485APOS 1 d27025d485apos.htm HARTFORD SCHRODERS SUSTAINABLE CORE BOND FUND Hartford Schroders Sustainable Core Bond Fund
As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 9, 2021
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
Pre-Effective Amendment No.
Post-Effective Amendment No. 165
and/or
REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940
Amendment No.
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
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Preliminary Prospectus dated July 9, 2021
Subject to Completion
The information in this prospectus is not complete and may be changed. A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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 Sustainable Core Bond Fund
Prospectus
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Class I
Class R3
Class R4
Class R5
Class Y
Class F
Class SDR
Hartford Schroders Sustainable Core
Bond Fund
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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

Hartford Schroders Sustainable Core Bond Fund Summary Section
INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE. The Fund seeks long-term total return consistent with the preservation of capital while giving special consideration to certain sustainability criteria.
YOUR EXPENSES. The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the Fund. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the tables and examples below. Please contact your financial intermediary for more information regarding whether you may be required to pay a brokerage commission or other fees.
Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment):
Share Classes
I
R3
R4
R5
Y
F
SDR
Management fees(1)
0.32%
0.32%
0.32%
0.32%
0.32%
0.32%
0.32%
Distribution and service (12b-1) fees
None
0.50%
0.25%
None
None
None
None
Other expenses(2)
0.27%
0.37%
0.33%
0.27%
0.27%
0.17%
0.17%
Total annual fund operating expenses
0.59%
1.19%
0.90%
0.59%
0.59%
0.49%
0.49%
Fee waiver and/or expense reimbursement(3)
0.08%
0.13%
0.14%
0.13%
0.19%
0.13%
0.17%
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee
waiver and/or expense reimbursement(3)
0.51%
1.06%
0.76%
0.46%
0.40%
0.36%
0.32%
(1)
“Management fees” are estimated for the current fiscal year.
(2)
“Other expenses” are estimated 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: [0.51% (Class I), 1.06% (Class R3), 0.76% (Class R4), 0.46% (Class R5), 0.40% (Class Y), 0.36% (Class F), and 0.32% (Class SDR)]. This contractual arrangement will remain in effect for at least one year from the effective date of the Fund’s registration statement for Classes I, R3, R4, R5, and F, and for a period of two years from the date of the reorganization of the Predecessor Fund (as defined below) into the Fund for Class Y and SDR unless the Board of Directors of The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc. approves its earlier termination.
Example. The example below is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that:
Your investment has a 5% return each year
The Fund’s operating expenses remain the same (except that the example reflects the fee waiver and/or expense reimbursement arrangement reflected in the table above for only the first year)
You reinvest all dividends and distributions.
Your actual costs may be higher or lower. Based on these assumptions, you would pay the following expenses whether or not you were to redeem your investment at the end of each time period indicated:
Share Classes
Year 1
Year 3
Year 5
Year 10
I
$52
$181
$321
$730
R3
$108
$365
$642
$1,432
R4
$78
$273
$485
$1,095
R5
$47
$176
$316
$725
Y
$41
$170
$310
$720
F
$37
$144
$261
$603
SDR
$33
$140
$257
$600
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. During the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020, the Predecessor Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 144% of the average value of its portfolio.
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PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing primarily in a portfolio of U.S. dollar-denominated, investment grade fixed income securities. Under normal circumstances, the Fund invests at least 80% of its assets in fixed income securities that meet the sustainability criteria of the Fund’s sub-adviser, Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. (“SIMNA”) or the “Sub-Adviser”) as described herein. A security will meet the sustainability criteria of the Sub-Adviser, if one or more of the following three conditions is met at the time of purchase: 1) the security’s sustainability score obtained from the Sub-Adviser’s proprietary sustainability tool is rated above the overall sustainability score of the Fund’s benchmark; 2) the security’s sustainability score obtained from the Sub-Adviser’s proprietary sustainability tool is at or above that of its respective sector score of the Fund’s benchmark; and/or 3) the security receives an improving internal sustainability assessment from the Sub-Adviser’s qualitative analysis. In implementing the investment strategy, the Sub-Adviser seeks to maintain a higher overall sustainability score for the Fund than that of the Fund’s benchmark, the Bloomberg [Barclays] U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, as measured through the Sub-Adviser’s proprietary sustainable scoring methodology. The Fund’s total return includes income earned on the Fund’s investments, plus capital appreciation, if any.
Fixed income securities in which the Fund may invest include obligations of governments, government agencies or instrumentalities, supra-national issuers, or corporate issuers. They may pay fixed, variable, or floating interest rates and may include asset-backed securities, mortgage-backed securities (which may include “to be announced” (“TBA”) transactions, which are standardized contracts for future delivery in which the exact mortgage pools to be delivered are not specified until a few days prior to settlement), zero-coupon securities, convertible securities, inflation-indexed bonds, structured notes, bank loans, loan participations, loan assignments, municipal securities, and other securities bearing fixed or variable interest rates of any maturity. “Investment-grade” securities are securities that, at the time of purchase, are rated by at least one major rating agency in one of its top four rating categories, or, if unrated, are determined by the Sub-Adviser, to be of similar quality. In the case of a split rated security (that is, two or more rating agencies give a security different ratings), the average rating shall apply. The Fund may invest in U.S. dollar denominated foreign securities. The Fund may invest in exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) (open-end investment companies whose shares may be bought and sold by investors in transactions on major stock exchanges). The Fund may also invest a portion of its assets in cash and cash equivalents. The Fund may also use derivatives, including but not limited to, exchange traded futures and ETFs with economic characteristics similar to fixed income securities. At times, the Fund’s investments in municipal securities may be substantial depending on the Sub-Adviser’s outlook on the market.
While the Fund may invest in fixed income securities of any maturity or duration, under normal market conditions, the Sub-Adviser seeks to maintain an average effective portfolio duration that is within 20% of the average effective duration of the Fund’s benchmark, the Bloomberg [Barclays] U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, on an adjusted basis. As of May 31, 2021, the average effective duration of the Bloomberg [Barclays] U.S. Aggregate Bond Index was 6.36 years. The Fund’s average effective duration may vary over time depending on market and economic conditions. Duration is a measure of a debt security’s price sensitivity to a given change in interest rates; effective duration is a measure of the Fund’s portfolio duration adjusted for the anticipated effect of interest rate changes on pre-payment rates.
Generally, the higher a debt security’s duration, the greater its price sensitivity to a change in interest rates. Unlike the maturity of a fixed income security, which measures only the time until final payment is due, duration takes into account the time until all payments of interest and principal on a security are expected to be made, including how these payments are affected by prepayments and by changes in interest rates.
The Sub-Adviser’s decision to purchase or sell a security or make investments in a particular sector is based on relative value considerations. In analyzing the relative attractiveness of a particular security or sector, the Sub-Adviser assesses an issue’s historical relationships to other bonds, technical factors including supply and demand and fundamental risk and reward relationships. When making decisions to purchase or sell a security, the Sub-Adviser also considers a number of factors including sector exposures, interest rate duration, yield and the relationship between yields and maturity dates. The importance of these and other factors that the Sub-Adviser considers when purchasing and selling securities for the Fund changes with changes in the markets. Sector allocation and individual security decisions are made independent of sector and security weightings in the benchmark. The Fund may have substantially different sector and security weightings than the benchmark and may hold securities not included in the benchmark.
The Sub-Adviser considers financially material environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria when selecting investments for the Fund. The Sub-Adviser evaluates the impact and risk around issues such as climate change, environmental performance, labor standards and corporate governance, which it views as a key component in its assessment of a company’s risk and potential for profitability. This assessment is supported by both quantitative analysis from the Sub-Adviser’s proprietary sustainability tools and qualitative analysis from the Sub-Adviser’s analysts,
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which award a sustainability score to each company. The Sub-Adviser does not directly invest the Fund in certain issuers that are significantly involved in thermal coal production, thermal coal energy generation, tobacco production, or non-conventional weapons, as determined from time to time by the Sub-Adviser, unless the Sub-Adviser views the issuer as one which contributes to or is aligning itself with long-term sustainability initiatives. In determining whether a company is significantly involved in industries or product lines listed above, the Sub-Adviser will use revenue thresholds for certain industries or product lines and categorical exclusions for other industries or product lines (e.g., non-conventional weapons). The Sub-Adviser believes that certain of these types of industries or product lines present sustainability risks that could be detrimental to returns.
The Fund may engage in active and frequent trading of portfolio securities in seeking to achieve its investment objective.
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.
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, or as a result of other events such as geopolitical events, natural disasters, or widespread pandemics (such as COVID-19) or other adverse public health developments.
Active Investment Management Risk –  The risk that, if the Sub-Adviser’s investment strategy does not perform as expected, the Fund could underperform its peers or lose money.
High Yield Investments Risk –  High yield investments rated below investment grade (also referred to as “junk bonds”) are considered to be speculative and are subject to heightened credit risk, which may make the Fund more sensitive to adverse developments in the U.S. and abroad. Lower rated debt securities generally involve greater risk of default or price changes due to changes in the issuer’s creditworthiness than higher rated debt securities. The market prices of these securities may fluctuate more than those of higher rated securities and may decline significantly in periods of general economic difficulty. There may be little trading in the secondary market for particular debt securities, which may make them more difficult to value or sell.
Interest Rate Risk –  The risk that your investment may go down in value when interest rates rise, because when interest rates rise, the prices of bonds and fixed rate loans fall. A wide variety of factors can cause interest rates to rise, including central bank monetary policies and inflation rates. Generally, the longer the maturity of a bond or fixed rate loan, the more sensitive it is to this risk. Falling interest rates also create the potential for a decline in the Fund’s income. These risks are greater during periods of rising inflation. Volatility in interest rates and in fixed income markets may increase the risk that the Fund’s investment in fixed income securities will go down in value. Risks associated with rising interest rates are currently heightened because interest rates in the U.S. remain near historic lows. Actions taken by the Federal Reserve Board or foreign central banks to stimulate or stabilize economic growth, such as decreases or increases in short-term interest rates, may adversely affect markets, which could, in turn, negatively impact Fund performance.
Credit Risk –  Credit risk is the risk that the issuer of a security or other instrument will not be able to make principal and interest payments when due. Changes in an issuer’s financial strength, credit rating or the market’s perception of an issuer’s creditworthiness may also affect the value of the Fund’s investment in that issuer. The degree of credit risk depends on both the financial condition of the issuer and the terms of the obligation. Periods of market volatility may increase credit risk.
Inflation-Protected Securities Risk –  The value of inflation-protected securities generally fluctuates in response to changes in real interest rates (stated interest rates adjusted to factor in inflation). In general, the price of an inflation-protected debt security can decrease when real interest rates increase, and can increase when real interest rates decrease. Interest payments on inflation-protected debt securities will fluctuate as the principal and/or interest is adjusted for inflation and can be unpredictable. The market for inflation-protected securities may be less developed or liquid, and more volatile, than certain other securities markets.
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Mortgage-Related and Asset-Backed Securities Risk –  Mortgage-related and asset-backed securities represent interests in “pools” of mortgages or other assets, including consumer loans or receivables held in trust. These mortgage or asset pool securities are subject to credit risk, interest rate risk, “prepayment risk” (the risk that borrowers will repay a loan more quickly in periods of falling interest rates) and “extension risk” (the risk that borrowers will repay a loan more slowly in periods of rising interest rates). If the Fund invests in mortgage-related or asset-backed securities that are subordinated to other interests in the same mortgage or asset pool, the Fund may only receive payments after the pool’s obligations to other investors have been satisfied. An unexpectedly high rate of defaults on the mortgages held by a mortgage pool may limit substantially the pool’s ability to make payments of principal or interest to the Fund, reducing the values of those securities or in some cases rendering them worthless. The risk of such defaults is generally higher in the case of mortgage pools that include so-called “subprime” mortgages. The Fund may purchase or sell mortgage-backed securities on a delayed delivery or forward commitment basis through the TBA market. TBA transactions may result in a higher portfolio turnover rate.
Uniform mortgage-backed securities, which generally align the characteristics of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac certificates, are a recent innovation and the effect they may have on the market for mortgage-related securities is uncertain.
Sovereign Debt Risk –  Non-U.S. sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt are subject to the risk that the issuer or government authority that controls the repayment of the debt may be unable or unwilling to repay the principal or interest when due. This may result from political or social factors, the general economic environment of a country or economic region, levels of foreign debt or foreign currency exchange rates.
Municipal Securities Risk –  Municipal securities risks include the possibility that the issuer may be unable to pay interest or repay principal on a timely basis or at all, the relative lack of information about certain issuers of municipal securities, and the possibility of future legislative changes which could affect the market for and value of municipal securities. In addition, state or local political or economic conditions and developments can adversely affect the securities issued by state and local governments. The value of the municipal securities owned by the Fund also may be adversely affected by future changes in federal or state income tax laws, including tax rate reductions or the determination that municipal securities are subject to taxation.
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 the risk that the U.S. Treasury will be unable to meet its payment obligations.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
LIBOR Risk –  The transition away from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) could affect the value and liquidity of instruments that reference LIBOR, especially those that do not have fallback provisions. While some instruments may provide for an alternative rate setting methodology in the event LIBOR is no longer available, not all instruments have such fallback provisions and the effectiveness of replacement rates is uncertain.
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.
Leverage Risk –  Certain transactions, such as the use of derivatives, may give rise to leverage. Leverage can increase market exposure, increase volatility in the Fund, magnify investment risks, and cause losses to be realized more quickly. 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.
To Be Announced (TBA) Transactions Risk –  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. TBA transactions may also result in a higher portfolio turnover rate and/or increased capital gains for the Fund.
Loans and Loan Participations Risk –  Loans and loan participations, including floating rate loans, are subject to credit risk, including the risk of nonpayment of principal or interest. Also, substantial increases in interest rates may cause an increase in loan defaults. Although the loans the Fund holds may be fully collateralized at the time of acquisition, the collateral may decline in value, be relatively illiquid, or lose all or substantially all of its value subsequent to investment. The risks associated with unsecured loans, which are not backed by a security interest in any specific collateral, are higher than those for comparable loans that are secured by specific collateral. In addition, in the event an issuer becomes insolvent, a loan could be subject to settlement risks or administrative disruptions that could adversely affect the Fund’s investment. It may also be difficult to obtain reliable information about a loan or loan participation.
