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Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. All performance assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted.


Quarter End
Month End
Ariel Fund

Performance

As of August 31, 2014
Inception date: November 6, 1986 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year To
Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Ten
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel Fund 5.04% 7.60% 7.17% 27.79% 23.56% 19.45% 8.00% 11.82%
Russell 2500™ Value Index 4.43% 3.70% 7.22% 22.61% 20.65% 17.73% 9.65% 11.76%
Russell 2000® Value Index 4.35% 2.37% 2.16% 18.10% 18.78% 15.74% 8.43% 10.94%
S&P 500® Index 4.00% 4.69% 9.89% 25.25% 20.61% 16.88% 8.38% 10.35%
Ariel Fund

Performance

As of June 30, 2014
Inception date: November 6, 1986 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year To
Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Ten
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel Fund 5.79% 6.42% 5.36% 29.50% 15.34% 24.25% 7.54% 11.83%
Russell 2500™ Value Index 4.33% 4.20% 7.87% 24.94% 16.02% 21.58% 9.40% 11.87%
Russell 2000® Value Index 4.42% 2.38% 4.20% 22.54% 14.65% 19.88% 8.24% 11.09%
S&P 500® Index 2.07% 5.23% 7.14% 24.61% 16.58% 18.83% 7.78% 10.31%
Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/13: 1.03%

Quarter End
Month End
Ariel Appreciation Fund

Performance

As of August 31, 2014
Inception date: December 1, 1989 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year To
Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Ten
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel Appreciation Fund 3.41% 5.34% 5.11% 24.03% 21.81% 19.14% 9.51% 11.44%
Russell Midcap® Value Index 4.24% 4.71% 12.48% 27.20% 22.34% 19.44% 10.92% 12.07%
Russell Midcap® Index 4.83% 5.08% 10.56% 25.32% 21.04% 19.29% 11.07% 11.75%
S&P 500® Index 4.00% 4.69% 9.89% 25.25% 20.61% 16.88% 8.38% 9.62%
Ariel Appreciation Fund

Performance

As of June 30, 2014
Inception date: December 1, 1989 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year To
Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Ten
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel Appreciation Fund 4.03% 4.80% 3.80% 25.87% 15.80% 23.39% 9.06% 11.46%
Russell Midcap® Value Index 3.46% 5.62% 11.14% 27.76% 17.56% 22.97% 10.66% 12.10%
Russell Midcap® Index 3.29% 4.97% 8.67% 26.85% 16.09% 22.07% 10.43% 11.76%
S&P 500® Index 2.07% 5.23% 7.14% 24.61% 16.58% 18.83% 7.78% 9.57%
Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/13: 1.13%

Quarter End
Month End
Ariel Focus Fund

Performance

As of August 31, 2014
Inception date: June 30, 2005 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year To
Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel Focus Fund 2.81% 6.64% 10.53% 24.73% 18.80% 15.11% 6.62%
Russell 1000® Value Index 3.68% 4.57% 10.35% 24.43% 21.57% 16.62% 7.46%
S&P 500® Index 4.00% 4.69% 9.89% 25.25% 20.61% 16.88% 8.09%
Ariel Focus Fund

Performance

As of June 30, 2014
Inception date: June 30, 2005 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year To
Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel Focus Fund 3.39% 4.95% 7.16% 24.67% 14.32% 17.58% 6.38%
Russell 1000® Value Index 2.61% 5.10% 8.28% 23.81% 16.92% 19.23% 7.38%
S&P 500® Index 2.07% 5.23% 7.14% 24.61% 16.58% 18.83% 7.95%
Expense Cap as of 2/1/14: 1.00%*
Net Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/13: 1.25%*
Gross Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/13: 1.54%*

*Effective February 1, 2014, Ariel Investments, LLC, the Adviser, has contractually agreed to waive fees and reimburse expenses (the “Expense Cap”) in order to limit Ariel Focus Fund’s total annual operating expenses to 1.00% of net assets for the Investor Class through the end of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. Through January 31, 2014, the Expense Cap will continue to be 1.25% for the Investor Class.

