Overlay services

Control cash, currency, or asset class exposures using systematic risk overlay strategies to reduce daily operational burdens and streamline access to market opportunities.

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Russell Investments' seasoned specialists provide you with the expertise and resources to design and implement a customized investment framework to improve the visibility and control of the underlying exposures in your portfolio.

Our comprehensive overlay program brings the resources and experience to help your organization:

Reduce the
operational burden


Improve portfolio risk/return profile


transaction costs


Our suite of overlay services

Cash equitization

Maintain your liquidity and desired market exposure by using derivative overlay strategies to access equity and/or bond exposures. When cash levels change our turnkey management service adjusts those exposures and handles all downstream aspects of managing those positions.

Policy implementation

A disciplined rebalancing plan helps to manage the drift in exposures from your Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA) over time. With daily oversight of portfolio positioning, our team manages exposures to asset classes via overlay transactions effectively solving cash drag and rebalancing policy issues simultaneously.

LDI and Dynamic

As funded situation improves risk tolerance often reduces. An overlay provides a cost-effective and timely implementation of the new target exposures and achieves the desired asset allocation when market opportunity arises. A common form of such a mandate is an LDI glide path which, systematically implements the asset allocation and hedge ratio changes quickly as targets are met.

Downside risk management

Reduce the magnitude of drawdowns in portfolio value from significant market declines. Russell Investments offers risk management tools to support institutional investors in managing and maintaining their exposure to risk over the long term without bearing the full downside risk of major market corrections.

Why choose Russell Investments as your overlay portfolio management partner?

Six important factors

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Dedicated specialist team

A dedicated portfolio manager with low client-to-portfolio-manager ratio and access to asset class specialist traders

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Flexible approach

Extended capabilities deliver total exposure management with solutions adapted as your portfolio changes and grows

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Continuous coverage

24-hour multi-asset trading: Asset class specialists cover a network of developed and emerging markets

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FX expertise

Protect your portfolio from currency movements using industry-leading FX platform and specialist FX traders

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Customized solutions

Tailored global futures baskets and OTC expertise to better manage risk and seek improved returns

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Robust risk management

Detailed compliance protocols with separated compliance review and agency-only approach

$69 B

Managed in overlay services globally


Overlay accounts

35+ yrs

Experience in overlay management


Dedicated team members

12 yrs

Average industry experience

Source: Russell Investments. Data as of December 31, 2023 unless otherwise noted.

Tech-enabled client solutions

Our global team of overlay specialists is experienced at tackling the more complex and challenging investment problems facing institutional investors using our proprietary technology and systems:

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Proprietary system for aggregating account-level data to enable overlay management

24-hour agency-only global trading desk with specialization by market segment

Proprietary quantitative systems for managing futures tracking error to customizable benchmarks

Seamless integration of physical and overlay trading via trade order management system for more complex solutions

Russell Investments has been globally recognized for excellence in the investment industry.

We have a proven track record in investment implementation, with scale, client satisfaction, innovative solutions and more than 35 years of experience.

Russell Investments was ranked globally as one of the top 10 managers of factor-based strategies. This ranking is based on worldwide assets under management (AUM) from 58 firms (as of December 31, 2022), where Russell Investments ranked 9th in the 2023 Pensions & Investments' "Special Report: Money Managers."1

Pensions & Investments Overlay Services Manager Award

For 19 consecutive years, Russell Investments has been ranked as one of the top 10 largest institutional managers of overlay assets. This position is based on U.S. institutional, tax-exempt overlay assets from 27 firms where Russell Investments ranked 3rd (as of December 31, 2022) in the 2023 Pensions & Investments "Special Report: Money Managers."2

In 37 out of 42 most recent quarters, Russell Investments Implementation Services, LLC has been ranked as a top-tier broker in Pensions & Investments' Tradewatch report based on the quality of its trade execution (most recently in P&I's March 2022 issue).3


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Lisa Schneider

Lisa Schneider, CFA

Managing Director,
Head of Client Solutions

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