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This Fund may be a good choice for those moderate-risk investors looking for a relatively high level of current income, but don't want to forego the capital appreciation potential of the stock market. Using fundamental research and quantitative analysis, our experienced investment management team buys and sells securities based on such factors as a company's current income, prospects for growth and capital appreciation potential. The Fund will, under normal circumstances, invest at least 80% of its net assets in income-producing equity securities, including dividend-paying common and preferred stocks and convertible securities. The Fund also may invest up to 20% of its net assets in a broad range of non-convertible fixed-income securities without limitation as to maturity.
Fund Objective
Current Income and Capital Appreciation
Fund Strategy
  • Apply a proprietary quality score to screen out low-quality securities, then select stocks from the remaining universe of securities to attain the appropriate quality and yield exposures.
  • Maintain a conservative, broadly diversified portfolio of companies with strong prospects for growth and appreciation potential.
Investor Profile

If you are a moderate-risk investor looking for a relatively high level of current income, but don't want to forego the capital appreciation potential of the stock market, you may like this Fund.

Risk/Reward Potential
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Overall Morningstar RatingTM
Morningstar Rating

Among 1,077 large value funds derived from a weighted average of the fund's 3-,5- and 10-year risk-adjusted returns as of 1/31/18.

Income Equity received 4 stars for the 3-year rating among 1,077 large value funds, 3 stars for the 5-year rating among 962 funds and 5 stars for the 10-year rating among 685 funds.

The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating," is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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Fund Literature

Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.


YTD Total Return1.77% (as of 02/23/18)
30-Day SEC Yield w/ Waivers1.67% (as of 01/31/18)
30-Day SEC Yield w/o
1.56% (as of 01/31/18)
Inception Date04/01/94
Total Net Assets$245,645,708 (as of 01/31/18)

Total Returns

Total Returns for Month Ending 01/31/18
    Month   3-Month     YTD  1-Year  3-Year  5-Year  10-Year Since
Income Equity4.51%10.43%4.51%25.75%12.41%12.65%9.24%9.18%
S&P 500 Index5.73%10.18%5.73%26.41%14.66%15.91%9.78%10.17%
Morningstar Cat. Avg.
Large Value

Total Returns

Total Returns for Quarter Ending 12/31/17
    Month   3-Month     YTD  1-Year  3-Year  5-Year  10-Year Since
Income Equity1.54%7.21%20.21%20.21%10.38%12.91%8.20%9.01%
S&P 500 Index1.11%6.64%21.83%21.83%11.41%15.79%8.50%9.95%
Morningstar Cat. Avg.
Large Value
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 1.00%. 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, 2018 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
Income Equity1.11%1.01%
Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on July 31, 2018. The Fund also includes voluntary expense reimbursements that may change or end at any time.

Calendar Year Returns

       2017      2016      2015      2014      2013
Income Equity20.21%11.37%0.45%9.28%24.85%
S&P 500 Index21.83%11.96%1.38%13.69%32.39%
Morningstar Category Avg. Large Value15.94%14.81%-4.05%10.21%31.21%
Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.
Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.


Portfolio Composition
Top 10 HoldingsFund
Apple Inc4.7%
Boeing Co4.2%
JP Morgan Chase & Co3.9%
Home Depot Inc3.9%
Wells Fargo & Co3.2%
AbbVie Inc2.9%
Lockheed Martin Corp2.8%
Pfizer Inc2.8%
Verizon Communications Inc2.7%
Altria Group Inc2.7%
% of Portfolio33.8%
As of 01/31/18
Sector WeightingsFundBenchmark
Information Technology20.3%24.1%
Consumer Discretionary12.2%12.6%
Health Care12.0%13.9%
Consumer Staples8.5%7.9%
Real Estate4.1%2.7%
Telecommunication Services3.1%1.9%
As of 01/31/18
Risk Characteristics*Income EquityS&P 500 Index
Up Market Capture80.38100.00
Down Market Capture77.98100.00
Information Ratio–0.620.00
*Above risk characteristics are based on a 3-year time period
DateHoldings File
As of 12/31/17Icon
As of 09/30/17Insert Icon

Fund Characteristics

Number of Holdings71
Portfolio Turnover32.17% (as of 03/31/17)
Dividend ScheduleMonthly
Dividend Income Last Quarter$0.0819
Capital Gain Income Last Quarter$0.7946
Weighted Average Market Cap ($Mil)$168,723
BenchmarkS&P 500 Index
Morningstar CategoryLarge Value
Trailing 12-Month Price-to-Earnings Ratio
Price-to-Book Ratio
Historical 5-Year Earnings Growth
Asset Allocation 
Equity Risk: Equity securities (stocks) are more volatile and carry more risk than other forms of investments, including investments in high-grade fixed-income securities. The net asset value per share of this Fund will fluctuate as the value of the securities in the portfolio changes.
High-Yield Risk: Although a high-yield fund’s yield may be higher than that of fixed income funds that purchase higher-rated securities, the potentially higher yield is a function of the greater risk that a high-yield fund’s share price will decline.
Interest-Rate Risk: Increases in prevailing interest rates will cause fixed-income securities, including convertible securities, held by the Fund to decline in value.
S&P 500® Index is an unmanaged index consisting of 500 stocks and is a widely recognized common measure of the performance of the overall U.S. stock market. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
Christopher Shipley

Christopher Shipley

Portfolio Manager

Northern Income Equity Fund (NOIEX)

With Northern Trust Since 2000
Began Career in 1997

Christopher Shipley, Senior Vice President, is Director of Equity Research for Northern Trust Asset Management where he oversees the firm's in-depth fundamental research effort. He currently co-manages the Northern Income Equity Fund.

Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2000, Mr. Shipley was an investment associate in the Equity Investment division at Allstate Insurance Company, Northbrook, Illinois.

Mr. Shipley received a B.S. in finance from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Jeff Sampson, CFA<sup>&reg;</sup>

Jeff Sampson, CFA®

Portfolio Manager
Northern Income Equity Fund (NOIEX)
Northern U.S. Quality ESG Fund (NUESX)

With Northern Trust Since 1999
Began Career in 1999

Jeff Sampson, Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager on the Global Equity Team responsible for the implementation of several engineered equity strategies specializing in ESG investments, Tax Advantaged Equity, and Quality Dividend Focus. He currently co-manages the Northern Income Equity Fund and the Northern U.S. Quality ESG Fund.

Prior to joining Global Equity in 2007, Mr. Sampson managed a division of account managers within the Wealth Management group. Mr. Sampson joined Northern Trust in 1999.

Mr. Sampson received a BBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA in Accounting, Finance, and Managerial & Organizational Behavior with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is an active CFA® charterholder, and a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Chicago.

Reed A. LeMar, CFA<sup>&reg;</sup>

Reed A. LeMar, CFA®

Portfolio Manager

Northern Income Equity Fund (NOIEX)

With Northern Trust Since 2007
Began Career in 2004

Reed LeMar, Vice President, is a portfolio manager on the quantitative active equity team responsible for the research and implementation of several large/small cap quantitative equity strategies. He currently co-manages the Northern Income Equity Fund.

Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2007, Mr. LeMar was an options trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, focusing on Treasury Bond Options.

Mr. LeMar received a B.S. in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an active CFA® Charterholder.

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