other significant internal or external risks, including the risk of war and ethnic, religious and racial conflicts. The Fund’s emerging market investments may introduce exposure to economic structures that are generally less diverse and mature than, and to political systems that can be expected to have less stability than, those of developed countries.  Other characteristics of emerging markets that may affect investments include national policies that may restrict investment by foreigners in issuers or industries deemed sensitive to relevant national interests and the absence of developed legal structures governing private and foreign investments and private property.  Settlements of trades in emerging markets may be subject to significant delays. The inability to make intended purchases of securities due to settlement problems could cause missed investment opportunities. Losses could also be caused by an inability to dispose of portfolio securities due to settlement problems. Also, the typically small size of the markets for securities of issuers located in emerging markets and the possibility of a low or nonexistent volume of trading in those securities may result in lack of liquidity and price volatility of those securities. In addition, traditional measures of investment value used in the United States, such as price to earnings ratios, may not apply to certain small markets. Also, there may be less publicly available information about issuers in emerging markets than would be available about issuers in more developed capital markets, and such issuers may not be subject to accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards and requirements comparable to those to which U.S. companies are subject. In addition to withholding taxes on investment income, some countries with emerging markets may impose differential capital gains taxes on foreign investors.

 

The risks outlined above are often more pronounced in “frontier markets” in which the Fund may invest. Frontier markets are those emerging markets that are considered to be among the smallest, least mature and least liquid, and as a result, the risks of investing in emerging markets are magnified in frontier markets. This magnification of risks is the result of a number of factors, including: government ownership or control of parts of the private sector and of certain companies; trade barriers; exchange controls, managed adjustments in relative currency values and other protectionist measures imposed or negotiated by the countries with which frontier market countries trade; less uniformity in accounting and reporting requirements; unreliable securities valuation; greater risk associated with custody of securities; and the relatively new and unsettled securities laws in many frontier market countries. In addition, the markets of frontier countries typically have low trading volumes, leading to a greater potential for extreme price volatility and illiquidity. This volatility may be further increased by the actions of a few major investors. For example, a substantial increase or decrease in cash flows of mutual funds investing in these markets could significantly affect local securities prices and, therefore, the net asset value of the Fund. All of these factors make investing in frontier market countries significantly riskier than investing in other countries, including more developed and traditional emerging market countries, and any one of them could cause the net asset value of the Fund’s shares to decline.

 

In addition to the risks of foreign investing and the risks of investing in emerging or frontier markets, investments in certain countries with recently developed markets and structures, such as Nigeria, Croatia and Russia, implicate certain specific risks. Because of the recent formation of these securities markets and the underdeveloped state of these countries’ banking systems, settlement, clearing and registration of securities transactions are subject to significant risks. Share ownership is often defined and evidenced by extracts from entries in a company’s share register, but such extracts are neither negotiable instruments nor effective evidence of securities ownership. Further, the registrars in these countries are not necessarily subject to effective state supervision or licensed by any governmental entity, there is no central registration system for shareholders and it is possible for the Fund to lose its entire ownership rights through fraud, negligence or mere oversight. In addition, while applicable regulations may impose liability on registrars for losses resulting from their errors, it may be difficult for the Fund to enforce any rights it may have against the registrar or issuer of the securities in the event of loss of share registration. In Croatia, these risks are limited to investments in securities that are not traded on the national stock exchange. However, in other countries, including Nigeria and Russia, all securities investments are subject to these risks.

 

The Fund may invest in Sukuk. Sukuk are similar to conventional senior, unsecured bonds but are structured to comply with Sharia, or Islamic, law and its investment principles, which, inter alia, prohibit the charging or paying of interest. Sukuk represent undivided shares in the income generated by an underlying asset or pool of assets (the “Underlying Assets”) and/or contractual payment obligations of an obligor.

 

Obligors include international financial institutions, corporations, foreign governments and agencies of foreign governments (each, an “Obligor”). Obligors typically arrange for the issue of sukuk through a special purpose vehicle or similar corporate entity (the “Sukuk Issuer”). For sukuk linked to Underlying Assets, title to the Underlying Assets is transferred to the Sukuk Issuer; for sukuk that are not linked to Underlying Assets, the sukuk represents an interest in the income stream generated by one or more contractual payment obligations of the Obligor to the Sukuk Issuer. In either event, the payments received by the investor do not come from interest on such investor’s money.

 

Since the investors in sukuk purchase an instrument with income or periodic payments linked to a specific income stream, investors are subject to the risk that the relevant Underlying Assets or the contractual payment obligations may not perform as expected, and the flow of income may, accordingly, be slower than expected or may cease altogether. In particular, Sukuk Issuers typically agree to redeem the sukuk at the end of a contractual term at an agreed price, similar to a maturity date. The ability of a Sukuk Issuer to redeem such sukuk is dependent on the income generated by the sukuk during its life and the ability and willingness of the Obligor to make payments to the Sukuk Issuer for payment to the investors.

 

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No collateral, including the Underlying Assets, is pledged as security for sukuk. As unsecured investments, sukuk are backed only by the credit of the Obligor. Sukuk are also subject to the risks associated with developing and emerging market economies, which include, among others, inconsistent accounting and legal principles.

 

The process to resolve a default or other non-payment event in respect of sukuk is likely to take longer than resolving a default in respect of a bond. In addition, it is possible that evolving interpretations of Sharia law by courts or Islamic scholars on sukuk structures and sukuk transferability, or a determination subsequent to the issuance of a sukuk by courts or Islamic scholars that such sukuk does not comply with Sharia law and its investment principles, could have an adverse effect on the price and liquidity of a such sukuk, similarly-structured sukuk or the sukuk market in general and give rise to defenses of the Obligor and the Sukuk Issuer that amounts under the sukuk are not payable either in full or in part. In addition, investors’ ability to pursue and enforce actions with respect to these payment obligations or to otherwise enforce the terms of the sukuk, restructure the sukuk, obtain a judgment in a court of competent jurisdiction or attach assets of the Sukuk Issuer or the Obligor may be limited. In addition, as with conventional debt instruments, sukuk prices may change in response to global interest rate changes.

 

While the global sukuk market has grown in recent years, it is significantly smaller than bond market and there may be times when the market is illiquid and it is difficult to make an investment in, or dispose of, sukuk. Unlike bonds, sukuk are generally held to maturity, and trading is limited to the primary market.

 

China Investments Risk. Investments in securities of companies domiciled in the People’s Republic of China (“China” or the “PRC”) involve a high degree of risk and special considerations not typically associated with investing in the U.S. securities markets. Such heightened risks include, among others, an authoritarian government, popular unrest associated with demands for improved political, economic and social conditions, the impact of regional conflict on the economy and hostile relations with neighboring countries. Military conflicts, either in response to internal social unrest or conflicts with other countries, could disrupt economic development. The Chinese economy is vulnerable to the long-running disagreements with Hong Kong related to integration. China has a complex territorial dispute regarding the sovereignty of Taiwan; Taiwan-based companies and individuals are significant investors in China. Potential military conflict between China and Taiwan may adversely affect securities of Chinese issuers. In addition, China has strained international relations with Japan, India, Russia and other neighbors due to territorial disputes, historical animosities and other defense concerns. China could be affected by military events on the Korean peninsula or internal instability within North Korea. These situations may cause uncertainty in the Chinese market and may adversely affect the performance of the Chinese economy.

 

The Chinese government has implemented significant economic reforms in order to liberalize trade policy, promote foreign investment in the economy, reduce government control of the economy and develop market mechanisms. But there can be no assurance that these reforms will continue or that they will be effective. Despite reforms and privatizations of companies in certain sectors, the Chinese government still exercises substantial influence over many aspects of the private sector and may own or control many companies. The Chinese government continues to maintain a major role in economic policy making and investing in China involves risks of losses due to expropriation, nationalization, confiscation of assets and property, and the imposition of restrictions on foreign investments and on repatriation of capital invested.

 

The Chinese government may intervene in the Chinese financial markets, such as by the imposition of trading restrictions, a ban on “naked” short selling or the suspension of short selling for certain stocks. This may affect market price and liquidity of these stocks, and may have an unpredictable impact on the investment activities of the Funds. Furthermore, such market interventions may have a negative impact on market sentiment which may in turn affect the performance of the securities markets and as a result the performance of the Funds.

 

In addition, there is less regulation and monitoring of the securities markets and the activities of investors, brokers and other participants in China than in the United States. Accordingly, issuers of securities in China are not subject to the same degree of regulation as those in the United States with respect to such matters as insider trading rules, tender offer regulation, stockholder proxy requirements and the requirements mandating timely and accurate disclosure of information. Stock markets in China are in the process of change and further development. This may lead to trading volatility, and difficulties in the settlement and recording of transactions and interpretation and application of the relevant regulations. Custodians may not be able to offer the level of service and safe-keeping in relation to the settlement and administration of securities in China that is customary in more developed markets. In particular, there is a risk that the Fund may not be recognized as the owner of securities that are held on behalf of the Fund by a sub-custodian. The Fund thus faces the risk of being unable to enforce its rights with respect to its holdings of Chinese investments.

 

The Renminbi (“RMB”), China’s official currency, is currently not a freely convertible currency and is subject to foreign exchange control policies and repatriation restrictions imposed by the Chinese government. The imposition of currency controls may negatively impact performance and liquidity of the Fund as capital may become trapped in the PRC. The Fund could be adversely affected by delays in, or a refusal to grant, any required governmental approval for repatriation of capital, as well as by the application to the Fund of any restrictions on investments. At times, there may be insufficient offshore RMB for the Fund to remain fully invested in Chinese equities. Investing in entities either in, or which have a substantial portion of their operations in, the PRC may require the Fund to adopt special procedures, seek local government approvals or take other actions, each of which may involve additional costs and delays to the Fund.

 

While the Chinese economy has grown rapidly in recent years, there is no assurance that this growth rate will be maintained. China may experience substantial rates of inflation or economic recessions, causing a negative effect on the economy and securities market. China’s economy is heavily dependent on export growth. Reduction in spending on Chinese products and services, institution

 

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of tariffs or other trade barriers or a downturn in any of the economies of China’s key trading partners may have an adverse impact on the securities of Chinese issuers. The tax laws and regulations in the PRC are subject to change, including the issuance of authoritative guidance or enforcement, possibly with retroactive effect. The interpretation, applicability and enforcement of such laws by the PRC tax authorities are not as consistent and transparent as those of more developed nations, and may vary over time and from region to region. The application and enforcement of the PRC tax rules could have a significant adverse effect on the Fund and its investors, particularly in relation to capital gains withholding tax imposed upon non-residents. In addition, the accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards and practices applicable to Chinese companies may be less rigorous, and may result in significant differences between financial statements prepared in accordance with PRC accounting standards and practices and those prepared in accordance with international accounting standards.

 

China A-shares are equity securities of companies located in China that trade on Chinese stock exchanges such as the Shanghai Stock Exchange (“SSE”) and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (“SZSE”) (“China A-shares”). Foreign investment in China A-shares on the SSE and SZSE has historically not been permitted, other than through a license granted under regulations in the PRC known as the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (“QFII”) and Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (“RQFII”) systems. Each license permits investment in China A-shares only up to a specified quota.

 

Investment in eligible China A-shares listed and traded on the SSE or SZSE is also permitted through the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect program or the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect program, as applicable (each, a “Stock Connect” and collectively, “Stock Connects”). Each Stock Connect is a securities trading and clearing links program established by The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (“SEHK”), the Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company Limited (“HKSCC”), the SSE or SZSE, as applicable, and China Securities Depository and Clearing Corporation Limited (“CSDCC”) that aims to provide mutual stock market access between the PRC and Hong Kong by permitting investors to trade and settle shares on each market through their local securities brokers. Under Stock Connects, the Fund’s trading of eligible China A-shares listed on the SSE or SZSE, as applicable, would be effectuated through its Hong Kong broker and a securities trading service company established by SEHK.

 

Although no individual investment quotas or licensing requirements apply to investors in Stock Connects, trading through a Stock Connect’s Northbound Trading Link is subject to daily investment quota limitations which require that buy orders for China A-shares be rejected once the daily quota is exceeded (although the Fund will be permitted to sell China A-shares regardless of the quota). These limitations may restrict the Fund from investing in China A-shares on a timely basis, which could affect the Fund’s ability to effectively pursue its investment strategy. Investment quotas are also subject to change. Investment in eligible China A-shares through a Stock Connect is subject to trading, clearance and settlement procedures that could pose risks to the Fund. China A-shares purchased through Stock Connects generally may not be sold or otherwise transferred other than through Stock Connects in accordance with applicable rules. For example, the PRC regulations require that in order for an investor to sell any China A-share on a certain trading day, there must be sufficient China A-shares in the investor’s account before the market opens on that day. If there are insufficient China A-shares in the investor’s account, the sell order will be rejected by the SSE or SZSE, as applicable. SEHK carries out pre-trade checking on sell orders of certain stocks listed on the SSE market (“SSE Securities”) or SZSE market (“SZSE Securities”) of its participants (i.e., stock brokers) to ensure that this requirement is satisfied. While shares must be designated as eligible to be traded under a Stock Connect, those shares may also lose such designation, and if this occurs, such shares may be sold but cannot be purchased through a Stock Connect. In addition, Stock Connects will only operate on days when both the Chinese and Hong Kong markets are open for trading, and banking services are available in both markets on the corresponding settlement days. Therefore, an investment in China A-shares through a Stock Connect may subject the Fund to a risk of price fluctuations on days when the Chinese market is open, but a Stock Connect is not trading. Moreover, day (turnaround) trading is not permitted on the China A-shares market. If an investor buys China A-shares on day “T,” the investor will only be able to sell the China A-shares on or after day T+1. Further, since all trades of eligible China A-shares must be settled in RMB, investors must have timely access to a reliable supply of offshore RMB, which cannot be guaranteed. RMB could potentially be subject to devaluation. Any devaluation of RMB could adversely affect the Fund’s investments. If the Fund holds a class of shares denominated in a local currency other than RMB, the Fund will be exposed to currency exchange risk if the Fund converts the local currency into RMB for investments in China A-shares. The Fund may also incur conversion costs.

 

China A-shares held through the nominee structure under a Stock Connect will be held through HKSCC as nominee on behalf of investors. The precise nature and rights of the Fund as the beneficial owner of the SSE Securities or SZSE Securities through HKSCC as nominee is not well defined under the PRC laws. There is a lack of a clear definition of, and distinction between, legal ownership and beneficial ownership under the PRC laws and there have been few cases involving a nominee account structure in the PRC courts. The exact nature and methods of enforcement of the rights and interests of the Fund under the PRC laws is also uncertain. In the unlikely event that HKSCC becomes subject to winding up proceedings in Hong Kong, there is a risk that the SSE Securities or SZSE Securities may not be regarded as held for the beneficial ownership of the Fund or as part of the general assets of HKSCC available for general distribution to its creditors. Notwithstanding the fact that HKSCC does not claim proprietary interests in the SSE Securities or SZSE Securities held in its omnibus stock account in the CSDCC, the CSDCC as the share registrar for SSE- or SZSE-listed companies will still treat HKSCC as one of the shareholders when it handles corporate actions in respect of such SSE Securities or SZSE Securities. HKSCC monitors the corporate actions affecting SSE Securities and SZSE Securities and keeps participants of Central Clearing and Settlement System (“CCASS”) informed of all such corporate actions that require CCASS participants to take steps in order to participate in them. Investors may only exercise their voting rights by providing their voting instructions to HKSCC through participants of CCASS. All voting instructions from CCASS participants will be consolidated by HKSCC, who will then submit a combined single voting instruction to the relevant SSE- or SZSE-listed company.

