Hartford Funds has added onto its line of smart beta, multi-factor exchange traded funds to gain exposure to global equities that have exhibited lower levels of volatility as a way to help investors limit drawdowns and still participate in any upside potential.
On Thursday, Hartford Funds launched the Hartford Multifactor Low Volatility US Equity ETF (BATS: LVUS) and Hartford Multifactor Low Volatility International Equity ETF (BATS: LVIN). LVUS has a 0.29% expense ratio and LVIN has a 0.39% expense ratio.
“These strategies arrive at a time when market volatility is top-of-mind for investors,” Darek Wojnar, Head of ETFs at Hartford Funds, said in a note. “They were designed to reduce volatility for investors pursuing long-term growth potential while introducing positive exposure to other potentially return-enhancing factors such as value, momentum, quality and size.”