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Real Assets

Risk Management

FlexShares Global Quality Real Estate Index Fund

For investors seeking the portfolio and income diversification potential of global REITS.

FlexShares Global Quality Real Estate Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Northern Trust Global Quality Real Estate Index (Underlying Index).

$54.72 (0.88%)

$54.86

0.45%

$74.34/$47.93

OBJECTIVE AND STRATEGY

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Northern Trust Global Quality Real Estate Index

Diagraming the index process

The Value of a Global Perspective

In depth discussion of the index and fund process

INDEX

The Northern Trust Global Quality Real Estate Index is designed to maximize exposure to quality, value and momentum factors, within a universe of companies operating in the real estate sector. The proprietary Northern Trust quality factor (henceforth referenced as the Northern Trust Quality Score or NTQS) is used to identify companies that exhibit strength in profitability, management expertise and cash flow, while value and momentum factors are included to help provide long term capital appreciation and also mitigate risk.

Index Methodology

FlexShares Global Quality Real Estate Index Fund (GQRE) is passively managed and uses a representative sampling strategy to track its underlying index. Use of a representative sampling strategy creates tracking risk where the Fund’s performance could vary substantially from the performance of the underlying index along with the risk of high portfolio turnover. It is subject to real estate sector risk in addition to the general risk of the stock market. Investments in foreign market securities involve certain risks such as currency volatility, political and social instability and reduced market liquidity. To the extent that the Fund invests in Emerging markets, those investments may be subject to increased price volatility and may be more susceptible to adverse economic, market, political or regulatory occurrences affecting that country, market, industry, sector or asset class. Investing in securities of real estate companies will make the Fund more susceptible to risks associated with the ownership of real estate and with the real estate industry in general, as well as risks that relate specifically to the way in which real estate companies are organized and operated. Real estate companies may have lower trading volumes and may be subject to more abrupt or erratic price movements than the overall securities markets. The value of real estate securities may underperform other sectors of the economy or broader equity markets. To the extent that the Fund concentrates its investments in the real estate sector, it may be subject to greater risk of loss than if it were diversified across different industry sectors. The Fund is also subject to the risk that its investments will be affected by factors that impact REITs and the real estate sector generally. Investing in REITs involves certain unique risks in addition to those risks associated with investing in the real estate industry in general. REITs whose underlying properties are concentrated in a particular industry or geographic region are also subject to risks affecting such industries and regions. By investing in REITs through the Fund, a shareholder will bear proportionate expenses of the REITs in addition to expenses of the Fund.

The Northern Trust Global Quality Real Estate Index is the intellectual property (including registered trademarks) of Northern Trust and/or its licensors ("Licensors"), which is used under license. The securities based on the Index are in no way sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Northern Trust and its Licensors and neither of the Licensors shall have any liability with respect thereto.

All data provided by: Northern Trust, J.P. Morgan, Refinitiv and Morningstar.