 

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The Fund’s investments through a Stock Connect’s Northbound Trading Link are not covered by Hong Kong’s Investor Compensation Fund. Hong Kong’s Investor Compensation Fund is established to pay compensation to investors of any nationality who suffer pecuniary losses as a result of default of a licensed intermediary or authorized financial institution in relation to exchange-traded products in Hong Kong. In addition, since the Fund carries out Northbound Trading through securities brokers in Hong Kong but not PRC brokers, it is not protected by the China Securities Investor Protection Fund in the PRC.

 

Market participants are able to participate in Stock Connects subject to meeting certain information technology capability, risk management and other requirements as may be specified by the relevant exchange and/or clearing house. Further, the “connectivity” in Stock Connects requires routing of orders across the border of Hong Kong and mainland China. This requires the development of new information technology systems on the part of SEHK and exchange participants. There is no assurance that the systems of SEHK and market participants will function properly or will continue to be adapted to changes and developments in both markets. In the event that the relevant systems fail to function properly, trading in China A-shares through Stock Connects could be disrupted.

 

The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect program launched in November 2014 and the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect program launched in December 2016 are both in their initial stages. The current regulations are relatively untested and there is no certainty as to how they will be applied or interpreted going forward. In addition, the current regulations are subject to change and there can be no assurance that a Stock Connect will not be discontinued. New regulations may be issued from time to time by the regulators and stock exchanges in China and Hong Kong in connection with operations, legal enforcement and cross-border trades under Stock Connects. The Fund may be adversely affected as a result of such changes. Furthermore, the securities regimes and legal systems of mainland China and Hong Kong differ significantly and issues may arise from the differences on an on-going basis. In the event that the relevant systems fail to function properly, trading in both markets through Stock Connects could be disrupted and the Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective may be adversely affected. In addition, the Fund’s investments in China A-shares through Stock Connects are generally subject to Chinese securities regulations and listing rules, among other restrictions. Further, different fees, costs and taxes are imposed on foreign investors acquiring China A-shares through Stock Connects, and these fees, costs and taxes may be higher than comparable fees, costs and taxes imposed on owners of other securities providing similar investment exposure.

 

China A-shares may only be bought from, or sold to, the Fund at times when the relevant China A-shares may be sold or purchased on the relevant Chinese stock exchange. The China A-shares market has a higher propensity for trading suspensions than many other global equity markets. In addition, the SSE and SZSE may close for extended periods for holidays or otherwise, which impacts the Fund’s ability to trade in China A-shares during those periods. Trading suspensions in certain stocks and extended market closures could lead to greater market execution risk and costs for the Fund. The SSE and SZSE currently apply a daily price limit, generally set at 10%, of the amount of fluctuation permitted in the prices of China A-shares during a single trading day. The daily price limit refers to price movements only and does not restrict trading within the relevant limit. There can be no assurance that a liquid market on an exchange will exist for any particular China A-share or for any particular time.

 

There are risks associated with the Fund’s investment in Chinese government bonds and other PRC-based debt instruments traded on the mainland China inter-bank bond market through the Bond Connect program. Bond Connect refers to the arrangement between Hong Kong and mainland China that enables mainland China and overseas investors to trade various types of debt securities in each other’s bond markets through connection between the relevant respective financial infrastructure institutions. Such trading is subject to a number of restrictions that may affect the Fund’s investments and returns. For example, investments made through Bond Connect are subject to order, clearance and settlement procedures that are relatively untested in the PRC, which could pose risks to the Fund. Furthermore, securities purchased through Bond Connect will be held on behalf of ultimate investors (such as the Fund) via a book entry omnibus account in the name of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority Central Money Markets Unit maintained with either the China Central Depository & Clearing Co. (“CDCC”) or the Shanghai Clearing House (“SCH”), each a PRC-based custodian. The Fund’s ownership interest in Bond Connect securities will not be reflected directly in book entry with CDCC or SCH and will instead only be reflected on the books of its Hong Kong sub-custodian. This recordkeeping system also subjects the Fund to various risks, such as the risks of settlement delays and counterparty default of the Hong Kong sub-custodian, or the risk that the Fund may have a limited ability to enforce rights as a bondholder. While the ultimate investors hold a beneficial interest in Bond Connect securities, the mechanisms that beneficial owners may use to enforce their rights are untested and courts in the PRC have limited experience in applying the concept of beneficial ownership. As such, the Fund may not be able to participate in corporate actions affecting its rights as a bondholder, such as timely payment of distributions, due to time constraints or for other operational reasons. Bond Connect trades are settled in RMB and investors must have timely access to a reliable supply of RMB in Hong Kong, which cannot be guaranteed. Furthermore, securities purchased through Bond Connect generally may not be sold, purchased or otherwise transferred other than through Bond Connect in accordance with applicable rules. A primary feature of Bond Connect is the application of the home market’s laws and rules applicable to investors in Chinese fixed-income instruments. Therefore, the Fund’s investments in securities through Bond Connect are generally subject to Chinese securities regulations and listing rules, among other restrictions. Such securities may lose their eligibility at any time, in which case they could be sold but could no longer be purchased through Bond Connect. The Fund will not benefit from access to Hong Kong investor compensation funds, which are designed to protect against defaults of trades, when investing through Bond Connect. Bond Connect is only available on days when markets in both the mainland China and Hong Kong are open. As a result, prices of securities purchased through Bond Connect may fluctuate at times when the Fund is unable to add to or exit its position and, therefore, may limit the Fund’s ability to trade when it would be otherwise attractive to do so. The Bond Connect program is relatively new and may be subject to further interpretation and guidance. The trading, settlement and information technology systems required for non-Chinese investors in Bond Connect are also

 

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relatively new and are continuing to evolve. In the event that the relevant systems do not function properly, trading through Bond Connect could be disrupted. There can be no assurance that further regulations will not affect the availability of securities in the program, the frequency of redemptions or other limitations. In addition, the application and interpretation of the laws and regulations of Hong Kong and mainland China, and the rules, policies or guidelines published or applied by relevant regulators and exchanges in respect of the Bond Connect program are uncertain, and they may have an adverse effect on the Fund’s performance.

 

PRC Taxation. Under current PRC tax laws, regulations and practice, the Fund, the Investment Manager and/or the sub-advisers may be subject to PRC tax, directly or indirectly, with respect to the assets held through Stock Connect, Bond Connect and/or QFII and RQFII systems (collectively, the “QFII Programs”). The Fund will be responsible to reimburse the Investment Manager and/or sub-advisers for all PRC taxes and duties of any kind incurred by the Investment Manager and/or sub-adviser and attributable to the assets of the Fund held through Stock Connect, Bond Connect and/or QFII Programs. The tax law and regulations of the PRC are constantly changing, and they may be changed with retrospective effect. The interpretation and applicability of the tax law and regulations by tax authorities are not as consistent and transparent as those of more developed nations, and may vary from region to region. Moreover, the PRC taxes and duties payable by the Investment Manager and/or the sub-advisers and which are to be reimbursed by the Fund to the extent attributable to the assets held through Stock Connect, Bond Connect and/or QFII Programs may change at any time.

 

The treatment of tax under the Investment Regulations (defined below) is not clear. Accordingly, where the relevant regulations applicable to the QFII Programs, Stock Connect and/or Bond Connect (“Investment Regulations”) require a custodian, clearing house, any other agent stipulated by such rules to withhold any tax, or where such custodian, clearing house, any other agent has a reasonable basis for believing that such withholding may be required, the custodian, clearing house and any other agent may do so at the rate required by the regulation, or if in the custodian’s opinion the Investment Regulations are not clear on the rate, at such rate as the custodian, clearing house, and any other agent may, reasonably determine to be appropriate. Tax may be withheld on a retroactive basis.

 

Given the uncertainty surrounding the Fund’s potential PRC tax liabilities or reimbursement obligations, the net asset value of the Fund on any business day may not accurately reflect such liabilities. As a result, incoming shareholders of the Fund may pay more for their shares than they otherwise would or should have done. In the event of a redemption of shares at such net asset value, the remaining shareholders will bear the burden of any liabilities which had not been accrued in the net asset value. In addition, investors should be aware that under-accrual or over-accrual for PRC tax liabilities may impact the performance of the Fund during the period of such under-accrual or over-accrual and following any subsequent adjustments to the net asset value.

 

Corporate Income Tax. Under current PRC Corporate Income Tax Law and regulations, any company considered to be a tax resident of the PRC would be subject to PRC Corporate Income Tax (“CIT”) at the rate of 25% on its worldwide taxable income. If a company were considered to be a non-resident enterprise with a “permanent establishment” (“PE”) in the PRC, it would be subject to CIT at the rate of 25% on the profits attributable to the PE. The Fund, together with the sub-adviser and the Investment Manager, does not intend to operate in a way that would cause the Fund to be treated as tax resident of the PRC and to have a PE in the PRC, though this cannot be guaranteed. It is possible, however, that the PRC could disagree with such an assessment or that changes in PRC tax law could affect the PRC CIT status of the Fund.

 

If the Fund is a non-PRC tax resident enterprise without PE in the PRC, the PRC-sourced income (including cash dividends, distributions, interest and capital gains) derived by it from any investment in PRC securities would be subject to PRC withholding income tax (“WHT”) at the rate of 10%, unless exempt or reduced under the PRC CIT Law or a relevant tax treaty as discussed below.

 

The Fund is also subject to a stamp duty at the rate of 0.1% arising from the sale of China A-shares and the transfer of China A-shares by way of reorganization in accordance with the prevailing PRC taxation regulations.

 

Specific considerations for Stock Connect and Bond Connect. Especially, in respect of trading of China A-shares through the Stock Connect and pursuant to the circular dated October 31, 2014 on the Taxation Policy of the Pilot Programme for the Mutual Stock Market Access between Shanghai and Hong Kong Stock Markets under Caishui [2014] No. 81, the circular dated November 5, 2016 on the Taxation Policy of the Pilot Programme for the Mutual Stock Access between Shenzhen and Hong Kong Stock Markets under Caishui [2016] No. 127 and other relevant applicable PRC taxation rules:

 

CIT and value-added tax (“VAT”) shall be exempt on a temporary basis on the gains earned by Hong Kong and overseas investors (“Stock Connect Investors”) (including corporate and individual investors) from the transfer of China A-shares listed on SSE and/or SZSE; and
   
• Stock Connect Investors are required to pay tax on dividends and other income payments from China A-shares at a standard rate of 10%, which will be withheld and paid to the relevant PRC tax authority by the respective listed companies (before the HKSCC is able to provide details such as investor identities and holding periods to CSDCC, the policy of differentiated rates of taxation based on holding periods will temporarily not be implemented) and are entitled to a tax refund if a lower tax rate is applicable under a relevant tax treaty, subject to the approval by the relevant PRC tax authority; and

 

In addition, except for interest income from certain bonds (i.e. government bonds and local government bonds which are entitled to a 100% CIT exemption and railway bonds which are entitled to a 50% CIT exemption in accordance with the Implementation Rules to the Enterprise Income Tax Law and a circular dated March 10, 2016 on the Circular on Income Tax Policies on Interest Income from Railway Bonds under Caishui [2016] No. 30), interest income derived by non-resident institutional investors from other

 

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bonds traded through Bond Connect is PRC-sourced income and should be subject to PRC withholding income tax at a rate of 10% and VAT at a rate of 6%. On November 22, 2018, the Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation jointly issued Circular 108, the circular dated November 7, 2018 on the Taxation Policy of Corporate Income Tax and Value-Added Tax in relation to Bond Investments made by Offshore Institutions in Domestic Bond Market, to clarify that foreign institutional investors (including foreign institutional investors under Bond Connect) are temporarily exempt from PRC withholding income tax and VAT with respect to bond interest income derived in the PRC bond market for the period from November 7, 2018 to November 6, 2021. Circular 108 is silent on the PRC withholding income tax and VAT treatment with respect to non-government bond interest derived prior to November 7, 2018, which is subject to clarification from the PRC tax authorities.

 

Capital gains derived by non-resident institutional investors (with no place or establishment or PE in the PRC) from the trading of bonds through the Bond Connect are technically non PRC-sourced income under the current CIT law and regulations, therefore, not subject to PRC CIT. While the PRC tax authorities are currently enforcing such non-taxable treatment in practice, the non-taxable treatment under the current CIT regulations is not clear.

 

According to Cai Shui [2016] No. 70 ("Circular 70"), the Supplementary Notice of the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation on VAT Policies for Interbank Dealings of Financial Institutions, gains derived by foreign institutions approved by People’s Bank of China from the investment in the inter-bank RMB markets (including currency market, bond market and derivative market) shall be exempt from VAT.

 

Specific considerations for the QFII Programs. In respect of trading of China A-shares through QFII Programs and pursuant to the circular dated November 17, 2014 on PRC withholding income tax treatment with respect to gains derived by the QFII Programs from the trading of shares in PRC resident enterprises under Caishui [2014] No. 79, circular dated March 23, 2016 regarding VAT pilot arrangements under Caishui [2016] No. 36, circular dated June 30, 2016 on expanded categories of VAT exemption affecting the financial services sector under Caishui [2016] No. 70 and other relevant applicable PRC taxation rules:

 

 •CIT shall be exempt on a temporary basis on capital gains derived from the disposal of shares and other equity investments (including China A-shares) through the QFII Programs; and
   
 •VAT shall be exempt on a temporary basis in respect of gains derived from trading of PRC securities via the QFII Programs. Consequentially, urban maintenance and construction tax, educational surcharges and local educational surcharges (which are all imposed based on VAT liabilities) are exempt on gains derived from trading of PRC securities via the QFII Programs.

 

There is no guarantee that the temporary tax exemption or non-taxable treatment with respect to assets traded via Stock Connect, Bond Connect, the QFII Programs described above will continue to apply, will not be repealed and re-imposed retrospective, or that no new tax regulations and practice in China specifically relating to such programs will not be promulgated in the future. Such uncertainties may operate to the advantage or disadvantage of shareholders in the Fund and may result in an increase or decrease in net asset value of the Fund. For example, to the extent that the PRC tax authority retrospectively imposes taxes on the capital gains realized by the Fund through the QFII Programs, the net asset value of the Fund would be adversely affected but the amount previously paid to a redeeming shareholder would not be adjusted. As a result, any detriment from such change would be suffered by the remaining shareholders.

