0000894189-13-000785.txt : 20130208 0000894189-13-000785.hdr.sgml : 20130208 20130208165239 ACCESSION NUMBER: 0000894189-13-000785 CONFORMED SUBMISSION TYPE: 485BPOS PUBLIC DOCUMENT COUNT: 7 FILED AS OF DATE: 20130208 DATE AS OF CHANGE: 20130208 EFFECTIVENESS DATE: 20130208 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: ARIEL INVESTMENT TRUST CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000798365 IRS NUMBER: 000000000 FISCAL YEAR END: 0930 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1933 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 033-07699 FILM NUMBER: 13587580 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: 200 EAST RANDOLPH DRIVE STREET 2: SUITE 2900 CITY: CHICAGO STATE: IL ZIP: 60601 BUSINESS PHONE: 3127260140 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: 200 EAST RANDOLPH DRIVE STREET 2: SUITE 2900 CITY: CHICAGO STATE: IL ZIP: 60601 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: ARIEL GROWTH FUND DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 19931130 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: ARIEL INVESTMENT TRUST CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000798365 IRS NUMBER: 000000000 FISCAL YEAR END: 0930 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1940 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 811-04786 FILM NUMBER: 13587581 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: 200 EAST RANDOLPH DRIVE STREET 2: SUITE 2900 CITY: CHICAGO STATE: IL ZIP: 60601 BUSINESS PHONE: 3127260140 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: 200 EAST RANDOLPH DRIVE STREET 2: SUITE 2900 CITY: CHICAGO STATE: IL ZIP: 60601 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: ARIEL GROWTH FUND DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 19931130 0000798365 S000005024 Ariel Fund C000013706 Investor Class ARGFX C000108536 Institutional Class (Class I) ARAIX 0000798365 S000005025 Ariel Appreciation Fund C000013707 Investor Class CAAPX C000108537 Institutional Class (Class I) CAAIX 0000798365 S000005026 Ariel Focus Fund C000013708 Investor Class ARFFX C000108538 Institutional Class (Class I) AFOYX 0000798365 S000031125 Ariel Discovery Fund C000096535 Investor Class ARDFX C000108539 Institutional Class (Class I) ADYIX 0000798365 S000035291 Ariel International Equity Fund C000108545 Investor Class AINTX C000108546 Institutional Class (Class I) AINIX 0000798365 S000035292 Ariel Global Equity Fund C000108547 Investor Class AGLOX C000108548 Institutional Class (Class I) AGLYX 485BPOS 1 ariel_bxbrl.htm POST EFFECTIVE AMENDMENT FOR XBRL ariel_bxbrl.htm

 
Filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 8, 2013
1933 Act Registration File No. 33-7699
1940 Act File No. 811-4786

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549
[Missing Graphic Reference]
FORM N-1A
 
REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE
SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED
REGISTRATION NO. 33-7699
Post-Effective Amendment No. 52
 
and
 
REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE
INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940, AS AMENDED
REGISTRATION NO. 811-4786
Amendment No. 52
 
ARIEL INVESTMENT TRUST
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
 
200 East Randolph Street, Suite 2900
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)  (Zip Code)
 
Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code:   (312) 726-0140
 
Agent for service:
 
With copies to:
Arthur Don, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
77 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601
312.456.8438
 
Anita Zagrodnik
Ariel Investment Trust
200 East Randolph Street
Suite 2900
Chicago, Illinois 60601
312.726.0140
 
Alia S. Vasquez, Esq.
U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
777 East Wisconsin Avenue
MailCode: MK-WI-T10F
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
414.765.6620
 

It is proposed that this filing will become effective:
 
 
x      immediately upon filing pursuant to paragraph (b)
 
o    on (date) pursuant to paragraph (b)
 
o       60 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(1)
 
o      on (date) pursuant to paragraph (a)(1)
 
o       75 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(2)
 
o        on (date) pursuant to paragraph (a)(2) of rule 485.
 

Explanatory Note:  This Post-Effective Amendment (“PEA”) No. 52 to the Registration Statement of Ariel Investment Trust (the “Trust”) hereby incorporates Parts A, B and C from the Trust’s PEA No. 50 on Form N-1A filed on January 28, 2013.  This PEA No. 52 is filed for the sole purpose of submitting the XBRL exhibit for the risk/return summary first provided in PEA No. 50 to the Trust’s Registration Statement.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
SIGNATURES
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, the Registrant certifies that it meets all of the requirements for effectiveness of this registration statement under Rule 485(b) and has duly caused this Post-Effective Amendment No. 52 to its Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, duly authorized, in the City of Chicago and State of Illinois on the 8th day of February, 2013.
 
 
ARIEL INVESTMENT TRUST
 
     
 
By:
/s/ Mellody Hobson*                            
 
   
Mellody Hobson,
 
   
President
 
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this Post-Effective Amendment No. 52 to the Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.
  
Signature
 
Title
 
Date
         
/s/ James W. Compton*
 
Trustee
 
February 8, 2013
James W. Compton
       
         
/s/ William C. Dietrich*
 
Trustee
 
February 8, 2013
William C. Dietrich
       
         
/s/ Royce N. Flippin, Jr.*
 
Lead Independent Trustee
 
February 8, 2013
Royce N. Flippin, Jr.
       
         
/s/ Christopher G. Kennedy*
 
Trustee
 
February 8, 2013
Christopher G. Kennedy
       
         
/s/ H. Carl McCall*
 
Trustee
 
February 8, 2013
H. Carl McCall
       
         
/s/ Mellody Hobson*
 
Principal Executive Officer, President
 
February 8, 2013
Mellody Hobson
 
 and Trustee
   
         
/s/ Merrillyn J. Kosier*
 
Trustee
 
February 8, 2013
Merrillyn J. Kosier
       
         
/s/ John W. Rogers, Jr.*
 
Trustee
 
February 8, 2013
John W. Rogers, Jr.
       
         
/s/ James M. Williams*
 
Trustee
 
February 8, 2013
James M. Williams
       
         
/s/ William M. Lewis, Jr.*
 
Trustee
 
February 8, 2013
William M. Lewis, Jr.
       
         
/s/ Anita Zagrodnik
 
Principal Financial Officer,
 
February 8, 2013
Anita Zagrodnik
 
Principal Accounting Officer and Treasurer
   
 
*By:
/s/ Mellody Hobson
 
 
Mellody Hobson,
 
 
Attorney-in-fact
 
 
*Mellody Hobson signs this document on behalf of each of the foregoing persons pursuant to the Powers of Attorney.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit
Exhibit No.
Instance Document
EX-101.INS
Schema Document
EX-101.SCH
Calculation Linkbase Document
EX-101.CAL
Definition Linkbase Document
EX-101.DEF
Label Linkbase Document
EX-101.LAB
Presentation Linkbase Document
EX-101.PRE

 
 
 
 
 
 

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