0001104659-13-053828.txt : 20130710 0001104659-13-053828.hdr.sgml : 20130710 20130710161407 ACCESSION NUMBER: 0001104659-13-053828 CONFORMED SUBMISSION TYPE: 485BPOS PUBLIC DOCUMENT COUNT: 7 FILED AS OF DATE: 20130710 DATE AS OF CHANGE: 20130710 EFFECTIVENESS DATE: 20130710 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: ABERDEEN INVESTMENT FUNDS CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000887210 IRS NUMBER: 000000000 STATE OF INCORPORATION: MA FISCAL YEAR END: 1031 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1933 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 033-47507 FILM NUMBER: 13962051 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: 1735 MARKET STREET, 32ND FLOOR STREET 2: C/O ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT INC. CITY: PHILADELPHIA STATE: PA ZIP: 19103 BUSINESS PHONE: (800) 387-6977 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: 1735 MARKET STREET, 32ND FLOOR CITY: PHILADELPHIA STATE: PA ZIP: 19103 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: ARTIO GLOBAL INVESTMENT FUNDS DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 20081010 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: JULIUS BAER INVESTMENT FUNDS DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 19980828 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: BJB INVESTMENT FUNDS DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 19931005 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: ABERDEEN INVESTMENT FUNDS CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000887210 IRS NUMBER: 000000000 STATE OF INCORPORATION: MA FISCAL YEAR END: 1031 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1940 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 811-06652 FILM NUMBER: 13962052 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: 1735 MARKET STREET, 32ND FLOOR STREET 2: C/O ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT INC. CITY: PHILADELPHIA STATE: PA ZIP: 19103 BUSINESS PHONE: (800) 387-6977 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: 1735 MARKET STREET, 32ND FLOOR CITY: PHILADELPHIA STATE: PA ZIP: 19103 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: ARTIO GLOBAL INVESTMENT FUNDS DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 20081010 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: JULIUS BAER INVESTMENT FUNDS DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 19980828 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: BJB INVESTMENT FUNDS DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 19931005 0000887210 S000006116 Aberdeen Global High Income Fund C000016834 Class A BJBHX C000016835 Class I JHYIX 0000887210 S000006117 Aberdeen Select International Equity Fund C000016836 Class A BJBIX C000016837 Class I JIEIX 0000887210 S000006118 Aberdeen Select International Equity Fund II C000016838 Class A JETAX C000016839 Class I JETIX 0000887210 S000006120 Aberdeen Total Return Bond Fund C000016842 Class A BJBGX C000016843 Class I JBGIX 485BPOS 1 a13-11984_17485bpos.htm 485BPOS

 

As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 10, 2013

Registration Nos. 33-47507

811-06652

 

 

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC  20549

 

FORM N-1A

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

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Pre-Effective Amendment No. 

o

 

 

 

 

Post-Effective Amendment No. 65

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and

 

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940

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Amendment No. 67

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ABERDEEN INVESTMENT FUNDS

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

1735 Market Street, 32nd FL, Philadelphia, PA 19103

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

Registrant’s Telephone Number:

(800) 387-6977

 

Lucia Sitar, Esq.

c/o Aberdeen Asset Management Inc.

1735 Market Street, 32nd FL

Philadelphia, PA 19103

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

 

It is proposed that this filing will become effective (check appropriate box)

 

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.

 

If appropriate, check the following box:

 

o                                    this post-effective amendment designates a new effective date for a previously filed post-effective amendment.

 

Title of Securities Being Registered:

 

 

 


 

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 Post-Effective Amendment No. 65 for Aberdeen Investment Funds to the Registration Statements pursuant to Rule 485(b) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and has duly caused this Post-Effective Amendment No. 67 for Aberdeen Investment Funds to the Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of New York, and State of New York, on July 10, 2013.

 

 

ABERDEEN INVESTMENT FUNDS

 

 

 

By:

Gary Marshall*

 

 

Gary Marshall

 

 

Trustee, President and Chief Executive Officer

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this Post-Effective Amendment to the Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the date indicated.

