Investing in small- and mid-cap stocks is riskier and more volatile than investing in large-cap stocks. The intrinsic value of the stocks in which the Fund invests may never be recognized by the broader market. Ariel Fund often invests a significant portion of its assets in companies within the financial services and consumer discretionary sectors, and its performance may suffer if these sectors underperform the overall stock market.
Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. All performance assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains, and represents returns of the Investor Class shares. 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. For the period ended December 31, 2015, the average annual total returns of Ariel Fund (Investor Class) for the 1-, 5- and 10-year periods were -4.10%, +10.43% and +6.62%, respectively. The Fund’s Investor Class shares had an annual expense ratio of 1.03% for the year ended September 30, 2014 and an annual expense ratio of 1.02% for the year ended September 30, 2015. Performance data current to the most recent month-end for Ariel Fund may be obtained by visiting our website, arielinvestments.com. Continue Reading »