Transition management
solutions and services

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

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Organisations 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.

Our comprehensive transition management strategy and dedicated resources have the expertise to help you:

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

Our suite of transition management services

Transition management

We have the experience and the expertise to help clients manage their risks and maintain the value of investments through periods of portfolio restructuring. With a dedicated portfolio manager, you get accountability, daily interaction, and robust reporting, including customised daily transition updates, post-transition reporting, transaction reporting, attribution, and all necessary regulatory and board reporting.

Interim portfolio management

As an interim portfolio manager, we can assume responsibility for the portfolio’s exposure and performance upon manager termination. Trading strategies and risk management techniques exercised throughout the assignment can significantly reduce the transition's toll on portfolio value. Just as importantly, we assume the workload from the asset owner, preventing vital resources in the organisation from becoming overly burdened by non-core administrative tasks. As a result, the asset owner often receives active management with reduced risk without paying the active management fees.

Why Russell Investments for transition management?

Three key and important reasons

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Better performance outcomes through creative strategies and quality execution

We approach each event as a short-term asset management assignment, providing consultative insight to find optimal solutions for the unique attributes of each transition.

We source and access liquidity in an unbiased fashion through our multi-venue trading platform which provides breadth and depth of market access. Our strong performance track record across all asset classes demonstrates the value of our approach and process.

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Global transition management experience1

In 2023, we managed 99 events and transitioned €82.2 billion.

Our global team includes 80+ implementation professionals including 20 who specialise in transition management.

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Alignment of interests and fiduciary oversight

We work as an agent - never as a principal - minimising conflicts of interest.

As an asset manager, we maintain fiduciary oversight and provide a duty of care to investors and full transparency on all costs and changes.

1 Source: Russell Investments. As at 31 December 2023. Asset transitioned, $88.8 bn, £71.5 bn, €82.2 bn.


An experienced, well-resourced global transition management team

€2.2 T

Assets traded in 2023



$2.3 T


40+ yrs


20+ traders


12 yrs


Source: Russell Investments. Data as at 31 December 2023.

The T Standard

In 2003, Russell Investments participated in the development of the T Standard, which has since been adopted as the industry standard methodology for treatment of the critical factors that drive portfolio performance during a transition. The T Standard Implementation Shortfall is the arithmetic difference between the return on the legacy portfolio and the return on the new portfolio, performed on a daily basis. The T Standard measure of implementation shortfall (IS) was adopted by the T Charter as the recommended default calculation for IS.

Use of the T Standard helps capture the effects on portfolio performance from all transition activity. We believe that this consistency of reporting is critical for investors to be able to effectively compare providers and their cost estimates.

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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 customised daily transition updates, post-transition reporting, transaction reporting and attribution coupled with all necessary regulatory and board reporting.

Client case studies

Highlighted research

Transition management explained

This guide sets out the main points about employing transition management, including the benefits, costs, and risks involved (and how to mitigate them), deciding whether using a transition manager is right for you, and guidance on selection criteria.

Managing transition costs when consolidating pension funds

Read how Russell Investments successfully completed a multi-asset transition on behalf of Pensioenfonds Meubel ("Meubel") and Stichting Bedrijfstak Pensioenfonds voor de Houthandel, with combined assets of over €4 billion.

Explore related insights

management overview

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

Interim asset management

Compared to traditional approaches, interim asset management promises both ease-of-use and significant cost savings.

management guide

We took part in the annual Global Investor Group roundtable of global transition managers (page 26) to discuss the key trends and challenges from across the industry and how we are helping clients to address them.

Fixed income transitions

The benefits of hiring a dedicated manager for the transition of fixed income portfolios.


Insights and research from our key thought leaders

Any opinion expressed is that of Russell Investments, is not a statement of fact, is subject to change and does not constitute investment advice.

The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may not get back the amount originally invested.



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Lisa Schneider

Lisa Schneider, CFA

Managing Director,
Head of Client Solutions

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