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The Outsourced Trading Desk

Outsourced trading to optimize performance from trade execution to settlement

Stay ahead of the unprecedented pressures falling on buy-side trading desks by building an efficient, cost-effective and compliant execution solution.

Investment managers are at a tipping point, faced with structural pressures from multiple sources: rising costs, lower fees, increasing regulation and mounting compliance costs, rapid technology change and more. 

Northern Trust’s Integrated Trading Solution – brought to you by Northern Trust Securities Australia Pty Ltd (NTSA) - helps asset owners and asset managers alleviate some of these pressures by outsourcing the trade lifecycle. It is an opportunity to meaningfully lower costs, reduce risk, manage regulatory compliance and enhance transparency and operational efficiency.

By outsourcing trade execution, managers can focus on their core capabilities, their value proposition and their clients, which positions them to compete more effectively in the battle for alpha.

Agency-only execution

NTSA is an agency-only broker, acting only on instructions received from clients.  NTSI does not engage in proprietary trading, portfolio management or advice, corporate finance, or investment banking. 

Depth of trading expertise

Our expert teams in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific – the three key trading regions  - offer over 200 years of combined buy and sell-side trading experience across large, mid, small cap, program trading and emerging/frontier markets.

Access to greater liquidity

Our market position as an agency-only broker-dealer within a custody bank means we are able to offer clients access to more than 80 markets and dozens of pools of liquidity around the world.


We are investing in solutions that meet the execution needs of our clients. Our Straight-Through-Processing architecture integrates data flows through front, middle and back office systems – reducing the need for manual intervention and creating operational efficiencies.

Regulatory Oversight

Our independent Compliance team is embedded in our business, to provide oversight, advisory, monitoring, surveillance and reporting activities.

Best Execution

Best Execution matters and we offer a comprehensive reporting and analytics solution to help clients demonstrate execution performance and satisfy their regulatory reporting obligations.

Multi-asset class and instrument coverage

We execute equities, fixed income, currencies, options, ETFs and AIM stocks across 80+ markets and 31 trading venues

Trends in Asset Servicing

Identifying and mitigating conflicts of interest is a fundamental ongoing regulatory obligation of asset managers and asset owners, for themselves and on behalf of the clients for whom they manage assets. In this article Gerard Walsh, Northern Trust’s Global Head of Capital Markets Client Solutions considers agency trading in the context of conflicts of interest.

While the transition to T+1 will offer benefits to investors; it also presents potential challenges as the settlement cycle tightens.

In an evolving landscape, asset managers are seeking outsourcing partners that can provide strength and stability.

Northern Trust Capital Markets is comprised of a number of Northern Trust entities that provide trading and execution services on behalf of institutional clients, including foreign exchange, institutional brokerage, securities finance and transition management services. Foreign exchange, securities finance and transition management services are provided by The Northern Trust Company (TNTC) globally, and Northern Trust Global Services SE (NTGS SE) in the European Economic Area (EEA). Institutional Brokerage services including Integrated Trading Solutions (ITS) are provided by NTGS SE in the EEA, Northern Trust Securities LLP (NTS LLP) in the rest of EMEA, Northern Trust Securities Australia Pty Ltd (NTSA) in APAC and Northern Trust Securities, Inc. (NTSI) in the United States. For legal and regulatory information about our offices and legal entities, visit For Asia-Pacific markets, this communication is directed to expert, institutional, professional and wholesale clients or investors only and should not be relied upon by retail clients or investors. © 2023 Northern Trust Corporation.

Our Clients

Our Asset Servicing group offers services and solutions to a wide range of clientele. Some of our key clients include: