Touchstone Arbitrage Fund
Sub-Advised by: Longfellow Investment Management Co.


The Fund seeks to achieve positive absolute returns regardless of market conditions over the long-term by investing primarily in securities of companies that are involved in publicly announced mergers, takeovers, tender offers, debt restructurings, minority purchases, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs, liquidations, and other corporate reorganizations.

Investment Style

  • Primarily buys securities of companies being acquired in publicly announced transactions where the terms of the transaction have been defined and disclosed
  • Seeks to capture the arbitrage spread represented by the difference of the market price of the securities of the target company and the value that is offered for these securities by the acquiring company
  • Analyzes a number of factors when selecting securities including proposed financing terms, the size of the transaction, anti-trust concerns, regulatory approvals, and shareholder voting requirements
  • May invest in a variety of fixed-income securities dependent upon the level of corporate restructuring activity, the market or other conditions
The Fund invests in equities which are subject to market volatility and loss. The Fund invests in stocks of large-cap companies which may be unable to respond quickly to new competitive challenges. The Fund invests in stocks of small- and mid-cap companies, which may be subject to more erratic market movements than stocks of larger, more established companies. The Fund invests in foreign securities, including depositary receipts, such as ADRs, GDRs and EDRs, which carry the associated risks of economic and political instability, market liquidity, currency volatility and differences in accounting standards. The Fund invests in companies that are or expected to be the subject of a publicly announced transaction that may not be completed or may be completed on less favorable terms than originally expected. The Fund invests in preferred stocks which are relegated below bonds for payment should the issuer be liquidated. The fixed dividend may be less attractive in a rising interest rate market. The Fund invests in convertible securities which are subject to the risks of both debt securities and equity securities. The Fund invests in debt securities which can lose their value as interest rates rise and are subject to credit risk which is the risk of deterioration in the financial condition of an issuer and/or general economic conditions that can cause the issuer to not make timely payments of principal and interest also causing the securities to decline in value and an investor can lose principal. When interest rates rise, the price of debt securities generally falls. Longer term securities are generally more volatile. The Fund invests in non-investment grade debt securities which are considered speculative with respect to the issuers' ability to make timely payments of interest and principal, may lack liquidity and has had more frequent and larger price changes than other debt securities. The Fund invests in other investment companies such as closed-end funds and ETFs which are subject to substantially the same risks as those associated with the direct ownership of the securities comprising the portfolios; however, the price movements of the investment companies may not track the underlying securities or market index; the value of their shares may be lower than the value of the portfolio securities, and may be illiquid and shareholders will bear, indirectly, the additional expenses of investing in other investment companies. The Fund is involved in short selling which may result in additional costs associated with covering short positions and a possibility of unlimited loss. The Fund may experience higher portfolio turnover which may lead to increased fund expenses, lower investment returns and higher short-term capital gains taxable to shareholders. The Fund is non-diversified, which means that it may invest a greater percentage of its assets in the securities of a limited number of issuers and may be subject to greater risks. Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to risk. The advisor engages the sub-advisor to manage the Fund's portfolio; the sub-advisor's judgment may impact the Fund's performance.

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Fund Facts

A Shares
Portfolio Turnover Rate1358%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expense Ratio22.93%
Net Annual Fund Operating Expense Ratio22.72%
Total Net Assets as of 6/30/2018 $8,388,052
Inception Date9/30/2013
Fiscal Year EndSeptember 30th
BenchmarkICE BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index3
Prospectus Date1/30/2018

1 Annualized as of 9/30/2017

2 Touchstone Advisors, Inc. and the Funds 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 transactions and investment related expenses; other expenditures which are capitalized in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; the costs of “Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses,” if any; and other extraordinary expenses not incurred in the ordinary course of business) in order to limit certain annual Fund operating expenses to 1.68% for Class A Shares, 2.43% for Class C Shares, 1.43% for Class Y Shares and 1.28% for Class INST Shares. This contractual expense limitation is effective through 01/29/19.

3 The ICE BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index is an unmanaged index of Treasury securities maturing in 90 days that assumes reinvestment of all income. Investing in an index is not possible.

Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Fund carefully before investing. The prospectus and the summary prospectus contain this and other information about the Fund. To obtain a prospectus or a summary prospectus, contact your financial advisor or download and/or request one at or call Touchstone at 800.638.8194. Please read the prospectus and/or summary prospectus carefully before investing.

Investment return and principal value of an investment in a Fund will fluctuate so that investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.