The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Northern Trust Quality Dividend Defensive IndexTM (Underlying Index).
1. Assess the current financial state of US companies based on a proprietary quality factor
2. Maximize exposure to quality and dividends while maintaining a beta generally less than 1
3. Utilize constraints in an effort to minimize the overall risk of the strategy
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Predictable income generation is an essential pursuit as investors strive to meet financial obligations and achieve long-term goals. But each investor’s outcome is affected by individual factors like the stage of his or her lifecycle (i.e., accumulation versus retirement), plus macro factors like the rate of inflation or disinflation. Traditionally, income has been generated from variable sources like interest payments, dividends and capital gains, as well as guaranteed sources like annuities. Yet, traditional income sources have become less predictable as financial markets have become more global and dynamic. The following income generation solutions may complement investors’ portfolios by seeking to provide targeted and innovative sources of income to respond to dynamic market factors.
The Northern Trust Quality Dividend Defensive Index is designed to provide exposure to a high-quality income-oriented portfolio of long-only U.S. equity securities, with an emphasis on long-term capital growth and a targeted overall beta that is generally between 0.5 to 1.0 times that of the Northern Trust 1250 Index (Parent Index). Companies included in the index are selected based on expected dividend payment and fundamental factors such as profitability, solid management, and reliable cash flow.