Touchstone Investments Launches New Institutional Mid Cap Growth Fund

Mazama Capital Management's Acclaimed Strategy Now Available in a Mutual


Mar 10, 2008, 01:00 ET from Touchstone Investments

    CINCINNATI, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Touchstone Investments announced
 it is expanding its product offering with the introduction of the
 Touchstone Mazama Institutional Growth Fund (The Fund). The Fund will rely
 on its sub- advisor, Mazama Capital Management, Inc., to manage its
 investments and make daily portfolio decisions.
     "We are delighted to offer Mazama's management's experience within a
 mutual fund," said Jim Grifo, president of Touchstone Investments.
 "Touchstone's distinctive strategy of using a sub-advised approach to
 portfolio management offers investors access to institutional money
 managers whose management strategies otherwise would not be available to
     The Mazama Institutional Growth Fund uses a fundamental, bottom-up
 research process, primarily focusing on companies with market
 capitalizations represented by the Russell Midcap Growth Index and seeks to
 outperform the Index over the long term. Mazama's investment team uses its
 proprietary Price Performance Model to identify and track the growth
 companies believed to represent the best opportunities in the market.
 Mazama believes that people are the most important factor in determining
 the success of any business.
     This strategy has been available since 2004 through Mazama to
 institutions investing at least $50 million. The Touchstone Mazama
 Institutional Growth Fund is available to institutional investors including
 registered investment advisors, private banks, endowments, foundations and
 consultants for a minimum initial investment of $500,000.
     Headquartered in Portland, Ore., Mazama Capital Management is an
 independent investment management firm specializing in growth equity
 investing for large institutional clients. Ronald A. Sauer, president, CEO
 and chief investment officer of Mazama Capital Management will lead a team
 of 11 sector specialists that includes portfolio manager, Gretchen Novak,
 CFA and associate portfolio manager, Joel Rubenstein.
     "We're pleased to partner with Touchstone to bring the Touchstone
 Mazama Institutional Growth Fund to market," said Sauer. "While midcap
 focused, the strategy retains some flexibility to opportunistically buy
 small, mid and large cap growth companies as deemed timely in the
 investment process."
     About Touchstone Investments
     Touchstone Investments is a mutual fund company committed to selecting
 proven institutional money managers as sub-advisors to its funds.
 Recognizing that the mastery of all investment disciplines is beyond the
 scope of any one firm, the use of sub-advisors allows Touchstone to offer a
 variety of strategically focused investment solutions across investment
 styles and asset classes. The Touchstone Funds are advised by Touchstone
 Advisors, a registered investment advisor, and are distributed nationally
 through registered investment advisors, private banks, institutions,
 broker-dealers, financial planners and financial institutions by Touchstone
 Securities, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio. Touchstone Advisors and Touchstone
 Securities are each a part of the Western & Southern Financial Group(R),
 whose heritage dates to 1888 and whose assets owned or under management now
 exceed $39 billion. Touchstone, Touchstone Investments, and Touchstone
 Family of Funds are registered trademarks of Western & Southern Financial
 Group. For more information please visit
     About Mazama Capital Management, Inc.
     Mazama Capital Management is a leading investment advisory firm
 focusing exclusively on the management of growth equity portfolios for
 large institutional clients including public and private pension plans,
 registered investment companies, foundations and endowments. At the heart
 of Mazama's investment philosophy is the belief that people are the most
 important factor in determining a company's success. The Portland,
 Oregon-based firm was founded in 1997.
     A Word About Risk
     The Touchstone Mazama Institutional Growth Fund invests primarily in
 stocks of mid-cap companies, which tend to be more volatile and can be less
 liquid than stocks of large-cap companies. The Fund invests in a limited
 number of securities which may involve greater risks and more price
 volatility than funds that do not limit the number of securities in which
 they invest.
     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 Mazama Institutional Growth Fund
 call 1.866.610.6673 or visit our website at
 Please read the prospectus before investing or sending money. For
 performance information current to the most recent month end, visit
     (1) A registered broker-dealer and member FINRA and SIPC
     (2) A registered investment advisor

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