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Touchstone Flexible Income Fund

Daily NAV
$
Overall Morningstar Rating™
Multisector Bond

Overview

Overview

Actively Managed and Sub-Advised by Bramshill Investments, LLC

Objective

The Fund seeks a high level of income consistent with reasonable risk by investing primarily in income-producing securities.

Flexible Income Fund Commentary

Because we anticipate volatility across many markets due to the large variance of economic forecasts, Fed uncertainty and trade disputes, the Fund remains nimble and flexible in order to actively adjust to these potentially changing market conditions.

Investment Style

  • Primarily invests in investment grade corporate bonds, high yield corporate bonds, preferred stocks, U.S. municipal bonds and U.S. Treasuries
  • Actively manages the portfolio by rotating among asset classes and tactically hedging during various interest rate and market environments
  • Seeks to identify relative value across asset classes and capture opportunities primarily within the corporate, U.S. Treasury, municipal and preferred security markets
  • Analyzes and targets the portfolio’s level of risk and interest rate sensitivity
  • Selects individual positions based on security credit metrics and structures
  • Focuses on liquid securities with transparent pricing and actively-traded capital structures
A WORD ABOUT RISK

The Fund invests in fixed-income 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 investment grade debt securities which may be downgraded by a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO) to below investment grade status. 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 U.S. government agency securities which are neither issued nor guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury and are not guaranteed against price movements due to changing interest rates. The Fund invests in mortgage-backed securities and asset-backed securities which are subject to the risks of prepayment, defaults, changing interest rates and at times, the financial condition of the issuer. The Fund invests in municipal securities which may be affected by uncertainties in the municipal market related to legislation or litigation involving the taxation of municipal securities or the rights of municipal security holders in the event of bankruptcy and may not be able to meet their obligations. The Fund invests in equities which are subject to market volatility and loss. The Fund invests in foreign securities which carry the associated risks of economic and political instability, market liquidity, currency volatility and accounting standards that differ from those of U.S. markets and may offer less protection to investors. The Fund invests in preferred stocks which are relegated below bonds for payment should the issuer be liquidated. If interest rates rise, the fixed dividend on preferred stocks may be less attractive, causing their price to decline. The Fund invests in convertible securities which are subject to the risks of both debt securities and equity securities. The Fund’s investments in other investment companies will be subject to substantially the same risks as those associated with the direct ownership of the securities comprising the portfolios of such investment companies, and the value of the Fund's investment will fluctuate in response to the performance of such portfolios. In addition, if the Fund acquires shares of investment companies, shareholders of the Fund will bear their proportionate share of the fees and expenses of the Fund and, indirectly, the fees and expenses of the investment companies. The Fund invests in derivatives such as futures contracts. Derivatives can be highly volatile, illiquid and difficult to value, subject to counterparty and leverage risks and there is risk that changes in the value of a derivative held by the Fund will not correlate with the Fund’s other investments. Gains or losses from speculative positions in a derivative may be much greater than the original cost and potential losses may be substantial. 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. Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to risk. The Advisor engages a sub-advisor to make investment decisions for the Fund’s portfolio; it may be unable to identify and retain a sub-advisor who achieves superior investment returns relative to other similar sub-advisors.

Fund Facts

Fund Facts for Share Class
Symbol
CUSIP
Share Class Inception Date
Total Share Class Net Assets as of 09/30/2019
Total Fund Net Assets as of 09/30/2019 $698,205,519
Asset Class Income, Multi-Asset
Morningstar Category Multisector Bond
Benchmark Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index
Distribution Frequency Monthly
Portfolio Turnover Rate
Fiscal Year End
Prospectus Date 07/30/2019

