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Small-cap companies receive less analyst coverage than large-cap stocks, leaving pockets of the market where investors can gain from mispriced opportunities. With the right active management and risk procedures, an allocation to small caps can lead to higher returns in the long term. Aberdeen U.S. Small Cap Equity Fund relies on first-hand research and meeting companies face-to-face in an effort to understand the nuances of each company before investing.

Overall Morningstar Rating™ 4 Stars

Institutional class shares rated 4 overall stars by Morningstar among 657 U.S. Fund Small Growth for the period ended 12/31/16 based on risk-adjusted performance.

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For the 3-, 5- and 10-year periods, respectively, the Fund was rated 5, 5 and 3 stars among 657, 622 and 281 funds in the U.S. Fund Small Growth funds category for the time period 12/31/16. The Morningstar RatingTM 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.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS.

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