 

Signature

 

Title

 

Date

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Marshall*

 

Trustee, President and Chief Executive Officer

 

July 10, 2013

Gary Marshall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Timothy Clemens

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

July 10, 2013

Timothy Clemens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antoine Bernheim**

 

Trustee, Chairman of the Board

 

July 10, 2013

Antoine Bernheim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Gibbons**

 

Trustee

 

July 10, 2013

Thomas Gibbons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cynthia Hostetler**

 

Trustee

 

July 10, 2013

Cynthia Hostetler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert S. Matthews**

 

Trustee

 

July 10, 2013

Robert S. Matthews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Wolfram**

 

Trustee

 

July 10, 2013

Peter Wolfram

 

 

 

 

 

*By:

/s/ Lucia Sitar

 

 

Lucia Sitar

(*As Attorney-in-Fact pursuant to Powers of Attorney filed herewith.

 

**By:

/s/ Alex Bogaenko

 

 

Alex Bogaenko

(**As Attorney-in-Fact pursuant to Powers of Attorney filed as exhibit (q) to Post-Effective Amendment No. 60 as filed with EDGAR on December 26, 2012.)

 


 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Index No.

 

Description of Exhibit

 

 

 

EX-101.INS

 

XBRL Instance Document

EX-101.SCH

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document

EX-101.CAL

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase

EX-101.DEF

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase

EX-101.LAB

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase

EX-101.PRE

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase

 

