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Investment insights, trend analysis and timely commentary from our investment experts.

Capital Market Assumptions

Read Northern Trust's five-year return forecasts for asset classes across the fixed income, equity, real asset and alternatives spectrum.

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Featured Research


Advisors' Attitudes toward External Investment Management

View our fourth research study where we explored changing advisor attitudes on investment management:

—Survey Results Whitepaper
—2016 Advisor Summary of Results

Factor Investing: Put Risk to Work in Your Favor

Did you know? Factors drove nearly all excess returns over the past 50 years. Learn more about factor basics, improving factor efficiency, and the advantages of the quality factor.

Interviews with our Experts

Stuck in the Middle: Midsize Advisors Most Reluctant on Robos
Marie Dzanis, head of Intermediary Distribution discusses advisors use of technology with Ignites' Hannah Glover.

Investment Capabilities

Small Cap Core
Take a closer look at Northern Small Cap Core Fund (NSGRX) to see how it can add value to client portfolios and help manage small-cap volatility.
Demographic Disruption

Demographic Disruption

Shundrawn Thomas goes behind the scenes of the Morningstar Investment Conference to give our take on how some important trends are impacting product development.

Hurricanes Are Back: Muni Market Risks

Storms can have lasting impacts. However, preparedness, and credit strength combined with federal and state resources will facilitate repair and recovery.

Municipal Research: Immigration and Higher Education

Credit impact of temporary travel ban is muted.

Commentary & Insights


Economic Commentary

    Ireland's Anxiety

    • Ireland’s Anxiety
    • Europe Re-Levers: Cause for Concern?
    • Wage Pressure Starts Locally