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|If you're a conservative, income-oriented investor who wants higher current income than that generally offered by the U.S. Government Fund and you're willing to assume moderately more risk in exchange, you may find this Fund suitable. This Fund can also be an appropriate choice for investors who want to broaden and diversify their fixed income portfolio. Our experienced investment team's approach is to monitor and control the portfolio risk relative to the overall market while maintaining an average maturity within the portfolio between seven and 12 years.
|If you're a conservative, income-oriented investor who wants higher current income than that generally offered by the U.S. Government Fund and you're willing to assume moderately more risk in exchange, you may find this Fund suitable. This Fund can also be an appropriate choice for investors who want to broaden and diversify their fixed income portfolio.|
|YTD Total Return||4.44% (as of 09/15/14)|
|Distribution Rate*||3.17% (as of 09/15/14)|
|30-Day SEC Yield w/ waivers*||2.84%
|30-Day SEC Yield w/o waivers*||2.82%
|Total Net Assets||$1,526,010,777
|Tax-Equivalent Distribution Rate*||N/A|
|Tax-Equivalent 30-Day SEC Yield*||N/A|
|Month|| ||YTD|| ||3-Year||5-Year|| || Since
|Barclays U.S. Aggregate|
|Morningstar Cat. Avg.|
|Month|| ||YTD|| ||3-Year||5-Year|| || Since
|Barclays U.S. Aggregate |
|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 0.45%. 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‡|
|‡Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on July 31, 2015.|
|Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index||-2.02%||4.21%||7.84%||6.54%||5.93%|
|Morningstar Category Avg. Intermediate-Term Bond||-1.42%||7.01%||5.86%||7.72%||13.97%|
|Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.|
|US Tsy (incl GNMA MBS)||16.1%||43.2%|
|US Agcy (incl FN/FH MBS)||18.9%||25.1%|
|Foreign Local Govt||0.0%||0.4%|
|Number of Holdings||364|
|Average Duration†||5.3 YRS|
|Average Maturity||8.4 YRS|
|Weighted Average Coupon||4.42%|
|Yield to Maturity||2.90%|
|Dividend Income Last Quarter||$0.0818|
|Capital Gain Income Last Quarter||N/A|
|Benchmark||Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index|
|Morningstar Category||Intermediate-Term Bond|
|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.|
|Mortgage-Backed Securities Risk: Mortgage-backed investments involve risk of loss due to prepayments and, like any bond, due to default. Because of the sensitivity of mortgage-related securities to changes in interest rates, the Fund’s performance may be more volatile than if it did not hold these securities.|
|Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is an unmanaged index of prices of U.S. dollar-denominated, fixed rate, taxable, investment-grade fixed income securities with remaining maturities of one year and longer. 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.|
|Characteristics: Benchmark and Fund analytics have been calculated using a third party vended model. All material has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but the accuracy, completeness and interpretation cannot be guaranteed. Information contained herein is current as of the date appearing in this material only and is subject to change without notice. Certain benchmark calculations may not match the published benchmark characteristics.|
With Northern Trust Since 2005
Began Career in 2002
Bradley Camden, Vice President of Northern Trust, is a member of the active long duration strategy team and responsible for research and implementation of several quantitative fixed income strategies. He currently co-manages the Northern Core Bond Fund, Northern Fixed Income Fund and Northern Short Bond Fund.
Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2005, Mr. Camden was a member of Northern Trust’s Global Opportunities Leadership Development (GOLD) program where he completed rotations in Tax Advantage Equity Indexing, Equity Research and Fixed Income.
Mr. Camden holds a B.A. in economics from DePauw University. He is an active CFA® charterholder, a member of the CFA Institute and a member of the CFA Society Chicago.
With Northern Trust Since 1996
Began Career in 1995
Daniel J. Personette, Vice President of Northern Trust, is a member of the fixed income group, responsible for quantitatively managing and trading fixed income accounts for Northern Trust clients. He currently co-manages the Northern Core Bond Fund and Northern Fixed Income Fund.
Prior to joining Northern Trust as an Accounting Auditor in 1996, he served in the shareholder service department at Kemper Mutual Funds.
Mr. Personette received a B.A. in finance from Ball State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is an active CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Chicago.
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