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An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit or obligation of any bank and is not endorsed or guaranteed by any bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the U.S. government, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board or any other governmental agency. Performance <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">Effective May 22, 2013, Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. and Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited were appointed as investment adviser and subadviser, respectively, to the Fund. 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Actual after-tax returns depend on the investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown, and the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares, and after-tax returns for Class I shares will differ. Past performance, before and after taxes, is not <font style="font-size: small; font-family: Times New Roman;">necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future.</font><br /> </font> </p> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates during the respective periods, and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The Calendar Year Total Returns Chart below demonstrates the risks of investing in the Fund by showing how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table demonstrates these risks by showing how the Fund's annual returns of Class A shares compare to the performance of a broad-based market index over various periods of time. Past performance, before and after taxes, is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future. After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares, and after-tax returns for Class I shares will differ. www.aberdeen-asset.us/SelectInternational Actual after-tax returns depend on the investor's tax situation and may differ from those shown, and the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Average Annual Total Returns (for the periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Fund <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </p> 0.0090 0.0090 0.0025 0.0000 0.0013 0.0012 0.0128 0.0102 ~ http://aberdeen.com/20130618/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20001 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0000887210_S000006117Member row primary compact * ~ Restated to reflect current fees. Effective April 18, 2012, the advisory fee for the Fund is reduced to 0.90% of the first $5.0 billion in average daily net assets, 0.88% on next $2.5 billion in average daily net assets, and 0.85% on daily net assets over $7.5 billion. Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses shown in the table above may not correspond to the ratio of net expenses to the average net assets in the "Financial Highlights" section of this Prospectus to the extent that Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses are included in the table above. Shareholder Fees (Fees Paid Directly From Your Investment) Portfolio Turnover <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 35% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 0.35 Principal Strategies <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">Under normal circumstances, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets (including equity related futures, options, swaps and other instruments as well as borrowings for investment purposes) in equity securities of issuers located anywhere in the world, normally excluding the U.S. The Fund will provide shareholders with at least 60 days&#8217; notice prior to any changes in this policy.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">For purposes of the 80% policy, the Fund invests in equity securities issued by companies that are located in, or that derive their highest concentration of their earnings or revenues from, a number of countries around the world other than the U.S. Some of these countries may be considered emerging market countries. 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Please go to http://www.aberdeen-asset.us/doc.nsf/Lit/FactsheetUSOpenSelectInternational<font style="font-size: small; font-family: Times New Roman;">Equity for a more current percentage of the Fund invested in emerging market securities.</font></font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The Fund ordinarily invests at least 65% of its total assets in no fewer than three different countries outside the U.S.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The Fund&#8217;s investment team employs a fundamental, bottom-up equity investment style, which is characterized by intensive, first-hand research and disciplined company evaluation. Stocks are identified for their long-term, fundamental value. The stock selection process contains two filters, first quality and then price. 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As a result, the Fund&#8217;s returns and net asset value may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates or political or economic conditions in a particular country or region. In the event of nationalization, default, debt restructuring, capital controls, expropriation or other confiscation, the Fund could lose its entire investment in foreign securities. Adverse conditions in a certain region can adversely affect securities of other countries whose economies appear to be unrelated. To the extent that the Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in a specific geographic region, the Fund may generally have more exposure to regional economic risks associated with foreign investments.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><b><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-weight:bold;">Emerging Market Risk:</font></b> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">The Fund&#8217;s investments in emerging market countries may involve risks greater than, or in addition to, the risks of investing in more developed countries. 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Medium-sized companies may have a shorter history of operations, less access to financing and a less diversified product line and be more susceptible to market pressures and therefore have more volatile stock prices and company performance than larger companies. During some periods, stocks of medium-sized companies, as an asset class, have underperformed the stocks of larger companies.