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Financial Intermediary
Learn about asset management solutions designed for Retirement Plan Advisors, TAMPs/Outsourcing Providers, Subadvisory Program Sponsors, RIAs/Financial Advisors and Trust Institutions.
Learn about asset management solutions including: global index management, active equity and fixed income, target retirement date funds, and manager of manager programs.
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Optimize Plan Investments

Plan sponsors are finding that simple often is better when it comes to DC plan investment options. Best-in-class DC plans are easy to use, easy to understand and offer participants flexible, cost-effective choices. That's why we collaborate with you to build solutions from a broad range of investment strategies and structures.

Achieve answers beyond the expected when working with Northern Trust's focused, committed and experienced DC plan specialists. We support a broad range of investment strategies including index management, target retirement date solutions, active equity and fixed income, and cash and short duration. In addition, our robust transition management group can provide services to help optimize the transfer of your portfolios to Northern Trust.

  • Support for plan sponsors' investment program objectives.
    You can offer plan participants a diversified menu of investment choices designed to minimize risk exposure and increase the chance of successful retirement outcomes.
    Learn more about optimizing your investment line-up.

  • Risk-efficient, cost-effective market exposure.
    The separation of alpha and beta underpins our investment approach. We believe investors will continue to separate beta and alpha returns. As a multi-capability asset manager, we build effective investment solutions across the risk spectrum.
    Learn more about our array of investment products.


  • Target retirement date investment solutions.
    You will be able to offer a fiduciary best-practice methodology in target retirement date funds built on a glidepath composed of globally diversified asset classes including real estate and inflation hedge securities.

Northern Trust Glidepath
At the heart of the Northern Trust Focus Funds, our target retirement-date solution, is a globally diversified glidepath that dynamically shifts to a more conservative asset allocation as the fund approaches its target date.


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Jim Danaher

Jim Danaher

Managing Director
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Jim Danaher

Jim Danaher

Managing Director

Jim Danaher is a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Defined Contribution Solutions at Northern Trust in Chicago. His primary responsibilities include directing the structure, implementation and maintenance of investment products for defined contribution plans. This includes managing research to identify new investment products, enhancing existing offerings, including target retirement date investments, and developing new distribution strategies to the marketplace.

He serves as a conduit between investment teams that include portfolio management and investment strategy, and Northern Trust’s distribution groups. He is a member of the Northern Trust Defined Contribution Investment Policy Committee, which oversees the management of the Northern Trust Focus Funds, Northern Trust's flagship target retirement date series. He guides Northern Trust’s ongoing defined contribution research series, the Path Forward, and continually authors research on defined contribution plans for Northern Trust's Asset Management publication, Point of View.

Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2008, Jim was an investment advisor with Aon Investment Consulting. His primary responsibilities included the sales and support of investment policy development, fund evaluation and management searches, and investment education strategies for qualified retirement plans.

He has more than 20 years of experience in providing guidance to plan sponsors for their defined contribution programs. He has testified before the ERISA Advisory Council’s Working Group on Financial Literacy of Plan Participants and the Role of the Employer. He has worked with several large employers in the financial services, hospitality and telecommunications industries. His largest client engagement to-date involved a defined contribution program with more than 200,000 participants. Jim attended St. Louis University and has attained his FINRA Series 6 and 63 registrations. He is a member of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association.


Rethinking Diversification in DC Plans

The addition of extended asset classes, such as U.S. TIPS, commodities, and global real estate can offer diversification benefits as well as a hedge against inflation. 

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Bringing DB Discipline to DC Investing

Including asset classes beyond stocks, bonds and cash within target date funds can benefit investors.


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