Trading & Execution

Streamline your trading for greater control and cost reduction.

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The challenge

Institutional investors have been seeking greater control over investment decisions, many deciding to internalise portions of their portfolio. This comes with several challenges, most notably the cost of establishing a global trading capability with scale and reach. However, executing with limited or local counterparties does not offer the same execution quality or risk management that investors require to manage exposures in a manner consistent with their fiduciary obligations.

Introducing Russell Investments’ trading & execution

We know how important it is to match solid execution with a sound investment strategy. Our seasoned trading team delivers client-centric, flexible solutions while employing the latest advances in technology to find liquidity pools that reduce transaction costs and manage risk.

Our global execution services can streamline your trading desk to act as an agent on your behalf, seamlessly extending your existing trading infrastructure.

Assets are traded using a pure agent approach, throughout global market hours with one of the broadest sets of trading counterparties.

This can allow you to achieve the best prices from natural liquidity with a team of traders that understand the nuances of portfolio trading and risk exposures.

You gain on-demand trading without the cost and operational burden of establishing this capability independently.

Benefits of trading & execution

Execution quality

A partnership with an outsourced execution platform, such as Russell Investments, improves execution quality through a greater number of dealer relationships, aggregation of order flow, increased crossing opportunities, and advanced technology sourcing liquidity from both buy-side and sell-side capabilities.

Enhanced performance

Improved execution quality directly influences performance while also removing the trade burden and counterparty management. This allows portfolio managers to focus solely on the core skills of alpha strategies, portfolio construction and client interaction.

Fixed cost reduction

Designing and developing an in-house trading desk is extremely expensive from head count and staffing to technology and settlements. Each of these, if not done correctly, can directly influence execution quality. These costs do not show up in the performance of the fund, but in the profitability of the firm itself. By outsourcing execution, you can reduce fixed trading expenses, increase firm profitability and allows you and your managers to be more competitive in the markets.

Flexible market capabilities

Outsourcing provides the ultimate flexibility and liquidity tools for portfolio construction. By having an execution partner whose global capabilities spans across all regions and asset classes adds flexibility to the investment process and improves the efficiency of implementation.

How do we deliver these benefits?

Our goal is to provide our clients with optimal execution solutions to achieve enhanced returns. We employ the latest advances in technology to find liquidity, reduce transaction costs and manage risk. Our knowledgeable, experienced trading team delivers client centric, flexible solutions. Together, we can address all your best execution, cost, technology, risk and regulatory needs.

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Russell Investments price improvement

3.4 bps

Fixed income price improvement versus top 20 asset managers.²

4.4 bps

Equity price improvement versus Elkins McSherry Peer Universe.³

4.34 bps

FX price improvement versus

FX price improvement versus FX transparency manager universe.⁴

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Outsourcing the Traditional Trading Desk

A Modern Solution for Asset Managers

Read about the market trends and challenges asset managers face, which is creating a strong appetite for outsourcing the front-office trading desk. We also provide two examples where Russell Investments has tailored a bespoke solution to meet individual client needs.

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A recognised leader

Top Tier Broker

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).5

A Leading Institutional
Investor Outsourcer

For the 11th year in a row, Russell Investments was globally ranked among leading institutional OCIO managers based on outsourced assets under management (AUM) from 59 firms in the June 2021 Pensions & Investments’ annual survey of OCIO managers.

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Currency management

Our program can result in a cost effective solution for a core component of your trading and risk management initiatives.

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Overlay services

This is an essential tool for managing large pools of capital as derivative overlays help manage risk elements and improve performance.

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Transition management

We have helped clients manage their risks and investment performance when restructuring their portfolios or asset classes for over 25 years.

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1 Externally verified by Elkins McSherry, our inhouse trading capability allows us to trade with lower market impact, resulting in a 47% price improvement relative to the industry average.

2 MarketAxess, data as at January 2020 through December 2020 for USD investment grade corporates.

3 Elkins McSherry, four quarters 31 December 2020.

4 FX Transparency & Russell Investments. Spot and forward trade costs. Costs from 2020. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. For illustrative purposes only.

5 Rankings are based on best-performing brokers as measured by the difference in cost/savings against the universe of Elkins/McSherry, a State Street company. The Elkins/McSherry universe is based on the top 50 brokers in each category by U.S. dollar volume. This is a quarterly ranking based on the previous four-quarters as of March 2022.

For questions, contact:

John Venardos

Managing Director, Head of Implementation Asia Pacific

+61 2 9229 5296