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0in 0in .0001pt .25in; text-indent: -.25in;"> <font style="font-size: small; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <strong><font style="font-size: small; font-weight: bold;">Custody/Sub-Custody Risk:</font></strong> <font style="font-size: small;">The Fund may invest in markets where custodial and/or settlement systems are not fully developed. There may be very limited regulatory oversight of certain foreign banks or securities depositories that hold foreign securities and foreign currency. The laws of certain countries may limit the ability to recover such assets if a foreign bank or depository or their agents goes bankrupt and the assets of the Fund may be exposed to risk in circumstances where the custodian/sub-custodian or Adviser will have no liability. In addition, the inability of the Fund to make its intended securities purchases due to settlement issues with the custodian/sub-custodian could cause the Fund to miss attractive investment opportunities.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><b><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-weight:bold;">Redemption Risk:</font></b> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">The Fund may need to sell its portfolio holdings in order to meet shareholder redemption requests. In selling its holdings to meet redemption requests, the Fund could experience a loss if the redemption requests are unusually large or frequent, occur in times of overall market turmoil, or declining prices for the securities sold, or when the securities the Fund wishes to or is required to sell are illiquid.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><b><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-weight:bold;">Large Shareholder Risk:</font></b> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">Large shareholders of the Fund, such as institutional investors, may disrupt the efficient management of the Fund&#8217;s operations by purchasing or redeeming Fund shares in large amounts.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit or obligation of any bank and is not endorsed or guaranteed by any bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the U.S. government, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board or any other governmental agency.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit or obligation of any bank and is not endorsed or guaranteed by any bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the U.S. government, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board or any other governmental agency.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">You could lose money investing in the Fund.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">Further information about the Fund&#8217;s strategies and risks is provided in the section, <i>Fund Strategies and Risks.</i></font> </p> You could lose money by investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit or obligation of any bank and is not endorsed or guaranteed by any bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the U.S. government, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board or any other governmental agency. Performance <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">Effective May 22, 2013, Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. and Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited were appointed as investment adviser and subadviser, respectively, to the Fund. The returns for the Fund prior to May 22, 2013 reflect the performance of a portfolio management team from Artio Global Management LLC, the previous investment adviser.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The Calendar Year Total Returns Chart below demonstrates the risks of investing in the Fund by showing how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table demonstrates these risks by showing how the Fund&#8217;s annual returns of Class A shares compare to the performance of a broad-based market index over various periods of time. The Fund&#8217;s average annual return figures for the one-year, five-year and ten-year/since inception periods are net of applicable fee waivers and/or certain expense offset arrangements. The Fund&#8217;s average annual return figures without fee waivers and expense offset arrangements would have been lower. You cannot invest directly in an index. 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Updated performance information is available at the Fund&#8217;s website: www.aberdeen-asset.us/SelectInternationalII.</font> </p> Calendar Year Total Returns for Class A Shares International Equity Fund II - Class A 0.2863 0.1617 -0.4052 0.2448 0.0778 -0.2202 0.1646 ~ http://aberdeen.com/20130618/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20009 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0000887210_S000006118Member column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0000887210_C000016838Member row primary compact * ~ Highest quarterly return: 0.2194 2009-06-30 Lowest quarterly return: -0.2429 2011-09-30 <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <i><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-style:italic; font-family: Times New Roman;">Highest quarterly return: 21.94% (for the quarter ended June 30, 2009)</font></i> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0in 0in .0001pt;"> <em><font style="font-size: small; font-style: italic; font-family: Times New Roman;">Lowest quarterly return: -24.29% (for the quarter ended September 30, 2011)</font></em> </p> 0.1646 -0.0624 0.0325 0.1645 -0.0665 0.0291 0.1160 -0.0524 0.0280 0.1681 -0.0599 0.0354 0.1683 -0.0289 0.0545 2005-05-04 2005-05-04 ~ http://aberdeen.com/20130618/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20010 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0000887210_S000006118Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <p style="margin: 0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font style="font-size: small; font-family: Times New Roman;">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates during the respective periods, and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on the investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown, and the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares, and after-tax returns for Class I shares <font style="font-size: small; font-family: Times New Roman;">will differ. Past performance, before and after taxes, is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future.</font><br /> </font> </p> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates during the respective periods, and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The Calendar Year Total Returns Chart below demonstrates the risks of investing in the Fund by showing how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table demonstrates these risks by showing how the Fund's annual returns of Class A shares compare to the performance of a broad-based market index over various periods of time. Past performance, before and after taxes, is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future. After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares, and after-tax returns for Class I shares will differ. www.aberdeen-asset.us/SelectInternationalII Average Annual Total Returns (for the periods ended December 31, 2012) Actual after-tax returns depend on the investor's tax situation and may differ from those shown, and the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Fees and Expenses of the Fund <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </p> 0.0090 0.0090 0.0025 0.0000 0.0019 0.0013 0.0134 0.0103 ~ http://aberdeen.com/20130618/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20007 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0000887210_S000006118Member row primary compact * ~ Restated to reflect current fees. Effective April 18, 2012, the advisory fee for the Fund is reduced to 0.90% of the first $5.0 billion in average daily net assets, 0.88% on next $2.5 billion in average daily net assets, and 0.85% on daily net assets over $7.5 billion. Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses shown in the table above may not correspond to the ratio of net expenses to the average net assets in the "Financial Highlights" section of this Prospectus to the extent that the Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses are included in the table above. Shareholder Fees (Fees Paid Directly From Your Investment) Portfolio Turnover <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual Fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 34% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 0.34 Principal Strategies <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">Under normal circumstances, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets (including equity related futures, options, swaps and other instruments as well as borrowings for investment purposes) in equity securities of issuers located anywhere in the world, normally excluding the U.S. The Fund will provide shareholders with at least 60 days&#8217; notice prior to any changes in this policy.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">For purposes of the 80% policy, the Fund invests in equity securities issued by companies that are located in, or that derive their highest concentration of their earnings or revenues from, a number of countries around the world other than the U.S. Some of these countries may be considered emerging market countries. Equity securities include but are not limited to, common stock, preferred stock and depositary receipts.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The Fund invests up to 35% of its net assets in emerging market securities. The Adviser may manage the Fund close to its limit in emerging markets. As of October 31, 2012, the Fund had 13.93% of its net assets invested in emerging market securities. Please go to http://www.aberdeen-asset.us/doc.nsf/Lit/FactsheetUSOpenSelectInternationalEquityII for a more current percentage of the Fund invested in emerging market securities.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The Fund ordinarily invests at least 65% of its total assets in no fewer than three different countries outside the U.S.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The Fund invests in companies that the Adviser considers to be midcap and larger companies, which the Adviser currently views to be companies that generally have a market capitalization greater than $2.5 billion as determined at the time of purchase.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The Fund&#8217;s investment team employs a fundamental, bottom-up equity investment style, which is characterized by intensive, first-hand research and disciplined company evaluation. Stocks are identified for their long-term, fundamental value. The stock selection process contains two filters, first quality and then price. In the quality filter, the investment team seeks to determine whether the company is a business that has good growth prospects and a balance sheet that supports expansion, and they evaluate other business risks. In the price filter, the investment team assesses the value of a company by reference to standard financial ratios, and estimates the value of the company relative to its market price and the valuations of companies within a relevant universe. The investment team may sell a security when they perceive that a company&#8217;s business direction or growth prospects have changed or the company&#8217;s valuations are no longer attractive.</font> </p> Objective <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The investment objective of the Aberdeen Select International Equity Fund II is the long term growth of capital.</font> </p> Aberdeen Total Return Bond Fund BJBGX JBGIX Example <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and the Fund&#8217;s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:</font> </p> 70 221 384 859 42 132 230 518 ~ http://aberdeen.com/20130618/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20014 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0000887210_S000006120Member row primary compact * ~ Principal Risks <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">Global economies and securities markets can and have experienced significant volatility which has increased the risks associated with an investment in the Fund. Investments in the Fund carry risk and there is no guarantee that the Fund&#8217;s investment objective will be achieved. You could lose money by investing in the Fund. The principal risks of investing that could adversely impact the Fund are:</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0in 0in .0001pt .25in; text-indent: -.25in;"> <font style="font-size: small; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <strong><font style="font-size: small; font-weight: bold;">Mortgage-Related or Other Asset-Backed Securities Risk:</font></strong> <font style="font-size: small;">The Fund may invest in mortgage-related and other asset-backed securities which are subject to additional risks such as maturity, interest rate, credit, extension and prepayment risk.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><b><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-weight:bold;">Municipal Bond Risk</font></b><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">: The Fund may invest in municipal bonds which may be significantly affected by political and economic changes, including inflation, as well as uncertainties in the municipal market related to taxation, legislative changes, or the rights of municipal security holders. Municipal Bonds have varying levels of sensitivity to changes in interest rates. In general, the price of a Municipal Bond can fall when interest rates rise and can rise when interest rates fall. Interest rate risk is generally lower for shorter-term Municipal Bonds and higher for long term Municipal Bonds. Under certain market conditions, the Adviser may purchase Municipal Bonds that the Adviser perceives are undervalued. Undervalued Municipal Bonds are subject to the same market volatility and principal and interest rate risks described above. Lower quality Municipal Bonds involve greater risk of default or price changes due to changes in the credit quality of the issuer. The value of lower quality Municipal Bonds often fluctuates in response to political or economic developments and can decline significantly over short periods of time or during periods of general or regional economic difficulty. In the case of tax-exempt Municipal Bonds, if the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities determine that an issuer of a tax-exempt Municipal Bond has not complied with applicable tax requirements, interest from the security could become taxable at the federal, state and/or local level, and the security could decline significantly in value. Municipal Bonds are subject to credit or default risk. 