Performance

HISTORICAL DAILY NAV
Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. The investment return and principal value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. From time to time, the investment advisor may waive some fees and/or reimburse expenses, which if not waived or reimbursed, will lower performance. Returns are not annualized for periods of less than one year. Assumes reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. The maximum front-end sales charge for Class A Shares of Touchstone Fixed Income Funds including Touchstone Flexible Income Fund is 2.00%.
Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. The investment return and principal value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. From time to time, the investment advisor may waive some fees and/or reimburse expenses, which if not waived or reimbursed, will lower performance. Returns are not annualized for periods of less than one year. Assumes reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. Performance for Class C Shares is adjusted for the contingent deferred sales charges (CDSC) in effect at the end of the specified period. The CDSC for Class C Shares is 1.00% the first year you hold the shares and declines to 0% after the first year.
Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. The investment return and principal value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. From time to time, the investment advisor may waive some fees and/or reimburse expenses, which if not waived or reimbursed, will lower performance. Returns are not annualized for periods of less than one year. Assumes reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. Class Y Shares are sold at net asset value (NAV), without an initial sales charge and are not subject to a 12b-1 fee or contingent deferred sales charges.
Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. The investment return and principal value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. From time to time, the investment advisor may waive some fees and/or reimburse expenses, which if not waived or reimbursed, will lower performance. Returns are not annualized for periods of less than one year. Assumes reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. Class INST Shares are sold at net asset value (NAV), without an initial sales charge and are not subject to a 12b-1 fee or contingent deferred sales charges.
Class A, Class C and Class Y shares performance was calculated using the historical performance of the Fifth Third/Maxus Income Fund Investor shares, with an inception date of March 10, 1985, for periods prior to April 1, 2004, October 29, 2001 and September 1, 1998, respectively. Institutional Class shares performance information was calculated using the historical performance of Class Y shares for the periods prior to September 10, 2012. The returns have been restated to reflect sales charges and fees applicable to Class A, Class C, Class Y and Institutional Class shares.
Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. The investment return and principal value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. From time to time, the investment advisor may waive some fees and/or reimburse expenses, which if not waived or reimbursed, will lower performance. Returns are not annualized for periods of less than one year. Assumes reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. The maximum front-end sales charge for Class A Shares of Touchstone Fixed Income Funds including Touchstone Flexible Income Fund is 2.00%.
Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. The investment return and principal value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. From time to time, the investment advisor may waive some fees and/or reimburse expenses, which if not waived or reimbursed, will lower performance. Returns are not annualized for periods of less than one year. Assumes reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. Performance for Class C Shares is adjusted for the contingent deferred sales charges (CDSC) in effect at the end of the specified period. The CDSC for Class C Shares is 1.00% the first year you hold the shares and declines to 0% after the first year.
Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. The investment return and principal value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. From time to time, the investment advisor may waive some fees and/or reimburse expenses, which if not waived or reimbursed, will lower performance. Returns are not annualized for periods of less than one year. Assumes reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. Class Y Shares are sold at net asset value (NAV), without an initial sales charge and are not subject to a 12b-1 fee or contingent deferred sales charges.
Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. The investment return and principal value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. From time to time, the investment advisor may waive some fees and/or reimburse expenses, which if not waived or reimbursed, will lower performance. Returns are not annualized for periods of less than one year. Assumes reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. Class INST Shares are sold at net asset value (NAV), without an initial sales charge and are not subject to a 12b-1 fee or contingent deferred sales charges.
Class A, Class C and Class Y shares performance was calculated using the historical performance of the Fifth Third/Maxus Income Fund Investor shares, with an inception date of March 10, 1985, for periods prior to April 1, 2004, October 29, 2001 and September 1, 1998, respectively. Institutional Class shares performance information was calculated using the historical performance of Class Y shares for the periods prior to September 10, 2012. The returns have been restated to reflect sales charges and fees applicable to Class A, Class C, Class Y and Institutional Class shares.

Consider Touchstone Flexible Income Fund for Your Portfolio

Touchstone Flexible Income Fund invests primarily in income-producing securities including debt securities, common stock, and preferred stock. It seeks to provide a high level of income consistent with reasonable risk.
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Morningstar Rating™

