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If you're more of an aggressive investor looking for the growth potential offered by the stocks of smaller companies, then the Northern Small Cap Core Fund may be the right choice for you. Our experienced investment team follows a quantitative-managed, core style investment strategy to select stocks based on a statistical analysis of historical relationships among small-cap characteristics, stock prices and market capitalization ranges. The Fund invests in a highly diversified portfolio consistent with small-cap core benchmarks and uses a screening process designed to reduce exposure to stocks with negative fundamentals.

Fund Objective
Capital Appreciation
Fund Strategy
  • Follow an active quantitative, core equity strategy to select stocks based on a statistical analysis of historical relationships among small-cap characteristics, stock prices and market capitalization ranges.
  • Use a screening process designed to reduce exposure to stocks with negative fundamental indicators.
  • Maintain a highly diversified portfolio consistent with small-cap core benchmarks, in an effort to reduce the risks associated with any specific stock or industry.
Investor Profile
If you're a more aggressive investor looking for the growth potential offered by the stocks of smaller companies this Fund may be right for you. The Fund employs a quantitative-managed, core style investment approach. It is intended for equity investors with an above-average tolerance for volatility who want to diversify their investments and plan to invest for the long term without concern for current income.
Risk/Reward Potential
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Overall Morningstar RatingTM
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Among 640 small blend funds derived from a weighted average of the fund's 3-, 5- and 10-year risk-adjusted returns as of 5/31/15.

Small Cap Core received 4 stars for the 3-year rating among 640 small blend funds, 4 stars for the 5-year rating among 578 funds and 4 stars for the 10-year rating among 376 funds.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Ratings reflect fee waivers in effect; in their absence, ratings may have been lower.

Star ratings are based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund’s monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The overall rating is a weighted average of the 3-, 5-, and 10-year (if applicable) returns. 5 stars = top 10% of funds in an asset category; 4 stars = next 22.5% of funds; 3 stars = next 35%; 2 stars = next 22.5% and 1 star = next 10%. A fund must be in existence three years to be rated. Ratings are subject to change monthly.

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Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.
CUSIP665162665
YTD Total Return4.38% (as of 07/06/15)
Inception Date09/30/99
Total Net Assets$299,139,026 (as of 05/31/15)

Total Returns

Total Returns for Month Ending 05/31/15
 Annualized
    Month   3-Month     YTD  1-Year  3-Year  5-Year  10-Year Since
Incept.
Small Cap Core1.94%1.10%3.95%12.30%20.36%16.07%9.56%7.49%
Russell 2000 Index2.28%1.41%3.98%11.32%19.45%15.04%8.73%N/A
Morningstar Cat. Avg.
Small Blend
1.34%1.00%3.10%7.55%17.99%14.19%8.25%N/A

Total Returns

Total Returns for Quarter Ending 03/31/15
 Annualized
    Month   3-Month     YTD  1-Year  3-Year  5-Year  10-Year Since
Incept.
Small Cap Core1.88%4.75%4.75%10.33%17.46%15.83%9.59%7.63%
Russell 2000 Index1.74%4.32%4.32%8.21%16.27%14.57%8.82%N/A
Morningstar Cat. Avg.
Small Blend
1.48%3.60%3.60%6.03%14.88%13.72%8.30%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.

The Advisor has agreed to reimburse certain expenses of the Fund (excluding acquired fund fees and expenses; a portion of the compensation paid to each Trustee who is not an officer, director or employee of Northern Trust Corporation or its subsidiaries; expenses related to third-party consultants engaged by the Board of Trustees of the Trust; membership dues paid to the Investment Company Institute and Mutual Fund Directors Forum; extraordinary expenses; and interest, if any) to the extent the "Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses" exceed 0.75%. The contractual limitation may not be terminated before July 31, 2015 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
Small Cap Core0.86%0.75%
Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on July 31, 2015.

Calendar Year Returns

 
       2014      2013      2012      2011      2010
Small Cap Core6.54%38.78%17.12%-2.49%25.58%
Russell 2000 Index4.89%38.82%16.35%-4.18%26.85%
Morningstar Category Avg. Small Blend3.79%37.39%15.46%-4.07%25.61%
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
Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc0.4%
Qorvo Inc0.4%
Maximus Inc0.3%
Middleby Corp0.3%
Manhattan Associates Inc0.3%
Cambrex Corp0.3%
Zebra Technologies Corp 0.3%
Credit Acceptance Corp0.3%
DexCom Inc0.3%
WEX Inc0.3%
% of Portfolio3.2%
As of 05/31/15
Sector WeightingsFundBenchmark
Financials23.0%23.6%
Information Technology18.4%18.2%
Health Care15.8%16.3%
Consumer Discretionary14.4%13.7%
Industrials13.0%13.1%
Materials4.1%4.3%
Energy3.7%3.5%
Consumer Staples3.6%3.1%
Utilities3.3%3.5%
Telecommunication Services0.7%0.7%
TOTAL100.0%100.0%
As of 05/31/15
Risk Characteristics*Small Cap CoreRussell 2000 Index
Beta0.941.00
Up Market Capture97.29100.00
Down Market Capture89.21100.00
Information Ratio0.740.00
*Above risk characteristics are based on a 3-year time period
   
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Fund Characteristics

Number of Holdings1,800
Portfolio Turnover12.84% (as of 03/31/15)
Dividend ScheduleAnnually
Dividend Income Last QuarterN/A
Capital Gain Income Last QuarterN/A
Weighted Average Market Cap ($Mil)$2,274
BenchmarkRussell 2000 Index
Morningstar CategorySmall Blend
Trailing 12-Month Price-to-Earnings Ratio
Fund22.06
Benchmark22.53
Price-to-Book Ratio
Fund2.27
Benchmark2.31
Historical 5-Year Earnings Growth
Fund15.21
Benchmark13.98
Asset Allocation 
Stocks93.7%
Cash6.3%
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.
Small-Cap Risk: Small-capitalization funds typically carry additional risks since smaller companies generally have a higher risk of failure. Their stocks are subject to a greater degree of volatility, trade in lower volume and may be less liquid.
Russell 2000® Index is an unmanaged index which measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest of the 3,000 largest U.S. companies, based on market capitalization. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
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Robert H. Bergson, CFA<sup>&reg;</sup>

Robert H. Bergson, CFA®

Portfolio Manager

Northern Small Cap Core Fund (NSGRX)
Northern Small Cap Value Fund (NOSGX)

With Northern Trust Since 1997
Began Career in 1995

Robert H. Bergson, Senior Vice President of Northern Trust, is a senior portfolio manager and researcher for Northern Trust's Quantitative Active Equity Team. He is responsible for research and implementation of several small cap equity strategies representing more than $3.5 billion in small cap assets. He manages the Northern Small Cap Core Fund and Northern Small Cap Value Fund.

Prior to joining Northern Trust in 1997, Mr. Bergson served as Director of Investment Research for Real Estate Research Corporation, a real estate consulting and research firm.

Mr. Bergson received a B. Arch. from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. in real estate development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an active CFA® charterholder, and a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society Chicago and the Chicago Quantitative Alliance.

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