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Ariel International Fund

The Fund pursues long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in companies outside the U.S., in developed international markets.

Our Portfolio Managers

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Rupal J. Bhansali

Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Manager, Global Equities

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We Embrace

Active patience

Long investment horizon
Lower turnover
Margin of safety*

Independent thinking

Non-consensus perspective
Benchmark agnostic
Volatility equals opportunity
Connecting, not just collecting, information

Focused expertise

Best ideas portfolios
Deep domain knowledge
Global sector analysts
Bottom-up stock selection

Teamwork

Ideas compete, not people
Team validation
No hierarchy

​*Attempting to purchase a stock with a margin of safety does not protect investors from the loss of their investment, volatility associated with stocks, declining fundamentals, external forces, or our incorrect assumptions.​

Sector Weightings

(as of 12/31/2022)
(as of 12/31/2022) Ending Weight (%) MSCI EAFE Net Index (%) MSCI ACWI ex-US Net Index (%)
Financials
Ending Weight (%)
19.90
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
18.66
MSCI ACWI ex-US Net Index (%)
20.99
Health Care
Ending Weight (%)
16.83
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
13.55
MSCI ACWI ex-US Net Index (%)
9.82
Consumer Staples
Ending Weight (%)
13.25
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
10.47
MSCI ACWI ex-US Net Index (%)
8.89
Consumer Discretionary
Ending Weight (%)
12.94
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
11.07
MSCI ACWI ex-US Net Index (%)
11.35
Utilities
Ending Weight (%)
12.02
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
3.48
MSCI ACWI ex-US Net Index (%)
3.36
Communication Services
Ending Weight (%)
10.12
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
4.51
MSCI ACWI ex-US Net Index (%)
5.90
Information Technology
Ending Weight (%)
4.06
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
7.81
MSCI ACWI ex-US Net Index (%)
10.76
Short-Term Investments
Ending Weight (%)
2.97
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
0.00
MSCI ACWI ex-US Net Index (%)
0.00
Industrials
Ending Weight (%)
2.64
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
15.06
MSCI ACWI ex-US Net Index (%)
12.27
Energy
Ending Weight (%)
0.64
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
4.95
MSCI ACWI ex-US Net Index (%)
6.01
Real Estate
Ending Weight (%)
0.09
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
2.63
MSCI ACWI ex-US Net Index (%)
2.28
Materials
Ending Weight (%)
0.00
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
7.80
MSCI ACWI ex-US Net Index (%)
8.37

Disclosures related to the data above can be found at the bottom of this page.

The following disclosures provide definitions relevant to the Key Facts / General Information about this Product, its Performance tables, Top 10 Positions tables, and Industry or Sector Weightings data tables shown above.

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. Ariel International Fund is often concentrated in fewer sectors than its benchmarks, and its performance may suffer if these sectors underperform the overall stock market. Investing in equity stocks is risky and subject to the volatility of the markets.

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.

Indexes are unmanaged. An investor cannot invest directly in an index.

The MSCI EAFE® Index is an equity index of large and mid-cap representation across 21 Developed Markets (DM) countries around the world, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Its inception date is May 31, 1986.

The MSCI EAFE Value Index captures large and mid-cap securities exhibiting overall value style characteristics across Developed Markets countries around the world, excluding the US and Canada. Its inception date is December 8, 1997.

The MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ex-US Index is an index of large and mid-cap representation across 22 Developed Markets (DM) and 24 Emerging Markets (EM) countries. Its inception date is January 1, 2001.

The MSCI ACWI ex-US Value Index captures large and mid-cap securities exhibiting overall value style characteristics across 22 Developed and 24 Emerging Markets countries. Its inception date is December 8, 1997.

All MSCI 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. 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.

The sectors shown for the Global strategies are the Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”). GICS was developed by and is the exclusive property and service mark of MSCI Inc. and Standard & Poor’s (S&P), a division of The McGraw Hill Companies, Inc. GICS is licensed for use by Ariel Investments, LLC. Neither MSCI, S&P nor any third party involved in making or compiling 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 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.

Ending Weight is the value of the holding relative to the portfolio’s total assets as of the report date.

Ariel International Fund Performance, Investor Class:

Expense Ratio Cap: 1.13%
Gross Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/22: 1.28%*

*As of September 30, 2021, Ariel International Fund (Investor Class) had an annual net expense ratio of 1.13% and a gross expense ratio of 1.30%. Effective November 29, 2016, Ariel Investments, LLC, the Adviser, has contractually agreed to waive fees and reimburse expenses (the “Expense Cap”) in order to limit Ariel International 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, 2023. Prior to November 29, 2016, the Expense Cap was 1.25% of net assets for the Investor Class. Through January 31, 2014, the Expense Cap was 1.40% for the Investor Class. The Expense Cap has been lowered over time. Contact us for historical information about the Expense Cap.

Ariel International Fund Performance, Institutional Class:

Expense Ratio Cap: 0.88%
Gross Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/22: 0.93%*

*As of September 30, 2021, Ariel International Fund (Institutional Class) had an annual net expense ratio of 0.88% and a gross expense ratio of 0.93%. Effective November 29, 2016, Ariel Investments, LLC, the Adviser, has contractually agreed to waive fees and reimburse expenses (the “Expense Cap”) in order to limit Ariel International Fund’s total annual operating expenses to 0.88% of net assets for the Institutional Class through the end of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2023. Prior to November 29, 2016, the Expense Cap was 1.00% for the Institutional Class. Through January 31, 2014, the Expense Cap was 1.15% for the Institutional Class. The Expense Cap has been lowered over time. Contact us for historical information about the Expense Cap.