Quarter End
Month End
Ariel Discovery Fund

Performance

As of August 31, 2014
Inception date: January 31, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year To
Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel Discovery Fund 4.09% 0.08% -6.95% 8.34% 14.54% 7.35%
Russell 2000® Value Index 4.35% 2.37% 2.16% 18.10% 18.78% 12.66%
S&P 500® Index 4.00% 4.69% 9.89% 25.25% 20.61% 15.65%
Ariel Discovery Fund

Performance

As of June 30, 2014
Inception date: January 31, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year To
Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel Discovery Fund 2.83% -3.76% -4.39% 8.85% 11.84% 8.59%
Russell 2000® Value Index 4.42% 2.38% 4.20% 22.54% 14.65% 13.99%
S&P 500® Index 2.07% 5.23% 7.14% 24.61% 16.58% 15.63%
Expense Cap as of 2/1/14: 1.25%*
Net Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/13: 1.50%*
Gross Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/13: 2.90%*

*Effective February 1, 2014, Ariel Investments, LLC, the Adviser, has contractually agreed to waive fees or reimburse expenses (the “Expense Cap”) in order to limit Ariel Discovery Fund’s total annual operating expenses to 1.25% of net assets for the Investor Class through the end of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. Through January 31, 2014, the Expense Cap will continue to be 1.50% for the Investor Class.

Quarter End
Month End
Ariel International Fund

Performance

As of August 31, 2014
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year To
Date
One
Year
Since
Inception
Ariel International Fund 0.30% -0.96% 4.44% 17.69% 12.64%
MSCI EAFE -0.15% -1.13% 2.93% 16.92% 16.28%
Ariel International Fund

Performance

As of June 30, 2014
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year To
Date
One
Year
Since
Inception
Ariel International Fund 1.40% 4.65% 6.93% 24.82% 14.63%
MSCI EAFE 0.99% 4.34% 5.14% 24.09% 18.48%
Expense Cap as of 2/1/14: 1.25%*
Net Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/13: 1.40%*
Gross Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/13: 9.36%*

*Effective February 1, 2014, Ariel Investments, LLC, the Adviser, has contractually agreed to waive fees or reimburse expenses (the “Expense Cap”) in order to limit Ariel International Fund’s total annual operating expenses to 1.25% of net assets for the Investor Class through the end of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. Through January 31, 2014, the Expense Cap will continue to be 1.40% for the Investor Class.

Quarter End
Month End
Ariel Global Fund

Performance

As of August 31, 2014
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year To
Date
One
Year
Since
Inception
Ariel Global Fund 3.00% 4.11% 9.48% 20.08% 15.69%
MSCI AC World Index 2.25% 2.99% 7.61% 21.61% 17.87%
Ariel Global Fund

Performance

As of June 30, 2014
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year To
Date
One
Year
Since
Inception
Ariel Global Fund 1.87% 4.51% 7.13% 21.36% 15.83%
MSCI AC World Index 1.93% 5.23% 6.50% 23.58% 18.70%
Expense Cap as of 2/1/14: 1.25%*
Net Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/13: 1.40%*
Gross Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/13: 5.37%*

*Effective February 1, 2014, Ariel Investments, LLC, the Adviser, has contractually agreed to waive fees or reimburse expenses (the “Expense Cap”) in order to limit Ariel Global Fund’s total annual operating expenses to 1.25% of net assets for the Investor Class through the end of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. Through January 31, 2014, the Expense Cap will continue to be 1.40% for the Investor Class.



Investing in equity stocks is risky and subject to the volatility of the markets. Investing in small- and mid-cap stocks is more risky and volatile than investing in large-cap stocks. The intrinsic value of the stocks in which the Fund invests may never be recognized by the broader market. Ariel Fund and Ariel Appreciation Fund often invest a significant portion of their assets in companies within the financial services and consumer discretionary sectors and their performance may suffer if these sectors underperform the overall stock market. Ariel Focus Fund is a non-diversified fund and therefore may be subject to greater volatility than a more diversified investment. Investments in foreign securities may underperform and may be more volatile than comparable U.S. stocks because of the risks involving foreign economies and markets, foreign political systems, foreign regulatory standards, foreign currencies and taxes. The use of currency derivatives and ETFs may increase investment losses and expenses and create more volatility. Investments in emerging and developing markets present additional risks, such as difficulties in selling on a timely basis and at an acceptable price.

Average Annual Total Return for Ariel Fund and Ariel Appreciation Fund does not reflect a maximum 4.75% sales load charged prior to 07/15/94.

Investors should consider carefully the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses before investing. For a current summary prospectus or full prospectus which contains this and other information about the funds offered by Ariel Investment Trust, call us at 800-292-7435 or click here. Please read the summary prospectus or full prospectus carefully before investing. Distributed by Ariel Distributors, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ariel Investments, LLC.



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