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Featured Research

 

Advisors' Attitudes toward External Investment Management

View our fourth research study where we explored changing advisor attitudes on investment management:

—Survey Results Whitepaper
—2016 Advisor Summary of Results
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Factor Investing: Put Risk to Work in Your Favor

Did you know? Factors drove nearly all excess returns over the past 50 years. Learn more about factor basics, improving factor efficiency, and the advantages of the quality factor.
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Interviews with our Experts

Stuck in the Middle: Midsize Advisors Most Reluctant on Robos
Marie Dzanis, head of Intermediary Distribution discusses advisors use of technology with Ignites' Hannah Glover.
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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.

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Demographic Disruption

Demographic Disruption

Shundrawn Thomas goes behind the scenes of the Morningstar Investment Conference to give our take on how some important trends are impacting product development.
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Hurricanes Are Back: Muni Market Risks

Storms can have lasting impacts. However, preparedness, and credit strength combined with federal and state resources will facilitate repair and recovery.
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Municipal Research: Immigration and Higher Education

Credit impact of temporary travel ban is muted.
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Municipal Fixed Income Quarterly Update – Third Quarter 2017

Read the third quarter Municipal Update highlighting attribution, economic and market analysis for the municipal sector.
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Commentary & Insights

 

Economic Commentary

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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.

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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.
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