How It WorksMaintain an average dollar-weighted average maturity, under normal circumstances, of six to 18 months, with a maximum security duration of three years. Invest exclusively in investment grade securities and aim for an average portfolio quality of A or better.
The Fund may be suitable for investors with an investment horizon of at least one year who are seeking to move a portion of their money market fund assets to an investment with the potential for higher yields
*Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on July 31, 2024.
Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than that shown here. Performance data current to the most recent month-end can also be obtained by calling 800-595-9111.
Northern Trust Investments, Inc. (“NTI”) has contractually agreed to reimburse a portion of the operating expenses of the Fund so that after such reimbursement the Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses of the Fund (excluding (i) acquired fund fees and expenses; (ii) the compensation paid to each Independent Trustee of the Trust; (iii) expenses of third party consultants engaged by the Board of Trustees; (iv) membership dues paid to the Investment Company Institute and Mutual Fund Directors Forum; (v) expenses in connection with the negotiation and renewal of the revolving credit facility; and (vi) extraordinary expenses and interest) do not exceed 0.25%. This contractual limitation may not be terminated before July 31, 2024 without the approval of the Board of Trustees.
In the absence of contractual expense reimbursements, yield, total return, growth since inception and dividends would have been reduced. Total return is based on net change in NAV assuming reinvestment of distributions. The returns for the Morningstar or the iMoneyNet Category Average represents a universe of funds with similar objectives.
Effective September 13, 2022, the Northern Funds Ultra Short Fixed Income Fund (“Fund”) launched a new share class known as the Siebert Williams Shank Shares Class (“SWS Class”). Prior to September 13, 2022, there were no SWS Class shares outstanding for the Fund and therefore performance information for SWS Class shares is not available. For this reason, the performance information shown prior to September 13, 2022 is for the Fund’s Shares Class, with an inception date of June 18, 2009. The Fund’s SWS Class would have similar annual returns when compared with the Fund’s Shares Class because both classes are invested in the same portfolio of securities. The annual returns of the Shares Class would differ from those of SWS Class only to the extent that the classes do not have the same expenses. Please refer to the Fund’s current prospectus for further information.
*Distribution rate and tax-equivalent distribution rate represent the annualization of the Fund's distributions for the prior month ending on the date shown, including capital gain distributions. The 30-day SEC yield w/ waivers represents the annualization of the Fund's net investment income, excluding capital gain income and includes contractual expense reimbursements. It would be lower without those reimbursements. Negative 30-Day SEC Yield results when accrued expenses of the past 30 days exceed the income collected during the past 30 days. The 30-day SEC yield w/o waivers represents the annualization of the Fund's net investment income, excluding capital gain income and excludes contractual expense reimbursements, resulting in a lower yield. Negative 30-Day SEC Yield results when accrued expenses of the past 30 days exceed the income collected during the past 30 days. The tax-equivalent 30-day SEC yield represents the annualization of the Fund's net investment income, excluding capital gain income. The tax-equivalent distribution rate and tax-equivalent 30-day SEC yield are based on an assumed tax rate of 45.3% for Arizona, 54.1% for California and 40.8% for national municipal funds.
Effective September 13, 2022, the Northern Funds Ultra Short Fixed Income Fund (“Fund”) launched a new share class known as the Siebert Williams Shank Shares Class (“SWS Class”). Prior to September 13, 2022, there were no SWS Class shares outstanding for the Fund and therefore the Dividend Income last Quarter and the Capital Gain Last Quarter for the SWS Class is not available. Dividend Income reflects the Dividend Income of the SWS Class for the period shown. Please refer to the Fund’s current prospectus for further information.
All data is as of date indicated and subject to change.
Characteristics: Benchmark and Fund analytics have been calculated using a third party vended model. All material has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but the accuracy, completeness and interpretation cannot be guaranteed. Information contained herein is current as of the date appearing in this material only and is subject to change without notice. Certain benchmark calculations may not match the published benchmark characteristics.
Quality Distribution: Credit quality ratings are based on Moody’s, Standard & Poors and Fitch ratings. If ratings from all three rating agencies disagree, the security is assigned the middle rating. If two of the three agree, the security is assigned the rating from those two. If two of these rating agencies have assigned different ratings, the security is assigned the lower rating from those two. If none of these three rating agencies have assigned a rating, the security is assigned a rating of not rated. The ratings, expressed in Standard & Poors nomenclature, range from AAA (extremely strong capacity to meet its financial commitment) to D (in default). Short-term ratings, when applicable, are expressed in Standard & Poors nomenclature, range from A-1 (obligors capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligation is strong) to A-3 (exhibits adequate protection parameters. The ratings represent the rating agencies opinions of the quality of the securities they rate. Ratings are relative and subjective and are not absolute standards of quality.
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Bond Risk: Bond funds will tend to experience smaller fluctuations in value than stock funds. However, investors in any bond fund should anticipate fluctuations in price, especially for longer-term issues and in environments of rising interest rates.
Financials Sector Risk: Companies operating in the U.S. and non-U.S. financials sector of the economy, including those in the banking industry, are often subject to extensive governmental regulation and intervention, which limits their activities, the prices they can charge and the amount of capital they must maintain. Governmental regulation may change frequently and may have significant adverse consequences for companies in the financials sector, including effects not intended by such regulation. The impact of recent or future regulation on any individual financial company, the banking industry or on the sector as a whole cannot be predicted. The valuation of financial companies has been and continues to be subject to unprecedented volatility and may be influenced by unpredictable factors, including interest rate changes and sovereign debt default.
Foreign Securities Risk is the risk that investing in foreign (non-U.S.) securities may result in the Fund experiencing more rapid and extreme changes in value than a fund that invests exclusively in securities of U.S. companies, due to less liquid markets, and adverse economic, political, diplomatic, financial, and regulatory factors. Foreign governments may impose limitations on foreigners’ ownership of interests in local issuers, restrictions on the ability to repatriate assets, and may also impose taxes. Any of these events could cause the value of the Fund’s investments to decline.
Interest Rate Risk: Increases in prevailing interest rates will cause fixed-income securities, including convertible securities, held by the Fund to decline in value.
Restricted Securities Risk: Limitations on the resale of restricted securities may have an adverse effect on their marketability and may prevent the Fund from disposing of them promptly at reasonable prices. There can be no assurance that a trading market will exist at any time for any particular restricted security. Transaction costs may be higher for restricted securities and such securities may be difficult to value and may have significant volatility.
ICE BofA 1-Year U.S. Treasury Note Index is composed of a single issue: the outstanding Treasury note that matures closest to, but not beyond, one year from each monthly rebalancing date. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
Please carefully read the prospectus and summary prospectus and consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of Northern Funds carefully before investing. Call 800-595-9111 to obtain a prospectus and summary prospectus, which contains this and other information about the funds.
Investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible.
Not FDIC insured | May lose value | No bank guarantee
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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