Many loans are subject to restrictions on resale (thus affecting their liquidity) and may be difficult to value. As a result, the Fund may be unable to sell its loan interests at an advantageous time or price. Loans and loan participations typically have extended settlement periods (generally greater than 7 days). As a result of these extended settlement periods, the Fund may incur losses if it is required to sell other investments or temporarily borrow to meet its cash needs. Loans may also be subject to extension risk (the risk that borrowers will repay a loan more slowly in periods of rising interest rates) and prepayment risk (the risk that borrowers will repay a loan more quickly in periods of falling interest rates).
The Fund may acquire a participation interest in a loan that is held by another party. When the Fund’s loan interest is a participation, the Fund may have less control over the exercise of remedies than the party selling the participation interest, and it normally would not have any direct rights against the borrower.
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Loan interests may not be considered “securities,” and purchasers, such as the Fund, may not, therefore, be entitled to rely on the anti-fraud protections of the federal securities laws. The Fund may be in possession of material non-public information about a borrower or issuer as a result of its ownership of a loan or security of such borrower or issuer. Because of prohibitions on trading in securities of issuers while in possession of such information, the Fund may be unable to enter into a transaction in a loan or security of such a borrower or issuer when it would otherwise be advantageous to do so.
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.
Sustainable Investing Risk –  Applying sustainability criteria to the investment process may exclude or reduce exposure to securities of certain issuers for sustainability reasons and, therefore, the Fund may forgo some market opportunities available to funds that do not use sustainability criteria. The Fund’s performance may at times be better or worse than the performance of funds that do not use sustainability criteria. In addition, there is a risk that the securities identified by the Sub-Adviser to fit within its sustainability criteria do not operate as anticipated. Although the Sub-Adviser seeks to identify issuers that fit within its sustainability criteria, investors may differ in their views of what fits within this category of investments. As a result, the Fund may invest in issuers that do not reflect the beliefs and values of any particular investor. The Sub-Adviser’s exclusion of certain investments from the Fund’s investment universe may adversely affect the Fund’s relative performance at times when such investments are performing well.
Foreign Investments Risk –  Investments in foreign securities may be riskier, more volatile, and less liquid 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. The impact of the United Kingdom’s 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. This may adversely impact 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.
Securities Lending Risk –  The Fund may lose money because the borrower of the loaned securities fails to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. Securities lending involves the risk that the Fund could also lose money in the event of a decline in the value of the collateral provided for loaned securities or a decline in the value of any investments made with cash collateral. These events could also trigger adverse tax consequences for the Fund.
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. The performance information indicates the risks of investing in the Fund. Keep in mind that past performance does not indicate future results. Updated performance information is available at hartfordfunds.com. Effective after the close of business on [November 12, 2021], the Schroder Core Bond Fund (the “Predecessor Fund”) was reorganized into the Fund. Prior to [November 12, 2021], Class SDR shares were called R6 shares and Class Y shares were called Investor Shares. The performance information shown below for Class SDR reflects the historical performance, fees and expenses of R6 shares of the Predecessor Fund. The performance information shown below for Class Y reflects the historical performance, fees and expenses of the Investor Shares of the Predecessor Fund and, prior to June 30, 2020, the historical performance of R6 shares of the Predecessor Fund. The performance information shown below for Class R3, Class R4, Class R5 and Class F shares reflects the historical performance, fees and expenses of the Predecessor Fund’s R6 shares. The performance information shown below for Class I reflects the historical performance, fees and expenses of the Investor Shares of the Predecessor Fund and, prior to June 30, 2020, the historical performance of R6 of the Predecessor Fund. The Fund has a similar investment objective as that of its Predecessor Fund. Prior to [November 12, 2021], SIMNA served as the investment manager to the Predecessor Fund and prior to April 9, 2021, Schroder Investment Management North America Limited (“SIMNA Ltd.”) served as the sub-sub-adviser to the Predecessor Fund. The returns in the bar chart and table:
Assume reinvestment of all dividends and distributions
Would be different if the Fund’s fees and expenses were reflected
Reflect fee waivers and/or expense limitation arrangements, if any. Absent any applicable fee waivers and/or expense limitation arrangements, performance would have been lower.
The bar chart:
Shows how the Fund’s total return has varied from year to year
Shows the returns of Class SDR shares. Returns for the Fund’s other classes differ only to the extent that the classes do not have the same expenses.
Total returns by calendar year
Highest/Lowest quarterly results during the periods shown in the bar chart were:
Highest
4.74%
(2nd quarter, 2020)
Lowest
[ ]%
([ ] quarter, [ ])
The year-to-date return for the Fund as of [September 30, 2021] was [ ]%.
Average Annual Total Returns. The table below shows returns for the Fund over time compared to those of a broad-based market index. After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes and are shown only for Class SDR shares. After-tax returns will vary for other classes. Actual after-tax returns, which depend on an investor’s particular tax situation, may differ from those shown and are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. For more information regarding returns, see the “Performance Notes” section in the Fund’s statutory prospectus.
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Average annual total returns for periods ending December 31, 2020
Share Classes
1 Year
Since
Inception
(01/31/18)
Class SDR - Return Before Taxes
10.53%
6.79%
- Return After Taxes on Distributions
8.41%
5.14%
- Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares
6.42%
4.55%
Share Classes (Return Before Taxes)
Class I
10.13%
4.70%
Class R3
10.53%
6.79%
Class R4
10.53%
6.79%
Class R5
10.53%
6.79%
Class Y
10.13%
4.70%
Class F
10.53%
6.79%
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index
(reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)
7.51%
5.91%
MANAGEMENT. The Fund’s investment manager is Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC. The Fund’s sub-adviser is Schroder Investment Management North America Inc.
Portfolio Manager
Title
Involved with
Fund Since
Lisa Hornby, CFA
Portfolio Manager
2018
Neil G. Sutherland, CFA
Portfolio Manager
2018
Julio C. Bonilla, CFA
Portfolio Manager
2018
Eric Lau, CFA
Portfolio Manager
2020
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 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 R3, Class R4 and Class R5
No minimum initial investment
None
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 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.
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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 professional), 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 professional to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your financial professional 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 Hartford Schroders Sustainable Core Bond Fund (“Sustainable Core Bond Fund” or the “Fund”) is provided in the summary section of this prospectus. Additional information regarding the principal investment strategy and other investment policies for the Fund is provided below.
Sustainable Core Bond Fund
The Sub-Adviser performs its own due diligence on potential holdings including, where possible, meetings with senior management. The Sub-Adviser analyzes information provided by the companies, including information provided in company sustainability reports and other relevant company material. The Sub-Adviser will also scrutinize other disclosures, including third party reports, and may engage with companies held by the Fund to challenge identified areas of weakness on sustainability issues. The emphasis that the Sub-Adviser places on various factors when purchasing and selling securities for the Fund may change with changes in the markets. Over time the proprietary sustainability tools utilized within the Sub-Adviser’s ESG framework may change.
In addition to the exchange traded futures disclosed in the summary section, the Fund may also invest in other exchange-traded or over-the-counter derivatives, such as swap contracts including interest rate swaps, total return swaps, and credit default swaps, and futures contracts and options on futures (typically for the purposes of interest rate or other risk management or as a substitute for direct investment).
DURATION
Duration is a measure of the sensitivity of a fixed income security’s price to changes in interest rates. For example, the price of a bond fund with an average duration of two years would be expected to fall approximately 2% if interest rates rose by one percentage point. Securities with longer durations tend to be more sensitive to interest rate (or yield) changes than securities with shorter durations.
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, for cash management purposes, 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.
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.
Participation in Securities Lending Activities
The Fund may lend portfolio securities to certain borrowers in U.S. and non-U.S. markets in an amount not to exceed one third (33 13%) of the value of its total assets.
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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.
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.
Investment Policy
The Fund has a name that suggests a focus on a particular type of investment. In accordance with Rule 35d-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), the Fund has adopted a policy that it will, under normal circumstances, invest at least 80% of its assets, which means 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 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. 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 Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”), which may be obtained free of charge by contacting the Fund (see back cover for address, phone number and website address).
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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 SAI contains more detailed information about the Fund’s investment policies and risks.
 Principal Risk
X Additional Risk
Sustainable Core Bond Fund
Active Investment Management Risk
Active Trading Risk
Bond Forwards Risk
X
Call Risk
X
Convertible Securities Risk
X
Counterparty Risk
Credit Risk
Credit Risk Transfer Securities Risk
X
Currency Risk
Depositary Receipts Risk
X
Derivatives Risk
Event-Linked Bonds Risk
X
Futures and Options Risks
Hedging Risk
X
P-Notes Risk
X
Structured Securities Risk
X
Swaps Risk
X
Equity Risk
X
Large Cap Securities Risk
X
Mid Cap Securities Risk
X
Small Cap Securities Risk
X
Dollar Rolls Risk
X
Event Risk
X
Exchange Traded Notes Risk
X
Foreign Investments Risk
Sovereign Debt Risk
High Yield Investments Risk
Illiquid Investments Risk
X
Inflation-Protected Securities Risk
Interest Rate Risk
Inverse Floater Risk
X
Large Shareholder Transaction Risk
Leverage Risk
LIBOR Risk
Liquidity Risk
Loans and Loan Participations Risk
Market Risk
Master Limited Partnership Risk
X
Mortgage-Related and Other Asset-Backed Securities Risk
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√ Principal Risk
X Additional Risk
Sustainable Core Bond Fund
Collateralized Loan Obligation Risk
X
Municipal Securities Risk
New Fund Risk
X
Other Investment Companies Risk
X
Preferred Stock Risk
X
Quantitative Investing Risk
X
Real Estate Related Securities Risk
X
Repurchase Agreements Risk
X
Restricted Securities Risk
X
Reverse Repurchase Agreements Risk
X
Sector Risk
X
Securities Lending Risk
Sustainable Investing Risk
To Be Announced (TBA) Transactions Risk
Short Sales of To Be Announced (TBA) Securities Risk
X
U.S. Government Securities Risk
Use as an Underlying Fund Risk
X
Valuation Risk
X
Volatility Risk
Warrants Risk
X
Zero Coupon Securities Risk
X
ACTIVE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT RISK–  The risk that, if the investment decisions and strategy of the portfolio manager(s) do not perform as expected, the Fund could underperform its peers or lose money. The Fund’s performance depends on the judgment of the portfolio manager(s) 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 portfolio manager(s)’ 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.
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.
BOND FORWARDS RISK –  A bond forward is a contractual agreement between the Fund and another party to buy or sell an underlying asset at an agreed-upon future price and date. When the Fund enters into a bond forward, it will also simultaneously enter into a reverse repurchase agreement. In a bond forward transaction, no cash premium is paid when the parties enter into the bond forward. If the transaction is collateralized, an exchange of margin collateral will take place according to an agreed-upon schedule. Otherwise, no asset of any kind changes hands until the bond forward matures (typically in 30 days) or is rolled over for another agreed-upon period. Generally, the value of the bond forward will change based on changes in the value of the underlying asset. Bond forwards are subject to market risk (the risk that the market value of the underlying bond may change), non-correlation risk (the risk that the market value of the bond forward might move independently of the market value of the underlying bond) and counterparty credit risk (the risk that a counterparty will be unable to meet its obligation under the contract). If there is no cash exchanged at the time the Fund enters into the bond forward, counterparty risk may be limited to the loss of any marked-to-market profit on the contract and any delays or limitations on the Fund’s ability to sell or otherwise use the investments used as collateral for the bond forward. Reverse repurchase agreements involve the sale of securities held by the Fund with an agreement to repurchase the securities at an agreed-upon price, date and interest payment. Reverse repurchase agreements carry the risk that the market value of the securities that the Fund is obligated to repurchase may decline below the repurchase price. The Fund could also lose money if it is unable to recover the securities and/or the value of any collateral held or assets segregated by the Fund to cover the transaction declines below the value of securities. The use of reverse repurchase agreements may increase the possibility of fluctuation in the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”).
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CALL RISK –  Call risk is the risk that an issuer, especially during periods of falling interest rates, may redeem a security by repaying it early. If an issuer calls a security in which the Fund has invested, the Fund may not recoup the full amount of its initial investment and may be forced to reinvest in lower-yielding securities, securities with greater credit risks or securities with other, less favorable features. This could potentially lower the Fund’s income, yield and its distributions to shareholders.
CONVERTIBLE SECURITIES RISK –  The market value of a convertible security typically performs like that of a regular debt security; that is, if market interest rates rise, the value of a convertible security usually falls. In addition, convertible securities are 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).
The Fund may invest in contingent capital securities (also known as contingent convertible securities or CoCos). 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 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 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. Investments in CoCos may be considered speculative.
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. Over-the-counter derivatives may not offer the Fund the same level of protection as exchange traded derivatives.
CREDIT RISK – Credit risk is the risk that the issuer of a security or other instrument will not be able to make principal and interest payments when due. Changes in an issuer’s financial strength, credit rating or the market’s perception of an issuer’s creditworthiness may also affect the value of the Fund’s investment in that issuer. The degree of credit risk depends on both the financial condition of the issuer and the terms of the obligation. Periods of market volatility may increase credit risk.
CREDIT RISK TRANSFER SECURITIES RISK –  Credit risk transfer (“CRT”) securities are fixed income securities that transfer the credit risk related to certain types of mortgage backed securities (“MBS”) to the owner of the CRT securities. If the underlying mortgages default, the principal of the owners of CRT securities is used to pay back holders of the MBS. As a result, all or part of the mortgage default or credit risk associated with the underlying mortgage pools is transferred to the Fund. Therefore, the Fund could lose all or part of its investments in CRT securities in the event of default by the underlying mortgages.
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. 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.
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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. In October 2020, the SEC adopted new regulations applicable to the Fund’s use of derivatives, short sales, reverse repurchase agreements, and certain other instruments that will, among other things, require the Fund to adopt a derivatives risk management program and appoint a derivatives risk manager that will manage the program and communicate to the board of directors of the Fund. However, subject to certain conditions, funds that do not invest heavily in derivatives may be deemed limited derivatives users and would not be subject to the full requirements of the new rule. The SEC also eliminated the asset segregation and cover framework arising from prior SEC guidance for covering derivatives and certain financial instruments, as discussed herein, effective at the time that the Fund complies with the new rule. The new rule could impact the effectiveness or raise the costs of the Fund’s derivatives transactions, impede the employment of the Fund’s derivatives strategies, or adversely affect Fund performance and cause the Fund to lose value. Compliance with the new rule will be required in August 2022.
