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Global Tactical Asset Allocation


NAV AS OF 08/16/22




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For those long-term investors looking to diversify your investment among various asset classes (stocks, bonds, commodities, and other) both domestic and foreign. The Fund seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation and current income. The Fund invests primarily in shares of a combination of underlying mutual funds and exchange-traded funds ("ETFs"), with its asset allocation model adjusted based on changing market conditions. The Fund will invest significantly in companies that are represented in diversified foreign indices. Dividends, if any, are declared and paid quarterly. Capital gains, if any, are distributed at least annually.

Fund Objective

Capital Appreciation and Current Income.

Fund Strategy

  • Diversify among various asset classes (stocks, bonds, commodities, and other) both domestic and foreign. The allocation will be based on an asset allocation framework developed by the Investment Policy Committee of The Northern Trust Company (TNTC) and Northern Trust Investments, Inc. (NTI).
  • Invest significantly in funds that invest in companies that are located outside of the U.S. as represented in either the MSCI EAFE® Index, MSCI Emerging Markets Index or other diversified foreign indices.
  • Monitor the current asset allocation framework regularly to ensure the allocation is aligned with evolving investment views amid changing market and economic conditions.

Investor Profile

For those long-term investors looking to diversify your investment among various asset classes (stocks, bonds, commodities, and other) both domestic and foreign, then this Fund may be right for you.

Risk/Reward Potential

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Overall Morningstar Rating TM

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                4 stars for the Morningstar rating

Among 399 high global allocation funds derived from a weighted average of the fund's 3-, 5- and 10-year risk-adjusted returns as of 7/31/22.

Global Tactical Asset Allocation received 3 stars for the 3-year rating among 399 high global allocation funds funds, 3 stars for the 5-year rating among 348 funds and 4 stars for the 10-year rating among 249 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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Asset Class Weightings

As of 6/30/22
Asset ClassInvestment VehicleHoldings Weight
U.S. EquityFlexShares Morningstar US Market Factor TILT Index Fund10.7
U.S. EquityFlexShares US Quality Dividend Index Fund9.0
U.S. EquityFlexShares US Quality Low Volatility Index Fund7.6
Non U.S. Equity - DevelopedFlexShares Morningstar Developed Markets ex-US Factor TILT Index Fund4.7
Non U.S. Equity - DevelopedFlexshares International Quality Dividend Index Fund4.8
Non U.S. Equity - DevelopedFlexShares Developed Markets ex-US Quality Low Volatility Index Fund2.0
Non U.S. Equity - Emerging MarketsFlexShares Morningstar Emerging Markets Factor TILT Index Fund3.9
Global Real EstateFlexShares Global Quality Real Estate Index Fund2.0
U.S. Bonds - High YieldFlexShares High Yield Value Scored Bond Index Fund11.9
U.S. Bonds -
Investment Grade
FlexShares Credit-Scored US Corporate Bond Index Fund2.5
U.S. Bonds -
Investment Grade
FlexShares Disciplined Duration Fund5.9
U.S. Bonds -
Investment Grade
FlexShares Credit-Scored US Long Corporate Bond Index Fund0.7
U.S. Bonds -
Investment Grade
FlexShares iBoxx 5-Year Target Duration TIPS Index Fund3.1
U.S. Bonds -
Investment Grade
iShares 3-7 Year Treasury Bond Fund3.8
U.S. Bonds -
Investment Grade
iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Fund1.8
U.S. Bonds -
Investment Grade
iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund3.4
U.S. Bonds -
Investment Grade
iShares MBS ETF3.4
U.S. Bonds -
Investment Grade
iShares 1-5 Year Investments Grade Corporate Bond ETF5.5
U.S. Bonds -
Investment Grade
iShares 10 + Year Investments Grade1.4
U.S. Bonds -
Investment Grade
MFC iShares Intermediate Credit Bond ETF1.9
Natural Resources
FlexShares Morningstar Global Upstream Natural Resources Index Fund5.4
Global InfrastructureFlexShares STOXX Global Broad Infrastructure Index Fund4.0
CashNIF U.S. Governments Portfolio0.8
Total 100.0%

Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.

Not FDIC insured | May lose value | No bank guarantee

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