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  Prospectus
April 28, 2023    
Touchstone Strategic Trust
 
Class A
Class C
Class Y
Institutional
Class
Class R6
Touchstone Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund
TDEAX
TDECX
TDEYX
TDELX
 
Touchstone Dynamic Allocation Fund
TSMAX
TSMCX
TSMYX
 
 
Touchstone Sands Capital International Growth Fund
 
 
TCDYX
TCDIX
TCDRX
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 Table of Contents
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Touchstone Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund Summary
The Fund’s Investment Goal
The Touchstone Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund (the “Fund”) seeks capital appreciation.
The Fund’s Fees and Expenses
This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the Fund. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the tables and examples below. You may qualify for sales charge discounts for Class A shares of Touchstone equity funds and Touchstone fixed income funds if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $25,000 or $50,000, respectively, in Touchstone funds. More information about these and other discounts is available from your financial professional, in the section titled “Choosing a Class of Shares” in the Fund’s prospectus and Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) on pages 39 and 49, respectively, and in Appendix A–Intermediary-Specific Sales Charge Waivers and Discounts to the Fund's prospectus.
 
Class A
Class C
Class Y
Institutional
Class
Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment)
 
 
 
 
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Purchases (as a percentage of
offering price)
5.00%
None
None
None
Maximum Deferred Sales Charge (Load) (as a percentage of original purchase
price or the amount redeemed, whichever is less)
None
1.00%
None
None
Wire Redemption Fee
$15
$15
$15
$15
 
Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a
percentage of the value of your investment)
 
 
 
 
Management Fees
0.35%
0.35%
0.35%
0.35%
Distribution and/or Shareholder Service (12b-1) Fees
0.25%
1.00%
None
None
Other Expenses
0.91%
1.73%
0.74%
0.74%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses
1.51%
3.08%
1.09%
1.09%
Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement(1)
(0.72)%
(1.54)%
(0.55)%
(0.65)%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Fee Waiver and/or Expense
Reimbursement(1)
0.79%
1.54%
0.54%
0.44%
(1)
Touchstone Advisors, Inc. (the “Adviser” or “Touchstone Advisors”) and Touchstone Strategic Trust (the “Trust”) have entered into a contractual expense limitation agreement whereby Touchstone Advisors will waive a portion of its fees or reimburse certain Fund expenses (excluding dividend and interest expenses relating to short sales; interest; taxes; brokerage commissions and other transaction costs; portfolio transaction and investment related expenses, including expenses associated with the Fund's liquidity providers; other expenditures which are capitalized in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; the cost of “Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses”, if any; and other extraordinary expenses not incurred in the ordinary course of business) in order to limit annual Fund operating expenses to 0.79%, 1.54%, 0.54%, and 0.44%  of average daily net assets for Classes A, C, Y and Institutional Class shares, respectively. This contractual expense limitation is effective through April 29, 2024, but can be terminated by a vote of the Board of Trustees of the Trust (the “Board”) if it deems the termination to be beneficial to the Fund’s shareholders. The terms of the contractual expense limitation agreement provide that Touchstone Advisors is entitled to recoup, subject to approval by the Board, such amounts waived or reimbursed for a period of up to three years from the date on which the Adviser  reduced its compensation or assumed expenses for the Fund. The Fund will make repayments to the Adviser only if such repayment does not cause the annual Fund operating expenses (after the repayment is taken into account) to exceed both (1) the expense cap in place when such amounts were waived or reimbursed and (2) the Fund’s current expense limitation.
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Example.This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then, except as indicated, redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year, that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same and that all fee waivers or expense limits for the Fund will expire after one year. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
 
Assuming Redemption at End of Period
Assuming
No Redemption
 
Class A
Class C
Class Y
Institutional
Class
Class C
1 Year
$577
$257
$55
$45
$157
3 Years
$886
$806
$292
$282
$806
5 Years
$1,218
$1,481
$548
$538
$1,481
10 Years
$2,153
$3,285
$1,279
$1,270
$3,285
Portfolio Turnover.The Fund pays transaction costs, such as brokerage commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in total annual Fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 85% of the average value of its portfolio.
The Fund’s Principal Investment Strategies
The Fund invests, under normal market conditions, at least 80% of its assets in U.S. equity securities. The Fund’s 80% policy is a non-fundamental investment policy that can be changed by the Fund upon 60 days’ prior notice to shareholders. The Fund pursues its objective by seeking to track the total return, before fees and expenses, of the TOBAM Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Index (the “Index”). The Index is a proprietary rules–based index created by the Fund’s sub–adviser, TOBAM S.A.S. (“TOBAM”), that is designed to create a more diversified equity portfolio of U.S. equity securities relative to traditional market capitalization weighted benchmarks. The Fund intends to fully replicate the Index to achieve its investment objective, meaning the Fund will generally invest in all of the component securities of the Index in the same approximate proportions as the Index.
The equity securities that comprise the Index include common stock and preferred stock. These securities may be listed on an exchange or traded over-the-counter.
The Index is based on TOBAM’s proprietary quantitative model, which selects and weights companies to maximize diversification. TOBAM quantitatively selects securities, subject to certain constraints, that maximize the portfolio’s patented Diversification Ratio®, a proprietary mathematical metric based on the volatility of each Index constituent and its correlation to the other Index constituents. Such constraints include a minimum and maximum weight for any given stock. TOBAM’s Anti-Benchmark® strategy seeks to avoid the concentration risk that exists in traditional market capitalization-weighted indices through its quantitative approach to diversification.
The Index typically is reconstituted (i.e., Index constituents are added or deleted and weights are reset) and rebalanced monthly. The Fund will be reconstituted and rebalanced following the same schedule as the Index. The Fund may engage in frequent and active trading as part of its principal investment strategies.
The Fund’s Principal Risks
The Fund’s share price will fluctuate. You could lose money on your investment in the Fund and the Fund could also return less than other investments. Investments in the Fund are not bank guaranteed, are not deposits, and are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other federal government agency. As with any mutual fund, there is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment goal. You can find more information about the Fund’s investments and risks under the “Principal Investment Strategies and Risks” section of the Fund’s prospectus. The Fund is subject to the principal risks summarized below.
Equity Securities Risk: The Fund is subject to the risk that stock prices will fall over short or extended periods of time. Individual companies may report poor results or be negatively affected by industry and/or economic trends and developments, or as a result of irregular and/or unexpected trading activity among retail investors. The prices of securities issued by these companies may decline in response to such developments, which could result in a decline in the value of the Fund’s shares.
Preferred Stock Risk: In the event an issuer is liquidated or declares bankruptcy, the claims of owners of bonds take precedence over the claims of those who own preferred and common stock. If interest rates rise, the fixed dividend on preferred stocks may be less attractive, causing the price of preferred stocks to decline.
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Quantitative Strategy Risk: TOBAM uses proprietary statistical analyses and models to construct the Index, which the Fund seeks to track. A securities portfolio selected using TOBAM’s proprietary models can perform differently than the market as a whole as a result of the correlation factors used in the analysis to construct the models, the weight placed on each factor, and changes in the factors’ historical trends. As a result, the Fund may be more or less exposed to a risk factor than its individual holdings. Quantitative models are subject to technical issues including programming and data inaccuracies, are based on assumptions, and rely on data that is subject to limitations (e.g., inaccuracies, staleness), any of which could adversely affect their effectiveness or predictive value.
Management Risk: In managing the Fund’s portfolio, the Adviser engages one or more sub-advisers to make investment decisions for a portion of or the entire portfolio. There is a risk that the Adviser may be unable to identify and retain sub-advisers who achieve superior investment returns relative to other similar sub-advisers.
Economic and Market Events Risk: Events in the U.S. and global financial markets, including actions taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve or foreign central banks to stimulate or stabilize economic growth, may at times, and for varying periods of time, result in unusually high market volatility, which could negatively impact the Fund’s performance and cause the Fund to experience illiquidity, shareholder redemptions, or other potentially adverse effects. Reduced liquidity in credit and fixed-income markets could negatively affect issuers worldwide. Financial institutions could suffer losses as interest rates rise or economic conditions deteriorate. In addition, the Funds' service providers are susceptible to operational and information or cyber security risks that could result in losses to a Fund and its shareholders. Cyber security breaches are either intentional or unintentional events that allow an unauthorized party to gain access to Fund assets, customer data, or proprietary information, or cause a Fund or Fund service provider to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality. A cyber security breach could result in the loss or theft of customer data or funds, loss or theft of proprietary information or corporate data, physical damage to a computer or network system, or costs associated with system repairs, any of which could have a substantial impact on a Fund. Such incidents could affect issuers in which a Fund invests, thereby causing the Fund’s investments to lose value.
Passive Investment Risk: As the Fund is intended to track the Index, its portfolio managers do not attempt to take defensive positions under any market conditions, including during declining markets. As a result, the Fund’s performance may be adversely affected by a general decline in the market segments relating to its Index.
Tracking Error Risk: As with all index funds, the performance of the Fund and its Index may differ from each other for a variety of reasons. For example, the Fund incurs operating expenses and portfolio transaction costs not incurred by the Index.
Portfolio Turnover Risk: Frequent and active trading may result in greater expenses to the Fund, which may lower the Fund’s performance and may result in the realization of substantial capital gains, including net short-term capital gains. As a result, high portfolio turnover may reduce the Fund’s returns.
The Fund’s Performance
On October 2, 2020, the Touchstone Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund, a series of Touchstone Funds Group Trust (the “Predecessor Fund”), was reorganized into the Fund (the “Reorganization”). Effective October 3, 2020, the Fund changed its name, principal investment strategies and sub-adviser to match those of the Predecessor Fund. As a result of the Reorganization, the Fund assumed the performance and accounting history of the Predecessor Fund. Financial and performance information prior to October 3, 2020 included in the Fund’s prospectus is that of the Predecessor Fund.
The bar chart and performance table below illustrate some indication of the risks and volatility of an investment in the Fund by showing changes in the Fund’s performance from calendar year to calendar year and by showing how the Fund’s average annual total returns for one year and since inception compare with the Russell 1000® Index. The bar chart does not reflect any sales charges, which would reduce your return. The performance table reflects any applicable sales charges. Past performance (before and after taxes) does not necessarily indicate how the Fund will perform in the future. More recent performance information is available at no cost by visiting TouchstoneInvestments.com or by calling 1.800.543.0407.
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Touchstone Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund — Class Y Shares Total Return as of December 31
 
Best Quarter:
2nd Quarter 2020
20.52%
Worst Quarter:
1st Quarter 2020
(18.80)%
After-tax returns are calculated using the highest individual marginal federal income tax rates in effect on a given distribution reinvestment date and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Your actual after- tax returns may differ from those shown and depend on your tax situation. The after-tax returns do not apply to shares held in an individual retirement account (“IRA”), 401(k), or other tax-advantaged account. The after-tax returns shown in the table are for Class Y shares only. The after-tax returns for other classes of shares offered by the Fund will differ from the Class Y shares’ after-tax returns. The Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be greater than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss on the sale of Fund shares.
Average Annual Total Returns
For the periods ended December 31, 2022
 
Since
Inception
 
1 Year
11/19/2018
Touchstone Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund - Class Y
 
 
Return Before Taxes
(9.10)%
7.29%
Return After Taxes on Distributions
(14.51)%
5.01%
Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares
(2.32)%
5.44%
Touchstone Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund - Class A
 
 
Return Before Taxes
(13.89)%
5.67%
Touchstone Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund - Class C
 
 
Return Before Taxes
(10.74)%
6.19%
Touchstone Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund - Institutional Class
 
 
Return Before Taxes
(8.96)%
7.36%
Russell 1000® Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)
(19.13)%
10.22%
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The Fund’s Management
Investment Adviser
Touchstone Advisors, Inc. serves as the Fund’s investment adviser.
Sub-Adviser
Portfolio Managers
Investment Experience
with the Fund and the
Predecessor Fund
Primary Title with
Sub-Adviser
TOBAM S.A.S.
Ayaaz Allymun
Managing the Fund since
October 2020; managed the
Predecessor Fund since its
inception in November 2018
to October 2020
Portfolio Manager
 
Patrick Chedid
Managing the Fund since
December 2022
Portfolio Manager
 
Mara Maccagnan
Managing the Fund since
October 2020; managed the
Predecessor Fund since its
inception in November 2018
to October 2020
Portfolio Manager
 
Guillaume Toison
Managing the Fund since
October 2020; managed the
Predecessor Fund since its
inception in November 2018
to October 2020
Portfolio Manager
Buying and Selling Fund Shares
Minimum Investment Requirements
 
Classes A, C, and Y
 
Initial
Investment
Additional
Investment
Regular Account
$2,500
$50
Retirement Account or Custodial Account under the Uniform Gifts/Transfers to Minors Act
$1,000
$50
Investments through the Automatic Investment Plan
$100
$50
 
Institutional Class
 
Initial
Investment
Additional
Investment
Regular Account
$500,000
$50
Fund shares may be purchased and sold on days that the New York Stock Exchange is open for trading. Existing Class A, C and Institutional Class shareholders may purchase shares directly through Touchstone Funds via the transfer agent, BNY Mellon, or through their financial intermediary. Class Y shares are available only through financial intermediaries who have appropriate selling agreements in place with Touchstone Securities. Shares may be purchased or sold by writing to Touchstone Securities at P.O. Box 534467, Pittsburgh, PA 15253-4467, calling 1.800.543.0407, or visiting the Touchstone Funds’ website: TouchstoneInvestments.com. You may only sell shares over the telephone or via the Internet if the value of the shares sold is less than or equal to $100,000. Shares held in IRAs and qualified retirement plans cannot be sold via the Internet. If your shares are held by a processing organization or financial intermediary you will need to follow its purchase and redemption procedures. For more information about buying and selling shares, see the “Investing with Touchstone” section of the Fund’s prospectus or call 1.800.543.0407.
Tax Information
The Fund intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains except when shares are held through a tax-advantaged account, such as a 401(k) plan or an IRA. Withdrawals from a tax-advantaged account, however, may be taxable.
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Financial Intermediary Compensation
If you purchase shares in the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Fund and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.
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Touchstone Dynamic Allocation Fund Summary
The Fund’s Investment Goal
The Touchstone Dynamic Allocation Fund (the “Fund”) seeks to provide investors with capital appreciation.
The Fund’s Fees and Expenses
This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the Fund. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the tables and examples below. You may qualify for sales charge discounts for Class A shares of Touchstone equity funds and Touchstone fixed income funds if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $25,000 or $50,000, respectively, in Touchstone funds. More information about these and other discounts is available from your financial professional, in the section titled “Choosing a Class of Shares” in the Fund’s prospectus and Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) on pages 39 and 49, respectively, and in Appendix A–Intermediary-Specific Sales Charge Waivers and Discounts to the Fund's prospectus.
 
Class A
Class C
Class Y
Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment)
 
 
 
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Purchases (as a percentage of offering price)
5.00%
None
None
Maximum Deferred Sales Charge (Load) (as a percentage of original purchase price or the
amount redeemed, whichever is less)
None
1.00%
None
Wire Redemption Fee
$15
$15
$15
 
Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of
the value of your investment)
 
 
 
Management Fees
0.25%
0.25%
0.25%
Distribution and/or Shareholder Service (12b-1) Fees
0.25%
1.00%
None
Other Expenses
0.50%
1.47%
0.74%
Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses (AFFE)
0.67%
0.67%
0.67%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses(1)
1.67%
3.39%
1.66%
Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement(2)
(0.51)%
(1.48)%
(0.75)%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement(1)(2)
1.16%
1.91%
0.91%
(1)
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses include Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses and will differ from the ratios of expenses to average net assets that are included in the Fund’s annual report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022.
(2)
Touchstone Advisors, Inc. (the “Adviser” or “Touchstone Advisors”) and Touchstone Strategic Trust (the “Trust”) have entered into a contractual expense limitation agreement whereby Touchstone Advisors will waive a portion of its fees or reimburse certain Fund expenses (excluding dividend and interest expenses relating to short sales; interest; taxes; brokerage commissions and other transaction costs; portfolio transaction and investment related expenses, including expenses associated with the Fund's liquidity providers; other expenditures which are capitalized in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; the cost of “Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses”, if any; and other extraordinary expenses not incurred in the ordinary course of business) in order to limit annual Fund operating expenses to 0.49%, 1.24% and 0.24%  of average daily net assets for Classes A, C and Y shares, respectively. This contractual expense limitation is effective through April 29, 2024, but can be terminated by a vote of the Board of Trustees of the Trust (the “Board”) if it deems the termination to be beneficial to the Fund’s shareholders. The terms of the contractual expense limitation agreement provide that Touchstone Advisors is entitled to recoup, subject to approval by the Board, such amounts waived or reimbursed for a period of up to three years from the date on which the Adviser  reduced its compensation or assumed expenses for the Fund. The Fund will make repayments to the Adviser only if such repayment does not cause the annual Fund operating expenses (after the repayment is taken into account) to exceed both (1) the expense cap in place when such amounts were waived or reimbursed and (2) the Fund’s current expense limitation.
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Example.This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then, except as indicated, redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year, that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same and that all fee waivers or expense limits for the Fund will expire after one year. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
 