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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 investment, 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 could far exceed the value of its portfolio securities and its investment performance could be primarily dependent upon securities it does not own.
EVENT-LINKED BONDS RISK – An event-linked bond provides investors with high return potential in exchange for taking on “event risk,” such as the risk of a major hurricane, earthquake or pandemic. If such trigger event occurs, the Fund may lose a portion or its entire principal invested in the bond. Some event-linked bonds provide for an extension of maturity to process and audit loss claims if a trigger has, or possibly has, occurred. Such extension may increase volatility. Event-linked bonds may also expose a fund to other unanticipated risks including credit risk, counterparty risk, liquidity risk, adverse regulatory or jurisdictional interpretations and adverse tax consequences. Event-linked bonds are subject to the risks inherent in derivative transactions.
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, or receive a cash settlement payment. 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, or make a cash settlement payment. Futures and options are subject to the risk that the Sub-Adviser 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 case of certain options, in the over-the-counter market. When options are purchased over-the-counter, the Fund bears the risk that the counter-party that wrote the option will be unable or unwilling to perform its obligations under the contract. 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.
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P-NOTES RISK –  The Fund may gain exposure to securities traded in foreign markets through P-notes. In addition to risks similar to those associated with a direct investment in the underlying security, such as foreign investment risk, the holder of a P-note is not entitled to the same rights as an underlying security’s direct owner and P-notes are considered general unsecured contractual obligations and are subject to counterparty credit risks.
STRUCTURED SECURITIES RISK – Structured securities and other related instruments purchased by the 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. The 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 1940 Act. As a result, the Fund’s investment in such securities may be limited by certain investment restrictions contained in the 1940 Act.
SWAPS RISK –  Swap agreements are contracts entered into for a set period of time in which the parties agree to exchange payments based on some underlying reference asset (such as interest rates). The use of swaps is a highly specialized activity that involves investment techniques, risk analyses and tax planning different from those associated with ordinary portfolio securities transactions. These transactions can result in sizeable realized and unrealized capital gains and losses relative to the gains and losses from the Fund’s direct investments in the reference assets.
Transactions in swaps can involve greater risks than if the Fund had invested directly in the reference asset since, in addition to general market risks, swaps may be leveraged and are also subject to illiquidity risk, counterparty risk, credit risk and valuation risk. Because certain swaps are two-party contracts and because they may have terms of greater than seven days, certain swap transactions may be considered to be illiquid. Moreover, the Fund bears the risk of loss of the amount expected to be received under a swap in the event of the default or bankruptcy of a swap counterparty. Some swaps may be complex and difficult to value. Swaps may also be subject to pricing or “basis” risk, which exists when a particular swap becomes extraordinarily expensive relative to historical prices or the price of corresponding cash market instruments. Under certain market conditions it may not be economically feasible to initiate a transaction or liquidate a position in time to avoid a loss or take advantage of an opportunity. If a swap transaction is particularly large or if the relevant market is illiquid, it may not be possible to initiate a transaction or liquidate a position at an advantageous time or price, which may result in significant losses.
The prices of swaps can be very volatile, and a variance in the degree of volatility or in the direction of the price of the reference asset from the Sub-Adviser’s expectations may produce significant losses in the Fund’s investments in swaps. In addition, a perfect correlation between a swap and an investment position may be impossible to achieve. As a result, the Fund’s use of swaps may not be effective in fulfilling the Fund’s investment strategies and may contribute to losses that would not have been incurred otherwise.
Certain swaps are centrally-cleared and are exchange-traded. Central clearing tends to decrease credit risk and improve liquidity. However, central clearing does not make the contracts risk-free and there is no guarantee that the Fund would consider all exchange-traded swaps to be liquid.
In order 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 current 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.
Credit Default Swaps Risk–  A credit default swap enables an investor to buy or sell protection against a credit event with respect to an issuer. Credit default swaps may have as reference obligations one or more securities that are not currently held by the Fund. The protection “buyer” may be obligated to pay the protection “seller” an up-front payment or a periodic stream of payments over the term of the contract, provided generally that no credit event on a reference obligation has occurred. Credit default swaps involve special risks in addition to those mentioned above because they are difficult to value, are highly susceptible to liquidity and credit risk, and generally pay a return to the party that has paid the premium only in the event of an actual default by the issuer of the underlying obligation (as opposed to a credit downgrade or other indication of financial difficulty).
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Interest Rate Swaps Risk–  In an interest rate swap, the Fund and another party exchange their rights to receive interest payments based on a reference interest rate. Interest rate swaps are subject to interest rate risk and credit risk. An interest rate swap transaction could result in losses if the underlying asset or reference does not perform as anticipated. Interest rate swaps are also subject to counterparty risk. If the counterparty fails to meet its obligations, the Fund may lose money.
Total Return Swaps Risk–  In a total return swap transaction, one party agrees to pay the other party an amount equal to the total return on a defined underlying asset or a non-asset reference during a specified period of time. In return, the other party would make periodic payments based on a fixed or variable interest rate or on the total return from a different underlying asset or non-asset reference. Total return swaps could result in losses if the underlying asset or reference does not perform as anticipated. Total return swaps can have the potential for unlimited losses. They are also subject to counterparty risk. If the counterparty fails to meet its obligations, the Fund may lose money.
Volatility Swaps Risk–  The Fund may enter into types of volatility swaps to hedge the volatility of a particular security, currency, index or other financial instrument, or to seek to increase its investment return. In volatility swaps, counterparties agree to buy or sell volatility at a specific level over a fixed period. Volatility swaps are subject to credit risks (if the counterparty fails to meet its obligations), and the risk that the Sub-Adviser is incorrect in its forecast of volatility for the underlying security, currency, index or other financial instrument that is the subject of the swap. If the Sub-Adviser is incorrect in its forecast, the Fund would likely be required to make a payment to the counterparty under the swap. Volatility swaps can have the potential for unlimited losses.
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.
Initial Public Offering Risk–  IPOs are initial public offerings of equity securities. Securities issued in IPOs have no trading history, and information about the companies may only 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.
Special Purpose Acquisition Companies Risk–  The Fund may invest in special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”) or similar special purpose entities. SPACs are collective investment structures that pool funds in order to seek potential acquisition opportunities. SPACs and similar entities may be blank check companies with no operating history or ongoing business other than to seek a potential acquisition. Because SPACs and similar entities have no operating history or ongoing business other than seeking acquisitions, the value of their securities is particularly dependent on the ability of the entity’s management to identify and complete a profitable acquisition. Some SPACs may pursue acquisitions only within certain industries or regions, which may increase the volatility of their securities’ prices. In addition, these securities, which are typically traded in the OTC market, may be considered illiquid and/or be subject to restrictions on resale.
LARGE CAP SECURITIES RISK –  The securities of large market capitalization companies may underperform other segments of the market because such companies may be less responsive to competitive challenges and opportunities and may be unable to attain high growth rates during periods of economic expansion.
MID CAP SECURITIES RISK –  Mid capitalization stocks 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. 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 size, the greater these risks.
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SMALL CAP SECURITIES RISK –  Small capitalization stocks may be more risky than stocks of larger capitalization companies. Historically, small capitalization stocks and stocks of recently organized companies are subject to increased price volatility due to: less certain growth prospects; lower degree of liquidity in the markets for such stocks; thin trading that could result in the stocks being sold at a discount or in small lots over an extended period of time; limited product lines, markets or financial resources; dependence on a few key management personnel; increased sensitivity to changes in interest rates, borrowing costs and earnings; difficulty in obtaining information on smaller capitalization companies as compared with larger capitalization companies; greater sensitivity to changing economic conditions and increased risk of bankruptcy due to adverse developments or management changes affecting the company; and 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 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.
DOLLAR ROLLS RISK –  The Fund may enter into dollar rolls in which the Fund will sell securities for delivery in the current month and simultaneously contract to repurchase substantially similar (the same type and coupon) securities on a specified future date from the same party. Dollar rolls involve the risk that the market value of the securities that the Fund is committed to buy may decline below the price of the securities the Fund has sold or that the counterparty may be unable to fulfill its obligations. These transactions may involve leverage.
EVENT RISK –  Event risk is the risk that corporate issuers may undergo restructurings, such as mergers, leveraged buyouts, takeovers, or similar events financed by increased debt. As a result of the added debt, the credit quality and market value of a company’s bonds and/or other debt securities may decline significantly.
EXCHANGE TRADED NOTES RISK –  Exchange traded notes (“ETNs”) are a type of unsecured, unsubordinated debt security that have characteristics and risks, including credit risk, similar to those of fixed-income securities 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, more volatile 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 and oversight
unfavorable foreign tax laws
political, social, economic or diplomatic developments in a foreign country or region or the U.S. (including the imposition of sanctions, tariffs, or other governmental restrictions)
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differences in individual foreign economies
geopolitical events (including pandemics and epidemics) 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.
The impact of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (“EU”), commonly known as “Brexit,” and the potential departure of one or more other countries from the EU has and 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 United Kingdom’s post-departure framework and relationships may have adverse effects on asset valuations and the renegotiation of trade agreements, as well as an increase in financial regulation in such markets. This may adversely impact Fund performance.
SOVEREIGN DEBT RISK –  In addition to the risks associated with investment in debt securities and foreign securities generally, sovereign debt instruments are subject to the risk that a governmental entity may delay or refuse to pay interest or repay principal on its sovereign debt or otherwise meet its obligations. This may be due to cash flow problems, insufficient foreign currency reserves, political considerations, the relative size of the governmental entity’s debt position in relation to the economy or the failure to put in place economic reforms required by the International Monetary Fund or other multilateral agencies. Furthermore, there is the possibility of contagion that could occur if one country defaults on its debt, and that a default in one country could trigger declines and possible additional defaults in other countries in the region. If a governmental entity defaults, it may ask for more time in which to pay or for further loans. There is no legal process for collecting sovereign debt that a government does not pay nor are there bankruptcy proceedings through which all or part of the sovereign debt that a governmental entity has not repaid may be collected. In addition, if a sovereign debtor defaults (or threatens to default) on its sovereign debt obligations, the indebtedness may be restructured. Unlike most corporate debt restructurings, the fees and expenses of financial and legal advisers to the creditors in connection with a restructuring may be borne by the holders of the sovereign debt securities instead of the sovereign entity itself. Some sovereign debtors have in the past been able to restructure their debt payments without the approval of some or all debt holders or to declare moratoria on payments, and similar occurrences may happen in the future.
Sub-sovereign bonds represent the debt of state, provincial, territorial, municipal, local or other political sub-divisions, including other governmental entities or agencies. Quasi-sovereign bonds represent the debt of corporations that have significant government ownership. Sub-sovereign and quasi-sovereign bonds are subject to the risks of investing in sovereign debt generally. In addition, sub-sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt may or may not be issued by or guaranteed as to principal and interest by a governmental authority. Certain foreign government securities may be backed by the issuer’s right to borrow from a central bank or other regional banking entity while others may be backed only by the assets and credit of the issuing foreign entity. If an issuer of sub-sovereign or quasi-sovereign bonds defaults on payments of principal and/or interest, the Fund may have limited recourse against the issuer.
The Fund may invest in obligations issued or guaranteed by supranational entities, which may include, for example, entities such as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the World Bank). If one or more shareholders of a supranational entity fails to make necessary additional capital contributions, the entity may be unable to pay interest or repay principal on its debt securities, and the Fund may lose money on such investments.
HIGH YIELD INVESTMENTS RISK –  Although high yield investments (also known as “junk bonds”) generally pay higher rates of interest than investment grade bonds, junk bonds are high risk, speculative investments that may cause income and principal losses for the Fund. The major risks of junk bond investments include:
Junk bonds may be issued by less creditworthy issuers. Issuers of junk bonds may have a larger amount of outstanding debt relative to their assets than issuers of investment grade bonds. In the event of an issuer’s bankruptcy, claims of other creditors may have priority over the claims of junk bond holders, leaving few or no assets available to repay junk bond holders.
Prices of junk bonds are subject to extreme price fluctuations. Adverse changes in an issuer’s industry and general economic conditions may have a greater impact on the prices of junk bonds than on other higher rated fixed-income securities.
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Issuers of junk bonds may be unable to meet their interest or principal payment obligations because of an economic downturn, specific issuer developments, or the unavailability of additional financing.
Junk bonds frequently have redemption features that permit an issuer to repurchase the security from the Fund before it matures. If the issuer redeems junk bonds, the Fund may have to invest the proceeds in bonds with lower yields and may lose income.
Junk bonds may be less liquid than higher rated fixed-income securities, even under normal economic conditions. There are fewer dealers in the junk bond market, and there may be significant differences in the prices quoted for junk bonds by the dealers. Because they are less liquid, judgment may play a greater role in valuing certain of the Fund’s securities than is the case with securities trading in a more liquid market.
The Fund may incur expenses to the extent necessary to seek recovery upon default or to negotiate new terms with a defaulting issuer.
The credit rating of a high yield security does not necessarily address its market value risk. Ratings and market value may change from time to time, positively or negatively, to reflect new developments regarding the issuer.
ILLIQUID INVESTMENTS RISK –  An illiquid investment means an 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 under the Fund’s liquidity risk 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.
INFLATION-PROTECTED SECURITIES RISK –  The value of inflation-protected securities generally fluctuates in response to changes in real interest rates (stated interest rates adjusted to factor in inflation). In general, the price of an inflation-indexed security decreases when real interest rates increase, and increases when real interest rates decrease. Interest payments on inflation-protected debt securities will fluctuate as the principal and/or interest is adjusted for inflation and can be unpredictable. The market for Treasury inflation-protected securities (“TIPS”) and corporate inflation-protected securities (“CIPS”) may be less developed or liquid, and more volatile, than certain other securities markets. There can be no assurance that the inflation index used in these securities (i.e., the CPI) will accurately measure the real rate of inflation. Any increase in the principal amount of an inflation-indexed bond will be considered taxable ordinary income for the amount of the increase in the calendar year, even though the Fund will not receive its principal until maturity.
INTEREST RATE RISK –  The risk that your investment may go down in value when interest rates rise, because when interest rates rise, the prices of bonds and fixed rate loans fall. A wide variety of factors can cause interest rates to rise, including central bank monetary policies and inflation rates. Generally, the longer the maturity of a bond or fixed rate loan, the more sensitive it is to this risk. For this reason, the longer the Fund’s average weighted portfolio maturity, the greater the impact a change in interest rates will have on its share price. Falling interest rates may also lead to a decline in the Fund’s income. These risks are greater during periods of rising inflation. Volatility in interest rates and in fixed income markets may increase the risk that the Fund’s investment in fixed income securities will go down in value. A rise in interest rates could also cause investors to rapidly move out of fixed-income securities, which may increase redemptions in the Fund and subject the Fund to increased liquidity risk. A substantial increase in interest rates may also have an adverse impact on the liquidity of one or more portfolio securities, especially those with longer maturities.
