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|If you are an aggressive investor seeking a high level of current income that is largely free from federal income tax, you may find this Fund provides an attractive complement to a well-diversified portfolio. The Fund is best suited for long-term higher income investors willing to assume the additional risks associated with investing in high yield securities including above-average share price fluctuations. Income from the Fund may be subject to federal alternative minimum tax (AMT), state and local taxes. The Fund invests in municipalities that issue medium and lower-quality debt. Lower-quality debt or high yield securities are commonly know as "non-investment grade debt" or "junk bonds." While offering higher current yields, these securities generally are considered speculative and are subject to greater risks than higher-rated bonds.|
|High Current Tax-Exempt Income|
|If you are an aggressive investor seeking a high level of current income that is largely free from federal income tax, you may find this Fund provides an attractive complement to a well-diversified portfolio. The Fund is best suited for long-term higher income investors willing to assume the additional risks associated with investing in high yield securities including above-average share price fluctuations. Income from the Fund may be subject to federal alternative minimum tax (AMT), state and local taxes.|
|Institutional investor award winners are chosen by the editorial staff of Institutional Investor magazine based on their market intelligence, performance data and additional information received from the industry following a public call for nominations. Manager winners are also selected by the editors of the magazine based on the results of a survey conducted of U.S. institutional investors. Award noted above is not indicative of future performance.|
|YTD Total Return||1.67% (as of 01/29/15)|
|Distribution Rate*||3.26% (as of 01/29/15)|
|30-Day SEC Yield w/ Waivers*||3.81%
|30-Day SEC Yield w/o Waivers*||3.69%
|Total Net Assets||$298,155,703
|Tax-Equivalent Distribution Rate*||5.02% (as of 01/29/15)|
|Tax-Equivalent 30-Day SEC Yield*||6.73% (as of 12/31/14)|
|Month|| ||YTD|| ||3-Year||5-Year|| || Since
|High Yield Municipal||0.69%||1.88%||12.42%||12.42%||6.51%||6.62%||3.68%||3.94%|
|Barclays Municipal Bond |
65-35 Investment Grade/High
|Morningstar Cat. Avg.|
High Yield Muni
|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 0.80%. 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‡|
|High Yield Municipal||0.85%||0.80%|
|‡Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on July 31, 2015.|
|High Yield Municipal||12.42%||-4.45%||12.49%||11.47%||2.28%|
|Barclays Municipal Bond 65-35 Investment Grade/High Yield Index||10.72%||-3.58%||10.64%||10.19%||4.25%|
|Morningstar Category Avg. High Yield Muni||13.86%||-5.99%||13.82%||10.18%||3.77%|
|Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.|
|0 - 1 Year||5.1%|
|2 - 5 Years||1.3%|
|6 - 10 Years||8.8%|
|11 - 20 Years||19.6%|
|21 - 30 Years||57.5%|
|CC to D||0.0%||1.2%|
|Water & Sewer||5.0%||6.4%|
|State & Local GO||0.0%||23.3%|
|Number of Holdings||97|
|Average Duration†||4.9 YRS|
|Average Maturity||20.2 YRS|
|Weighted Average Coupon||5.62%|
|Dividend Income Last Quarter||$0.0880|
|Capital Gain Income Last Quarter||N/A|
|Benchmark||Barclays Municipal Bond 65-35 Investment Grade/High Yield Index|
|Morningstar Category||High Yield Muni|
|All data is as of date indicated and subject to change.|
|Bond Risk: Bond funds will tend to experience smaller fluctuations in value than stock funds. However, investors in any bond fund should anticipate fluctuations in price, especially for longer-term issues and in environments of rising interest rates.|
|High-Yield Risk: Although a high-yield fund's yield may be higher than that of fixed-income funds that purchase higher-rated securities, the potentially higher yield is a function of the greater risk that a high-yield fund’s share price will decline.|
|Tax-Free/AMT Risk: Tax-exempt funds’ income may be subject to certain state and local taxes and, depending on your tax status, the federal alternative minimum tax.|
|Barclays Municipal Bond 65-35 Investment Grade/High Yield Index is an unmanaged index of investment and non-investment grade bonds, with a 65% weighting in the Barclays U.S. Municipal Index and a 35% weighting to the Barclays Municipal High Yield Index. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.|
|Quality Distribution: Credit quality ratings are based on converting the available Moody's, Standard & Poor's, and/or Fitch ratings to a common numerical basis and averaging that result. If none of these three rating agencies has assigned a rating the Fund will assign a rating of not rated. The ratings, expressed in Standard & Poor's nomenclature, range from AAA (extremely strong capacity to meet its financial commitment) to D (in default). Short-term ratings, expressed in Standard & Poor's nomenclature, range from A-1 (obligor's capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligation is strong) to A-3 (exhibits adequate protection parameters). The Standard & Poor's short-term municipal rating of SP1 reflects a strong capacity to pay principal and interest (an issue determined to possess a very strong capacity to pay debt service is given a plus (+) designation). The Moody's short-term municipal rating of MIG1 denotes superior credit quality (excellent protection is afforded by established cash flows, highly reliable liquidity support or demonstrated broad-based access to the market for refinancing). Committed Cash includes any traded cash (forward settling trades), the sweep vehicle and commercial paper. The ratings represent the rating agencies' opinions of the quality of the securities they rate. Ratings are relative and subjective and are not absolute standards of quality.|
|Distribution Calculations: All distribution calculations (Maturity Distribution, Sector Weightings and Quality Distribution) are measured on a trade date basis and are adjusted for uninvested cash from the market value used to compute the percentage calculations.|
With Northern Trust Since 1998
Began Career in 1980
M. Jane McCart, Senior Vice President of Northern Trust, manages the Northern High Yield Municipal Fund.
Prior to joining Northern Trust in 1998, Ms. McCart spent 15 years at Stein Roe & Farnham, where she managed the Stein Roe High Yield Municipals Fund and the Stein Roe Managed Municipals Fund.
Ms. McCart received a B.S.B.A., cum laude, in finance from Lawrence Technology University. She is a board member of the Chicago Municipal Analysts Society and a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts.
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