Assuming Redemption at End of Period
Assuming
No Redemption
 
Class A
Class C
Class Y
Class C
1 Year
$612
$294
$93
$194
3 Years
$953
$904
$450
$904
5 Years
$1,316
$1,638
$832
$1,638
10 Years
$2,337
$3,577
$1,902
$3,577
Portfolio Turnover.The Fund pays transaction costs, such as brokerage commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in total annual Fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 60% of the average value of its portfolio.
The Fund’s Principal Investment Strategies
The Fund is a “fund-of-funds,” which seeks to achieve its investment goal by primarily investing in a diversified portfolio of underlying equity and fixed-income funds. These underlying funds, in turn, invest in a variety of U.S. and foreign equity and fixed-income securities (although a portion of the Fund’s assets may be invested in cash, cash equivalents, or in money market funds). The underlying funds in which the Fund invests will be affiliated Touchstone Funds.
The following table details, under normal circumstances, how the Fund generally expects to allocate its assets among equity and fixed-income funds, as of the date of this prospectus.
Allocations
Approximate Allocation Range
Approximate Strategic Allocation
Equity Fund Allocation
45-75%
60%
Fixed-Income Fund Allocation
25-55%
40%
The Fund may invest up to 45% of its assets in any individual underlying fund. Several of the underlying funds in which the Fund invests may invest without limit in securities of issuers outside of the United States. As a result, the Fund will have exposure to foreign markets (including emerging markets). The Fund, through its investment in underlying funds, may also be exposed to equity securities of companies of all market capitalizations, including small-, mid-, and large-cap companies. Though not expected to be a substantial part of the overall strategy of the Fund, the Fund, through its investment in underlying funds, will gain exposure to additional strategies and instruments of the underlying funds, including: collateralized loan obligations, derivatives (such as futures contracts, options, and swaps), and real estate investments.
The Fund’s sub-adviser, Wilshire Advisors, LLC (“Wilshire”), seeks to develop an optimal model allocation among underlying funds that seeks to provide capital appreciation through global exposure to a broad array of assets classes and investment strategies. The underlying funds encompass funds with both growth and income objectives.
Wilshire determines which underlying funds to utilize when making allocation decisions, subject to oversight by the Adviser. Wilshire, subject to approval by the Fund’s Adviser, may change the Fund’s target allocation to each asset class, the underlying funds in each asset class (including the addition or removal of funds from the universe of underlying funds), or target allocations to each underlying fund without prior approval from or notice to shareholders.
For information on the underlying funds, please see the section entitled “Additional Information Regarding the Underlying Funds” under “Principal Investment Strategies and Risks” in the Fund’s prospectus.
The Fund’s Principal Risks
The Fund’s share price will fluctuate. You could lose money on your investment in the Fund and the Fund could also return less than other investments. The Fund is subject to direct risks and indirect risks as a result of its investments in underlying funds. Investments in the Fund are not bank guaranteed, are not deposits, and are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other federal government agency. As with any mutual fund, there is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment goal. You can find more information about the Fund’s investments and risks under the “Principal Investment Strategies and Risks” section of the Fund’s prospectus. The Fund is subject to the principal risks summarized below.
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Fund-of-Funds Structure Risk: The value of an investment in the Fund is based on the performance of the underlying funds in which it invests and the allocation of its assets among those funds. The underlying funds may change their investment goals, policies or practices and there can be no assurance that the underlying funds will achieve their respective investment goals. Because the Fund invests in mutual funds, shareholders indirectly bear a proportionate share of the expenses charged by the underlying funds in which it invests. The principal risks of an investment in the Fund include the principal risks of investing in the underlying funds.
The Fund is exposed to the risks of the underlying funds in which it invests in direct proportion to the amount of assets the Fund allocates to each underlying fund. One underlying fund may buy the same security that another underlying fund is selling. You would indirectly bear the costs of both trades. In addition, you may receive taxable gains from portfolio transactions by the underlying funds, as well as taxable gains from the Fund’s transactions in shares of the underlying funds. The Fund’s ability to achieve its investment goal depends, in part, upon Wilshire’s skill in selecting an optimal mix of underlying funds.
Management Risk: In managing the Fund’s portfolio, the Adviser engages one or more sub-advisers to make investment decisions for a portion of or the entire portfolio. There is a risk that the Adviser may be unable to identify and retain sub-advisers who achieve superior investment returns relative to other similar sub-advisers.
Economic and Market Events Risk: Events in the U.S. and global financial markets, including actions taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve or foreign central banks to stimulate or stabilize economic growth, may at times, and for varying periods of time, result in unusually high market volatility, which could negatively impact the Fund’s performance and cause the Fund to experience illiquidity, shareholder redemptions, or other potentially adverse effects. Reduced liquidity in credit and fixed-income markets could negatively affect issuers worldwide. Financial institutions could suffer losses as interest rates rise or economic conditions deteriorate. In addition, the Funds' service providers are susceptible to operational and information or cyber security risks that could result in losses to a Fund and its shareholders. Cyber security breaches are either intentional or unintentional events that allow an unauthorized party to gain access to Fund assets, customer data, or proprietary information, or cause a Fund or Fund service provider to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality. A cyber security breach could result in the loss or theft of customer data or funds, loss or theft of proprietary information or corporate data, physical damage to a computer or network system, or costs associated with system repairs, any of which could have a substantial impact on a Fund. Such incidents could affect issuers in which a Fund invests, thereby causing the Fund’s investments to lose value.
Risks of Underlying Funds: The underlying funds in which the Fund may invest may be subject to the following principal risks.
Equity Securities Risk: An underlying fund is subject to the risk that stock prices will fall over short or extended periods of time. Individual companies may report poor results or be negatively affected by industry or economic trends and developments, or as a result of irregular and/or unexpected trading activity among retail investors. The prices of securities issued by these companies may decline in response to developments, which could result in a decline in the value of the underlying fund’s shares.
Large-Cap Risk: Large-cap companies may be unable to respond quickly to new competitive challenges, such as changes in technology and consumer tastes, and also may not be able to attain the high growth rate of successful smaller companies, especially during extended periods of economic expansion.
Mid-Cap Risk: Stocks of mid-sized companies may be subject to more abrupt or erratic market movements than stocks of larger, more established companies. Mid-sized companies may have limited product lines or financial resources, and may be dependent upon a particular niche of the market.
Preferred Stock Risk: In the event an issuer is liquidated or declares bankruptcy, the claims of owners of bonds take precedence over the claims of those who own preferred and common stock. If interest rates rise, the fixed dividend on preferred stocks may be less attractive, causing the price of preferred stocks to decline.
Real Estate Investment Trust Risk: Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) are pooled investment vehicles that primarily invest in commercial real estate or real estate-related loans. REITs are susceptible to the risks associated with direct ownership of real estate, such as declines in property values and rental rates and increases in property taxes. Additionally, REITs typically incur fees that are separate from those of an underlying fund.
Small-Cap Risk: Stocks of smaller companies may be subject to more abrupt or erratic market movements than stocks of larger, more established companies. Small companies may have limited product lines or financial resources and may be dependent upon a small or inexperienced management group.
Fixed-Income Risk: The market value of an underlying fund’s fixed-income investments responds to economic developments, particularly interest rate changes, as well as to perceptions about the creditworthiness of individual issuers. Generally, an underlying fund’s fixed-income investments will decrease in value if interest rates rise and increase in value if interest rates fall. Normally, the longer an underlying fund’s maturity or duration, the more sensitive the value of an underlying fund’s shares will be to changes in interest rates.
Foreign Securities Risk: Investing in foreign securities poses additional risks since political and economic events unique in a country or region will affect those markets and their issuers, while such events may not necessarily affect the U.S. economy or issuers located in the United States. In addition, investments in foreign securities are generally denominated in foreign currency. As a result, changes in the value
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of those currencies compared to the U.S. dollar may affect (positively or negatively) the value of an underlying fund’s investments. There are also risks associated with foreign accounting standards, government regulation, market information, and clearance and settlement procedures. Foreign markets may be less liquid and more volatile than U.S. markets and offer less protection to investors.
Depositary Receipts Risk: Foreign receipts, which include American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”), Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”), and European Depositary Receipts, are securities that evidence ownership interests in a security or a pool of securities issued by a foreign issuer. The risks of depositary receipts include many risks associated with investing directly in foreign securities.
Emerging Markets Risk: Emerging markets may be more likely to experience political turmoil or rapid changes in market or economic conditions than more developed countries. In addition, the financial stability of issuers (including governments) in emerging market countries may be more precarious than that of issuers in other countries.
Frontier Markets Risk: Frontier markets have similar risks to emerging markets, except that these risks are often magnified in a frontier market due to its smaller and less developed economy. As a result, frontier markets may experience greater changes in market or economic conditions, financial stability, price volatility, currency fluctuations, and other risks inherent in foreign securities.
Collateralized Loan Obligations Risk: Typically, collateralized loan obligations (“CLOs”) are privately offered and sold, and thus are not registered under the securities laws. As a result, an underlying fund may in certain circumstances characterize its investments in CLOs as illiquid. In assessing liquidity, an underlying fund will consider various factors including whether the CLO may be purchased and sold in Rule 144A transactions and whether an active dealer market exists. CLOs are subject to the typical risks associated with debt instruments (i.e., interest rate risk and credit risk). Additional risks of CLOs include the possibility that distributions from collateral securities will be insufficient to make interest or other payments, the potential for a decline in the quality of the collateral, and the possibility that an underlying fund may invest in a subordinate tranche of a CLO.
Derivatives Risk: The use of derivatives may expose an underlying fund to additional risks that it would not be subject to if it invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives. Risks associated with derivatives may include correlation risk, which is the risk that the derivative does not correlate well with the security, index, or currency to which it relates, and the risk that the derivative may not have the intended effects. The use of derivatives to hedge risk may reduce the opportunity for gain by offsetting the positive effect of favorable price movements.
Forward Foreign Currency Exchange Contract Risk: A forward foreign currency exchange contract is an agreement to buy or sell a specific currency at a future date and at a price set at the time of the contract. Forward foreign currency exchange contracts may reduce the risk of loss from a change in value of a currency, but they also limit any potential gains and do not protect against fluctuations in the value of the underlying position.
Futures Contracts Risk: The risks associated with an underlying fund’s futures positions include liquidity and counterparty risks associated with derivative instruments.
Options Risk: Options trading is a highly specialized activity that involves investment techniques and risks different from those associated with ordinary portfolio securities transactions. The value of options can be highly volatile, and their use can result in loss if the sub-adviser is incorrect in its expectation of price fluctuations. Options, whether exchange traded or over-the-counter, may also be illiquid.
Swap Agreements Risk: Swap agreements (“swaps”) are individually negotiated and structured to include exposure to a variety of different types of investments or market factors. Swaps may increase or decrease the overall volatility of the investments of the underlying fund and its share price. The performance of swaps may be affected by a change in the specific interest rate, currency, or other factors that determine the amounts of payments due to and from the underlying fund. A swap can be a form of leverage, which can magnify the underlying fund’s gains or losses.
Counterparty Risk: A counterparty (the other party to a transaction or an agreement or the party with whom an underlying fund executes transactions) to a transaction with an underlying fund may be unable or unwilling to make timely principal, interest or settlement payments, or otherwise honor its obligations.
Growth-Investing Risk: Growth-oriented funds may underperform when value investing is in favor, and growth stocks may be more volatile than other stocks because they are more sensitive to investor perceptions of the issuing company’s growth of earnings potential.
Liquidity Risk: Liquidity risk exists when particular investments are difficult to purchase or sell. This can reduce an underlying fund’s returns because an underlying fund may be unable to transact at advantageous times or prices, or at all.
Non-Diversification Risk: An underlying fund may be non-diversified, which means that it may invest a greater percentage of its assets than a diversified mutual fund in the securities of a limited number of issuers. The use of a non-diversified investment strategy may increase the volatility of an underlying fund’s investment performance, as an underlying fund may be more susceptible to risks associated with a single economic, political, or regulatory event.
Pay-In-Kind Bonds Risk: Pay-in-kind bonds, a type of mezzanine financing, are securities that, at the issuer’s option, pay interest in either cash or additional securities for a specified period. Pay-in-kind bonds, like zero coupon bonds, are designed to give an issuer flexibility in managing cash flow. Pay-in-kind bonds are expected to reflect the market value of the underlying debt plus an amount representing accrued
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interest since the last payment. Interest payments deferred on a pay-in-kind loan are subject to the risk that the borrower may default when the deferred payments are due in cash at the maturity of the loan. Interest rates on pay-in-kind loans are higher to reflect the time value of money on deferred interest payments and the higher credit risk of borrowers who may need to defer interest payments. Pay-in-kind instruments may have unreliable valuations because the accruals require judgments about the ultimate collectability of the deferred payments and the value of the associated collateral. The use of pay-in-kind securities may provide certain benefits to the Fund’s Adviser, including increased management fees.
Portfolio Turnover Risk: An underlying fund may engage in active and frequent trading, which may result in increased transaction costs to the underlying fund. This risk also applies to the Fund, which may engage in active and frequent trading of underlying funds resulting in increased transaction costs to the Fund.
Real Estate Industry Risk: Since an underlying fund’s investments may be concentrated in the real estate industry, it is subject to the risk that the real estate industry will underperform the broader market, as well as the risk that issuers in the industry will be similarly impacted by market conditions, legislative or regulatory changes, or competition. The real estate industry is particularly sensitive to economic downturns.
Value Investing Risk: Value investing presents the risk that an underlying fund’s security holdings may never reach their full market value because the market fails to recognize what the portfolio managers consider the true business value or because the portfolio managers have misjudged those values. In addition, value investing may fall out of favor and underperform growth or other styles of investing during given certain periods.
The Fund’s Performance
The bar chart and performance table below illustrate some indication of the risks and volatility of an investment in the Fund by showing changes in the Fund’s performance from calendar year to calendar year and by showing how the Fund’s average annual total returns for one year, five years and ten years compare with the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) and Bloomberg US Universal Index. The bar chart does not reflect any sales charges, which would reduce your return. The performance table reflects any applicable sales charges. Past performance (before and after taxes) does not necessarily indicate how the Fund will perform in the future. More recent performance information is available at no cost by visiting TouchstoneInvestments.com or by calling 1.800.543.0407.
On November 23, 2015, the Fund changed its name, principal investment strategies and sub-adviser. Performance presented prior to such date should not be attributed to the Fund's current sub-adviser, Wilshire. The Fund's performance shown below might have differed materially if Wilshire had managed the Fund prior to November 23, 2015. On January 18, 2022, the Fund changed its name, secondary benchmark and principal investment strategies whereby the Fund invests solely in underlying affiliated Touchstone Funds and has reduced exposure to foreign fixed-income securities. The Fund's performance shown below might have differed materially if Wilshire had managed the Fund pursuant to its current strategies prior to January 18, 2022.
Touchstone Dynamic Allocation Fund — Class A Shares Total Return as of December 31
 
Best Quarter:
2nd Quarter 2020
14.06%
Worst Quarter:
1st Quarter 2020
(15.20)%
After-tax returns are calculated using the highest individual marginal federal income tax rates in effect on a given distribution reinvestment date and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Your actual after- tax returns may differ from those shown and depend on your tax situation. The after-tax returns do not apply to shares held in an individual retirement account (“IRA”), 401(k), or other tax-advantaged
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account. The after-tax returns shown in the table are for Class A shares only. The after-tax returns for other classes of shares offered by the Fund will differ from the Class A shares’ after-tax returns. The Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be greater than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss on the sale of Fund shares.
Average Annual Total Returns
For the periods ended December 31, 2022
1 Year
5 Years
10 Years
Touchstone Dynamic Allocation Fund - Class A
 
 
 
Return Before Taxes
(20.75)%
0.29%
3.56%
Return After Taxes on Distributions
(21.80)%
(1.17)%
2.10%
Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares
(11.63)%
0.01%
2.47%
Touchstone Dynamic Allocation Fund - Class C
 
 
 
Return Before Taxes
(17.95)%
0.75%
3.56%
Touchstone Dynamic Allocation Fund - Class Y
 
 
 
Return Before Taxes
(16.34)%
1.75%
4.44%
MSCI ACWI (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)
(18.36)%
5.23%
7.98%
Bloomberg US Universal Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)
(12.99)%
0.18%
1.33%
The Fund’s Management
Investment Adviser
Touchstone Advisors, Inc. serves as the Fund’s investment adviser.
Sub-Adviser
Portfolio Managers
Investment Experience
with the Fund
Primary Title with
Sub-Adviser
Wilshire Advisors, LLC
Nathan Palmer, CFA
Since 2015
Managing Director, Portfolio
Manager
 
Anthony Wicklund, CFA, CAIA
Since 2015
Managing Director, Portfolio
Manager
Buying and Selling Fund Shares
Minimum Investment Requirements
 
Classes A, C, & Y
 
Initial
Investment
Additional
Investment
Regular Account
$2,500
$50
Retirement Account or Custodial Account under the Uniform Gifts/Transfers to Minors Act
$1,000
$50
Investments through the Automatic Investment Plan
$100
$50
Fund shares may be purchased and sold on days that the New York Stock Exchange is open for trading. Existing Class A and C shareholders may purchase shares directly through Touchstone Funds via the transfer agent, BNY Mellon, or through their financial intermediary. Class Y shares are available only through financial intermediaries who have appropriate selling agreements in place with Touchstone Securities. Shares may be purchased or sold by writing to Touchstone Securities at P.O. Box 534467, Pittsburgh, PA 15253-4467, calling 1.800.543.0407, or visiting the Touchstone Funds’ website: TouchstoneInvestments.com. You may only sell shares over the telephone or via the Internet if the value of the shares sold is less than or equal to $100,000. Shares held in IRAs and qualified retirement plans cannot be sold via the Internet. If your shares are held by a processing organization or financial intermediary you will need to follow its purchase and redemption procedures. For more information about buying and selling shares, see the “Investing with Touchstone” section of the Fund’s prospectus or call 1.800.543.0407.
Tax Information
The Fund intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains except when shares are held through a tax-advantaged account, such as a 401(k) plan or an IRA. Withdrawals from a tax-advantaged account, however, may be taxable.
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Financial Intermediary Compensation
If you purchase shares in the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Fund and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.
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Touchstone Sands Capital International Growth Fund Summary
The Fund’s Investment Goal
The Touchstone Sands Capital International Growth Fund (the “Fund”) seeks long-term capital appreciation.
The Fund’s Fees and Expenses
This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the Fund. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the tables and examples below. More information is available from your financial professional, in the section titled “Choosing a Class of Shares” in the Fund’s prospectus and Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) on pages 39 and 49, respectively. An investor transacting in Class R6 shares, which do not have any front-end sales charge, contingent deferred sales charge, or other asset-based fee for sales or distribution, may be required to pay a commission to a broker for effecting such transactions on an agency basis. Such commissions are not reflected in the table or in the “Example” below.
 
Class Y
Institutional
Class
Class R6
Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment)
 
 
 
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Purchases (as a percentage of offering price)
None
None
None
Maximum Deferred Sales Charge (Load) (as a percentage of original purchase price or the
amount redeemed, whichever is less)
None
None
None
Wire Redemption Fee
$15
$15
$15
 
Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of
the value of your investment)
 
 
 
Management Fees
0.80%
0.80%
0.80%
Distribution and/or Shareholder Service (12b-1) Fees
None
None
None
Other Expenses
1.45%
1.03%
0.61%
Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses (AFFE)
0.01%
0.01%
0.01%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses(1)
2.26%
1.84%
1.42%
Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement(2)
(1.27)%
(0.95)%
(0.59)%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement(1)(2)
0.99%
0.89%
0.83%
(1)
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses include Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses and will differ from the ratios of expenses to average net assets that are included in the Fund’s annual report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022.
(2)
Touchstone Advisors, Inc. (the “Adviser” or “Touchstone Advisors”) and Touchstone Strategic Trust (the “Trust”) have entered into a contractual expense limitation agreement whereby Touchstone Advisors will waive a portion of its fees or reimburse certain Fund expenses (excluding dividend and interest expenses relating to short sales; interest; taxes; brokerage commissions and other transaction costs; portfolio transaction and investment related expenses, including expenses associated with the Fund's liquidity providers; other expenditures which are capitalized in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; the cost of “Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses”, if any; and other extraordinary expenses not incurred in the ordinary course of business) in order to limit annual Fund operating expenses to 0.98%, 0.88%, and 0.82%  of average daily net assets for Class Y, Institutional Class, and Class R6 shares, respectively. This contractual expense limitation is effective through April 29, 2024, but can be terminated by a vote of the Board of Trustees of the Trust (the “Board”) if it deems the termination to be beneficial to the Fund’s shareholders. The terms of the contractual expense limitation agreement provide that Touchstone Advisors is entitled to recoup, subject to approval by the Board, such amounts waived or reimbursed for a period of up to three years from the date on which the Adviser  reduced its compensation or assumed expenses for the Fund. The Fund will make repayments to the Adviser only if such repayment does not cause the annual Fund operating expenses (after the repayment is taken into account) to exceed both (1) the expense cap in place when such amounts were waived or reimbursed and (2) the Fund’s current expense limitation.
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Example.This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then, except as indicated, redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year, that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same and that all fee waivers or expense limits for the Fund will expire after one year. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
 
Class Y
Institutional
Class
Class R6
1 Year
$101
$91
$85
3 Years
$584
$486
$391
5 Years
$1,094
$907
$720
10 Years
$2,496
$2,081
$1,651
Portfolio Turnover.The Fund pays transaction costs, such as brokerage commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in total annual Fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 50% of the average value of its portfolio.
The Fund’s Principal Investment Strategies
The Fund invests, under normal market conditions, at least 80% of its assets (including borrowings for investment purposes) in equity and equity-related securities issued by companies in foreign countries. The Fund’s 80% policy is a non-fundamental investment policy that can be changed by the Fund upon 60 days’ prior notice to shareholders. The Fund invests primarily in a portfolio of equity securities such as common stock, preferred stock, and depositary receipts. The Fund will generally consider qualifying investments to be in companies that are organized under the laws of, or maintain their principal place of business in a foreign country; have securities that are principally traded in such countries; or derive at least 50% of revenues or profits from, or have at least 50% of their productive assets, as determined by the Fund’s sub-adviser, Sands Capital Management, LLC (“Sands Capital”), in such countries. The Fund may also invest up to 30% of its assets in issuers in emerging market or frontier market countries. The Fund generally invests in a concentrated portfolio of 25 to 40 issuers, with position sizes weighted by the conviction Sands Capital has in the investment opportunity. Issuers are selected through fundamental research undertaken by Sands Capital.
In selecting securities for the Fund, Sands Capital utilizes proprietary, fundamental, business-focused research to identify companies for investment that it believes have the capacity to generate sustainable, above-average growth over a five-year time horizon. This “bottom-up” approach to investment selection focuses on a company’s long-term business fundamentals, as opposed to sector or regional allocations. Therefore, the Fund may overweight certain geographies or sectors and may underweight other geographies or sectors relative to the stated benchmark. Sands Capital seeks to identify leading growth businesses that meet the following criteria:
Sustainable above-average earnings growth
Leadership position in a promising business space
Significant competitive advantage/unique business franchise
Clear mission and value-added focus
Financial strength
Rational valuation relative to the market and business prospects
As an integral part of the evaluation of a company, Sands Capital considers corporate governance, social, and environmental practices (collectively, “ESG”) when it believes such practices may be material to the long-term shareowner value-creation potential of the company. Sands Capital utilizes proprietary ESG-related research to enhance its evaluation of portfolio businesses. The relevance and materiality of ESG practices vary and are highly dependent on the region, country, industry, and company. Sands Capital’s analysis of these practices is integrated into the investment decision making process to the extent it believes they may affect a company’s value creation potential.
Sands Capital generally intends for the Fund’s investments to be held for an average term of three to five years, although the Fund may hold any investment for any length of time. Sands Capital generally considers selling a security when it no longer meets the investment criteria outlined above, for risk management purposes, or if a more attractive investment opportunity presents itself.
The Fund is non-diversified and may invest a significant percentage of its assets in securities of a single company.
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The Fund’s Principal Risks
The Fund’s share price will fluctuate. You could lose money on your investment in the Fund and the Fund could also return less than other investments. Investments in the Fund are not bank guaranteed, are not deposits, and are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other federal government agency. As with any mutual fund, there is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment goal. You can find more information about the Fund’s investments and risks under the “Principal Investment Strategies and Risks” section of the Fund’s prospectus. The Fund is subject to the principal risks summarized below.
Equity Securities Risk: The Fund is subject to the risk that stock prices will fall over short or extended periods of time. Individual companies may report poor results or be negatively affected by industry and/or economic trends and developments, or as a result of irregular and/or unexpected trading activity among retail investors. The prices of securities issued by these companies may decline in response to such developments, which could result in a decline in the value of the Fund’s shares.
Preferred Stock Risk: In the event an issuer is liquidated or declares bankruptcy, the claims of owners of bonds take precedence over the claims of those who own preferred and common stock. If interest rates rise, the fixed dividend on preferred stocks may be less attractive, causing the price of preferred stocks to decline.
Foreign Securities Risk: Investing in foreign securities poses additional risks since political and economic events unique in a country or region will affect those markets and their issuers, while such events may not necessarily affect the U.S. economy or issuers located in the United States. In addition, investments in foreign securities are generally denominated in foreign currency. As a result, changes in the value of those currencies compared to the U.S. dollar may affect (positively or negatively) the value of the Fund’s investments. There are also risks associated with foreign accounting standards, government regulation, market information, and clearance and settlement procedures. Foreign markets may be less liquid and more volatile than U.S. markets and offer less protection to investors.
Depositary Receipts Risk: Foreign receipts, which include American Depositary Receipts, Global Depositary Receipts, and European Depositary Receipts, are securities that evidence ownership interests in a security or a pool of securities issued by a foreign issuer. The risks of depositary receipts include many risks associated with investing directly in foreign securities.
Emerging Markets Risk: Emerging markets may be more likely to experience political turmoil or rapid changes in market or economic conditions than more developed countries. In addition, the financial stability of issuers (including governments) in emerging market countries may be more precarious than that of issuers in other countries.
Frontier Markets Risk: Frontier markets have similar risks to emerging markets, except that these risks are often magnified in a frontier market due to its smaller and less developed economy. As a result, frontier markets may experience greater changes in market or economic conditions, financial stability, price volatility, currency fluctuations, and other risks inherent in foreign securities.
Growth-Investing Risk: Growth-oriented funds may underperform when value investing is in favor, and growth stocks may be more volatile than other stocks because they are more sensitive to investor perceptions of the issuing company’s growth of earnings potential.
Management Risk: In managing the Fund’s portfolio, the Adviser engages one or more sub-advisers to make investment decisions for a portion of or the entire portfolio. There is a risk that the Adviser may be unable to identify and retain sub-advisers who achieve superior investment returns relative to other similar sub-advisers.
Economic and Market Events Risk: Events in the U.S. and global financial markets, including actions taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve or foreign central banks to stimulate or stabilize economic growth, may at times, and for varying periods of time, result in unusually high market volatility, which could negatively impact the Fund’s performance and cause the Fund to experience illiquidity, shareholder redemptions, or other potentially adverse effects. Reduced liquidity in credit and fixed-income markets could negatively affect issuers worldwide. Financial institutions could suffer losses as interest rates rise or economic conditions deteriorate. In addition, the Funds' service providers are susceptible to operational and information or cyber security risks that could result in losses to a Fund and its shareholders. Cyber security breaches are either intentional or unintentional events that allow an unauthorized party to gain access to Fund assets, customer data, or proprietary information, or cause a Fund or Fund service provider to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality. A cyber security breach could result in the loss or theft of customer data or funds, loss or theft of proprietary information or corporate data, physical damage to a computer or network system, or costs associated with system repairs, any of which could have a substantial impact on a Fund. Such incidents could affect issuers in which a Fund invests, thereby causing the Fund’s investments to lose value.
Non-Diversification Risk: The Fund is non-diversified, which means that it may invest a greater percentage of its assets than a diversified mutual fund in the securities of a limited number of issuers. The use of a non- diversified investment strategy may increase the volatility of the Fund’s investment performance, as the Fund may be more susceptible to risks associated with a single economic, political or regulatory event.
Sector Focus Risk: A fund that focuses its investments in the securities of a particular market sector is subject to the risk that adverse circumstances will have a greater impact on the fund than a fund that does not focus its investments in a particular sector.
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ESG Investing Risk: Sands Capital may consider ESG factors in the discovery, evaluation, purchase, monitoring and sale of businesses for the Fund's portfolio. This ESG consideration may cause the Fund to forgo opportunities to buy certain securities, or forgo opportunities to gain exposure to certain industries, sectors, regions and countries. In addition, the Fund may be required to sell a security when it might otherwise be disadvantageous for it to do so.
The Fund’s Performance
The bar chart and performance table below illustrate some indication of the risks and volatility of an investment in the Fund by showing changes in the Fund’s performance from calendar year to calendar year and by showing how the Fund’s average annual total returns for one year and since inception compare with the MSCI All Country World ex-USA Index. The bar chart does not reflect any sales charges, which would reduce your return. The performance table reflects any applicable sales charges. Past performance (before and after taxes) does not necessarily indicate how the Fund will perform in the future. More recent performance information is available at no cost by visiting TouchstoneInvestments.com or by calling 1.800.543.0407.
Touchstone Sands Capital International Growth Fund — Class Y Shares Total Return as of December 31
 
