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The International Equity Fund is designed to identify and efficiently exploit short term market inefficiencies using quality, value, and momentum factors to deliver alpha through a disciplined, systematic process. The Fund is designed to create a portfolio with similar risk, style, capitalization and industry characteristics as the MSCI EAFE Index. The investment management team attempts to achieve the Fund's objective by overweighting those stocks that it believes will outperform the Index and underweighting those stocks that it believes will underperform the Index.
Fund Objective
Capital Appreciation
Fund Strategy
  • Use a proprietary, multi-factor quantitative stock selection model with the goal of providing excess return relative to the MSCI EAFE Index.
  • Create a portfolio with risk, style, capitalization and characteristics similar to the MSCI EAFE Index while seeking to provide excess returns by overweighting or underweighting stocks in line with the Fund's philosophy.
  • Actively manage portfolio based on relative attractiveness across valuation, sentiment and earnings quality criteria.
Investor Profile
The Fund may be suitable for investors seeking potential for capital appreciation and portfolio diversification offered by investing in international securities. In addition, investing in non-U.S. markets may involve greater risks and above-average volatility.
Redemption Fee
2% on shares sold or exchanged within 30 days of purchase
Risk/Reward Potential

Fund Literature


Morningstar Sustainability Rating*

Among 4,572 Foreign Large Value Funds as of 12/31/2018. Based on 99.33% of AUM.


Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.



*The Morningstar Sustainability Rating is a measure of how well the companies held by a fund are managing their Environmental, Social and Governance ("ESG") risks and opportunities when compared with similar funds. A fund's Sustainability Rating is assigned in two steps: First, a Morningstar Portfolio Sustainability Score is derived from an asset-weighted average of the underlying company ESG scores with deductions made for holdings involved in controversial incidents. Next, funds are sorted into five normally distributed groups by comparing a fund’s Portfolio Sustainability Score with that of its Morningstar Category peers. The peer groups are assigned as follows: 5 Globe Icons (“High”) = top 10% of funds in an asset category; 4 Globe Icons ("Above Average") = next 22.5% of funds; 3 Globe Icons ("Average") = next 35%; 2 Globe Icons ("Below Average") = next 22.5% and 1 Globe Icon ("Low") = next 10%.

For a portfolio to receive a Morningstar Sustainability Score, at least 50% of its assets must be in one of the more than 4,500 companies covered by Sustainalytics (a research firm which collects ESG data) globally. To receive a Morningstar Sustainability Rating, at least 10 funds in a Morningstar Category must also receive a Portfolio Sustainability Score. The Sustainability Rating is portfolio-based, not performance-based. It should be used alongside traditional risk, return, and style metrics as well as qualitative assessments of a fund's investment process and how well it has been executed over time. Sustainability scores are calculated on a monthly basis and range from 0 to 100, 100 being the best. For more information, visit

As of 3/31/2019, the International Equity Fund received the following: ESG Score 57.97 – Controversy Score 5.68 which equals a Sustainability score 52.29 (13% category rank; 4,829 funds) and a Sustainability Rating of 4 Globe Icons (or "Above Average").


YTD Total Return7.68% (as of 05/26/23)
Inception Date04/01/94
Total Net Assets$203,714,040 (as of 03/31/19)

Total Returns

Total Returns for Quarter Ending 03/31/19
    Month   3-Month     YTD  1-Year  3-Year  5-Year  10-Year Since
International Equity0.32%10.38%10.38%-5.55%6.77%0.84%8.01%4.46%
MSCI World ex USA Index*0.51%10.45%10.45%-3.14%7.29%2.20%8.82%5.05%
MSCI EAFE Index0.63%9.98%9.98%-3.71%7.27%2.33%8.96%4.89%
Morningstar Cat. Avg.
Foreign Large Value
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 0.50%. The “Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Expense Reimbursement" may be higher than the contractual limitation as a result of the excepted 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 contractual expense reimbursements, 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.

