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Multi-Manager High Yield Opportunity

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The Multi-Manager High Yield Opportunity Fund is designed to provide competitive performance in a broad range of market environments. Our approach blends high yield strategies that are differentiated by investment approach, performance profile, and portfolio characteristics in an effort to achieve an attractive risk-return profile. This highly diversified, opportunistic Fund can invest in high yield corporate securities as well as other asset classes such as investment grade corporate debt, bank loans, and convertible bonds. With this opportunity set the Fund seeks investments that offer comparable return potential to high yield bonds with the added benefit of diversification. The Fund's current allocations include a traditional high yield with a relative value approach, a concentrated strategy with a focus on middle market debt and bank loans, and a diversified strategy incorporating top down views that offers attractive up capture.
Fund Objective
Total Return
Fund Strategy
  • Total return approach to high yield investing that is implemented by combining a complementary set of investment managers designed to achieve an attractive risk-return profile.
  • Opportunistic strategy that seeks to emphasize the most attractive areas of the market from a quality and sector perspective, while maintaining a diversified investment approach.
  • The Fund will also invest in asset classes outside of traditional high yield, particularly bank loans, which can offer comparable return potential with the added benefit of diversification.
Investor Profile
If you're looking for a total-return-oriented high yield fund that's designed to provide competitive performance in a broad range of market environments, you may want to consider the Multi-Manager High Yield Opportunity Fund. This well diversified, opportunistic Fund will invest, under normal circumstances, at least 80% of its net assets in bonds and other fixed income securities that are rated below investment grade. It can invest in high yield corporate securities as well as other asset classes such as investment grade corporate debt, bank loans, and convertible bonds. With this opportunity set the Fund seeks investments that offer comparable return potential to high yield bonds with the added benefit of diversification. The multi-manager approach allows for diversification across investment styles while the broad opportunity set enhances the ability to offer competitive returns in a variety of market environments.
Redemption Fee
2% on shares sold or exchanged within 30 days of purchase
Risk/Reward Potential
Sub-Adviser Allocations

Sub-Advisers and Allocations subject to change at any time.

Neuberger Berman investment Advisors LLC 40% Traditional high-yield strategy focusing on credit selection as well as allocation among sector and quality segments based on relative value. The portfolio may also invest in bank loans.
DDJ Capital Management, LLC 30% Concentrated, bottom-up oriented strategy that specifically focuses on the middle market segment of the high yield universe in addition to leveraged loans.
Nomura Corporate Research and Asset Management Inc. 30% Diversified, relative value approach incorporating a top-down perspective. The strategy is expected to have a higher risk profile versus the benchmark, with higher up capture ratios.
*Actual allocations may vary.
Overall Morningstar RatingTM
Morningstar Rating

Among 610 high yield bond funds derived from a weighted average of the fund's 3- and 5-year risk-adjusted returns as of 3/31/19.

Multi-Manager High Yield Opportunity received 4 stars for the 3-year rating among 610 high yield bond funds and 4 stars for the 5-year rating among 519 funds. The 10-year Morningstar Rating is not available.

The Morningstar RatingTM 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. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.


YTD Total Return4.77% (as of 12/01/21)
Distribution Rate*4.22% (as of 12/01/21)
30-Day SEC Yield w/ Waivers*6.89% (as of 03/31/19)
30-Day SEC Yield w/o Waivers*6.75% (as of 03/31/19)
Inception Date09/23/09
Total Net Assets$366,215,127 (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
Multi-Manager High
Yield Opportunity
High Yield
Constrained Index*
Morningstar Cat. Avg.
High Yield 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 0.85%. 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.

*Effective October 2017, ICE data services acquired BofA indices.

Annual Expense Ratios

 Gross Expense RatioNet Expense Ratio
Multi-Manager High Yield Opportunity0.96%0.86%
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
Multi-Manager High Yield Opportunity-2.09%7.88%16.89%-5.93%1.94%
ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Constrained Index-2.27%7.46%17.49%-4.61%2.51%
Morningstar Category Avg. High Yield Bond-2.59%6.47%13.30%-4.01%1.11%
Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.
Important risk information can be found on the Portfolio tab.


Portfolio Composition
Maturity DistributionFund
0 - 3 Years16.4%
3 - 5 Years25.3%
5 - 7 Years37.2%
7 - 10 Years17.1%
10+ Years4.0%
As of 03/31/19
Quality DistributionFundBenchmark
CCC or below29.8%16.4%
Not Rated5.5%0.3%
Committed Cash6.0%0.0%
Sector WeightingsFund   Benchmark
Corporate - Industrial66.7%87.2%
Bank Loans14.7%0.0%
Committed Cash6.0%0.0%
Emerging Markets Debt0.3%0.1%
Preferred Stock0.0%0.1%
DateHoldings File
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Fund Characteristics

Number of Holdings1,147
Portfolio Turnover66.18% (as of 03/31/18)
Effective Duration2.89 YRS
Average Maturity4.59 YRS
Weighted Average Coupon6.76%
Yield to Maturity7.55%
Dividend ScheduleMonthly
Dividend Income Last Quarter$0.1435
Capital Gain Income Last QuarterN/A
BenchmarkICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Constrained Index*
Morningstar CategoryHigh Yield 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.
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.
ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Constrained Index contains all securities in the BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Master II Index, but caps issuer based on their current amount outstanding, provided the total allocation to an individual issuer does not exceed 2%. The Index tracks the performance of US dollar denominated below investment grade corporate debt publicly issued in the US domestic market. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
Multi-Manager Risk is the risk that the sub-advisers' investment styles will not always be complementary, which could affect the performance of the Fund.
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.
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 October 2017, ICE data services acquired BofA indices.
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.
Christopher E. Vella, CFA<sup>&reg;</sup>, CIO

Christopher E. Vella, CFA®, CIO

Portfolio Manager

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With Northern Trust Since 2004
Began Career in 1993

Christopher E. Vella, CFA®, is Senior Vice President of Northern Trust's Multi-Manager Solutions Practice. He is Chief Investment Officer with responsibility for manager research and portfolio construction processes across Northern Trust's Multi-Manager Solutions Practice. He is responsible for the global manager research platform, consisting of approximately $95B in assets across 200 investment strategies. He manages a team of approximately 25 investment professionals across all traditional asset classes. The team covers all external manager relationships on behalf of Northern Trust's private and institutional clientele.

Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2004, Mr. Vella was a founding member of Goldman Sach's external manager business which consists of institutional and private client assets. While at Goldman, he managed the international and emerging markets equity team. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Vella spent close to 6 years at SEI Investments working primarily on international equity and emerging markets equity manager research. He has over 20 years of manager research and multi-manager portfolio construction experience.

Mr. Vella received a B.S. magna cum laude in finance with a minor in applied mathematics from Lehigh University and was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He is a member of the New York Society of Financial Analysts. He is an active CFA® charterholder.

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