Best Quarter:
4th Quarter 2022
10.51%
Worst Quarter:
2nd Quarter 2022
(24.94)%
After-tax returns are calculated using the highest individual marginal federal income tax rates in effect on a given distribution reinvestment date and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Your actual after- tax returns may differ from those shown and depend on your tax situation. The after-tax returns do not apply to shares held in an individual retirement account (“IRA”), 401(k), or other tax-advantaged account. The after-tax returns shown in the table are for Class Y shares only. The after-tax returns for other classes of shares offered by the Fund will differ from the Class Y shares’ after-tax returns. The Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be greater than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss on the sale of Fund shares.
Average Annual Total Returns
For the periods ended December 31, 2022
 
Since
Inception
 
1 Year
3/8/2021
Touchstone Sands Capital International Growth Fund - Class Y
 
 
Return Before Taxes
(42.48)%
(25.28)%
Return After Taxes on Distributions
(42.48)%
(25.28)%
Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares
(25.15)%
(18.68)%
Touchstone Sands Capital International Growth Fund - Institutional Class
 
 
Return Before Taxes
(42.34)%
(25.14)%
Touchstone Sands Capital International Growth Fund - Class R6
 
 
Return Before Taxes
(42.34)%
(25.14)%
MSCI All Country World Ex-USA Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)
(16.00)%
(6.25)%
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The Fund’s Management
Investment Adviser
Touchstone Advisors, Inc. serves as the Fund’s investment adviser.
Sub-Adviser
Portfolio Managers
Investment Experience
with the Fund
Primary Title with
Sub-Adviser
Sands Capital Management,
LLC
Sunil H. Thakor, CFA
Managing the Fund since its
inception in March 2021
Senior Portfolio Manager
 
David E. Levanson, CFA
Managing the Fund since
March 2022
Senior Portfolio Manager,
Research Analyst and
Executive Managing Director
 
Danielle Menichella, CFA
Managing the Fund since
March 2022
Senior Research Analyst and
Portfolio Manager
Buying and Selling Fund Shares
Minimum Investment Requirements
 
Class Y
 
Initial
Investment
Additional
Investment
Regular Account
$2,500
$50
Retirement Account or Custodial Account under the Uniform Gifts/Transfers to Minors Act
$1,000
$50
Investments through the Automatic Investment Plan
$100
$50
 
Institutional Class
 
Initial
Investment
Additional
Investment
Regular Account
$500,000
$50
 
Class R6
 
Initial
Investment
Additional
Investment
Regular Account
$50,000
$50
Class R6 shares held through Touchstone Securities require a $50,000 minimum initial investment and have a $50 subsequent investment minimum. Touchstone does not impose a minimum investment requirement on accounts held through a financial intermediary for Class R6 shares. However, financial intermediaries may set different minimum initial and additional investment requirements, may impose other restrictions or may charge you fees for their services.
Fund shares may be purchased and sold on days that the New York Stock Exchange is open for trading. Class Y shares are available only through financial intermediaries who have appropriate selling agreements in place with Touchstone Securities. Institutional Class shares are available through Touchstone Securities or your financial intermediary. Shares may be purchased or sold by writing to Touchstone Securities at P.O. Box 534467, Pittsburgh, PA 15253-4467, calling 1.800.543.0407, or visiting the Touchstone Funds’ website: TouchstoneInvestments.com. You may only sell shares over the telephone or via the Internet if the value of the shares sold is less than or equal to $100,000. Shares held in IRAs and qualified retirement plans cannot be sold via the Internet. If your shares are held by a processing organization or financial intermediary you will need to follow its purchase and redemption procedures. For more information about buying and selling shares, see the “Investing with Touchstone” section of the Fund’s prospectus or call 1.800.543.0407.
Tax Information
The Fund intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains except when shares are held through a tax-advantaged account, such as a 401(k) plan or an IRA. Withdrawals from a tax-advantaged account, however, may be taxable.
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Financial Intermediary Compensation
If you purchase shares in the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the  Fund and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.
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Principal Investment Strategies and Risks
How Do The Funds Implement Their Investment Goal?
The investment goal(s) and principal investment strategies of Touchstone Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund (“Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund”), Touchstone Dynamic Allocation Fund (“Dynamic Allocation Fund”) and Touchstone Sands Capital International Growth Fund (“Sands Capital International Growth Fund”) (each a “Fund” and collectively, the “Funds”) are described in the “Principal Investment Strategies” sections in each Fund’s summary above.
Touchstone Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund. In managing the Fund, TOBAM seeks to track the total return, before fees and expenses, of the TOBAM Anti–Benchmark® US Core Equity Index (the “Index”). The Index is a proprietary rules–based index created by the Fund’s sub–adviser, TOBAM, that is designed to create a more diversified equity portfolio of U.S. equity securities relative to traditional market capitalization weighted benchmarks. The Fund intends to fully replicate the Index to achieve its investment objective, meaning the Fund will generally invest in all of the component securities of the Index in the same approximate proportions as the Index. The Index will typically hold approximately 70 to 100 securities. The Index typically is reconstituted (i.e., Index constituents are added or deleted and weights are reset) and rebalanced monthly. The Fund will be reconstituted and rebalanced following the same schedule as the Index.
The equity securities that comprise the Index include common stock and preferred stock. These securities may be listed on an exchange or traded over-the-counter. TOBAM will exclude an issuer from the Index if its activities do not meet the criteria for socially responsible investing, such as the production or sale of unconventional weapons, production of tobacco, production of coal or coal-based energy, serious or systematic human rights violations, severe environmental damage, gross corruption, or other particularly serious violation of ethical norms.
The Index is based on TOBAM’s proprietary quantitative model, which selects and weights companies to maximize diversification. TOBAM quantitatively selects securities, subject to certain constraints, that maximize the portfolio’s patented Diversification Ratio®, a proprietary mathematical metric based on the volatility of each Index constituent and its correlation to the other Index constituents. Such constraints include a minimum and maximum weight for any given stock. TOBAM’s Anti-Benchmark® strategy seeks to avoid the concentration risk that exists in traditional market capitalization-weighted indices through its quantitative approach to diversification.
Dynamic Allocation Fund. The Dynamic Allocation Fund is a “fund-of-funds,” which seeks to achieve its investment goal by investing primarily in a diversified portfolio of underlying funds. In implementing the Dynamic Allocation Fund’s investment goals and strategies, the Fund’s sub-adviser, Wilshire, determines which underlying funds to utilize when making allocation decisions, subject to oversight by the Adviser. Wilshire believes that both qualitative and quantitative components are crucial elements towards constructing portfolios. The process seeks to generate target allocation exposures that integrate Wilshire’s macroeconomic views, strategy insights, and robust analytics to develop a portfolio that performs in a variety of market environments.
Wilshire, subject to approval by the Fund’s Adviser, may change a Fund’s target allocation to each asset class, the underlying funds in each asset class (including the addition or removal of funds from the universe of underlying funds), or target allocations to each underlying fund without prior approval from or notice to shareholders. The underlying funds in which the Fund invests are affiliated Touchstone Funds.
Decisions to sell shares of the underlying funds are made to adjust the Dynamic Allocation Fund’s target allocation based on Wilshire’s view of the underlying fund’s characteristics and other allocation criteria, to facilitate redemptions, or as a result of periodic rebalancing of the Dynamic Allocation Fund’s holdings. For information on the underlying funds, please see the section entitled “Additional Information Regarding the Underlying Funds” below.
Touchstone Sands Capital International Growth Fund. In selecting securities for the Fund, Sands Capital Management, LLC (“Sands Capital”) utilizes proprietary, fundamental, business-focused research to identify companies for investment that it believes have the capacity to generate sustainable, above-average growth over a five-year time horizon. This “bottom-up” approach to investment selection focuses on a company’s long-term business fundamentals, as opposed to sector or regional allocations. Therefore, the Fund may overweight certain geographies or sectors and may underweight other geographies or sectors relative to the stated benchmark. Sands Capital seeks to identify leading growth businesses that meet the following criteria:
Sustainable above-average earnings growth
Leadership position in a promising business space
Significant competitive advantage/unique business franchise
Clear mission and value-added focus
Financial strength
Rational valuation relative to the market and business prospects
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As an integral part of the evaluation of a business’s fit with the criteria outlined above, Sands Capital considers corporate governance, social, and environmental practices (collectively, “ESG”) when it believes such practices may be material to the long-term shareowner value-creation potential of the company. Sands Capital utilizes proprietary ESG-related research to enhance its evaluation of portfolio businesses. The relevance and materiality of ESG practices vary and are highly dependent on the region, country, industry, and company. Sands Capital’s analysis of these practices is integrated into the investment decision making process to the extent it believes they may affect a company’s value creation potential.
Sands Capital generally intends for the Fund’s investments to be held for an average term of three to five years, although the Fund may hold any investment for any length of time. Sands Capital generally considers selling a security when it no longer meets the investment criteria outlined above, for risk management purposes, or if a more attractive investment opportunity presents itself.
Can a Fund Depart From its Principal Investment Strategies?
In addition to the investments and strategies described in this prospectus, each Fund may invest in other securities, use other strategies and engage in other investment practices. These permitted investments and strategies are described in detail in the Funds’ Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”).
Each Fund’s investment goal is non-fundamental, and may be changed by the Trust’s Board of Trustees (the “Board”) without shareholder approval. Shareholders will be notified at least 60 days before any change takes effect.
The investments and strategies described throughout this prospectus are those that the Funds use under normal circumstances. During unusual economic or market conditions, or for temporary defensive purposes, each Fund may invest up to 100% of its assets in cash, repurchase agreements, and short-term obligations (i.e., fixed and variable rate securities and high quality debt securities of corporate and government issuers) that would not ordinarily be consistent with the Fund’s goals. This defensive investing may increase a Fund’s taxable income, and when a Fund is invested defensively, it may not achieve its investment goal. A Fund will do so only if the Fund’s sub-adviser believes that the risk of loss in using the Fund’s normal strategies and investments outweighs the opportunity for gains. Of course, there can be no guarantee that any Fund will achieve its investment goal.
80% Investment Policy. Certain of the Funds have adopted a policy to invest, under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the value of its “assets” in certain types of investments suggested by its name (the “80% Policy”). For purposes of this 80% Policy, the term “assets” means net assets plus the amount of borrowings for investment purposes. A Fund must comply with its 80% Policy at the time the Fund invests its assets. Accordingly, when a Fund no longer meets the 80% requirement as a result of circumstances beyond its control, such as changes in the value of portfolio holdings, it would not have to sell its holdings but would have to make any new investments in such a way as to comply with the Fund’s 80% Policy. The 80% Policy is a nonfundamental investment policy that may be changed by the Fund upon 60 days' prior notice to the Fund's shareholders.
Change in Market Capitalization. A Fund may specify in its principal investment strategy a market capitalization range for acquiring portfolio securities. If a security that is within the range for a Fund at the time of purchase later falls outside the range, which is most likely to happen because of market fluctuation, the Fund may continue to hold the security if, in the sub-adviser’s judgment, the security remains otherwise consistent with the Fund’s investment goal and strategies. However, this change in market capitalization could affect the Fund’s flexibility in making new investments.
Other Investment Companies. A Fund may invest in securities issued by other investment companies to the extent permitted by the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (“1940 Act”), the rules thereunder and applicable Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) staff interpretations thereof, or applicable exemptive relief granted by the SEC.
Lending of Portfolio Securities. The Funds may lend their portfolio securities to brokers, dealers, and financial institutions under guidelines adopted by the Board, including a requirement that a Fund must receive collateral equal to no less than 100% of the market value of the securities loaned. The risk in lending portfolio securities, as with other extensions of credit, consists of possible loss of rights in the collateral should the borrower fail financially. In determining whether to lend securities, the Adviser will consider all relevant facts and circumstances, including the creditworthiness of the borrower. More information on securities lending is available in the SAI.
ReFlow Liquidity Program. The Funds may participate in the ReFlow liquidity program, which is designed to provide an alternative liquidity source for mutual funds experiencing net redemptions of their shares. Pursuant to the program, ReFlow Fund, LLC (“ReFlow”) provides participating mutual funds with a source of cash to meet net shareholder redemptions by standing ready each business day to purchase Fund shares up to the value of the net shares redeemed by other shareholders that are to settle the next business day. Following purchases of Fund shares, ReFlow then generally redeems those shares when the Fund experiences net sales, at the end of a maximum holding period determined by ReFlow, or at other times at ReFlow’s discretion. While ReFlow holds Fund shares, it will have the same rights and privileges with respect to those shares as any other shareholder. In the event the Fund uses the ReFlow service, the Fund will pay a fee to ReFlow each time ReFlow purchases Fund shares, calculated by applying to the purchase amount a fee rate determined through an automated daily auction among participating mutual funds. ReFlow’s purchases of Fund shares through the liquidity program are made on an investment-blind basis without regard to the Fund’s objective, policies or anticipated performance. In accordance with federal securities laws, ReFlow is prohibited from acquiring more than 3% of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund.
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Additional Information Regarding the Underlying Funds (Dynamic Allocation Fund only). All of the underlying funds in which the Dynamic Allocation Fund invests will be affiliated funds. The following is a summary of the investment goals and principal investments of the affiliated underlying funds in which the Dynamic Allocation Fund may invest.
The underlying funds in which the Dynamic Allocation Fund may invest may change from time to time and the Fund may invest in other underlying funds that are not listed below at the discretion of Wilshire, the Fund’s sub-adviser, subject to approval by Touchstone Advisors, without prior notice to or approval by shareholders. These summaries do not reflect all of the investment policies and strategies that are disclosed in each underlying fund’s prospectus. For a complete description of the underlying funds’ investment strategies and policies, please see the underlying funds’ prospectuses and statements of additional information, which are available without charge on the Touchstone Funds’ website at TouchstoneInvestments.com or by calling 1.800.543.0407.
Underlying Funds
Investment Goal
Principal Investments
Touchstone Ares Credit Opportunities
Fund
The Fund seeks absolute total return,
primarily from income and capital
appreciation.
The Fund invests, under normal
circumstances, at least 80% of its assets
(including the amount of borrowings for
investment purposes) in U.S. and
non-U.S. debt instruments.
Touchstone Growth Opportunities Fund
The Fund seeks long-term growth of
capital.
The Fund invests primarily in stocks of
domestic growth companies.
Touchstone Impact Bond Fund
The Fund seeks current income. Capital
appreciation is a secondary goal.
The Fund invests, under normal
circumstances, at least 80% of its net
assets (including borrowings for
investment purposes) in fixed-income
securities that meet certain positive
impact criteria.
Touchstone International Growth Fund
The Fund seeks to achieve long-term
capital appreciation.
Under normal circumstances, the Fund
primarily invests its assets in equity
securities of foreign issuers. Equity
securities include, but are not limited to,
common stocks, preferred stocks,
securities convertible into common
stocks, rights and warrants.
Touchstone Mid Cap Fund
The Fund seeks long-term capital
growth.
The Fund invests, under normal market
conditions, at least 80% of its assets in
common stocks of medium capital-
ization U.S. listed companies.
Touchstone Sands Capital Emerging
Markets Growth Fund
The Fund seeks long-term capital
appreciation.
The Fund invests, under normal market
conditions, at least 80% of its assets
(including borrowings for investment
purposes) in equity and equity-related
securities issued by companies in
“emerging” or “frontier” market countries.
Touchstone Sands Capital Select Growth
Fund
The Fund seeks long-term capital
appreciation.
The Fund invests, under normal market
conditions, at least 80% of its assets in
common stocks of U.S. companies that
the sub-adviser believes have
above-average potential for revenue or
earnings growth.
Touchstone Small Cap Value Fund
The Fund seeks long-term capital
growth.
The Fund invests, under normal market
conditions, at least 80% of its assets in
common stocks of companies with small
market capitalizations.
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Underlying Funds
Investment Goal
Principal Investments
Touchstone Ultra Short Duration Fixed
Income Fund
The Fund seeks maximum total return
consistent with the preservation of
capital.
The Fund invests, under normal market
conditions, at least 80% of its assets in
fixed-income securities.
Touchstone Value Fund
The Fund seeks to provide investors with
long-term capital growth.
The Fund normally invests in equity
securities of large and mid capitalization
companies (generally, companies with
market capitalizations of approximately
$2.5 billion or above) that the Fund’s
sub-adviser believes are undervalued.
What are the Principal Risks of Investing in the Funds?
The risks that may apply to your investment in a Fund are listed below in a table of principal risks followed by a description of each risk. The Dynamic Allocation Fund is exposed to the risks of the underlying funds in which it invests in direct proportion to the amount of assets the Dynamic Allocation Fund allocates to each underlying fund. To the extent that the Dynamic Allocation Fund invests more of its assets in one underlying fund than another, the Dynamic Allocation Fund will have greater exposure to the risks of that underlying fund. One underlying fund may buy the same security that another underlying fund is selling. You would indirectly bear the costs of both trades. In addition, you may receive taxable gains from portfolio transactions by the underlying funds, as well as taxable gains from the Dynamic Allocation Fund’s transactions in shares of the underlying funds. The Dynamic Allocation Fund’s ability to achieve its investment goal depends, in part, upon Wilshire’s skill in selecting the best mix of underlying funds. There is the risk that Wilshire’s evaluations and assumptions regarding the underlying funds may be incorrect in view of actual market conditions. Unless otherwise noted, in this section, references to a single Fund apply equally to all of the Funds. Further information about investment strategies and risks is available in the Funds’ SAI:
Risks
Anti-Benchmark®
US Core Equity Fund
Dynamic Allocation
Fund(1)
Sands Capital
International
Growth Fund
Collateralized Loan Obligations Risk
 
X
 
Counterparty Risk
 
X
 
Depositary Receipts Risk
 
X
X
Derivatives Risk
 
X
 
Economic and Market Events Risk
X
X
X
Emerging Markets Risk
 
X
X
Equity Securities Risk
X
X
X
ESG Investing Risk
 
 
X
Fixed-Income Risk
 
X
 
Foreign Securities Risk
 
X
X
Forward Foreign Currency Exchange Contract Risk
 
X
 
Frontier Markets Risk
 
X
X
Fund-of-Funds Structure Risk
 
X
 
Futures Contracts Risk
 
X
 
Growth-Investing Risk
 
X
X
Large-Cap Risk
 
X
 
Liquidity Risk
 
X
 
Management Risk
X
X
X
Mid-Cap Risk
 
X
 
Non-Diversification Risk
 
X
X
Options Risk
 
X
 
Passive Investment Risk
X
 
 
Pay-In-Kind (“PIK”) Bonds Risk
 
X
 
Portfolio Turnover Risk
X
X
 
Preferred Stock Risk
X
X
X
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Risks
Anti-Benchmark®
US Core Equity Fund
Dynamic Allocation
Fund(1)
Sands Capital
International
Growth Fund
Quantitative Strategy Risk
X
 
