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Overview

How It Works

Invest primarily in domestic investment-grade securities with a weighted average maturity, under normal circumstances, of between one and three years. Buy and sell securities using a relative value approach that employs models that analyze and compare expected returns and assumed risks. Emphasize securities and security types (such as treasury, agency, asset-backed, mortgage-related and corporate securities) with the potential to provide attractive risk-adjusted returns.

The Fund may be suitable for income-oriented investors seeking to diversify a portfolio by gaining exposure to shorter-term maturities in the U.S. bond market.
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Fund Facts

*Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on July 31, 2024.

Performance

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 (other than certain excepted expenses, i.e., Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, the compensation paid to each Independent Trustee of the Trust, expenses of third party consultants engaged by the Board of Trustees, membership dues paid to the Investment Company Institute and Mutual Fund Directors Forum, expenses in connection with the negotiation and renewal of the revolving credit facility, extraordinary expenses and interest) to the extent the “Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses” exceed 0.40%. This contractual limitation may not be terminated before July 31, 2024 without the approval of the Board of Trustees.

 

The “Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses After Expense Reimbursement” may be higher than the contractual limitation as a result of the excepted expenses that are not reimbursed

 

In the absence of fee waivers, 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.

Distributions

*Distribution rate represents the annualization of the Fund's distributions for the prior month ending on the date shown, including capital gain distributions and return of capital. 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 30-Day SEC Tax Equivalent Yield represents the annualization of the Fund's net investment income, excluding capital gain income. The rate incorporates the effect of the applicable state tax (as noted in the fund name) for national municipal funds.

Characteristics

All data is as of date indicated and subject to change.

 

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.

Exposure Breakdowns

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.

 

Distribution Calculations: All distribution calculations (Maturity Distribution, Sector Weightings and Quality Distribution) are measured on a trade date basis and are adjusted for uninvested cash from the market value used to compute the percentage calculations.

Meet the Team

Our investment team seeks to compensate investors for risk and deliver better outcomes in all market environments.

Northern Trust’s 58 fixed income investment professionals average 21 years industry experience and are located across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Bilal K. Memon

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Eric Williams

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Antulio N. Bomfin

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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.

Credit (Or Default) Risk: The risk that the inability or unwillingness of an issuer or guarantor of a fixed-income security to meet its payment or other financial obligations will adversely affect the value of the Fund’s investments and its returns. Changes in the credit rating of a debt security held by the Fund could have a similar effect.

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. 

High-Yield Risk is the risk that the Fund’s below-investment grade fixed-income securities, sometimes known as “junk bonds,” will be subject to greater credit risk, price volatility and risk of loss than investment grade securities, which can adversely impact the Fund’s return and NAV. High yield securities are considered highly speculative and are subject to the increased risk of an issuer’s inability to make principal and interest payments. 

Investment Company Risk is the risk that the Fund will be subject to the risks associated with investments in registered investment companies, including ETFs (together, “Underlying Funds”), such as the possibility that the value of the securities or instruments held by the Underlying Funds could decrease. In addition, passively managed Underlying Funds may not track the performance of their respective reference assets and may hold troubled securities or other investments. Investments in Underlying Funds may involve duplication of management fees and certain other expenses, as the Fund indirectly bears its proportionate share of any expenses paid by the Underlying Funds in which it invests. Further, investments in ETFs are subject to the following additional risks: (1) an ETF’s shares may trade above or below its net asset value; (2) an active trading market for the ETF’s shares may not develop or be maintained; and (3) trading an ETF’s shares may be halted by the listing exchange. NTI may be subject to potential conflicts of interest with respect to investments in  affiliated Underlying Funds, which are Underlying Funds managed by NTI or its affiliates, because the fees paid to NTI by some affiliated Underlying Funds may be higher than the fees paid by other Underlying Funds.

Sector Risk is the risk that companies in similar businesses may be similarly affected by particular economic or market events, which may, in certain circumstances, cause the value of securities of all companies in a particular sector of the market to decrease.

Bloomberg 1 – 3 Year U.S. Government/Credit Index is an unmanaged index of securities issued by the U.S. government and corporate bonds with maturities of one to three years. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

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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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