Portfolio

as of 09/30/2019
Number of Holdings
120
as of 09/30/2019
Composition % of Portfolio
Preferred Equities 31.9
Investment Grade Bonds 28.2
U.S. Treasury 23.9
High Yield Bonds 10.3
Cash Equivalents 3.4
Municipal Bonds 2.0
Common Equity 0.4
Derivatives 0.0
Data may not total due to rounding.
For the data illustrated for Touchstone Domestic Equity Funds, Morningstar is the source. For the data illustrated for Touchstone Fixed Income Funds,  International/Global Equity Funds and Multi-Asset Funds, the fund’s sub-advisor is the source. All holdings data is sourced from BNY Mellon Asset Servicing.
as of 09/30/2019
Sector % of Portfolio
U.S. Treasury 41.8
Structured Products 36.3
Corporates 21.9
Municipal 0.0
Other 0.0
There is no guarantee that the Fund will continue to hold any one particular security or stay invested in any one particular sector. Holdings are subject to change. Calculations for sectors and top holdings exclude cash equivalents. Data may not total due to rounding. 
For the data illustrated for Touchstone Domestic Equity Funds, Morningstar is the source. For the data illustrated for Touchstone Fixed Income Funds,  International/Global Equity Funds and Multi-Asset Funds, the fund’s sub-advisor is the source. All holdings data is sourced from BNY Mellon Asset Servicing.
as of 11/30/2019
Security Description % of Portfolio
UNITED STATES TREASURY NOTE/BO 2.50% 05/31/2020 9.6
UNITED STATES TREASURY NOTE/BO 1.38% 12/15/2019 8.4
UNITED STATES TREASURY NOTE/BO 3.63% 02/15/2020 8.2
GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC/THE 5.38% 11/10/2167 3.9
CITIGROUP INC 5.88% 09/27/2168 3.4
MORGAN STANLEY 5.55% 07/15/2168 2.8
GENERAL MOTORS CO 3.03% 09/10/2021 2.2
ENERGY TRANSFER OPERATING LP 7.60% 11/15/2168 2.0
WELLS FARGO & CO 5.89% 09/15/2168 1.9
ARES MANAGEMENT CORP 7.00% 12/31/2167 1.9
There is no guarantee that the Fund will continue to hold any one particular security or stay invested in any one particular sector. Holdings are subject to change. Calculations for sectors and top holdings exclude cash equivalents. Data may not total due to rounding. 
For the data illustrated for Touchstone Domestic Equity Funds, Morningstar is the source. For the data illustrated for Touchstone Fixed Income Funds,  International/Global Equity Funds and Multi-Asset Funds, the fund’s sub-advisor is the source. All holdings data is sourced from BNY Mellon Asset Servicing.
as of 09/30/2019
Security Description
Country
Shares Par Value
Current Price ($)
Market Value ($)
% of Portfolio
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There is no guarantee that the Fund will continue to hold any one particular security or stay invested in any one particular sector. Holdings are subject to change. Calculations for sectors and top holdings exclude cash equivalents. Data may not total due to rounding. 
For the data illustrated for Touchstone Domestic Equity Funds, Morningstar is the source. For the data illustrated for Touchstone Fixed Income Funds,  International/Global Equity Funds and Multi-Asset Funds, the fund’s sub-advisor is the source. All holdings data is sourced from BNY Mellon Asset Servicing.

Management

Management

Actively Managed and Sub-Advised by Bramshill Investments, LLC
Art DeGaetano, Portfolio Manager for Touchstone Flexible Income Fund from Bramshill Investments.

Art DeGaetano

Investment Experience since 1992

Career Summary 
Bramshill Investments, LLC
GLG Partners LP
RBS Greenwich Capital
Bear Sterns & Co. Inc.

Education 
BA - Colgate University
Derek Pines, Portfolio Manager for Touchstone Flexible Income Fund at Bramshill Investments

Derek Pines

Investment Experience since 2000

Career Summary 
Bramshill Investments, LLC
Assent (Sungard Financial)
Chimera Securities
Accenture

Education 
BS - Georgetown University
Michael Hirschfield, Portfolio Manager for Touchstone Flexible Income Fund at Bramshill Investments

Michael Hirschfield, CFA

Investment Experience since 2003

Career Summary 
Bramshill Investments, LLC
Man Group
GLG Partners LP
Cedarview Capital
FTN Financial

Education 
BA - Yale University
Paul van Lingen, Portfolio Manager for Touchstone Flexible Income Fund at Bramshill Investments

Paul van Lingen

Investment Experience since 1995

Career Summary 
Bramshill Investments, LLC
Rimrock Capital Management, LLC
RBS Greenwich Capital
Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. 

Education 
BS - New York University

Fees

Expense Fees for Share Class
Total Annual Fund Operating Expense Ratio
Net Annual Fund Operating Expense Ratio
Touchstone Advisors has contractually agreed to waive a portion of its fees and/or reimburse certain Fund expenses in order to limit certain annual fund operating expenses (excluding Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses “AFFE,” and other expenses, if any) to 1.04% for Class A Shares, 1.79% for Class C Shares, 0.79% for Class Y Shares and 0.69% for Class INST Shares. These expense limitations will remain in effect until at least 07/29/2020.

Distributions

Resources

Consider Touchstone Flexible Income Fund for Your Portfolio

Touchstone Flexible Income Fund invests primarily in income-producing securities including debt securities, common stock, and preferred stock. It seeks to provide a high level of income consistent with reasonable risk.
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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 on the resources section 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. All investing involves risk.

Touchstone Funds are distributed by Touchstone Securities, Inc.*
*A registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC.

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