Risks associated with rising interest rates are currently heightened because interest rates remain near historic lows. The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank and other central banks may raise the federal funds rate and equivalent rates. Any such increases will likely cause market interest rates to rise, which will cause the value of the Fund’s fixed income holdings, particularly those with longer maturities, to fall. Any such rate increases may also increase volatility and reduce liquidity in the fixed income markets, which would make it more difficult to sell the Fund’s fixed income investments. Changes in central bank interest rate policies could also result in higher than normal shareholder redemptions, which could potentially increase portfolio turnover and the Fund’s transaction costs.
INVERSE FLOATER RISK –  Inverse floaters earn interest at rates that vary inversely to changes in short-term interest rates. As short-term interest rates rise, inverse floaters produce less income (and, in extreme cases, may pay no income) and as short-term interest rates fall, inverse floaters produce more income. Inverse floaters may be subject to leverage risk and counterparty risk. These risks are greater for inverse floaters that are structured as tender option
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bonds (“TOBs”). The prices and income of inverse floaters are generally more volatile than the prices and income of bonds with similar maturities and may decline rapidly during periods of rising interest rates. An investment in inverse floaters involves the risk of loss of principal and typically will involve greater risk than an investment in a municipal fixed rate security. Inverse floaters generally will underperform the market for fixed rate municipal securities in a rising interest rate environment. Investments in inverse floaters in the form of TOBs are also subject to risks related to the termination of the trust that issues the TOB, which could expose the Fund to losses associated with such termination.
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. Additionally, redemptions by a large shareholder also potentially limit the use of any capital loss carryforwards and other losses to offset future realized capital gains (if any) and may limit or prevent the Fund’s use of tax equalization.
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.
LIBOR RISK –  The use of certain London Interbank Offered Rates (collectively, “LIBOR”) are expected to be phased out by the end of 2021. However, it is possible that certain LIBORs may continue beyond 2021 and the most widely used LIBORs may continue until mid-2023. 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 LIBOR-based instruments in which the Fund invests cannot yet be determined. The transition process away from LIBOR may involve, among other things, increased volatility or illiquidity in markets for instruments that currently rely on LIBOR. The transition process may also result in a reduction in the value of certain instruments held by the Fund or reduce the effectiveness of related Fund transactions, such as hedges. Volatility, the potential reduction in value, and/or the hedge effectiveness of financial instruments may be heightened for financial instruments that do not include fallback provisions that address the cessation of LIBOR. Any potential effects of the transition away from LIBOR on the Fund or on financial instruments in which the Fund invests, as well as other unforeseen effects, could result in losses to the Fund. Since the usefulness of LIBOR as a benchmark or reference rate could deteriorate during the transition period, these effects could occur prior to and/or subsequent to the end of 2021 with respect to certain LIBORs or mid-2023 for the remaining LIBORs.
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
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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.
LOANS AND LOAN PARTICIPATIONS RISK –  The Fund may invest in loans and loan participations originated or issued by both banks and corporations. Loans and loan participations, including floating rate loans, are subject to credit risk, including the risk of nonpayment of principal or interest. Also, substantial increases in interest rates may cause an increase in loan defaults. Although the loans the Fund holds may be fully collateralized at the time of acquisition, the collateral may decline in value, be relatively illiquid, or lose all or substantially all of its value subsequent to investment. The claims of holders of unsecured loans are subordinated to, and thus lower in priority of payment to, claims of creditors holding secured indebtedness and possibly other classes of creditors holding unsecured debt. Unsecured loans have a greater risk of default than secured loans, particularly during periods of deteriorating economic conditions. Since they do not afford the lender recourse to collateral, unsecured loans are also subject to greater risk of nonpayment in the event of default than secured loans. Such loans generally have greater price volatility than more senior loans and may be less liquid. In addition, in the event an issuer becomes insolvent, a loan could be subject to settlement risks or administrative disruptions that could adversely affect the Fund’s investment. It may also be difficult to obtain reliable information about a loan or loan participation.
Many loans are subject to extended settlement periods and it may take greater than seven days for a loan purchase or sale transaction to settle. Loans may also be subject to restrictions on resale and may be difficult to value. Long settlement periods, any restrictions on the Fund’s ability to resell a loan investment and any difficulties in valuing a loan investment will have an adverse impact on the Fund’s ability to sell particular loans or loan participations when necessary to meet redemption requests or liquidity needs, or to respond to a specific economic event, such as deterioration in the creditworthiness of the borrower. These effects may make it more difficult for the Fund to pay investors when they redeem their Fund shares. Loans may also be subject to extension risk (the risk that borrowers will repay a loan more slowly in periods of rising interest rates) and prepayment risk (the risk that borrowers will repay a loan more quickly in periods of falling interest rates).
Commercial banks and other financial institutions or institutional investors make floating rate loans to companies that need capital to grow or restructure. Borrowers generally pay interest on these loans at rates that change in response to changes in market interest rates such as the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) or the prime rates of U.S. banks. As a result, the value of loan investments is generally less exposed to the adverse effects of shifts in market interest rates than investments that pay a fixed rate of interest. However, because the trading market for certain loans may be less developed than the secondary market for bonds and notes, the Fund may experience difficulties in selling its loans. Leading financial institutions often act as agent for a broader group of lenders, generally referred to as a syndicate. The syndicate’s agent arranges the loans, holds collateral and accepts payments of principal and interest. If the agent develops financial problems, the Fund may not recover its investment or recovery may be delayed. By investing in such a loan, the Fund may become a member of the syndicate.
The loans in which the Fund invests are subject to the risk of loss of principal and income. Although borrowers frequently provide collateral to secure repayment of these obligations, they do not always do so. If they do provide collateral, the value of the collateral may not completely cover the borrower’s obligations at the time of a default. If a borrower files for protection from its creditors under the U.S. bankruptcy laws, these laws may limit the Fund’s rights to its collateral. In addition, the value of collateral may erode during a bankruptcy case. In the event of a bankruptcy, the holder of a loan may not recover its principal, may experience a long delay in recovering its investment and may not receive interest during the delay. Additionally, with respect to loan participations, the Fund, as a participant in a loan, will not have any direct claim on the loan or against the borrower, and the Fund may be subject to greater delays, expenses and risks than would have been involved if the Fund had purchased a direct obligation of the borrower.
In the event of the insolvency of an agent bank (in a syndicated loan, the agent bank is the bank in the syndicate whom undertakes the bulk of the administrative duties involved in the day-to-day administration of the loan), a loan could be subject to settlement risk, as well as the risk of interruptions in the administrative duties performed in the day to day administration of the loan (such as processing LIBOR calculations, processing draws, etc.).
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Because the Sub-Adviser relies primarily on its own evaluation of a borrower’s credit quality, the Fund is dependent on the analytical abilities of the Sub-Adviser with respect to its investments in loans.
Compared to securities and to certain other types of financial assets, purchases and sales of Senior Loans take relatively longer to settle, partly due to the fact that Senior Loans require a written assignment agreement and various ancillary documents for each transfer, and frequently require discretionary consents from both the borrower and the administrative agent. In addition, recent regulatory changes have increasingly caused dealers to insist on matching their purchases and sales, which can lead to delays in the Fund’s settlement of a purchase or sale of a Senior Loan in circumstances where the dealer’s corresponding transaction with another party is delayed. Dealers will also sometimes sell Senior Loans short, and hold their trades open for an indefinite period while waiting for a price movement or looking for inventory to purchase.
This extended settlement process can (i) increase the counterparty credit risk borne by the Fund; (ii) leave the Fund unable to timely vote, or otherwise act with respect to, Senior Loans it has agreed to purchase; (iii) delay the Fund from realizing the proceeds of a sale of a Senior Loan; (iv) inhibit the Fund’s ability to re-sell a Senior Loan that it has agreed to purchase if conditions change (leaving the Fund more exposed to price fluctuations); (v) prevent the Fund from timely collecting principal and interest payments; and (vi) expose the Fund to adverse tax or regulatory consequences.
Loan interests may not be considered “securities,” and purchasers, such as the Fund, therefore may not be entitled to rely on the anti-fraud protections of the federal securities laws. The Fund may be in possession of material non-public information about a borrower or issuer as a result of its ownership of a loan or security of such borrower or issuer. Because of prohibitions on trading in securities of issuers while in possession of such information, the Fund may be unable to enter into a transaction in a loan or security of such a borrower or issuer when it would otherwise be advantageous to do so.
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 as well as global trade policies and political unrest or uncertainties. 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 (including pandemics and epidemics) or natural/environmental disasters, could also prevent the Fund from executing advantageous investment decisions in a timely manner. The adverse impact of any one or more of these events on the market value of Fund investments could be significant and cause losses. A widespread health crisis, such as a global pandemic, could cause substantial market volatility, exchange trading suspensions or restrictions and closures of securities exchanges and businesses, impact the ability to complete redemptions, and adversely impact Fund performance. A recent outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus, has negatively affected the worldwide economy, the financial health of individual companies and the market in significant and unforeseen ways. The future impact of COVID-19 is currently unknown. The effects to public health, business and market conditions resulting from COVID-19 pandemic may have a significant negative impact on the performance of the Fund’s investments, including exacerbating other pre-existing political, social and economic risks.
MASTER LIMITED PARTNERSHIP RISK –  Securities of master limited partnerships (“MLPs”) are listed and traded on U.S. securities exchanges. The value of a MLP fluctuates based predominately on its financial performance and changes in overall market conditions. Investments in MLPs involve risks that differ from investments in common stocks, including risks related to the fact that investors have limited control of and limited rights to vote on matters affecting the MLP; risks related to potential conflicts of interest between the MLP and the MLP’s general partner; cash flow risks; dilution risks; and risks related to the general partner’s right to require investors to sell their holdings at an undesirable time or price. In addition, MLPs may be subject to state taxation in certain jurisdictions, which may reduce the amount of income a MLP pays to its investors. The securities of certain MLPs may trade in lower volumes due to their smaller capitalizations, and may be subject to more abrupt or erratic price movements and lower market liquidity. MLPs are generally considered interest-rate sensitive investments. During periods of interest rate volatility, these investments may not provide attractive returns. In addition, if the tax treatment of an MLP changes, the Fund’s after-tax return from its MLP investment would be materially reduced. Debt securities of MLPs have characteristics similar to debt securities of other types of issuers, and are subject to the risks applicable to debt securities in general, such as credit risk, interest
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rate risk, and liquidity risk. Investments in debt securities of MLPs may not offer the tax characteristics of equity securities of MLPs. To the extent the Fund invests in debt securities of MLPs that are rated below investment grade, such investments are also subject to the risks in discussed in “High Yield Investments Risk“ above. Investments in MLPs are subject to cash flow risk and risks related to potential conflicts of interest between the MLP and the MLP’s general partner. Certain MLP securities may trade in lower volumes due to their smaller capitalizations, and may be subject to more abrupt or erratic price movements and lower market liquidity. MLP securities are generally considered interest-rate sensitive investments. During periods of interest rate volatility, these investments may not provide attractive returns. MLPs may be subject to state taxation in certain jurisdictions, which may reduce the amount of income an MLP pays to its investors. In addition, if the tax treatment of an MLP changes, the Fund’s after-tax return from its MLP investment would be materially reduced.
MORTGAGE-RELATED AND OTHER ASSET-BACKED SECURITIES RISK –  Mortgage-related and other asset-backed securities are subject to certain risks, including credit risk and interest rate risk. These investments expose the Fund to “extension risk,” which is the risk that borrowers will repay a loan more slowly in periods of rising interest rates which could increase the interest rate sensitivity of certain investments — such as mortgage- and asset-backed securities — and cause the value of these investments to fall. As a result, in a period of rising interest rates, if the Fund holds mortgage-related securities and other asset-backed securities, it may exhibit additional volatility. In addition, adjustable and fixed rate mortgage-backed securities are subject to “prepayment risk.” When interest rates decline, borrowers may pay off their mortgages sooner than expected. This can reduce the returns of the Fund because the Fund may have to reinvest that money at lower prevailing interest rates. The Fund’s investments in other asset-backed securities are subject to risks similar to those associated with mortgage-backed securities, as well as additional risks associated with the nature of the assets and the servicing of those assets. These securities are also subject to risk of default on the underlying mortgage or asset, particularly during periods of economic downturn. Issuers of asset-backed securities may have limited ability to enforce the security interest in the underlying assets, and credit enhancements provided to support the securities, if any, may be inadequate to protect investors in the event of default. In addition, as a result of its investment in asset-backed securities, the Fund would be subject to the risk that in certain states it may be difficult to perfect the liens securing the collateral backing certain asset-backed securities. Certain asset-backed securities are based on loans that are unsecured, which means that there is no collateral to seize if the underlying borrower defaults.
Collateralized debt obligations (“CDOs”), which are a type of asset-backed security, are subject to heightened risks, including the possibility that distributions from collateral securities will not be adequate to make interest or other payments; the quality of the collateral may decline in value or default; the Fund may invest in collateralized debt obligations that are subordinate to other classes and, therefore, will not have primary rights to any payments in bankruptcy; values may be volatile; and disputes with the issuer may produce unexpected investment results. The Fund’s investments in CDOs will not receive the same investor protection as an investment in registered securities. In addition, prices of CDO investments can decline considerably. These types of instruments are frequently referred to as “mortgage derivatives” and are sensitive to changing interest rates and deteriorating credit environments. CDOs may lack of a readily available secondary market and be difficult to sell at the price at which the Fund values them.
The Fund may invest in uniform mortgage-backed securities, which are securities that generally align the characteristics of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac certificates. Uniform mortgage-backed securities are a recent innovation and the effect they may have on the market for mortgage-related securities is uncertain.
