Hartford International Opportunities Fund

Scorecard
4 / 5 Stars
Lipper
4 4 2 4 2
Zacks Investment Research
3 (Hold)
Standard & Poor's
3 / 5 Stars
TheStreet.com
D- (Sell)

#47 in Foreign Large Blend

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Performance

The fund has returned 20.77 percent over the past year, 7.35 percent over the past three years, 12.30 percent over the past five years, and 8.19 percent over the past decade.

Trailing Returns Updated 06.30.2014
Year to date 3.0%
1 Year 20.8%
3 Years (Annualized) 7.3%
5 Years (Annualized) 12.3%
10 Years (Annualized) 8.2%

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Summary

Designed for investors looking for exposure to markets outside of the United States, the Hartford International Opportunities Fund goes just about anywhere in the world to find out-of-favor firms with growth potential.

As of July 03, 2014, the fund has assets totaling almost $1.50 billion invested in 123 different holdings. Its portfolio consists of a variety of mid- to giant-cap stocks of foreign companies.

Lead manager Nicolas Choumenkovitch says he increased the fund’s exposure to “domestically-oriented, emerging markets companies” in 2010, identifying businesses poised to capitalize on rising incomes and expanded purchasing power in the emerging markets.

At the same time, the fund has heavy exposure to Europe—about 60 percent of total assets as of the end of February—so the escalating European debt crisis in the latter half of 2010 was a drag on performance somewhat. Nevertheless, 2010 returns for the fund ranked it in the top 14 percent of its category. However, a combined position of almost 6 percent of total assets in Ireland, Italy, and Spain—countries at the center of the debt crisis—might negatively impact the fund as the crisis in Europe continues to unravel. The fund has returned 20.77 percent over the past year and 7.35 percent over the past three years.

As of the end of March, the fund’s five-year trailing returns put the fund in the top 6 percent of Morningstar’s foreign large blend category. Returns over the past decade rank in the top 24 percent of the category. The fund has returned 12.30 percent over the past five years and 8.19 percent over the past decade.

Investment Strategy

Management generally invests about 65 percent of total assets in stocks of established non-U.S. companies. Up to 25 percent of the fund’s assets can be in emerging markets. Management takes a bottom-up approach to stock picking and generally looks for opportunities among companies that have fallen out of favor among investors. “We look [for] stocks with low returns (perhaps due to a downturn in the industry cycle, or a challenge more specific to the company) where we believe there is a catalyst for improvement,” Choumenkovitch said.

Management

 Nicolas Choumenkovitch leads a five-person portfolio management team. 

Fees

Hartford International Opportunities Fund has an expense ratio of 1.26 percent.

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Risk

As with all stock funds, market fluctuations might impact returns. Some exposure to emerging markets might increase volatility.

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