Trading & Execution

Streamline your trading for greater control and cost reduction.


We deliver a single, scalable solution for multi-asset trading, executing with over $2.6T in notional value. Our client's partner with us for our unique understanding of the markets, our measured and methodical manner and importantly our approach to execution. Our core clients consist of asset owners, asset managers, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Banks, Custodians, Broker Dealers and Insurance companies. While the spectrum is wide, we tailor each strategy to meet our clients expected goals and outcomes.

Russell Investments advantage

Russel Investments is dually registered as both a broker dealer and investment advisor but our trading DNA exists as a fiduciary, always putting our client’s interest first. Russell executes in an agency only basis, accessing multiple sources of liquidity with an experienced team closely overseeing the trading process. Our team of 26 traders have an average of 17 years of industry experience. Russell actively manages and examines the quality of execution from the portfolio level in real time, adjusting the trading strategy on an order-by-order basis necessary in response to changing market conditions or security-specific developments. We execute trades with multiple venues, actively transacting through numerous execution outlets globally with an unbiased access to a broad array of liquidity sources.

Execution Services

  • 24/6 Global multi asset trading desk covering Equity, Fixed and FX
  • Portfolio Trading
  • Single stock expertise, including highly concentrated positions
  • Private Equity/Venture Capital liquidation
  • Tax Centric event management
  • Custodial liquidation management
  • Exposure management via out ETF offering via RFQ
  • Outsource trading – tailored to meet the specific need:
    • Full multi asset offering
    • Regional Access
    • Asset class Access
    • Business Continuity Plan

Commission Management

  • Commission Recapture for Asset owner and fund services
  • Commission Sharing Agreements (CSA) platform to meet the research needs of our clients
  • Research Payment Accounts (RPA) solution for MiFID specific considerations.

Russell Investments price improvement

3.4 bps

Fixed income price improvement versus top 20 asset managers.²


Equity price improvement versus Elkins McSherry Peer Universe.³

8.2+ bps

FX price improvement versus FX transparency manager universe.⁴

[i] Price improvement comparison to Top 20 Asset Managers based on TRACE price comparison. Data as at Jan 2020 to Dec 2020 for USD investment grade corporates. .

[ii] Source: Elkins McSherry. Data as of December 31, 2020. Highlight cost of global equity trading relative to full Elkins McSherry universe (both buy and sell side firms). Data is benchmarked against various benchmarks which include, Volume Weighted Average Price, Trade Day Open Price, Trade Date Close Price, Previous Nights Close. RIIS RC 3090.

[iii] Source: FX Transparency. Spot and forward trade costs. Costs from Q1 2020 – Q4 2020.

Co-source trading desk
A specialist trading team acting as an extension of your trading service to expand your global coverage or asset class capabilities.

Business continuity plan solution
Providing an interim solution to support your trading requirements during a change in business structure or resourcing.

Total multi-asset dealing solution
We offer a comprehensive multi-asset trading desk to manage your portfolio requirements.