Northern Trust Product Allows Selective Back Office Outsourcing

August 8, 2003 ( - Plan sponsors and other institutional investment managers might be interested in a new outsourcing product from the Northern Trust Company, which the company says can save investment managers trade-processing costs.

According to a news release, Northern Trust’s Trade Services product allows global institutional investment managers to selectively outsource various components of their back-office post-execution processing to Northern Trust. The investment managers can do the pick-and-choose outsourcing for equities, bonds, and foreign exchange.

Northern Trust said the product’s value is in giving money managers the flexibility of sending out certain chores in back-office processing – realizing a potential cost savings and efficiency for them and their clients – while being able to hang onto other tasks such as maintaining books and records and client reporting information.

Components of this newly enhanced capability include, according to the company:

  • broker matching
  • foreign exchange matching
  • third party communication
  • exception resolution
  • counter party performance evaluation.

The announcement said the institutional investment managers and their clients could benefit from the managers not having to continuously adapt to industry and technological changes; reduced expenses gained by transforming infrastructure and technology fixed costs into variable costs, based on usage; and the elimination of manual processes through automated trade processing.

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