 
Real Estate Industry Risk
 
X
 
Real Estate Investment Trust Risk
 
X
 
Risk of Underlying Funds
 
X
 
Sector Focus Risk
 
 
X
Small-Cap Risk
 
X
 
Swap Agreements Risk
 
X
 
Tracking Error Risk
X
 
 
Value Investing Risk
 
X
 
(1)
Includes risks applicable to underlying funds in which the Dynamic Allocation Fund may invest.
Collateralized Loan Obligations Risk: A collateralized loan obligation is a type of asset-backed security that is an obligation of a trust typically collateralized by pools of loans, which may include domestic and foreign senior secured and unsecured loans and subordinate corporate loans, including loans that may be rated below investment grade, or equivalent unrated loans. The cash flows from the trust are split into two or more portions, called tranches, which vary in risk and yield. The riskier portion is the residual, or “equity,” tranche, which bears some or all of the risk of default by the loans in the trust. The risks of an investment in a CLO largely depend on the type of underlying collateral securities and the tranche in which a Fund invests. Typically, CLOs are privately offered and sold, and thus are not registered under the securities laws. As a result, a Fund may in certain circumstances characterize its investments in CLOs as illiquid. In assessing liquidity, a Fund will consider various factors including whether the CLO may be purchased and sold in Rule 144A transactions and whether an active dealer market exists. CLOs are subject to the typical risks associated with debt instruments (i.e., interest rate risk and credit risk). Additional risks of CLOs include the possibility that distributions from collateral securities will be insufficient to make interest or other payments, the potential for a decline in the quality of the collateral, and the possibility that a Fund may invest in a subordinate tranche of a CLO. In addition, due to the complex nature of a CLO, an investment in a CLO may not perform as expected. An investment in a CLO also is subject to the risk that the issuer and the investors may interpret the terms of the instrument differently, giving rise to disputes.
Counterparty Risk: The issuer or guarantor of a fixed-income security, a counterparty (the other party to a transaction or an agreement) to a transaction with the Fund, or a borrower of the Fund’s securities may be unable or unwilling to make timely principal, interest or settlement payments, or otherwise honor its obligations.
Derivatives Risk: The use of derivatives may expose the Fund to additional risks that it would not be subject to if it invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives. Risks associated with derivatives may include correlation risk, which is the risk that the derivative does not correlate well with the security, index, or currency to which it relates. Other risks include liquidity risk, which is the risk that the Fund may be unable to sell or close out the derivative due to an illiquid market, counterparty risk, which is the risk that the counterparty to a derivative instrument may be unwilling or unable to make required payments or otherwise meet its obligations, and leverage risk, which is the risk that a derivative could expose the Fund to magnified losses resulting from leverage. The use of derivatives for hedging purposes may result in losses that partially or completely offset gains in portfolio positions. Using derivatives can increase the volatility of the Fund’s share price. For some derivatives, it is possible for the Fund to lose more than the amount invested in the derivative instrument. Derivatives may, for federal income tax purposes, affect the character of gain and loss realized by the Fund, accelerate recognition of income to the Fund, affect the holding periods for certain of the Fund’s assets and defer recognition of certain of the Fund’s losses. The Fund’s ability to invest in derivatives may be restricted by certain provisions of the federal income tax laws relating to the Fund’s qualification as a regulated investment company (“RIC”). These additional risks could cause the Fund to experience losses to which it would otherwise not be subject. Regulatory changes in derivatives markets could impact the cost of or the Fund’s ability to engage in derivative transactions.
Additionally, the regulation of the U.S. and non-U.S. derivatives markets has undergone substantial change in recent years and such change may continue. In particular, effective August 19, 2022 (the “Compliance Date”), Rule 18f-4 under the 1940 Act (the “Derivatives Rule”) replaced the asset segregation regime of Investment Company Act Release No. 10666 (“Release 10666”) with a new framework for the use of derivatives by registered funds. As of the Compliance Date, the SEC rescinded Release 10666 and withdrew no-action letters and similar guidance addressing a fund's use of derivatives and began requiring funds to satisfy the requirements of the Derivatives Rule. As a result, on or after the Compliance Date, the Funds are no longer required to engage in “segregation” or “coverage” techniques with respect to derivatives transactions and will instead comply with the applicable requirements of the Derivatives Rule.
The Derivatives Rule mandates that a fund adopt and/or implement: (i) value-at-risk limitations (“VaR”); (ii) a written derivatives risk management program; (iii) new Board oversight responsibilities; and (iv) new reporting and recordkeeping requirements. In the event that a fund's derivative exposure is 10% or less of its net assets, excluding certain currency and interest rate hedging transactions, it can elect to be classified as a limited derivatives user (“Limited Derivatives User”) under the Derivatives Rule, in which case a fund is not subject to the
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full requirements of the Derivatives Rule. Limited Derivatives Users are excepted from VaR testing, implementing a derivatives risk management program, and certain Board oversight and reporting requirements mandated by the Derivatives Rule. However, a Limited Derivatives User is still required to implement written compliance policies and procedures reasonably designed to manage its derivatives risks.
The Derivatives Rule also provides special treatment for reverse repurchase agreements, similar financing transactions and unfunded commitment agreements. Specifically, a fund may elect whether to treat reverse repurchase agreements and similar financing transactions as “derivatives transactions” subject to the requirements of the Derivatives Rule or as senior securities equivalent to bank borrowings for purposes of Section 18 of the 1940 Act. In addition, when-issued or forward settling securities transactions that physically settle within 35-days are deemed not to involve a senior security.
Forward Foreign Currency Exchange Contract Risk: A forward foreign currency exchange contract is an agreement to buy or sell a specific currency at a future date and at a price set at the time of the contract. Forward foreign currency exchange contracts may reduce the risk of loss from a change in value of a currency, but they also limit any potential gains and do not protect against fluctuations in the value of the underlying position and are subject to counterparty risk. The forecasting of currency market movement is extremely difficult, and whether any hedging strategy will be successful is highly uncertain. Moreover, it is impossible to forecast with precision the market value of portfolio securities at the expiration of a forward foreign currency contract. Accordingly, a Fund may be required to buy or sell additional currency on the spot market (and bear the expense of such transaction) if the sub-adviser’s predictions regarding the movement of foreign currency or securities markets prove inaccurate. Because foreign currency forward contracts are privately negotiated transactions, there can be no assurance that a Fund will have flexibility to rollover a forward foreign currency contract upon its expiration if it desires to do so. Additionally, there can be no assurance that the other party to the contract will perform its services under the contract.
Futures Contracts Risk: Futures contracts provide for the future sale by one party and purchase by another party of a specified amount of a specific security at a specified future time and at a specified price. An option on a futures contract gives the purchaser the right, in exchange for a premium, to assume a position in a futures contract at a specified exercise price during the term of the option. There are risks associated with these activities, including the following: (1) the success of a hedging strategy may depend on an ability to predict movements in the prices of individual securities, fluctuations in markets and movements in interest rates; (2) there may be an imperfect or no correlation between the changes in market value of the securities held by a Fund and the prices of futures and options on futures; (3) there may not be a liquid secondary market for a futures contract or option; (4) trading restrictions or limitations may be imposed by an exchange; and (5) government regulations may restrict trading in futures contracts and futures options.
Options Risk: Options trading is a highly specialized activity that involves investment techniques and risks different from those associated with ordinary portfolio securities transactions. The value of options can be highly volatile, and their use can result in loss if the Sub-Adviser is incorrect in its expectation of price fluctuations. The successful use of options for hedging purposes also depends in part on the ability of the Sub-Adviser to predict future price fluctuations and the degree of correlation between the options and securities markets. When options are purchased over the counter, the Fund bears counterparty risk, which is the risk that the counterparty that wrote the option will be unable or unwilling to perform its obligations under the option contract. Such options may also be illiquid, and in such cases, the Fund may have difficulty closing out its position.
Swap Agreements Risk: Swap agreements (“swaps”) are individually negotiated and structured to include exposure to a variety of different types of investments or market factors, such as interest rates, foreign currency rates, mortgage securities, corporate borrowing rates, security prices, indexes or inflation rates. Swaps may increase or decrease the overall volatility of the investments of the Fund and its share price. The performance of swaps may be affected by a change in the specific interest rate, currency, or other factors that determine the amounts of payments due to and from the Fund. If a swap calls for payments by the Fund, the Fund must be prepared to make such payments when due. Additionally, if the counterparty’s creditworthiness declines, the value of a swap may decline. If the counterparty is unable to meet its obligations under the contract, declares bankruptcy, defaults, or becomes insolvent, the Fund may not be able to recoup the money it expected to receive under the contract. Finally, a swap can be a form of leverage, which can magnify the Fund’s gains or losses.
Economic and Market Events Risk: Events in certain sectors historically have resulted, and may in the future result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign. These events have included, but are not limited to: bankruptcies, corporate restructurings, and other similar events; governmental efforts to limit short selling and high frequency trading; measures to address U.S. federal and state budget deficits; social, political, and economic instability in Europe; economic stimulus by the Japanese central bank; dramatic changes in energy prices and currency exchange rates; and China’s economic slowdown. Interconnected global economies and financial markets increase the possibility that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. Both domestic and foreign equity markets have experienced increased volatility and turmoil, with issuers that have exposure to the real estate, mortgage, and credit markets particularly affected. Financial institutions could suffer losses as interest rates rise or economic conditions deteriorate.
In addition, relatively high market volatility and reduced liquidity in credit and fixed-income markets may adversely affect many issuers worldwide. Actions taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve (“Fed”) or foreign central banks to stimulate or stabilize economic growth, such as interventions in currency markets, could cause high volatility in the equity and fixed-income markets. Reduced liquidity may result in less
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money being available to purchase raw materials, goods, and services from emerging markets, which may, in turn, bring down the prices of these economic staples. It may also result in emerging-market issuers having more difficulty obtaining financing, which may, in turn, cause a decline in their securities prices.
Beginning in March 2022, the Fed began increasing interest rates and has signaled the potential for further increases. As a result, risks associated with rising interest rates are currently heightened. It is difficult to accurately predict the pace at which the Fed will increase interest rates any further, or the timing, frequency, or magnitude of any such increases, and the evaluation of macro-economic and other conditions could cause a change in approach in the future. Any such increases generally will cause market interest rates to rise and could cause the value of a Fund's investments, and the Fund's NAV, to decline, potentially suddenly and significantly. As a result, the Fund may experience high redemptions and, as a result, increased portfolio turnover, which could increase the costs that the Fund incurs and may negatively impact the Fund's performance.
In addition, as the Fed increases the target Fed funds rate, any such rate increases, among other factors, could cause markets to experience continuing high volatility. A significant increase in interest rates may cause a decline in the market for equity securities. These events and the possible resulting market volatility may have an adverse effect on the Fund.
Political turmoil within the United States and abroad may also impact the Fund. Although the U.S. government has honored its credit obligations, it remains possible that the United States could default on its obligations. While it is impossible to predict the consequences of such an unprecedented event, it is likely that a default by the United States would be highly disruptive to the U.S. and global securities markets and could significantly impair the value of the Fund’s investments. Similarly, political events within the United States at times have resulted, and may in the future result, in a shutdown of government services, which could negatively affect the U.S. economy, decrease the value of many Fund investments, and increase uncertainty in or impair the operation of the U.S. or other securities markets. In recent years, the U.S. renegotiated many of its global trade relationships and has imposed or threatened to impose significant import tariffs. These actions could lead to price volatility and overall declines in U.S. and global investment markets.
Uncertainties surrounding the sovereign debt of a number of European Union (EU) countries and the viability of the EU have disrupted and may in the future disrupt markets in the United States and around the world. If one or more countries leave the EU or the EU dissolves, the global securities markets likely will be significantly disrupted. On January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) left the EU, commonly referred to as “Brexit,” and the UK ceased to be a member of the EU. Following a transition period during which the EU and the UK Government engaged in a series of negotiations regarding the terms of the UK’s future relationship with the EU, the EU and UK Government signed an agreement regarding the economic relationship between the UK and the EU. While the full impact of Brexit is unknown, Brexit has already resulted in volatility in European and global markets. There remains significant market uncertainty regarding Brexit’s ramifications, and the range and potential implications of possible political, regulatory, economic, and market outcomes are difficult to predict. This uncertainty may affect other countries in the EU and elsewhere, and may cause volatility within the EU, triggering prolonged economic downturns in certain countries within the EU. Despite the influence of the lockdowns, and the economic bounce back, Brexit has had a material impact on the UK’s economy. Additionally, trade between the UK and the EU did not benefit from the global rebound in trade in 2021, and remained at the very low levels experienced at the start of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic in 2020, highlighting Brexit’s potential long-term effects on the UK economy.
In addition, Brexit may create additional and substantial economic stresses for the UK, including a contraction of the UK economy and price volatility in UK stocks, decreased trade, capital outflows, devaluation of the British pound, wider corporate bond spreads due to uncertainty and declines in business and consumer spending as well as foreign direct investment. Brexit may also adversely affect UK-based financial firms that have counterparties in the EU or participate in market infrastructure (trading venues, clearing houses, settlement facilities) based in the EU. Additionally, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to continue to stretch the resources and deficits of many countries in the EU and throughout the world, increasing the possibility that countries may be unable to make timely payments on their sovereign debt. These events and the resulting market volatility may have an adverse effect on the performance of the Fund.
A widespread health crisis such as a global pandemic could cause substantial market volatility, exchange trading suspensions and closures, which may lead to less liquidity in certain instruments, industries, sectors or the markets generally, and may ultimately affect Fund performance. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted and may continue to result in significant disruptions to global business activity and market volatility due to disruptions in market access, resource availability, facilities operations, imposition of tariffs, export controls and supply chain disruption, among others. The impact of a health crisis and other epidemics and pandemics that may arise in the future, could affect the global economy in ways that cannot necessarily be foreseen at the present time. A health crisis may exacerbate other pre-existing political, social and economic risks. Any such impact could adversely affect the Fund’s performance, resulting in losses to your investment.
The United States responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic distress with fiscal and monetary stimulus packages. In late March 2020, the government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, a stimulus package providing for over $2.2 trillion in resources to small businesses, state and local governments, and individuals adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In late December 2020, the government also passed a spending bill that included $900 billion in stimulus relief for the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, in March 2021, the government passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill to accelerate the United States’ recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, in mid March 2020, the Fed
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cut interest rates to historically low levels and promised unlimited and open-ended quantitative easing, including purchases of corporate and municipal government bonds. The Fed also enacted various programs to support liquidity operations and funding in the financial markets, including expanding its reverse repurchase agreement operations, adding $1.5 trillion of liquidity to the banking system; establishing swap lines with other major central banks to provide dollar funding; establishing a program to support money market funds; easing various bank capital buffers; providing funding backstops for businesses to provide bridging loans for up to four years; and providing funding to help credit flow in asset-backed securities markets. The Fed also extended credit to small- and medium-sized businesses.
Political and military events, including in North Korea, Venezuela, Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Syria, and other areas of the Middle East, and nationalist unrest in Europe and South America, also may cause market disruptions. As a result of continued political tensions and armed conflicts, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine commencing in February of 2022, the extent and ultimate result of which are unknown at this time, the United States and the EU, along with the regulatory bodies of a number of countries, have imposed economic sanctions on certain Russian corporate entities and individuals, and certain sectors of Russia’s economy, which may result in, among other things, the continued devaluation of Russian currency, a downgrade in the country’s credit rating, and/or a decline in the value and liquidity of Russian securities, property or interests. These sanctions could also result in the immediate freeze of Russian securities and/or funds invested in prohibited assets, impairing the ability of a Fund to buy, sell, receive or deliver those securities and/or assets. These sanctions or the threat of additional sanctions could also result in Russia taking counter measures or retaliatory actions, which may further impair the value and liquidity of Russian securities. The United States and other nations or international organizations may also impose additional economic sanctions or take other actions that may adversely affect Russia exposed issuers and companies in various sectors of the Russian economy. Any or all of these potential results could lead Russia’s economy into a recession. Economic sanctions and other actions against Russian institutions, companies, and individuals resulting from the ongoing conflict may also have a substantial negative impact on other economies and securities markets both regionally and globally, as well as on companies with operations in the conflict region, the extent to which is unknown at this time. The United States and the EU have also imposed similar sanctions on Belarus for its support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Additional sanctions may be imposed on Belarus and other countries that support Russia. Any such sanctions could present substantially similar risks as those resulting from the sanctions imposed on Russia, including substantial negative impacts on the regional and global economies and securities markets.
In addition, there is a risk that the prices of goods and services in the United States and many foreign economies may decline over time, known as deflation. Deflation may have an adverse effect on stock prices and creditworthiness and may make defaults on debt more likely. If a country’s economy slips into a deflationary pattern, it could last for a prolonged period and may be difficult to reverse. Further, there is a risk that the present value of assets or income from investments will be less in the future, known as inflation. Inflation rates may change frequently and drastically as a result of various factors, including unexpected shifts in the domestic or global economy, and a Fund’s investments may be affected, which may reduce a Fund’s performance. Further, inflation may lead to the rise in interest rates, which may negatively affect the value of debt instruments held by the Fund, resulting in a negative impact on a Fund’s performance. Generally, securities issued in emerging markets are subject to a greater risk of inflationary or deflationary forces, and more developed markets are better able to use monetary policy to normalize markets.
In addition, with the increased use of technologies, such as mobile devices and “cloud”-based service offerings and the dependence on the Internet and computer systems to perform necessary business functions, the Funds’ service providers are susceptible to operational and information or cyber security risks that could result in losses to a Fund and its shareholders. Cyber security breaches are either intentional or unintentional events that allow an unauthorized party to gain access to Fund assets, customer data, or proprietary information, or cause a Fund or Fund service provider to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality. Intentional cyber security incidents include: unauthorized access to systems, networks, or devices (such as through “hacking” activity or “phishing”); infection from computer viruses or other malicious software code; and attacks that shut down, disable, slow, or otherwise disrupt operations, business processes, or website access or functionality. Cyber-attacks can also be carried out in a manner that does not require gaining unauthorized access, such as causing denial-of-service attacks on the service providers’ systems or websites rendering them unavailable to intended users or via “ransomware” that renders the systems inoperable until appropriate actions are taken. In addition, unintentional incidents can occur, such as the inadvertent release of confidential information (possibly resulting in the violation of applicable privacy laws).
A cyber security breach could result in the loss or theft of customer data or funds, loss or theft of proprietary information or corporate data, physical damage to a computer or network system, or costs associated with system repairs, any of which could have a substantial impact on a Fund. For example, in a denial of service, Fund shareholders could lose access to their electronic accounts indefinitely, and employees of the Adviser, a Sub-Adviser, or the Funds’ other service providers may not be able to access electronic systems to perform critical duties for the Funds, such as trading, NAV calculation, shareholder accounting, or fulfillment of Fund share purchases and redemptions. Cyber security incidents could cause a Fund, the Adviser, a Sub-Adviser, or other service provider to incur regulatory penalties, reputational damage, compliance costs associated with corrective measures, litigation costs, or financial loss. They may also result in violations of applicable privacy and other laws. In addition, such incidents could affect issuers in which a Fund invests, thereby causing the Fund’s investments to lose value.
Cyber-events have the potential to materially affect the Funds’, the Adviser and the sub-adviser’s relationships with accounts, shareholders, clients, customers, employees, products, and service providers. The Funds have established risk management systems reasonably designed to seek to reduce the risks associated with cyber-events. There is no guarantee that the Funds will be able to prevent or mitigate the impact of any or all cyber-events.
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The Funds are exposed to operational risk arising from a number of factors, including, but not limited to, human error, processing and communication errors, errors of the Funds’ service providers, counterparties, or other third parties, failed or inadequate processes, and technology or system failures.
The Adviser, Sub-Adviser, and their affiliates have established risk management systems that seek to reduce cybersecurity and operational risks, and business continuity plans in the event of a cybersecurity breach or operational failure. However, there are inherent limitations in such plans, including that certain risks have not been identified, and there is no guarantee that such efforts will succeed, especially since none of the Adviser, a Sub-Adviser, or their affiliates controls the cybersecurity or operations systems of the Funds’ third party service providers (including the Funds’ custodian), or those of the issuers of securities in which the Funds invest.
In addition, other disruptive events, including (but not limited to) natural disasters and public health crises (such as the COVID-19 pandemic), may adversely affect a Fund’s ability to conduct business, in particular if the Fund’s employees or the employees of its service providers are unable or unwilling to perform their responsibilities as a result of any such event. Even if the Fund’s employees and the employees of its service providers are able to work remotely, those remote work arrangements could result in the Fund’s business operations being less efficient than under normal circumstances, could lead to delays in its processing of transactions, and could increase the risk of cyber-events.
Equity Securities Risk: A Fund is subject to the risk that stock prices will fall over short or extended periods of time. Individual companies may report poor results or be negatively affected by industry and/or economic trends and developments, or as a result of irregular and/or unexpected trading activity among retail investors. The prices of securities issued by these companies may decline in response to such developments, which could result in a decline in the value of the Funds’ shares. These factors contribute to price volatility. In addition, common stocks represent a share of ownership in a company, and rank after bonds and preferred stock in their claim on the company’s assets in the event of liquidation.
Large-Cap Risk: A Fund is subject to the risk that stocks of larger companies may underperform relative to those of small- and mid-sized companies. Large-cap companies may be unable to respond quickly to new competitive challenges, such as changes in technology and consumer tastes, and also may not be able to attain the high growth rate of successful smaller companies, especially during extended periods of economic expansion.
Mid-Cap Risk: A Fund is subject to the risk that medium capitalization stocks may underperform other types of stocks or the equity markets as a whole. Stocks of mid-sized companies may be subject to more abrupt or erratic market movements than stocks of larger, more established companies. Mid-sized companies may have limited product lines or financial resources, and may be dependent upon a particular niche of the market.
Preferred Stock Risk: Preferred stock represents an equity interest in an issuer that pays dividends at a specified rate and that has precedence over common stock in the payment of dividends. In the event an issuer is liquidated or declares bankruptcy, the claims of owners of bonds take precedence over the claims of those who own preferred and common stock. If interest rates rise, the fixed dividend on preferred stocks may be less attractive, causing the price of preferred stocks to decline. Preferred stock may have mandatory sinking fund provisions, as well as provisions allowing the stock to be called or redeemed prior to its maturity, both of which can have a negative impact on the stock’s price when interest rates decline.
Real Estate Investment Trust Risk: Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) are pooled investment vehicles that primarily invest in commercial real estate or real estate-related loans. REITs are susceptible to the risks associated with direct ownership of real estate, such as declines in property values and rental rates, increases in property taxes, operating expenses, rising interest rates, competition, overbuilding, zoning changes, and losses from casualty or condemnation. REITs typically incur fees that are separate from those of an underlying fund. Accordingly, a Fund’s investments in REITs will result in the layering of expenses, such that shareholders will indirectly bear a proportionate share of the REITs’ operating expenses in addition to paying their share of the Fund's fees and expenses.
Small-Cap Risk: The Fund is subject to the risk that small capitalization stocks may underperform other types of stocks or the equity markets as a whole. Stocks of smaller companies may be subject to more abrupt or erratic market movements than stocks of larger, more established companies. Small companies may have limited product lines or financial resources, or may be dependent upon a small or inexperienced management group. In addition, small-cap stocks typically are traded in lower volume, and their issuers typically are subject to greater degrees of changes in their earnings and prospects.