The Fund may invest in mortgage-backed securities issued by the U.S. Government or by non-governmental issuers. To the extent that the Fund invests in mortgage-backed securities offered by non-governmental issuers, such as commercial banks, savings and loan institutions, private mortgage insurance companies, mortgage bankers and other secondary market issuers, the Fund may be subject to additional risks. Mortgage-related securities issued by private issuers are subject to the credit risks of the issuers, as well as to interest rate risks. Timely payment of interest and principal of non-governmental issuers is supported by various forms of private insurance or guarantees, including individual loan, title, pool and hazard insurance purchased by the issuer. There can be no assurance that the private insurers can meet their obligations under the policies. An unexpectedly high rate of defaults on the mortgages held by a mortgage pool may adversely affect the value of a mortgage-backed security and could result in losses to the Fund. The risk of such defaults is generally higher in the case of mortgage pools that include subprime mortgages. Subprime mortgages refer to loans made to borrowers with weakened credit histories or with a lower capacity to make timely payments on their mortgages. These risks are elevated given the current distressed economic, market, health and labor conditions, notably, increased levels of unemployment, delays and delinquencies in payments of mortgage and rent obligations, and uncertainty regarding the effects and extent of government intervention with respect to mortgage payments and other economic matters.
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COLLATERALIZED LOAN OBLIGATIONS RISK –  Collateralized loan obligations (“CLOs”) bear many of the same risks as other forms of asset-backed securities, including interest rate risk, credit risk and default risk. As they are backed by pools of loans, CLOs also bear similar risks to investing in loans directly. CLOs issue classes or “tranches” that vary in risk and yield. CLOs may experience substantial losses attributable to loan defaults. Losses caused by defaults on underlying assets are borne first by the holders of subordinate tranches. The Fund’s investment in CLOs may decrease in market value when the CLO experiences loan defaults or credit impairment, the disappearance of a subordinate tranche, or market anticipation of defaults and investor aversion to CLO securities as a class.
MUNICIPAL SECURITIES RISK –  Municipal securities risks include the possibility that the issuer may not be able to pay interest or repay principal when due; the relative lack of information about certain issuers of municipal securities; and the possibility that future legislative changes could affect the market for and value of municipal securities. Municipal securities are subject to interest rate risk, credit risk and market risk. Negative events, such as severe fiscal difficulties, bankruptcy of one or more issuers, an economic downturn, unfavorable legislation, court rulings or political developments, or reduced monetary support from the federal government could hurt Fund performance. Because municipal securities are issued to finance similar projects, conditions in those sectors may affect the overall municipal securities market. Municipal securities may be susceptible to periods of economic stress, which could affect the market values and marketability of many or all municipal obligations of issuers in a state, locality or US territory or possession. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly stressed the financial resources of many municipal issuers, which may impair a municipal issuer’s ability to meet its financial obligations when due and could adversely impact the value of its bonds, which could negatively impact the performance of the Fund. In addition, changes in the financial condition of an individual municipal issuer can affect the overall municipal market. Investment in municipal securities is also subject to:
General Obligation Bonds Risks–  The full faith, credit and taxing power of the municipality that issues a general obligation bond secures payment of interest and repayment of principal. Timely payments depend on the issuer’s credit quality, ability to raise tax revenues and ability to maintain an adequate tax base.
Revenue Bonds Risks–  Payments of interest and principal on revenue bonds are made only from the revenues generated by a particular facility, class of facilities or the proceeds of a special tax or other revenue source. These payments depend on the money earned by the particular facility or class of facilities, or the amount of revenues derived from another source.
Private Activity Bonds Risks–  Municipalities and other public authorities issue private activity bonds to finance development of industrial facilities for use by a private enterprise. The private enterprise pays the principal and interest on the bond, and the issuer does not pledge its full faith, credit and taxing power for repayment. If the private enterprise defaults on its payments, the Fund may not receive any income or get its money back from the investment.
Moral Obligation Bonds Risks–  Moral obligation bonds are generally issued by special purpose public authorities of a state or municipality. If the issuer is unable to meet its obligations, repayment of these bonds becomes a moral commitment, but not a legal obligation, of the state or municipality.
Municipal Notes Risks–  Municipal notes are shorter term municipal debt obligations. They may provide interim financing in anticipation of, and are secured by, tax collection, bond sales or revenue receipts. If there is a shortfall in the anticipated proceeds, the notes may not be fully repaid and the Fund may lose money.
Municipal Lease Obligations Risks–  In a municipal lease obligation, the issuer agrees to make payments when due on the lease obligation. The issuer will generally appropriate municipal funds for that purpose, but is not obligated to do so. Although the issuer does not pledge its unlimited taxing power for payment of the lease obligation, the lease obligation is secured by the leased property. However, if the issuer does not fulfill its payment obligation (i.e., annually appropriate money to make the lease payments), it may be difficult to sell the property and the proceeds of a sale may not cover the Fund’s loss.
Tax-Exempt Status Risk–  Municipal securities are subject to the risk that the Internal Revenue Service may determine that an issuer has not complied with applicable tax requirements and that interest from the municipal security is taxable, which may result in a significant decline in the value of the security.
NEW FUND RISK – There can be no assurance that a new 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.
OTHER INVESTMENT COMPANIES RISK –  Investments in securities of other investment companies, including ETFs, are generally subject to limitations prescribed by 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
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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.
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.
QUANTITATIVE INVESTING RISK –  The value of securities or other investments selected using quantitative analysis may perform differently from the market as a whole or from their expected performance for many reasons, including, but not limited to, factors used in building the quantitative analytical framework, the weights placed on each factor, the accuracy of historical data supplied by third parties, and changing sources of market returns. The models used may be predictive in nature and such models may result in an incorrect assessment of future events. There may also be technical issues with the construction and implementation of quantitative models (for example, software or other technology malfunctions, or programming inaccuracies). The use of quantitative analysis to support investment decisions may cause the Fund to underperform other funds that have similar investment strategies or that select securities or other investments using other types of analysis. In addition, considerations that affect a security’s or other investment’s value can change over time and these changes may not be reflected in the quantitative model. There can be no assurance that quantitative investing will help the Fund to achieve its investment objective.
REAL ESTATE RELATED SECURITIES RISK –  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 estate values. The real estate industry is particularly
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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 1940 Act. 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.
REPURCHASE AGREEMENTS RISK –  The Fund may enter into certain types of repurchase agreements or purchase and sale contracts. Under a repurchase agreement, the seller agrees to repurchase a security (typically a security issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government) at a mutually agreed upon time and price. This insulates the Fund from changes in the market value of the security during the period. A purchase and sale contract is similar to a repurchase agreement, but purchase and sale contracts provide that the purchaser receives any interest on the security paid during the period. If the seller fails to repurchase the security in either situation and the market value declines, the Fund may lose money.
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. Please see ”Rule 144A Securities and Regulation S Securities Risk“ below.
Rule 144A Securities 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, the 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 the 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 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.
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REVERSE REPURCHASE AGREEMENTS RISK –  Reverse repurchase agreements involve the sale of securities held by the Fund with an agreement to repurchase the securities at an agreed-upon price, date and interest payment. Reverse repurchase agreements carry the risk that the market value of the securities that the Fund is obligated to repurchase may decline 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 under current regulatory requirements is less than the value of securities. The use of reverse repurchase agreements may increase the possibility of fluctuation in the Fund’s net asset value.
SECTOR RISK –  To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may be more volatile, and may perform differently, than the broader market.
SECURITIES LENDING RISK –  Securities lending involves the risk that the Fund may lose money because the borrower of the securities the Fund has loaned out fails to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. The Fund could also lose money in the event of a decline in the value of the collateral provided for loaned securities or a decline in the value of any investments made with cash collateral. These events could also trigger adverse tax consequences for the Fund. Securities lending also involves exposure to certain additional risks, including operational risk (i.e., the risk of losses resulting from problems in the settlement and accounting process –  especially so in certain international markets), “gap” risk (i.e., the risk of a mismatch between the return on cash collateral reinvestments and the fees the Fund has agreed to pay a borrower), risk of loss of collateral, credit, legal, counterparty and market risk. Although the Fund’s securities lending agent has agreed to provide the Fund with indemnification in the event of a borrower default, the Fund is still exposed to the risk of losses in the event a borrower does not return the Fund’s securities as agreed and the agent fails to indemnify the Fund.
SUSTAINABLE INVESTING RISK –  Applying sustainability criteria to the investment process may exclude or reduce exposure to securities of certain issuers for sustainability reasons and, therefore, the Fund may forgo some market opportunities available to funds that do not use sustainability criteria. The Fund’s performance may at times be better or worse than the performance of funds that do not use sustainability criteria. In addition, there is a risk that the securities identified by the Sub-Adviser to fit within its sustainability criteria do not operate as anticipated. Although the Sub-Adviser seeks to identify issuers that fit within its sustainability criteria, investors may differ in their views of what fits within this category of investments. As a result, the Fund may invest in issuers that do not reflect the beliefs and values of any particular investor. The Sub-Adviser’s exclusion of certain investments from the Fund’s investment universe may adversely affect the Fund’s relative performance at times when such investments are performing well. There is a risk that the information that the Sub-Adviser uses in evaluating an issuer may be incomplete, inaccurate or unavailable, which could cause the Sub-Adviser to incorrectly assess an issuer’s business practices with respect to its sustainability criteria. In addition, the Sub-Adviser’s assessment of a security is made at the time of purchase and the actual use of proceeds by the issuer could vary over time, which could cause the Fund to be invested in securities that do not comply with the Sub-Adviser’s sustainability criteria.
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.
SHORT SALES OF TO BE ANNOUNCED (TBA) SECURITIES RISK – When the Fund enters into a short sale of a TBA security it effectively agrees to sell at a future date and price a security it does not own. Although most TBA short sale transactions are closed before the Fund would be required to deliver the security, if the Fund does not close the position, the Fund may have to purchase the securities needed to settle the short sale at a higher price than anticipated. This would cause the Fund to lose money. The Fund may not always be able to purchase the securities required to settle a short at a particular time or at an attractive price. The Fund may incur increased transaction costs associated with selling TBA securities short. In addition, taking short positions in TBA securities results in a form of leverage, which could increase the volatility of the Fund’s returns.
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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 AN 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. 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.
Such transactions could increase or decrease the frequency of capital gain recognition by the Fund and could affect the timing, amount and character of distributions you receive from the Fund.
VALUATION RISK –  This is the risk that the Fund has valued a security at a price different from the price at which it can be sold. This risk may be especially pronounced for investments that may be illiquid or may become illiquid and for securities that trade in relatively thin markets and/or markets that experience extreme volatility. The Fund’s ability to value its investments in an accurate and timely manner may be impacted by technological issues and/or errors by third party service providers, such as pricing services or accounting agents. If market conditions make it difficult to value certain investments, the Fund may value these investments using more subjective methods, such as fair-value methodologies. Investors who purchase or redeem Fund shares on days when the Fund is holding fair-valued securities may receive fewer or more shares, or lower or higher redemption proceeds, than they would have received if the Fund had not fair-valued the securities or had used a different valuation methodology. The value of foreign securities, certain fixed income securities and currencies, as applicable, may be materially affected by events after the close of the markets on which they are traded, but before the Fund determines its NAV.
VOLATILITY RISK –  The value of the Fund’s investments may fluctuate over a relatively short period of time. These fluctuations may cause the Fund’s net asset value per share to experience significant changes over similarly short periods of time.
WARRANTS RISK – Warrants give the Fund the right to purchase equity securities (“underlying stock”) at specific prices valid for a specific period of time. If the price of the underlying stock does not rise above the exercise price before the warrant expires, the warrant generally expires without any value and the Fund loses any amount it paid for the warrant. Thus, investments in warrants may involve substantially more risk than investments in common stock. Warrants may trade in the same markets as their underlying stock; however, the price of the warrant does not necessarily move with the price of the underlying stock and can be more volatile than the prices of the underlying stocks. The market for warrants may be limited and it may be difficult for the Fund to sell a warrant promptly at an advantageous price.
ZERO COUPON SECURITIES RISK – Zero-coupon securities pay no interest prior to their maturity date or another specified date in the future but are issued and traded at a discount to their face value. The discount varies as the securities approach their maturity date (or the date on which interest payments are scheduled to begin). While interest payments are not made on such securities, holders of such securities are deemed to have received income (“phantom income”) annually, notwithstanding that cash may not be received currently. As with other fixed income securities, zero coupon bonds are subject to interest rate and credit risk. Some of these securities may be subject to substantially greater price fluctuations during periods of changing market interest rates than comparable securities that pay interest currently. Longer term zero coupon bonds have greater interest rate risk than shorter term zero coupon bonds.
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Disclosure of Portfolio Holdings
The Fund will publicly disclose its complete month-end portfolio holdings, excepting certain de minimis or short-term investments, on its website at 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 issuers 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-Adviser
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 June 30, 2021, the Investment Manager and its wholly owned subsidiary, Lattice Strategies LLC, had approximately $[ ] billion in discretionary 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, Pennsylvania 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 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 Fund’s shareholders will receive information about any new sub-advisory relationship.
THE INVESTMENT SUB-ADVISER
Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. (“SIMNA”) serves as the Fund’s sub-adviser (the “Sub-Adviser”). The Sub-Adviser performs the daily investment of the assets for the Fund. 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. SIMNA is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Schroders plc. Schroders plc is a global asset management company with approximately $[ ] billion under management as of June 30, 2021. 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.
Portfolio Managers
The portfolio managers for the Fund are set forth below. The Fund’s SAI provides additional information about the portfolio managers’ compensation, other accounts managed by the portfolio managers and the portfolio managers’ ownership of securities in the Fund they manage.
Sustainable Core Bond Fund
Lisa Hornby, CFA, Portfolio Manager, has served as a portfolio manager of the Fund since 2018. She joined Schroders in 2010 as a member of Schroders’ US Multi-Sector Fixed Income team where she focused primarily on short, core and core plus multi-sector strategies. Since 2014, she also has been responsible for managing Schroders’ entire spectrum of US multi-sector strategies. Prior to joining Schroders, she was an analyst at Barclays Capital.
Neil G. Sutherland, CFA, Portfolio Manager, has served as a portfolio manager of the Fund since 2018. He has been associated with Schroders since 2013. Mr. Sutherland joined STW in 2008 and has over 15 years of investment experience. Previously, he spent seven years at AXA Investment Managers, where he held the position of Senior Fixed Income Manager. Before that, Mr. Sutherland was part of Newton Investment Group’s Global Fixed Income Team.
Julio C. Bonilla, CFA, Portfolio Manager, has served as a portfolio manager of the Fund since 2018. He has been associated with Schroders since 2013. Mr. Bonilla joined STW in 2010 and has over 15 years of investment experience. Prior to joining STW, Mr. Bonilla spent ten years with Wells Capital Management, where he held the title of Senior Portfolio Manager.
