Multi-Manager High Yield Opportunity
Jessica K. Hart

Jessica K. Hart

With Northern Trust since 2000
Began Career in 1999


Christopher E. Vella, CFA<SUP>&#174;</SUP>, CIO

Christopher E. Vella, CFA®, CIO

With Northern Trust since 2004
Began Career in 1993


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The Multi-Manager High Yield Opportunity Fund is designed to provide competitive performance in a broad range of market environments. The highly diversified, opportunistic Fund can invest in high yield corporate securities as well as foreign bonds, emerging markets, bank loans, convertibles, preferreds, mortgages, REITs, equities, munis and closed-end high yield funds. Our approach blends specialist managers from a broad universe of investment managers into a single fund. In an effort to provide the best combination of risk and return, the Fund employs two investment styles intended to complement each other: a relative-value strategy, which will provide more consistent characteristics to the traditional high yield sectors, and an opportunistic high yield strategy, which will provide exposure to out-of-benchmark sectors.
 
Fund Objective: Total Return

Redemption Fee: 2% on shares sold or exchanged within 30 days of purchase
Ticker SymbolDistribution Rate
Daily as of 04/15/14
30-Day SEC Yield
Monthly as of March 31, 2014
NMHYX4.55%4.71%
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Managers and Allocations subject to change at any time.


SUB-ADVISER

TARGET ALLOCATION ROLE IN PORTFOLIO
Neuberger Berman Fixed Income LLC 40% Traditional high-yield strategy focusing on credit selection within the benchmark sectors.
Loomis, Sayles & Company, L.P. 30% Opportunistic high-yield strategy employing a bottom-up investment approach focused on attractively priced credits. The portfolio will provide exposure to out-of-benchmark sectors. The portfolio is designed to provide competitive performance in a broad range of market environments.
DDJ Capital Management, LLC 30% A concentrated, bottom-up oriented strategy that specifically focuses on the middle market segment of the high yield universe in addition to leveraged loans.
Updated Daily as of April 15, 2014
SymbolNMHYX Distribution Rate*4.55%
CUSIP665162442 Tax-Equivalent Distribution Rate* N/A
Share Price$ 10.74 Updated Monthly as of March 31, 2014
Share Price Change$ 0.00Total Net Assets$728,988,084
YTD Total Return2.97% Updated Monthly as of March 31, 2014
Inception Date9/23/200930-Day SEC
Yield*
4.71%
  Tax-Equivalent
30-Day SEC
Yield*
N/A
Total Returns for Quarter Ended March 31, 2014
 Multi-Manager High Yield Opportunity FundBofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Master II Constrained IndexMorningstar High Yield Bond Category Average
Month0.10%0.23%0.26%
3-Month2.78%2.99%2.63%
Year to Date2.78%2.99%2.63%
1 Year6.31%7.52%6.77%
3-Year Avg. Annual7.69%8.69%7.71%
Avg. Annual
Since Inception
9.66%11.46% 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 0.90%. The contractual limitation may not be terminated before July 31, 2014 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.
Disclosure
 Gross Expense RatioNet Expense Ratio
Multi-Manager High Yield Opportunity
(NMHYX)
1.19%0.91%
Includes contractual expense reimbursements that, if not extended, will end on
July 31, 2014.
 2013201220112010
Multi-Manager High Yield Opportunity6.67%16.65%1.41%12.81%
BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Master II Constrained Index7.41%15.55%4.37%15.05%
Morningstar Category Avg.
High Yield Bond
6.90%14.67%2.83%14.24%
Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.
Number of Holdings607
Average Duration†4.1 YRS
Average Maturity5.2 YRS
Weighted Average Coupon6.63%
Yield to Maturity5.54%
Income**$0.0437
Dividend ScheduleMonthly
Dividend Income Last Quarter$0.1515
Capital Gain Income Last Quarter$0.3551
BenchmarkBofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Master II Constrained Index
Morningstar CategoryHigh Yield Bond
Maturity Distribution    Fund
0 - 3 Years    9.0%
3 - 5 Years    18.4%
5 - 7 Years    29.9%
7 - 10 Years    29.2%
10+ Years    13.5%
TOTAL 100.0%
Quality DistributionFundBenchmark
AAA0.2% 0.0%
AA0.4% 0.0%
A1.7% 0.0%
BBB2.6% 0.7%
BB25.2% 36.3%
B41.1% 42.7%
CCC or below22.7% 20.1%
Not Rated5.4% 0.2%
Cash Equivalents0.7% 0.0%
TOTAL100.0% 100.0%
Sector WeightingsFundBenchmark
Industrials67.5%79.8%
Financials8.2%11.9%
Utilities4.6%7.5%
Convertibles4.4%0.0%
Bank Loans4.1%0.0%
Short Term4.0%0.0%
Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities2.0%0.0%
Emerging Markets Debt1.9%0.1%
Foreign1.4%0.4%
Preferreds0.6%0.0%
Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities0.4%0.0%
Treasuries0.4%0.0%
Other0.3%0.3%
Asset-Backed0.2%0.0%
TOTAL100.0% 100.0%
All data is as of date indicated and is 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.

High Yield Risk: Although a high yield fund’s yield may be higher than that of fixed income funds that purchase higher-rated securities, the potentially higher yield is a function of the greater risk that a high yield fund’s share price will decline.

BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Master II Constrained Index is an unmanaged, market value-weighted index that limits exposure to any given issuer and tracks the public high yield debt market. It is not possible to invest directly into an index.

Quality Distribution: Credit quality ratings are compiled from two external rating agencies: Moody's and Standard & Poor's. We report the lowest rating of the two in the event there are any differences between them. If neither of these 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). Government securities consist of obligations issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury. 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.
 
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†Northern tax-exempt fixed income funds' and Northern High Yield Fixed Income Fund's Average Duration is calculated using the modified duration formula. Other Northern fixed income funds show the option-adjusted duration. Duration is a measure of a bond fund's sensitivity to changes in interest rates.

*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 and tax-equivalent 30-day SEC yield represent 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 47.9% for Arizona, 55.7% for California and 43.4% for national municipal funds.

**Per share paid out February 24 with a record date of February 21. The amount shown represents dividends paid for net investment income and excludes distributions from capital gain income.

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