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Securities Lending


Transparency and Risk Management

At Northern Trust, clients have the opportunity to optimize the value of their portfolios by participating in our securities lending program, while working within their individual risk tolerances. Northern Trust is an experienced securities lending industry leader. Our primary competitive advantages are:

Exceptional Capital Strength

  • Sophisticated investors recognize the importance of partnering with a stable and disciplined lending agent.
  • Discerning investors recognize that indemnification is only as strong as the lending agent offering the protection.  
  • Northern Trust possesses the financial strength and stability to be a premier, dependable partner for our clients, and has proven its success through years of business cycles.

Customized Solutions for Client Satisfaction

  • We know that securities lending is not a “one size fits all” product. Northern Trust works with our clients to understand their objectives and design customized programs to fit each client’s individual risk and return objectives.
  • We offer multiple routes to market, expertise in a wide variety of collateral and ongoing expansion into new markets.
  • We develop relationships focused on trust and reliability, not only on the transaction.

Proven Performance Results through Advanced Technology

  • Northern Trust provides strong performance supported by more than three decades of innovative solutions and robust risk management.
  • Northern Trust's competitive advantage is gained through our distinctive global infrastructure.  We achieve efficiency in technology through our single, global proprietary trading platform which allows our traders to lend our clients’ securities around the clock.
  • Organic growth enables us to develop and evolve our trading platform, a key technological advantage that allows us to quickly capitalize on trades that may not be accessible by others.
  • Our experienced trading professionals focus on optimizing the intrinsic value of their assets through the use of advanced technology and automation, as well as exclusive capabilities.
  • Clients have the ability to consistently monitor their securities lending program through our reporting block on Passport or through our suite of securities lending reports.

A Core Business

  • Northern Trust has a 36-year track record of providing superior securities lending services, and is fully committed to securities lending as one of our core businesses.
  • Our stable, experienced securities lending team is focused on developing unique solutions for our clients.
  • Our senior management team is deeply involved in overall business strategy and actively participates in industry associations to help guide program and industry development.
  • Northern Trust provides robust capital support to our securities lending program, allowing us to continuously invest in our business and clients.
Descia Milinkovich

Descia Milinkovich

Senior Vice President – New Business Development
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Descia Milinkovich

Descia Milinkovich

Senior Vice President – New Business Development

Descia Milinkovich is the Senior Vice-President, Institutional Sales, for Northern Trust Company, Canada. In this role, Descia is responsible for the growth of Northern Trust’s asset servicing businesses in Canada.

Descia has been in the institutional financial services industry for 20 years, specializing in custody, back and middle office outsourcing sales to Public / Private Pensions, Insurance and Investment Management Firms. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Descia was Vice President, Sales and Relationship Management at State Street, Regional Director, Business Development for Sun Life Financial's Group Retirement Services division and Director, Business Development at Canada Trust Group Pensions.

Descia is a Marketing Management graduate of Ryerson University.

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Northern Trust Corporation. Head Office: 50 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 U.S.A. Incorporated with limited liability in the U.S. Products and services provided by subsidiaries of Northern Trust Corporation may vary in different markets and are offered in accordance with local regulation. For more information, read our legal and regulatory information about individual market offices.

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