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Summary

If you are an aggressive investor seeking high current income and the potential for capital appreciation for a portion of your assets, you may find this Fund provides an attractive complement to a well-diversified portfolio. This Fund may be a good choice for long-term investors willing to assume the additional risks associated with investing in high yield securities including above-average share price fluctuations. Our knowledgeable investment team focuses primarily on high-yielding, lower-rated corporate bonds (those rated BB or below; these are commonly referred to as "non-investment grade" or "junk bonds"). We believe these securities offer the opportunity for higher income and greater total return potential than is generally available from high-quality, investment-grade securities.

Fund Objective

High Current Income

Fund Strategy

  • Invest primarily in high-yielding, lower-rated corporate debt. Lower-rated debt is commonly referred to as "junk bonds."
  • Take steps to properly manage downside risk by maintaining a broadly diversified portfolio.
  • Rely on our extensive credit research capabilities in an effort to manage risk and minimize defaults.

Investor Profile

If you are an aggressive investor seeking high current income and the potential for capital appreciation for a portion of your assets, you may find this Fund provides an attractive complement to a well-diversified portfolio. It is best suited for long-term investors willing to assume the additional risks associated with investing in high yield securities including above-average share price fluctuations.

Redemption Fee

2% on shares sold or exchanged within 30 days of purchase.

Risk/Reward Potential

risk reward

Overall Morningstar Rating TM

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                4 stars for the Morningstar rating

Among 621 high yield bond funds derived from a weighted average of the fund's 3-, 5- and 10-year risk-adjusted returns as of 2/29/20.

High Yield Fixed Income received 4 stars for the 3-year rating among 621 high yield bond funds, 3 stars for the 5-year rating among 540 funds and 4 stars for the 10-year rating among 338 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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Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.

Not FDIC insured | May lose value | No bank guarantee

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Please carefully read the prospectus and summary prospectus and consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of Northern Funds before investing. Call 800-595-9111 to obtain a prospectus and summary prospectus, which contains this and other information about the funds.

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