At Ariel, we are committed to maintaining the confidentiality of your personal financial information. We do not sell your personal information and we do not disclose such information except as permitted or required by law, or as described below. The Funds and its service providers maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with federal standards to guard your personal information.
Personal information that is collected from you, your representative, or other organizations, either on paper or online, may include your name and address, Social Security number or tax identification number, bank information, date of birth, investment activity and goals, account balances, transaction history, income, assets, and other confidential information.
This information is used by the Funds, or the service providers we retain, to assist us in our efforts. This may include processing transactions, servicing and maintaining your account, responding to inquiries, developing, evaluating and marketing products and services to you, or fulfilling legal and regulatory requirements. For example, we provide your personal information to the transfer agent that maintains your account records, or to companies for the purposes of printing and mailing your account statements, shareholder reports, and other information about our products and services. We may also disclose information about you at your request (i.e., sending duplicate account statements to someone you designate).
Finally, in order to improve functionality, online tools and content, the Funds may gather web-specific information to better serve you. To help us evaluate and develop new online materials, we may disclose this information to our service providers. Our technologies do not identify you by name or by account number.
Revised July 2011