We will not beat around the bush: We are very proud of our flagship Ariel Fund’s performance record. Within its Morningstar1 MidBlend Category, the Fund ranks in the top decile over the trailing 1-, 3-, 5-, and 15-year periods as of March 31, 2015. True, no fund has a spotless record: Ariel Fund ranks in the 70th percentile over the 10-year period. That decade-long period contains the 2006-2008 period when the Fund struggled. But just as there are periods where a fund is out of favor, there are periods where everything clicks. In the six years between the March 9, 2009 bottom and March 9, 2015, Ariel Fund ranks number one in the 259 funds in this same category. Moreover, its performance over that stretch has been balanced. Among funds that existed in March 2009 as well as March 2015, Ariel Fund ranked number one among 259 category peers in the three years from March 9, 2009 to March 9, 2012, and it ranked number four among 322 in its category in the three years from March 9, 2012 to March 9, 2015.
True to our fiercely competitive form, we are not resting on our laurels but are investigating the period in order to keep the streak alive. We want to deeply examine our activities in the periods from 2009 to 2012, and 2012 to 2015 to determine what lessons we could draw that we can apply going forward. Continue Reading »