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|Emerging markets exposure may be suitable for those investors who have an above-average tolerance to market volatility and seek a global component to their diversified investment portfolio. Our Emerging Markets Equity Index Fund intends to invest a substantial portion of its total assets in foreign countries that are considered emerging markets. These markets involve additional risks including currency fluctuation, less market liquidity, more market volatility and political instability. The fund may invest more than 25% of it's assets in securities of issuers located in a single foreign country.
|Seeks to Replicate Index|
|If you are a long-term investor seeking access to the total return potential of emerging markets equities, this Fund may be right for you. Emerging markets exposure may be appropriate for investors with an above-average tolerance for market volatility who seek a global component for a broadly diversified investment portfolio.|
|2% on shares sold or exchanged within 30 days of purchase|
|YTD Total Return||6.14% (as of 01/17/18)|
|Total Net Assets||$3,069,771,676 (as of 12/31/17)|
|Month|| ||YTD|| ||3-Year||5-Year|| || Since
|Emerging Markets Equity Index||3.22%||7.02%||37.34%||37.34%||8.84%||3.86%||1.06%||4.47%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets Index||3.59%||7.44%||37.28%||37.28%||9.10%||4.35%||1.68%||5.29%|
|Morningstar Cat. Avg.|
Diversified Emerging Mkts
|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 0.30%. The "Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Expense Reimbursement" may be higher than the contractual limitation as a result of the excepted expenses, including but not limited to acquired fund fees and 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. The recent growth rate in the stock market has helped to produce short-term returns that are not typical and may not continue in the future. Because of ongoing market volatility, fund performance may be subject to substantial short-term changes.
|Gross Expense Ratio||Net Expense Ratio‡|
|Emerging Markets Equity Index||0.35%||0.31%|
|‡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.|
|Emerging Markets Equity Index||10.63%||-15.15%||-3.34%||-3.03%||18.80%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets Index||11.19%||-14.92%||-2.19%||-2.60%||18.22%|
|Morningstar Category Avg. Diversified Emerging Mkts||8.47%||-13.79%||-3.01%||-0.14%||18.15%|
|Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.|
|Top 10 Holdings||Fund|
|Tencent Holdings Ltd||5.5%|
|Samsung Electronics Co Ltd||4.3%|
|Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Sponsored ADR||3.9%|
|Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd||3.5%|
|Naspers Ltd Class N||2.3%|
|China Construction Bank Corp Class H||1.4%|
|Baidu Inc Sponsored ADR||1.2%|
|China Mobile Ltd||1.2%|
|Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd Class H||1.1%|
|Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd||1.0%|
|% of Portfolio||25.4%|
|Top 10 Country Weightings||Fund||Benchmark|
|Risk Characteristics*||Emerging Markets Equity Index||MSCI Emerging Markets Index|
|Up Market Capture||98.06||100.00|
|Down Market Capture||99.25||100.00|
|*||Above risk characteristics are based on a 3-year time period|
|Number of Holdings||845|
|Portfolio Turnover||30.14% (as of 03/31/17)|
|Dividend Income Last Quarter||N/A|
|Capital Gain Income Last Quarter||N/A|
|Weighted Average Market Cap ($Mil)||$89,846|
|Benchmark||MSCI Emerging Markets Index|
|Morningstar Category||Diversified Emerging Markets|
|Trailing 12-Month Price-to-Earnings Ratio|
|Historical 5-Year Earnings Growth|
With Northern Trust Since 2003
Began Career in 1993
Steven J. Santiccioli, Vice President of Northern Trust, manages the Northern Emerging Markets Equity Index Fund and Northern International Equity Index Fund.
Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2003, Mr. Santiccioli was a portfolio manager with Deutsche Bank. Prior to his portfolio manager position at Deutsche, he served as the head of the accounting group for international index portfolios.
Mr. Santiccioli received a B.A. from Bucknell University and an MBA from Fordham University.
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