Our global investment philosophy
PatienceWe take the long-term view.
- Complementary objectives: Higher absolute and relative returns over a full market cycle with less risk
- Focus research as much on what can go wrong as what can go right
IndependenceWe invest to our convictions, not to benchmarks.
- Benchmark aware only to the extent that tracking error is by design and not by default
- Significant exposure to our highest-conviction ideas, tempered with prudent risk controls
ExpertiseWe specialize in bottom-up fundamental research.
- Ask questions to gain insight, not just information
- Conduct in-country visits
- Take business analyst approach rather than stock analyst approach
- Research a company’s global peers to inform our competitive assessment
TeamworkWe work collaboratively with a shared commitment to excellence.
- Debate best, base and worst case scenarios for every company considered
- Three team members with clearly defined roles vet each stock
Why Ariel’s global approach
Our emphasis is on generating attractive absolute and relative returns while seeking to limit downside risk in our global portfolios.
Rupal J. Bhansali, our chief investment officer for international equities, has more than 20 years of industry experience.
Managing risk is a top priority
We pay as much attention to risk management as to return management.
Screening out provides a stronger starting point
While others screen in, we begin our process by screening out high-risk companies.
All-cap portfolios offer larger opportunity set
Although our portfolios are relatively concentrated, we consider companies of all sizes.
Attention to business models builds more resilient portfolios
In addition to applying our financial models, we consider the long-term viability of each company’s business model.
Schedule of Holdings
|Units||Security Description||Market Value||% of Total Value|
|9,746||Vienna Insurance Group||440,319||0.9|
|23,730||Telefonica Brasil SA ADR||467,006||0.9|
|19,428||Souza Cruz SA||156,223||0.3|
|3,481||Itau Unibanco Holding SA ADR||48,316||0.1|
|45,535||Canadian Oil Sands Ltd.||842,146||1.7|
|358||Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.||160,811||0.3|
|2,560||IGM Financial Inc.||110,688||0.2|
|16,648||Banco Santander-Chile ADR||367,754||0.7|
|7,209||Baidu, Inc. ADR||1,573,220||3.1|
|6,824||Mindray Medical Intl Ltd.||205,812||0.4|
|1,051||Komercni Banka AS||250,266||0.5|
|1,017||Vestas Wind Systems AS||39,767||0.1|
|1,280||Nokian Renkaat Corp.||38,623||0.1|
|10,615||BNP Paribas SA||704,448||1.4|
|3,034||L'Air Liquide SA||370,222||0.7|
|3,391||Societe Television Francaise 1||45,762||0.1|
|32,222||Deutsche Boerse AG||2,171,341||4.3|
|282,979||Telefonica Deutschland GmbH & Co.||1,480,330||3.0|
|42,711||Dialog Semiconductor plc||1,200,539||2.4|
|1,416||MTU Aero Engines AG||120,952||0.2|
|343||SAP America, Inc.||24,748||0.0|
|267,000||China Mobile Ltd.||3,086,278||6.2|
|117,500||Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd.||356,384||0.7|
|22,112||Ryanair Holdings plc ADR||1,247,780||2.5|
|13,800||Shimamura Co., Ltd.||1,268,156||2.5|
|10,600||Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd.||1,251,919||2.5|
|10,200||Nintendo Co., Ltd.||1,109,363||2.2|
|11,100||Tokyo Electron Ltd.||724,349||1.4|
|7,400||OBIC Co., Ltd.||264,454||0.5|
|22,954||Santander Mexico Financial Group ADR||310,568||0.6|
|20,177||Royal Dutch Shell plc ADR||1,536,075||3.1|
|6,710||Jeronimo Martins SGPS SA||73,917||0.1|
|8,000||United Overseas Bank Ltd.||140,573||0.3|
|6,346||Tecnicas Reunidas SA||336,705||0.7|
|17,622||Banco Popular Español SA||107,928||0.2|
|17,622||Banco Popular Espanol SA||245||0.0|
|4,413||H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB||183,366||0.4|
|8,851||Roche Holding AG||2,622,855||5.2|
|3,367||Zurich Insurance Group Ltd||1,003,749||2.0|
|427||Banque Cantonale Vaudoise||228,844||0.5|
|108,900||BEC World Public Co., Ltd.||158,715||0.3|
|29,882||Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS ADR||392,649||0.8|
|13,421||BIM Birlesik Magazalar A.S.||280,463||0.6|
|48,948||GlaxoSmithKline plc ADR||2,250,140||4.5|
|147,647||HSBC Holdings plc||1,499,218||3.0|
|81,971||British Telecom Group plc||504,641||1.0|
|4,311||British American Tobacco plc ADR||487,488||1.0|
|8,017||Croda Intl plc||266,930||0.5|
|11,477||IG Group Holdings plc||110,656||0.2|
|1,190||Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC||103,252||0.2|
|17,018||Sage Group plc||100,849||0.2|
|18,945||Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF||790,196||1.6|
