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Friday, May 11, 2012

Polk Discovers a New Strategy for Rainier

Reported by Neil Anderson, Managing Editor

Rainier Investment Management [profile] has a new international, small-cap equity mutual fund. Yesterday CEO Kurt Polk unveiled the Seattle-based mutual fund shop's new International Discovery Fund, which officially debuted on March 28.

The new mutual fund is PMed by senior portfolio analyst Greg Ise, international investments chief Henrik Strabo and portfolio analyst Derrick Tzau. It is also available in collective trust and separate account form.

"The launch of this strategy is the culmination of a three-year effort to identify an experienced international team," Polk stated.

Strabo joined Rainier last year.

Company Press Release

Rainier Investment Management Launches International Small Cap Equity Strategy

SEATTLE, May 10, 2012 -- Rainier Investment Management, Inc, adviser to the Rainier Funds, has launched the International Discovery Fund (RAIIX) as of March 28, 2012. While managed by a distinct team, this new, international, small-cap equity strategy is an extension of Rainier's growth approach. The team is comprised of Henrik Strabo, Head of International Investments, Greg Ise, Senior Portfolio Analyst and Derrick Tzau, Portfolio Analyst. Clients can invest via separate account, collective trust and mutual fund vehicles.

According to Kurt A. Polk, Rainier's Chief Executive Officer, "The launch of this strategy is the culmination of a three-year effort to identify an experienced international team that has the potential to exceed client expectations."

Henrik adds, "Our team is extremely excited to have launched a strategy that allows our clients to invest in some of the most dynamic and rapidly growing companies around the world. Based on decades of investment experience we have a disciplined, yet nimble investment process that allows us to identify outstanding opportunities in a timely fashion. The companies in which we invest are constantly evaluated in the context of all existing opportunities using a robust growth and valuation criteria."

Strabo joined Rainier in 2011 after a successful career at American Century and Clay Finlay. At American Century, he co-managed the American Century International Discovery Fund and in 1999 was promoted to Chief Investment Officer (International Equities). While CIO, he was responsible for multiple investment teams and developed their growth-oriented investment www.rainierfunds.com Seattle/New York process. More recently Strabo was CIO and portfolio manager for global boutique Clay Finlay and then a managing director at Rogge Capital Management (Austin, TX). Strabo was born and raised in Denmark and educated at the University of Washington in Seattle.

About Rainier Investment Management

Rainier Investment Management, Inc. is an employee-owned investment firm dedicated to enhancing client returns through insightful and disciplined identification of growth companies. Rainier is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with an office in New York City. As of March 31, 2012, the firm managed $16.4 billion in assets on behalf of institutional clients and financial institutions in the U.S. and internationally. Please visit rainierfunds.com for more information.

Mutual fund investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible. Must be or accompanied by a prospectus. References to other mutual funds should not be interpreted as an offer of these securities.

The Fund invests in smaller companies, which involve additional risks such as limited liquidity and greater volatility. The Fund invests in foreign securities which involve greater volatility and political, economic and currency risks and differences in accounting methods. The Rainier Funds are distributed by Quasar Distributors, LLC.

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