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Aberdeen Asset Management
Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, the parent company of Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. ("AAMI"), an independently‐run asset manager, has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1991, and is currently operating from 31 offices in 23 countries. AAMI and its affiliates invest on behalf of institutional and wholesale clients, primarily in equities, fixed income, alternative investment strategies and property. AAMI and its affiliates manage more than US$314.3 billion of assets for both institutions and private individuals as of December 31, 2012.
Aberdeen Asset Management is the marketing name in the U.S. for the following affiliated, registered investment advisers: AAMI, Aberdeen Asset Management Limited and Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Limited (collectively, the "Aberdeen Advisers"). Each of the Aberdeen Advisers is wholly owned by Aberdeen Asset Management PLC.Lipper, a leading global provider of mutual fund information, based the awards on the calculation of consistent return, a quantitative metric that incorporates risk-adjusted return and strength of the Fund's performance trend. The Lipper Awards were based on Institutional Service Class (ten-year period) and Institutional Class (three-year period) shares of the Funds, respectively; other share classes may have different performance characteristics. A Fund's performance may now be higher or lower than the performance that was calculated to win the awards. The Aberdeen Asia Bond Fund (Institutional Class) was awarded Best International Income Fund for the three-year period ended Dec. 31, 2012, among 29 funds. The Aberdeen Asia Bond Fund was formerly known as the Aberdeen Asia Bond Institutional Fund. The Aberdeen International Equity Fund (Institutional Class) was awarded Best International Large-Cap Core Fund for the ten-year period ended Dec. 31, 2012, among 39 funds. The Aberdeen International Equity Fund (Institutional Service Class) was awarded Best International Large-Cap Core Fund for the three-year period ended Dec. 31, 2012, among 47 funds. The Aberdeen Global Small Cap Fund (Institutional Class) was awarded Best Global Small-/Mid-Cap Fund for the three-year period ended Dec. 31, 2012, among 23 funds. Investment Risks Concentrating investments in the Asian region subjects the Aberdeen Asia Bond Fund to more volatility and greater risk of loss than geographically diverse funds. Foreign securities are more volatile, harder to price and less liquid than U.S. securities; and are subject to different accounting and regulatory standards, and political and economic risks. These risks are enhanced in emerging markets countries.