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Core Bond

TickerNAV AS OF 05/26/23
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This Fund is a good choice for those long-term, income-oriented investors who are looking to diversify their investments by gaining a broad exposure to the investment-grade U.S. bond market (excluding high yield). The Core Bond Fund seeks to maximize total return consistent with reasonable risk by investing primarily in a broad range of bonds and other fixed income securities. This Fund maintains a dollar-weighted average maturity between three and 15 years. Dividends, if any, are declared and paid monthly. Capital gains, if any, are distributed at least annually.
Fund Objective
Total Return
Fund Strategy
  • Invest primarily in domestic investment-grade debt obligations with an average maturity, under normal circumstances, between three and 15 years.
  • Buy and sell securities using a relative value approach that employs models that analyze and compare expected returns and assumed risks.
  • Emphasize securities and types of securities (such as Treasury, agency, asset-backed, mortgage-related and corporate securities) that we believe have the potential to provide a favorable return.
Investor Profile
If you are a long-term, income-oriented investor who is looking to diversify your investments by gaining broad exposure to the U.S. bond market while eliminating your exposure to non-investment grade debt then this Fund may be right for you. It offers a diversified portfolio of bond securities primarily invested in U.S. investment-grade debt.
Risk/Reward Potential
YTD Total Return1.26% (as of 05/26/23)
Distribution Rate*3.73% (as of 05/26/23)
30-Day SEC Yield w/ Waivers*2.83% (as of 03/31/19)
30-Day SEC Yield w/o Waivers*2.79% (as of 03/31/19)
Inception Date 03/29/01
Total Net Assets$253,543,453 (as of 03/31/19)
Distribution rate and tax-equivalent distribution rate represent the annualization of the Fund's distributions for the prior month ending on the date shown, including capital gain distributions. The 30-day SEC yield w/waivers represents the annualization of the Fund's net investment income, excluding capital gain income and includes contractual expense reimbursements. It would be lower without those reimbursements. The 30-day SEC yield w/o waivers represents the annualization of the Fund's net investment income, excluding capital gain income, but excludes contractual expense reimbursements, resulting in a lower yield. The tax-equivalent 30-day SEC yield represents the annualization of the Fund's net investment income, excluding capital gain income. The tax-equivalent distribution rate and tax-equivalent 30-day SEC yield are based on an assumed tax rate of 45.3% for Arizona, 54.1% for California and 40.8% for national municipal funds.

Total Returns

Total Returns for Quarter Ending 03/31/19
    Month   3-Month     YTD  1-Year  3-Year  5-Year  10-Year Since
Core Bond1.87%3.31%3.31%3.75%1.84%2.50%4.16%4.35%
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate
Bond Index
Morningstar Cat. Avg.
Intermediate-Term Bond
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 0.40%. 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, 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.

Annual Expense Ratios

 Gross Expense RatioNet Expense Ratio
Core Bond0.48%0.42%
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
Core Bond-1.12%3.75%2.25%0.26%6.10%
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index3.54%3.54%2.65%0.55%5.97%
Morningstar Category Avg. Intermediate-Term Bond-0.50%3.71%3.23%-0.26%5.18%
Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.
Portfolio Composition
Maturity DistributionFund
As of 03/31/19
Quality DistributionFundBenchmark
US Tsy (incl GNMA MBS)34.0%47.3%
US Agcy (incl FN/FH MBS)30.1%21.5%
Committed Cash1.7%0.0%
Sector WeightingsFundBenchmark
Commercial MBS5.1%2.0%
Committed Cash1.7%0.0%
Foreign Agencies0.0%1.4%
Foreign Local Govt0.0%0.3%
DateHoldings File
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As of 12/31/18Insert Icon

Fund Characteristics

Number of Holdings264
Portfolio Turnover424.59% (as of 03/31/18)
Effective Duration5.66 YRS
Average Maturity9.29 YRS
Weighted Average Coupon3.57%
Yield to Maturity3.18%
Dividend ScheduleMonthly
Dividend Income Last Quarter$0.0789
Capital Gain Income Last QuarterN/A
BenchmarkBloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index
Morningstar CategoryIntermediate-Term Bond
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.
Mortgage-Backed Securities Risk: Mortgage-backed investments involve risk of loss due to prepayments and, like any bond, due to default. Because of the sensitivity of mortgage-related securities to changes in interest rates, the Fund’s performance may be more volatile than if it did not hold these securities.
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is an unmanaged index of prices of U.S. dollar-denominated, fixed-rate, taxable, investment-grade fixed-income securities with remaining maturities of one year and longer. The Index includes Treasury, government, corporate, mortgage-backed, commercial mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities. 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 A-3 (exhibits adequate protection parameters). 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.
Characteristics: Benchmark and Fund analytics have been calculated using a third party vended model. All material has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but the accuracy, completeness and interpretation cannot be guaranteed. Information contained herein is current as of the date appearing in this material only and is subject to change without notice. Certain benchmark calculations may not match the published benchmark characteristics.
Effective Duration: Effective Duration measures percent change in price for 100 basis point parallel shift.
**Per share paid out March 25 with a record date of March 22. The amount shown represents dividends paid for net investment income and excludes distributions from capital gain income.
Bradley Camden, CFA<sup>&reg;</sup>

Bradley Camden, CFA®

Portfolio Manager

Northern Core Bond Fund (NOCBX)
Northern Fixed Income Fund (NOFIX)
Northern High Yield Fixed Income Fund (NHFIX)
Northern Short Bond Fund (BSBAX)

With Northern Trust Since 2005
Began Career in 2002

Bradley Camden, Senior Vice President of Northern Trust, is a member of the active long duration strategy team and responsible for research and implementation of several quantitative fixed income strategies. He currently co-manages the Northern Core Bond Fund, Northern Fixed Income Fund, Northern High Yield Fixed Income Fund and Northern Short Bond Fund.

Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2005, Mr. Camden was a member of Northern Trust’s Global Opportunities Leadership Development (GOLD) program where he completed rotations in Tax Advantage Equity Indexing, Equity Research and Fixed Income.

Mr. Camden holds a B.A. in economics from DePauw University. He is an active CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Chicago.

Daniel J. Personette, CFA<sup>&reg;</sup>

Daniel J. Personette, CFA®

Portfolio Manager

Northern Core Bond Fund (NOCBX)
Northern Fixed Income Fund (NOFIX)
Short Intermediate U.S. Government (NSIUX)
Northern U.S. Government Fund (NOUGX)

With Northern Trust Since 1996
Began Career in 1995

Daniel J. Personette, Vice President of Northern Trust, is a member of the fixed income group, responsible for quantitatively managing and trading fixed income accounts for Northern Trust clients. He currently co-manages the Northern Core Bond Fund, Northern Fixed Income Fund, Northern Short Intermediate U.S. Government Fund and Northern U.S. Government Fund.

Prior to joining Northern Trust as an Accounting Auditor in 1996, he served in the shareholder service department at Kemper Mutual Funds.

Mr. Personette received a B.A. in finance from Ball State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is an active CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Chicago.

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