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Investment Operations Outsourcing


Middle-office outsourcing solutions for your evolving needs

As investment strategies, regulations and technologies grow more complex, so does the need for efficient investment operations. Work with a provider who understands the changing demands for data governance, risk management, cost control and business growth.

As an experienced partner and market leader in investment operations outsourcing (IOO), Northern Trust offers full middle-office and component solutions for a complex range of products, markets and asset types.

  • Global equities
  • Global fixed income
  • OTC and listed derivatives
  • Foreign exchange
  • Bank loans
  • Repo

Outsource your entire middle office or just the components you need. Northern Trust’s IOO services are tailored to asset managers and never off-the-shelf.

Full middle-office outsourcing delivered across a single global platform

We provide end-to-end solutions to service all of your post-trade needs. Our global, pass-the-book operating model means your portfolio information is seamlessly transferred across regions, time zones, custodians and third parties.

Combined with a single application for aggregating data, analyzing risk and performance, valuing assets and managing reporting, you get a consistent experience that helps you balance risk, quality and cost.
Our total middle-office solution:

  • Provides a platform for lower and more predictable costs
  • Allows you to benefit from Northern Trust's culture of control, risk management and compliance
  • Leverages our scalable technology infrastructure and operational expertise
  • Supports sophisticated investment products
  • Has an open architecture to support different distribution channels
  • Is designed to be flexible in supporting changing client needs

Flexible outsourcing components tailored to your unique requirement

Increase operational efficiency and reduce risk by outsourcing key components of your non-core activities to Northern Trust. Our solutions are completely flexible and can be tailored to your precise requirements, with component services either bundled together or provided on a standalone basis.

Choose from a range of capabilities that includes:

  • Component Trade Processing – outsource components of your post-execution trade process for a broad range of assets and let us take responsibility for matching, enrichment, custodian instruction and third-party messaging.
  • Collateral management for over-the-counter derivatives – focus on managing your investments while we manage the collateral process from beginning to end, including valuation, documentation management, reconciliation and settlement.
  • Book of Record – consolidate your holdings and transactions data across multiple subadvisors and custodians. Take a holistic approach to your investment oversight with a single view of your portfolio, allowing for better exposure monitoring.
Michael E. Blake, CFA

Michael E. Blake, CFA

Senior Vice President
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Michael E. Blake, CFA

Michael E. Blake, CFA

Senior Vice President

Mike leads Northern Trust’s business development efforts on behalf of the Global Fund Services and Insurance segments in North America. He is focused on delivering solutions to North American investment managers and insurance companies on behalf of their global custody, fund administration, and investment operations outsourcing needs on a global basis.

Mike began his career at Northern Trust in 1989 in Worldwide Operations and Technology serving the Large Corporate ERISA and institutional market segments. He spent several years away from Northern Trust consulting to retirement plan sponsors, developing and marketing enterprise level asset allocation and client servicing solutions for trust and retirement plan providers. Mike returned to Northern Trust in 2005.

Mike received a BS in Business Administration from Marquette University and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. Mike is a CFA charterholder and member of the CFA Society of Chicago.

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