Ariel Investments Launches Two Mutual Funds

January 3, 2012 ( – Ariel Investments, LLC launched two all-cap no-load mutual funds.  

The Ariel International Equity Fund (AINTX) will invest in companies outside the U.S. in developed markets, and the Ariel Global Equity Fund (AGLOX) will invest in companies both within and outside the U.S., including developed and emerging markets. An institutional share class will be available to high net-worth investors and institutional clients.  These strategies will also be available as separately managed accounts.

Both funds are managed by industry veteran Rupal J. Bhansali. Bhansali, who joined Ariel in October 2011 as senior vice president and chief investment officer of international equities, brings a 10-year track record in the international space, as well as over 20 years of investment experience. She and the international team are based in New York and report to Founder and CEO, John W. Rogers, Jr.

Prior to joining Ariel Investments, Bhansali spent 10 years with MacKay Shields where she was senior managing director, portfolio manager and Head of International Equities. During her tenure, she managed both institutional and retail portfolios. Since 1989 when she began her career, Bhansali has held various roles at investment firms including Soros Fund Management and Oppenheimer Capital. 

She earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting & Finance and a Master of Commerce in International Finance & Banking from the University of Mumbai as well as an MBA in Finance from the University of Rochester where she was a Rotary Foundation Scholar.