 

LARGE SHAREHOLDER TRANSACTION RISK. The Fund may experience adverse effects when certain large shareholders purchase or redeem large numbers of shares of the Fund. These shareholders (or a single shareholder) may redeem or purchase shares of the Fund in large amounts unexpectedly or rapidly, including as a result of an asset allocation decision made by the Fund’s investment manager or sub-advisers. Such transactions could adversely affect the ability of the Fund to conduct its investment program. Such large shareholder redemptions may cause the Fund to sell portfolio securities at times when it would not otherwise do so or borrow money (at a cost to the Fund), which may negatively impact the Fund’s net asset value and liquidity. Similarly, large Fund share purchases may adversely affect the Fund’s performance to the extent that the Fund is delayed in investing new cash and is required to maintain a larger cash position than it ordinarily would. These transactions may also accelerate the realization of taxable income to shareholders if such sales of investments resulted in gains, and may also increase transaction costs. In addition, a large redemption could result in the Fund’s current expenses being allocated over a smaller asset base, leading to an increase in the Fund’s expense ratio.

 

LENDING PORTFOLIO SECURITIES. The Fund is permitted to lend its portfolio securities, but as of [___] does not participate in a securities lending program.

 

LIQUIDATION OF FUND. The Board may determine to close and liquidate the Fund at any time. In the event of the liquidation of the Fund, shareholders will receive a liquidating distribution in cash or in-kind equal to their proportionate interest in the Fund. A liquidating distribution may be a taxable event for shareholders who do not hold their shares in a tax deferred account and, depending on a shareholder’s basis in his or her Fund shares, may result in the recognition of a gain or loss for tax purposes.

 

LIBOR Risk. According to various reports, certain financial institutions, commencing as early as 2005 and throughout the global financial crisis, routinely made artificially low submissions in the LIBOR rate setting process. Since the LIBOR scandal came to light, several financial institutions have been fined significant amounts by various financial regulators in connection with allegations of manipulation of LIBOR rates. Other financial institutions in various countries have been or are being investigated for similar actions. These developments may have adversely affected the interest rates on securities whose interest payments were determined by reference to LIBOR. Any future similar developments could, in turn, reduce the value of such securities owned by the Fund.

 

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On July 27, 2017, the head of the United Kingdom’s (“UK”) Financial Conduct Authority announced a desire to phase out the use of LIBOR by the end of 2021. There remains uncertainty regarding the future use of LIBOR and the nature of any replacement rate. As such, the potential effect of a transition away from LIBOR on the Fund or the debt securities or other instruments based on or referencing LIBOR in which the Fund invests cannot yet be determined. The transition process might lead to increased volatility and illiquidity in markets that currently rely on LIBOR to determine interest rates. It could also lead to a reduction in the value of some LIBOR-based investments held by the Fund and reduce the effectiveness of new hedges placed against existing LIBOR-based instruments. Among other negative consequences, the transition away from LIBOR could:

 

Adversely impact the pricing, liquidity, value of, return on and trading for a broad array of financial products, including any LIBOR-linked securities, loans and derivatives in which the Fund may invest;
   
Require extensive negotiations of and/or amendments to agreements and other documentation governing LIBOR-linked investments products;
   
Lead to disputes, litigation or other actions with counterparties or portfolio companies regarding the interpretation and enforceability of “fall back” provisions that provide for an alternative reference rate in the event of LIBOR’s unavailability;
   
Cause the Fund to incur additional costs in relation to any of the above factors.

 

The risks associated with the above factors are heightened with respect to investments in LIBOR-based products that do not include a fall back provision that addresses how interest rates will be determined if LIBOR stops being published. Other important factors include the pace of the transition, the specific terms of alternative reference rates accepted in the market, the depth of the market for investments based on alternative reference rates, and the Investment Manager’s and/or Sub-Adviser’s ability to develop appropriate investment and compliance systems capable of addressing alternative reference rates.

 

MARKET RISK. Market risk is the risk that one or more markets in which the Fund invests will go down in value, including the possibility that such markets will go down sharply and unpredictably. Securities or other investments may decline in value due to factors affecting securities markets generally or individual issuers. The value of a security or other investment may change in value due to general market conditions that are not related to a particular issuer, such as real or perceived adverse economic conditions, changes in the general outlook for revenues or corporate earnings, changes in interest or currency rates or adverse investor sentiment generally. The value of a security or other investment may also change in value due to factors that affect an individual issuer or a particular sector or industry. During a general downturn in the securities or other markets, multiple asset classes may decline in value simultaneously. When markets perform well, there can be no assurance that securities or other investments held by the Fund will participate in or otherwise benefit from the advance. Any market disruptions, including those arising out of geopolitical events or natural/environmental disasters, could also prevent the Fund from executing advantageous investment decisions in a timely manner.

 

The fixed income markets at times have experienced periods of extreme volatility that has negatively impacted a broad range of mortgage- and asset-backed and other fixed income securities, including those rated investment grade, the U.S. and international credit and interbank money markets generally, and a wide range of financial institutions and markets, asset classes and sectors. As a result, fixed income instruments have at times experienced reduced liquidity, increased price volatility, credit downgrades and increased likelihood of default. Domestic and international equity markets have also experienced heightened volatility and turmoil that has particularly affected issuers with exposure to the real estate, mortgage and credit markets. During times of market turmoil, investors tend to look to the safety of securities issued or backed by the U.S. Treasury, causing the prices of these securities to rise, and their yields to decline. These events as well as continuing market upheavals may have an adverse effect on the Fund and may result in increased redemptions of Fund shares.

 

In 2008, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) placed Federal National Mortgage Association (“FNMA”) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“FHLMC”) into conservatorship. As the conservator, FHFA succeeded to all rights, titles, powers and privileges of FNMA and FHLMC and of any stockholder, officer or director of FNMA and FHLMC with respect to FNMA and FHLMC and the assets of FNMA and FHLMC.

 

Under the Federal Housing Finance Regulatory Reform Act of 2008 (the “Reform Act”), which was included as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, FHFA, as conservator or receiver, has broad authority to promote the orderly administration of FNMA’s and FHLMC’s affairs, including the power to repudiate any contract entered into by FNMA or FHLMC prior to FHFA’s appointment as conservator or receiver, as applicable, and the right to transfer or sell any asset or liability of FNMA or FHLMC without any approval, assignment or consent. Although FHFA has indicated that it has no present intention to repudiate or to transfer any guaranty obligations, holders of FNMA or FHLMC mortgage-backed securities would be adversely affected in the event that the FHFA exercised either of these powers granted to it under the Reform Act. In addition, certain rights provided to holders of mortgage-backed securities issued by FNMA and FHLMC under the operative documents related to such securities may not be enforced against FHFA, or enforcement of such rights may be delayed, during the conservatorship or any future receivership. The operative documents for FNMA and FHLMC mortgage-backed securities may provide (or with respect to securities issued prior to the date of the appointment of the conservator may have provided) that upon the occurrence of an event of default on the part of FNMA or FHLMC, in its capacity as guarantor, which includes the appointment of a conservator or receiver, holders of such mortgage-backed securities have the right to replace FNMA or FHLMC as trustee if the requisite percentage of mortgage-backed securities holders consent. The Reform Act prevents mortgage-backed security holders from enforcing such rights if the event of default arises solely because a conservator or receiver has been appointed.

 

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In addition, following the global financial crisis, the Fed attempted to stabilize the economy and support the economic recovery by keeping the federal funds rate (the interest rate at which depository institutions lend reserve balances to other depository institutions overnight) at or near zero percent. Although interest rates remain near historic lows, the Fed has taken steps in recent years to raise the federal funds rate and is expected to continue to do so in the near term. In addition, as part of its monetary stimulus program known as quantitative easing, the Fed purchased on the open market large quantities of securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government, its agencies or instrumentalities. The Fed discontinued purchasing securities through its quantitative easing program in 2014 and has since focused on reducing its holdings in such securities. As the Fed continues to reduce its holdings in securities and raises the federal funds rate, there is a risk that interest rates across the financial industry will rise. A general rise in interest rates has the potential to cause investors to move out of fixed-income securities on a large scale, which may increase redemptions from funds that hold large amounts of fixed-income securities.

 

MID CAP SECURITIES RISK. Mid capitalization securities involve greater risks than those associated with larger, more established companies and may be subject to more abrupt or erratic price movements. Securities of such issuers may lack sufficient market liquidity to enable the Fund to effect sales at an advantageous time or without a substantial drop in price. These companies often have narrower markets, more limited operating or business history and more limited managerial or financial resources than larger, more established companies. As a result, their performance can be more volatile and they face greater risk of business failure, which could increase the volatility of the Fund’s portfolio. Generally, the smaller the company’s size, the greater these risks.

 

MONEY MARKET INSTRUMENTS AND TEMPORARY INVESTMENT STRATEGIES. The Fund may hold cash and invest in money market instruments at any time. The Fund may invest some or all of its assets in cash, high quality money market instruments and shares of money market investment companies for temporary defensive purposes in response to adverse market, economic or political conditions when HFMC or the Fund’s sub-advisers subject to the overall supervision of HFMC, as applicable, deems it appropriate.

 

Money market instruments include, but are not limited to: (1) banker’s acceptances; (2) obligations of governments (whether U.S. or foreign) and their agencies and instrumentalities; (3) short-term corporate obligations, including commercial paper, notes, and bonds; (4) other short-term debt obligations; (5) obligations of U.S. banks, foreign branches of U.S. banks (Eurodollars), U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks (Yankee dollars) and foreign branches of foreign banks; (6) asset-backed securities; and (7) repurchase agreements. The Fund may also invest in registered affiliated and unaffiliated money market funds that invest in money market instruments, as permitted by regulations adopted under the 1940 Act. The Fund’s ability to redeem shares of a money market fund may be impacted by recent regulatory changes relating to money market funds which permit the potential imposition of liquidity fees and redemption gates under certain circumstances.

 

NEW FUND RISK. The Fund is a new fund which may result in additional risk. There can be no assurance that the Fund will grow to an economically viable size, in which case the Fund may cease operations. In such an event, investors may be required to liquidate or transfer their investments at an inopportune time.

 

NON-DIVERSIFICATION RISK. The Fund is non-diversified, which means it is permitted to invest a greater portion of its assets in a smaller number of issuers than a “diversified” fund. Thus, the Fund may be more exposed to the risks associated with and developments affecting an individual issuer than a fund that invests more widely, which may result in a greater risk of loss. The Fund may also be subject to greater market fluctuation and price volatility than a more broadly diversified fund.

 

OPERATIONAL RISKS. An investment in the Fund, like any fund, can involve operational risks arising from factors such as processing errors, inadequate or failed processes, failure in systems and technology, changes in personnel and errors caused by third-party service providers. Among other things, these errors or failures as well as other technological issues may adversely affect the Fund’s ability to calculate its net asset values in a timely manner, including over a potentially extended period. While the Fund seeks to minimize such events through controls and oversight, there may still be failures that could causes losses to the Fund. In addition, as the use of technology increases, the Fund may be more susceptible to operational risks through breaches in cybersecurity. A breach in cybersecurity refers to both intentional and unintentional events that may cause the Fund to lose proprietary information, suffer data corruption, or operational capacity. As a result, the Fund may incur regulatory penalties, reputational damage, additional compliance costs associated with corrected measures and/or financial loss. In addition, cybersecurity breaches of the Fund’s third-party service providers or issuers in which the Fund invests may also subject the Fund to many of the same risks associated with direct cybersecurity breaches. In addition, the Fund may rely on various third-party sources to calculate its net asset value. As a result, the Fund is subject to certain operational risks associated with reliance on service providers and service providers’ data sources. In particular, errors or system failures and other technological issues may adversely impact the Fund’s calculation of its net asset value, and such net asset value calculation issues may result in inaccurately calculated net asset values, delays in net asset value calculation, and/or the inability to calculate net asset value over extended periods. The Fund may be unable to recover any losses associated with such failures.

 

OTHER CAPITAL SECURITIES. Other capital securities encompass a group of instruments referred to in capital markets as “Hybrids,” “Tier I and Tier 2” and “TRUPS.” These securities give issuers flexibility in managing their capital structure. The features associated with these securities are predominately debt like in that they have coupons, pay interest and in most cases have a final stated maturity. There are certain features that give the companies flexibility not commonly found in fixed income securities, which include, but are not limited to, deferral of interest payments under certain conditions and subordination to debt securities in the event of default. The deferral of interest payments, even for an extended period of time, is generally not an event of default, and the ability of the holders of such instruments to accelerate payment is generally more limited than with other debt securities.

 

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OTHER INVESTMENT COMPANIES. The Fund may invest in other investment companies, such as other mutual funds, ETFs, closed end funds and business development companies. The Fund may also invest in investment companies that may not be registered under the 1940 Act, such as holding company depository receipts (“HOLDRs”). Securities in certain countries are currently accessible to the Fund only through such investments.

 

These investments are subject to limitations prescribed by the 1940 Act, the rules thereunder and applicable SEC staff interpretations thereof, or applicable exemptive relief granted by the SEC. Generally, the Fund will not purchase securities of an investment company if, as a result: (1) more than 10% of the Fund’s total assets would be invested in securities of other investment companies; (2) such purchase would result in more than 3% of the total outstanding voting securities of any such investment company being held by the Fund; or (3) more than 5% of the Fund’s total assets would be invested in any one such investment company. Many ETFs have obtained exemptive relief from the SEC to permit unaffiliated funds sponsored by other fund families to invest in the ETF’s shares beyond the above statutory limitations, subject to certain conditions and pursuant to a contractual arrangement between the ETFs and the investing fund. The Fund and the funds of funds may rely on these exemptive orders to invest in ETFs.

 

Investments in ETFs and closed-end funds are subject to the additional risk that shares of the ETF or closed-end fund may trade at a premium or discount to their net asset value per share. There may also not be an active trading market available for shares of some ETFs or closed-end funds. Additionally, trading of ETF and closed-end fund shares may be halted and ETF and closed-end fund shares may be delisted by the listing exchange. In addition, the Fund pays brokerage commissions in connection with the purchase and sale of shares of ETF and closed-end funds. ETFs and closed-end funds are also subject to specific risks depending on the nature of the ETF or closed-end fund, such as liquidity risk, sector risk, and foreign and emerging markets risk, as well as risks associated with fixed income securities, real estate investments and commodities. Closed-end funds may utilize more leverage than other types of investment companies. They can utilize leverage by issuing preferred stocks or debt securities to raise additional capital which can, in turn, be used to buy more securities and leverage its portfolio. A business development company ("BDC"), which is a type of closed-end fund, typically invests in small and medium-sized companies. A BDC’s portfolio is subject to the risks inherent in investing in smaller companies, including that portfolio companies may be dependent on a small number of products or services and may be more adversely affected by poor economic or market conditions. Some BDCs invest substantially, or even exclusively, in one sector or industry group and therefore the BDC may be susceptible to adverse conditions and economic or regulatory occurrences affecting the sector or industry group, which tends to increase volatility and result in higher risk. The Small Business Credit Availability Act, which was signed into law in March 2018, permits BDCs to adopt a lower asset coverage ratio, thereby enhancing their ability to use leverage. Investments in BDCs that use greater leverage may be subject to heightened risks.

