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Featured Research


External Investment Management Research

View our fourth research study where we explored how clients react to investment outsourcing:
—Advisor Whitepaper

—Outsourcing Infographic
—Full outsourcing research


Take the Path Forward

Path Forward

In our 6th edition of The Path Forward, we surveyed more than 1,000 DC plan participants and more than 100 industry-leading plan sponsors and consultants. Their responses reveal three crucial lessons about DC plan design – and they may surprise you.


Commentary & Insights


Active Fixed Income Quarterly Update — Third Quarter 2016

Third quarter attribution analysis from our Active Long Duration Fixed Income team.


High Yield Fixed Income Quarterly Update – Second Quarter 2016

Highlighting attribution, economic and market analysis for the high yield sector.

2Q 2016 Investment Manager Survey

Managers' outlook on the U.S. economy has moderated, expect equity market volatility to increase and view U.S. equity valuations as less attractive.

Municipal Fixed Income Quarterly Update – Second Quarter 2016

Read the second quarter Municipal Update highlighting attribution, economic and market analysis for the municipal sector.

Economic Commentary

    Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

    • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
    • Brussels Will Play Hardball With the U.K.
    • Concerns Over Currency Manipulation Have Faded
Capital Market Assumptions

Capital Market Assumptions

Read Northern Trust's five-year return forecasts for asset classes across the fixed income, equity, real asset and alternatives spectrum.


Investment Capabilities


Small Cap Core

Take a closer look at Northern Small Cap Core Fund (NSGRX) to see how it can add value to client portfolios and help manage small-cap volatility.