How It WorksInvest primarily in securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government or by its agencies. Select high-quality securities with maturities, under normal circumstances, of between 1 and 10 years. Buy and sell securities using a relative value approach that employs models that analyze and compare expected returns and assumed risks.
The Fund may be a suitable core holding for income-oriented investors with a lower tolerance for risk who prefer the high quality of U.S. government securities.
The principal value and investment return of the Portfolio are neither guaranteed or insured by the U.S. government. A substantial portion of the Portfolio's assets may be invested in agency securities that are not backed by the full faith and credit of the United States. Dividends, if any, are declared daily and paid monthly.
U.S. Government Guarantee: U.S. government guarantees apply only to the underlying securities of a Fund's portfolio and not the Fund's shares.
*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 0.40%. This contractual limitation may not be terminated before July 31, 2024 without the approval of the Board of Trustees.
NTI also has contractually agreed to reimburse all of the fees and expenses of the Fund attributable to the Fund’s investments in affiliated non-money market investment companies. The “Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses After Expense Reimbursement” may be higher than the contractual limitation as a result of the excepted expenses, including Acquired Fund Fees and 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.
*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.
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.
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.
Mortgage-Backed Securities Risk: Mortgage-backed investments involve risk of loss due to prepayments and, like any bond, due to default. Because of the sensitivity of mortgage-related securities to changes in interest rates, the Fund’s performance may be more volatile than if it did not hold these securities.
U.S. Government Guarantees apply only to the underlying securities of a Fund's portfolio and not the Fund's shares
Bloomberg Intermediate U.S. Government Bond Index is an unmanaged index of debt securities including all public obligations of the U.S. Treasury and all publicly issued debt of U.S. government agencies with maturities of up to 10 years. 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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