 

The Fund will indirectly bear a pro rata share of fees and expenses incurred by any investment companies in which the Fund is invested. The Fund’s pro rata portion of the cumulative expenses charged by the investment companies is calculated as a percentage of the Fund’s average net assets. The pro rata portion of the cumulative expenses may be higher or lower depending on the allocation of the Fund’s assets among the investment companies and the actual expenses of the investment companies. BDC expenses are similar to the expenses paid by any operating company held by the Fund. They are not direct costs paid by Fund shareholders and are not used to calculate the Fund’s net asset value. They have no impact on the costs associated with Fund operations.

 

PREFERRED STOCK RISK. The prices and yields of nonconvertible preferred stocks generally move with changes in interest rates and the issuer’s credit quality, similar to debt securities. The value of convertible preferred stocks varies in response to many factors, including, for example, the value of the underlying equity securities, general market and economic conditions and convertible market valuations, as well as changes in interest rates, credit spreads and the credit quality of the issuer.

 

PRIVATE PLACEMENT RISK. Investments in private placements are generally considered to be illiquid. Privately placed securities may be difficult to sell promptly or at reasonable prices and might thereby cause the Fund difficulty in satisfying redemption requests. In addition, less information may be available about companies that make private placements than about publicly offered companies and such companies may not be subject to the disclosure and other investor protection requirements that would be applicable if their securities were publicly traded. Privately placed securities are typically fair valued and generally have no secondary trading market; therefore, such investments may be more difficult to value than publicly traded securities. Difficulty in valuing a private placement may make it difficult to accurately determine the Fund’s exposure to private placement investments, which could cause the Fund to invest to a greater extent than permitted in illiquid investments and subject the Fund to increased risks. Private placement investments may subject the Fund to contingent liabilities in the event a private issuer is acquired by another company during the period it is held by the Fund. Private placement investments may involve a high degree of business and financial risk and may result in substantial losses. These factors may have a negative effect on the Fund’s performance.

 

Some privately placed companies in which the Fund may invest may be operating at a loss or with substantial variations in operating results from period to period and may need substantial additional capital to support expansion or to achieve or maintain competitive positions. Such companies may face intense competition, including competition from companies with much greater financial resources, much more extensive development, production, marketing and service capabilities and a much larger number of qualified managerial and technical personnel. There is no assurance that the marketing efforts of any particular company will be successful or that its business will succeed. In addition, timely or accurate information may at times not be readily available about the business, financial condition and results of operations of the privately held companies in which the Fund invests. Private debt investments also are subject to interest rate risk, credit risk and duration risk.

 

Private Investments in Public Equity (PIPES). PIPEs are equity securities issued in a private placement by companies that have outstanding, publicly traded equity securities of the same class. Shares in PIPEs generally are not registered with the SEC until after

 

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a certain time period from the date the private sale is completed. PIPE transactions will generally result in the Fund acquiring either restricted stock or an instrument convertible into restricted stock. As with investments in other types of restricted securities, such an investment may be illiquid. The Fund's ability to dispose of securities acquired in PIPE transactions may depend upon the registration of such securities for resale. Any number of factors may prevent or delay a proposed registration. Alternatively, it may be possible for securities acquired in a PIPE transaction to be resold in transactions exempt from registration in accordance with Rule 144 under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”), or otherwise under the federal securities laws. There is no guarantee, however, that an active trading market for the securities will exist at the time of disposition of the securities, and the lack of such a market could hurt the market value of the Fund's investments. As a result, even if the Fund is able to have securities acquired in a PIPE transaction registered or sell such securities through an exempt transaction, the Fund may not be able to sell all the securities on short notice, and the sale of the securities could lower the market price of the securities.

 

REAL ESTATE RELATED SECURITIES RISKS. The main risk of real estate related securities is that the value of the underlying real estate may go down. Many factors may affect real estate values, including the general and local economies, vacancy rates, tenant bankruptcies, the ability to re-lease space under expiring leases on attractive terms, the amount of new construction in a particular area, the laws and regulations (including zoning and tax laws) affecting real estate and the costs of owning, maintaining and improving real estate. The availability of mortgages and changes in interest rates, a decline in rents resulting from unanticipated economic, legal or technological developments or a decline in the price of securities of real estate companies due to a failure of borrowers to pay their loans or poor management may also affect real estate values. Further, the real estate industry is particularly sensitive to economic downturns. When economic growth is slow, demand for property decreases and prices may decline. If the Fund’s real estate related investments are concentrated in one geographic area or in one property type, the Fund will be particularly subject to the risks associated with that area or property type.

 

In addition to the risks facing real estate related securities, such as a decline in property values due to increasing vacancies, a decline in rents resulting from unanticipated economic, legal or technological developments or a decline in the price of securities of real estate companies due to a failure of borrowers to pay their loans or poor management, investments in real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) , which pool investor money to invest in real estate and real estate related holdings, involve unique risks. Like registered investment companies such as the Fund, REITs are not taxed on income distributed to shareholders so long as they comply with several requirements of the Code. Investing in REITs involves certain risks.  REITS may have limited financial resources, may trade less frequently and in limited volume and may be more volatile than other securities. REITs are also subject to additional risks, such as poor performance by the manager of the REIT, adverse changes to the tax laws or failure by the REIT to qualify for tax-free pass-through of income under the Code, the risks of financing projects, heavy cash flow dependency, default by borrowers, and self-liquidation.  In addition, some REITs have limited diversification because they invest in a limited number of properties, a narrow geographic area or a single type of property. A REIT may be affected by changes in the value of the underlying property owned by such REIT or by the quality of any credit extended by the REIT.  Also, the organizational documents of a REIT may contain provisions that make changes in control of the REIT difficult and time-consuming. Because REITs are pooled investment vehicles that have expenses of their own, the Fund will indirectly bear its proportionate share of those expenses. REITS are also subject to interest rate risks.

 

REGIONAL/COUNTRY FOCUS RISK. The Fund may be subject to increased currency, political, social, environmental, and regulatory and other risks not typically associated with investing in a larger number of regions or countries. In addition, certain foreign economies may themselves be focused in particular industries or more vulnerable to political changes than the U.S. economy, which may have a pronounced impact on the Fund’s investments. As a result, the Fund may be subject to greater price volatility and risk of loss than a fund holding more geographically diverse investments. Regional and country focus risk is heightened in emerging markets.

 

REPURCHASE AND REVERSE REPURCHASE AGREEMENTS. A repurchase agreement is an agreement between two parties whereby one party sells the other a security at a specified price with a commitment to repurchase the security later at an agreed-upon price, date and interest payment. A reverse repurchase agreement is a term used to describe the opposite side of a repurchase transaction. The party that purchases and later resells a security is said to perform a repurchase; the other party, that sells and later repurchases a security is said to perform a reverse repurchase. The Fund is permitted to enter into fully collateralized repurchase agreements. The Company’s Board of Directors has delegated to the sub-advisers the responsibility of evaluating the creditworthiness of the banks and securities dealers with which the Fund will engage in repurchase agreements. The sub-advisers will monitor such transactions to ensure that the value of underlying collateral will be at least equal to the total amount of the repurchase obligation as required by the valuation provision of the repurchase agreement, including the accrued interest.  Repurchase agreements carry the risk that the market value of the securities declines below the repurchase price. The Fund could also lose money if it is unable to recover the securities and the value of any collateral held or assets segregated by the Fund to cover the transaction is less than the value of the securities. In the event the borrower commences bankruptcy proceedings, a court may characterize the transaction as a loan.  If the Fund has not perfected a security interest in the underlying collateral, the Fund may be required to return the underlying collateral to the borrower’s estate and be treated as an unsecured creditor.  As an unsecured creditor, the Fund could lose some or all of the principal and interest involved in the transaction.  The use of reverse repurchase agreements may increase the possibility of fluctuation in the Fund’s net asset value.

 

RESTRICTED SECURITIES. The Fund may invest in securities that are not registered under the Securities Act (“restricted securities”). Restricted securities may be sold in private placement transactions between issuers and their purchasers and may be neither listed on an exchange nor traded in other established markets. In many cases, privately placed securities may not be freely transferable under the laws of the applicable jurisdiction or due to contractual restrictions on resale. As a result of the absence of a

 

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public trading market, privately placed securities may be less liquid and more difficult to value than publicly traded securities. To the extent that privately placed securities may be resold in privately negotiated transactions, the prices realized from the sales, due to illiquidity, could be less than those originally paid by the Fund or less than their fair market value. In addition, issuers whose securities are not publicly traded may not be subject to the disclosure and other investor protection requirements that may be applicable if their securities were publicly traded. If any privately placed securities held by the Fund are required to be registered under the securities laws of one or more jurisdictions before being resold, the Fund may be required to bear the expenses of registration. Certain of the Fund’s investments in private placements may consist of direct investments and may include investments in smaller, less seasoned issuers, which may involve greater risks. These issuers may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources, or they may be dependent on a limited management group. In making investments in such securities, the Fund may obtain access to material nonpublic information, which may restrict the Fund’s ability to conduct portfolio transactions in such securities.

 

Some of these securities are new and complex, and trade only among institutions; the markets for these securities are still developing, and may not function as efficiently as established markets. Owning a large percentage of restricted securities could hamper the Fund’s ability to raise cash to meet redemptions. Also, because there may not be an established market price for these securities, the Fund may have to estimate their value, which means that their valuation (and, to a much smaller extent, the valuation of the Fund) may have a subjective element. Transactions in restricted securities may entail registration expense and other transaction costs that are higher than those for transactions in unrestricted securities. Where registration is required for restricted securities a considerable time period may elapse between the time the Fund decides to sell the security and the time it is actually permitted to sell the security under an effective registration statement. If during such period, adverse market conditions were to develop, the Fund might obtain less favorable pricing terms that when it decided to sell the security. The Fund may purchase securities that may have restrictions on transfer or resale (including Rule 144A securities and Regulation S securities). “Rule 144A” securities (or equivalent securities issued pursuant to Regulation S of the Securities Act) are privately placed, restricted securities that may only be resold under certain circumstances to other qualified institutional buyers. Rule 144A investments are subject to certain additional risks compared to publicly traded securities. If there are not enough qualified buyers interested in purchasing Rule 144A securities when the Fund wishes to sell such securities, the Fund may be unable to dispose of such securities promptly or at reasonable prices. For this reason, although 144A securities are generally considered to be liquid, the Fund’s holdings in Rule 144A securities may adversely affect the Fund’s overall liquidity if qualified buyers become uninterested in buying them at a particular time. Issuers of Rule 144A securities are required to furnish information to potential investors upon request. However, the required disclosure is much less extensive than that required of public companies and is not publicly available. Further, issuers of Rule 144A securities can require recipients of the information to agree contractually to keep the information confidential, which could also adversely affect the Fund’s ability to dispose of a security.

 

Depending upon the circumstances, the Fund may only be able to sell these securities in the United States if an exemption from registration under the federal and state securities laws is available or may only be able to sell these securities outside of the United States (such as on a foreign exchange). These securities may either be determined to be liquid or illiquid pursuant to policies and guidelines established by the Company’s Board of Directors. See also “Private Placement Risk” above.

 

SECURITIES TRUSTS. The Fund may invest in securities trusts, which are investment trust vehicles that maintain portfolios comprised of underlying debt securities that are generally unsecured. These instruments are purchased in the cash markets and vary as to the type of underlying security, but include such underlying securities as corporate investment grade and high yield bonds and credit default swaps. Examples include TRAINS, TRACERS, CORE and funded CDX. Holders of interests in these structured notes receive income from the trusts in respect of principal or interest paid on the underlying securities. By investing in such notes, the Fund will indirectly bear its proportionate share of any expenses paid by such notes in addition to the expenses of such Fund.

 

Investments in these types of structured products are subject to the same risks that would be associated with direct investments in the underlying securities of the structured notes. These risks include substantial market price volatility resulting from changes in prevailing interest rates; default or bankruptcy of issuers of the underlying securities; subordination to the prior claims of banks and other senior lenders in the case of default; and early repayment by issuers during periods of declining interest rates because of mandatory call or redemption provisions. In addition, structured note products may have difficulty disposing of the underlying securities because of thin trading markets.

 

SMALL CAPITALIZATION SECURITIES. The Fund may invest in equity securities (including securities issued in initial public offerings) of companies with smaller market capitalizations. Because the issuers of small capitalization securities tend to be smaller or less well-established companies, they may have limited product lines, market share or financial resources, may have less historical data with respect to operations and management and may be more dependent on a limited number of key employees. As a result, small capitalization securities are often less marketable than securities of larger or more well-established companies. Historically, small market capitalization securities and securities of recently organized companies are subject to increased price volatility due to: (i) less certain growth prospects; (ii) lower degrees of liquidity in the markets for such securities; (iii) thin trading that could result in the securities being sold at a discount or in small lots over an extended period of time; (iv) limited product lines, markets or financial resources; (v) dependence on a few key management personnel; (vi) increased sensitivity to changes in interest rates, borrowing costs and earnings; (vii) difficulty in obtaining information on smaller capitalization companies as compared with larger capitalization companies; (viii) greater sensitivity to changing economic conditions and increased risk of bankruptcy due to adverse developments or management changes affecting the company; and (ix) greater difficulty borrowing money to continue or expand operations. When the Fund invests in smaller company stocks that might trade infrequently, investors might seek to trade Fund shares based on their knowledge or understanding of the value of those securities (this is sometimes referred to as “price arbitrage”). If such price arbitrage were successful, it might interfere with the efficient management of the Fund’s portfolio and the Fund may be required to sell

 

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securities at disadvantageous times or prices to satisfy the liquidity requirements created by that activity. Successful price arbitrage might also dilute the value of Fund shares held by other shareholders.

 

TO BE ANNOUNCED (TBA) TRANSACTIONS RISK. TBA investments include when-issued and delayed delivery securities and forward commitments. The Fund is permitted to purchase or sell securities on a when-issued or delayed-delivery basis. When-issued or delayed-delivery transactions arise when securities are purchased or sold with payment and delivery taking place in the future in order to secure what is considered to be an advantageous price and yield at the time of entering into the transaction. The Fund may sell the securities before the settlement date if the sub-advisers deem it advisable. Distributions attributable to any gains realized on such a sale are taxable to shareholders. When-issued and delayed delivery securities and forward commitments involve the risk that the security the Fund buys will lose value prior to its delivery. The Fund is subject to this risk whether or not the Fund takes delivery of the securities on the settlement date for a transaction. There also is the risk that the security will not be issued or that the other party to the transaction will not meet its obligation. If this occurs, the Fund loses both the investment opportunity for the assets it set aside to pay for the security and any gain in the security’s price. The Fund may also take a short position in a TBA investment when it owns or has the right to obtain, at no added cost, identical securities. If the Fund takes such a short position, it may reduce the risk of a loss if the price of the securities declines in the future, but will lose the opportunity to profit if the price rises. The Fund may purchase or sell undrawn or delayed draw loans.

