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Short-Intermediate U.S. Government

TickerNAV AS OF 08/17/18
NSIUX$9.54 $0.00 Same Icon

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If you're a conservative investor who prefers the income and quality offered by government securities, you may find this Fund attractive. It is best suited for income-oriented investors who prefer low risk. Our approach is to select high-quality securities with maturities between two and five years, issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government, as we manage risk exposure to achieve reasonable returns. We believe investing in a broad range of U.S. Government securities with short-term maturities can provide greater stability of principal than is generally available from longer-term, higher-yielding bonds. The principal value and investment return of the Fund are neither guaranteed or insured by the U.S. Government.
Fund Objective
Current Income
Fund Strategy
  • Invest primarily in securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government or by its agencies.
  • Select high-quality securities with maturities, under normal circumstances, between two and five years, with risk exposure managed in an effort to achieve reasonable returns.
  • Buy and sell securities using a relative value approach that employs models that analyze and compare expected returns and assumed risks.
Investor Profile
If you're a conservative investor who prefers the income and quality offered by government securities, you may find this Fund attractive. It is best suited for income-oriented investors who prefer low risk.
Risk/Reward Potential
Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.


YTD Total Return-0.44% (as of 08/17/18)
Distribution Rate*2.45% (as of 08/17/18)
30-Day SEC Yield w/ Waivers*2.38% (as of 07/31/18)
30-Day SEC Yield w/o Waivers*2.28% (as of 07/31/18)
Inception Date10/01/99
Total Net Assets$109,946,901 (as of 07/31/18)
Distribution rate and tax-equivalent distribution rate represent the annualization of the Fund's distributions for the prior month ending on the date shown, including capital gain distributions. The 30-day SEC yield and tax-equivalent 30-day SEC yield represent the annualization of the Fund's net investment income, excluding capital gain income. The tax-equivalent distribution rate and tax-equivalent 30-day SEC yield are based on an assumed tax rate of 45.3% for Arizona, 54.1% for California and 40.8% for national municipal funds.

Total Returns

Total Returns for Month Ending 07/31/18
    Month   3-Month     YTD  1-Year  3-Year  5-Year  10-Year Since
U.S. Government
Bloomberg Barclays 1-5 Year
U.S. Government Index
Morningstar Cat. Avg.
Short Government

Total Returns

Total Returns for Quarter Ending 06/30/18
    Month   3-Month     YTD  1-Year  3-Year  5-Year  10-Year Since
U.S. Government
Bloomberg Barclays 1-5 Year
U.S. Government Index
Morningstar Cat. Avg.
Short Government
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 0.40%. 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, 2019 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
Short-Intermediate U.S. Government0.54%0.42%
Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on July 31, 2019. The Fund also includes voluntary expense reimbursements that may change or end at any time.

Calendar Year Returns

       2017      2016      2015      2014      2013
Short-Intermediate U.S. Government0.38%0.44%0.86%0.94%-2.10%
Bloomberg Barclays 1-5 Year U.S. Government Index0.69%1.02%0.93%1.18%-0.12%
Morningstar Category Avg. Short Government0.56%0.55%0.17%0.96%-0.79%
Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.
Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.


Portfolio Composition
Maturity DistributionFund
As of 06/30/18
Quality DistributionFundBenchmark
US Tsy (incl GNMA MBS)55.4%94.6%
US Agcy (incl FN/FH MBS)44.4%5.4%
Committed Cash0.2%0.0%
Sector WeightingsFundBenchmark
Commercial MBS2.9%0.0%
Committed Cash0.2%0.0%
DateHoldings File
As of 06/30/18Insert Icon
As of 03/31/18Insert Icon

Fund Characteristics

Number of Holdings51
Portfolio Turnover504.54% (as of 03/31/18)
Average Duration2.4 YRS
Average Maturity5.2 YRS
Weighted Average Coupon2.81%
Yield to Maturity2.80%
Dividend ScheduleMonthly
Dividend Income Last Quarter$0.0587
Capital Gain Income Last QuarterN/A
BenchmarkBloomberg Barclays 1-5 Year U.S. Government Index
Morningstar CategoryShort Government
All data is as of date indicated and subject to change.
Bond Risk: Bond funds will tend to experience smaller fluctuations in value than stock funds. However, investors in any bond fund should anticipate fluctuations in price, especially for longer-term issues and in environments of rising interest rates.
Mortgage-Backed Securities Risk: Mortgage-backed investments involve risk of loss due to prepayments and, like any bond, due to default. Because of the sensitivity of mortgage-related securities to changes in interest rates, the Fund’s performance may be more volatile than if it did not hold these securities.
U.S. Government Guarantee: U.S. government guarantees apply only to the underlying securities of a Fund’s portfolio and not the Fund’s shares.
Bloomberg Barclays 1-5 Year U.S. Government Index is an unmanaged index of debt securities including all public obligations of the U.S. Treasury and all publicly issued debt of U.S. government agencies with maturities of one to five years. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
Quality Distribution: Credit quality ratings are based on the conservative average of Moody's, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch ratings. If ratings from all three rating agencies disagree, the model assigns the middle rating to the security. If two of the three agree, the model assigns the rating from those two to the security. If none of these three rating agencies has assigned a rating, the Fund will assign a rating of not rated. The ratings, expressed in Standard & Poor’s nomenclature, range from AAA (extremely strong capacity to meet its financial commitment) to D (in default). Short-term ratings, expressed in Standard & Poor’s nomenclature, range from A-1 (obligor’s capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligation is strong) to A-3 (exhibits adequate protection parameters). The ratings represent the rating agencies' opinions of the quality of the securities they rate. Ratings are relative and subjective and are not absolute standards of quality.
Distribution Calculations: All distribution calculations (Maturity Distribution, Sector Weightings and Quality Distribution) are measured on a trade date basis and are adjusted for uninvested cash from the market value used to compute the percentage calculations.
Characteristics: Benchmark and Fund analytics have been calculated using a third party vended model. All material has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but the accuracy, completeness and interpretation cannot be guaranteed. Information contained herein is current as of the date appearing in this material only and is subject to change without notice. Certain benchmark calculations may not match the published benchmark characteristics.
†Northern tax-exempt fixed income funds' and Northern High Yield Fixed Income Fund's Average Duration is calculated using the modified duration formula. Other Northern fixed income funds show the option-adjusted duration. Duration is a measure of a bond fund's sensitivity to changes in interest rates.
**Per share paid out June 25 with a record date of June 22. The amount shown represents dividends paid for net investment income and excludes distributions from capital gain income.
Michael R. Chico, CFA<sup>&reg;</sup>

Michael R. Chico, CFA®

Portfolio Manager

Northern Short-Intermediate U.S. Government Fund (NSIUX)
Northern U.S. Government Fund  (NOUGX)
Northern U.S. Treasury Index Fund (BTIAX)

With Northern Trust Since 2005
Began Career in 1995

Michael R. Chico, Vice President of Northern Trust, is a member of the active long duration strategy team and responsible for quantitatively managing and trading fixed income accounts for Northern Trust clients. He currently manages the Northern Short-Intermediate U.S. Government Fund, and Northern U.S. Government Fund and co-manages the Northern U.S. Treasury Index Fund.

Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2005, Mr. Chico was Vice President of MBS Trading at JP Morgan Securities, Inc, formerly Banc One Capital Markets, Inc.

Mr. Chico received a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in finance and economics from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is an active CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Chicago.

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