Execution services

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.

A look into our trading capabilities

Benefits of choosing Russell Investments

Our client needs come first

Whether you are an asset owner or an asset manager, our dual registration, pure agency model ensures we execute on our clients' behalf without the conflict associated with proprietary books or crossing networks.

Unsurpassed access to liquidity

Our unique platform provides low-latency global exchange access spanning ~109 capital markets and no restrictions on algorithmic execution or broker dark pools and alternative trading systems. Access to over ~130 dealers and ~200 fixed income books across 5 different electronic fixed income platforms.¹

Our industry-leading client service and results

A trading desk staffed 24 hours a day by traders averaging more than 15 years experience across the investment spectrum (buy and sell-side). Consistent outperformance as measured by a variety of industry publications.

Robust technology and reporting

Our flexible solutions are underpinned by robust technology and reporting ranging from pre- and post-trade analytics, market color and transaction cost analysis.

Top global brokerages



1 Agency Russell Investments Implementation Services
2 Full-service Lazard -27.68
3 Agency Bernstein -26.80
4 Full-service Allen & Co. -25.69
5 Agency State Street Global Markets -24.90
6 Full-service Numis Securities -24.60
7 Bulge brackets Investec -23.35
8 Full-service FBR Capital Markets -20.98
9 Full-service BTIG -20.12
 Agency Bloomberg Tradebook -20.08

*Transaction costs, in basis points, benchmarked against full-day volume-weighted average price, for 12 months ended June 30, 2016. 

Source: Institutional Investor, "Transaction Cost Analysis Makes Leap to Bonds, Foreign Exchange" 12/20/2016. Republished with permission from Institutional Investor.

Commission management

We strive to optimize your returns and deliver savings directly back to you.

Commission recapture

  • History: We have been in the business since 1969.
  • Scale: Our clients represent more than $6 trillion in total assets1.
  • Focus: A dedicated team tasked with optimizing our clients' returns.
  • Results: We have delivered more than $1.3 billion in savings directly back to our clients1.

Commission recapture is considered as one of the most effective institutional investor tool for managing overall commission expenses.

Commission sharing

Full flexibility on commission usage

  • Commission sharing agreements (CSA)
    Russell Investments can facilitate global execution partnered with accrued commission balances for the payment of applicable 3rd party research and services. Customized, comprehensive client reports, balances and payment requests are also available real-time through our online reporting system.

  • CSA aggregation
    We recognize some clients have consolidated the management of their CSA programs with one firm and we are able to facilitate the payment to most firms.

Please remember that all investments carry some level of risk, including the potential loss of principal invested. They do not typically grow at an even rate of return and may experience negative growth. As with any type of portfolio structuring, attempting to reduce risk and increase return could, at certain times, unintentionally reduce returns.

Execution services offered by Russell Investments Implementation Services, LLC, a SEC registered investment advisor and broker-dealer member FINRA / SIPC www.finra.org

¹ As of 1/1/2016.

 ²Rankings 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 December 31, 2018.

 ³ TCA analytics at Elkins/McSherry, a State Street company, conducted the survey. Transaction costs benchmarked against full-day volume-weighted average price, for the 12-months ended June 30, 2016.

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