Global Leaders Fund

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As of 11/30/2017

Standardized Returns

  Month YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. 10 Yrs.
Global Leaders Fund 2.95% 29.26% 30.30% 9.72% 11.39% 5.20%
MSCI All Country World Index IMI (net) 1.96% 21.96% 24.59% 8.33% 11.17% 4.27%
Morningstar World Large Stock Category 1.87% 22.03% 23.97% 7.65% 10.97% 4.50%
Morningstar Quartile Ranking in Category----1122
Fund's Ranking / # of Funds in Peer Group----112 / 851115 / 711242 / 585119 / 333
Morningstar Rating------
Expense Ratio (Gross): 1.31%
Expense Ratio (Net): 1.15%

Calendar Year Total Returns

  2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Global Leaders Fund 0.98% 2.77% 4.08% 21.05% 17.64% -3.26% 20.73% 40.90% -49.41%
MSCI All Country World Index IMI (net) 8.36% -2.19% 3.84% 23.55% 16.38% -7.89% 14.35% 36.41% -42.34%


The Fund’s Adviser has contractually agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses to limit fund operating expenses until 4/30/18.

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Performance cited represents past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results and current performance may be lower or higher than the data quoted. Returns shown assume reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. Investment returns and principal will fluctuate with market and economic conditions and you may have a gain or loss when you sell shares. For the most current month-end performance information, please call +1 800 742 7272, or visit our Web site at www.williamblairfunds.com. Class N shares are available to the general public without a sales load. Class I shares are available only to investors who meet certain eligibility requirements.

The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) All Country World IMI Index (net) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets. This series approximates the minimum possible dividend reinvestment. The Index is unmanaged, does not incur fees or expenses, and cannot be invested in directly.


The Morningstar World Stock Category represents the average annual composite performance of all mutual funds listed in the World Stock Category by Morningstar.

The Morningstar Rating for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10 year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods. Morningstar Percentile Rankings are based on the Fund's total return (excluding sales charge) relative to all the funds in the same Morningstar category, where 1 is the highest and 100 is the lowest percentile rank. Ratings and rankings are one measure of performance. Some of our Funds have experienced negative performance for the time periods shown. 


Morningstar Quartile Rankings are based on Morningstar Percentile Ranking in Morningstar Category, where 1% - 25% = first quartile(1); 26% - 50% = second quartile(2); 51% - 75% = third quartile(3); and 76% - 100% = fourth quartile(4). The Morningstar Percentile Ranking compares a Fund's Morningstar risk and return scores with all the Funds in the same Category, where 1% = Best and 100% = Worst.

Morningstar Ranking / # of Funds in Category displays the fund's actual rank within its Morningstar Category based on average annual total return and number of Funds in that Category.

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