Global Strategy
Ariel Global Fund

Why Ariel’s global approach

Experience matters

  • Rupal J. Bhansali has more than 25 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
Key Facts
Market Cap Range: All Cap
Investor Class: 12/30/2011
Institutional Class: 12/30/2011
Number of companies: 50-150
Turnover: 30-80%
Ticker Symbol:
Investor Class: AGLOX
Institutional Class: AGLYX
Fund Assets (all classes):
$93.2 million as of 3/31/2017
Portfolio Manager
Bhansali_Rupal_Web.png Rupal J. Bhansali
Portfolio Manager
Fund Spotlight
Meet Rupal J. Bhansali and hear her philosophy on global investing.

Our global investment philosophy


We take the long-term view.
  • Emphasis on 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


We 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


We specialize in bottom-up fundamental research.
  • Focus on connecting information versus collecting information
  • Take business analyst approach rather than financial analyst approach
  • Have extensive interactions with management teams around the world
  • Research a company's global peers to fully inform our competitive assessment


We 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

Rupal Bhansali on International and Global Investing I
Rupal Bhansali on International and Global Investing II

Our global process

Negative Screening

Negative screening seeks downside protection
  • Process:
    Screen on risk, not growth rate or valuation
  • Risk management:
    Eliminate approximately 60% of high-risk stocks in universe
  • Benefit:
    Position for downside protection

Bottom-up Research

Proprietary bottom-up research enables better stock picking
  • Process:
    Lead analysts perform research
  • Risk management:
    Assess the prospects and durability of a business franchise
  • Benefit:
    Proprietary insights enable better stock picking

Team Validation

Team validation avoids blind spots in our analysis
  • Process:
    A team of three debates and stress tests each idea
  • Risk management:
    Incorporate macro and micro factors in scenario analyses; lead analyst presents balanced case versus a recommendation
  • Benefit:
    Ideas vetted from multiple perspectives yield more informed final decisions by portfolio manager

Portfolio Construction

Portfolios constructed to manage risks as well as long-term performance
  • Process:
    Seek to own top decile of investment opportunities uncovered
  • Risk management:
    Typically cap security position size at 5% at time of purchase, sector weights at the higher of 25% or 1.5x benchmark, hedge currency if practical and cost-efficient
  • Benefit:
    Designed to generate superior long-term, risk-adjusted performance

Investor Class
Institutional Class
Quarter End
Month End

Ariel Global Fund

Investor Class | AGLOX


As of April 30, 2017
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
To Date
Ariel Global Fund 0.81% 5.13% 6.62% 9.24% 4.76% 9.76% 9.20%
MSCI AC World Index 1.56% 5.68% 8.57% 15.14% 5.29% 8.96% 10.44%

Ariel Global Fund

Investor Class | AGLOX


As of March 31, 2017
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
To Date
Ariel Global Fund 1.71% 5.77% 5.77% 8.75% 4.71% 8.56% 9.18%
MSCI AC World Index 1.22% 6.91% 6.91% 15.04% 5.08% 8.37% 10.29%
Expense Ratio Cap: 1.13%*
Gross Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/16: 1.70%*

*Effective November 29, 2016, 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 1.13% of net assets for the Investor Class through the end of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. The Expense Cap has been lowered over time. Contact us for historical information about the Expense Cap.

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 exchange-traded funds (ETFs) may increase investment losses and expenses and create more volatility. Investments in emerging markets present additional risks, such as difficulties in selling on a timely basis and at an acceptable price. The intrinsic value of the stocks in which the Fund invests may never be recognized by the broader market. 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.

MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) Index is an unmanaged, market weighted index of global developed and emerging markets. The MSCI ACWI Index net returns reflect the reinvestment of income and other earnings, including the dividends net of the maximum withholding tax applicable to non-resident institutional investors that do not benefit from double taxation treaties. MSCI uses the maximum tax rate applicable to institutional investors, as determined by the companies' country of incorporation. Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used to create indices or financial products. This report is not approved or produced by MSCI.

