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Insights to Help Achieve Your Greater

The financial services industry faces unprecedented change. New regulation. Market volatility. Liquidity needs. Disruptive technologies.

Whether you're an asset manager or an investor, these changes can be as exciting as they are challenging, bringing both new opportunities and new risks. Understanding the market landscape and having a plan for change management are essential for achieving your goals.

At Northern Trust, we bring a unique perspective borne of our work with 1,700+ global institutional clients as well as engagements with numerous regulators and industry groups worldwide. This expertise informs both our capabilities and our client relationships: we provide guidance, support, and insight to help our clients navigate the 21st century marketplace.

Infographic: New Study Reveals Evolution of Transparency in Alts

Wed, 07/06/2017 - 14:02

Alternative investments have become increasingly mainstream in recent decades, but particularly since the financial crisis, the industry has placed renewed emphasis on transparency and governance when it comes to hedge, private equity, infrastructure, real estate, and other alternative funds. »

Investor demands evolve with the mainstreaming of alternatives, says Northern Trust

Thu, 01/06/2017 - 10:08

A new survey of global asset managers and institutional investors, sponsored by Northern Trust, would suggest that alternatives have become mainstream. With this, asset managers are facing demands from investors for an increased level of transparency that more closely aligns with that provided for traditional long-only funds. »

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It's time to take cash seriously

Fri, 19/05/2017 - 18:24

The Liquidity Conundrum – As we start 2017, it is clear that institutional investors and asset managers alike are faced with a very real challenge in terms of managing, maintaining and continually assessing portfolio liquidity. With an ever-increasing search for yield, investors must consider the implications of less liquid investments, their ability to raise cash if needed, and how to manage excess cash.. »

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Taming the Data Sea

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 10:54

Feeling awash in a sea of data? You’re not alone. Data has become ubiquitous. We collect it, store it, sort it and try to make use of it. Regulators and investors demand it. Many organisations feel overwhelmed by it. Fortunately, it is possible to tame it.  »

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Embracing disruption in the asset management industry

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 10:37

The asset management industry is one of many industries in the middle of a digital disruption. It can’t be stopped and the industry needs to adapt.  »

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Alternatives: 10 questions managers should ask their administrator

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 10:36

In response to growing demand for alternative assets, many fund managers are looking to either add these strategies to their product suite or branch into new sectors. But fund managers must balance boosting investor reach and product range with specialist regulatory and administrative demands. If you are contemplating a move into alternatives, finding an effective service provider is crucial. The right partner can offer the solutions, scale and market expertise you need to achieve success. Here are 10 questions every manager should ask when evaluating service providers: »

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Michael Blake
Senior Vice President

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Douglas Gee
Senior Vice President

Tel: +44 (0)20 7982 2376
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