 

USE AS UNDERLYING FUND RISK. The Fund may be an investment (an “Underlying Fund”) of one or more fund of funds. The term “fund of funds” refers to a fund that pursues its investment objective by investing primarily in other funds. The Fund, as an Underlying Fund, may experience relatively large redemptions or share purchases as the fund of funds periodically reallocates or rebalances its assets. These transactions may cause the Fund to sell securities to meet such redemptions, or to maintain a larger cash position at times it would not otherwise do so, and may as a result increase transaction costs and/or adversely affect Fund performance. In addition, such transactions could increase or decrease the frequency of capital gain recognition and could affect the timing, amount and character of distributions you receive from the Fund.

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT SECURITIES RISK. Treasury obligations may differ in their interest rates, maturities, times of issuance and other characteristics. Securities backed by the U.S. Treasury or the full faith and credit of the United States are guaranteed only as to the timely payment of interest and principal when held to maturity. Accordingly, the current market values for these securities will fluctuate with changes in interest rates. Obligations of U.S. Government agencies and authorities are supported by varying degrees of credit but generally are not backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government. No assurance can be given that the U.S. Government will provide financial support to its agencies and authorities if it is not obligated by law to do so. In addition, the value of U.S. Government securities may be affected by changes in the credit rating of the U.S. Government.  U.S. Government securities are also subject to default risk, which is the risk that the U.S. Treasury will be unable to meet its payment obligations. The maximum potential liability of the issuers of some U.S. Government securities held by the Fund may greatly exceed their current resources, including their legal right to support from the U.S. Treasury. It is possible that these issuers will not have the funds to meet their payment obligations in the future.

 

VOLATILITY RISK. The Fund's investments may fluctuate in value over a short period of time. This may cause the Fund’s net asset value per share to experience significant changes in value over short periods of time.

 

WARRANTS AND RIGHTS RISK. Warrants are instruments giving holders the right, but not the obligation, to buy equity or fixed income securities of a company at a specific price during a specified period. Rights are similar to warrants but normally have a short life span to expiration. The purchase of rights or warrants involves the risk that the Fund could lose the purchase value of a right or warrant if the right to subscribe to additional shares is not exercised prior to the right’s or warrant’s expiration. Also, the purchase of rights and/or warrants involves the risk that the effective price paid for the right and/or warrant added to the subscription price of the related security may exceed the value of the subscribed security’s market price such as when there is no movement in the level of the underlying security. Buying a warrant does not make the Fund a shareholder of the underlying stock. The warrant holder has no voting or dividend rights with respect to the underlying stock. A warrant does not carry any right to assets of the issuer, and for this reason investment in warrants may be more speculative than other equity-based investments. The market for warrants may be limited and it may be difficult for the Fund to sell a warrant promptly at an advantageous price.

 

DISCLOSURE OF PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS

 

The Fund will publicly disclose its complete month-end portfolio holdings, except certain de minimis or short-term investments, on the Fund’s website at www.hartfordfunds.com no earlier than 25 calendar days after the end of each month.

 

The Fund also will publicly disclose on its website the largest ten holdings by issuer in which it invests (and the percentage invested in each) no earlier than 15 calendar days after the end of each month. For purposes of the Top Ten holdings, the Fund will not include derivative positions. In addition, the Fund may delay posting its holdings or may not post any holdings, if HFMC believes that would be in the best interests of the Fund and its shareholders.

 

HFMC and HFD and their affiliates may release or authorize others to release portfolio-related information (i.e., portfolio statistics, sector information and portfolio commentary) to third parties; provided however that if the portfolio-related information is deemed to be material in the reasonable judgment of the Fund’s Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”) (or his designee) on the advice and counsel of the Fund’s Chief Legal Officer (or his designee), it shall be publicly disclosed prior to disclosure to a third-party.

 

The Fund may disclose portfolio holdings on a more frequent basis if (1) public disclosure of such holdings is made and both the Fund’s CCO and the Fund’s Chief Legal Officer approve the disclosure in accordance with the Fund’s disclosure policy; or (2) the

 

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nonpublic disclosure is made to a third-party that (i) has been approved by the CCO and at least one other Fund officer, based on a finding that the Fund has a legitimate business purpose for the arrangement or practice and that it is in the interest of Fund shareholders, and (ii) is subject to an agreement with the appropriate confidentiality and/or non-trading provisions as determined by the CCO.  This requirement does not apply to portfolio holdings disclosure to the Fund’s service providers such as the custodian, transfer agent, sub-transfer agent, administrator, sub-administrator, independent registered public accounting firm, counsel, financial printer, proxy voting agent, lenders, securities lending agent, and other entities that provide systems or software support in connection with Fund operations, including accounting, compliance support and pricing (together, “Service Providers”), provided that the Service Provider is otherwise subject to the duty of confidentiality, imposed by law and/or contract.   The portfolio holdings information may be provided to the Service Providers as soon as the information is available.

 

In addition to Service Providers, the Fund’s investment manager or sub-advisers may disclose the Fund’s portfolio holdings to third-party vendors that provide analytical systems services to the Fund’s investment manager or sub-advisers on behalf of the Fund and to certain third-party industry information vendors, institutional investment consultants, and asset allocation service providers.  With respect to each of these entities, portfolio holdings information will be released only in accordance with the Fund’s disclosure policy.

 

Nothing contained herein is intended to prevent the disclosure of portfolio holdings or portfolio-related information as may be required by applicable laws and regulations. For example, the Fund or any of its affiliates or service providers may file any report required by applicable law, respond to requests from regulators, and comply with valid subpoenas. From time to time, the Fund may disclose portfolio holdings to other parties to the extent necessary in connection with actual or threatened litigation.

 

The “Hartford Funds” for purposes of this section consist of the series of The Hartford Mutual Funds, Inc., The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc., Hartford Series Fund, Inc., Hartford HLS Series Fund II, Inc., and Hartford Schroders Opportunistic Income Fund.   One or more of the Hartford Funds have entered into ongoing arrangements to disclose portfolio holdings to the following entities:

 

Bloomberg LP

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Citibank N.A.

Class Action Claims Management

FactSet Research Systems Inc.

Glass, Lewis & Company, LLC

Markit WSO Corporation

Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services

MSCI, Inc.

State Street Bank and Trust Company

Seismic Software Inc.

Syntel Inc.

Wipro

Wolters Kluwer Financial Service

 

Portfolio holdings are disclosed on a daily basis to Bloomberg LP, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., Citibank N.A., FactSet Research Systems Inc., Glass Lewis & Company, Markit WSO Corporation (for certain Hartford Funds), Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, MSCI, Inc., State Street Bank and Trust Company and Syntel Inc. Portfolio holdings are disclosed to Class Action Claims Management, Seismic Software Inc. and Wolters Kluwer Financial Services on a monthly basis, with lag times of fifteen days, five days, and one day, respectively. Portfolio holdings are disclosed to Seismic Software Inc. on a quarterly basis, with a lag time of twelve business days. Portfolio holdings are disclosed to Wipro as needed, with a lag time of one day. When purchasing and selling portfolio securities through broker-dealers, requesting bids on securities, or obtaining price quotations on securities, the Hartford Funds may disclose one or more of their portfolio securities to the party effecting the transaction or providing the information.

 

Additionally, the Fund, the Fund’s investment manager, the Fund’s distributor (collectively, “Hartford”) or the sub-advisers may provide oral or written information (“portfolio commentary”) about the Fund, including, but not limited to, how the Fund’s investments are divided among (i) various sectors, industries and countries; (ii) value and growth investments and small, mid and large-cap investments; (iii) stocks, bonds, currencies and cash; and, as applicable, (iv) types of bonds, bond maturities, bond coupons and bond credit quality ratings.  This portfolio commentary may also include information on factors that contributed to Fund performance, including these relative weightings.  Hartford or the sub-advisers may also provide oral or written information (“statistical information”) about various financial characteristics of the Fund or its underlying portfolio securities including, but not limited to, beta, duration, maturity, Sharpe ratio, earnings growth, payout ratio, price/book value, projected earnings growth, return on equity, tracking error, weighted average quality, market capitalization, percent debt to equity, dividend yield or growth, default rate, portfolio turnover, risk and style characteristics or other similar information.  This portfolio commentary and statistical information about the Fund may be based on the Fund’s most recent quarter-end portfolio, month-end or on some other interim period.  Portfolio commentary and statistical information may be available on the Hartford Fund’s website or may be provided to members of the press, financial intermediaries, fiduciaries of a 401(k) plan or a trust and their advisers, or current or potential shareholders in the Fund or their representatives.  The content and nature of the information provided to each of these persons may differ.

 

In no event will Hartford or the sub-advisers or any affiliate thereof be permitted to receive compensation or other consideration in connection with the disclosure of Fund portfolio holdings. The CCO is responsible for addressing conflicts of interest between the interests of Fund shareholders, on the one hand, and the interests of the Fund’s investment manager, investment sub-advisers, principal underwriter, or any affiliated person of the Fund, its investment manager, investment sub-advisers, or its principal underwriter, on the other. Every violation of the portfolio holdings disclosure policy must be reported to the Funds' CCO. The CCO is responsible for maintaining records under the Policy and will provide periodic reporting to the Board.

 

The Investment Manager and sub-advisers may, at times, serve as the investment adviser and sub-advisers, respectively, to one or more exchange traded funds (ETFs), closed-end funds and separate accounts that have the same or substantially similar investment strategies as the Fund. These ETFs and separate accounts are not subject to the Fund’s portfolio holdings disclosure

 

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policy. In addition, the sub-advisers may manage certain accounts and/or funds that are not part of the Hartford Funds family in a style substantially similar to that of the Fund. These accounts and/or funds are not subject to the Fund’s portfolio holdings policy. The Investment Manager also may receive compensation for providing one or more model portfolios to third-party sponsors of separately managed account programs. Where a model portfolio and the Fund both employ similar investment strategies, the composition of the model portfolio may be similar to that of the Fund.

 

FUND MANAGEMENT

 

The Board of Directors and officers of the Company, their business addresses, principal occupations for at least the past five years and years of birth are listed in the tables below. The Company’s Board of Directors (i) provides broad supervision over the affairs of the Company and the Fund and (ii) elects officers who are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Fund and the execution of policies formulated by the Board of Directors. The first table below provides information about those directors who are deemed not to be “interested persons” of the Company, as that term is defined in the 1940 Act (i.e., “non-interested directors”), and the second table below provides information about the Company’s “interested” directors and the Company’s officers.

 

NON-INTERESTED DIRECTORS

NAME, YEAR OF BIRTH AND ADDRESS* POSITION
HELD WITH THE COMPANY
TERM OF
OFFICE** AND LENGTH OF TIME SERVED
PRINCIPAL OCCUPATION(S) DURING PAST 5 YEARS

NUMBER

OF PORTFOLIOS
IN FUND COMPLEX
OVERSEEN BY
DIRECTOR

OTHER DIRECTORSHIPS
FOR PUBLIC COMPANIES AND OTHER REGISTERED INVESTMENT COMPANIES HELD BY DIRECTOR

HILARY E. ACKERMANN

(1956)

 

Director Since 2014 Ms. Ackermann served as Chief Risk Officer at Goldman Sachs Bank USA from October 2008 to November 2011. Ms. Ackermann has served as a Director of Vistra Energy Corporation, formerly known as Dynegy, Inc. (an independent power company) since October 2012 and as a Director of Credit Suisse Holdings (USA), Inc. since January 2017. [82] Ms. Ackermann serves as a Director of Vistra Energy Corporation (October 2012 to present) and as a Director of Credit Suisse Holdings (USA), Inc. from January 2017 to present.

ROBIN C. BEERY

(1967)

 

Director Since 2017 Ms. Beery has served as a consultant to ArrowMark Partners (an alternative asset manager) since March of 2015 and since November 2018 has been employed by ArrowMark Partners as a Senior Advisor. Previously, she was Executive Vice President, Head of Distribution, for Janus Capital Group, and Chief Executive Officer and President of the Janus Mutual Funds (a global asset manager) from September 2009 to August 2014. [82] Ms. Beery serves as a Director of UMB Financial Corporation (January 2015 to present).  

LYNN S. BIRDSONG

(1946)

 

 

Director and Chair of the Board Director since 2003 and Chair of the Board since August 2019 Mr. Birdsong currently serves as a Director of Aberdeen Global and Aberdeen Global II (investment funds) (since September 2014), Aberdeen Islamic SICAV and Aberdeen Liquidity Fund (investment funds) (since 2016), and Aberdeen Alpha Fund (since December 2017). Mr. Birdsong served as an Independent Director of Nomura Partners Funds, Inc. (formerly, The Japan Fund) (April 2003 to February 2015) and as a Director of the Sovereign High Yield Investment Company (April 2010 to June 2014).  From 2003 to March 2005, Mr. Birdsong was an Independent Director of the Atlantic Whitehall Funds. From 1979 to 2002, Mr. Birdsong was a Managing Director of Zurich Scudder Investments, an investment management firm. During his employment with Scudder, Mr. Birdsong was an Interested Director of The Japan Fund.  From January 1981 through December 2013, Mr. Birdsong was a partner in Birdsong Company, an advertising specialty firm. [82] None

 

 

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NAME, YEAR OF BIRTH AND ADDRESS* POSITION
HELD WITH THE COMPANY
TERM OF
OFFICE** AND LENGTH OF TIME SERVED
PRINCIPAL OCCUPATION(S) DURING PAST 5 YEARS

NUMBER

OF PORTFOLIOS
IN FUND COMPLEX
OVERSEEN BY
DIRECTOR

OTHER DIRECTORSHIPS
FOR PUBLIC COMPANIES AND OTHER REGISTERED INVESTMENT COMPANIES HELD BY DIRECTOR

CHRISTINE R. DETRICK

(1958)

 

Director Since 2016 Ms. Detrick has served as a Director of Reinsurance Group of America since January 2014.  Previously, she was a director of Forest City Realty Trust (a real estate company) from November 2014 to March 2018, a Director of Forethought Financial Group, Inc. (a financial services company) from January 2012 to January 2014, and a Senior Partner/Advisor at Bain & Company (a management consulting firm) from September 2002 to December 2012. [82] Ms. Detrick serves as a Director of Reinsurance Group of America (January 2014 to present).

DUANE E. HILL

(1945)

 

Director Since 2002 Mr. Hill is a Partner of TSG Ventures L.P., a private equity investment company. Mr. Hill is a former partner of TSG Capital Group, a private equity investment firm that served as sponsor and lead investor in leveraged buyouts of middle market companies. [82] None

LEMMA W. SENBET

(1946)

 

Director Since 2005 Dr. Senbet currently serves as the William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance, and previously was the Founding Director, Center for Financial Policy, in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.  He was chair of the Finance Department Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland from 1998 to 2006.  In June 2013, he began a sabbatical from the University to serve as Executive Director of the African Economic Research Consortium which focuses on economic policy research and training, which he completed in 2018.  Previously, he was a chaired professor of finance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Also, he was a Director of the Fortis Funds from March 2000 to July 2002. Dr. Senbet served as Director of the American Finance Association and President of the Western Finance Association. In 2006, Dr. Senbet was inducted Fellow of Financial Management Association International for his career-long distinguished scholarship and professional service. [82] None

DAVID SUNG

(1953)

 

 

Director

Since 2017

 

Mr. Sung has served as a Director of Nippon Wealth Bank since April 2015 and CITIC-Prudential Fund Management Company, Inc. since January 2016.  Mr. Sung is an Independent Director of seven investment funds, including two closed-end registered investment companies, sponsored by Ironwood Capital Management.  Previously, he was a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP from October 1995 to July 2014. [82] Mr. Sung serves as a Trustee of Ironwood Institutional Multi-Strategy Fund, LLC and Ironwood Multi-Strategy Fund, LLC (October 2015 to present) (2 portfolios).
*The address for each Director is c/o Hartford Funds 690 Lee Road, Wayne, PA 19087.
**Term of Office: Each Director holds an indefinite term until the earlier of (i) the election and qualification of his or her successor or (ii) when the Director turns 75 years of age.

