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Hartford Funds launches two actively managed fixed income ETFs


Hartford Funds has expanded its exchange traded funds offering with the launch of two actively managed fixed income ETFs, the Hartford Quality Bond ETF (HQBD) and the Hartford Corporate Bond ETF (HCOR).

Sub-advised by Wellington Management Company, the new ETFs package core fixed income strategies within ETF wrappers, offering another choice for investors looking to meet their long-term goals.
“In response to advisors’ call for a broad range of investment options, we’ve decided to further diversify our ETF line-up and enter the actively managed ETF space with two fixed income products,” says Vernon Meyer, chief investment officer of Hartford Funds. “By fusing our ETF capabilities with the investment skill of Wellington Management, we are looking to maximise the value Hartford Funds can offer to investors.”
Both new ETFs leverage Wellington Management’s fixed income research and portfolio management capabilities, while also supplying the potential benefits of ETF transparency, cost and tax-efficiency.
Hartford Quality Bond ETF seeks to maximise total return while providing a high level of current income consistent with prudent investment risk. The fund is a conservative core bond fund with an emphasis on investment grade debt, including US Governments and mortgage-backed securities. Hartford Corporate Bond ETF offers corporate bond exposure through a bottom-up strategy of predominantly investment grade corporate bonds and seeks to provide total return, with income as a secondary objective.
Wellington Management’s Michael Garrett, senior managing director and fixed income portfolio manager, Val Petrov, managing director and fixed income portfolio manager, and Brian Conroy, assistant vice president and fixed income portfolio manager, will manage the Hartford Quality Bond ETF.
Wellington Management’s Craig Gainey, senior managing director, partner and fixed income portfolio manager and credit analyst, will manage the Hartford Corporate Bond ETF.

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