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Northern Trust Survey: Rising Costs and Internalising Asset Management by Super Funds Drives Adoption of Outsourced Trading

Melbourne and Sydney, May 02, 2019 —

According to a recent Northern Trust survey, nearly 80 percent of Australian-based superannuation funds and asset managers would consider an outsourced trading solution to help meet their end-to-end trade execution and middle office needs. 

Over 80 percent of superannuation funds and asset managers also reported a rise in overall operating costs, with 75 percent of respondents attributing these higher costs to ensuring regulatory compliance or meeting technology and staff expenses.

The findings are from a survey of superannuation funds and asset managers attending Northern Trust’s (Nasdaq: NTRS) Capital Markets roadshow in Sydney and Melbourne in April 2019. Approximately 100 delegates from Australia’s leading superannuation funds and asset managers with assets over AU$2 trillion (approximately US$1.5 trillion), and consultants met Northern Trust’s capital markets experts over two days.

Gary Paulin, global head of Integrated Trading Solutions, Northern Trust Capital Markets, said:

“Getting to grips with costs is a critical consideration for both asset managers and superannuation funds who are considering insourcing. The costs and risks associated with building and running a trading desk are significant. Regulators, clients and market participants are all demanding more information, greater detail, and stringent oversight and monitoring. To that end, Northern Trust’s Integrated Trading Solutions will help superannuation funds and asset managers drive efficiencies through a scalable and flexible operating model and ensure focus on core investment decisions.”

Angelo Calvitto, country executive - Australia, Northern Trust, said: “Superannuation funds and asset managers must work around a growing raft of global, regional and local regulation. The increasing risk of non-compliance with new regulatory obligations and complexity in achieving best-execution calls for a robust compliance and regulatory framework, which is core to Northern Trust’s outsourced trading services solution. An outsourced partner for trading and execution can provide significant value by allowing funds to insource value and outsource complexity.”

The Integrated Trading Solutions model presents a bespoke solution for Northern Trust’s clients by bringing together more than 150 years of trading experience, combined with a robust compliance, regulatory and middle office support structure, underpinned by leading technology.  Further details can be found in the supporting Northern Trust white paper “Catching Wave the: Global Outsourcing Trends Heading Down Under”.

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