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|The International Equity Index Fund is a good choice for those moderate risk investors seeking competitive long-term investment returns through a broadly diversified portfolio. The Fund offers a high degree of relative predictability in an uncertain stock market by seeking investment results, before expenses, approximating the aggregate price and dividend performance of the securities included in the MSCI EAFE Index.
|Seeks to Replicate Index
|If you're a moderate risk investor seeking competitive long-term investment returns through a broadly diversified portfolio, this Fund may be appropriate for you. It offers a high degree of relative predictability in an uncertain stock market by seeking investment results, before expenses, approximating the aggregate price and dividend performance of the securities included in the MSCI EAFE Index.|
|2% on shares sold or exchanged within 30 days of purchase|
|YTD Total Return||8.32% (as of 04/17/15)|
|Total Net Assets||$4,239,090,019 (as of 03/31/15)|
|Month|| ||YTD|| ||3-Year||5-Year|| || Since
|International Equity Index||-1.42%||5.37%||5.37%||-1.30%||8.74%||5.93%||4.68%||4.47%|
|MSCI EAFE Index||-1.52%||4.88%||4.88%||-0.92%||9.02%||6.16%||4.95%||4.74%|
|Morningstar Cat. Avg.|
Foreign Large Blend
|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 0.25%. 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.
|Gross Expense Ratio||Net Expense Ratio‡|
|International Equity Index||0.31%||0.26%|
|‡Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on July 31, 2015.|
|International Equity Index||-5.79%||21.74%||18.68%||-12.62%||7.59%|
|MSCI EAFE Index||-4.90%||22.78%||17.32%||-12.14%||7.75%|
|Morningstar Category Avg. Foreign Large Blend||-4.98%||19.44%||18.29%||-13.97%||10.24%|
|Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.|
|Top 10 Holdings||Fund|
|Roche Holding Ltd||1.4%|
|Toyota Motor Corp||1.4%|
|HSBC Holdings PLC||1.3%|
|Royal Dutch Petroleum Co||1.0%|
|Commonwealth Bank of Australia||0.9%|
|% of Portfolio||12.5%|
|Top 10 Country Weightings||Fund||Benchmark|
|Risk Characteristics*||International Equity Index||MSCI EAFE Index|
|Up Market Capture||100.34||100.00|
|Down Market Capture||100.63||100.00|
|*||Above risk characteristics are based on a 3-year time period|
|Number of Holdings||920|
|Portfolio Turnover||40.72% (as of 03/31/14)|
|Dividend Income Last Quarter||$0.4506|
|Capital Gain Income Last Quarter||N/A|
|Weighted Average Market Cap ($Mil)||$61,101|
|Benchmark||MSCI EAFE Index|
|Morningstar Category||Foreign Large Blend|
|Trailing 12-Month Price-to-Earnings Ratio|
|Historical 5-Year Earnings Growth|
With Northern Trust Since 2003
Began Career in 1993
Steven J. Santiccioli, Vice President of Northern Trust, manages the Northern Emerging Markets Equity Index Fund and Northern International Equity Index Fund.
Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2003, Mr. Santiccioli was a portfolio manager with Deutsche Bank. Prior to his portfolio manager position at Deutsche, he served as the head of the accounting group for international index portfolios.
Mr. Santiccioli received a B.A. from Bucknell University and an MBA from Fordham University.
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