B. Riley Wealth and HIMCO Launch Suite of Sustainable Investing Strategies

Introduces Thematic Strategies consistent with United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2023 - B. Riley Wealth ("B. Riley") and Hartford Investment Management Company (HIMCO) are pleased to announce a new suite of sustainable investment strategies designed to help investors easily incorporate responsible investing to their portfolios with the launch of three environmental, social, governance (ESG) thematic investment strategies.

"We are committed to offering strategies that align with our clients' personal sustainability goals and investment objectives," said Craig Pirtle, Chief Strategy Officer at B. Riley Wealth. "Our ESG portfolio strategies aim to make responsible investing easy while providing investors with a targeted approach to invest in the issues most important to them."

The asset allocation strategies are offered through the B. Riley Wealth platform and leverage the investment advisory capabilities of B. Riley's experienced financial advisors. The asset allocation strategies, built in collaboration with HIMCO as the model provider, focus on investable themes consistent with the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)*.

"HIMCO believes that environmental, social and governance factors are among the important considerations that can influence an investment's risk and return profile over time," said Amy Stepnowski, President of HIMCO. "We are excited to provide B. Riley these asset allocation strategies for use with their clients."

Each strategy employs an asset allocation framework comprised of a portfolio of ETFs. Each strategy considers ESG factors along with a range of other potential business fundamental and financial risk factors.

  • The Growth ETF Asset Allocation Strategy aims to provide attractive total return through capital appreciation. The strategy seeks a portfolio of ETFs that invest across SDG-consistent themes with a significant concentration of growth stocks, which HIMCO defines as stocks of companies that HIMCO expects to grow sales and earnings at a faster rate than the market average.
  • The Blended ETF Asset Allocation Strategy offers a balanced allocation of equity and fixed income ETFs with overall favorable ESG characteristics that seeks to produce attractive risk-adjusted returns.
  • The Disruptor ETF Asset Allocation Strategy is comprised of ETFs with overall favorable ESG characteristics and a significant concentration of what are considered disruptor stocks, which HIMCO defines as small capitalization stocks that HIMCO believes have a high growth potential based on fundamental earnings metrics.

B. Riley Wealth routinely reviews underlying holdings in the portfolio to assess consistency to stated objectives** and alignment with the SDGs.

The new suite complements existing investment offerings including the B. Riley WISDM Model Portfolio Program and B. Riley Fairfax Investment Strategies.

To learn more, contact your B. Riley Wealth financial advisor.

* The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked objectives published by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. For more information see the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals website

** There can be no assurance that the strategies' objectives will be met or that losses will be avoided.

About Hartford Investment Management Company (HIMCO)

HIMCO is a wholly owned subsidiary and the asset management arm of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The Hartford). HIMCO has been providing investment advice for over 40 years. With more than 130 investment professionals and approximately $109 billion in assets under management (as of Dec. 31, 2022) across the fixed income, alternative and equity markets, the firm is able to deliver tailored investment strategies to insurance, sub-advisory and other institutional clients. HIMCO's broad capability set and experienced professionals allow it to develop strategies based on each client's individual needs while seeking to navigate various market environments.

About B. Riley Wealth

B. Riley Wealth is a leading private wealth and investment management platform that provides comprehensive, collaborative financial solutions to individuals and families, businesses and institutions, non-profits, trusts, foundations, and endowments. Securities and variable insurance products are offered through B. Riley Wealth Management; fee-based asset management and advisory services are offered through B. Riley Wealth Advisors; insurance products, including fixed annuities (but not variable products) are offered through B. Riley Wealth Insurance Corporation; and tax preparation and accounting services are offered through B. Riley Wealth Tax Services. For more information, visit https://brileywealth.com and follow @BRileyWealth on Twitter.

B. Riley Wealth is a subsidiary of B. Riley Financial (Nasdaq: RILY). B. Riley refers to B. Riley Financial, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries or affiliates.

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