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Fixed Income Municipal

California Tax-Exempt

 
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TickerNAV AS OF 11/26/14
NCATX$11.72 $0.01 Arrow Up Icon
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Snapshot
For those investors who want a high current income that is exempt from regular federal income tax and California state personal income tax, you may find this Fund attractive. It is well suited for income-oriented investors in higher tax brackets who are willing to accept some risk of principal in exchange for higher yield potential. Income from the Fund may be subject to federal alternative minimum tax (AMT), state and local taxes. Our experienced investment team concentrates our investments in California-specific, investment-grade municipal instruments which are exempt from federal income tax and California state personal income tax while maintaining an average maturity between 10 and 30 years.
Fund Objective
Current Tax-Exempt Income
Fund Strategy
  • Concentrate our investments in California state-specific, investment-grade municipal instruments which are exempt from federal income tax and California state personal income tax while maintaining an average maturity, under normal circumstances, between 10 and 30 years.
  • Invest in high-quality securities, primarily investment-grade debt.
  • Select investments on the basis of their relative value with a focus on total return.
Investor Profile
If you are an investor who wants high current income that is exempt from regular federal income tax and California state personal income tax, you may find this Fund attractive. It is well suited for income-oriented investors in higher tax brackets who are willing to accept some risk of principal in exchange for higher yield potential. Income from the Fund may be subject to federal alternative minimum tax (AMT), state and local taxes.
Risk/Reward Potential
”Risk/Reward
Overall Morningstar RatingTM
”Morningstar

Among 137 municipal California long funds derived from a weighted average of the fund's 3-, 5- and 10-year risk-adjusted returns as of 10/31/14.

California Tax-Exempt received 3 stars for the 3-year rating among 137 municipal California long funds, 3 stars for the 5-year rating among 132 funds and 4 stars for the 10-year rating among 111 funds.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Ratings reflect fee waivers in effect; in their absence, ratings may have been lower.

Star ratings are based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund’s monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The overall rating is a weighted average of the 3-, 5-, and 10-year (if applicable) returns. 5 stars = top 10% of funds in an asset category; 4 stars = next 22.5% of funds; 3 stars = next 35%; 2 stars = next 22.5% and 1 star = next 10%. A fund must be in existence three years to be rated. Ratings are subject to change monthly.

©2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Morningstar and/or its content providers are the proprietors of this information; do not permit its unauthorized copying or distribution; do not warrant it to be accurate, complete or timely; and are not responsible for damages or losses arising from its use.

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.

Fund Literature

 
 
Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.
CUSIP665162731
YTD Total Return11.16% (as of 11/26/14)
Distribution Rate*3.22% (as of 11/26/14)
30-Day SEC Yield w/ Waivers*2.90% (as of 10/31/14)
30-Day SEC Yield w/o Waivers*2.74% (as of 10/31/14)
Inception Date04/08/97
Total Net Assets$129,375,949 (as of 10/31/14)
Tax-Equivalent Distribution Rate*5.46% (as of 11/26/14)
Tax-Equivalent 30-Day SEC Yield*6.54% (as of 10/31/14)
*Distribution rate and tax-equivalent distribution rate represent the annualization of the Fund's distributions for the prior month ending on the date shown, including capital gain distributions. The 30-day SEC yield and tax-equivalent 30-day SEC yield represent the annualization of the Fund's net investment income, excluding capital gain income. The tax-equivalent distribution rate and tax-equivalent 30-day SEC yield are based on an assumed tax rate of 47.9% for Arizona, 55.7% for California and 43.4% for national municipal funds.

