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FlexShares ETFs Surpass $1 Billion In Assets

FlexShares® ETFs, sponsored and managed by Northern Trust, announced today that it has exceeded $1 billion in assets.

Launched less than one year ago in September 2011, FlexShares is one of the fastest growing exchange traded fund families in a competitive marketplace. The funds are designed to make it easier to construct and manage portfolios that seek to achieve investor goals while offering all the traditional benefits of ETFs.

"The demands of investors and the advisors who serve them continue to drive the evolution in the ETF landscape," said Shundrawn Thomas, head of Northern Trust's Exchange Traded Funds Group. "Passing the $1 billion mark is an important milestone for us and affirms that our focus on distinctive products is valued by investors."

The FlexShares Funds available on the New York Stock Exchange are based on indexes created and maintained by Morningstar, Inc., and Markit Indices Ltd. They are:
  • FlexShares Morningstar Global Upstream Natural Resources Index Fund [ GUNR] - seeks to offer balanced exposure to rising global demand for natural resources, emphasizing companies with business interests in early stages of the resource supply chain.
  • FlexShares Morningstar U.S. Market Factor Tilt Index Fund [ TILT] - strives to offer an alternative exposure to the broad U.S. stock market by tilting the portfolio toward small cap and value stocks.
  • FlexShares iBoxx 3-Year Target Duration TIPS [ TDTT] and FlexShares iBoxx 5-Year Target Duration TIPS Index Funds [ TDTF] - seek to provide investors access to Treasury inflation-protected securities with stable duration exposure through changing interest-rate and economic cycles. iBoxx is a family of independent bond indexes provided by Markit, a leading financial information services company.

An investment in FlexShares is subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of principal amount invested. Fund returns may not match the return of their respective Index. The Funds' may invest in emerging and foreign markets, derivatives and concentrated sectors. In addition, the Funds' may be subject to asset class risk, small cap stock risk, value investing risk, non-diversification risk, fluctuation of yield, income risk, interest rate/maturity risk, currency risk, passive investment risk, inflation protected security risk, market risk and manager risk. For a complete description of risks associated with each Fund please refer to the prospectus.

Before investing carefully consider the FlexShares investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other information is in the prospectus, a copy of which may be obtained by visiting www.flexshares.com . Read the prospectus carefully before you invest.

FlexShares ETFs are distributed by Foreside Fund Services, LLC, not affiliated with Northern Trust.

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