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Eric Lau, CFA, Portfolio Manager,has served as a portfolio manager of the Fund since 2020. He has been associated with Schroders since 2013. Mr. Lau joined STW in 2009 and has over 11 years of investment experience.
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 based on the Fund’s average daily net asset value as set forth below. The Investment Manager pays a sub-advisory fee to SIMNA out of its advisory fee.
Average Daily Net Assets
Annual Rate
First $500 million
0.3200%
Next $500 million
0.3000%
Amount over $1 billion
0.2800%
[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 SIMNA, will be available in the Fund’s semi-annual report to shareholders for the fiscal period ended April 30, 2022].
OTHER FUND EXPENSES. In addition to costs discussed under “Portfolio Turnover” in the Summary Section, the Fund may pay or receive certain fees in connection with buying or selling a loan. These fees are in addition to interest payments received and may include fees, such as, up-front fees, commitment fees, transfer and assignment fees, facility fees, amendment fees, and prepayment penalties. These costs are not reflected in the Fund’s annual operating expenses or in the examples.
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Classes of Shares
The Fund offers the following classes of shares through this Prospectus:
Fund
I
R3
R4
R5
Y
F
SDR
Sustainable Core Bond Fund
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 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-adviser(s) 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. This restriction does not apply to qualified employee benefit plans (such as a health savings account or health savings plan) offered 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-adviser(s) to the Fund, Hartford Administrative Services Company, and their affiliates. 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 R3, Class R4, and Class R5 Shares. Class R3, R4, and R5 shares are available only to 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, health savings accounts, and funded welfare benefit plans (e.g., Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association (VEBA) and Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) plans). Class R3, R4, and R5 shares generally are available only where the shares are held on the books of the Fund through omnibus accounts (either at the plan level or at the level of the financial services firm). Class R3, R4, and R5 shares are not available to retail non-retirement accounts, Traditional and Roth Individual Retirement accounts (IRAs), Coverdell Education Savings Accounts, SEPs, SARSEPs, SIMPLE IRAs and individual 403(b) plans.
Class Y Shares. Class Y 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 the Distributor to offer Class Y shares through a no-load network or platform (as discussed below under “Commissions and Transaction Fees”, 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 are also offered to investors who held Investor Class shares of the Predecessor Fund prior to the date of the reorganization of the Predecessor Fund into the Fund and received Class Y shares of the Fund as a result of such reorganization and who wish to purchase additional Class Y shares in the same account.
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.
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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 mutual 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.
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 a 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 a Fund, except for affiliated investment companies and 529 plans. Each Fund reserves the right in its sole discretion to waive the minimum initial investment requirement.
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, health savings accounts and funded welfare benefit plans (e.g., Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association (VEBA) and Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) plans). 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, health savings accounts, and funded welfare benefit plans (e.g., Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association (VEBA) and Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) plans).
Class SDR shares are also offered to investors who held R6 Class shares of the Predecessor Fund prior to the date of the reorganization of the Predecessor Fund into the Fund and received Class SDR shares of the Fund as a result of such reorganization and who wish to purchase additional Class SDR shares in the same account.
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, 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 R3 and Class R4 has each 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.
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Front End Sales Charge
Deferred Sales Charge
(Load)
Distribution and Service
(12b-1) Fees(1)
Class I
None
None
None
Class R3
None
None
0.50%
Class R4
None
None
0.25%
Class R5
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.
COMMISSIONS AND TRANSACTION FEES. 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. 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 the Fund may apply. Please contact your financial intermediary for more information on transaction fees.
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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 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.
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 and not all share classes discussed below may be available for the Fund.
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 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 R3, Class R4, and Class R5 shares –  no investment minimum and no subsequent investment minimum.
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 is waived for purchases through certain plan level or omnibus accounts.
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.
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 for which Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC serves as the program manager, 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
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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.
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 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 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 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 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
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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 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.
Addresses
Send Inquiries And Payments To:
Or By Overnight Mail To:
Phone Number:
Hartford Funds
Hartford Funds
1-888-843-7824 or contact your financial
intermediary or plan administrator for
instructions and assistance.
P.O. Box 219060
430 W 7th Street, Suite 219060
Kansas City, MO 64121-9060
Kansas City, MO 64105-1407
FAX: 1-888-802-0039
 
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Exchanging Shares
You may exchange one class of shares of the Fund for shares of the same class of any other Hartford mutual fund if such share class is available. Under certain limited circumstances, you may be able to exchange Class SDR shares of the Fund for Class R6 shares of other Hartford mutual funds and may also be able to exchange Class R6 shares of other Hartford mutual funds for Class SDR shares of the Fund.
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.
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 a 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.
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). Subject to certain limited circumstances, Class R3, Class R4, Class R5 and Class SDR (each a “Retirement share class”) of the Fund may be converted into (i.e., reclassified) a different Retirement share class in the same Fund. Under certain circumstances, the following other classes are eligible for conversions:
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 based on the eligibility requirements set forth in the prospectus or the applicable regulatory determination made by such shareholder’s financial intermediary (for example, the shareholder no longer participates in a fee-based, wrap, or other investment platform program of its financial intermediary or related to the requirements of a settlement agreement that the financial intermediary entered into with a regulatory body).
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.
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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-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 financial
intermediary or plan administrator for
instructions and assistance.
P.O. Box 219060
430 W 7th Street, Suite 219060
Kansas City, MO 64121-9060
Kansas City, MO 64105-1407
FAX: 1-888-802-0039
 
Valuation of Shares
The net asset value 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 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 of 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 (“Board”) of The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc. (the “Company”) (“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.
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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 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
Purchases and sales of Fund shares are priced at NAV.
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.
With respect to accounts directly held through the Fund’s transfer agent, you may buy and sell shares of the Fund on the web, by telephone, by wire or by mail. With respect to accounts directly held through the Fund’s transfer agent, 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 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
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redemptions, if necessary. As 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, or in-kind redemptions to meet redemption requests. As of [ ], the Fund does not engage 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 a long-term investment vehicle 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 the Fund, 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 Fund within a 90-day period. A substantive round trip is a purchase of or an exchange into the Fund and a redemption of or an exchange out of the same Fund 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
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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 such 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 a 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.
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
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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. If your account has no activity in it within a certain period of time, Hartford Funds may be required to transfer it to a state under the state’s abandoned property law, subject to potential federal or state withholding taxes. For IRAs escheated to a state under these abandoned property laws, the escheatment will generally be treated as a taxable distribution to you; federal and any applicable state income tax will be withheld. This may apply to your Roth IRA as well. 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 or related federal tax withholding requirements.
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 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 intermediary. 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.
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.
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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.
To reduce Fund expenses, we try to identify related shareholders in a household and send only one copy of the summary prospectus, shareholder reports (to the extent received by mail), proxy statements, and information statements. You may view current prospectuses/summary prospectuses and shareholder reports on our website. 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 such materials 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 information on your financial intermediary’s policy with respect to householding and/or how to change your householding status.
Uncashed Checks Issued on Your Account
Each 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
The Fund is available through a range of retirement plans, including traditional, Roth, SIMPLE and SEPs IRAs and 401(k) plans. 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.
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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 R3 AND CLASS R4 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 R3 and Class R4 shares. Under a Plan, Class R3 and Class R4 shares of the Fund, as applicable, bear distribution and/or service fees paid to the Distributor, some or all of which may be paid to select broker-dealers and certain other financial intermediaries. Total compensation under a 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 Fund’s shares. Under a 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 R3 Plan–  Pursuant to the Class R3 Plan, the Fund may pay the Distributor a fee of up to 0.50% of the average daily net assets attributable to Class R3 shares for distribution financing activities, and up to 0.25% may be used for shareholder account servicing activities.
Class R4 Plan–  Pursuant to the Class R4 Plan, the Fund may pay the Distributor a fee of up to 0.25% of the average daily net assets attributable to Class R4 shares for distribution financing activities. The entire amount of the fee may be used for shareholder account servicing activities.
Payments to Financial Intermediaries and Other Entities
The Investment Manager, Distributor and/or their affiliates and the Hartford mutual funds make a variety of payments to broker-dealers and financial institutions (“Financial Intermediaries”) that sell the shares of the Hartford mutual funds, and/or Financial Intermediaries and other intermediaries that provide services (“Servicing Intermediaries”) to the Hartford mutual 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 mutual funds than it receives with respect to other products, it may be more inclined to sell you shares of a Hartford mutual 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 mutual funds, such payments may create an incentive for the Servicing Intermediary to favor the Hartford mutual 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 mutual 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 mutual funds (“Administrative Fees”). Such payments may be made out of 12b-1 and/or transfer agent fees that the Distributor and/or its affiliates receive from the Hartford mutual 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 mutual 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.
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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 mutual funds’ 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 mutual funds that are attributed to that Financial Intermediary; (ii) the amount of Hartford mutual fund 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 0.16% of the average net assets of the Hartford mutual funds that are attributed to that Financial Intermediary. For the calendar year ended December 31, 2020, the Investment Manager and its affiliates incurred approximately $54.9 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 mutual funds on a Financial Intermediary’s list of mutual funds available for purchase by its customers;
(2)
Payments for including the Hartford mutual 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 mutual 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 mutual fund shares;
(5)
Sponsorships of sales contests and promotions where participants receive prizes such as travel awards, merchandise, cash or recognition;
(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).
With respect to Class Y shares, neither 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, 12b-1 fees, sub-transfer agency, administration or similar services. With respect to Class F shares, neither the Distributor nor any of its affiliates 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. With respect to Class SDR shares, neither 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). Although with respect to certain classes the Distributor and its affiliates do not 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, in certain instances, the Distributor 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 (e.g. flat fee payments for platform participation, conference sponsorship, data packages, etc.), or that are in connection with the maintenance of each Fund share class within the Financial Intermediary’s platform.
As of January 1, 2021, 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: Advisor 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.;
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CCO Investment Services Corp.; Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.; Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.; Commonwealth Financial Network; CUSO Financial Services, L.P.; Edward D. Jones & Co.; Fidelity; Frost Brokerage Services, Inc.; GWFS Equities, Inc.; H.D. Vest Investment Services.; Hilliard Lyons; Huntington Investment Co.; Janney Montgomery Scott; JPMorgan Securities LLC; Lincoln Financial Advisors Group; LPL Financial Corp.; M&T Securities Inc.; Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company; Merrill Lynch,; Mid Atlantic Capital Corporation; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; National Financial Services; Newbridge Securities; NEXT Financial Group, Inc.; Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC; Pershing LLC; Raymond James & Associates Inc. and Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.; RBC Capital Markets Corporation; Robert W. Baird; Schroder Fund Advisors LLC; 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 2020 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 mutual 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 mutual funds that are serviced by that Servicing Intermediary. For the year ended December 31, 2020, the Investment Manager, HASCO and/or their affiliates incurred approximately $3.9 million in total Servicing Payments and these Servicing Payments did not exceed $1.3 million for any one Servicing Intermediary.
As of January 1, 2021, the Investment Manager, HASCO and/or their affiliates pay or have entered into ongoing contractual arrangements to pay Servicing Payments to the following entities: ADP Broker Dealer, Inc.; Alight Solutions LLC; American United Life Insurance Company; Ascensus, Inc.; Benefit Plans Administrative Services, LLC; Benefit Trust Co.; BenefitStreet, Inc.; Charles Schwab; Digital Retirement Solutions; Edward D. Jones & Co; Fidelity; Goldman Sachs & Co.; Great-West Financial Retirement Plan Services, LLC; GWFS Equities, Inc.; John Hancock Trust Company; Lincoln Retirement Services Company, LLC; LPL Financial Corp.; Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company; Merrill Lynch; Mid Atlantic Capital Corporation; Minnesota Life Insurance Company; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; MSCS Financial Services, LLC; National Financial Services; 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; The Retirement Plan Company, LLC; The Vanguard Group; Transamerica Retirement Solutions; 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.
Distribution Support Provided By SFA. Schroder Fund Advisors LLC, the Predecessor Fund’s distributor and 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 as follows:
Fund
Declaration and payment frequency of net investment income
Sustainable Core Bond Fund
Monthly
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. The amount of the Fund’s distributions that would otherwise qualify for this favorable tax treatment may be reduced as a result of such Fund’s securities lending activities, investment in derivatives or high portfolio turnover rate. Given the investment strategies of the Fund, it is not expected that a significant portion of the Fund’s dividends would be eligible to be designated as qualified dividend income or for the dividends-received deduction for corporations.
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.
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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 how long you held your shares. You are responsible for any tax liabilities generated by your transactions. 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.
As described above, a shareholder may be able to convert one class of shares for another class of shares of the same Fund. 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, provided that the transaction is undertaken and processed, with respect to any shareholder, as a direct conversion transaction. Shareholders should consult their tax advisors as to the federal, state, local and non-U.S. tax consequences of an intra-fund conversion.
Conversions of one class of shares for another class of shares of the same Fund 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 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 (if made), 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.
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Performance Notes
The following notes supplement the performance table in the Summary Section and provide additional information for understanding the returns provided in the table for the Fund.
The Fund is the successor to its corresponding Predecessor Fund as a result of the reorganization of such Predecessor Fund into the Fund immediately before the opening of business on [November 12, 2021]. SIMNA served as the investment manager to the Predecessor Fund, and prior to April 9, 2021, SIMNA Ltd. served as the sub-adviser.
INDEX:
The index is unmanaged, and its results include reinvested dividends and/or distributions, but do not reflect the effect of sales charges, commissions, expenses or taxes.
The Bloomberg [Barclays] U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is composed of securities that are SEC-registered, taxable, and dollar denominated. The index covers the U.S. investment grade fixed rate bond market, with index components for government and corporate securities, mortgage pass-through securities, and asset-backed securities. These major sectors are subdivided into more specific indices that are calculated and reported on a regular basis.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING BLOOMBERG BARCLAYS INDICESSource: Bloomberg Index Services Limited. BLOOMBERG® is a trademark and service mark of Bloomberg Finance L.P. and its affiliates (collectively “Bloomberg”). BARCLAYS® is a trademark and service mark of Barclays Bank Plc (collectively with its affiliates, “Barclays”), used under license. Bloomberg or Bloomberg’s licensors, including Barclays, own all proprietary rights in the Bloomberg Barclays Indices. Neither Bloomberg nor Barclays approves or endorses this material, or guarantees the accuracy or completeness of any information herein, or makes any warranty, express or implied, as to the results to be obtained therefrom and, to the maximum extent allowed by law, neither shall have any liability or responsibility for injury or damages arising in connection therewith.
