Fund Facts  

Inception Date: Mar 31, 1994
CUSIP: 665162400
Ticker Symbol: NOSGX
Morningstar Category:Small Value
As of Dec 31, 2016
Fund Net Assets ($millions) $3,668

Documents for Fund or Underlying Fund(s)  



The investment seeks long-term capital appreciation; any income received is incidental to this objective.

Principal Investment Strategies  

The fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities of small capitalization companies, which are considered to be those whose market capitalization is within the range of the market capitalization of companies in the Russell 2000 Value Index. It may emphasize particular companies or market segments, such as financial services, in attempting to achieve its investment objective. Many of the companies in which the fund invests retain their earnings to finance current and future growth. These companies generally pay little or no dividends.

Principal Investment Risks  

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. You may lose money by investing in the Fund. Please see the Fund’s prospectus or other disclosure documents for information about the Fund’s risks.


Performance & Expenses

Standard Performance As of Dec 31, 2016
Fund/Benchmark Name QtrYTD1-Yr3-Yr5-Yr10-YrSince Inception
Northern Small Cap Valuea13.45%27.87%27.87%9.30%15.18%7.53%10.48%
Russell 2000 Value Indexa,b14.07%31.74%31.74%8.31%15.07%6.26%N/A
Morningstar Small Valuea,c12.19%25.99%25.99%6.63%13.90%6.73%N/A

Fund past performance, as shown, is no guarantee of how the Fund will perform in the future. The performance shown has been annualized for periods greater than one year. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. For current performance, visit

Fund performance is shown comparing it to a "benchmark" which may be a (i) broad-based securities market index (ii) a group of mutual funds with similar investment objectives, or (iii) a short term government backed debt obligation such as a U.S. Treasury Bill. An index is not available for direct investment, is unmanaged, and does not reflect the costs of portfolio management or trading. A fund's portfolio may differ from the securities held in an index.

Annual Fund Operating Expenses
Total annual fund operating expensesa1.24%
Fee waiver and/or expense reimbursement0.23%
Total Expenses1.01%

A contractual expense waiver exists for this fund and will expire on 07-31-2017.


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b. The Russell 2000® Value Index measures the performance of those Russell 2000 companies with lower price-to-book ratios and lower forecasted growth values.

c. The Fund’s Morningstar Category Average is a group of funds with similar investment objectives and strategies and is the equal–weighted return of all funds per category. Morningstar places funds in certain categories based on a fund’s historical portfolio holdings.


Dividends and Capital Gains  
Record Date Ex/Payable Date Income/Capital Gains Paid Per Share
Dec 15, 2016Dec 15, 2016$0.545573000
Dec 17, 2015Dec 17, 2015$0.867420000
Dec 18, 2014Dec 18, 2014$1.123204000
Dec 19, 2013Dec 19, 2013$1.555031000
Dec 19, 2012Dec 19, 2012$0.644423000

Morningstar Information

Morningstar RatingTM   As of Dec 31, 2016
Period Stars Category Size
Overall 4 Stars347
3-Year 4 Stars347
5-Year 3 Stars308
10-Year 4 Stars195

The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or “star rating”, is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange–traded funds, closed–end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three–year history. Exchange–traded funds and open–ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk–Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product′s monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three–, five–, and 10–year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three–year rating for 36–59 months of total returns, 60% five–year rating⁄40% three–year rating for 60–119 months of total returns, and 50% 10–year rating⁄30% five–year rating⁄20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

Morningstar Stylebox As of Dec 31, 2016
Equity Stylebox
Small Value
Allocation of Assets As of Sep 30, 2016
Type of Asset Percent
Fixed Income0%

Due to rounding, percentages shown may not add up to 100%.



Allocation of Assets As of Sep 30, 2016
Asset ClassPercent
Domestic Stock98.8%
Foreign Stock0.7%
Domestic Bond0.2%
Foreign Bond0.0%

Due to rounding, percentages shown may not add up to 100%.

Equity Sector As of Sep 30, 2016
Financial Services27.7%
Real Estate12.3%
Consumer Cyclical9.5%
Basic Materials5.4%
Consumer Defensive3.2%
Communication Services0.4%

Exposure reflects equity securities only and will sum to the equity exposure of the fund.

Top Ten Holdings As of Sep 30, 2016
Holding NamePercent
Synnex Corp1.1%
Convergys Corp1.0%
First American Financial Corp0.9%
Idacorp Inc0.9%
CACI International Inc Class A0.8%
Medical Properties Trust Inc0.8%
Sanmina Corp0.8%
Curtiss-Wright Corp0.7%
Southwest Gas Corp0.7%
Finisar Corp0.7%


Portfolio Statistics As of Dec 31, 2016
Standard Deviation14.9613.71



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