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|For those aggressive investors seeking competitive long-term investment returns through a broadly diversified portfolio, this Fund may be a good choice for you. The Small Cap Index Fund seeks to offer investment results, before expenses, approximating the aggregate price and dividend performance of the securities included in the Russell 2000 Index. Our experienced investment team does not use traditional methods of investment management of the Fund, rather the team will buy and sell securities in response to changes in the Russell 2000 Index.
|Seeks to Replicate Index|
|If you are an aggressive investor seeking competitive long-term investment returns through a broadly diversified portfolio, this Fund may be appropriate for you. It seeks to offer investment results, before expenses, approximating the aggregate price and dividend performance of the securities included in the Russell 2000 Index.|
|YTD Total Return||0.92% (as of 05/02/16)|
|Total Net Assets||$954,011,062 (as of 03/31/16)|
|Month|| ||YTD|| ||3-Year||5-Year|| || Since
|Small Cap Index||7.97%||-1.56%||-1.56%||-9.91%||6.69%||7.02%||5.00%||6.82%|
|Russell 2000 Index||7.98%||-1.52%||-1.52%||-9.76%||6.84%||7.20%||5.26%||7.35%|
|Morningstar Cat. Avg.|
|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.
Northern Trust Investments, Inc. 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; and extraordinary expense and interest) to the extent the "Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses" exceed 0.15%. This contractual limitation may not be terminated before July 31, 2016 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‡|
|Small Cap Index||0.19%||0.15%|
|‡Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on July 31, 2016.|
|Small Cap Index||-4.56%||4.69%||38.65%||16.20%||-4.49%|
|Russell 2000 Index||-4.41%||4.89%||38.82%||16.35%||-4.18%|
|Morningstar Category Avg. Small Blend||-5.38%||3.79%||37.39%||15.46%||-4.07%|
|Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.|
|Top 10 Holdings||Fund|
|West Pharmaceutical Services Inc||0.3%|
|TreeHouse Foods Inc||0.3%|
|Vail Resorts Inc||0.3%|
|Piedmont Natural Gas Co Inc||0.3%|
|MarketAxess Holdings Inc||0.3%|
|Sovran Self Storage Inc||0.3%|
|Highwoods Properties Inc||0.3%|
|Casey's General Stores Inc||0.3%|
|% of Portfolio||3.2%|
|Risk Characteristics*||Small Cap Index||Russell 2000 Index|
|Up Market Capture||99.65||100.00|
|Down Market Capture||100.31||100.00|
|*||Above risk characteristics are based on a 3-year time period|
|Number of Holdings||1,961|
|Portfolio Turnover||17.34% (as of 03/31/15)|
|Dividend Income Last Quarter||N/A|
|Capital Gain Income Last Quarter||N/A|
|Weighted Average Market Cap ($Mil)||$1,933|
|Benchmark||Russell 2000 Index|
|Morningstar Category||Small Blend|
|Trailing 12-Month Price-to-Earnings Ratio|
|Historical 5-Year Earnings Growth|
With Northern Trust Since 1993
Began Career in 1993
Brent Reeder, Senior Vice President, is Director of U.S. Index Equities at Northern Trust. Mr. Reeder is responsible for equity index portfolio management in the United States. Prior to Director of U.S. Index Equities, he was a senior portfolio manager on the U.S. equity team. Mr. Reeder manages the Northern Mid Cap Index Fund, Northern Small Cap Index Fund and Northern Stock Index Fund.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Reeder's responsibilities included foundations and endowments team leader in the trust operations division at Northern Trust.
Mr. Reeder received a B.A. in economics from DePauw University, and an MBA in finance from DePaul University. He is an Associated Person with the National Futures Association.
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