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Active trading may also increase short term gains and losses, which may affect taxes that must be paid.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><b><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-weight:bold;">Custody/Sub-Custody Risk:</font></b> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">The Fund may invest in markets where custodial and/or settlement systems are not fully developed. There may be very limited regulatory oversight of certain foreign banks or securities depositories that hold foreign securities and foreign currency. The laws of certain countries may limit the ability to recover such assets if a foreign bank or depository or their agents goes bankrupt and the assets of the Fund may be exposed to risk in circumstances where the custodian/sub-custodian or Adviser will have no liability. In addition, the inability of the Fund to make its intended securities purchases due to settlement issues with the custodian/sub-custodian could cause the Fund to miss attractive investment opportunities.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><b><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-weight:bold;">Redemption Risk:</font></b> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">The Fund may need to sell its portfolio holdings in order to meet shareholder redemption requests. In selling its holdings to meet redemption requests, the Fund could experience a loss if the redemption requests are unusually large or frequent, occur in times of overall market turmoil, or declining prices for the securities sold, or when the securities the Fund wishes to or is required to sell are illiquid.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><b><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-weight:bold;">Large Shareholder Risk:</font></b> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">Large shareholders of the Fund, such as institutional investors, may disrupt the efficient management of the Fund&#8217;s operations by purchasing or redeeming Fund shares in large amounts.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit or obligation of any bank and is not endorsed or guaranteed by any bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the U.S. government, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board or any other governmental agency.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">You could lose money investing in the Fund.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">Further information about the Fund&#8217;s strategies and risks is provided in the section, <i>Fund Strategies and Risks.</i></font> </p> You could lose money by investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit or obligation of any bank and is not endorsed or guaranteed by any bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the U.S. government, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board or any other governmental agency. Performance <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">Effective May 22, 2013, Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. (the &#8220;Adviser&#8221;) was appointed as the investment adviser to the Fund; however, the portfolio management team from Artio Global Management LLC, the predecessor adviser to the Fund, is employed by the Adviser as of that date and continues to manage the Fund.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The Calendar Year Total Returns Chart below demonstrates the risks of investing in the Fund by showing how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table demonstrates these risks by showing how the Fund&#8217;s annual returns of Class A shares compare to the performance of a broad-based market index over various periods of time. The Fund&#8217;s average annual return figures for the one-year, five-year and ten-year/since inception periods are net of applicable fee waivers and/or certain expense offset arrangements. The Fund&#8217;s average annual return figures without fee waivers and expense offset arrangements would have been lower. You cannot invest directly in an index. Unlike a mutual fund, an index does not incur expenses. If expenses were deducted, actual returns of the index would be lower. Returns (before and after taxes) are based on past results and are not an indication of future performance.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">Returns for Class I shares will differ to the extent that Class I has lower expenses. Updated performance information is available at the Fund&#8217;s website: www.aberdeen-asset.us/TotalReturn.</font> </p> Calendar Year Total Returns for Class A Shares Total Return Bond Fund - Class A 0.0972 0.0567 0.0208 0.0479 0.0745 0.0054 0.1037 0.0765 0.0779 0.0604 ~ http://aberdeen.com/20130618/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20015 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0000887210_S000006120Member column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0000887210_C000016842Member row primary compact * ~ Highest quarterly return: 0.0558 2009-09-30 Lowest quarterly return: -0.0294 2004-06-30 <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <i><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-style:italic; font-family: Times New Roman;">Highest quarterly return: 5.58% (for the quarter ended September 30, 2009)</font></i> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <i><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-style:italic; font-family: Times New Roman;">Lowest quarterly return: -2.94% (for the quarter ended June 30, 2004)</font></i> </p> 0.0604 0.0643 0.0617 0.0457 0.0459 0.0443 0.0409 0.0448 0.0432 0.0635 0.0672 0.0645 0.0422 0.0595 0.0518 1999-11-17 1992-07-01 ~ http://aberdeen.com/20130618/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20016 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0000887210_S000006120Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates during the respective periods, and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on the investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown, and the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares, and after-tax returns for Class I shares will differ. Past performance, before and after taxes, is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future.