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    Indices are unmanaged and investors cannot invest directly in an index. Unless otherwise noted, performance of indices do not account for any fees, commissions or other expenses that would be incurred. Returns do not include reinvested dividends.


    Bloomberg 1 – 10 Year Blend Municipal Bond Index: The Bloomberg 1 – 10 Blend Municipal Bond Index is a rules-based, market-value-weighted index engineered for the intermediate term tax-exempt bond market.


    Bloomberg Muni 1 – 15 Yr. Blend: The Bloomberg 1 – 15 Year Blend Municipal Bond Index is a rules-based, market-value-weighted index engineered for the long-term tax-exempt bond market.


    Bloomberg 1 – 5 Yr Blend Muni Bond Index is a rules-based, market-value-weighted index engineered for the long-term tax-exempt bond market.


    Bloomberg U.S. Municipal Index: Bloomberg Municipal Bond Index is an unmanaged index of investment grade (Baa3 or better) tax-exempt bonds with a remaining maturity of at least one year.


    BofA 91-Day T-Bill Index: The ICE BofA 3 Month Treasury Bill Index is comprised of a single issue purchased at the beginning of the month and held for a full month.


    Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is a broad-based benchmark that measures the investment-grade, U.S. dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market. The index includes Treasuries, government-related and corporate securities, mortgage-backed securities (agency fixed-rate and hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage pass-throughs), asset-backed securities and commercial mortgage-backed securities (agency and non-agency).


    Bloomberg High Yield Corporate 2% Cap Index: Bloomberg U.S. Corporate High Yield 2% Issuer Capped Index is an unmanaged index that measures the market of U.S. dollar-denominated, non-investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable corporate bonds. It is a version of the Bloomberg High Yield Corporate Bond Index except it limits its exposure of each issuer to 2% of the total market value and redistributes any excess market value Index-wide on a pro-rata basis.


    Bloomberg Muni Bond 60 – 40 High Yield/Inv Grade: The Bloomberg Municipal Bond 60 – 40 Investment Grade/ High Yield Index is an unmanaged index of investment and non-investment-grade bonds with a 60% weighting in the Bloomberg U.S. Municipal Index and a 40% weighting to the Bloomberg Municipal High Yield Index.


    Bloomberg U.S. Intermediate Government/Credit Idx: Bloomberg Intermediate U.S. Government/Credit Index is an unmanaged index of prices of U.S. government and corporate bonds with remaining maturities of one to 10 years.


    ICE BofA 1- Year U.S. Treasury Note Index: 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.


    75% ICE BofA 6 – 12m Muni/ 25% ICE BofA 1 – 3y US Muni: ICE BofA 6 – 12 Month Municipal Securities Index tracks the performance of U.S. dollar denominated, investment-grade, tax-exempt debt, publicly issued by U.S. states and territories, and their political subdivisions, in the U.S. domestic market. Qualifying securities must have at least six months and less than12 months remaining term to final maturity, a fixed coupon schedule, and an investment-grade rating (based on an average of Moody's, S&P and Fitch).                        


    ICE BofA 1 – 3 Year U.S. Municipal Securities Index tracks the performance of U.S. dollar-denominated, investment-grade, tax-exempt debt, publicly issued by U.S. states and territories, and their political subdivisions, in the U.S. domestic market. Qualifying securities must have one to three years remaining term to maturity, a fixed coupon schedule, and an investment-grade rating (based on an average of Moody's, S&P and Fitch).


    Bloomberg Govt Credit Index: Bloomberg Government/Credit Bond Index Created in 1979, the U.S. Government/Credit Index is the oldest macro index published by Lehman Brothers. It is the combination of the U.S. Treasury, U.S. Government- Related, and U.S. Corporates Indices and is equivalent to the union of the U.S. Government and U.S. Credit Indices. Prior to 2000, the index was named the U.S. Government/Corporate Index.