ESG Investing Risk: Incorporating ESG criteria and investing primarily in instruments that have certain ESG characteristics, as determined by the manager, carries the risk that the Fund may perform differently, including underperforming funds that do not utilize an ESG investment strategy, or funds that utilize different ESG criteria. The application of ESG investment principles may affect the Fund’s exposure to certain sectors or types of investments and may impact the Fund’s investment performance. A company’s ESG performance or the manager’s assessment of a company’s ESG performance may change over time. In evaluating a company, the manager is reliant upon information and data that may turn out to be incomplete, inaccurate or unavailable, which may negatively impact the manager’s assessment of a company’s ESG performance. Although the manager has established its own process for evaluation of ESG factors, successful application of the Fund’s sustainable investment strategy will depend on the manager’s skill in researching, identifying and analyzing material ESG issues, as well as on the availability of relevant data. ESG factors may be evaluated differently by different managers, and may not carry the same meaning to all investors and managers.
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The risk that the Fund may forego opportunities to buy certain instruments when it might otherwise be advantageous to do so, or sell securities for ESG-related reasons when it might be otherwise disadvantageous for it to do so is heightened when ESG exclusionary criteria is applied. The regulatory landscape with respect to ESG investing in the United States is evolving and any future rules or regulations may require the Fund to change its investment process with respect to ESG integration.
Fixed Income Risk: The market value of the Fund’s fixed-income securities responds to economic developments, particularly interest rate changes, as well as to perceptions about the creditworthiness of individual issuers, including governments. Generally, the Fund’s fixed-income securities will decrease in value if interest rates rise and increase in value if interest rates fall. Normally, the longer the maturity or duration of the fixed-income securities the Fund owns, the more sensitive the value of the Fund’s shares will be to changes in interest rates. The fixed-income securities market has been and may continue to be negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As with other serious economic disruptions, governmental authorities and regulators responded to this crisis with significant fiscal and monetary policy changes, including considerably lowering interest rates, which, in some cases could result in negative interest rates. These actions, including their reversal or potential ineffectiveness, could further increase volatility in securities and other financial markets and reduce market liquidity. To the extent the Fund has a bank deposit or holds a debt instrument with a negative interest rate to maturity, the Fund would generate a negative return on that investment. Similarly, negative rates on investments by money market funds and similar cash management products could lead to losses on investments, including on investments of the Fund's uninvested cash. Beginning in March 2022, the Fed began increasing interest rates and has signaled the potential for further increases. It is difficult to accurately predict the pace at which the Fed will increase interest rates any further, or the timing, frequency or magnitude of any such increases, and the evaluation of macro-economic and other conditions could cause a change in approach in the future. Any such increases generally will cause market interest rates to rise and could cause the value of a Fund's investments, and the Fund's NAV, to decline, potentially suddenly and significantly. As a result, the Fund may experience high redemptions and, as a result, increased portfolio turnover, which could increase the costs that the Fund incurs and may negatively impact the Fund's performance.
Foreign Securities Risk: Investing in foreign securities poses additional risks since political and economic events unique in a country or region will affect those markets and their issuers, while such events may not necessarily affect the U.S. economy or issuers located in the United States. In addition, investments in foreign securities are generally denominated in foreign currency. As a result, changes in the value of those currencies compared to the U.S. dollar may affect the value of the Fund’s investments. These currency movements may happen separately from, or in response to, events that do not otherwise affect the value of the security in the issuer’s home country. There is a risk that issuers of foreign securities may not be subject to accounting standards or governmental supervision comparable to those to which U.S. companies are subject and that less public information about their operations may exist. There is risk associated with the clearance and settlement procedures in non-U.S. markets, which may be unable to keep pace with the volume of securities transactions and may cause delays. Foreign markets may be less liquid and more volatile than U.S. markets and offer less protection to investors. Over-the-counter securities may also be less liquid than exchange-traded securities. Investments in securities of foreign issuers may be subject to foreign withholding and other taxes. In addition, it may be more difficult and costly for the Fund to seek recovery from an issuer located outside the United States in the event of a default on a portfolio security or an issuer’s insolvency proceeding. To the extent a Fund focuses its investments in a single country or only a few countries in a particular geographic region, economic, political, regulatory or other conditions affecting such country or region may have a greater impact on Fund performance relative to a more geographically diversified fund.
While a Fund’s net assets are valued in U.S. dollars, the securities of foreign companies are frequently denominated in foreign currencies. Thus, a change in the value of a foreign currency against the U.S. dollar will result in a corresponding change in value of securities denominated in that currency. Some of the factors that may impair the investments denominated in a foreign currency are: (1) it may be expensive to convert foreign currencies into U.S. dollars and vice versa; (2) complex political and economic factors may significantly affect the values of various currencies, including U.S. dollars, and their exchange rates; (3) government intervention may increase risks involved in purchasing or selling foreign currency options, forward contracts and futures contracts, since exchange rates may not be free to fluctuate in response to other market forces; (4) there may be no systematic reporting of last sale information for foreign currencies or regulatory requirement that quotations available through dealers or other market sources be firm or revised on a timely basis; (5) available quotation information is generally representative of very large round-lot transactions in the inter-bank market and thus may not reflect exchange rates for smaller odd-lot transactions (less than $1 million) where rates may be less favorable; and (6) the inter-bank market in foreign currencies is a global, around-the-clock market. To the extent that a market is closed while the markets for the underlying currencies remain open, certain markets may not always reflect significant price and rate movements.
Political events in foreign countries may cause market disruptions. Uncertainties surrounding the sovereign debt of a number of European Union (“EU”) countries and the viability of the EU have disrupted and may in the future disrupt markets in the United States and around the world. If one or more countries leave the EU or the EU dissolves, the global securities markets likely will be significantly disrupted. In January 2020, the United Kingdom (“UK”) left the EU, commonly referred to as “Brexit,” and the UK ceased to be a member of the EU. Following a transition period during which the EU and the UK Government engaged in a series of negotiations regarding the terms of the UK’s future relationship with the EU, the EU and the UK Government signed an agreement regarding the economic relationship between the UK and the EU. While the full impact of Brexit is unknown, Brexit has already resulted in volatility in European and global markets. There remains significant market uncertainty regarding Brexit’s ramifications, and the range and potential implications of possible political, regulatory, economic, and market outcomes are difficult to predict. This uncertainty may affect other countries in the EU and elsewhere, and may cause volatility within the EU, triggering prolonged economic downturns in certain European countries. Despite the influence of
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the lockdowns, and the economic bounce back, Brexit has had a material impact on the UK's economy. Additionally, trade between the UK and EU did not benefit from the global rebound in trade in 2021, and remained at the very low levels experienced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, highlighting Brexit's potential long-term effects on the UK economy. In addition, Brexit may create additional and substantial economic stresses for the UK, including a contraction of the UK economy and price volatility in UK stocks, decreased trade, capital outflows, devaluation of the British pound, wider corporate bond spreads due to uncertainty, and declines in business and consumer spending as well as foreign direct investment. Brexit may also adversely affect UK-based financial firms that have counterparties in the EU or participate in market infrastructure (trading venues, clearing houses, settlement facilities) based in the EU. Additionally, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to continue to stretch the resources and deficits of many countries in the EU and throughout the world, increasing the possibility that countries may be unable to make timely payments on their sovereign debt. These events and the resulting market volatility may have an adverse effect on the performance of the Fund.
Depositary Receipts Risk: Foreign receipts, which include American Depository Receipts (“ADRs”), Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”), and European Depositary Receipts (“EDRs”), are securities that evidence ownership interests in a security or a pool of securities issued by a foreign issuer. The risks of depositary receipts include many risks associated with investing directly in foreign securities, such as individual country risk and liquidity risk. Unsponsored ADRs, which are issued by a depositary bank without the participation or consent of the issuer, involve additional risks because U.S. reporting requirements do not apply, and the issuing bank will recover shareholder distribution costs from movement of share prices and payment of dividends. Additionally, the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act “HFCAA” could cause securities of foreign companies, including ADRs, to be delisted from U.S. stock exchanges if the companies do not allow the U.S. government to oversee the auditing of their financial information. Although the requirements of the HFCAA apply to securities of all foreign issuers, the SEC has thus far limited its enforcement efforts to securities of Chinese companies. If securities are delisted, a Fund’s ability to transact in such securities will be impaired, and the liquidity and market price of the securities may decline. The Fund may also need to seek other markets in which to transact in such securities, which could increase the Fund’s costs.
Emerging Markets Risk: Investments in the securities of issuers based in countries with emerging-market economies are subject to greater levels of risk and uncertainty than investments in more-developed foreign markets, since emerging-market securities may present market, credit, currency, liquidity, legal, political, and other risks greater than, or in addition to, the risks of investing in developed foreign countries. These risks include high currency exchange-rate fluctuations; increased risk of default (including both government and private issuers); greater social, economic, and political uncertainty and instability (including the risk of war); more substantial governmental involvement in the economy; less governmental supervision and regulation of the securities markets and participants in those markets; controls on foreign investment and limitations on repatriation of invested capital and on a fund’s ability to exchange local currencies for U.S. dollars; unavailability of currency hedging techniques in certain emerging-market countries; the fact that companies in emerging-market countries may be newly organized, smaller, and less seasoned; the difference in, or lack of, auditing and financial reporting requirements or standards, which may result in the unavailability of material information about issuers; different clearance and settlement procedures, which may be unable to keep pace with the volume of securities transactions or otherwise make it difficult to engage in such transactions; difficulties in obtaining and/or enforcing legal judgments against non-U.S. companies and non-U.S. persons, including company directors and officers, in foreign jurisdictions; and significantly smaller market capitalizations of emerging-market issuers. In addition, shareholders of emerging market issuers, such as the Fund, often have limited rights and few practical remedies in emerging markets. Finally, the risks associated with investments in emerging markets often are significant, and vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and company to company.
Frontier Markets Risk: Frontier markets have similar risks to emerging markets, except that these risks are often magnified in a frontier market due to its smaller and less developed economy. As a result, frontier markets may experience greater changes in market or economic conditions, financial stability, price volatility, currency fluctuations, and other risks inherent in foreign securities.
Fund-of-Funds Structure Risk: The value of an investment in the Dynamic Allocation Fund is based on the performance of the underlying funds in which it invests and the allocation of its assets among those funds. The underlying funds may change their investment goals, policies or practices and there can be no assurance that the underlying funds will achieve their respective investment goals. Because the Dynamic Allocation Fund invests in mutual funds, shareholders of the Dynamic Allocation Fund indirectly bear a proportionate share of the expenses charged by the underlying funds in which it invests. The principal risks of an investment in the Dynamic Allocation Fund include the principal risks of investing in the underlying funds.
Growth-Investing Risk: Growth-oriented funds may underperform when value investing is in favor, and growth stocks may be more volatile than other stocks because they are more sensitive to investor perceptions of the issuing company’s growth of earnings potential. Also, because growth companies usually reinvest a high portion of earnings in their businesses, growth stocks may lack the dividends of some value stocks that can cushion stock prices in a falling market.
Liquidity Risk: The extent (if at all) to which a security may be sold or a derivative position closed without negatively impacting its market value may be impaired by reduced market activity or participation, legal restrictions, or other economic and market impediments. Liquidity risk may be magnified in rising interest rate environments due to higher than normal redemption rates. Widespread selling of fixed-income securities to satisfy redemptions during periods of reduced demand may adversely impact the price or salability of such securities. Periods of heavy redemption could cause the Fund to sell assets at a loss or depressed value, which could negatively affect performance. Redemption risk is heightened during periods of declining or illiquid markets.
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The capacity of traditional dealers to engage in fixed-income trading has not kept pace with the bond market's growth. As a result, dealer inventories of corporate bonds, which indicate the ability to “make markets,” i.e., buy or sell a security at the quoted bid and ask price, respectively, are at or near historic lows relative to market size. Because market makers provide stability to fixed-income markets, the significant reduction in dealer inventories could lead to decreased liquidity and increased volatility, which may become exacerbated during periods of economic or political stress.
Management Risk: In managing a Fund’s portfolio, the Adviser may engage one or more sub-advisers to make investment decisions on a portion of or the entire portfolio. There is a risk that the Adviser may be unable to identify and retain sub- advisers who achieve superior investment returns relative to other similar sub-advisers. The value of your investment may decrease if the sub-adviser incorrectly judges the attractiveness, value, or market trends affecting a particular security, issuer, industry, or sector.
Non-Diversification Risk: An underlying fund may be non-diversified, which means that it may invest a greater percentage of its assets than a diversified mutual fund in the securities of a limited number of issuers. The use of a non-diversified investment strategy may increase the volatility of an underlying fund’s investment performance, as an underlying fund may be more susceptible to risks associated with a single economic, political, or regulatory event.
Non-Diversification Risk: A non-diversified Fund may invest a significant percentage of its assets in the securities of a limited number of issuers, subject to federal income tax restrictions relating to the Fund’s qualification as a regulated investment company. Because a higher percentage of a non-diversified Fund’s holdings may be invested in the securities of a limited number of issuers, the Fund may be more susceptible to risks associated with a single economic, business, political or regulatory event than a diversified fund.
Passive Investment Risk: As the Fund is intended to track the Index, portfolio managers do not attempt to take defensive positions under any market conditions, including during declining markets. As a result, the Fund’s performance may be adversely affected by a general decline in the market segments relating to its Index. The returns from the types of securities in which the Fund invests may underperform returns from the various general securities markets or different asset classes. This may cause the Fund to underperform other investment vehicles that invest in different asset classes.
Pay-In-Kind (“PIK”) Bonds Risk: Pay-in-kind bonds are securities that, at the issuer’s option, pay interest in either cash or additional securities for a specified period. Pay-in-kind bonds, like zero coupon bonds, are designed to give an issuer flexibility in managing cash flow. Pay-in-kind bonds are expected to reflect the market value of the underlying debt plus an amount representing accrued interest since the last payment. Interest payments deferred on a pay-in-kind loan are subject to the risk that the borrower may default when the deferred payments are due in cash at the maturity of the loan. Interest rates on pay-in-kind loans are higher to reflect the time value of money on deferred interest payments and the higher credit risk of borrowers who may need to defer interest payments. Pay-in-kind instruments may have unreliable valuations because the accruals require judgments about the ultimate collectability of the deferred payments and the value of the associated collateral. The use of pay-in-kind securities may provide certain benefits to the Fund’s Adviser, including increased management fees.
Portfolio Turnover Risk: Each Fund may sell its portfolio securities, regardless of the length of time that they have been held, if the sub-adviser determines that it would be in the Fund’s best interest to do so. It may be appropriate to buy or sell portfolio securities due to economic, market, or other factors that are not within the sub-adviser’s control. These transactions will increase a Fund’s “portfolio turnover.” A 100% portfolio turnover rate would occur if all of the securities in the Fund were replaced during a given period. Frequent and active trading may result in greater expenses to the Fund, which may lower the Fund’s performance and may result in the realization of substantial capital gains, including net short-term capital gains As a result, high portfolio turnover may reduce the Fund’s returns.
Quantitative Strategy Risk: TOBAM uses proprietary statistical analyses and models to construct the Index, which the Fund seeks to track. A securities portfolio selected using TOBAM’s proprietary models can perform differently than the market as a whole as a result of the correlation factors used in the analysis to construct the models, the weight placed on each factor, and changes in the factors’ historical trends. As a result, the Fund may be more or less exposed to a risk factor, such as sector risk, than its individual holdings. Quantitative models are subject to technical issues, including programming and data inaccuracies, are based on assumptions, and rely on data that is subject to limitations (e.g., inaccuracies, staleness), any of which could adversely affect their effectiveness or predictive value. Quantitative models may not accurately predict future market movements or characteristics due to the fact that market performance can be affected by non-quantitative factors that are not easily integrated into quantitative analysis, among other factors.
Real Estate Industry Risk: Since an underlying fund’s investments may be concentrated in the real estate industry, it is subject to the risk that the real estate industry will underperform the broader market, as well as the risk that issuers in the industry will be similarly impacted by market conditions, legislative or regulatory changes, or competition. The real estate industry is particularly sensitive to economic downturns. The values of companies in the real estate industry may go through cycles of relative under-performance and outperformance in comparison to equity securities markets in general.
Sector Focus Risk: A Fund that focuses its investments in the securities of a particular market sector is subject to the risk that adverse circumstances will have a greater impact on the Fund than a fund that does not focus its investments in a particular sector. It is possible that economic, business or political developments or other changes affecting one security in the sector of focus will affect other securities in that sector of focus in the same manner, thereby increasing the risk of such investments.
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Tracking Error Risk: As with all index funds, the performance of the Fund and its Index may differ from each other for a variety of reasons. For example, the Fund incurs operating expenses and portfolio transaction costs not incurred by an Index. In addition, the Fund may not be fully invested at times, either as a result of cash flows into the Fund or as a result of reserves of cash held by the Fund to meet redemptions.
Value Investing Risk: Value investing presents the risk that an underlying fund’s security holdings may never reach their full market value because the market fails to recognize what the portfolio managers consider the true business value or because the portfolio managers have misjudged those values. In addition, value investing may fall out of favor and underperform growth or other styles of investing during given certain periods.
Where Can I Find Information About the Funds’ Portfolio Holdings Disclosure Policies?
A description of the Funds’ policies and procedures for disclosing portfolio securities to any person is available in the SAI and can also be found on the Funds’ website at TouchstoneInvestments.com.
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THE FUNDS’ MANAGEMENT
Investment Adviser
Touchstone Advisors, Inc. (“Touchstone Advisors” or the “Adviser”)
303 Broadway, Suite 1100, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Touchstone Advisors has been a registered investment adviser since 1994. As of March 31, 2023, Touchstone Advisors had approximately $24.6 billion in assets under management. As the Funds’ investment adviser, Touchstone Advisors reviews, supervises, and administers the Funds’ investment programs and also ensures compliance with the Funds’ investment policies and guidelines.
Touchstone Advisors is responsible for selecting each Fund’s sub-adviser(s), subject to approval by the Board. Touchstone Advisors selects a sub-adviser that has shown good investment performance in its areas of expertise. Touchstone Advisors considers various factors in evaluating a sub-adviser, including:
Level of knowledge and skill;
Performance as compared to its peers or benchmark;
Consistency of performance over 5 years or more;
Level of compliance with investment rules and strategies;
Employees, facilities and financial strength; and
Quality of service.
Touchstone Advisors will also continually monitor each sub-adviser’s performance through various analyses and through in-person, telephone, and written consultations with a sub-adviser. Touchstone Advisors discusses its expectations for performance with each sub-adviser and provides evaluations and recommendations to the Board of Trustees, including whether or not a sub-adviser’s contract should be renewed, modified, or terminated.
The SEC has granted an exemptive order that permits Touchstone Strategic Trust (the “Trust”) or Touchstone Advisors, under certain conditions, to select or change unaffiliated sub-advisers, enter into new sub-advisory agreements, or amend existing sub-advisory agreements without first obtaining shareholder approval. The Funds must still obtain shareholder approval of any sub-advisory agreement with a sub-adviser affiliated with the Trust or Touchstone Advisors other than by reason of serving as a sub-adviser to one or more Touchstone Funds. Shareholders of a Fund will be notified of any changes to its sub-adviser.
Two or more sub-advisers may manage a Fund, from time to time, with each managing a portion of the Fund’s assets. If a Fund has more than one sub-adviser, Touchstone Advisors allocates how much of a Fund’s assets are managed by each sub-adviser. Touchstone Advisors may change these allocations from time to time, often based upon the results of its evaluations of the sub-advisers.
Touchstone Advisors is also responsible for running all of the operations of the Funds, except those that are subcontracted to a sub-adviser, custodian, transfer agent, sub-administrative agent or other parties. For its services, Touchstone Advisors is entitled to receive an investment advisory fee from each Fund at an annualized rate, based on the average daily net assets of the Fund. The Annual Fee Rate below is the fee paid to Touchstone Advisors by each Fund, net of any advisory fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022. Touchstone Advisors pays sub-advisory fees to each sub-adviser from its advisory fee.
Fund
Net Annual Fee Rate as a %
of Average Daily Net Assets*
Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund
0.00%
Dynamic Allocation Fund
0.00%
Sands Capital International Growth Fund
0.19%
*
The Net Annual Fee Rate is the fee paid to Touchstone Advisors by each Fund, net of any advisory fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022. These advisory fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements are described in the “Annual Fund Operating Expenses” table and the related footnotes in each Fund’s summary above.
Advisory and Sub-Advisory Agreement Approval. A discussion of the basis for the Board’s approval of the Funds’ advisory and sub-advisory agreements can be found in the Trust’s December 31, 2022 annual report.
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Additional Information
The Trustees of the Trust oversee generally the operations of each Fund and the Trust. The Trust enters into contractual arrangements with various parties, including, among others, the Funds’ investment adviser, custodian, transfer agent, accountants and distributor, who provide services to each Fund. Shareholders are not parties to, or intended (or “third-party”) beneficiaries of, any of those contractual arrangements, and those contractual arrangements are not intended to create in any such individual shareholder or group of shareholders any right to enforce the terms of the contractual arrangements against the service providers or to seek any remedy under the contractual arrangements against the service providers, either directly or on behalf of the Trust.
This prospectus provides information concerning the Trust and the Funds that you should consider in determining whether to purchase shares of a Fund. The Funds may make changes to this information from time to time. Neither this prospectus, the SAI or any document filed as an exhibit to the Trust’s registration statement, is intended to, nor does it, give rise to an agreement or contract between the Trust or a Fund and its shareholders, or give rise to any contract or other rights in any such individual shareholder, group of shareholders or other person other than any rights conferred explicitly by federal or state securities laws that may not be waived.
Sub-Advisers and Portfolio Managers
Listed below are the sub-advisers and their respective portfolio managers that have responsibility for the day-to-day management of each Fund. A brief biographical description of each portfolio manager is also provided. The SAI provides additional information about the portfolio managers’ investments in the Fund or Funds that they manage, a description of their compensation structure, and information regarding other accounts that they manage.
Sands Capital Management, LLC (“Sands Capital”), located at 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 3000, Arlington, Virginia 22209, serves as sub-adviser to the Sands Capital International Growth Fund. As sub-adviser, Sands Capital makes investment decisions for the Fund and also ensures compliance with the Fund’s investment policies and guidelines. Sands Capital is controlled by Frank M. Sands. As of December 31, 2022, Sands Capital had approximately $38.9 billion in discretionary assets under management in the firm’s public equity strategies. The following individuals are jointly and primarily responsible for the management of the Sands Capital International Growth Fund.
Sands Capital International Growth Fund
Sunil H. Thakor, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager. Mr. Thakor joined Sands Capital in 2004 as a Research Associate Intern and became a Research Analyst in 2005. In 2007, Mr. Thakor became Co-Portfolio Manager of the firm’s Global Growth strategy. He later helped launch the Global Leaders and International Growth strategies in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Prior to joining Sands Capital, he was an Associate/Analyst with Charles River Associates, Inc. from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Thakor received his bachelor’s degree from Colby College (1999) and an MBA from the Columbia Business School (2006).
David E. Levanson, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager, Research Analyst and Executive Managing Director, worked for Sands Capital from 1992 to 1994 and rejoined Sands Capital in 2002. From 1996 to 1999 he was a Vice President and Research Analyst at State Street Research & Management and from 1999 to 2002 he worked as a Research Analyst at MFS Investment Management. Prior to joining Sands Capital in 1992, Mr. Levanson was a Research Analyst at the Capital Management Group, Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas, Inc. from 1990 to 1992. Mr. Levanson received his BS degree in Finance from the University of Florida (1990) and his MBA from the Darden School at University of Virginia (1996).
Danielle Menichella, CFA, Senior Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager, joined Sands Capital in 2013 as a Research Analyst. Ms. Menichella began her career as an Analyst at Emerging Markets Management in 1997, which was later acquired by Ashmore Group, where she was a Senior Analyst before joining Sands Capital. Ms. Menichella earned an AB in Economics and Public Policy from Duke University (1997).
Prior Performance for Similar Accounts Managed by Sands Capital
The following table sets forth composite performance data relating to the historical performance of all accounts managed by Sands Capital for the periods indicated, with investment objectives, policies, strategies, and risks substantially similar to those of the Fund. The data is provided to illustrate the past performance of Sands Capital in managing substantially similar accounts as measured against market indices. The information in this section entitled “Prior Performance for Similar Accounts Managed by Sands Capital” does not represent the performance of the Fund and is no indication of how it would have performed in the past or will perform in the future.
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Average Annual Total Returns
For the periods ended December 31, 2022:
 