</font> </p> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates during the respective periods, and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The Calendar Year Total Returns Chart below demonstrates the risks of investing in the Fund by showing how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table demonstrates these risks by showing how the Fund's annual returns of Class A shares compare to the performance of a broad-based market index over various periods of time. Past performance, before and after taxes, is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future. After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares, and after-tax returns for Class I shares will differ. www.aberdeen-asset.us/TotalReturn Average Annual Total Returns (for the periods ended December 31, 2012) Actual after-tax returns depend on the investor's tax situation and may differ from those shown, and the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Fees and Expenses of the Fund <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of Fund.</font> </p> 0.0035 0.0035 0.0025 0.0000 0.0009 0.0006 0.0069 0.0041 ~ http://aberdeen.com/20130618/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20013 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0000887210_S000006120Member row primary compact * ~ 2014-02-28 Shareholder Fees (Fees Paid Directly From Your Investment) Portfolio Turnover <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 236% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 2.36 Principal Strategies <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The Fund normally invests in investment grade fixed income securities rated at the time of purchase &#8220;Baa3&#8221; or better by Moody&#8217;s Investors Service, Inc. (&#8220;Moody&#8217;s&#8221;) or &#8220;BBB-&#8221; or better by Standard &amp; Poor&#8217;s Rating Service (&#8220;S&amp;P&#8221;) or a comparable investment grade rating by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization. The strategy is primarily focused on U.S. dollar-denominated securities. However, the Fund may invest in non-U.S. securities denominated in local currencies including those in the emerging markets. The Adviser&#8217;s investment process is centered on analyzing macroeconomic factors across investment grade countries, which are defined as BBB- or better. These include an evaluation of interest rates, monetary and fiscal policies, expectations for inflation, trade and current account balances, budgets, political environments and other considerations. Decisions related to specific sectors of the market are driven by the Adviser&#8217;s view of U.S. and global economic cycles.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">Under normal circumstances, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets (including fixed income related futures, options, swaps and other instruments as well as borrowings for investment purposes) in investment grade bonds (i.e., fixed income securities). The Fund will provide shareholders with at least 60 days&#8217; notice prior to any changes in this policy.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt 19.5pt;text-indent:-19.5pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">The Fund may invest in a diversified portfolio of fixed income securities of domestic and international issuers.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">The Fund invests in securities issued by governments, supranational entities, quasi-governmental and corporations in developed and emerging markets. The Fund may invest in securities (including tax-exempt securities) issued by states, municipalities and other political subdivisions, agencies, authorities and instrumentalities of states and multi-state agencies or authorities (&#8220;Municipal Bonds&#8221;).</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">In managing the Fund&#8217;s investments the portfolio manager will seek to construct an investment portfolio with a duration of no less than zero years in absolute terms and no more than one year above the portfolio duration of the securities comprising the Barclays Capital US Aggregate Bond Index. Duration is a measure used to determine the sensitivity of a security&#8217;s price to changes in interest rates. As of October 31, 2012, the duration of the Barclays Capital US Aggregate Bond Index was 5.02 years. Please go to http://www.aberdeen-asset.us/doc.nsf/Lit/FactsheetUSOpenTotalReturnBond for more current information on the Fund&#8217;s duration.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">The Fund may engage in active and frequent trading of portfolio securities to achieve its investment objective.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">The Fund invests in mortgage-backed and other asset-backed securities, including to be announced (&#8220;TBA&#8221;) instruments and corporate assets such as credit card receivables and automobile loan receivables. As of October 31, 2012 the Fund had 35.36% of its net assets invested in government sponsored mortgage-backed securities and an additional 21.89% of its net assets in other asset-backed securities.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">To achieve its investment goal the Fund may use derivatives under certain market conditions. As of October 31, 2012, the Fund had 0% of its net assets invested in derivatives excluding foreign exchange contracts. Please go to http://www.aberdeen-asset.us/doc.nsf/Lit/FactsheetUSOpenTotalReturnBond for more current information on the Fund&#8217;s investments in derivatives. Derivatives are financial instruments whose values are derived from another security, a commodity (such as gold or oil), an index or a currency (a measure of value or rates, such as the S&amp;P 500 Index or the prime lending rate). The Fund may use derivatives as a substitute for taking a position or reducing exposure to underlying assets. The Fund expects that derivative instruments will include the purchase and sale of futures contracts, forward contracts, non-deliverable forwards, swaps (including credit default swaps), options (including options on futures and options on swaps), warrants, and structured notes. A forward contract is an obligation to purchase or sell an asset or, most commonly, a specific currency at a future date, which may be any fixed number of days from the date of the contract agreed upon by the parties, at a price set at the time of the contract. Forward foreign currency contracts are the primary means of hedging currency exposure. A futures contract commits the parties to a transaction at a time in the future at a price determined when the transaction is initiated and generally trade through regulated exchanges and are &#8220;marked to market&#8221; daily. The inability to close options and futures positions also could have an adverse impact on the Fund&#8217;s abilities to hedge effectively its portfolio.