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Our global multi-asset trading desk delivers scalable solutions to meet the execution needs of asset owners and asset managers.

Whether it is accessing a specific sub-asset class or managing trading outside of local business hours we act as an extension of our client’s investment team and processes.


Our suite of trading and execution services

Russell Investments trading desk accesses over 100 countries globally. In 2021, our trading group executed over USD 2.5 trillion across all asset classes. Our experienced 24 hour trading operations team is committed to ensuring execution excellence and operational efficiencies during the settlement cycle. Our global footprint can seamlessly supplement or act as a part of your existing infrastructure.

Equity Trading

We execute trades using our multi-venue platform, actively trading and transacting through numerous execution outlets globally with unbiased access to a wide universe of liquidity sources.

Our differentiating approach allows our traders access to broad yet deep subset of liquidity which lends to lower impact cost and better outcomes.

Fixed Income Trading

Our multi venue strategy utilises over 400 firms globally, ranging from large bulge bracket brokers and banks to small regional dealers and specialty firms, providing market depth and global reach to our clients across 106 different countries and 33 different currencies. With advanced technology, our trading desk incorporates leading tools and propriety applications. We leverage multiple execution technologies including Tradeweb, MarketAxess, Yieldbroker, Bloomberg, Trumid, AIM and TOMS. Technologies employed have been highly customised, including aggregation of data for pricing, scores, and buy side liquidity options.

FX Trading

Focused on achieving the best available execution for our clients while reducing trading cost through best execution, netting at the fund level, and crossing. We have established strong relationships with 25 counterparty banks and additionally, have 50 streaming liquidity providers. All trades executed by Russell investments are analysed by both our internal transaction cost analysis (TCA) and sent to a third-party TCA provider, specialising in FX, FX Transparency.

Commission Management

We have a dedicated team whose primary focus is Commission Recapture. Implementing Commission Sharing Agreements (CSA) to meet the research needs of our clients.

Providing Research Payment Account (RPA) solutions for MiFID specific considerations.

Outsourced Trading

Our outsourced execution platform provides scalability and establishes efficient processes. Across asset classes, we are an established leader in providing high quality execution results through our unique access to global trading venues, aggregation of order, flow, increase potential for crossing opportunities and advanced technology sourcing liquidity from all venues.


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Dual registration

Our unique structure with dual registration as both investment manager and broker enables you to leverage our extensive network of both buy and sell side trading.

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Multi venue trading

Through our multi-venue trading approach, Russell investments reduces transaction cost1.

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Global access

Access to Exchanges, dealers, MTF’s, Crossing Networks, globally across a multi-asset dealing desk.

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Continuous coverage

Our executing desk is staffed 24/7 by asset class specialists with visibility to programme level data to prioritise exposure risk and execution quality.

An experienced, well-resourced global outsourced
trading team


Traded in 2021

100 + markets

Ability to trade in markets

35 + years

Experience trading assets for clients

24 + traders

All specialising by asset class and instrument

17 years

Trading specialist average years of experience


Fixed Income Price improvement vs Top 20 Asset Managers.


Equity Price Improvement vs Elkins McSherry Peer Universe.


FX price improvement vs FX Transparency Manager Universe.

A recognised industry leader

For the 12th year in a row, Russell Investments was globally ranked among leading institutional OCIO managers based on outsourced assets under management from 55 firms (as of March 31, 2022) in the July 2022 Pensions & Investments' annual survey of OCIO managers.5

Pensions expert - Currency Manager of The Year 2022

Russell Investments was named the "Currency Manager the Year" winner at Pensions Expert's 2022 Pension and Investment Provider Awards for performance, innovation and service standards.6

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Customised Portfolio Solutions

Specialist expertise and strategies to help your team gain greater portfolio control, limit costs, reduce risk, and enhance returns.

Currency strategies

Manage foreign exchange (FX) trading costs and currency risk by drawing upon our currency investment team and FX trading specialists.

Transition Management

We have helped clients manage their risks and investment performance when restructuring their portfolios or asset classes for over 25 years.

Overlay strategies

An essential tool for managing large pools of capital as derivative overlays help manage risk elements and improve performance.

Completion portfolios

Completion portfolios are a powerful tool for an investor allocating to multiple manager strategies. The explicit role of these completion portfolios is to complement the existing managers and align the total portfolio with desired risks and exposure.

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Richard Coia

Director, Large Markets

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1 2017,2018,2019,2020 analysis is provided by Elkins McSherry data as full year for each corresponding year. Highlight cost of global equity trading relative to full Elkins McSherry universe (both buy and sell side firms). Data is benchmarked against Volume Weighted Average Price, Trade Day Open Price, Trade Date Close Price, Previous Nights Close. The Elkins/McSherry Global Equity Universe is a compilation of actual trade data from their set of client executions, covering 15 million trades or over $1.68 trillion in principal and 129 billion shares of trading from 366 investment managers and 862 brokers worldwide.

2021 analysis is provided by Virtu Financial data from 1/1/21-12/31/21. Virtu’s universe is a compilation of 180 clients including 37 of the top 50 asset managers globally with over $16 trillion in principal.

2 Price improvement comparison to Top 20 Asset Managers based on TRACE price comparison. Data as at 1/1/21-12/31/21 for USD investment grade corporates Source:

3 Source: Virtu Financial. Data as at 1/1/21-12/31/21. Highlights cost of global equity trading relative to Virtu Financial Peer Universe (both buy and sell side firms). Data is benchmarked against arrival price. RIIS RC 3090.

4 FX Transparency. Spot and forward trade costs. Costs from 1/1/21-12/31/21.

5 Source: Pensions & Investments, "Special report: CIO Outsourcing - Investment outsourcing 2022," Issue date: July 4, 2022. Available at: We paid this publication a fee for licensing usage rights of the award logos/badges.

6 Source: Pensions Expert “Currency Manager of the Year: Managers seek to demonstrate how they are controlling costs and improving efficiency”, October 2022. Available at: Based on business activities ending December 31, 2021. Recipient winners were invited to the publication’s awards ceremony, in which we purchased an event table and received licensing usage rights of the award logo/badge.