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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Ariel Taps BeFi Expert to its Board

Reported by Erin Kello

Ariel added an behavioral finance academic to its board. University of Chicago Professor Toby Moskowitz has been elected to the Chicago company's board of directors.

If Moskowitz's name sounds familiar to you, it may be because he co-authored the "Scorecasting," which uses economic principles to explain the hidden side of sports. 

His research has also explored the performance of mutual funds. Moskowitz also published research with AQR Capital's Cliff Asness.

Ariel founder and CIO John Rogers explained that he has "admired" Moskowitz's work for many years.

"I have gained tremendous insights from his extensive research on behavioral finance," Rogers added.

Company Press Release

Chicago, Illinois (June 7, 2012)—Today Ariel Investments, LLC (http://www.arielinvestments.com) announced the election of University of Chicago Professor Tobias "Toby" Moskowitz to the company’s Board of Directors.  

Professor Moskowitz is the Fama Family Chaired Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he has taught since 1998.  Professor Moskowitz also serves as a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research and is a former editor of the Review of Financial Studies and a current associate editor of the Journal of Finance. He is known nationally for his research on financial markets and investments, including behavioral finance. He has explored topics as diverse as momentum in stock returns, biases in investment portfolios, the return to private business ownership, mutual and hedge fund performance, the political economy of financial regulation, as well as the economics of sports. 

In 2007, Professor Moskowitz was recognized by the American Finance Association with its Fischer Black Prize, which is awarded biennially to the top finance scholar in the world under the age of 40.  His work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Money magazine, and a 2005 speech by former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.  In 2011, he wrote the best-selling book "Scorecasting," (Crown Archetype, Random House) co-authored with L. Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated, which uses economic principles to explain the hidden side of sports. 

John W. Rogers, Jr., Founder, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Ariel Investments, stated, “Having admired Toby’s work for many years, I have gained tremendous insights from his extensive research on behavioral finance.  As a member of our board, I am confident he will be a tremendous asset to our company as well as our investment effort.”       

Born in West Lafayette, IN, Professor Moskowitz earned a bachelor's degree in industrial management and industrial engineering (with distinction) in 1993 from Purdue University, a master's degree in management from Purdue in 1994, and a Ph.D. in finance from UCLA in 1998.  He resides in Chicago with his wife, Bonnie, and their four children.

# # #   About Ariel Investments, LLC

Since its inception in 1983, Ariel Investments has grown from 2 to 78 employees with $4.4 billion in assets under management. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm serves as the investment adviser to the Ariel Investment Trust, comprised of six no-load mutual funds—Ariel Fund, Ariel Appreciation Fund, Ariel Focus Fund, Ariel Discovery Fund, Ariel International Equity Fund and Ariel Global Equity Fund.  Additionally, Ariel manages separate accounts for corporate, public, union and non-profit organizations.  For more information about the firm, please visit arielinvestments.com.

Investors should consider carefully the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses before investing. For a current summary prospectus or full prospectus which contains this and other information about the funds offered by Ariel Investment Trust, call us at 800-292-7435 or visit arielinvestments.com. Please read the summary prospectus or full prospectus carefully before investing. Distributed by Ariel Distributors, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ariel Investments, LLC.

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