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|You may find this Fund ideal if you are an investor who favors current income exempt from regular federal income tax. It is particularly well suited for income-oriented investors in higher tax brackets willing to assume some risk. Income from the Fund may be subject to federal alternative minimum tax (AMT), state and local taxes. We concentrate on producing conservative tax-free income while managing portfolio risk. We believe investing in a broad range of municipal securities with intermediate-term maturities can provide greater stability of principal than is generally available from longer-term, higher-yielding bonds. The Fund is "non-diversified" under the Investment Company Act of 1940, and may invest more of its assets in fewer issuers than "diversified" mutual funds.|
|Current Tax-Exempt Income|
|If you are an investor who favors current income exempt from regular federal income tax, this Fund may be ideal for you. It is particularly well suited for income-oriented investors in higher tax brackets willing to assume some risk. Income from the Fund may be subject to federal alternative minimum tax (AMT), state and local taxes.|
|YTD Total Return||3.84% (as of 10/16/17)|
|Distribution Rate*||2.04% (as of 10/16/17)|
|30-Day SEC Yield w/ Waivers*||1.64%
|30-Day SEC Yield w/o Waivers*||1.56%
|Total Net Assets||$2,737,278,072
|Tax-Equivalent Distribution Rate*||3.14% (as of 10/16/17)|
|Tax-Equivalent 30-Day SEC Yield*||2.90% (as of 09/30/17)|
|Month|| ||YTD|| ||3-Year||5-Year|| || Since
|Bloomberg Barclays Intermediate |
Municipal Bond Index
|Morningstar Cat. Avg.|
Muni National Intermediate
|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 0.45%. 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.
|Gross Expense Ratio||Net Expense Ratio‡|
|‡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.|
|Bloomberg Barclays Intermediate Municipal Bond Index||-0.45%||3.28%||6.39%||-1.10%||4.41%|
|Morningstar Category Avg. Muni National Intermediate||-0.20%||2.50%||6.77%||-2.27%||5.62%|
|Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.|
|0 - 1 Year||13.7%|
|2 - 5 Years||22.0%|
|6 - 10 Years||22.0%|
|11 - 20 Years||35.6%|
|21 - 30 Years||6.3%|
|Number of Holdings||429|
|Portfolio Turnover||106.67% (as of 03/31/17)|
|Average Duration†||4.2 YRS|
|Average Maturity||8.1 YRS|
|Weighted Average Coupon||4.10%|
|Dividend Income Last Quarter||$0.0591|
|Capital Gain Income Last Quarter||N/A|
|Benchmark||Bloomberg Barclays Intermediate Municipal Bond Index|
|Morningstar Category||Muni National Intermediate|
|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.|
|Tax-Free/AMT Risk: Tax-exempt funds’ income may be subject to certain state and local taxes and, depending on your tax status, the federal alternative minimum tax.|
|Bloomberg Barclays Intermediate Municipal Bond Index is an unmanaged index of investment grade (Baa3 or better) tax-exempt bonds with maturities of five to 10 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 D (in default). Committed Cash includes any traded cash (forward settling trades), the sweep vehicle and commercial paper. 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.|
With Northern Trust Since 1989
Began Career in 1985
Timothy T.A. McGregor, Senior Vice President of Northern Trust, manages the Northern Intermediate Tax-Exempt Fund and Northern Tax-Exempt Fund.
Mr. McGregor began his career at Northern Trust in 1989 and has held positions as an investment manager representative and tax-exempt fixed income manager for high-net-worth individuals. He has managed the Northern Tax-Exempt Fund since the beginning of 1998 and Northern Intermediate Tax-Exempt Fund since the end of 2000.
Mr. McGregor received a B.S. in economics with a minor in East Asian studies from Indiana University. He is an active CFA® charterholder.
Not FDIC insured | May lose value | No bank guarantee
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