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Large Cap Growth


Effective December 5, 2014, the Northern Large Cap Growth Fund merged into the Northern Large Cap Core Fund. Please see the Northern Large Cap Core Fund for current performance information or contact the Northern Funds Center at 800-595-9111 if you have questions.


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If you fit the profile of a more aggressive investor able to accept greater volatility in exchange for higher potential return than is offered by the Large Cap Growth Fund, you will want to consider this Fund as a core holding for your portfolio. In an attempt to achieve its investment objective, the Fund may occasionally emphasize particular companies or market segments, such as technology. Many of the companies in which the Fund invests retain earnings to finance current and future growth. Investors should expect low to no dividends.
Fund Objective
Capital Appreciation
Fund Strategy
  • Combine top-down, theme-driven approach with bottom-up fundamental stock selection to construct a portfolio of primarily large-cap growth stocks.
  • Select stocks with emphasis on growth potential, quality of earnings and management experience.
  • Seek to provide long-term capital appreciation for investors looking to participate in longer-term investment themes, which may contribute to increased volatility.
Investor Profile
If you fit the profile of a more aggressive investor able to accept greater volatility in exchange for higher potential return than is offered by the Large Cap Equity Fund, you will want to consider this Fund as a core holding for your portfolio. Because companies with these characteristics often retain their earnings, investors should expect low to no dividends.
Risk/Reward Potential

Fund Literature

Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.
YTD Total ReturnN/A
Inception Date04/06/94
Total Net Assets$104,561,521 (as of 11/30/14)

Total Returns

Total Returns for Month Ending 11/30/14
    Month   3-Month     YTD  1-Year  3-Year  5-Year  10-Year Since
Large Cap Growth2.78%4.47%10.32%13.10%17.68%14.58%7.16%8.79%
Russell 1000 Growth Index3.17%4.35%14.24%17.50%20.55%16.77%9.03%9.17%
Morningstar Cat. Avg.
Large Growth

Total Returns

Total Returns for Quarter Ending 09/30/14
    Month   3-Month     YTD  1-Year  3-Year  5-Year  10-Year Since
Large Cap Growth-2.91%0.55%2.52%13.13%18.48%14.00%6.98%8.48%
Russell 1000 Growth Index-1.45%1.49%7.89%19.15%22.45%16.50%8.94%8.94%
Morningstar Cat. Avg.
Large Growth
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.

The Advisor has agreed to reimburse certain expenses of the Fund (excluding acquired fund fees and expenses; a portion of the compensation paid to each Trustee who is not an officer, director or employee of Northern Trust Corporation or its subsidiaries; expenses related to third-party consultants engaged by the Board of Trustees of the Trust; membership dues paid to the Investment Company Institute and Mutual Fund Directors Forum; extraordinary expenses; and interest, if any) to the extent the "Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses" exceed 0.85%. The contractual limitation may not be terminated before July 31, 2015 without the approval of the Board of Trustees. 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.

Annual Expense Ratios

 Gross Expense RatioNet Expense Ratio
Large Cap Growth0.96%0.85%
Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on July 31, 2015.

Calendar Year Returns

       2013      2012      2011      2010      2009
Large Cap Growth31.77%15.02%-0.51%15.19%28.61%
Russell 1000 Growth Index33.48%15.26%2.64%16.71%37.21%
Morningstar Category Avg. Large Growth33.92%15.34%-2.46%15.53%35.68%
Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.
Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.
Portfolio Composition
Top 10 HoldingsFund
Apple Inc8.5%
Priceline Group Inc3.6%
Gilead Sciences Inc3.5%
Celgene Corp3.4%
Google Inc Class C3.3%
Spirit Airlines Inc2.8%
Schlumberger NV2.7%
Facebook Inc 2.6%
salesforcecom Inc2.6%
TJX Companies Inc2.5%
% of Portfolio35.5%
As of 10/31/14
Sector WeightingsFundBenchmark
Information Technology32.7%28.3%
Consumer Discretionary22.8%18.2%
Health Care19.0%14.2%
Consumer Staples2.7%10.4%
Telecommunication Services0.0%2.3%
As of 10/31/14
Risk Characteristics*Large Cap GrowthRussell 1000 Growth Index
Up Market Capture103.38100.00
Down Market Capture143.07100.00
Information Ratio–0.880.00
*Above risk characteristics are based on a 3-year time period
DateHoldings File
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Fund Characteristics

Number of Holdings48
Portfolio Turnover38.25% (as of 03/31/14)
Dividend ScheduleAnnually
Dividend Income Last QuarterN/A
Capital Gain Income Last QuarterN/A
Weighted Average Market Cap ($Mil)$120,522
BenchmarkRussell 1000 Growth Index
Morningstar CategoryLarge Growth
Trailing 12-Month Price-to-Earnings Ratio
Price-to-Book Ratio
Historical 5-Year Earnings Growth
Asset Allocation 
Equity Risk: Equity securities (stocks) are more volatile and carry more risk than other forms of investments, including investments in high-grade fixed income securities. The net asset value per share of this Fund will fluctuate as the value of the securities in the portfolio changes.
Russell 1000® Growth Index is an unmanaged index measuring the performance of those Russell 1000 Index companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
Greg M. Newman, CFA<sup>&reg;</sup>, CIMA<sup>&reg;</sup>

Greg M. Newman, CFA®, CIMA®

Portfolio Manager

Northern Large Cap Growth Fund (NOEQX)

With Northern Trust Since 1997
Began Career in 1993

Greg Newman, Vice President of Northern Trust, a senior portfolio manager and manager of the Northern Trust Large Cap Growth strategy. He is responsible for the oversight and management of over $1 billion of Large Cap Growth equities through a variety of investment vehicles, including Mutual Funds and Separately Managed Accounts, for institutions, individuals, retirement plans and charitable foundations.

Mr. Newman joined Northern Trust in 1997, has been a member of the Large Cap Growth portfolio team since 2007, and has over 20 years of broad experience in financial analysis and investment management.

Mr. Newman graduated magna cum laude from Missouri State University and received an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. He is an active CFA® charterholder and is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®).

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