</font> </p> Objective <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The investment objective of the Aberdeen Total Return Bond Fund is to provide total return, which consists of two components: (1) changes in the market value of the Fund&#8217;s portfolio securities (both realized and unrealized appreciation/depreciation) and (2) income received from its portfolio securities.</font> </p> Aberdeen Global High Income Fund BJBHX JHYIX Example <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and the Fund&#8217;s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:</font> </p> 102 321 557 1235 76 237 411 918 ~ http://aberdeen.com/20130618/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20020 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0000887210_S000006116Member row primary compact * ~ Principal Risks <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">Global economies and securities markets can and have experienced volatility which has increased the risks associated with an investment in the Fund. Investments in the Fund carry risk and there is no guarantee that the Fund&#8217;s investment objective will be achieved. You could lose money by investing in the Fund. The principal risks of investing that could adversely impact the Fund are:</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><b><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-weight:bold;">Below Investment Grade Securities Risk:</font></b> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">The Fund&#8217;s investments in lower credit quality rated debt securities (i.e., &#8220;junk bonds&#8221;) are generally more speculative, less liquid and subject to higher incidence of default than investment grade securities.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt .25in;text-indent:-.25in;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <font size="1" style="font-size:3.0pt;"></font><b><font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;font-weight:bold;">Interest Rate Risk:</font></b> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt;">The Fund&#8217;s fixed income investments are subject to interest rate risk which generally causes the value of a fixed income portfolio to decrease when interest rates rise resulting in a decrease in the Fund&#8217;s net assets. 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In the event of an unanticipated default, the Fund would experience a reduction in its income and could expect a decline in the market value of the securities so affected.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0in 0in .0001pt .25in; text-indent: -.25in;"> <font style="font-size: small; font-family: Symbol;">&#183;</font> <strong><font style="font-size: small; font-weight: bold;">Foreign Investment Risk:</font></strong> <font style="font-size: small;">The Fund may invest in foreign securities which lose value because of fluctuations in currency exchange rates and market liquidity, price volatility, uncertain political and legal conditions, lack of reliable financial information and other factors. Foreign securities of certain countries are subject to political instability, which may result in potential revolts and the confiscation of assets by governments. As a result, the Fund&#8217;s returns and net asset value may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates or political or economic conditions in a particular country or region. In the event of nationalization, default, debt restructuring, capital controls, expropriation or other confiscation, the Fund could lose its entire investment in foreign securities. Adverse conditions in a certain region can adversely affect securities of other countries whose economies appear to be unrelated. 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An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit or obligation of any bank and is not endorsed or guaranteed by any bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the U.S. government, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board or any other governmental agency. Performance <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">Effective May 22, 2013, Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. 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The Fund&#8217;s average annual return figures without fee waivers and expense offset arrangements would have been lower. You cannot invest directly in an index. Unlike a mutual fund, an index does not incur expenses. If expenses were deducted, actual returns of the index would be lower. Returns (before and after taxes) are based on past results and are not an indication of future performance. Returns for Class I shares will differ to the extent that Class I has lower expenses. 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Actual after-tax returns depend on the investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown, and the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares, and after-tax returns for Class I shares will differ. Past performance, before and after taxes, is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future.</font> </p> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates during the respective periods, and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The Calendar Year Total Returns Chart below demonstrates the risks of investing in the Fund by showing how Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table demonstrates these risks by showing how the Fund's annual returns of Class A shares compare to the performance of a broad-based market index over various periods of time. Past performance, before and after taxes, is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future. After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares, and after-tax returns for Class I shares will differ. www.aberdeen-asset.us/GlobalHighIncome Average Annual Total Returns (for the periods ended December 31, 2012) Actual after-tax returns depend on the investor's tax situation and may differ from those shown, and the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Fees and Expenses of the Fund <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of Fund.</font> </p> 0.0065 0.0065 0.0025 0.0000 0.0011 0.0009 0.0101 0.0074 -0.0001 0.0000 0.0100 0.0074 ~ http://aberdeen.com/20130618/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20019 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0000887210_S000006116Member row primary compact * ~ 2014-02-28 Shareholder Fees (Fees Paid Directly From Your Investment) Portfolio Turnover <p style="margin:0in 0in .0001pt;"> <font size="2" style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman;">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. 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