 

OFFICERS AND INTERESTED DIRECTOR

NAME, YEAR
OF BIRTH AND
ADDRESS*
POSITION
HELD WITH
THE
COMPANY
TERM OF
OFFICE** AND
LENGTH OF
TIME SERVED
PRINCIPAL OCCUPATION(S) DURING PAST 5 YEARS NUMBER OF
PORTFOLIOS IN
FUND COMPLEX
OVERSEEN BY
DIRECTOR
OTHER DIRECTORSHIPS
HELD BY
DIRECTOR

JAMES E. DAVEY***

(1964)

 

Director, President and Chief Executive Officer President and Chief Executive Officer since 2010; Director since 2012 Mr. Davey serves as Executive Vice President of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Davey serves as Chairman of the Board, Manager, and Senior Managing Director of Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC (“HFD”). He also currently serves as Director, Chairman of the Board, President and Senior Managing Director of Hartford Administrative Services Company [82] None

 

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NAME, YEAR
OF BIRTH AND
ADDRESS*
POSITION
HELD WITH
THE
COMPANY
TERM OF
OFFICE** AND
LENGTH OF
TIME SERVED
PRINCIPAL OCCUPATION(S) DURING PAST 5 YEARS NUMBER OF PORTFOLIOS IN FUND COMPLEX
OVERSEEN BY
DIRECTOR
OTHER DIRECTORSHIPS
HELD BY
DIRECTOR
      (“HASCO”). Mr. Davey also serves as President, Manager, Chairman of the Board, and Senior Managing Director for Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC (“HFMC”), and Director, Chairman, President and Senior Managing Director for Hartford Funds Management Group, Inc. ("HFMG"). Mr. Davey also serves as Manager, Chairman of the Board, and President of Lattice Strategies LLC (since July 2016).  Mr. Davey has served in various positions within The Hartford and its subsidiaries in connection with the operation of the Hartford Funds. Mr. Davey joined The Hartford in 2002.    

ANDREW S. DECKER

(1963)

AML Compliance Officer Since 2015 Mr. Decker serves as Chief Compliance Officer and AML Compliance Officer of HASCO (since April 2015) and Vice President of HASCO (since April 2018).  Mr. Decker serves as AML Officer of HFD (since May 2015).  Mr. Decker also serves as Vice President of HFMG (since April 2018).  Prior to joining The Hartford, Mr. Decker served as Vice President and AML Officer at Janney Montgomery Scott (a broker dealer) from April 2011 to January 2015.  Mr. Decker served as AML Compliance and Sanctions Enforcement Officer at SEI Investments from December 2007 to April 2011.   N/A N/A

AMY N. FURLONG

(1979)

 

Vice President and Treasurer Since 2018 Ms. Furlong has served in various positions within The Hartford and its subsidiaries in connection with the operation of the Hartford Funds. Ms. Furlong joined The Hartford in 2004. Prior to joining The Hartford, Ms. Furlong worked at KPMG LLP in audit services. N/A

N/A

 

WALTER F. GARGER

(1965)

 

Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Since 2016 Mr. Garger serves as Secretary, Managing Director and General Counsel of HFD, HASCO, HFMC and HFMG (since 2013). Mr. Garger also serves as Secretary and General Counsel of Lattice Strategies LLC (since July 2016).  Mr. Garger has served in various positions within The Hartford and its subsidiaries in connection with the operation of the Hartford Funds. Mr. Garger joined The Hartford in 1995. N/A N/A

Albert Y. Lee

(1979)

Vice President and Assistant Treasurer Since 2017 Mr. Lee serves as Head of Systemic Strategies and ETF Operations and Senior Vice President of HFMG (since July 2016).  Mr. Lee also serves as Senior Vice President of Lattice Strategies LLC (since June 2017). Previously, Mr. Lee served as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Lattice Strategies LLC (2009-2016); Chief Operating Officer at Avicenna Capital Management (2007-2009); and Chief Financial Officer at Steeple Capital LP (2005-2007). N/A N/A

theodore j. lucas

(1966)

Vice President Since 2017 Mr. Lucas serves as Executive Vice President of HFMG (since July 2016) and as Executive Vice President of Lattice Strategies LLC (since June 2017).  Previously, Mr. Lucas served as Managing Partner of Lattice Strategies LLC (2003 to 2016). N/A N/A

 

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NAME, YEAR
OF BIRTH AND
ADDRESS*
POSITION
HELD WITH
THE
COMPANY
TERM OF
OFFICE** AND
LENGTH OF
TIME SERVED
PRINCIPAL OCCUPATION(S) DURING PAST 5 YEARS NUMBER OF PORTFOLIOS IN FUND COMPLEX
OVERSEEN BY
DIRECTOR
OTHER DIRECTORSHIPS
HELD BY
DIRECTOR

Joseph G. Melcher

(1973)

 

Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer Since 2013

Mr. Melcher serves as Executive Vice President of HFD (since December 2013) and has served as President (from April 2018 to June 2019) and Chief Executive Officer (from April 2018 to June 2019) of HFD. He also serves as Executive Vice President of HFMG and HASCO (since December 2013). Mr. Melcher also serves as Executive Vice President (since December 2013) and Chief Compliance Officer (since December 2012) of HFMC. Mr. Melcher also serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Lattice Strategies, LLC (since July 2016). Mr. Melcher has served in various positions within The Hartford and its subsidiaries in connection with the operation of the Hartford Funds since joining The Hartford in 2012. Prior to joining The Hartford, Mr. Melcher worked at Touchstone Investments, a member of the Western & Southern Financial Group, where he held the position of Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer from 2010 through 2012 and Assistant Vice President, Compliance from 2005 to 2010.

 

N/A N/A

VERNON J. MEYER

(1964)

 

Vice President

Since 2006 Mr. Meyer serves as Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of HFMC and Managing Director of HFMG (since 2013). Mr. Meyer has served in various positions within The Hartford and its subsidiaries in connection with the operation of the Hartford Funds. Mr. Meyer joined The Hartford in 2004. N/A N/A

ALICE A. PELLEGRINO

(1960)

 

Vice President and Assistant Secretary Since 2016 Ms. Pellegrino serves as Vice President of HFMG (since December 2013).  Ms. Pellegrino also serves as Vice President and Assistant Secretary of Lattice Strategies LLC (since June 2017). Ms. Pellegrino is a Senior Counsel and has served in various positions within The Hartford and its subsidiaries in connection with the operation of the Hartford Funds. Ms. Pellegrino joined The Hartford in 2007. N/A N/A

THOMAS R. PHILLIPS

(1960)

Vice President and Secretary Since 2017 Mr. Phillips currently serves as Vice President (since February 2017) and Assistant Secretary (since June 2017) for HFMG.  Mr. Phillips is Deputy General Counsel for HFMG.  Prior to joining HFMG in 2017, Mr. Phillips was a Director and Chief Legal Officer of Saturna Capital Corporation from 2014–2016.  Prior to that, Mr. Phillips was a Partner and Deputy General Counsel of Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC. N/A N/A
*The address for each officer and Director is c/o Hartford Funds 690 Lee Road, Wayne, PA 19087.
**Each Director holds an indefinite term until the earlier of (i) the election and qualification of his or her successor or (ii) when the Director turns 75 years of age. Each officer shall serve until his or her successor is elected and qualifies.
***Interested person,” as defined in the 1940 Act, of the Company because of the person’s affiliation with, or equity ownership of, HFMC, HFD or affiliated companies.

 

All directors and officers of The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc. also hold corresponding positions with The Hartford Mutual Funds, Inc., Hartford Series Fund, Inc., Hartford HLS Series Fund II, Inc., [Hartford Funds Master Fund, Hartford Funds NextShares Trust,] Hartford Funds Exchange-Traded Trust, Lattice Strategies Trust and Hartford Schroders Opportunistic Income Fund.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS. The Company has a Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for oversight of the Fund. The Board elects officers who are responsible for the day–to-day operations of the Fund. The Board oversees the investment manager and the other principal service providers of the Fund. As described in more detail below, the Board has established five standing committees that assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities: the Audit Committee, Compliance and Risk Oversight Committee, Contracts Committee, Investment Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee (collectively, the “Committees”).

 

The Board is chaired by an Independent Director. The Independent Chairman (i) presides at Board meetings and participates in the preparation of agendas for the meetings, (ii) acts as a liaison with the Fund’s officers, investment manager and other directors between meetings and (iii) coordinates Board activities and functions with the Chairperson of the Committees. The Independent Chairman may also perform such other functions as may be requested by the Board from time to time. The Board has determined that the Board’s leadership and committee structure is appropriate because it provides a foundation for the Board to work effectively

 

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with management and service providers and facilitates the exercise of the Board’s independent judgment. In addition, the committee structure permits an efficient allocation of responsibility among the Directors.

 

The Board oversees risk as part of its general oversight of the Fund and risk is addressed as part of various Board and Committee activities. The Fund is subject to a number of risks, including investment, compliance, financial, operational and valuation risks. The Fund’s service providers, which are responsible for the day to day operations of the Fund, apply risk management in conducting their activities. The Board recognizes that it is not possible to identify all of the risks that may affect the Fund, and that it is not possible to develop processes and controls to eliminate all risks and their possible effects. The Audit Committee, Compliance and Risk Oversight Committee, and Investment Committee receive reports or other information from management regarding risk assessment and management. In addition, the Investment Manager has established an internal committee focused on risk assessment and risk management related to the operations of the Fund and the investment manager, and the chairperson of that committee reports to the Compliance and Risk Oversight Committee on a semi-annual basis (or more frequently if appropriate). The Compliance and Risk Oversight Committee assists the Board in overseeing the activities of the Fund’s CCO, and the CCO provides an annual report to the Compliance and Risk Oversight Committee and the Board regarding material compliance matters. The Compliance and Risk Oversight Committee and the Board receive and consider other reports from the CCO throughout the year. The Investment Committee assists the Board in overseeing investment matters. The Investment Committee receives reports from the investment manager relating to investment performance, including information regarding investment risk. The Audit Committee assists the Board in reviewing financial matters, including matters relating to financial reporting risks and valuation risks. The Board may, at any time and in its discretion, change the manner in which it conducts its risk oversight role.

 

STANDING COMMITTEES. The Board of Directors has established an Audit Committee, a Compliance and Risk Oversight Committee, a Contracts Committee, an Investment Committee and a Nominating and Governance Committee. The Company does not have a standing compensation committee. However, the Nominating and Governance Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Board regarding the compensation of the non-interested members of the Board. The Board has adopted written charters for the Audit Committee, the Compliance and Risk Oversight Committee, the Investment Committee, and the Nominating and Governance Committee.

 

The Audit Committee currently consists of the following non-interested directors: Hilary E. Ackermann, Lynn S. Birdsong, and David Sung. The Audit Committee (i) oversees the Fund’s accounting and financial reporting policies and practices, their internal controls and, as appropriate, the internal controls of certain service providers; (ii) assists the Board of Directors in its oversight of the qualifications, independence and performance of the Fund’s independent registered public accounting firm; the quality, objectivity and integrity of the Fund’s financial statements and the independent audit thereof; and the performance of the Fund’s internal audit function; and (iii) acts as a liaison between the Fund’s independent registered public accounting firm and the full Board. The Fund’s independent registered accounting firm reports directly to the Audit Committee, and the Audit Committee regularly reports to the Board of Directors.

 

Management is responsible for maintaining appropriate systems for accounting. The Company's independent registered public accounting firm is responsible for conducting a proper audit of the Company's financial statements and is ultimately accountable to the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee has the ultimate authority and responsibility to select (subject to approval by the non-interested directors and ratification by the Company shareholders, as required) and evaluate the Company's independent registered public accounting firm, to determine the compensation of the Company's independent registered public accounting firm and, when appropriate, to replace the Company's independent registered public accounting firm.

 

The Compliance and Risk Oversight Committee currently consists of Hilary E. Ackermann, Lynn S. Birdsong, and David Sung. The Compliance and Risk Oversight Committee assists the Board in its oversight of the adoption and implementation of compliance and enterprise risk management policies and procedures.

 

The Contracts Committee currently consists of all non-interested directors of the Fund: Hilary E. Ackermann, Robin C. Beery, Lynn S. Birdsong, Christine R. Detrick, Duane E. Hill, Lemma W. Senbet and David Sung. The Contracts Committee assists the Board in its consideration and review of fund contracts and the consideration of strategy-related matters.

 

The Investment Committee currently consists of Robin C. Beery, Christine R. Detrick, Duane E. Hill and Lemma W. Senbet. The Investment Committee assists the Board in its oversight of the Fund’s investment performance and related matters.

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee currently consists of all non-interested directors of the Fund: Hilary E. Ackermann, Robin C. Beery, Lynn S. Birdsong, Christine R. Detrick, Duane E. Hill, Lemma W. Senbet and David Sung. The Nominating and Governance Committee: (i) screens and selects candidates to the Board of Directors and (ii) periodically reviews and evaluates the compensation of the non-interested directors and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the compensation of, and expense reimbursement policies with respect to, non-interested directors. The Nominating and Governance Committee is also authorized to consider and make recommendations to the Board regarding governance policies, including, but not limited to, any retirement policy for non-interested directors. The Nominating and Governance Committee will consider nominees recommended by shareholders for non-interested director positions if a vacancy among the non-interested directors occurs and if the nominee meets the Committee’s criteria.

 

During the Company’s fiscal year ended October 31, 2019, the above referenced committees of the Company met the following number of times: [Audit Committee — 6 times, Investment Committee — 5 times, Nominating and Governance Committee — 3 times, Contracts Committee — 1 time and Compliance and Risk Oversight Committee — 4 times].

 

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DIRECTOR QUALIFICATIONS. The governing documents for the Company do not set forth any specific qualifications to serve as a Director. The Charter for the Nominating and Governance Committee sets forth criteria that the Committee should consider as minimum requirements for consideration as an independent director, including: 15 years of business or academic experience in a management, administrative or other oversight capacity; a college degree or business experience equivalent to a college degree; an ability to invest in the Fund; a person of high ethical standards; and a person able to think through and discuss complicated regulatory and financial issues and arrive at reasonable decisions on these issues on behalf of Fund shareholders.

 

The Board has concluded, based on each director’s experience, qualifications, attributes and/or skills, on an individual basis and in combination with those of other directors, that each director is qualified to serve as a director for the Fund. Among the attributes and skills common to all directors are the ability to review, evaluate and discuss information and proposals provided to them regarding the Fund, the ability to interact effectively with management and service providers, and the ability to exercise independent business judgment. Where applicable, the Board has considered the actual service of each director in concluding that the director should continue to serve. Each director’s ability to perform his or her duties effectively has been attained through the director’s education and work experience, as well as service as a director for the Fund and/or other entities. Set forth below is a brief description of the specific experience of each director. Additional details regarding the background of each director is included in the chart earlier in this section.

