William Blair Macro Allocation Fund Receives Morningstar Bronze Medal Rating



 January 2017

The long-tenured Dynamic Allocation Strategies team, led by Co-Portfolio Managers Brian Singer, CFA, and Thomas Clarke, earned the William Blair Macro Allocation Fund’s initial Morningstar Bronze Metal Rating, according to Morningstar.


Morningstar’s analysis highlights several positive characteristics of the Macro Allocation Fund:

• Singer has employed this style of global macro investing since the 1990s, and he and his team have worked together for more than 10 years. “Overall, we have confidence in the team and their commitment to this style of investing,” said Morningstar.
• The investment team identifies value/price discrepancies across asset classes and currencies, and then uses macroeconomic and geopolitical analysis to determine appropriate long and short exposures to these fundamental opportunities.
• The Fund, which has below-average fees, has delivered above-average performance since inception, outperforming nearly 90% of its Morningstar Multialternative Category peers for the five-year period ending December 2016.


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Expense ratio2:

• Class I: 1.28% (Gross); 1.10% (Capped)

• Class N: 1.56% (Gross); 1.35% (Capped)


Expenses shown are as of the most recent prospectus. The Fund's Adviser has contractually agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses to limit fund operating expenses until 4/30/17. The Capped Expense does not reflect acquired fund fees and expenses of 0.14%. The Fund’s net expenses paid may be different. Please refer to the Fund’s Prospectus for more information on the Fund’s expenses.


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