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
"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
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
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.
SOURCE Touchstone Investments