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John Rogers, Jr.: ‘Be Willing to Talk About These Uncomfortable Issues’

John W. Rogers, Jr. spoke with Morningstar’s The Long View podcast about diversity and inclusion and value investing.

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In this interview John W. Rogers, Jr., of Ariel Investments (“Ariel”) discusses Ariel’s value investing approach, and his opinions on the market, different strategies, and individual companies, some of which were current holdings at the time of the interview held in Ariel Fund and/or Ariel Appreciation Fund. These opinions are current as of the date of this interview but are subject to change. The information provided in this interview does not provide information reasonably sufficient upon which to base an investment decision and should not be considered a recommendation to purchase or sell any particular security. This material should not be considered an offer for any of the securities referenced. The information contained in the interview is not guaranteed as to its accuracy or completeness.

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