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Financial Highlights
The financial highlights table for the Fund is intended to help you understand the Fund’s financial performance for the past five years, or if shorter, the period of the Fund’s operations. Certain information reflects financial results for a single Fund share. The total returns in the table for the Fund represent the rate that an investor would have earned, or lost, on an investment in the Fund (assuming reinvestment of all dividends and distributions). The Fund is the accounting successor to its corresponding Predecessor Fund as a result of the reorganization of the Predecessor Fund into the Fund on [ ], 2021. The Fund has adopted the Financial Statements of the Predecessor Fund. The information for the fiscal years ended [ ] through [ ] has been derived from the financial statements audited by [ ], the Predecessor Fund’s independent registered public accounting firm, whose report, along with the Fund’s financial statements and financial highlights, is included in the Predecessor Fund’s most recent annual report, which is available upon request. The information provided below for the six month period ended [April 30, 2021] is unaudited. The Predecessor Fund’s financial statements will be included in the Fund’s next [annual report] (when 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 reports, when available. In the Fund’s annual report 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 the 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 has 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, when available, free of charge, on the Fund’s website at hartfordfunds.com.
To request a free copy of the current annual/semi-annual report, when 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 64105-1407
By Phone:
1-888-843-7824
On The Internet:
hartfordfunds.com
Or you may view or obtain these documents from the SEC:
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 website at http://www.sec.gov/investor.shtml and through the FINRA’s Investor Information website at http://www.finra.org/Investors/index.htm. To obtain additional information about the expenses associated with investing in mutual funds, the SEC provides information about calculating mutual fund fees and expenses, available at http://www.sec.gov/investor/tools/mfcc/mfcc-int.htm; and FINRA provides a Mutual Funds and ETF Expense Analyzer, available at https://tools.finra.org/fund_analyzer/?rr=1.
SEC File Number
The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc. 811-00558
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[], 2021


Preliminary Statement of Additional Information dated July 9, 2021
Subject to Completion
The information in this statement of additional information is not complete and may be changed. A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This 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 HARTFORD FUNDS
This Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) is not a prospectus, and it should be read in conjunction with the prospectus of Hartford Schroders Sustainable Core Bond Fund ("Sustainable Core Bond Fund" or 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 [fourteen] separate series. This SAI relates only to the Fund.
THE HARTFORD MUTUAL FUNDS II, INC.
 
Class
I
Class
R3
Class
R4
Class
R5
Class
Y
Class
F
Class
SDR
Hartford Schroders Sustainable Core Bond Fund
[ ]
[ ]
[ ]
[ ]
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[ ]
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The Predecessor Fund’s (as defined below) audited financial statements as of [ ] are incorporated into this SAI by reference to the Predecessor Fund’s [Annual] Reports to Shareholders. 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 hartfordfunds.com, upon request by writing to: Hartford Funds, P.O. Box 219060, Kansas City, MO 64121-9060; or by calling 1-888-843-7824.
Date of Prospectus: [ ], 2021, as may be amended, restated or supplemented from time to time
Date of Statement of Additional Information: [ ], 2021

Table of Contents

GENERAL INFORMATION
This SAI relates to the Fund listed on the front cover page. The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc. (the “Company”) was organized as a Maryland corporation on March 23, 2001. The Fund is the successor in interest to a fund that was included as a series of another investment company and that was advised by the Fund’s sub-adviser (the “Predecessor Fund”). The Fund was previously a series of Schroder Series Trust, a Massachusetts business trust (“Schroders Series Trust”). [On [ ], 2021, at a special meeting of shareholders, the shareholders of the Predecessor Fund approved the reorganization of the Predecessor Fund with and into the Fund, and effective as of the close of business on [ ], 2021, the assets and liabilities of the Predecessor Fund were transferred to the Fund in exchange for shares of the corresponding shell series. The Fund succeeded to the accounting and performance histories of the Predecessor Fund. Any such historical information provided in this SAI for the Fund, therefore, is that of the Predecessor Fund.]
Fund
Predecessor Fund
Inception
Hartford Schroders Sustainable Core Bond Fund
(“Sustainable Core Bond Fund”)
Schroder Core Bond Fund
[January 31, 2018]
The Fund is offered through a prospectus, and the share class of the Fund represents an equal proportionate interest in the Fund. The Fund offers the following share classes: Class I, Class R3, Class R4, Class R5, Class Y, Class F and Class SDR shares. The Fund is offered through a prospectus relating to the Fund and its share classes. The Company also offers other mutual funds that are not part of this SAI.
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” or the “Sub-Adviser”) is the sub-adviser to the Fund and performs the daily investment of the assets of the Fund. HFMC also serves as the investment manager to certain other series of The Hartford Mutual Funds II, Inc., which are not included in this SAI and the operational series of The Hartford Mutual Funds, Inc., 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.
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INVESTMENT OBJECTIVES AND POLICIES
The investment objective 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.
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.
5. Invest more than 15% of its net assets in illiquid investments as determined pursuant to Rule 22e-4 under the 1940 Act and the Fund’s procedures adopted thereunder.
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 percent 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 percent of the fair market value of the Fund’s total assets and 10 percent of the outstanding voting securities of such issuer, and
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(b) no more than 25 percent 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 diversified series of an open-end management investment company. As a diversified fund, at least 75% of the value of the Fund’s total assets must be represented by cash and cash items (including receivables), U.S. Government securities, securities of other investment companies, and other securities for the purposes of this calculation limited in respect of any one issuer (i) to an amount not greater in value than 5% of the value of the total assets of such Fund and (ii) to not more than 10% of the outstanding voting securities of such issuer.
The Fund may not change its classification status from diversified to non-diversified without the prior approval of shareholders.
E.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING INVESTMENT RESTRICTIONS
The information below is not considered to be part of the Fund’s fundamental policy 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 a 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 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-adviser, 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. A sub-adviser, in its discretion, may employ any such practice, technique or instrument for the Fund, but not for all of the Funds, 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.
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As a result of amendments to rules under the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”) by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), HFMC must 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 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.
HFMC has elected to claim an exclusion from the definition of CPO with respect to the Fund. As a result, the 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.
INVESTMENT RISKS
The following supplements the information contained in the prospectus concerning the investment objective and policies of the Fund. The information below does not describe every type of investment, technique or risk to which the Fund may be exposed. The table and 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.
 
Sustainable Core
Bond Fund
Active Investment Management Risk
X
Active Trading Risk
X
Asset-Backed Securities Risk
X
Asset Segregation Risk
X
Bond Forwards Risk
X
Borrowing Risk
X
Call Risk
X
Commodities Regulatory Risk
X
Convertible Securities Risk
X
Contingent Convertibles Risk
X
Synthetic Convertibles Risk
X
Counterparty Risk
X
Credit Risk
X
Credit Risk Transfer Securities Risk
X
Currency Risk
X
Cybersecurity Risk
X
Depositary Receipts Risk
X
Derivatives Risk
X
Hedging Risk
X
Options Contracts Risk
X
Equity Linked Notes Risk
X
Futures Contracts and Options on Futures Contracts Risk
X
Swap Agreements and Swaptions Risk
X
Inflation-Linked Instruments Risk
X
Hybrid Instruments Risk
X
Credit-Linked Securities Risk
X
Indexed Securities and Structured Notes Risk
X
Event-Linked Bonds Risk
X
Foreign Currency Transactions Risk
X
Risk Factors in Derivative Instruments
X
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Sustainable Core
Bond Fund
Additional Risk Factors and Consideration of OTC Transactions
X
Dollar Rolls Risk
X
Equity Risk
X
Special Purpose Acquisition Companies Risk
X
Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) Risk
X
Exchange-Traded Notes (ETNs) Risk
X
Event Risk
X
Fixed Income Securities Risk
X
Foreign Investments Risk
X
Currency Risk and Exchange Risk
X
Principal Exchange Rate Linked Securities Risk
X
Performance Indexed Paper Risk
X
Settlement Risk
X
Government Intervention in Financial Markets
X
Healthcare-Related Securities Risk
X
High Yield Investments (“Junk Bonds”) Risk
X
Distressed Securities Risk
X
Illiquid Investments Risk
X
Inflation Protected Debt Securities Risk
X
Initial Public Offerings (“IPO”) Risk
X
Interest Rate Risk
X
Interfund Lending Program Risk
X
Inverse Floating Rate Securities Risk
X
Investment Grade Securities Risk
X
Investments in Emerging Market Securities Risk
X
Sukuk Risk
X
Large Cap Securities Risk
X
Large Shareholder Transaction Risk
X
Lending Portfolio Securities Risk
X
LIBOR Risk
X
Liquidation of Fund Risk
X
Loans and Loan Participation Risk
X
Floating Rate Loans Risk
X
Loan Participations Risk
X
Senior Loans Risk
X
Unsecured Loans Risk
X
Delayed Settlement Risk
X
Market Risk
X
Master Limited Partnership (“MLP”) Risk
X
Mid Cap Securities Risk
X
Money Market Instruments and Temporary Investment Strategies
X
Mortgage-Related Securities Risk
X
Municipal Securities Risk
X
New Fund Risk
X
Operational Risks
X
Other Capital Securities Risk
X
Other Investment Companies Risk
X
Preferred Stock Risk
X
Private Placement Risk
X
Private Investments in Public Equity (PIPEs) Risk
X
Quantitative Investing Risk
X
P-Notes Risk
X
Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) Risk
X
Real Estate Related Securities Risks
X
Regional/Country Focus Risk
X
Investments in Central and South America Risk
X
Investments in Europe Risk
X
Investments in Asia Risk
X
Investments in China Risk
X
Investments in Russia Risk
X
Repurchase and Reverse Repurchase Agreements Risk
X
Restricted Securities Risk
X
Risks of Qualified Financial Contracts
X
Sector Risk
X
Securities Trusts Risk
X
Short Sales Risk
X
Small Capitalization Securities Risk
X
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Sustainable Core
Bond Fund
Sovereign Debt Risk
X
Structured Securities Risk
X
Sustainable Investing Risk
X
To Be Announced (TBA) Transactions Risk
X
Short Sales of TBA Investments Risk
X
Use as an Underlying Fund Risk
X
U.S. Government Securities Risk
X
Valuation Risk
X
Volatility Risk
X
Warrants and Rights Risk
X
Zero Coupon Securities Risk
X
ACTIVE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT RISK The risk that, if the investment decisions and strategy of the portfolio manager(s) do not perform as expected, the Fund could underperform its peers or lose money. The Fund’s performance depends on the judgment of the portfolio manager(s) 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 portfolio manager(s)’ 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. Further, the regulatory landscape with respect to sustainable investing in the United States is still developing and future rules and regulations may require the Fund to modify or alter its investment process with respect to sustainable investing.
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-BACKED SECURITIES RISK. Asset-backed securities are securities backed by a pool of some underlying asset, including but not limited to home equity loans, installment sale contracts, credit card receivables or other assets. Asset-backed securities are “pass-through” securities, meaning that principal and interest payments net of expenses made by the borrower on the underlying assets (such as credit card receivables) are passed through to the Fund. The value of asset-backed securities, like that of traditional fixed income securities, typically increases when interest rates fall and decreases when interest rates rise. However, asset-backed securities differ from traditional fixed income securities because of their potential for prepayment. The price paid by the Fund for its asset-backed securities, the yield the Fund expects to receive from such securities and the average life of the securities are based on a number of factors, including the anticipated rate of prepayment of the underlying assets. In a period of declining interest rates, borrowers may prepay the underlying assets more quickly than anticipated, thereby reducing the yield to maturity and the average life of the asset-backed securities. Moreover, when the Fund reinvests the proceeds of a prepayment in these circumstances, it will likely receive a rate of interest that is lower than the rate on the security that was prepaid. To the extent that the Fund purchases asset-backed securities at a premium, prepayments may result in a loss to the extent of the premium paid. If the Fund buys such securities at a discount, both scheduled payments and unscheduled prepayments will increase current and total returns and unscheduled prepayments will also accelerate the recognition of income which, when distributed to shareholders, will be taxable as ordinary income. In a period of rising interest rates, prepayments of the underlying assets may occur at a slower than expected rate, creating maturity extension risk. This particular risk may effectively change a security that was considered short- or intermediate-term at the time of purchase into a longer term security. Since the value of longer-term securities generally fluctuates more widely in response to changes in interest rates than does the value of shorter term securities, maturity extension risk could increase the volatility of the Fund. When interest rates decline, the value of an asset-backed security with prepayment features may not increase as much as that of other fixed-income securities, and, as noted above, changes in market rates of interest may accelerate or retard prepayments and thus affect maturities.
Asset-backed securities do not always have the benefit of a security interest in the underlying asset. For example, credit card receivables are generally unsecured, and the debtors are entitled to the protection of a number of state and federal consumer credit laws, many of which give such debtors the right to set off amounts owed. The ability of an issuer of asset-backed securities to enforce its security interest in the underlying securities may be limited, and recoveries on repossessed collateral may not, in some cases, be available to support payments on these securities. If the Fund purchases asset-backed securities that are “subordinated” to other interests in the same asset-backed pool, the Fund as a holder of those securities may only receive payments after the pool’s obligations to other investors have been satisfied. Tax-exempt structured securities, such as tobacco bonds, are not considered asset-backed securities for purposes of the Fund’s investments.
Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs) Risk. The Fund may invest in collateralized debt obligations (“CDOs”), which include collateralized bond obligations (“CBOs”), collateralized loan obligations (“CLOs”) and other similarly structured securities. CBOs and CLOs are types of asset-backed securities. A CBO is a trust that is typically backed by a diversified pool of high risk, below
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investment grade fixed income securities. The collateral can be from many different types of fixed income securities such as high yield debt, residential privately issued mortgage-related securities, commercial privately issued mortgage-related securities, trust preferred securities and emerging market debt. A CLO is a trust typically collateralized by a pool of loans, which may include, among others, domestic and foreign senior secured loans, senior unsecured loans, and subordinate corporate loans, including loans that may be rated below investment grade or equivalent unrated loans. Other CDOs are trusts backed by other types of assets representing obligations of various parties. CDOs may charge management fees and administrative expenses.
