INTRODUCING OUTSOURCED CIO (OCIO)
A tailored approach to help you reach your unique investment goals.
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How can OCIO help you?
How can a holistic and tailored approach get you closer to achieving your investment goals?
If your board meets quarterly, you may have as little as 16 hours per YEAR to collectively make investment decisions. Best-in-class providers will help you delegate effectively, ensuring your governance structure is robust and aligned to your needs. You can focus on the decisions that matter and maintain oversight across your entire investment program.
Tailoring the solution to your needs
Every organization is unique—with their own goals, circumstances, values and beliefs. That’s why leading providers should have the flexibility and tools to precisely align to these needs—improving the likelihood of achieving your goals, without compromising your values or beliefs.
Global providers can help reduce your overall costs, using their scale to negotiate more competitive rates with sub-managers and pooling your assets with other organizations. The leading OCIO providers can further optimize your portfolio to your fee budget—drawing on active, factor-based and passive strategies for a holistic solution.
Reduced strain on your resources
Keeping pace with continually evolving markets, regulatory obligations, multiple providers and endless administrative tasks can place a significant strain on you and your team. Outsourcing CIO will add additional depth to your team, providing the support you need within a level of discretion that suits you.
Markets change daily. That’s why annual or quarterly investment meetings can be seen as inadequate in today’s fast-paced environment. Global providers operate around the clock, dynamically monitoring and managing investments day and night.
Improved access to best opportunities
An outsourced investment provider can help you cost effectively access the specialist investment expertise you need. The very best providers will go well beyond in-house strategies, extensively researching and rating thousands of investment managers and opportunities to find those ideally suited to your portfolio.
KEY ASPECTS OF OUR APPROACH
Our role: helping you achieve your investment goals. Period.
Russell Investments was named the winner of “OCIO of the Year” at the 2020 Pension Bridge Institutional Asset Management Awards for providing exceptional OCIO services to our valued clients.1
Our Canadian investment professionals bring an average of more than 25 years industry experience with specialist expertise in defined benefit, non-profit and unions.2
The Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) model continues to evolve, having proved its mettle during the turmoil of the pandemic.
Ahead of the upcoming Pension & Investments’ Evolution of OCIO conference, this collection of articles discusses the changes and sentiment in the outsourcing landscape.
- An anchor in challenged markets
- A diligent search process
- Moving across the spectrum
- A two-way partnership
- OCIO takes on the ESG mantle
Featured in these articles, insights from Kate El-Hillow, Russell Investments' Global Chief Investment Officer.
WHO WE HELP
Locally, we work with organizations of all sizes.
Defined benefit (DB) pension plans
Through our holistic approach, we can help you decide what's right for your defined benefit pension plan.
DB plan overview
See how delegated investment solutions are designed to help union plans effectively pursue plan objectives.
Discover how we can help you align your investment program and strategic advice with your non-profit's mission.
WHAT SETS US APART
We are global OCIO specialists.
A part of your team.
Trust, responsiveness and teamwork matters. Our clients agree, ranking Russell Investments client service best-in-class in a recent Chatam Partners survey.5
Global OCIO horsepower.
Honed over more than 50 years, every aspect of our global platform is uncompromisingly focused on helping investors achieve their goals.
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Investment outsourcing guide
Compare providers and learn how to conduct the Request for Proposal (RFP) process to make sure your organization’s unique needs are being addressed.
If you are in the process of reviewing your current approach, our Request For Proposal tool can ensure you ask the right questions when searching for the provider best suited to you.
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1 Pension Bridge – 2020 Institutional Asset Management Awards – OCIO of the Year. Russell Investments was named the winner of “OCIO of the Year” at the 2020 Pension Bridge Institutional Asset Management Awards for providing exceptional services to our valued clients. Scoring criteria for this category included our successful implementation of our sustainable investment strategy for clients and our position as one of the world’s largest OCIO providers. Russell Investments’ services were scored against 14 other providers such as Agility, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Meketa Investment Group and SEI Investments Company. Pension Bridge’s Institutional Asset Management Awards are designed to recognize the institutional asset management industry for performance and excellence across various strategies, enabling asset managers to benchmark and prove themselves against their competition. Using a heavily researched quantitative and qualitative judging methodology, winners are ultimately selected by a panel of independent and impartial experts from the industry.
Source: Pension Bridge “Institutional Asset Management Awards 2020”, September 2020. https://iamanagementawards.awardstage.com
2 All data as at September 30, 2020 unless otherwise stated.
3 As of September 30, 2020.
4 As of June 30, 2020.
5 Chatham Partners Survey. In 2019, Chatham Partners, an independent consulting firm, was commissioned to conduct a client satisfaction survey of investment management clients for Russell Investments. The survey polled existing Russell Investments’ clients on topics related to their client executives’ responsiveness, understanding of clients’ unique needs/investment goals, overall client service, and overall satisfaction with the client executive. 114 Russell Investments clients responded to the survey, with responses based on a scale from one to seven, seven being “Very Satisfied” and one being “Very Dissatisfied.” The term “top two box score” combines scores of “6” and “7” responses as representing the highest levels of satisfaction and loyalty. The Russell Investments survey data collected was then plotted against additional survey data for approximately 20 financial services firms collected by Chatham Partners to provide the Investment Management Benchmarks presented. A copy of this survey can be made available upon request.
6 CIO Magazine - 2021 Top Global Manager of Institutional Outsourced Assets. CIO Magazine’s “Outsourced-Chief Investments Officer (OCIO) 2021 Survey,” results are based on the AUM from its fully discretionary clients, with information volunteered from 47 firms for the 2021 survey. Russell Investments was one of the top largest global manager of institutional outsourced assets based on the information volunteered for the survey. Chief Investment Officer (CIO) Magazine provides the latest news, opinion, and research focusing on the overarching investment issues affecting public and corporate pension plans, endowments, foundations, healthcare capital pools, and sovereign wealth funds. CIO publishes a bi-monthly print and digital magazine and hosts investment-focused webcasts. Source: CIO Magazine. (2021, April). "2021 Outsourced-Chief Investment Officer Survey." Available at: https://www.ai-cio.com/surveys/2021-outsourced-chief-investment-officer-survey
7 Pensions & Investments – A Leading Outsourcer 2021. Russell Investments was globally ranked 4th amongst 59 leading institutional OCIO managers based on outsourced assets under management (AUM) in the June 2021 Pensions & Investments’ “CIO Outsourcing Manager Survey.” Our OCIO solutions has US$183.8 billion (as of March 31, 2021) in institutional outsourced AUM around the globe. Pensions & Investments delivers news, research, and analysis to the institutional investment market Source: Pensions & Investments, “Special report: CIO Outsourcing: OCIO growth assisted by volatile times”, Issue date: June 28, 2021. Available at: https://www.pionline.com/special-report-cio-outsourcing/larger-asset-owners-seen-next-frontier-outsourcing
8 Pension & Investments - 2020 Top Ranked Consultants – In 2020, Russell Investments was ranked as one of the top-ten largest consultants. Ranking is based on worldwide institutional assets under advisement (AUA) by the 2020 Pensions & Investments “Special Report: Investment Consultants”. Russell Investments’ global consulting practice currently has more than US$2 trillion* in AUA and a team with 59 consultants, strategists, and analysts** located in offices around the globe. In 2020, Russell Investments was ranked 6th out of 80 suppliers listed. Pensions & Investments delivers news, research, and analysis to the institutional investment market.
*As of June 30, 2020 **As of September 30, 2020