Transition management

Maximize the performance of assets in transition by reducing unnecessary cost and risk.

The challenge

Organizations invest tremendous effort in setting asset allocation policy, designing asset class structure, and researching and selecting investment managers. However, even the most innovative investment ideas can fail to meet expectations if they are implemented poorly.

A well-planned transition management strategy and the right resources can help you to:

  • Minimize unnecessary costs
  • Mitigate unrewarded risk
  • Reduce administrative workload
  • Eliminate performance holidays and maintain accountability

Why Russell Investments for transition management?

Using quantitative asset management disciplines, we focus on market exposure, portfolio structure and trading efficiency to the short, yet critical, period of portfolio restructuring.

Our unique approach encourages transparency, aligns interests and maximizes risk-adjusted performance over short or long periods of change.

The experience and expertise to help clients manage their risks and maintain the value of investments through periods of portfolio restructuring.

Entrusted to manage transitions for over US$125 billion in global equity and fixed income portfolios in 2019.

Delivering unparalleled transition management benefits

As an investment manager, we provide genuine fiduciary oversight that fully aligns with our client's needs. Monitoring and governance of the process ensures full accountability to our clients.

Our multi-venue trading provides access to both buy and sell side liquidity as well as the ability to seek the best real-time, global execution. We excel at global restructures across asset classes and can bring that experience to bear for even simple events.

As a pure agent, our approach provides independence – there is no association with a proprietary book. As such, there are no undisclosed sources of revenue - we fully disclose all our fees. Always. We seek the best solution on your behalf with fewer conflicts of interest than other business models.

Short-term transition projects require significant resources. As the project and risk manager, we operate as an extension of your staff, with decades of experience and ample resources to manage your event to a successful outcome.

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A client-centric service model

With a dedicated portfolio manager to guide you through this complicated and risky period of change, you get accountability and daily interaction from your key point of contact.
Robust reporting and communication including customized daily transition updates, post-transition reporting, transaction reporting and attribution coupled with all necessary regulatory and board reporting.

A unique business model, client-centric approach and seasoned team results in more reliable performance and outcomes for your transition. Let us put together a clear, outcome-oriented plan for your next transition. Contact us today.

An experienced, well-resourced global team

US$125 billion
Assets in transition 2019


Global team 


Years of experience transitioning assets for clients


Traders specializing by asset class and instrument

11 years

Portfolio managers average years of experience

A recognized leader in transition management

Transition management firm of the year

Russell Investments was named the winner of the “Transition Management Firm of the Year” at the 2018 European Pensions Awards. Chosen among five finalists in this category, Pensions Age and European Pensions cited Russell Investments’ understanding of clients’ needs and the firm’s demonstrated performance and innovation. 1

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