For CBOs, CLOs and other CDOs, the cash flows from the trust are split into two or more portions, called tranches, varying in risk and yield. The riskiest portion is the “equity” tranche which bears the bulk of defaults from the bonds or loans in the trust and serves to protect the other, more senior tranches from default in all but the most severe circumstances. Since they are partially protected from defaults, senior tranches from a CBO trust, CLO trust or trust of another CDO typically have higher ratings and lower yields than their underlying securities, and can be rated investment grade. Despite the protection from the equity tranche, CBO, CLO or other CDO tranches can experience substantial losses due to actual defaults, increased sensitivity to defaults due to collateral default and disappearance of protecting tranches, market anticipation of defaults, as well as aversion to CBO, CLO or other CDO securities as a class.
The risks of an investment in a CDO depend largely on the type of collateral held by the special purpose entity (“SPE”) and the tranche of the CDO in which the Fund invests. Investment risk may also be affected by the performance of a CDO’s collateral manager (the entity responsible for selecting and managing the pool of collateral securities held by the SPE trust), especially during a period of market volatility. CDOs may be deemed to be illiquid investments and subject to Rule 22e-4’s restrictions on investments in illiquid investments. However, an active dealer market may exist for CDOs allowing a CDO to qualify for Rule 144A transactions. Normally, CBOs, CLOs and other CDOs are privately offered and sold, and thus, are not registered under the securities laws. The Fund’s investment in CDOs will not receive the same investor protection as an investment in registered securities. In addition, prices of CDO tranches can decline considerably. In addition to the normal risks associated with debt securities and asset backed securities (e.g., interest rate risk, credit risk and default risk), CDOs carry additional risks including, but not limited to: (i) the possibility that distributions from collateral securities will not be adequate to make interest or other payments; (ii) the quality of the collateral may decline in value or quality or go into default or be downgraded; (iii) the Fund may invest in tranches of a CDO that are subordinate to other classes; and (iv) the complex structure of the security may not be fully understood at the time of investment and may produce disputes with the issuer, difficulty in valuing the security or unexpected investment results.
ASSET SEGREGATION RISK. To the extent required by the current 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 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.
BOND FORWARDS RISK. A bond forward is a contractual agreement between the Fund and another party to buy or sell an underlying asset at an agreed-upon future price and date. When the Fund enters into a bond forward, it will also simultaneously enter into a reverse repurchase agreement. In a bond forward transaction, no cash premium is paid when the parties enter into the bond forward. If the transaction is collateralized, an exchange of margin collateral will take place according to an agreed-upon schedule. Otherwise, no asset of any kind changes hands until the bond forward matures (typically in 30 days) or is rolled over for another agreed-upon period. Generally, the value of the bond forward will change based on changes in the value of the underlying asset. Bond forwards are subject to market risk (the risk that the market value of the underlying bond may change), non-correlation risk (the risk that the market value of the bond forward might move independently of the market value of the underlying bond) and counterparty credit risk (the risk that a counterparty will be unable to meet its obligation under the contract). If there is no cash exchanged at the time the Fund enters into the bond forward, counterparty risk may be limited to the loss of any marked-to-market profit on the contract and any delays or limitations on the Fund’s ability to sell or otherwise use the investments used as collateral for the bond forward. Reverse repurchase agreements involve the sale of securities held by the Fund with an agreement to repurchase the securities at an agreed-upon price, date and interest payment. Reverse repurchase agreements carry the risk that the market value of the securities that the Fund is obligated to repurchase may decline below the repurchase price. The Fund could also lose money if it is unable to recover the securities and the value of the collateral held or assets segregated by the Fund to cover the transaction is less than the value of securities. The use of reverse repurchase agreements may increase the possibility of fluctuation in the Fund’s net asset value.
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 current rules and SEC interpretations thereunder. As discussed in "Risk Factors in Derivative Instruments" below, the SEC adopted a final rule related
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to the use of derivatives, short sales, reverse repurchase agreements and certain other transactions by registered investment companies that will rescind and withdraw the guidance of the SEC and its staff regarding asset segregation and coverage transactions reflected in the Fund's asset segregation and cover practices discussed herein.
BORROWING RISK. 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.
The Fund participates in a 364-day committed line of credit pursuant to a credit agreement and may borrow under the line of credit for temporary or emergency purposes.
CALL RISK. Call risk is the risk that an issuer, especially during periods of falling interest rates, may redeem a security by repaying it early. Issuers may call outstanding securities prior to their maturity due to a decline in interest rates, a change in credit spreads or changes to or improvements in the issuer’s credit quality. If an issuer calls a security in which the Fund has invested, the Fund may not recoup the full amount of its initial investment and may be forced to reinvest the money it receives in lower-yielding securities, securities with greater credit risks or securities with other, less favorable features. This could potentially lower the Fund’s income, yield and its distributions to shareholders.
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.
CONVERTIBLE SECURITIES RISK. 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 Risk. Contingent convertible securities (also known as contingent capital securities or CoCos) (“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.
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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 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 Risk. 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 (“OTC”) 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. Over-the-counter derivatives may not offer the Fund the same level of protection as exchange traded derivatives.
CREDIT RISK. Credit risk is the risk that the issuer of a security will not be able to make timely principal and interest payments. Changes in an issuer’s financial strength, credit rating or the market’s perception of an issuer’s creditworthiness may also affect the value of the Fund’s investment in that issuer. The degree of credit risk depends on both the financial condition of the issuer and the terms of the obligation. Although the U.S. government has honored its credit obligations, it remains possible that the U.S. could default on its obligations. A U.S. credit rating downgrade or a U.S. credit default could decrease the value and increase the volatility of the Fund’s investments. While it is impossible to predict the consequences of such an event, a default by the U.S. or credit downgrade could be highly disruptive to the U.S. and global securities markets and could significantly impair the value of the Fund’s investments. Periods of market volatility may increase credit risk.
CREDIT RISK TRANSFER SECURITIES RISK. Credit risk transfer (“CRT”) securities are fixed income securities that transfer the credit risk related to certain types of mortgage backed securities (“MBS”) to the owner of the CRT securities. If the underlying mortgages default, the principal of the CRT securities is used to pay back holders of the MBS. As a result, all or part of the mortgage default or credit risk associated with the underlying mortgage pools is transferred to the Fund. Therefore, the Fund could lose all or part of its investments in CRT securities in the event of default by the underlying mortgages.
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. Foreign currency exchange rates may fluctuate significantly over short periods of time for a number of reasons, including: interest rates, inflation, changes in balance or payments and governmental surpluses or deficits, intervention (or the failure to intervene) by U.S. or foreign governments, central banks or supranational entities such as the International Monetary Fund, or by the imposition of currency controls or other political developments in the U.S. or abroad. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates will affect the U.S. dollar market value of securities denominated in such foreign currencies and any income received or expenses paid by the Fund in that foreign currency. This may affect the Fund’s share price, income and distributions to shareholders. 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. 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. Some countries may have fixed or managed currencies that are not free-floating against the U.S. dollar. 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. For example, 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. Certain currencies may not be internationally traded, which could cause illiquidity with respect to the Fund’s investments in that currency and any securities denominated in that currency. Some countries may adopt policies that would prevent the Fund from transferring cash out of the country or withhold portions of interest and dividends at the source. Certain currencies have experienced a steady devaluation relative to the U.S. dollar. Any devaluations in the currencies in which the Fund’s portfolio securities are denominated may have a detrimental impact on
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the Fund. Where the exchange rate for a currency declines materially after the Fund’s income has been accrued and translated into U.S. dollars, the Fund may need to redeem portfolio securities to make required distributions. Similarly, if an exchange rate declines between the time the Fund incurs expenses in U.S. dollars and the time such expenses are paid, the Fund will have to convert a greater amount of the currency into U.S. dollars in order to pay the expenses. Investing in foreign currencies for purposes of gaining from projected changes in exchange rates further increases the Fund's exposure to foreign securities losses.
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-adviser(s), 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-adviser(s), 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-adviser(s), 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-adviser(s), 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 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”). Examples of depositary receipts include American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”), European Depositary Receipts (“EDRs”), Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”) and Chinese Depositary Receipts (“CDRs”). 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. 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. 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. 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 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.
DERIVATIVES RISK. The Fund may use instruments called derivatives or derivative investments. 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
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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 various purposes, including for cash flow management or, as part of its overall investment strategy, to seek to replicate the performance of a particular index, or to seek to enhance returns. The use of derivatives to seek 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 not 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 not 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 a sub-adviser’s correctly forecasting interest rates, market values or other economic factors, and there can be no assurance that the sub-adviser’s forecasts will be accurate. If a sub-adviser’s 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 Risk. 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, or to receive a cash settlement payment. 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
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any strategy involving options depends on a sub-adviser’s 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 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, or to receive a cash settlement payment, 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, or to make a cash settlement payment, 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, or to receive a cash settlement payment, 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 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.”
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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 a sub-adviser’s 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 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 Risk. 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
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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 Risk. 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, or to make a cash settlement payment. 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) a sub-adviser’s 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, under current regulatory requirements 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 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
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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.
Swap Agreements and Swaptions Risk. A swap agreement, or a swap, is a type of derivative instrument. Swap agreements are entered into for periods ranging from a few weeks to more than one year. In a standard swap, two parties exchange the returns (or differentials in rates of return) earned or realized on an Underlying Instrument. The gross returns to be exchanged (or “swapped”) between the parties are calculated with respect to a “notional amount,” which is a predetermined dollar principal that represents the hypothetical underlying quantity upon which the parties’ payment obligations are computed. The notional amount may be, among other things, a specific dollar amount invested, for example, at a particular interest rate, in a particular foreign currency or in a “basket” of securities or commodities that represents a particular index. The notional amount itself normally is not exchanged between the parties, but rather it serves as a reference amount from which to calculate the parties’ obligations under the swap.
The Fund will usually enter into swap agreements on a “net basis,” which means that the two payment streams are netted out with each party receiving or paying, as the case may be, only the net amount of the payments. The Fund’s obligations under a swap agreement are generally accrued daily (offset against any amounts owing to the Fund), and under current regulatory requirements, accrued but unpaid net amounts owed to a counterparty are covered by segregating liquid assets, marked to market daily, to avoid leveraging the Fund’s portfolio. If the Fund enters into a swap on other than a net basis, the Fund will segregate the full amount of its obligations under such swap. The Fund may enter into swaps, caps, collars, floors and related instruments with member banks of the Federal Reserve System, members of the New York Stock Exchange or other entities determined by a sub-adviser to be creditworthy. If a default occurs by the other party to such transaction, the Fund will have contractual remedies under the transaction documents, but such remedies may be subject to bankruptcy and insolvency laws that could affect the Fund’s rights as a creditor.
The Fund may engage in a wide variety of swap transactions, including, but not limited to, credit- and event-linked swaps, interest rate swaps, swaps on specific securities or indices, swaps on rates (such as mortgage prepayment rates) and other types of swaps, such as caps, collars, and floors. In addition, to the extent the Fund is permitted to invest in foreign currency-denominated securities, it may invest in currency swaps. The Fund may also enter into options on swap agreements (“swaptions”). Depending on how they are used, swap agreements may increase or decrease the overall volatility of the Fund’s investments and its share price and yield. The sections below describe certain swap arrangements and related techniques that the Fund may use.
Interest Rate Swaps, Caps, Floors and Collars Interest rate swaps consist of an agreement between two parties to exchange their respective commitments to pay or receive interest (e.g., an exchange of floating rate payments for fixed-rate payments). Interest rate swaps are generally entered into on a net basis. Interest rate swaps do not involve the delivery of securities, other underlying assets, or principal. Accordingly, the risk of market loss with respect to interest rate and total rate of return swaps is typically limited to the net amount of interest payments that the Fund is contractually obligated to make.
Among other techniques, the Fund may use interest rate swaps to hedge interest rate and duration risk, which can be particularly sensitive to interest rate changes. Duration measures the sensitivity in prices of fixed-income securities to changes in interest rates; the duration of a portfolio or basket of bonds is the weighted average of the individual component durations. Longer maturity bonds typically have a longer duration than shorter maturity bonds and, therefore, higher sensitivity to interest rate changes. In an environment where interest rates are expected to rise, the Fund may use interest rate swaps to hedge interest rate and duration risk across a portfolio at particular duration points (such as two-, five- and 10- year duration points).
The Fund may also buy or sell interest rate caps, floors and collars. The purchase of an interest rate cap entitles the purchaser, to the extent that a specified interest rate index exceeds a predetermined level, to receive payments of interest on a specified notional amount from the party selling the interest rate cap. The purchase of an interest rate floor entitles the purchaser, to the extent that a specified interest rate falls below a predetermined level, to receive payments of interest on a specified notional amount from the party selling the interest rate floor. A collar is a combination of a cap and a floor that preserves a certain return within a predetermined range of interest rates. Caps, floors and collars may be less liquid than other types of derivatives.
Commodity Swaps A commodity swap agreement is a contract in which one party agrees to make periodic payments to another party based on the change in market value of a commodity-based Underlying Instrument (such as a specific commodity or commodity index) in return for periodic payments based on a fixed or variable interest rate or the total return from another commodity-based Underlying Instrument. In a total return commodity swap, the Fund receives the price
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appreciation of a commodity index, a portion of a commodity index or a single commodity in exchange for paying an agreed-upon fee. As with other types of swap agreements, if the commodity swap lasts for a finite period of time, the swap may be structured such that the Fund pays a single fixed fee established at the outset of the swap. However, if the term of the commodity swap is ongoing, with interim swap payments, the Fund may pay a variable or “floating” fee. Such a variable fee may be pegged to a base rate and is adjusted at specific intervals. As such, if interest rates increase over the term of the swap contract, the Fund may be required to pay a higher fee at each swap reset date. See “LIBOR Risk” below.
Currency Swaps A currency swap agreement is a contract in which two parties exchange one currency (e.g., U.S. dollars) for another currency (e.g., Japanese yen) on a specified schedule. The currency exchange obligations under currency swaps could be either interest payments calculated on the notional amount or payments of the entire notional amount (or a combination of both). The Fund may engage in currency swap agreements as a tool to protect against uncertainty and fluctuations in foreign exchange rates in the purchase and sale of securities. However, the use of currency swap agreements does not eliminate, or even always mitigate, potential losses arising from fluctuations in exchange rates. In the case of currency swaps that involve the delivery of the entire notional amount of currency in exchange for another currency, the entire notional principal of the currency swap is subject to the risk that the counterparty will default on its contractual delivery obligations.
Credit Default Swaps A credit default swap (“CDS”)