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|The Ultra-Short Fixed Income Fund seeks to generate higher yields than money market funds with less volatility than short duration bond funds. It is intended for investors with an investment horizon of at least one year and strives to maintain a 6-18 month average maturity, under normal circumstances, with a maximum security maturity of three years.
This Fund is not a money market fund, which maintains a $1.00 NAV, and the Fund's share price will fluctuate with its returns. An investment in the Fund can result in the loss of principal.
|If you're seeking an investment that may generate higher yields than money market funds with less volatility than short duration bond funds, this Fund may be appropriate for you. The Fund is intended for investors with an investment horizon of at least one year who are seeking to move a portion of their money market fund assets.
The Fund is not a money market fund, which maintains a $1.00 NAV, and the Fund's share price will fluctuate with its returns.
|YTD Total Return||0.63% (as of 09/29/14)|
|Distribution Rate*||0.77% (as of 09/29/14)|
|30-Day SEC Yield w/ waivers*||0.49%
|30-Day SEC Yield w/o waivers*||0.47%
|Total Net Assets||$1,719,048,119
|Tax-Equivalent Distribution Rate*||N/A|
|Tax-Equivalent 30-Day SEC Yield*||N/A|
|Ultra-Short Fixed Income||0.16%||0.19%||0.77%||1.27%||1.30%||1.40%||N/A||1.50%|
|BofA Merrill Lynch 1-Year|
U.S. Treasury Note Index
|Morningstar Cat. Avg.|
|Ultra-Short Fixed Income||0.06%||0.37%||0.64%||1.37%||1.25%||1.53%||N/A||1.53%|
|BofA Merrill Lynch 1-Year|
U.S. Treasury Note Index
|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 0.25%. 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‡|
|Ultra-Short Fixed Income||0.27%||0.25%|
|‡Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on July 31, 2015.|
|Ultra-Short Fixed Income||0.78%||2.43%||0.87%||1.53%|
|BofA Merrill Lynch 1-Year U.S. Treasury Note Index||0.26%||0.24%||0.56%||0.83%|
|Morningstar Category Avg. Ultrashort Bond||0.49%||1.99%||0.25%||2.27%|
|Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.|
|2 - 15 Days||4.1%|
|16 - 30 Days||7.2%|
|31 - 60 Days||10.8%|
|61 - 97 Days||11.0%|
|98 - 180 Days||3.2%|
|181 - 270 Days||4.1%|
|271 Days - 1 Year||6.7%|
|1 - 2 Years||25.6%|
|2 - 3 Years||24.8%|
|Fixed Rate Note/Bond||66.5%||—|
|Variable Rate Note/Bond||31.7%||—|
|Number of Holdings||386|
|Average Duration†||1.1 YRS|
|Average Maturity||417 DAYS|
|Yield to Maturity||0.77%|
|Dividend Income Last Quarter||$0.0182|
|Capital Gain Income Last Quarter||N/A|
|Benchmark||BofA Merrill Lynch 1-Year U.S. Treasury Note Index|
|Morningstar Category||Ultrashort 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.|
|BofA Merrill Lynch 1-Year U.S. Treasury Note Index is composed of a single issue: the outstanding Treasury note that matures closest to, but not beyond, one year from each monthly rebalancing date. 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.|
With Northern Trust Since 1996
Began Career in 1980
Carol H. Sullivan, Senior Vice President of Northern Trust and Director of the Ultra Short Fixed Income Group of portfolio managers, is responsible for separately managed accounts for taxable and tax exempt mandates, as well as the two Ultra Short Fixed Income mutual funds. Ms. Sullivan also co-manages the Northern Ultra-Short Fixed Income Fund.
Prior to joining Northern Trust in 1996, Ms. Sullivan was a senior partner in an investment management company. She began her investment career in 1980, developing liquidity products for financial institutions.
Ms. Sullivan received a B.A. in English from St. Xavier University and an MBA in finance from DePaul University. She is a member of the CFA Society Chicago and the national CFA Institute.
With Northern Trust Since 2010
Began Career in 2000
Christi Fletcher, Vice President of Northern Trust, is a member of the short-duration fixed income team. Ms. Fletcher is a portfolio manager and co-manager for the Northern Ultra-Short Fixed Income Fund.
Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2010, Ms. Fletcher worked as a portfolio manager and credit analyst at SGI/Rydex Investments in Topeka, Kansas. Previously, she worked at Horizon Cash Management in Chicago.
Ms. Fletcher received a B.S. from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She is a member of the CFA Society Kansas City.
Not FDIC insured | May lose value | No bank guarantee
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