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.

Ariel Global Fund

Sector Weightings (%)

As of March 31, 2017
  Ariel Global Fund MSCI ACWI
Health Care 23.39 11.14
Information Technology 22.16 16.39
Financials 13.73 18.43
Telecommunication Services 13.06 3.41
Consumer Staples 8.52 9.52
Consumer Discretionary 5.60 12.14
Utilities 4.66 3.17
Energy 4.39 6.64
Industrials 3.56 10.69
Real Estate 0.87 3.15
Materials 0.05 5.32

Represents percentage of total equity holdings in the portfolio

MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) Index is an unmanaged, market weighted index of global developed and emerging markets. Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used to create indices or financial products. This report is not approved or produced by MSCI.

These sectors are the Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”). GICS was developed by and is the exclusive property and a service mark of MSCI Inc. (“MSCI”) and Standard & Poor’s, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (“S&P”) and is licensed for use by Ariel Investments, LLC. Neither MSCI, S&P nor any third party involved in making or compiling the GICS or any GICS classifications makes any express or implied warranties or representations with respect to such standard or classification (or the results to be obtained by the use thereof), and all such parties hereby expressly disclaim all warranties of originality, accuracy, completeness, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to any of such standard or classification. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall MSCI, S&P, any of their affiliates or any third party involved in making or compiling the GICS or any GICS classifications have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of the possibility of such damages.