1 Year
3 Years
Since Inception
(March 31, 2018)
Sands Capital International Growth Equity Composite (Net)
(41.00)%
(1.42)%
5.69%
MSCI ACWI ex-USA
(16.00)%
0.07%
1.18%
The Sands Capital International Growth Equity Composite (the “Composite”), which is managed by Sands Capital, represents the investment performance track record of Sands Capital’s International Growth strategy, which is the strategy used by Sands Capital to manage the Fund. As of December 31,  2022, the Composite was comprised of three accounts. The accounts comprising the Composite are not subject to the same types of expenses to which the Fund is subject, certain investment limitations, diversification requirements, and other restrictions imposed by the 1940 Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Thus, the performance results for the account could have been adversely affected if the account had been regulated as an investment company under federal securities and tax laws.
The returns of Sands Capital have been independently verified since February 7, 1992, and the current auditor is ACA Performance Services. Verification assesses whether (1) the firm has complied with all the Composite construction requirements of the Global Investment Performance Standards (“GIPS”) on a firm-wide basis and (2) the firm’s policies and procedures are designed to calculate and present performance in compliance with GIPS.
The Composite’s returns are net of management fees (calculated by deducting the highest applicable fee of 0.85% from the monthly gross Composite return) and expenses and reflect the reinvestment of all income. These fees and expenses are not reflective of the fees and expenses of the Fund and may vary depending on, among other things, the applicable fee schedule and portfolio size. All returns are expressed in U.S. dollars. The Fund’s fees are reflected in its fee table in the “Summary” section of this prospectus.
Past performance of the Composite is not indicative of future results. As with any investment there is always the potential for gains as well as the possibility of losses. The Composite performance information presented herein has been calculated and provided by the Fund’s sub-adviser. Although the performance is believed to be reliable, Touchstone Advisors does not guarantee or make any warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of such information.
TOBAM S.A.S. (“TOBAM”), a SEC-registered investment adviser, located at 49-53 Avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris, France, serves as sub-adviser to the Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund. As sub-adviser, TOBAM makes investment decisions for the Fund and also ensures compliance with the Fund’s investment policies and guidelines. TOBAM is primarily employee-owned, with Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. holding minority interests. As of December 31,  2022 TOBAM had approximately $6 billion in assets under management. The following individuals are jointly and primarily responsible for the management of the Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund.
Anti-Benchmark® US Core Equity Fund
Ayaaz Allymun, Portfolio Manager. Mr. Allymun joined TOBAM in June 2008 as a portfolio manager and researcher. From 2004 he was a portfolio manager at Credit Agricole Asset Management (“CAAM”) in Paris where he managed index funds, enhanced index funds, and multi-strategy funds based on a core/satellite approach. Prior to this, he joined Credit Lyonnais Asset Management (“CLAM”) as a quantitative analyst. Mr. Allymun achieved a DESS (equivalent to MSc) of Applied Mathematics with Honors from Pierre & Marie Curie University (Paris VI).
Patrick Chedid, Portfolio Manager. Mr. Chedid started his career in the asset management industry in 2012. He first worked as a Quant Risk Manager at La Banque Postale Asset Management (and its subsidiary LBP Structured Asset Management) where he occupied for 6 years the roles of Structured Risk Analyst and Quantitative Analyst & model validation. He then joined TOBAM in April 2018 as a Quant Engineer, implementing research and back testing strategies. He transitioned to the Portfolio Management team at TOBAM in December 2022. He holds an engineering degree from INSA in applied mathematics and a MSc in Actuarial Studies and Financial Engineering from the University of Rouen. He became a CFA charterholder in 2018.
Mara Maccagnan, Portfolio Manager. Ms. Maccagnan is a portfolio manager with more than 10 years’ experience in the investment industry. She started her career in 2011 in the structuring department of Banca IMI. She moved in the structured fund team of ANIMA Asset Management Ltd in Dublin in 2012. From 2014 to 2018 she was a portfolio manager of a group of flexible absolute return funds called Smart Volatility and based on a proprietary quantitative risk control model. She joined TOBAM in 2018 as portfolio manager in the equity team. Ms. Maccagnan graduated in Economics from University of Udine and obtained a post MSc diploma in Mathematical Finance from University of Bologna (Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Science).
Guillaume Toison, Portfolio Manager. Mr. Toison joined TOBAM in December 2006 as equity portfolio manager. Prior to joining the team, he was quantitative analyst for CAAM in Paris, and part of the team that pioneered development of the company’s statistical arbitrage strategies. Mr. Toison graduated from ENST Paris in Mathematics, Computer Science and Telecommunications.
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Wilshire Advisors, LLC (“Wilshire”), located at 1299 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, California 90401, serves as sub-adviser to the Dynamic Allocation Fund effective November 23, 2015. Wilshire is a registered investment adviser founded in 1972. Wilshire advises more than $1.3 trillion in assets under management as of December 31,  2022. Wilshire, an independent firm for over 50 years, is supported by a global network of offices in the U.S., Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The following individuals are jointly and primarily responsible for the management of the Dynamic Allocation Fund.
Dynamic Allocation Fund
Nathan Palmer, CFA, is a Managing Director with Wilshire and heads Wilshire’s multi-asset portfolio management group. Mr. Palmer has more than 20 years of industry experience and is responsible for creating multi-asset class, multi-manager investment solutions for financial intermediary clients. Prior to joining Wilshire in 2011, Mr. Palmer provided investment advice to endowment, foundation, and family office clients at Convergent Wealth Advisors since 2009.
Anthony Wicklund, CFA, CAIA, is a Managing Director with Wilshire and a Portfolio Manager with Wilshire’s multi-asset portfolio management group. Mr. Wicklund has more than 20 years of industry experience and is a Portfolio Manager for multi-manager portfolios, including target-risk, target-date, and alternative portfolios for a range of financial intermediary clients. Prior to joining Wilshire in 2013, Mr. Wicklund was the Director of Risk Management at Convergent Wealth Advisors, where he led the firm’s investment risk management and operational due diligence efforts since 2006.
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CHOOSING A CLASS OF SHARES
Share Class Offerings. Each class of shares has different sales charges and distribution fees. The amount of sales charges and distribution fees you pay will depend on which class of shares you decide to purchase. In addition, certain intermediaries may provide different sales charge discounts and waivers. The sales charge variations and waivers for Fund shares purchased through Ameriprise Financial, Edward D. Jones & Co., Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Raymond James and Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated are described in Appendix A – Intermediary-Specific Sales Charge Waivers and Discounts to this prospectus.
Class A Shares
The offering price of Class A shares of each Fund is equal to its net asset value (“NAV”) plus a front-end sales charge that you pay when you buy your shares. The front-end sales charge is generally deducted from the amount of your investment. Class A shares are subject to a Rule 12b-1 distribution fee of up to 0.25% of the Fund’s average daily net assets allocable to Class A shares.
Class A Sales Charge. The following tables show the amount of front-end sales charge you will pay on purchases of Class A shares for the Touchstone equity funds.
For these purposes, the following Funds are “Touchstone equity funds”: Anti-Benchmark US Core Equity Fund, Sands Capital International Growth Fund and Dynamic Allocation Fund.
Applicable to Touchstone equity funds:
Amount of Your Investment
Sales Charge as % of
Offering Price
Sales Charge as % of
Net Amount Invested
Dealer Reallowance as %
of Offering Price
Under $25,000
5.00%
5.26%
4.50%
$25,000 but less than $50,000
4.50%
4.71%
4.25%
$50,000 but less than $100,000
4.00%
4.17%
3.75%
$100,000 but less than $250,000
3.00%
3.09%
2.75%
$250,000 but less than $1 million
2.00%
2.04%
1.75%
$1 million or more
0.00%
0.00%
  None
Waiver of Class A Sales Charge.* There is no front-end sales charge if you invest $1 million or more in any share class of the Touchstone equity funds. Additionally, there is no front-end sales charge if you invest $500,000 or more in any share class of the Touchstone fixed income funds. If you redeem shares that were part of the $1 million or $500,000 breakpoint purchase within one year of that purchase, you may pay a contingent deferred sales charge (“CDSC”) of up to 1.00% or 0.50%, respectively, on the shares redeemed if a commission was paid by Touchstone Securities, Inc. (the “Distributor” or “Touchstone Securities”) to the broker-dealer on the account. There is no front-end sales charge on exchanges between Funds with the same load schedule or from a higher load schedule to a lower load schedule. In addition, there is no front-end sales charge on the following purchases:
Purchases by registered representatives or other employees** (and their immediate family members***) of financial intermediaries having selling agreements with Touchstone Securities.
Purchases in accounts as to which a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary charges an asset management fee economically comparable to a sales charge, provided the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary has a selling agreement with Touchstone Securities.
Purchases by a trust department of any financial intermediary serving in a fiduciary capacity as trustee to any trust over which it has discretionary trading authority.
Purchases through a financial intermediary that has agreements with Touchstone Securities, or whose programs are available through financial intermediaries that have agreements with Touchstone Securities relating to mutual fund supermarket programs, fee-based wrap or asset allocation programs.
Purchases by an employee benefit plan having more than 25 eligible employees or a minimum of $250,000 in plan assets. This waiver applies to any investing employee benefit plan meeting the minimum eligibility requirements and whose transactions are executed through a financial intermediary that has entered into an agreement with Touchstone Securities to use the Touchstone Funds in connection with the plan’s accounts. The term “employee benefit plan” applies to qualified pension, profit-sharing, or other employee benefit plans.
Purchases by an employee benefit plan that is provided administrative services by a third party administrator that has entered into a special service arrangement with Touchstone Securities.
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Reinvestment of redemption proceeds from Class A shares of any Touchstone Fund if the reinvestment occurs within 90 days of redemption.
*
Please see Appendix A – Intermediary-Specific Sales Charge Waivers and Discounts in the prospectus for a description of variations in sales charges and waivers for Fund shares purchased through Ameriprise Financial, Edward D. Jones & Co., Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Raymond James and Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated.
**
The term “employee” is deemed to include current and retired employees.
***
Immediate family members are defined as the parents, mother-in-law or father-in-law, spouse, brother or sister, brother-in-law or sister-in-law, son-in-law or daughter-in-law, niece or nephew and children of a registered representative or employee, and any other individual to whom the registered representative or employee provides material support.
Touchstone Securities has agreed to waive the Class A sales charge for clients of financial intermediaries that have entered into an agreement with Touchstone Securities to offer shares to self-directed investment brokerage accounts that may or may not charge a transaction fee to their customers. As of the date of this Prospectus, this arrangement applies to shareholders purchasing Fund shares through platforms at the following intermediaries:
Merrill Lynch
RBC
JP Morgan Securities
Morgan Stanley
Raymond James
Ameriprise Financial
Please see Appendix A – Intermediary-Specific Sales Charge Waivers and Discounts in the prospectus for a description of variations in sales charges and waivers for Fund shares purchased through Ameriprise Financial, Edward D. Jones & Co., Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Raymond James and Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. You should ask your financial intermediary if it offers and you are eligible to participate in such a mutual fund program and whether participation in the program is consistent with your investment goals. The intermediaries sponsoring or participating in these mutual fund programs may also offer their clients other classes of shares of the funds and investors may receive different levels of services or pay different fees depending upon the class of shares included in the program. Investors should carefully consider any separate transaction fee or other fees charged by these programs in connection with investing in each available share class before selecting a share class.
You must notify your financial intermediary (or Touchstone Securities for purchases made directly from the Funds) at the time of purchase that you believe you qualify for a sales charge waiver, in addition to providing appropriate proof of your eligibility. Failure to provide such notification and proof may result in you not receiving the sales charge waiver to which you are otherwise entitled. For direct purchases through Touchstone Securities you may apply for a waiver by marking the appropriate section on the investment application and completing the “Special Account Options” form. You can obtain the application and form by calling Touchstone at 1.800.543.0407 or by visiting the Touchstone Funds’ website: TouchstoneInvestments.com. Purchases at NAV may be made for investment only, and the shares may not be resold except through redemption by or on behalf of the Fund. At the option of the Fund, the front-end sales charge may be included on future purchases.
Reduced Class A Sales Charge. You may also purchase Class A shares of a Fund at the reduced sales charges shown in the table above through the Rights of Accumulation Program or by signing a Letter of Intent. The following purchasers (“Qualified Purchasers”) may qualify for a reduced sales charge under the Rights of Accumulation Program or Letter of Intent:
an individual, an individual’s spouse, or an individual’s children under the age of 21; or
a trustee or other fiduciary purchasing shares for a single fiduciary account although more than one beneficiary is involved.
The following accounts (“Qualified Accounts”) held in any Touchstone Fund may be grouped together to qualify for the reduced sales charge under the Rights of Accumulation Program or Letter of Intent:
Individual accounts
Joint tenant with rights of survivorship accounts
Uniform Gifts/Transfers to Minors Act (“UGTMA”) Accounts
Trust accounts
Estate accounts
Guardian/Conservator accounts
Individual Retirement Accounts (“IRAs”), including Traditional, Roth, Simplified Employee Pension Plans (“SEP”) and Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (“SIMPLE”)
Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (“Education IRAs”)
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Please see Appendix A – Intermediary-Specific Sales Charge Waivers and Discounts in the prospectus for a description of variations in sales charges and waivers for Fund shares purchased through Ameriprise Financial, Edward D. Jones & Co., Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Raymond James and Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated.
Rights of Accumulation Program. Under the Rights of Accumulation Program, you may qualify for a reduced sales charge by aggregating all of your investments held in Qualified Accounts. You or your dealer must notify Touchstone Securities at the time of purchase that a purchase qualifies for a reduced sales charge under the Rights of Accumulation Program and must provide either a list of account numbers or copies of account statements verifying your qualification. If your shares are held directly in a Touchstone Fund or through a dealer, you may combine the historical cost or current NAV (whichever is higher) of your existing shares of any Touchstone Fund with the amount of your current purchase in order to take advantage of the reduced sales charge. Historical cost is the price you actually paid for the shares you own, plus your reinvested dividends and capital gains. If you are using historical cost to qualify for a reduced sales charge, you should retain any records to substantiate your historical costs since the Fund, its transfer agent or your broker-dealer may not maintain this information.
If your shares are held through a financial intermediary, you may combine the current NAV of your existing shares of any Touchstone Fund with the amount of your current purchase in order to take advantage of the reduced sales charge. You or your financial intermediary must notify Touchstone at the time of purchase that a purchase qualifies for a reduced sales charge under the Rights of Accumulation Program and must provide copies of account statements dated within three months of your current purchase verifying your qualification. Upon receipt of the above referenced supporting documentation, Touchstone Securities will calculate the combined value of all of the Qualified Purchaser’s Qualified Accounts to determine if the current purchase is eligible for a reduced sales charge. Purchases made for nominee or street name accounts (securities held in the name of a dealer or another nominee such as a bank trust department instead of the customer) may not be aggregated with purchases for other accounts and may not be aggregated with other nominee or street name accounts unless otherwise qualified as described above.
Please see Appendix A – Intermediary-Specific Sales Charge Waivers and Discounts in the prospectus for a description of variations in sales charges and waivers for Fund shares purchased through Ameriprise Financial, Edward D. Jones & Co., Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Raymond James and Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated.
Letter of Intent. If you plan to invest at least $25,000 in Class A shares of Touchstone equity funds sold with a front-end sales charge or $50,000 in Class A shares of Touchstone fixed income funds sold with a front-end sales charge (excluding any reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions) during the next 13 months you may qualify for a reduced sales charge by completing a Letter of Intent. A Letter of Intent indicates your intent to purchase at least $25,000 in Class A shares of any Touchstone equity fund sold with a front-end sales charge or at least $50,000 in Class A shares of any Touchstone fixed income fund sold with a front-end sales charge over the next 13 months in exchange for a reduced sales charge indicated on the above chart. The minimum initial investment under a Letter of Intent is $10,000. You are not obligated to purchase additional shares if you complete a Letter of Intent. If you do not buy enough shares to qualify for the projected level of sales charge by the end of the 13-month period (or when you sell your shares, if earlier), then your sales charge will be recalculated to reflect your actual purchase level. During the term of the Letter of Intent, shares representing 5% of your intended purchase will be held in escrow. If you do not purchase enough shares during the 13-month period to qualify for the projected reduced sales charge, the additional sales charge will be deducted from your escrow account. If you have purchased Class A shares of any Touchstone Fund sold with a front-end sales charge within 90 days prior to signing a Letter of Intent, they may be included as part of your intended purchase, however, previous purchase transactions will not be recalculated with the proposed new breakpoint. You must provide either a list of account numbers or copies of account statements verifying your purchases within the past 90 days.
Please see Appendix A – Intermediary-Specific Sales Charge Waivers and Discounts in the prospectus for a description of variations in sales charges and waivers for Fund shares purchased through Ameriprise Financial, Edward D. Jones & Co., Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Raymond James and Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated.
Other Information. Information about sales charges and breakpoints is also available in a clear and prominent format on the Touchstone Funds’ website: TouchstoneInvestments.com. You can access this information by selecting the “Resources” link and then the “Sales Charges and Breakpoints” link under the heading “Regulatory.” For more information about qualifying for a reduced or waived sales charge, contact your financial adviser or contact Touchstone at 1.800.543.0407.
Class C Shares
Class C shares of the Funds are sold at NAV without an initial sales charge so that the full amount of your purchase payment may be immediately invested in the Funds. Class C shares are subject to a Rule 12b-1 fee. A CDSC of 1.00% will be charged on Class C shares redeemed within 1 year after you purchased them. In most cases it is more advantageous to purchase Class A shares for amounts of $1 million or more. Therefore, a request to purchase Class C shares for $1 million or more will be considered as a purchase request for Class A shares or declined. Please see Appendix A – Intermediary-Specific Sales Charge Waivers and Discounts in the prospectus for a description of variations in sales charges and waivers for Fund shares purchased through Ameriprise Financial, Edward D. Jones & Co., Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Raymond James and Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated.
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Effective June 30, 2020 (the “Effective Date”), Class C shares of each Fund automatically convert into Class A shares of the same Fund after they have been held for eight (8) years. The conversion is not considered a taxable event for federal income tax purposes. These automatic conversions are executed without any sales charge (including CDSCs), redemption or transaction fee, or other charge. After such a conversion takes place, the shares will be subject to all features, rights and expenses of Class A shares. If you hold Class C shares through certain financial intermediaries, such as an omnibus account or group retirement recordkeeping platform, your intermediary may not be able to track the amount of time you held your Class C shares purchased before June 30, 2020. In that case, Class C shares held prior to June 30, 2020 would convert to Class A shares eight (8) years after the Effective Date of this policy. In addition, Class C shares held through certain financial intermediaries may convert to Class A shares of the same Fund in a shorter time frame than shares purchased directly from the Fund. Please contact your financial intermediary for further information about its Class C shares to Class A shares conversion policy.
Class Y Shares
Class Y shares of the Funds are sold at NAV without an initial sales charge so that the full amount of your purchase payment may be immediately invested in the Funds. Class Y shares are not subject to a Rule 12b-1 fee or CDSC. In addition, Class Y shares may be purchased through certain mutual fund programs sponsored by qualified intermediaries, such as broker-dealers and investment advisers. In each case, the intermediary has entered into an agreement with Touchstone Securities to include the Touchstone Funds in their program where the intermediary provides investors participating in their program with additional services, including advisory, asset allocation, recordkeeping or other services. You should ask your financial institution if it offers and you are eligible to participate in such a mutual fund program and whether participation in the program is consistent with your investment goals. The intermediaries sponsoring or participating in these mutual fund programs may also offer their clients other classes of shares of the funds and investors may receive different levels of services or pay different fees depending upon the class of shares included in the program. If you purchase Class Y shares through a broker acting solely as an agent on behalf of its customers, that broker may charge you a commission. Such commissions, if any, are not charged by the Touchstone Funds and are not reflected in the fee tables or expense examples in this prospectus. Investors should carefully consider any separate transaction fee or other fees charged by these programs in connection with investing in each available share class before selecting a share class.
Institutional Class Shares
Institutional Class shares of the Funds are sold at NAV without an initial sales charge so that the full amount of your purchase payment may be immediately invested in the Funds. Institutional Class shares are not subject to a Rule 12b-1 fee or CDSC.
Class R6 Shares
No dealer compensation is paid from the sale of Class R6 shares of the Funds. Class R6 shares of the Funds are sold at NAV and do not pay a sales charge, Rule 12b-1 fee, impose a CDSC, or make payments to financial intermediaries/broker-dealers for assisting Touchstone Securities, Inc. (the Fund’s distributor) in promoting the sales of the Fund’s shares. In addition, neither the Funds nor its affiliates make any type of administrative, service, relationship, or revenue sharing payments in connection with Class R6 shares. An investor transacting in Class R6 shares may be required to pay a commission to a broker for effecting such transactions on an agency basis.
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DISTRIBUTION AND SHAREHOLDER SERVICING ARRANGEMENTS
Rule 12b-1 Distribution Plans. Each Fund offering Class A shares and Class C shares has adopted a distribution plan under Rule 12b-1 of the 1940 Act. The plans allow each Fund to pay distribution and other fees for the sale and distribution of its shares and for services provided to shareholders. Under the Class A plan, the Funds pay an annual fee of up to 0.25% of average daily net assets that are attributable to Class A shares. Under the Class C plan, the Funds pay an annual fee of up to 1.00% of average daily net assets that are attributable to Class C shares (of which up to 0.75% is a distribution fee and up to 0.25% is a shareholder servicing fee). Because these fees are paid out of a Fund’s assets on an ongoing basis, they will increase the cost of your investment and over time may cost you more than paying other types of sales charges.
Additional Compensation to Financial Intermediaries. Touchstone Securities, the Trust’s principal underwriter, at its expense (from a designated percentage of its income) currently provides additional compensation to certain dealers. Touchstone Securities pursues a focused distribution strategy with a limited number of dealers who have sold shares of the Touchstone Funds. Touchstone Securities reviews and makes changes to the focused distribution strategy on a periodic basis. These payments are generally based on a pro rata share of a dealer’s sales or assets. Touchstone Securities may also provide compensation in connection with conferences, sales or training programs for employees, seminars for the public, advertising and other dealer-sponsored programs. Touchstone Advisors, at its own expense, may also provide additional compensation to certain broker dealers, financial intermediaries or service providers for certain services including distribution, administrative, sub-accounting, sub-transfer agency and/or shareholder servicing activities. These additional cash payments to a financial intermediary are payments over and above sales commissions or reallowances, distribution fees or servicing fees (including networking, administration and sub-transfer agency fees). These additional cash payments also may be made as an expense reimbursement in cases where the financial intermediary bears certain costs in connection with providing shareholder services to Fund shareholders. Touchstone Advisors may also reimburse Touchstone Securities for making these payments.
Touchstone Advisors and its affiliates may also pay cash compensation in the form of finders’ fees or referral fees that vary depending on the dollar amount of shares sold. The amount and value of additional cash payments vary for each financial intermediary. The additional cash payment arrangement between a particular financial intermediary and Touchstone Advisors or its affiliates may provide for increased rates of compensation as the dollar value of the Fund’s shares or particular class of shares sold or invested through such financial intermediary increases. The availability of these additional cash payments, the varying fee structure within a particular additional cash payment arrangement and the basis for and manner in which a financial intermediary compensates its sales representatives may create a financial incentive for a particular financial intermediary and its sales representatives to recommend a Fund’s shares over the shares of other mutual funds based, at least in part, on the level of compensation paid. You should consult with your financial adviser and review carefully any disclosure by the financial firm as to compensation received by your financial adviser. Although the Funds may use financial firms that sell the Funds’ shares to effect portfolio transactions for the Funds, the Funds and Touchstone Advisors will not consider the sale of a Fund’s shares as a factor when choosing financial firms to effect those transactions. For more information on payment arrangements, please see the section entitled “Touchstone Securities” in the SAI.
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INVESTING WITH TOUCHSTONE
Choosing the Appropriate Investments to Match Your Goals. Investing well requires a plan. We recommend that you meet with your financial adviser to plan a strategy that will best meet your financial goals.
Purchasing Your Shares
Please read this prospectus carefully and then determine how much you want to invest.
Classes A and C shares may be purchased directly through Touchstone Securities, Inc. (“Touchstone Securities”) or through your financial intermediary.
Class Y shares are available through certain financial intermediaries who have appropriate selling agreements in place with Touchstone Securities.
Institutional Class and Class R6 shares may be purchased directly through Touchstone Securities or through your financial intermediary.
In order to open an account you must complete an investment application. You can obtain an investment application from Touchstone Securities, your financial adviser or other financial intermediary, or by visiting TouchstoneInvestments.com.
Subject to the restrictions on new accounts described in the section of this prospectus entitled “Buying and Selling Fund Shares,” you may purchase shares of the Fund directly from Touchstone Securities or through your financial intermediary.
You may purchase shares in the Fund on a day when the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) is open for trading (“Business Day”). Currently, the NYSE is normally open for trading every weekday except: (1) in the event of an emergency, or (2) for the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information about how to purchase shares, call Touchstone Securities at 1.800.543.0407.
Investor Alert: Each Touchstone Fund reserves the right to restrict or reject any purchase request, including exchanges from other Touchstone Funds, which it regards as disruptive to efficient portfolio management. For example, a purchase request could be rejected because of the timing of the investment or because of a history of excessive trading by the investor. (See “Market Timing Policy” in this prospectus.) Touchstone Securities may change applicable initial and additional investment minimums at any time
Opening an Account
Important Information About Procedures for Opening an Account. Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify and record information that identifies each person who opens an account. What this means for you: When you open an account, we will ask for your name, residential address, date of birth, government identification number and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see your driver’s license or other identifying documents. If we do not receive these required pieces of information, there will be a delay in processing your investment request, which could subject your investment to market risk. If we are unable to immediately verify your identity, the Fund may restrict further investment until your identity is verified. However, if we are unable to completely verify your identity through our verification process, the Fund reserves the right to close your account without notice and return your investment to you at the price determined at the end of business (typically 4:00 p.m. Eastern time or at such other time that the NYSE establishes official closing prices), on the day that your account is closed. If we close your account because we are unable to completely verify your identity, your investment will be subject to market fluctuation, which could result in a loss of a portion of your principal investment.
Investing in the Funds
By mail or through your financial adviser
Please make your check (drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. dollars) payable to the Touchstone Funds. We do not accept third party checks for initial investments.
Send your check with the completed investment application by regular mail to Touchstone Investments, P.O. Box 534467, Pittsburgh, PA 15253-4467, or by overnight mail to Touchstone Investments, c/o BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc., 4400 Computer Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts 01581.
Your application will be processed subject to your check clearing. If your check is returned for insufficient funds or uncollected funds, you may be charged a fee and you will be responsible for any resulting loss to the Fund.
You may also open an account through your financial adviser.
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By wire or Automated Clearing House (“ACH”)
You may open an account by purchasing shares by wire or ACH transfer. Call Touchstone Investments at 1.800.543.0407 for wire or ACH instructions.
Touchstone Securities will not process wire or ACH purchases until it receives a completed investment application.
There is no charge imposed by the Funds to make a wire or ACH purchase. Your bank, financial intermediary or processing organization may charge a fee to send a wire or ACH purchase to Touchstone Securities.
Through your financial intermediary
You may invest in certain share classes by establishing an account through financial intermediaries such as a bank, broker dealer or mutual fund supermarket that have appropriate selling agreements with Touchstone Securities.
Your financial intermediary will act as the shareholder of record of your shares.
Financial intermediaries may set different initial minimum and subsequent investment requirements, may impose other restrictions or may charge you fees for their services.
Financial intermediaries may designate third party clearing agents to accept purchase and sales orders on the Funds’ behalf. It is the responsibility of the financial intermediary to transmit properly completed orders so that they will be received by Touchstone Securities in a timely manner.
Your financial intermediary may receive compensation from the Funds, Touchstone Securities, Touchstone Advisors or their affiliates.
Before investing in the Funds through your financial intermediary, you should read any materials provided by the financial intermediary together with this prospectus.
Shares held through a financial intermediary may be transferred into your name following procedures established by that firm and Touchstone Securities
By exchange
Class A shares may be exchanged into Class A shares of any other Touchstone Fund at NAV, although Touchstone Funds that are closed to new investors may not accept exchanges.
Class C shares may be exchanged into Class C shares of any other Touchstone Fund, although Touchstone Funds that are closed to new investors may not accept exchanges.
Class Y shares of a Fund are exchangeable for Class Y shares of any other Touchstone Fund, as long as investment minimums and proper selling agreement requirements are met. Class Y shares may be available through financial intermediaries that have appropriate selling agreements with Touchstone Securities, or through “processing organizations” (e.g., mutual fund supermarkets) that purchase shares for their customers. Touchstone Funds that are closed to new investors may not accept exchanges.
Institutional Class shares of the Funds are exchangeable for Institutional Class shares of any other Touchstone Fund as long as investment minimums and proper selling agreement requirements are met, although Touchstone Funds that are closed to new investors may not accept exchanges.
Class A, C, Y, and R6 shareholders who are eligible to invest in Institutional Class shares are eligible to exchange their Class A shares, Class C shares, and Class Y shares and Class R6 shares for Institutional Class shares of the same Fund, if offered in their state, and such an exchange can be accommodated by their financial intermediary. Please see the SAI for more information under “Choosing a Class of Shares”.
Class A, C, Y and Institutional shareholders who are eligible to invest in R6 Class shares are eligible to exchange their Class A shares, Class C shares, Class Y shares and Institutional Class shares for R6 shares of the same Fund, if offered in their state and such an exchange can be accommodated by their financial intermediary. Please see the SAI for more information under “Choosing a Class of Shares”.
Class A and Class C shareholders who are eligible to invest in Class Y shares are eligible to exchange their Class A shares and/or Class C shares for Class Y shares of the same Fund, if offered in their state and such an exchange can be accommodated by their financial intermediary.
Class R6 shares may be exchanged into Class R6 shares of any other Touchstone Fund at NAV, although Touchstone Funds that are closed to new investors may not accept exchanges.
Class R6 shareholders who are eligible to invest in Institutional Class shares are eligible to exchange their Class R6 shares for Institutional Class shares of the same Fund, if offered in their state and such an exchange can be accommodated by their financial intermediary. Please see the Fund’s SAI for more information under “Choosing a Class of Shares.”
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT EXCHANGES: Shares otherwise subject to a CDSC will not be charged a CDSC in an exchange. However, when you redeem the shares acquired through the exchange, the shares you redeem may be subject to a CDSC, depending on when you originally purchased the exchanged shares. For purposes of computing the CDSC, the length of time you have owned your shares will be measured from the date of original purchase and will not be affected by any exchange.
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Before making an exchange of your Fund shares, you should carefully review the disclosure provided in the prospectus relating to the Fund into which you are exchanging. Touchstone Funds that are closed to new investors may not accept exchanges. You do not have to pay any exchange fee for your exchange, but if you exchange from a Fund with a lower load schedule to a Fund with a higher load schedule you may be charged the load differential.
You may realize a taxable gain if you exchange shares of a Fund for shares of another Fund. See “Distributions and Taxes — Federal Income Tax Information” for more information and the federal income tax consequences of such an exchange.
Through retirement plans.
You may invest in certain Funds through various retirement plans. These include individual retirement plans and employer sponsored retirement plans.
Individual Retirement Plans
Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans
Traditional IRAs
Defined benefit plans
SIMPLE IRAs
Defined contribution plans (including 401(k) plans, profit
sharing plans and money purchase plans)
Spousal IRAs
457 plans
Roth IRAs
 