 

Hilary E. Ackermann. Ms. Ackermann has served as a director of the Company since September 2014. She has served as Chair of the Compliance and Risk Oversight Committee since 2016. Ms. Ackermann has over twenty-five years of credit, financial and risk management experience, including serving as Chief Risk Officer at Goldman Sachs Bank USA.

 

Robin C. Beery. Ms. Beery is an experienced business executive with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry including extensive experience related to the global distribution of mutual funds and institutional strategies for a large investment adviser.

Lynn S. Birdsong. Mr. Birdsong has served as a director of the Company since 2003. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company and Chairman of the Contracts Committee since August 2019. He has served as Co-Chairman of the Investment Committee from 2005 to September 2014 and Chairman of the Investment Committee from September 2014 to August 2019. Mr. Birdsong served in senior executive and portfolio management positions for investment management firms for more than twenty-five years. He has served as a director of other mutual funds for more than ten years.

 

Christine R. Detrick.  Ms. Detrick has served as a director of the Company since 2016. She has served as Chair of the Investment Committee since August 2019. Ms. Detrick has over thirty years of experience leading and advising financial services companies and investors. She previously served as a director, head of the Americas financial services practice and senior advisor at a management consulting firm, and as the chief executive officer of a private savings bank.

 

Duane E. Hill. Mr. Hill has served as a director of the Company since 2002. He has served as the Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee since 2003. Mr. Hill has more than thirty-five years’ experience in senior executive positions in the banking, venture capital and private equity industries.

 

Lemma W. Senbet. Dr. Senbet has served as a director of the Company since 2000. For more than thirty years, Dr. Senbet has served as a professor of finance, including serving as the Director of Center for Financial Policy and as the chair of the finance department at a major university. He has served the finance profession in various capacities, including as a director or officer of finance associations.

 

David Sung. Mr. Sung is an experienced financial services and auditing professional with over 37 years of experience serving clients in the investment management business.

 

James E. Davey. Mr. Davey has served as a director of the Company since 2012 and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since 2010. Mr. Davey joined The Hartford in 2002 and has served in various positions within The Hartford and its subsidiaries in connection with the operation of the Hartford Funds. Prior to joining The Hartford, Mr. Davey served in various management roles at Merrill Lynch, including director of 401(k) alliance management and director of corporate and institutional 401(k) product management, overseeing product profitability and marketing strategy. Mr. Davey currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Investment Company Institute (ICI).

 

OWNERSHIP OF FUND SHARES. The following tables disclose the dollar range of equity securities beneficially owned by each director as of December 31, 2019 (i) in the Fund and (ii) on an aggregate basis in any registered investment companies overseen by the director within the same family of investment companies:

 

NON-INTERESTED DIRECTORS






NAME OF DIRECTOR
DOLLAR RANGE OF EQUITY SECURITIES
IN THE FUND*
AGGREGATE DOLLAR RANGE OF EQUITY SECURITIES IN ALL
REGISTERED INVESTMENT COMPANIES OVERSEEN BY DIRECTOR IN FAMILY OF INVESTMENT COMPANIES
Hilary E. Ackermann N/A [$50,001 - $100,000]
Robin C. Beery N/A [Over $100,000]

 

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NAME OF DIRECTOR
DOLLAR RANGE OF EQUITY SECURITIES
IN THE FUND*
AGGREGATE DOLLAR RANGE OF EQUITY SECURITIES IN ALL
REGISTERED INVESTMENT COMPANIES OVERSEEN BY DIRECTOR IN FAMILY OF INVESTMENT COMPANIES
Lynn S. Birdsong N/A [Over $100,000]
Christine R. Detrick N/A [Over $100,000]
Duane E. Hill N/A [Over $100,000]
Lemma W. Senbet N/A [Over $100,000]
David Sung N/A [None]
* The Fund had not commenced operations as of December 31, 2019

 

INTERESTED DIRECTOR






NAME OF DIRECTOR

DOLLAR RANGE OF EQUITY SECURITIES
IN THE FUND*
AGGREGATE DOLLAR RANGE OF EQUITY SECURITIES IN ALL
REGISTERED INVESTMENT
COMPANIES OVERSEEN BY DIRECTOR IN FAMILY OF
INVESTMENT COMPANIES
James E. Davey N/A [Over $100,000]
* The Fund had not commenced operations as of December 31, 2019

 

COMPENSATION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS. The Fund pays a portion of the chief compliance officer’s compensation, but otherwise do not pay salaries or compensation to any of their officers or directors who are employed by Hartford Funds or its affiliates. The chart below sets forth the compensation paid by the Company and the Fund Complex to the following directors for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019.

 

Name of Person, Position Aggregate Compensation
From the Company*
Pension Or Retirement
Benefits Accrued As Part
of Fund Expenses
Estimated Annual
Benefits Upon Retirement
Total Compensation
From the Fund Complex
Paid To Directors
Hilary E. Ackermann, Director $[   ] None None $[   ]
Robin C. Beery, Director $[   ] None None $[   ]
Lynn S. Birdsong, Director $[   ] None None $[   ]
Christine R. Detrick, Director $[   ] None None $[   ]
Duane E. Hill, Director $[   ] None None $[   ]
William  P. Johnston** $[   ] None None $[   ]
Phillip O. Peterson, Director*** $[   ] None None $[   ]
Lemma W. Senbet, Director $[   ] None None $[   ]
David Sung, Director $[   ] None None $[   ]

* The Fund had not commenced operations as of October 31, 2019.

** Mr. Johnston retired from the Board of Directors in September 2019.

*** Mr. Peterson retired from the Board of Directors in December 2019.

 

The sales load for Class A shares of the Fund is waived for present and former officers, directors and employees of the Company, HFMC, The Hartford, the sub-advisers, the transfer agent and their affiliates. Such waiver is designed to provide an incentive for individuals that are involved and affiliated with the Fund and its operations to invest in the Fund. Present and former officers, directors and employees of the Company, HFMC, The Hartford, the sub-advisers, the transfer agent and their affiliates are also permitted to purchase Class I shares of the Fund. SDR shares are also available for purchase by current or retired officers, trustees and employees (and their spouses and dependents) of Schroders plc and its affiliates without minimum investment amounts.

 

The Company’s Articles of Incorporation provide that the Company to the full extent permitted by Maryland General Corporate Law and the federal securities laws shall indemnify the directors and officers of the Company. The Articles of Incorporation do not authorize the Company to indemnify any director or officer against any liability to which he or she would otherwise be subject by reason of or for willful misfeasance, bad faith, gross negligence or reckless disregard of such person’s duties.

 

CONTROL PERSONS AND PRINCIPAL SECURITY HOLDERS

 

A principal shareholder is any person who owns (either of record or beneficially) 5% or more of the outstanding shares of the Fund. Any person who directly or indirectly owns 5% or more of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund, may be deemed an “affiliated person” of the Fund, as such term is defined in the 1940 Act. A control person is one who owns, either directly or indirectly, more than 25% of the voting securities of a company or acknowledges the existence of control. As of the date of this SAI, the Fund could be deemed under control of The Hartford and/or one of its subsidiaries due to its beneficial ownership of 25% or more of the outstanding shares of the Fund. Additionally, as of the same date, none of the directors and officers of the Company owned individually or together in excess of 1% of the outstanding shares of the Fund.

 

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INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS

 

The Company, on behalf of the Fund, has entered into an investment management agreement with HFMC. The investment management agreement provides that HFMC, subject to the supervision and approval of the Company’s Board of Directors, is responsible for the management of the Fund. HFMC administers the business and affairs of the Company and the Fund and may retain and compensate sub-advisers that invest and reinvest the assets of the Fund pursuant to sub-advisory agreements with HFMC. In this regard, HFMC will, whether directly or through engagement of sub-advisers, regularly provide the Fund with research, advice and supervision, and will furnish continuously an investment program for the Fund consistent with the investment objectives and policies of the Fund. HFMC shall also monitor, supervise and oversee any sub-adviser. Among other services, HFMC: (i) provides and, as necessary, re-evaluates and updates the investment objectives and parameters, asset classes, and risk profiles of the Fund; (ii) determines, as permitted through the engagement of sub-advisers as the case may be, what securities and other financial instruments should be purchased for the Fund and the portion of the Fund’s portfolio to be held in cash; (iii) monitors the Fund’s performance and examines and recommends ways to improve performance; (iv) meets with and monitors sub-advisers to confirm their compliance with the Fund’s investment strategies and policies and for their adherence to legal and compliance procedures; (v) researches and recommends sub-advisers or portfolio managers for the Fund; and (vi) reports to the Board on the performance of the Fund and recommends action as appropriate.

 

In addition, HFMC or its affiliate(s) provides administrative services to the Company and its Fund, including personnel, services, equipment and facilities and office space for proper operation of the Company and the Fund. Although HFMC, or its affiliates, have agreed to arrange for the provision of additional services necessary for the proper operation of the Company, the Fund pays for these services directly. Among other services, HFMC: (i) assists in all aspects of the Company's operations, including the supervision and coordination of service providers (e.g., the custodian, transfer agent or other shareholder servicing agents, accountants, and attorneys), and serves as the liaison between such service providers and the Board; (ii) drafts and negotiates agreements between service providers and the Company; (iii) prepares meeting materials for the Company's Board and produces such other materials as the Board may request; (iv) coordinates and oversees filings with the SEC; (v) develops and implements compliance programs for the Fund; (vi) provides day-to-day legal and regulatory support for the Fund; (vii) assists the Fund in the handling of regulatory examinations; and (viii) makes reports to the Board regarding the performance of the Fund’s investment adviser.

 

With respect to the Fund, HFMC has entered into an investment sub-advisory agreement with SIMNA. Under the investment sub-advisory agreement, SIMNA, subject to the general supervision of the Company’s Board of Directors and HFMC, is responsible for (among other things) the investment and reinvestment of the assets of the Fund and furnishing the Fund with advice and recommendations with respect to investments and the purchase and sale of appropriate securities for the Fund. SIMNA has entered into a sub-sub-advisory agreement with SIMNA Ltd. under which SIMNA Ltd. is responsible for (among other things) assisting SIMNA in the investment and reinvestment of the assets of the Fund and furnishing the Fund with advice and recommendations with respect to investments and the purchase and sale of appropriate securities for the Fund.

 

As provided by the investment management agreement, the Fund pays HFMC an investment management fee that is accrued daily and paid monthly, equal on an annual basis to a stated percentage of the Fund’s average daily net assets. HFMC, and not the Fund, pays the sub-advisory fees to SIMNA. SIMNA, and not the Fund or HFMC, pays the sub-sub-advisory fees to SIMNA Ltd.

 

MANAGEMENT FEES

 

The Fund pays a monthly management fee to HFMC based on a stated percentage of the Fund’s average daily net asset value as follows:

 

Average Net Assets ANNUAL RATE
[  ] [    ]

 

ADVISORY FEE PAYMENT HISTORY

 

Because the Fund has not commenced operations as October 31, 2019, there is no advisory fee or sub-advisory fee payment information for the Fund.

 

[Pursuant to the investment management agreement, HFMC is not liable to the Fund or its shareholders for an error of judgment or mistake of law or for a loss suffered by the Fund in connection with the matters to which its agreements relate, except a loss resulting from willful misfeasance, bad faith or gross negligence on the part of HFMC in the performance of its duties or from its reckless disregard of the obligations and duties under the applicable agreement.

 

Pursuant to the investment sub-advisory agreement, the sub-adviser shall exercise its best judgment in rendering services under the sub-advisory agreement. The sub-adviser shall not be liable for any error of judgment or mistake of law or for any loss suffered by the Company, HFMC, or the Fund in connection with the matters to which the sub-advisory agreement relates except a loss resulting from the sub-adviser’s willful misfeasance, bad faith or negligence in the performance of its obligations and duties.]

 

HFMC, whose principal business address is 690 Lee Road, Wayne, PA 19087, was organized in 2012. As of December 31, 2019, the Investment Manager and its wholly owned subsidiary, Lattice Strategies LLC, had approximately $[ ] billion in assets under management.

 

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SIMNA (itself and its predecessors) has been an investment manager since 1962, and serves as investment adviser to mutual funds and a broad range of institutional investors. Schroders plc, SIMNA’s ultimate parent, is a global asset management company, which had investment management authority with respect to approximately $555.5 billion in assets as of September 30, 2019. Schroders plc and its affiliates (“Schroders”) have clients that are major financial institutions including banks and insurance companies, public and private pension funds, endowments and foundations, high net worth individuals, financial intermediaries and retail investors. Schroders plc has one of the largest networks of offices of any dedicated asset management company with numerous portfolio managers and analysts covering the world’s investment markets.

 

HFMC also provides the Fund with accounting services pursuant to the fund accounting agreement by and between the Company, on behalf of the Fund, and HFMC. HFMC has delegated certain accounting and administrative service functions to State Street Bank and Trust Company (“State Street”). In consideration of services rendered and expenses assumed pursuant to the fund accounting agreement, the Fund pays HFMC a fee. HFMC is entitled to the following fee for fund accounting services: the sub-accounting fee payable by HFMC to State Street plus the amount of expenses that HFMC allocates for providing the fund accounting services.

 

TRANSFER AGENT

 

HASCO, located at 690 Lee Road, Wayne, PA 19087, is the transfer agent for the Fund. As transfer agent, HASCO, among other things, receives and processes purchase and redemption orders, effects transfers of shares, prepares and transmits payments for dividends and distributions, maintains records of account, and provides oversight of service providers and financial intermediaries providing sub-transfer agency, sub-accounting, and similar shareholder services on behalf of Fund shareholders. An Amended and Restated Transfer Agency and Service Agreement provides the terms pursuant to which HASCO provides such services to the Fund and the terms pursuant to which the Fund pays compensation to HASCO for providing such services. Pursuant to a sub-transfer agency agreement between HASCO and DST Asset Manager Solutions, Inc. (“DST”), HASCO has delegated certain transfer agent, dividend disbursing agent and shareholder servicing agent functions to DST. DST is located at 2000 Crown Colony Drive, Quincy, MA 02169. In addition to DST, HASCO may also designate other service providers as sub-agent to perform or provide shareholder services for the Fund, provided that such sub-agents do not provide distribution services for the Fund.

 

In addition, HASCO designates certain financial intermediaries that maintain Fund shareholder accounts in either an omnibus or networked arrangement with HASCO. Under these arrangements, the financial intermediaries may provide both distribution services and sub-transfer agency (non-distribution) services. The Fund pays HASCO a transfer agency fee payable monthly based on the lesser of (i) the costs of providing or overseeing transfer agency services provided to each share class of the Fund plus a target profit margin or (ii) a Specified Amount (as defined below). Such fee is intended to compensate HASCO for: (i) fees payable by HASCO to DST (and any other designated sub-agent) according to the agreed-upon fee schedule under the sub-transfer agency agreement between HASCO and DST (or between HASCO and any other designated sub-agent, as applicable); (ii) sub-transfer agency fees payable by HASCO to financial intermediaries, according to the agreed-upon terms between HASCO and the financial intermediaries, provided that such payments are within certain limits approved by the Company’s Board of Directors; (iii) certain expenses that HASCO’s parent company, Hartford Funds Management Group, Inc., allocates to HASCO that relate to HASCO’s transfer agency services provided to the Fund; and (iv) a target profit margin.