    Bloomberg TIPS Adjusted Index (Legacy Lehman): Bloomberg U.S. TIPS Index is an unmanaged index designed to represent securities that protect against adverse inflation and provide a minimum level of real return.


    iMoneyNet Fund AverageTM Government/Agencies Retail category includes all the most broadly based of the government retail funds. These funds may invest in U.S. Treasuries, U.S. agencies, repos or government[1]backed floating rate notes. The category average is the average of all of the funds in this category reported by iMoneyNet.


    The information contained herein is intended for use with current or prospective clients of Northern Trust Investments, Inc (NTI) or its affiliates. The information is not intended for distribution or use by any person in any jurisdiction where such distribution would be contrary to local law or regulation. Northern Trust Asset Management’s (NTAM)  and its affiliates may have positions in and may effect transactions in the markets, contracts and related investments different than described in this information. This information is obtained from sources believed to be reliable, its accuracy and completeness are not guaranteed, and is subject to change. Information does not constitute a recommendation of any investment strategy, is not intended as investment advice and does not take into account all the circumstances of each investor.


    This report is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, an offer, solicitation or recommendation with respect to any transaction and should not be treated as legal advice, investment advice or tax advice. Recipients should not rely upon this information as a substitute for obtaining specific legal or tax advice from their own professional legal or tax advisors. References to specific securities and their issuers are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended and should not be interpreted as recommendations to purchase or sell such securities. Indices and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Information is subject to change based on market or other conditions.


    All securities investing and trading activities risk the loss of capital. Each portfolio is subject to substantial risks including market risks, strategy risks, advisor risk, and risks with respect to its investment in other structures. There can be no assurance that any portfolio investment objectives will be achieved, or that any investment will achieve profits or avoid incurring substantial losses. No investment strategy or risk management technique can guarantee returns or eliminate risk in any market environment. Risk controls and models do not promise any level of performance or guarantee against loss of principal. Any discussion of risk management is intended to describe NTAM’s efforts to monitor and manage risk but does not imply low risk. This information is general in nature and should not be construed as tax advice. Please consult a tax advisor or professional as to how this information may affect your particular circumstance.


    Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing involves certain risks because the methodology of an underlying index selects and assigns weights to securities of issuers for nonfinancial reasons, a strategy may underperform the broader equity market or other strategies that do not utilize ESG criteria when selecting investments. The companies selected by an index provider as demonstrating ESG characteristics may not be the same companies selected by other index providers that use similar ESG screens. In addition, companies selected by an index provider may not exhibit positive or favorable ESG characteristics. Regulatory changes or interpretations regarding the definitions and/or use of ESG criteria could have a material adverse effect on a strategy’s ability to invest in accordance with its investment policies and/or achieve its investment objective. 


    Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
    Performance returns and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. Performance returns contained herein are subject to revision by NTAM. Comparative indices shown are provided as an indication of the performance of a particular segment of the capital markets and/or alternative strategies in general. Index performance returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. It is not possible to invest directly in any index. Net performance returns are reduced by investment management fees and other expenses relating to the management of the account. Gross performance returns contained herein include reinvestment of dividends and other earnings, transaction costs, and all fees and expenses other than investment management fees, unless indicated otherwise. For additional information on fees, please refer to Part 2a of the Form ADV or consult an NTI representative.


    Forward-looking statements and assumptions are NTAM’s current estimates or expectations of future events or future results based upon proprietary research and should not be construed as an estimate or promise of results that a portfolio may achieve.  Actual results could differ materially from the results indicated by this information.


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    Northern Trust Asset Management is composed of Northern Trust Investments, Inc., Northern Trust Global Investments Limited, Northern Trust Fund Managers (Ireland) Limited, Northern Trust Global Investments Japan, K.K., NT Global Advisors, Inc., 50 South Capital Advisors, LLC, Northern Trust Asset Management Australia Pty Ltd, and investment personnel of The Northern Trust Company of Hong Kong Limited and The Northern Trust Company.