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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 giving exposure to securities ranking at the top in both quality and dividend yield.
  • 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.

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Overall Morningstar RatingTM
Morningstar Rating

Among 1,088 large value funds derived from a weighted average of the fund's 3-,5- and 10-year risk-adjusted returns as of 12/31/2016.

Income Equity received 3 stars for the 3-year rating among 1,088 large value funds, 2 stars for the 5-year rating among 934 funds and 5 stars for the 10-year rating among 680 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.

 

CUSIP665162202
YTD Total Return0.39% (as of 01/17/17)
30-Day SEC Yield w/ Waivers2.10% (as of 12/31/16)
30-Day SEC Yield w/o
Waivers
1.96% (as of 12/31/16)
Inception Date04/01/94
Total Net Assets$231,197,456 (as of 12/31/16)

Total Returns

Total Returns for Quarter Ending 12/31/16
 Annualized
    Month   3-Month     YTD  1-Year  3-Year  5-Year  10-Year Since
Incept.
Income Equity2.12%4.29%11.37%11.37%6.92%11.04%6.79%8.54%
S&P 500 Index1.98%3.82%11.96%11.96%8.87%14.66%6.95%9.46%
Morningstar Cat. Avg.
Large Value
2.09%6.34%14.81%14.81%6.84%12.97%5.38%N/A
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%. This contractual limitation may not be terminated before July 31, 2017 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 Equity1.13%1.00%
Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on July 31, 2017. The Fund also includes voluntary expense reimbursements that may change or end at any time.

Calendar Year Returns

 
       2015      2014      2013      2012      2011
Income Equity0.45%9.28%24.85%10.61%2.18%
S&P 500 Index1.38%13.69%32.39%16.00%2.11%
Morningstar Category Avg. Large Value-4.05%10.21%31.21%14.57%-0.75%
Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.
Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.

 

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Portfolio Composition
   
Top 10 HoldingsFund
Wells Fargo & Co4.5%
Home Depot Inc4.0%
United Parcel Service Inc Class B4.0%
Boeing Co3.9%
Pfizer Inc3.7%
Apple Inc3.6%
Altria Group Inc3.5%
JP Morgan Chase & Co3.1%
Merck & Co Inc3.0%
Verizon Communications Inc2.9%
% of Portfolio36.2%
As of 11/30/16
Sector WeightingsFundBenchmark
Information Technology17.8%20.8%
Financials13.7%14.6%
Consumer Discretionary13.0%12.3%
Health Care11.6%13.7%
Industrials11.3%10.5%
Consumer Staples10.3%9.3%
Energy6.4%7.5%
Utilities5.5%3.1%
Real Estate5.1%2.8%
Telecommunication Services3.5%2.5%
Materials1.8%2.9%
TOTAL100.0%100.0%
As of 11/30/16
Risk Characteristics*Income EquityS&P 500 Index
Beta0.821.00
Up Market Capture77.43100.00
Down Market Capture84.41100.00
Information Ratio–0.600.00
*Above risk characteristics are based on a 3-year time period
  
DateHoldings File
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Fund Characteristics

  
Number of Holdings65
Portfolio Turnover13.14% (as of 03/31/16)
Dividend ScheduleMonthly
Dividend Income Last Quarter$0.0575
Capital Gain Income Last QuarterN/A
Weighted Average Market Cap ($Mil)$114,094
BenchmarkS&P 500 Index
Morningstar CategoryLarge Value
Trailing 12-Month Price-to-Earnings Ratio
Fund17.52
Benchmark21.16
Price-to-Book Ratio
Fund3.29
Benchmark2.82
Historical 5-Year Earnings Growth
Fund10.30
Benchmark9.73
Asset Allocation 
Stocks99.7%
Cash0.3%
TOTAL100.0%
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.
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Jacob C. Weaver, CFA<sup>&reg;</sup>, CPA

Jacob C. Weaver, CFA®, CPA

Portfolio Manager

Northern Income Equity Fund (NOIEX)

With Northern Trust Since 1998
Began Career in 1998

Jacob C. Weaver, Senior Vice President of Northern Trust, is team leader of the global equity team responsible for the implementation of several quantitative active equity strategies specializing in Tax Advantaged Equity and Quality Dividend Focus strategies. He currently manages the Northern Income Equity Fund.

Prior to rejoining the team in 2010, Mr. Weaver was the Head of International Indexing in Northern Trust’s London office, overseeing a team of portfolio managers to various international indexes. Prior to this, he spent six years as a portfolio manager focused on quantitative active strategies including Small Cap Core and Tax Advantaged Equity.

Mr. Weaver received a B.S. in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in finance and organizational behavior. He is an active CFA® charterholder, a CPA, and a member of the CFA Chicago Society and the CFA Institute.

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