*Effective July 31, 2018 the benchmark for the International Equity Fund has changed from MSCI EAFE Index to MSCI World ex USA Index which better aligns with the investment adviser’s view of the developed international equity markets.

Annual Expense Ratios

 Gross Expense RatioNet Expense Ratio
International Equity0.65%0.50%
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

       2018      2017      2016      2015      2014
International Equity-15.10%22.90%3.90%-5.96%-7.08%
MSCI World ex USA Index*-14.09%24.21%2.75%-3.04%-4.32%
MSCI EAFE Index-13.79%25.03%1.00%-0.81%-4.90%
Morningstar Category Avg. Foreign Large Value-15.44%22.08%3.34%-3.10%-6.32%
*Effective July 31, 2018 the benchmark for the International Equity Fund has changed from MSCI EAFE Index to MSCI World ex USA Index which better aligns with the investment adviser’s view of the developed international equity markets.

Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.
Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.


Portfolio Composition
Top 10 HoldingsFund
Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class B2.4%
Roche Holding Ltd 2.3%
Nestle SA2.1%
Toyota Motor Corp1.6%
GlaxoSmithKline PLC1.4%
Lloyds Banking Group PLC1.4%
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd1.4%
L'Oreal SA1.3%
Macquarie Group Ltd1.2%
As of 03/31/19
Sector WeightingsFundBenchmark
Consumer Staples10.8%11.2%
Consumer Discretionary10.6%10.3%
Health Care10.3%10.4%
Information Technology5.9%6.2%
Communication Services5.2%5.2%
Real Estate3.6%3.6%
Top 10 Country WeightingsFundBenchmark
United Kingdom15.3%15.6%
Hong Kong3.7%3.7%
As of 03/31/19
Risk Characteristics*International EquityMSCI World ex USA Index
Up Market Capture88.04100.00
Down Market Capture90.44100.00
Information Ratio–0.170.00
*Above risk characteristics are based on a 3-year time period
DateHoldings File
As of 03/31/19Insert Icon
As of 12/31/18Insert Icon

Fund Characteristics

Number of Holdings197
Portfolio Turnover101.53% (as of 03/31/18)
Dividend ScheduleAnnually
Dividend Income Last QuarterN/A
Capital Gain Income Last QuarterN/A
Weighted Average Market Cap ($Mil)$49,841
Benchmark**MSCI World ex USA Index
Morningstar CategoryForeign Large Value
**Effective July 31, 2018, the benchmark for the International Equity Fund has changed from the MSCI EAFE Index to the MSCI World ex USA Index.
Trailing 12-Month Price-to-Earnings Ratio
Price-to-Book Ratio
Historical 5-Year Earnings Growth
Asset Allocation 
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.
International Risk: International investing involves increased risk and volatility.
MSCI EAFE® Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the equity performance of developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
MSCI World ex USA Index consists of large and mid-cap stocks across 22 of 23 developed markets countries, excluding the United States. It covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each country.
Mark C. Sodergren, CFA<sup>&reg;</sup>

Mark C. Sodergren, CFA®

Portfolio Manager

Northern International Equity Fund (NOIGX)
Northern Large Cap Core Fund (NOLCX)
Northern Large Cap Value Fund (NOLVX)

With Northern Trust Since 2007
Began Career in 1995

Mark C. Sodergren, Senior Vice President of Northern Trust, is Head of the Quantitative Active Equity team responsible for research and implementation of several quantitative equity strategies. He currently manages the Northern International Equity Fund, Northern Large Cap Core Fund and is a co-manager of the Northern Large Cap Value Fund.

Before joining Northern Trust in 2007, Mr. Sodergren was a portfolio manager at Barclays Global Investors focused on active U.S. large cap strategies. Prior to this, he spent six years at Citigroup Asset Management as a portfolio manager and researcher focused on both active international and domestic portfolios.

Mr. Sodergren received a B.A. in quantitative economics and decision sciences from the University of California, San Diego and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is an active CFA® charterholder and member of the Chicago Quantitative Alliance.

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