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|For those investors who are socially conscious, the Global Sustainability Index Fund may be the Fund for you. Companies that adhere to widely accepted sustainability principles can help protect the environment and foster more favorable living conditions for future generations. Their practices might include; stewardship of the environment, service to local communities and society at large, commitments to higher labor standards, focus on safe, high-quality products and exemplary and ethical management.
|Seeks to Replicate Index
If you are an investor who wants to invest in a broad, diversified set of large- and mid-cap developed global companies in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, that are selected based on sector ranking of environmental, social and government factors, you may find this Fund attractive.
|2% on shares sold or exchanged within 30 days of purchase|
|YTD Total Return||5.85% (as of 04/27/15)|
|Total Net Assets||$220,134,996 (as of 03/31/15)|
|Month|| ||YTD|| ||3-Year||5-Year|| || Since
|Global Sustainability Index||-1.13%||2.67%||2.67%||5.82%||12.32%||9.76%||N/A||4.85%|
|MSCI World ESG Index||-1.24%||2.29%||2.29%||5.72%||12.27%||9.78%||N/A||5.06%|
|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.
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 0.30%. 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‡|
|Global Sustainability Index||0.40%||0.30%|
|‡Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on July 31, 2015.|
|Global Sustainability Index||4.56%||27.28%||15.15%||-5.68%||10.43%|
|MSCI World ESG Index||4.87%||27.56%||14.48%||-5.42%||10.67%|
|Morningstar Category Avg. World Stock||2.79%||25.19%||15.84%||-7.93%||13.74%|
|Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.|
|Top 10 Holdings||Fund|
|Johnson & Johnson||1.7%|
|Procter & Gamble Co||1.3%|
|Verizon Communications Inc||1.2%|
|Roche Holding Ltd||1.2%|
|Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B||1.0%|
|Merck & Co Inc||1.0%|
|HSBC Holdings PLC||1.0%|
|Google Inc Class C||0.9%|
|% of Portfolio||11.6%|
|Top 10 Country Weightings||Fund||Benchmark|
|Risk Characteristics*||Global Sustainability Index||MSCI World ESG Index|
|Up Market Capture||101.07||100.00|
|Down Market Capture||101.30||100.00|
|*||Above risk characteristics are based on a 3-year time period|
|Number of Holdings||815|
|Portfolio Turnover||12.32% (as of 03/31/14)|
|Dividend Income Last Quarter||N/A|
|Capital Gain Income Last Quarter||N/A|
|Weighted Average Market Cap ($Mil)||$75,281|
|Benchmark||MSCI World ESG Index|
|Morningstar Category||World Stock|
|Trailing 12-Month Price-to-Earnings Ratio|
|Historical 5-Year Earnings Growth|
With Northern Trust Since 2004
Began Career in 1997
Thomas E. O'Brien, Vice President of Northern Trust, is a portfolio manager with the international quantitative equity division. He manages the Northern Global Real Estate Index Fund and Northern Global Sustainability Index Fund.
Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2004, Mr. O'Brien was a principal at State Street Global Advisors in Boston.
Mr. O'Brien received a B.S. in finance from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from Suffolk University. He is an active CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Chicago.
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