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Northern Trust Strength and Stability

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Strength is just one of our strengths
With roots that go back 120 years and an innovative spirit that has helped our clients through good times and bad, Northern Trust has a track record few can match. And we're not the only ones who think so.

BEST IN CLASS: Named best-in-class in performance by BusinessWeek (4/6/09).

MOST ADMIRED: Named one of America’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune magazine (3/16/09) and one of America's Best Companies by Barron's (5/12/08).

CONSISTENT GROWTH: 20 consecutive years of growth in common equity.

STRENGTH AND QUALITY: Top-tier credit quality, outstanding capital strength and strong, liquid balance sheet. 

Having confidence in your financial institution is of great importance, especially during uncertain times. Below are some highlights of Northern Trust's record of strength and stability:

  • Strong Credit Ratings – One of only seven U.S. bank holding companies to be rated "AA- or better" by Standard & Poor's. The long-term debt rating of The Northern Trust Company, the primary subsidiary of Northern Trust Corporation, was upgraded by Standard & Poor's to "AA" from "AA-" on May 30, 2008.
  • Consistently Strong Capital Position – The capital ratios of Northern Trust Corporation and The Northern Trust Company continue to be significantly above the ratios that are a requirement for the regulatory classification of "well-capitalized."
  • Long Tradition of Lower-Risk, Fee-Based Revenue – Approximately 70% of corporate revenues were derived from fee-based, non-interest related activities in first quarter 2009. A high predominance of fee-based income is generally viewed as more conducive to stable earnings than a high percentage of net interest income.
  • High-Quality Balance Sheet – High liquidity and a low loan-to-asset ratio with loans representing only 39% of total assets (as compared to a peer group — 20 largest U.S. banks — average of 57% as of December 31, 2008). High quality, low-risk securities portfolio with net unrealized losses of only 2% of the total portfolio, in stark contrast to our peer trust banks.
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