|18,767||Vanguard MSCI EAFE ETF||745,988||1.5|
|4,258||Vanguard MSCI Pacific ETF||252,499||0.5|
|Forward Position Long||11,030||0.0|
Our global process
Negative ScreeningNegative screening strives for downside protection
Screen on risk, not growth rate or valuation
- Risk management:
Eliminate approximately 60% of high-risk stocks in benchmark
Potential downside protection
Bottom-up ResearchProprietary bottom-up research enables better stock picking
Lead analysts perform research
- Risk management:
Assess the prospects and durability of a business franchise
Proprietary insights enable better stock picking
Team ValidationTeam validation avoids blind spots in our analysis
A team of three debates and stress tests each idea
- Risk management:
Go beyond industry specialist, avoiding groupthink by assigning devil’s advocate and "fresh" analyst
Ideas vetted from multiple perspectives yield more informed final decisions by portfolio manager
Portfolio ConstructionPortfolios constructed to manage risks as well as long-term performance
Seek to own top decile of investment opportunities uncovered
- Risk management:
Cap security position size at 5% at cost, typically limit sector weights at the higher of 25% or 1.5x benchmark, hedge currency if practical and cost efficient
A diverse portfolio that balances long-term performance with risk management
|Inception date: December 31, 2011||Annualized|
|Gross of Fees||2.00%||-2.71%||2.88%||4.00%||12.62%|
|Net of Fees||1.93%||-2.91%||2.13%||3.16%||11.58%|
|MSCI ACWI ex-US||0.74%||-5.05%||0.14%||1.04%||11.15%|
|Inception date: December 31, 2011||Annualized|
|Gross of Fees||-4.63%||-6.03%||0.85%||5.82%||12.62%|
|Net of Fees||-4.69%||-6.22%||0.25%||4.93%||11.56%|
|MSCI ACWI ex-US||-4.81%||-5.19%||0.39%||5.22%||11.96%|
Ariel Investments, LLC is a money management firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Taking a long-term view and applying independent thinking to our investment decisions, we span the market cap spectrum from micro to large and cover the globe with our international and global offerings. Ariel claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). The Ariel International (DM/EM) strategy seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity securities of foreign issuers in developed or emerging market countries. The Ariel International Composite (DM/EM) differs from its benchmark, the MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ex-US Index, with fewer holdings. Index returns reflect the reinvestment of income and other earnings. Indexes are unmanaged, and investors cannot invest directly in an index. Equity investments in foreign securities may be made in various forms, such as common stocks, preferred stocks, warrants, rights, convertible securities purchased on recognized foreign exchanges and developed over-the-counter markets, or in the form of depositary receipts such as American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) or Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs), or other securities representing underlying shares of foreign issues, including certificates of deposit issued by foreign banks and foreign branches of U.S. banks. The strategy may invest in large, medium, or small companies without regard to market capitalization. The strategy may use various techniques to hedge currency exposure, including derivatives, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and other hedges. These techniques may include the following: buying and selling currency on a spot basis, entering into foreign currency forward contracts, buying and selling foreign currency options and securities, securities index options, futures contracts and related options, and entering into swap agreements. These techniques may be used for hedging purposes or to increase return through the use of derivatives as a substitute for securities or to reduce the risk of loss of certain holdings. The strategy may include the holding of cash or cash equivalents for defensive purposes. Cash equivalents are negotiable instruments, such as commercial paper, treasury bills, short-term government bonds, payable by third parties. Third parties may include foreign banks and foreign governments.
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Sector Weightings (%)
|Ariel International (DM/EM)||MSCI ACWI ex US|
Represents percentage of total equity holdings in the representative portfolio
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