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Trading in global markets poses multiple challenges. The search for enhanced performance, access to liquidity and cost containment is continuous. Amid rapid change in markets and technologies, staying compliant with regulation while pursuing better governance and transparency is critical.

Tackle these challenges head-on with solutions from Northern Trust Capital Markets. We deliver innovative technology, transparent trading, quality execution, smart liquidity solutions and creative ideas across institutional brokerage, transition management, securities lending and foreign exchange. We’re committed to investing in our capital markets expertise and technology so you get the latest solutions designed to help you optimize investment performance.

Strategies for Success

Our capital markets experts take the time to get to know your business, challenges and strategic vision. We help you build customized solutions and maximize opportunities to gain a competitive edge. Our holistic approach enables us to identify the right mix of services that allow you to focus on your core business.

Enhance Performance

Improve investment returns through lower transaction costs and increase operational efficiency with our leading-edge solutions. Turn to us for execution capabilities that can help improve speed, drive transparency and manage market impact, all of which may help lower transaction costs.

Increase Liquidity

Access actively managed liquidity at competitive rates.

Reduce Costs

Contain your operating costs to remain competitive. Outsource middle-office operations and find cost-effective execution routes for your aggregate trading needs.

Manage Exposure and Mitigate Risk

Get the tools you need to stay within your risk tolerance limits in fluctuating markets. Our benchmarking and analytical capabilities offer a comprehensive view of portfolio exposures.

Regulatory Governance and Transparency

Get the constant vigilance you need to stay compliant. We’ll help you monitor, interpret and anticipate the impact of regulatory change so you can feel confident in your compliance.


Find out how our capital markets solutions can deliver greater value:

Foreign Exchange

Execute your foreign exchange with a team that provides flexibility, precision and transparency when trading in global markets.

Institutional Brokerage

Work with an asset servicing firm that has sophisticated and fully integrated global brokerage solutions.

Securities Lending

Benefit from flexible programs that are customized based on your risk appetite and investment return profile.

Transition Management

Minimize cost and risk when restructuring investment portfolios with a robust, well-governed transition management plan.

Michael Vardas

Michael Vardas

Executive Vice President – Global Head Northern Trust Capital Markets
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Michael Vardas

Michael Vardas

Executive Vice President – Global Head Northern Trust Capital Markets

Mike Vardas is the Global Head of Northern Trust Capital Markets, which provides trading and execution services on behalf of institutional clients, including securities lending, brokerage and transition management services.

Previously, Mike was responsible for Northern Trust’s quantitative management index strategies, active strategies, and tax advantaged investment mandates.

Mike joined Northern Trust in 1983 and spent 11 years in the Treasury department, responsible for asset and liability management for the corporation and its subsidiaries. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Mike was associated with the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Mike received his Master of Management degree in 1986 from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate Business School, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Emory University in 1982, and an Associate of Arts degree from Oxford College of Emory University in 1980.

Mike is a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a member of the Investment Analysts Society of Chicago, and the Association for Investment Management and Research. He holds Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses.

Mike is a Director for Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago since 2008.

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