Share Class Specified Amount (as a percentage average daily net assets)
Class A 0.25%
Class C 0.25%
Class I 0.20%
Class Y 0.11%
Class F 0.004%
Class SDR 0.004%

 

The Fund does not pay any fee directly to DST (or any other sub-agent of HASCO) or to financial intermediaries for providing sub-transfer agency services; rather, HASCO makes all such payments to DST (any other designated sub-agent) and financial intermediaries. In some cases, HFMC and/or its affiliates may make additional compensation payments out of their own assets (and not as an expense of the Fund) to financial intermediaries – please see the sub-section titled “DISTRIBUTION ARRANGEMENTS – ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION PAYMENTS TO FINANCIAL INTERMEDIARIES” for more information.

 

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PORTFOLIO MANAGER

 

OTHER ACCOUNTS MANAGED OR SUB-ADVISED BY SCHRODERS PORTFOLIO MANAGER

 

The following table lists the number and types of other accounts managed or sub-advised by the Fund’s portfolio manager and assets under management in those accounts as of October 31, 2019:

PORTFOLIO MANAGER NUMBER OF
ACCOUNTS

ASSETS MANAGED

(in millions)

Number of 

Accounts
where Advisory
Fee is Based on 

Account Performance

Total Assets in
Accounts where
Advisory Fee is Based on Account
Performance

(in millions)

[      ]        
Other Registered Investment Companies [   ] $[   ] [   ] $[   ]
Other Pooled Investment Vehicles [   ] $[   ] [   ] $[   ]
Other Accounts [   ] $[   ] [   ] $[   ]

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST BETWEEN THE FUND SUB-ADVISED BY SCHRODERS’ PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OTHER ACCOUNTS

 

Whenever a portfolio manager of the Fund manages other accounts, potential conflicts of interest exist, including potential conflicts between the investment strategy of the Fund and the investment strategy of the other accounts. For example, in certain instances, a portfolio manager may take conflicting positions in a particular security for different accounts, by selling a security for one account and continuing to hold it for another account. In addition, the fact that other accounts require the portfolio manager to devote less than all of his or her time to the Fund may be seen itself to constitute a conflict with the interest of the Fund.

 

Each portfolio manager may also execute transactions for another fund or account at the direction of such fund or account that may adversely impact the value of securities held by the Fund. Securities selected for funds or accounts other than the Fund may outperform the securities selected for the Fund. Finally, if the portfolio manager identifies a limited investment opportunity that may be suitable for more than one fund or other account, the Fund may not be able to take full advantage of that opportunity due to an allocation of that opportunity across all eligible funds and accounts. Schroders’ policies, however, require that portfolio managers allocate investment opportunities among accounts managed by them in an equitable manner over time. Orders are normally allocated on a pro rata basis, except that in certain circumstances, such as the small size of an issue, orders will be allocated among clients in a manner believed by Schroders to be fair and equitable over time.

 

The structure of a portfolio manager’s compensation may give rise to potential conflicts of interest. A portfolio manager’s base pay tends to increase with additional and more complex responsibilities that include increased assets under management, which indirectly links compensation to sales. Also, potential conflicts of interest may arise since the structure of Schroders’ compensation may vary from account to account.

 

Schroders has adopted certain compliance procedures that are designed to address these, and other, types of conflicts. However, there is no guarantee that such procedures will detect each and every situation where a conflict arises.

 

COMPENSATION OF SCHRODERS’ PORTFOLIO MANAGER

 

Schroders receives a fee based on the assets under management of the Fund as set forth in the Investment Sub-Advisory Agreement between SIMNA and HFMC on behalf of the Fund. Schroders pays its investment professionals out of its total revenues, including the advisory fees earned with respect to the Fund. The following information relates to the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019.

 

Schroders’ methodology for measuring and rewarding the contribution made by portfolio managers combines quantitative measures with qualitative measures. The Fund’s portfolio managers are compensated for their services to the Fund and to other accounts they manage in a combination of base salary and annual discretionary bonus, as well as the standard retirement, health and welfare benefits available to all Schroders employees. Certain fund managers may also receive awards under a long-term incentive program. Base salary of Schroders’ employees is determined by reference to the level of responsibility inherent in the role and the experience of the incumbent, is benchmarked annually against market data to ensure that Schroders is paying competitively. Schroders’ reviews base salaries annually, targeting increases at employees whose roles have increased in scope materially during the year and those whose salary is behind market rates. At more senior levels, base salaries tend to be adjusted less frequently as the emphasis is increasingly on the discretionary bonus. Discretionary bonuses for portfolio managers may be comprised of an agreed contractual floor, a revenue component and/or a discretionary component. Any discretionary bonus is determined by a number of factors. At a macro level the total amount available to spend is a function of the bonus to pre-bonus profit ratio before tax and the compensation to revenue ratio achieved by Schroders globally. Schroders then assesses the performance of the division and of a management team to determine the share of the aggregate bonus pool that is spent in each area. This focus on “team” maintains consistency and minimizes internal competition that may be detrimental to the interests of Schroders’ clients. For each team, Schroders assesses the performance of their funds relative to competitors and to relevant benchmarks (which may be internally-and/or externally-based and are considered over a range of performance periods), the level of funds under management, and the level of performance fees generated, if any. Schroders also reviews “softer” factors such as leadership, contribution to other parts of

 

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the business, and an assessment of the employee’s behavior and the extent to which it is in line with our corporate values of excellence, integrity, teamwork, passion and innovation. For those employees receiving significant bonuses, a part may be deferred in the form of Schroders plc stock. These employees may also receive part of the deferred award in the form of notional cash investments in a range of Schroders Funds. These deferrals vest over a period of three years and are designed to ensure that the interests of the employees are aligned with those of the shareholders of Schroders.

 

For the purposes of determining the portfolio manager’s bonuses, the relevant external benchmarks for performance comparison include: [ ].

 

EQUITY SECURITIES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY SCHRODERS PORTFOLIO MANAGER

 

As of October 31, 2019, the Fund has not commenced operations. As a result, the portfolio manager did not own any Fund shares as of this date.

 

PORTFOLIO TRANSACTIONS AND BROKERAGE

 

The Company has no obligation to deal with any dealer or group of dealers in the execution of transactions in portfolio securities.

 

Subject to any policy established by the Company’s Board of Directors and HFMC, Schroders is primarily responsible for the investment decisions of the Fund and the placing of its portfolio transactions. In placing brokerage orders, it is the policy of the Fund to obtain the most favorable net results, taking into account various factors, including price, dealer spread or commission, if any, size of the transaction and difficulty of execution. While the sub-adviser generally seeks reasonably competitive spreads or commissions, the Fund does not necessarily pay the lowest possible spread or commission. HFMC may instruct the sub-adviser to direct certain brokerage transactions, using best efforts, subject to obtaining best execution, to broker/dealers in connection with a commission recapture program used to defray fund expenses for the Fund.

 

The sub-adviser generally deals directly with the dealers who make a market in the securities involved (unless better prices and execution are available elsewhere) if the securities are traded primarily in the over-the-counter market. Such dealers usually act as principals for their own account. On occasion, securities may be purchased directly from the issuer. In addition, the sub-adviser may effect certain “riskless principal” transactions through certain dealers in the over-the-counter market under which commissions are paid on such transactions. Bonds and money market securities are generally traded on a net basis and do not normally involve either brokerage commissions or transfer taxes.

 

While the sub-adviser seeks to obtain the most favorable net results in effecting transactions in the Fund’s portfolio securities, broker-dealers who provide investment research to the sub-adviser may receive orders for transactions from the sub-adviser. Such research services ordinarily consist of assessments and analyses of or affecting the business or prospects of a company, industry, economic sector or financial market. To the extent consistent with Section 28(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”), the sub-adviser may cause the Fund to pay a broker-dealer that provides brokerage and research services (as defined in the 1934 Act) to the sub-adviser an amount in respect of securities transactions for the Fund in excess of the amount that another broker-dealer would have charged in respect of that transaction. See “Soft Dollar Practices” below.

 

To the extent that accounts managed by the sub-adviser are simultaneously engaged in the purchase of the same security as the Fund, then, as authorized by the Company’s Board of Directors, available securities may be allocated to the Fund and another client account and may be averaged as to price in a manner determined by the sub-adviser to be fair and equitable. Such allocation and pricing may affect the amount of brokerage commissions paid by such Fund. In some cases, this system might adversely affect the price paid by the Fund (for example, during periods of rapidly rising or falling interest rates) or limit the size of the position obtainable for the Fund (for example, in the case of a small issue).

 

Accounts managed by the sub-adviser (or its affiliates) may hold securities also held by the Fund. Because of different investment objectives or other factors, a particular security may be purchased by the sub-adviser for one client when one or more other clients are selling the same security.

 

Commission rates are established by country and trade method used to execute a given order. 

 

Because the Fund had not commenced operations as of October 31, 2019, no information regarding brokerage commissions paid is available.

 

Soft Dollar Practices. The sub-adviser is responsible for effecting securities transactions for the Fund. As noted above, to the extent consistent with Section 28(e) of the 1934 Act, the sub-adviser may obtain “soft dollar” benefits in connection with the execution of transactions for the Fund. The sub-adviser may cause the Fund to pay a broker-dealer an amount in excess of the amount that another broker-dealer would have charged for the same transaction, in exchange for “brokerage and research services” (as defined in the 1934 Act). Information so received is in addition to and not in lieu of the services that the sub-adviser is required to perform under the applicable investment sub-advisory agreement. In circumstances where two or more broker-dealers are equally capable of providing best execution, the sub-adviser may, but is under no obligation to, choose the broker-dealer that provides superior research or analysis as determined by the sub-adviser in its sole discretion. Neither the management fees nor the sub-advisory fees are reduced because the sub-adviser or its affiliates receive these services even though the sub-adviser or its affiliates might otherwise be required to purchase some of these services for cash. Some of these services are of value to the sub-adviser or

 

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its affiliates in advising various of their clients (including the Fund), although not all of these services are necessarily useful and of value in managing the Fund. These products and services may include research reports, access to management personnel, financial newsletters and trade journals, seminar and conference fees, quantitative analytical software, data services, communication services relating to (or incidental to) the execution, clearing and settlement of securities transactions, post-trade services relating to functions incidental to trade execution, and other products and services that are permitted under Section 28(e), as interpreted by the SEC from time to time. In certain instances, these products and services may have additional uses that are not related to brokerage or research. For such “mixed use” items, in accordance with SEC guidance, the sub-adviser will make a reasonable allocation of the cost of the item according to its expected use, and will pay for that portion of the item that does not have a brokerage or research-related component out of its own pocket.

 

Because the Fund had not commenced operations as of October 31, 2019, no information regarding brokerage commissions paid to firms selected in recognition of research services is available. Because the Fund had not commenced operations as of October 31, 2019, no information regarding the Fund’s investments in securities issued by the Fund’s regular brokers or dealers (as defined under Rule 10b-1 of the 1940 Act) is available.

 

FUND EXPENSES

 

EXPENSES OF THE FUND. The Fund pays its own expenses including, without limitation: (1) expenses of maintaining the Fund and continuing its existence; (2) registration of the Fund under the 1940 Act; (3) auditing, accounting and legal expenses; (4) taxes and interest; (5) governmental fees; (6) expenses of issue, sale, repurchase and redemption of Fund shares; (7) expenses of registering and qualifying the Fund and its shares under federal and state securities laws; (8) expenses of preparing and printing prospectuses and for distributing the same to shareholders and investors; (9) fees and expenses of registering and maintaining the registrations of the Fund and of the Fund’s principal underwriter, if any, as broker-dealer or agent under state securities laws; (10) expenses of reports and notices to shareholders and of meetings of shareholders and proxy solicitations thereof; (11) expenses of reports to governmental officers and commissions; (12) insurance expenses; (13) fees, expenses and disbursements of custodians for all services to the Fund; (14) fees, expenses and disbursements of transfer agents, dividend disbursing agents, shareholder servicing agents and registrars for all services to the Fund; (15) expenses for servicing shareholder accounts; (16) any direct charges to shareholders approved by the directors of the Fund; (17) compensation and expenses of directors of the Fund, other than those who are also officers of HFMC or its affiliates; and (18) such nonrecurring items as may arise, including expenses incurred in connection with litigation, proceedings and claims and the obligation of the Fund to indemnify its directors and officers with respect thereto. In addition, the Fund may incur unique expenses due to the nature of its investment strategy, which are paid only by the Fund, including: consultants’ and attorneys’ fees and expenses.

 

DISTRIBUTION ARRANGEMENTS

 

GENERAL

 

Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC (“HFD”) serves as the principal underwriter for the Fund pursuant to Underwriting Agreements initially approved by the Company’s Board of Directors. HFD is a registered broker-dealer and member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). HFD’s principal business address is 690 Lee Road, Wayne, PA 19087. HFD is an indirect subsidiary of The Hartford. The Hartford may be deemed to control HFD through its indirect ownership of HFD.

 

Shares of the Fund are continuously offered and sold by selected broker-dealers who have selling agreements with HFD. Except as discussed below under “Distribution Plan,” HFD bears all the expenses of providing services pursuant to the Underwriting Agreements, including expenses relating to the distribution of prospectuses for sales purposes and any advertising or sales literature. The Underwriting Agreements continue in effect for two years from initial approval and for successive one-year periods thereafter, provided that each such continuance is specifically approved (1) by the vote of a majority of the directors of the Company, including a majority of the directors who are not parties to the Underwriting Agreements or interested persons (as defined in the 1940 Act) of the Company, or (2) by the vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund. HFD is not obligated to sell any specific amount of shares of the Fund.

 

HFD is authorized by the Company to receive purchase and redemption orders on behalf of the Fund. HFD has authorized one or more financial services institutions and/or qualified plan intermediaries (“Financial Intermediaries”) to receive purchase and redemption orders on behalf of the Fund, subject to the Fund’s policies and procedures with respect to frequent purchases and redemptions of Fund shares and applicable law. In these circumstances, the Fund will be deemed to have received a purchase or redemption order when a Financial Intermediary receives the order. Orders will be priced at the Fund’s next net asset value computed after the orders are received by a Financial Intermediary and accepted by the Fund. The Fund’s net asset value is determined in the manner described in the Fund’s prospectus.

 

DISTRIBUTION PLAN

 

The Board has approved the adoption of a separate distribution plan (each a “Plan”) pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the 1940 Act for Class A and Class C shares. HFD or its affiliates are entitled to retain all service fees payable for which there is no dealer of record or for which qualification standards have not been met as partial consideration for personal services and/or account maintenance services performed by HFD or its affiliates for shareholder accounts.