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Mellody Hobson at Forbes Iconoclast

Mellody Hobson spoke with Forbes’ Maneet Ahuja for a session titled, “Beyond the Boardroom: Rebuilding Capitalism for All.”

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In this interview, Mellody Hobson candidly discusses her opinion on the market and stocks and sectors that may have, at the time of the interview, been held in one or more of Ariel’s strategies. This opinion is current as of the date of this interview but is 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. Portfolio holdings are subject to change. See the Products section of our website for current product holdings.

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Note that, at approximately minute 20.17 of the video, Mellody Hobson references the Ariel Fund return for 2009 as 69%.  The Ariel Fund returns for 2009 were in fact 63%, not 69%.

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Fees are as of the most recent prospectus, dated February 1, 2023.

  Investor Class Institutional Class
Management fees 0.57% 0.57%
Distribution and service (12b-1) fees 0.25% None
Other expenses 0.16% 0.10%
Total annual fund operating expenses 0.98% 0.67%