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|This Fund is a good choice for those long-term, income-oriented investors who are looking to diversify their investments by gaining a broad exposure to the investment-grade U.S. bond market (excluding high yield). The Core Bond Fund seeks to maximize total return consistent with reasonable risk by investing primarily in a broad range of bonds and other fixed income securities. This Fund maintains a dollar-weighted average maturity between three and 15 years. Dividends, if any, are declared and paid monthly. Capital gains, if any, are distributed at least annually.
|If you are a long-term, income-oriented investor who is looking to diversify your investments by gaining broad exposure to the U.S. bond market while eliminating your exposure to non-investment grade debt then this Fund may be right for you. It offers a diversified portfolio of bond securities primarily invested in U.S. investment-grade debt.|
|Overall Morningstar RatingTM|
Among 933 intermediate-term bond funds derived from a weighted average of the fund's 3-, 5- and 10-year risk-adjusted returns as of 8/31/15.
Core Bond received 3 stars for the 3-year rating among 933 intermediate-term bond funds, 3 stars for the 5-year rating among 824 funds and 4 stars for the 10-year rating among 588 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.
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|YTD Total Return||1.09% (as of 10/02/15)|
|Distribution Rate*||2.13% (as of 10/02/15)|
|30-Day SEC Yield w/ Waivers*||2.15%
|30-Day SEC Yield w/o Waivers*||2.01%
|Total Net Assets||$238,802,616
|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.
Northern Trust Investments, Inc. has contractually agreed to reimburse a portion of the operating expenses of the Fund (other than certain excepted expenses, i.e., acquired fund fees and expenses; the compensation paid to each Independent Trustee of the Trust; expenses of third party consultants engaged by the Board of Trustees; membership dues paid to the Investment Company Institute and Mutual Fund Directors Forum; expenses in connection with the negotiation and renewal of the revolving credit facility; and extraordinary expense and interest) to the extent the "Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses" exceed 0.40%. The "Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Expense Reimbursement" may be higher than the contractual limitation as a result of the excepted expenses that are not reimbursed. This contractual limitation may not be terminated before July 31, 2016 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, 2016.|
|Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index||5.97%||-2.02%||4.21%||7.84%||6.54%|
|Morningstar Category Avg. Intermediate-Term Bond||5.18%||-1.42%||7.01%||5.86%||7.72%|
|Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.|
|US Tsy (incl GNMA MBS)||23.9%||43.9%|
|US Agcy (incl FN/FH MBS)||20.8%||24.2%|
|Foreign Local Govt||0.0%||0.3%|
|Number of Holdings||328|
|Average Duration†||5.3 YRS|
|Average Maturity||8.3 YRS|
|Weighted Average Coupon||3.32%|
|Yield to Maturity||2.50%|
|Dividend Income Last Quarter||$0.0548|
|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. The Index includes Treasury, government, corporate, mortgage-backed, commercial mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.|
|Quality Distribution: Credit quality ratings are based on the conservative average of Moody's, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch ratings. If ratings from all three rating agencies disagree, the model assigns the middle rating to the security. If two of the three agree, the model assigns the rating from those two to the security. 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). 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 and a member of the CFA Institute and 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.
Not FDIC insured | May lose value | No bank guarantee
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