Education IRAs
 
SEP IRAs
 
To determine which type of retirement plan is appropriate for you, please contact your tax adviser. For further information about any of the plans, agreements, applications and annual fees, contact Touchstone at 1.800.543.0407 or contact your financial intermediary.
Through a processing organization. You may also purchase shares of the Funds through a “processing organization,” (e.g., a mutual fund supermarket) which is a broker-dealer, bank or other financial institution that purchases shares for its customers.
Some of the Touchstone Funds have authorized certain processing organizations (each an “Authorized Processing Organization”) to receive purchase and sales orders on their behalf. Before investing in the Funds through an Authorized Processing Organization, you should read any materials provided by the processing organization together with this prospectus. You should also ask the processing organization if they are authorized by Touchstone Securities to receive purchase and sales orders on their behalf. If the processing organization is not authorized, then your purchase order could be rejected which could subject your investment to market risk. When shares are purchased through an Authorized Processing Organization, there may be various differences compared to investing directly with Touchstone Securities. The Authorized Processing Organization may:
Charge a fee for its services
Act as the shareholder of record of the shares
Set different minimum initial and additional investment requirements
Impose other charges and restrictions
Designate intermediaries to accept purchase and sales orders on the Funds’ behalf
Touchstone Securities considers a purchase or sales order as received when an Authorized Processing Organization, or its authorized designee, receives the order in proper form.
Shares held through an Authorized Processing Organization may be transferred into your name following procedures established by your Authorized Processing Organization and Touchstone Securities. Certain Authorized Processing Organizations may receive compensation from the Funds, Touchstone Securities, Touchstone Advisors or their affiliates. It is the responsibility of an Authorized Processing Organization to transmit properly completed orders so that they will be received by Touchstone Securities in a timely manner.
Pricing of Purchases
Purchase orders received in proper form by Touchstone Securities, an Authorized Processing Organization, or a financial intermediary, by the close of the regular session of trading on the NYSE, typically 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, or at such other time that the NYSE establishes official closing prices, are processed at that day’s public offering price (NAV plus any applicable sales charge). Purchase orders received after the close of the regular session of trading on the NYSE are processed at the public offering price determined on the following Business Day. It is the responsibility of the financial intermediary or Authorized Processing Organization to transmit orders that will be received by Touchstone Securities in proper form and in a timely manner.
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Adding to Your Account
By check
Complete the investment form provided with a recent account statement.
Make your check (drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. dollars) payable to Touchstone Funds.
Write your account number on the check.
Either mail the check with the investment form to (1) Touchstone Securities; or (2) to your financial intermediary at the address printed on your account statement. Your financial adviser or financial intermediary is responsible for forwarding payment promptly to Touchstone Securities.
If your check is returned for insufficient funds or uncollected funds, you may be charged a fee and you will be responsible for any resulting loss to the Fund.
Through Touchstone Securities - By telephone or Internet
You can exchange your shares over the telephone by calling Touchstone Securities at 1.800.543.0407, unless you have specifically declined this option. If you do not wish to have this ability, you must mark the appropriate section of the investment application.
You may also exchange your shares online via the Touchstone Funds’ website TouchstoneInvestments.com. You may only sell shares over the telephone or via the Internet if the value of the shares sold is less than or equal to $100,000.
In order to protect your investment assets, Touchstone Securities will only follow instructions received by telephone that it reasonably believes to be genuine. However, there is no guarantee that the instructions relied upon will always be genuine and Touchstone Securities will not be liable, in those cases. Touchstone Securities has certain procedures to confirm that telephone instructions are genuine. If it does not follow such procedures in a particular case, it may be liable for any losses due to unauthorized or fraudulent instructions. Some of these procedures may include:
Requiring personal identification.
Making checks payable only to the owner(s) of the account shown on Touchstone Securities’ records.
Mailing checks only to the account address shown on Touchstone Securities’ records.
Directing wires only to the bank account shown on Touchstone Securities’ records.
Providing written confirmation for transactions requested by telephone.
Digitally recording instructions received by telephone.
By wire or ACH
Contact your bank and ask it to wire or ACH funds to Touchstone Securities. Specify your name and account number when remitting the funds.
Your bank may charge a fee for handling wire transfers. ACH transactions take 2-3 business days but can be transferred from most banks without a fee.
If you hold your shares directly with Touchstone Securities and have ACH instructions on file for your non-retirement individual or joint account you may initiate a purchase transaction through the Touchstone Funds’ website at TouchstoneInvestments.com.
Purchases in the Funds will be processed at that day’s NAV (or public offering price, if applicable) if Touchstone Securities receives a properly executed wire or ACH by the close of the regular session of trading on the NYSE, typically 4:00 p.m. Eastern time or at such other time that the NYSE establishes official closing prices, on a day when the NYSE is open for regular trading.
Contact Touchstone Securities or your financial intermediary for further instructions.
By exchange
You may add to your account by exchanging shares from another Touchstone Fund. • For information about how to exchange shares among the Touchstone Funds, see “Investing in the Funds - By exchange” in this prospectus. • Exchange transactions can also be initiated for non-retirement individual or joint accounts via the Touchstone Funds’ website TouchstoneInvestments.com.
Purchases with Securities
Shares may be purchased by tendering payment in-kind in the form of marketable securities, including but not limited to, shares of common stock, provided the acquisition of such securities is consistent with the applicable Fund’s investment goal and is otherwise acceptable to Touchstone Advisors. Transactions of this type are generally a taxable transaction. Shareholders should consult with their particular tax adviser regarding their personal tax situation.
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Automatic Investment Options
The various ways that you can automatically invest in the Funds are outlined below. Touchstone Securities does not charge any fees for these services. For further details about these services, call Touchstone Securities at 1.800.543.0407. If you hold your shares through a financial intermediary or Authorized Processing Organization, please contact them for further details on automatic investment options.
Automatic Investment Plan. You can pre-authorize monthly investments in a Fund of $50 or more to be processed electronically from a checking or savings account. You will need to complete the appropriate section in the investment application or special account options to do this. Amounts that are automatically invested in a Fund will not be available for redemption until three business days after the automatic reinvestment.
Reinvestment/Cross Reinvestment. Dividends and capital gains can be automatically reinvested in the Fund that pays them or in another Touchstone Fund within the same class of shares without a fee or sales charge. Dividends and capital gains will be reinvested in the Fund that pays them, unless you indicate otherwise on your investment application. You may also choose to have your dividends or capital gains paid to you in cash if such amounts are greater than $25; lesser amounts will be automatically reinvested in the Fund. Dividends are taxable for federal income tax purposes whether you reinvest such dividends in additional shares of a Fund or choose to receive cash. If you elect to receive dividends and distributions in cash for a non–retirement account and the payment (1) is returned and marked as “undeliverable” or (2) is not cashed for six months, your cash election will be changed automatically and future dividends will be reinvested in the Fund at the per share NAV determined as of the payable date. In addition, any undeliverable checks from non-retirement accounts will be deposited into an account for potential escheatment to your state of residence. Checks from open non-retirement accounts that are not cashed for six months will be cancelled and then reinvested in the Fund at the per share NAV determined as of the date of cancellation, which may be higher or lower than the NAV at which your shares were initially redeemed. Otherwise, no action will be taken regarding undeliverable or uncashed checks.
Direct Deposit Purchase Plan. You may automatically invest Social Security checks, private payroll checks, pension payouts or any other pre-authorized government or private recurring payments in our Funds.
Dollar Cost Averaging. Our dollar cost averaging program allows you to diversify your investments by investing the same amount on a regular basis. You can set up periodic automatic exchanges of at least $50 from one Touchstone Fund to any other. The applicable sales charge, if any, will be assessed.
Selling Your Shares
If you elect to receive your redemption proceeds from a non–retirement account in cash, the payment is not cashed for six months and the account remains open, the redemption check will be cancelled and then reinvested in the Fund at the per share NAV determined as of the date of cancellation, which may be higher or lower than the NAV at which your shares were initially redeemed. Otherwise, no action will be taken.
Through Touchstone Securities - By telephone or Internet
You can sell your shares over the telephone by calling Touchstone Securities at 1.800.543.0407, unless you have specifically declined this option. If you do not wish to have this ability, you must mark the appropriate section of the investment application.
You may also sell your shares online via the Touchstone Funds’ website: TouchstoneInvestments.com.
You may sell shares over the telephone or via the Internet only if the value of the shares sold is less than or equal to $100,000.
Shares held in qualified retirement plans cannot be sold via Internet.
If we receive your sale request by the close of the regular session of trading on the NYSE, typically 4:00 p.m., Eastern time or at such other time that the NYSE establishes official closing prices, on a day when the NYSE is open for regular trading, the sale of your shares will be processed at the next determined NAV on that Business Day. Otherwise it will occur on the next Business Day.
Interruptions in telephone or Internet service could prevent you from selling your shares when you want to. When you have difficulty making telephone or Internet sales, you should mail to Touchstone Securities (or send by overnight delivery) a written request for the sale of your shares.
In order to protect your investment assets, Touchstone Securities will only follow instructions received by telephone or online that it reasonably believes to be genuine. However, there is no guarantee that the instructions relied upon will always be genuine and Touchstone Securities will not be liable, in those cases as long as Touchstone Securities has followed established procedures to confirm that telephone and/or internet trade instructions are genuine. If it does not follow such procedures in a particular case, it may be liable for any losses due to unauthorized or fraudulent instructions. Some of these procedures may include:
Requiring personal identification details to validate identity.
Making checks payable only to the owner(s) of the account shown on Touchstone Securities’ records.
Mailing checks only to the account address shown on Touchstone Securities’ records.
Directing wires or ACH payments only to the bank account shown on Touchstone Securities’ records.
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Providing written confirmation for transactions requested by telephone or internet.
Digitally recording instructions received by telephone and/or internet.
Through Touchstone Securities - By mail
Write to Touchstone Securities, P.O. Box 534467, Pittsburgh, PA 15253-4467.
Indicate the number of shares or dollar amount to be sold.
Include your name and account number.
Sign your request exactly as your name appears on your investment application.
You may be required to have your signature guaranteed. (See “Signature Guarantees” in this prospectus for more information).
Through Touchstone Securities - By wire
Complete the appropriate information on the investment application.
If your proceeds are $1,000 or more, you may request that Touchstone Securities wire them to your bank account.
You may be charged a fee of up to $15 for wiring redemption proceeds. You may also be charged an additional fee by your bank or financial intermediary. Certain institutional shareholders who trade daily are not charged wire redemption fees.
Your redemption proceeds may be deposited directly into your bank account through an ACH transaction. There is no fee imposed by the Funds for ACH transactions, however, you may be charged a fee by your bank to receive an ACH transaction. Contact Touchstone Securities for more information.
If you hold your shares directly with Touchstone Securities and have ACH or wire instructions on file for your non-retirement account you may transact through the Touchstone Funds’ website at TouchstoneInvestments.com.
Through Touchstone Securities - Through a systematic withdrawal plan
You may elect to receive, or send to a third party, withdrawals of $50 or more if your account value is at least $5,000.
Systematic withdrawals can be made monthly, quarterly, semiannually or annually.
There is no fee for this service.
There is no minimum account balance required for retirement plans.
Through your Financial intermediary
You may also sell shares by contacting your financial intermediary, which may charge you a fee for this service. Shares held in street name must be sold through your financial intermediary
Your financial intermediary is responsible for making sure that sale requests are transmitted to Touchstone Securities in proper form and in a timely manner.
Your financial intermediary may charge you a fee for selling your shares.
Redemption proceeds will only be sent to your account at the financial intermediary.
Investor Alert: Unless otherwise specified, proceeds will be sent to the record owner at the address shown on Touchstone Securities’ records.
Pricing of Redemptions
Redemption orders received in proper form by Touchstone Securities, an Authorized Processing Organization, or a financial intermediary, by the close of the regular session of trading on the NYSE, generally 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, are processed at that day’s NAV. Redemption orders received after the close of the regular session of trading on the NYSE are processed at the NAV determined on the following business day. It is the responsibility of the financial intermediary or Authorized Processing Organization to transmit orders that will be received by Touchstone Securities in proper form and in a timely manner.
Contingent Deferred Sales Charge (“CDSC”)
If you purchase $1 million or more in Touchstone equity fund Class A shares at NAV or $500,000 or more in Touchstone fixed income fund Class A shares at NAV and a commission was paid by Touchstone Securities to a participating broker dealer, a CDSC of up to 1.00% or 0.50%, respectively, may be charged on redemptions made within 1 year of your purchase. Additionally, when an upfront commission is paid to a participating broker dealer on transactions of $1 million or more in Touchstone equity fund Class A shares or $500,000 or more in Touchstone fixed income fund Class A shares, the Fund will withhold any 12b-1 fee for the first 12 months following the purchase date. If you redeem Class C shares within 12 months of your purchase, a CDSC of 1.00% will be charged.
The CDSC will not apply to redemptions of shares you received through reinvested dividends or capital gains distributions and may be waived under certain circumstances described below. The CDSC will be assessed on the lesser of your shares’ NAV at the time of redemption or the time of purchase. The CDSC is paid to Touchstone Securities to reimburse expenses incurred in providing distribution-related services to the Funds.
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All sales charges imposed on redemptions are paid to Touchstone Securities. In determining whether the CDSC is payable, it is assumed that shares not subject to the CDSC are the first redeemed followed by other shares held for the longest period of time. The CDSC will not be imposed upon shares representing reinvested dividends or capital gains distributions, or upon amounts representing share appreciation.
No CDSC is applied if:
The redemption is due to the death or post-purchase disability of a shareholder. Touchstone Securities may require documentation prior to waiver of the charge.
Any partial or complete redemption following death or disability (as defined in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) of a shareholder (including one who owns the shares with his or her spouse as a joint tenant with rights of survivorship) from an account in which the deceased or disabled is named. Touchstone Securities may require documentation prior to waiver of the charge, including death certificates, physicians’ certificates, etc.
Redemptions from a systematic withdrawal plan. The CDSC will be waived if the systematic withdrawal plan is based on a fixed dollar amount or number of shares, and systematic withdrawal redemptions are limited to no more than 10% of your account value or number of shares per year, as of the date the transfer agent receives your request. If the systematic withdrawal plan must be based on a fixed percentage of your account value, each redemption is limited to an amount that would not exceed 10% of your annual account value at the time of withdrawal.
Redemptions from retirement plans qualified under Section 401 of the Code. The CDSC will be waived for benefit payments made by Touchstone Securities directly to plan participants. Benefit payments will include, but are not limited to, payments resulting from death, disability, retirement, separation from service, required minimum distributions (as described under Section 401(a)(9) of the Code), in-service distributions, hardships, loans and qualified domestic relations orders. The CDSC waiver will not apply in the event of termination of the plan or transfer of the plan to another financial intermediary.
The redemption is for a mandatory withdrawal from a traditional IRA account after reaching the qualified age based on applicable IRS regulations.
The above mentioned CDSC waivers do not apply to Class A share redemptions made within one year of the date of purchase where a Finder’s Fee was paid. The SAI contains further details about the CDSC and the conditions for waiving the CDSC. Please see Appendix A – Intermediary-Specific Sales Charge Waivers and Discounts in the prospectus for a description of variations in sales charges and waivers for Fund shares purchased through Ameriprise Financial, Edward D. Jones & Co., Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Raymond James and Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated
Signature Guarantees
Some circumstances may require that your request to sell shares be made in writing accompanied by an original Medallion Signature Guarantee. A Medallion Signature Guarantee helps protect you against fraud. You can obtain one from many banks or securities dealers, but not from a notary public. Each Fund reserves the right to require a signature guarantee for any request related to your account including, but not limited to:
Proceeds to be paid when information on your account has been changed within the last 30 days (including a change in your name or your address, or the name or address of a payee).
Proceeds are being sent to an address other than the address of record.
Proceeds or shares are being sent/transferred from unlike registrations such as a joint account to an individual’s account.
Sending proceeds via wire or ACH when bank instructions have been added or changed within 30 days of your redemption request.
Proceeds or shares are being sent/transferred between accounts with different account registrations.
Market Timing Policy
Market timing or excessive trading in accounts that you own or control may disrupt portfolio investment strategies, may increase brokerage and administrative costs, and may negatively impact investment returns for all shareholders, including long- term shareholders who do not generate these costs. The Funds will take reasonable steps to discourage excessive short-term trading and will not knowingly accommodate frequent purchases and redemptions of Fund shares by shareholders. The Board of Trustees has adopted the following policies and procedures with respect to market timing of the Funds by shareholders. The Funds will monitor selected trades on a daily basis in an effort to deter excessive short-term trading. If a Fund has reason to believe that a shareholder has engaged in excessive short-term trading, the Fund may ask the shareholder to stop such activities, or restrict or refuse to process purchases or exchanges in the shareholder’s accounts. While a Fund cannot assure the prevention of all excessive trading and market timing, by making these judgments the Fund believes it is acting in a manner that is in the best interests of its shareholders. However, because the Funds cannot prevent all market timing, shareholders may be subject to the risks described above.