Total Returns

Total Returns for Month Ending 10/31/14
 Annualized
    Month   3-Month     YTD  1-Year  3-Year  5-Year  10-Year Since
Incept.
California Tax-Exempt0.97%2.82%11.46%11.05%6.93%6.91%5.29%5.81%
Barclays California
Municipal Bond Index
0.72%2.11%9.24%8.97%6.05%6.19%5.03%5.68%
Morningstar Cat. Avg.
Muni California Long
0.82%2.78%11.07%10.59%6.60%6.20%4.42%N/A

Total Returns

Total Returns for Quarter Ending 09/30/14
 Annualized
    Month   3-Month     YTD  1-Year  3-Year  5-Year  10-Year Since
Incept.
California Tax-Exempt0.26%2.37%10.38%11.15%6.46%5.87%5.28%5.78%
Barclays California
Municipal Bond Index
0.09%1.69%8.46%9.21%5.67%5.40%5.07%5.67%
Morningstar Cat. Avg.
Muni California Long
0.42%2.20%10.17%10.67%6.18%5.43%4.44%N/A
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.

Annual Expense Ratios

 
 Gross Expense RatioNet Expense Ratio
California Tax-Exempt0.62%0.46%
Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on July 31, 2015.

Calendar Year Returns

 
       2013      2012      2011      2010      2009
California Tax-Exempt-2.96%9.58%15.15%1.74%12.35%
Barclays California Municipal Bond Index-1.77%8.14%12.29%2.98%12.22%
Morningstar Category Avg. Muni California Long-3.71%10.42%11.74%1.77%17.38%
Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.
Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.
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Portfolio Composition
   
Maturity DistributionFund
0 - 1 Year4.3%
2 - 5 Years2.4%
6 - 10 Years18.3%
11 - 20 Years39.2%
21 - 30 Years31.2%
31+ Years4.6%
TOTAL100.0%
As of 10/31/14
Quality DistributionFundBenchmark
AAA6.2%3.3%
AA79.1%46.6%
A10.4%46.0%
BBB0.0%4.1%
Committed Cash4.3%0.0%
TOTAL100.0%100.0%
Sector WeightingsFundBenchmark
General Obligation52.7%39.6%
Revenue35.9%55.1%
Insured5.7%0.2%
Committed Cash4.3%0.0%
Government-Backed1.4%5.1%
TOTAL100.0%100.0%
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Fund Characteristics

Number of Holdings60
Average Duration5.5 YRS
Average Maturity16.0 YRS
Weighted Average Coupon4.28%
Income**$0.031446
Dividend ScheduleMonthly
Dividend Income Last Quarter$0.0924
Capital Gain Income Last QuarterN/A
BenchmarkBarclays California Municipal Bond Index
Morningstar CategoryMuni California Long
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.
Non-Diversified Risk: The Fund invests in a smaller number of securities than the average mutual fund. The change in value of a single holding may have a more pronounced effect on the Fund’s net asset value and performance than for other funds.
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.
Regional Investment Risk: The geographical concentration of portfolio holdings in this Fund may involve increased risk.
Barclays California Municipal Bond Index is an unmanaged index of investment grade (Baa3 or better) tax-exempt California bonds with a remaining maturity of at least one year. 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.
†Northern tax-exempt fixed income funds' and Northern High Yield Fixed Income Fund's Average Duration is calculated using the modified duration formula. Other Northern fixed income funds show the option-adjusted duration. Duration is a measure of a bond fund's sensitivity to changes in interest rates.
**Per share paid out October 23 with a record date of October 22. The amount shown represents dividends paid for net investment income and excludes distributions from capital gain income.
Past performance is not indicative of future results. 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.
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Eric V. Boeckmann

Eric V. Boeckmann

Portfolio Manager

Northern Arizona Tax-Exempt Fund (NOAZX)
Northern California Intermediate Tax-Exempt Fund  (NCITX)
Northern California Tax-Exempt Fund (NCATX)

With Northern Trust Since 1985
Began Career in 1985

Eric V. Boeckmann, Senior Vice President of Northern Trust, manages the Northern Arizona Tax-Exempt Fund, Northern California Intermediate Tax-Exempt Fund and Northern California Tax-Exempt Fund.

In addition to managing mutual funds, Mr. Boeckmann is a Portfolio Manager in the Municipal Fixed Income Management Group, where he is responsible for a number of separately managed municipal bond portfolios.

Mr. Boeckmann received a B.S. in finance from the University of Illinois.

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