Ariel Global Fund

Schedule of Holdings

As of March 31, 2017
  Units Security Description Market Value % of Total Value
AUSTRALIA     96,223 0.1
  24,314 AMP Ltd. 96,223 0.1
CANADA     693,751 0.8
  13,113 IGM Financial Inc. 391,068 0.4
  5,353 Suncor Energy, Inc. 164,352 0.2
  2,092 Magna International, Inc. 90,281 0.1
  2,635 Hydro One Ltd. 48,050 0.1
CHILE     714,404 0.8
  28,485 Banco Santander-Chile ADR 714,404 0.8
CHINA     9,440,090 10.1
  27,616 Baidu, Inc. ADR 4,764,312 5.1
  220,500 China Mobile Ltd. 2,413,115 2.6
  40,968 China Mobile Ltd. ADR 2,262,663 2.4
DENMARK     319,535 0.3
  9,304 Novo Nordisk A/S 319,535 0.3
FINLAND     3,887,497 4.2
  682,605 Nokia Corp. ADR 3,699,719 4.0
  34,994 Nokia Corp. 187,778 0.2
FRANCE     3,714,397 4.1
  22,729 Michelin (CGDE) 2,760,555 3.0
  10,847 Safran SA 810,358 0.9
  973 Thales SA 94,105 0.1
  547 Sanofi 49,379 0.1
GERMANY     4,793,854 5.2
  35,207 Deutsche Boerse AG 3,226,679 3.5
  257,497 Telefonica Deutschland Holding 1,277,345 1.4
  5,676 Dialog Semiconductor plc 289,830 0.3
HONG KONG     210,747 0.2
  486,000 Li & Fung Ltd. 210,747 0.2
ITALY     1,006,486 1.1
  232,724 Snam SpA 1,006,486 1.1
JAPAN     5,895,132 6.4
  4,250 Nintendo Co., Ltd. 986,246 1.1
  21,400 Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. 913,436 1.0
  38,200 NTT DOCOMO, Inc. 889,549 1.0
  5,400 Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. 741,876 0.8
  5,400 Shimamura Co., Ltd. 713,500 0.8
  16,100 Japan Tobacco Inc. 523,217 0.6
  2,900 Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 412,481 0.4
  4,100 Toyota Motor Corp. 222,511 0.2
  2,800 Secom Co., Ltd. 200,424 0.2
  5,300 Canon Inc. 165,241 0.2
  6,000 Japan Exchange Group, Inc. 85,422 0.1
  1,200 Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 41,229 0.0
MEXICO     397,105 0.4
  122,441 Wal-Mart de Mexico SAB de CV 282,261 0.3
  12,718 Santander Mexico Financial Group ADR 114,844 0.1
NETHERLANDS     2,557,545 2.8
  63,387 Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. 1,356,482 1.5
  21,494 Gemalto N.V. 1,201,063 1.3
SINGAPORE     268,699 0.3
  17,000 United Overseas Bank Ltd. 268,699 0.3
SOUTH KOREA     49,258 0.1
  1,821 LG Display Co., Ltd. 49,258 0.1
SPAIN     1,351,366 1.4
  57,501 Endesa SA 1,351,366 1.4
SWEDEN     134,528 0.1
  5,264 H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB, Class B 134,528 0.1
SWITZERLAND     7,186,442 7.6
  19,731 Roche Holding AG 5,038,876 5.4
  4,151 Swisscom AG 1,915,017 2.0
  109 SGS SA 232,549 0.2
THAILAND     457,615 0.5
  65,200 Kasikornbank PCL 358,612 0.4
  18,000 Kasikornbank PCL 99,003 0.1
UNITED KINGDOM     6,643,141 7.1
  61,450 GlaxoSmithKline plc ADR 2,590,732 2.8
  112,081 GlaxoSmithKline plc 2,330,374 2.5
  11,983 Reckitt Benckiser Group plc 1,093,884 1.2
  38,495 National Grid plc 488,815 0.5
  34,950 British Telecom Group plc 139,336 0.1
UNITED STATES     35,401,984 37.8
  99,129 Microsoft Corp. 6,528,636 7.0
  68,956 Gilead Sciences, Inc. 4,683,492 5.0
  32,183 Johnson & Johnson 4,008,393 4.3
  18,018 Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Class B 3,003,240 3.2
  26,192 Philip Morris Intl, Inc. 2,957,077 3.2
  27,573 American Express Co. 2,181,300 2.3
  27,019 Verizon Communications Inc. 1,317,176 1.4
  22,058 Southern Co. 1,098,047 1.2
  8,910 Sempra Energy 984,555 1.1
  5,991 Costco Wholesale Corp. 1,004,631 1.1
  15,784 Fluor Corp. 830,554 0.9
  8,444 Quest Diagnostics Inc. 829,116 0.9
  10,499 Schlumberger Ltd. 819,972 0.9
  6,811 Core Laboratories N.V. 786,807 0.8
  133,951 Acacia Research Corp. 770,218 0.8
  11,038 Occidental Petroleum Corp. 699,368 0.7
  13,109 U.S. Bancorp 675,114 0.7
  2,932 Ansys, Inc. 313,343 0.3
  2,616 CME Group Inc. 310,781 0.3
  6,818 Coach, Inc. 281,788 0.3
  2,738 EOG Resources Inc. 267,092 0.3
  2,814 Manhattan Associates, Inc. 146,469 0.2
  2,049 Tractor Supply Co. 141,320 0.2
  853 Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. 48,186 0.1
  791 IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. 47,357 0.1
  948 Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 47,277 0.1
  1,168 Accenture plc, Class A 140,020 0.1
  785 FactSet Research Systems, Inc. 129,454 0.1
  2,719 TripAdvisor Inc. 117,352 0.1
  1,604 Cheesecake Factory, Inc. 101,629 0.1
  437 Union Pacific Corp. 46,287 0.0
  431 PPG Industries, Inc. 45,289 0.0
  446 Varian Medical Systems Inc. 40,644 0.0
Total Equities     85,219,799 91.4
Short Term Investments      
  6,247,938 Northern Institutional Treasury Portfolio 6,247,938 6.7
Foreign Currency and Other Assets less Liabilities 1,755,600 1.9
Grand Total     93,223,337 100.0%

Ariel Global Fund


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