CINCINNATI, Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Touchstone Investments is expanding its product offering with the introduction of a Diversified Small Cap Growth Fund (the Fund), which will be sub-advised by Fort Washington Investment Advisors (Fort Washington). As sub-advisor, Fort Washington will make the decisions regarding buying and selling securities according to the Fund's investment goals and strategies. The Touchstone Diversified Small Cap Growth Fund focuses on emerging growth companies with market capitalizations ranging between $400 million to $2.5 billion. The Fund seeks to outperform its benchmark, the Russell 2000 Growth Index, over a full market cycle by adding excess return while minimizing volatility through diversification and quality. The investment process is based on a disciplined bottom-up approach, one that emphasizes style discipline along with risk management. To generate attractive risk-adjusted returns, the strategy invests in growth companies with an emphasis on improving fundamentals and quality. "We are very pleased to offer Fort Washington's management expertise to our shareholders," said Jim Grifo, president of Touchstone Investments. "Fort Washington's investment professionals are known for their careful analyses and thorough understanding of the complexities of the small cap sector which are keys to maximizing returns." The Fund will be managed by Fort Washington's Columbus, Ohio office. Fort Washington's Columbus investment group is led by vice president and managing director Richard R. Jandrain, III. Jandrain and his team have a proven track record and expertise in the small cap market, as well as a disciplined investment approach. "Touchstone's launch of the Diversified Small Cap Growth Fund with Fort Washington is a credit to the small cap capabilities and expertise of Rick and his team. With over 50 years of combined investment management experience, this group has a deep understanding of the small cap growth equity market," said Maribeth Rahe, president and chief executive officer for Fort Washington. An investor should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses found in the prospectus. For a prospectus containing complete information about the Touchstone Diversified Small Cap Growth Fund call 1.800.543.0407. Please read the prospectus before investing or sending money. For performance information current to the most recent month end visit http://www.touchstoneinvestments.com. About Touchstone Investments With nearly $8 billion in assets under management, Touchstone Investments, comprised of Touchstone Securities, Inc. and Touchstone Advisors, Inc. provides a variety of mutual fund solutions across the investment spectrum. The company is adept at identifying investment needs, designing innovative products and delivering a selection of premier institutional money managers who act in a sub-advisory capacity. Touchstone offers a disciplined approach with proven results focused on consistent performance. The Touchstone Funds and Constellation funds are advised by Touchstone Advisors, a registered investment advisor, and are distributed nationally through broker-dealers, financial planners and financial institutions by Touchstone Securities Inc.(1) Touchstone Advisors and Touchstone Securities are each part of Western & Southern Financial Group(R) whose heritage dates to 1888 and whose assets owned or under management exceeds $39 billion. For more information about, please visit http://www.touchstoneinvestments.com. For more information about Constellation Funds Group, please visit http://www.constellationfundsgroup.com. About Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc. Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc. (Fort Washington), founded May 16, 1990, is the money management and primary investment arm of The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company (Western-Southern), with more than $26.3 billion in assets*. Fort Washington is a registered investment advisor under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 as amended ("the Act"), registration granted September 1990, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Western-Southern, an A++ rated (ratings determined by A.M. Best and are subject to change) insurance company founded in 1888, and part of the Western & Southern Financial Group(R) (W&SFG). Certain employees of Western-Southern's Finance Department began managing investments for Western-Southern, and its affiliates, in 1984, developing expertise in Fixed Income, Public Equity and Private Equity. Western-Southern formally established Fort Washington in 1990, and subsequently transferred certain members of the Finance Department personnel to the newly formed entity. The purpose of Fort Washington is two- fold: 1) to provide investment expertise to third party national institutional and high net worth clients, and, 2) to continue offering high caliber investment options to the parent company. For more information, visit http://www.fortwashington.com. Ratings refer to the financial strength of the insurance company and not to the safety, stability or performance of any investment product. * As of 6/30/06 does not include Todd Investment Advisors, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, with $3.9 billion in assets; or Fort Washington Capital Partners Group, a division for Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc., with more than $1.1 billion in commitments under management and/or advisement. (1) A registered investment advisor. (2) A registered broker-dealer and member NASD/SIPC.
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