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Generally, a shareholder may be considered a market timer if he or she has (i) requested an exchange or redemption out of any of the Touchstone Funds within 2 weeks of an earlier purchase or exchange request into any Touchstone Fund, or (ii) made more than 2 “round-trip” exchanges within a rolling 90 day period. A “round-trip” exchange occurs when a shareholder exchanges from one Touchstone Fund to another Touchstone Fund and back to the original Touchstone Fund. If a shareholder exceeds these limits, the Funds may restrict or suspend that shareholder’s exchange privileges and subsequent exchange requests during the suspension will not be processed. The Funds may also restrict or refuse to process purchases by the shareholder. These exchange limits and excessive trading policies generally do not apply to systematic purchases and redemptions.
Financial intermediaries (such as investment advisers and broker-dealers) often establish omnibus accounts in the Funds for their customers through which transactions are placed. If a Fund identifies excessive trading in such an account, the Fund may instruct the intermediary to restrict the investor responsible for the excessive trading from further trading in the Fund. In accordance with Rule 22c-2 under the 1940 Act, the Funds have entered into information sharing agreements with certain financial intermediaries. Under these agreements, a financial intermediary is obligated to: (1) enforce during the term of the agreement, the Funds’ market-timing policy; (2) furnish the Funds, upon their request, with information regarding customer trading activities in shares of the Funds; and (3) enforce the Funds’ market-timing policy with respect to customers identified by the Funds as having engaged in market timing. When information regarding transactions in the Funds’ shares is requested by a Fund and such information is in the possession of a person that is itself a financial intermediary to a financial intermediary (an “indirect intermediary”), any financial intermediary with whom the Funds have an information sharing agreement is obligated to obtain transaction information from the indirect intermediary or, if directed by the Funds, to restrict or prohibit the indirect intermediary from purchasing shares of the Funds on behalf of other persons.
The Funds apply these policies and procedures uniformly to all shareholders believed to be engaged in market timing or excessive trading. The Funds have no arrangements to permit any investor to trade frequently in shares of the Funds, nor will they enter into any such arrangements in the future.
Householding Policy (only applicable for shares held directly through Touchstone Securities)
Each Fund you invest in will send one copy of its prospectus and shareholder reports to households containing multiple shareholders with the same last name. This process, known as “householding”, reduces costs and provides a convenience to shareholders. If you share the same last name and address with another shareholder and you prefer to receive separate prospectuses and shareholder reports, call Touchstone Investments at 1.800.543.0407 and we will begin separate mailings to you within 30 days of your request. If you or others in your household invest in the Funds through a financial intermediary, you may receive separate prospectuses and shareholder reports, regardless of whether or not you have consented to householding on your investment application.
In addition, eDelivery is available for statements, confirms, prospectuses and shareholder reports for shareholders holding accounts directly with Touchstone Securities, please contact Shareholder Services at 1.800.534.0407 for more information. If you hold your account through a Broker Dealer or Financial Intermediary please contact them directly to inquire about eDelivery opportunities.
Receiving Sale Proceeds
Touchstone Securities will forward the proceeds of your sale to you (or to your financial intermediary) within 7 days (normally within 3 business days) after receipt of a proper request. Under normal conditions, each Fund typically expects to meet redemption requests through the use of the Fund’s holdings of cash or cash equivalents, lines of credit, an interfund loan (as discussed in the SAI) or by selling other Fund assets. A redemption-in-kind may be used under certain circumstances and is discussed below in more detail.
Proceeds Sent to Financial Intermediaries. Proceeds that are sent to your financial intermediary will not usually be reinvested for you unless you provide specific instructions to do so. Therefore, the financial adviser or financial institution may benefit from the use of your money.
Fund Shares Purchased by Check (only applicable for shares held directly through Touchstone Securities). We may delay the processing and payment of redemption proceeds for shares you recently purchased by check until your check clears, which may take up to 15 days. If you believe you may need your money sooner, you should purchase shares by bank wire.
Reinstatement Privilege (Classes A and C shares only). You may, within 90 days of redemption, reinvest all or part of your sale proceeds by sending a written request and a check to Touchstone Securities. If the redemption proceeds were from the sale of Class A shares and the sales load that you incurred on the initial purchase is less than the sales charge for the Fund in which you are reinvesting, you will incur a sales charge representing the difference. Reinvestment will be at the NAV next calculated after Touchstone Securities receives your request. If the reinvestment proceeds were from the sale of your Class C shares, you can reinvest those proceeds into Class C shares of any Touchstone Fund. If you paid a CDSC on the reinstated amount, that CDSC will be reimbursed to you upon reinvestment. For federal income tax purposes, an exchange of Fund shares is treated as the sale of the shares of one Fund and the purchase of the shares of the other Fund. As a result, the exchange may result in a tax consequence if you have a capital gain or loss in the Fund shares you are selling.
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Low Account Balances (only applicable for shares held directly through Touchstone Securities). If your balance falls below the minimum amount required for your account, based on actual amounts you have invested (as opposed to a reduction from market changes), Touchstone Securities may sell your shares and send the proceeds to you. This involuntary sale does not apply to retirement accounts or custodian accounts under the UGTMA. Touchstone Securities will notify you if your shares are about to be sold and you will have 30 days to increase your account balance to the minimum amount.
Delay of Payment. It is possible that the payment of your sale proceeds could be postponed or your right to sell your shares could be suspended during certain circumstances. These circumstances can occur:
When the NYSE is closed on days other than customary weekends and holidays;
When trading on the NYSE is restricted; or
During any other time when the SEC, by order, permits.
Redemption in-Kind. Under certain circumstances (such as a market emergency), when the Board of Trustees deems it appropriate, a Fund may make payment for shares redeemed in portfolio securities of the Fund taken at current value in order to meet redemption requests. Shareholders may incur transaction and brokerage costs when they sell these portfolio securities. Until such time as the shareholder sells the securities they receive in-kind, the securities are subject to market risk. Redemptions in- kind are taxable for federal income tax purposes in the same manner as redemptions for cash. The Funds may also process as a redemption in-kind certain Fund shares redeemed by ReFlow or other large institutional investors.
Pricing of Fund Shares
Each Fund’s share price (also called “NAV”) and public offering price (NAV plus a sales charge, if applicable) is determined as of the close of regular trading (typically 4:00 p.m., Eastern time or at such other time that the NYSE establishes official closing prices) every day the NYSE is open. Each Fund calculates its NAV per share for each class, generally using market prices, by dividing the total value of its net assets by the number of shares outstanding.
The Funds’ equity investments are valued based on market value or, if no market value is available, based on fair value as determined by the Adviser, which has been designated by the Board as the valuation designee for the Funds pursuant to Rule 2a-5 under the 1940 Act. The Adviser as the valuation designee may use pricing services to determine market value for investments. Some specific pricing strategies follow:
All short-term dollar-denominated investments that mature in 60 days or less may be valued on the basis of amortized cost which the Adviser as the valuation designee has determined as fair value.
Securities mainly traded on a U.S. exchange are valued at the last sale price on that exchange or, if no sales occurred during the day, at the last quoted bid price.
Any foreign securities held by a Fund will be priced as follows:
All assets and liabilities initially expressed in foreign currency values will be converted into U.S. dollar values.
Securities mainly traded on a non-U.S. exchange are generally valued according to the preceding closing values on that exchange. However, if an event that may change the value of a security occurs after the time that the closing value on the non-U.S. exchange was determined, but before the close of regular trading on the NYSE, the security may be priced based on fair value. This may cause the value of the security on the books of the Fund to be significantly different from the closing value on the non-U.S. exchange and may affect the calculation of the NAV.
Because portfolio securities that are primarily listed on a non-U.S. exchange may trade on weekends or other days when a Fund does not price its shares, a Fund’s NAV may change on days when shareholders will not be able to buy or sell shares.
Securities held by a Fund that do not have readily available market quotations are priced at their fair value using procedures established by the Adviser and adopted by the Board. Any debt securities held by a Fund for which market quotations are not readily available are generally priced at their most recent bid prices as obtained from one or more of the major market makers for such securities. The Funds may use fair value pricing under the following circumstances, among others:
If the validity of market quotations is deemed to be not reliable.
If the value of a security has been materially affected by events occurring before the Fund’s pricing time but after the close of the primary markets on which the security is traded.
If a security is so thinly traded that reliable market quotations are unavailable due to infrequent trading.
If the exchange on which a portfolio security is principally traded closes early or if trading in a particular portfolio security was halted during the day and did not resume prior to the Fund’s NAV calculation.
The use of fair value pricing has the effect of valuing a security based upon the price a Fund might reasonably expect to receive if it sold that security but does not guarantee that the security can be sold at the fair value price. The Funds have established fair value policies and procedures that delegate fair value responsibilities to the Adviser, as the Fund's valuation designee. These policies and procedures outline
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the fair value method for the Adviser. The Adviser’s determination of a security’s fair value price often involves the consideration of a number of subjective factors and is therefore subject to the unavoidable risk that the value that is assigned to a security may be higher or lower than the security’s value would be if a reliable market quotation for the security was readily available. With respect to any portion of a Fund’s assets that is invested in other mutual funds, that portion of the Fund’s NAV is calculated based on the NAV of that mutual fund. The prospectus for the other mutual fund explains the circumstances and effects of fair value pricing for that mutual fund.
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DISTRIBUTIONS AND TAXES
Each Fund intends to distribute to its shareholders substantially all of its net investment income and capital gains. The table below outlines when net investment income dividends are declared and paid by each Fund. If you own shares on a Fund’s distribution record date, you will be entitled to receive the distribution. Each Fund makes distributions of capital gains, if any, at least annually.
Fund
Dividends Declared
Dividends Paid
Touchstone Anti-Benchmark® US Core
Equity Fund
Annually
Annually
Touchstone Dynamic Allocation Fund
Quarterly
Quarterly
Touchstone Sands Capital
International Growth Fund
Annually
Annually
Each Fund makes distributions of capital gains, if any, at least annually. If you own shares on a Fund’s distribution record date, you will be entitled to receive the distribution.
You will receive income dividends and distributions of capital gains in the form of additional Fund shares unless you elect to receive payment in cash. Cash payments will only be made for amounts equal to or exceeding $25; for amounts less than $25, the dividends and distributions will be automatically reinvested in the paying Fund and class. To elect cash payments, you must notify the Funds in writing or by phone prior to the date of distribution. Your election will be effective for dividends and distributions paid after we receive your notice. To cancel your election, simply send written notice to Touchstone Investments, P.O. Box 534467, Pittsburgh, PA 15253-4467, or by overnight mail to Touchstone Investments, c/o BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc., 4400 Computer Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts 01581, or call Touchstone Securities at 1.800.543.0407. If you hold your shares through a financial institution, you must contact the institution to elect cash payment. If you elect to receive dividends and distributions in cash and the payment (1) is returned and marked as “undeliverable” or (2) is not cashed for six months, your cash election will be changed automatically and future dividends will be reinvested in the Fund at the per share NAV determined as of the date of payment.
A Fund’s dividends and other distributions are taxable to shareholders (other than retirement plans and other tax-exempt investors) whether received in cash or reinvested in additional shares of the Fund. A dividend or distribution paid by a Fund has the effect of reducing the NAV per share on the ex-dividend date by the amount of the dividend or distribution. A dividend or distribution declared shortly after a purchase of shares by an investor would, therefore, represent, in substance, a return of capital to the shareholder with respect to such shares even though it would be subject to federal income taxes.
For most shareholders, a statement will be sent to you within 45 days after the end of each year detailing the federal income tax status of your distributions. Please see “Federal Income Tax Information” below for more information on the federal income tax consequences of dividends and other distributions made by a Fund.
Federal Income Tax Information
The tax information in this prospectus is provided only for general information purposes for U.S. taxpayers and should not be considered as tax advice or relied on by a shareholder or prospective investor.
General. The Funds intend to qualify annually to be treated as regulated investment companies (“RICs”) under Subchapter M of Chapter 1, Subtitle A of the Code. As such, the Funds will not be subject to federal income taxes on the earnings they distribute to shareholders provided they satisfy certain requirements and restrictions of the Code, one of which is to distribute to a Fund’s shareholders substantially all of the Fund’s net investment income and net short-term capital gains each year. If for any taxable year a Fund fails to qualify as a RIC: (1) it will be subject to tax in the same manner as an ordinary corporation and thus will be subject to federal income tax at the corporate tax rate; and (2) distributions from its earnings and profits (as determined under federal income tax principles) will be taxable as ordinary dividend income and generally eligible for the dividends-received deduction for corporate shareholders and for “qualified dividend income” treatment for non-corporate shareholders. In addition, the Fund could be required to recognize unrealized gains, pay substantial taxes and interest and make substantial distributions before requalifying for RIC treatment.
Distributions. Your Fund will make distributions to you that may be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains. The dividends and distributions you receive may be subject to federal, foreign, state and local taxation, depending upon your tax situation. Distributions are taxable whether you reinvest such distributions in additional shares of the Fund or choose to receive cash. Taxable Fund distributions are taxable to a shareholder even if the distributions are paid from income or gains earned by a Fund prior to the shareholder’s investment and, thus, were included in the price the shareholder paid for the shares. For example, a shareholder who purchases shares on or just before the
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record date of a Fund distribution will pay full price for the shares and may receive a portion of the investment back as a taxable distribution. Distributions declared by a Fund during October, November or December to shareholders of record during such month and paid by January 31 of the following year are treated for federal income tax purposes as if received by shareholders and paid by the Fund on December 31 of the year in which the distribution was declared.
Ordinary Income. Net investment income, except for qualified dividend income and income designated as tax-exempt, and short-term capital gains that are distributed to you are taxable as ordinary income for federal income tax purposes regardless of how long you have held your Fund shares. Certain dividends distributed to non-corporate shareholders and designated by a Fund as “qualified dividend income” are eligible for the long-term capital gains rate, provided certain holding period and other requirements are satisfied.
Net Capital Gains. Net capital gains (i.e., the excess of net long-term capital gains over net short-term capital losses) distributed to you, if any, are taxable as long-term capital gains for federal income tax purposes regardless of how long you have held your Fund shares.
Sale or Exchange of Shares. It is a taxable event for you if you sell shares of a Fund or exchange shares of a Fund for shares of another Touchstone Fund. Depending on the purchase price and the sale price of the shares you sell or exchange, you may have a taxable gain or loss on the transaction. Any realized gain or loss, generally, will be a capital gain or loss, assuming you held the shares of the Fund as a capital asset. The capital gain will be long-term or short-term depending on how long you have held your shares in the Fund. Sales of shares of a Fund that you have held for twelve months or less will be a short-term capital gain or loss and if held for more than twelve months will constitute a long-term capital gain or loss. Any loss realized by a shareholder on a disposition of shares held for six months or less will be treated as a long-term capital loss to the extent of any distributions of capital gain dividends received by the shareholder and disallowed to the extent of any distributions of exempt-interest dividends, if any, received by the shareholder with respect to such shares, unless the Fund declares exempt-interest dividends on a daily basis in an amount equal to at least 90% of its net tax-exempt interest and distributes such dividends on a monthly or more frequent basis.
Returns of Capital. If a Fund makes a distribution in excess of its current and accumulated earnings and profits, the excess will be treated as a return of capital to the extent of a shareholder’s basis in his or her shares, and thereafter as capital gain. A return of capital is not taxable, but it reduces a shareholder’s basis in his or her shares, thus reducing any loss or increasing any gain on a subsequent taxable disposition by the shareholder of such shares.
Backup Withholding. A Fund (or a financial intermediary, such as a broker, through which a shareholder holds Fund shares) may be required to withhold U.S. federal income tax on all distributions and sales proceeds payable to shareholders who fail to provide their correct taxpayer identification number or to make required certifications, or who have been notified by the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) that they are subject to backup withholding.
Medicare Tax. An additional 3.8% Medicare tax is imposed on certain net investment income (including dividends and distributions received from a Fund and net gains from redemptions or other taxable dispositions of Fund shares) of U.S. individuals, estates and trusts to the extent that such person’s “modified adjusted gross income” (in the case of an individual) or “adjusted gross income” (in the case of an estate or trust) exceeds a threshold amount.
Fund-of-Funds Structure. The Dynamic Allocation Fund’s use of a fund-of-funds structure could affect the amount, timing and type of distributions from the Dynamic Allocation Fund and, therefore, may increase the amount of taxes payable by you. Generally, the character of the dividends and distributions the Dynamic Allocation Fund receives from another investment company will “pass through” to you, subject to certain exceptions, as long as the Dynamic Allocation Fund and the underlying fund each qualify as a RIC under the Code.
Foreign Taxes. Income received by a Fund or underlying fund from sources within foreign countries may be subject to foreign withholding and other taxes. If a Fund qualifies (by having more than 50% of the value of its total assets at the close of the taxable year consist of stock or securities in foreign corporations or by being a qualified fund of funds) and elects to pass through foreign taxes paid on its investments during the year, such taxes will be reported to you as income. You may, however, be able to claim an offsetting tax credit or deduction on your federal income tax return, depending on your particular circumstances and provided you meet certain holding period and other requirements. Tax-exempt holders of Fund shares, such as qualified tax-advantaged retirement plans, will not benefit from such a deduction or credit.
Non-U.S. Shareholders. Non-U.S. shareholders may be subject to U.S. tax as a result of an investment in a Fund. This prospectus does not discuss the U.S. or foreign tax consequences of an investment by a non-U.S. shareholder in a Fund. Accordingly, non-U.S. shareholders are advised to consult their own tax advisers as to the U.