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Global Family and Private Investment Office Services

GFO Pulse: Our Insights and Perspective

Our dedicated Global Family and Private Investment Office Services (GFO) group serves the needs of family offices, family foundations, high-net-worth individuals, private trust companies and private investment companies around the world. Northern Trust's enterprise-wide global resources and cutting edge technology differentiates our service, which includes advice-driven wealth management, investment management, banking and asset administration solutions. We are proud to serve 25% of the Forbes Wealthiest 400 Americans.


Key Statistics

450+Family Relationships

25+Countries

265+Dedicated Professionals

100+Billionaire Families

$900MAverage Client Size

Dive Deeper

Structured solutions to address your unique financing needs.
We offer unique opportunities for family offices and advisors to hear from leading experts and share best practices.

Meet Us

Led by Dave Fox, our team of experienced executives is prepared to deliver results for your family office.
As one of the largest providers of performance and risk measurement services worldwide, we have a full suite of technology and reporting tools to meet various client needs. Many of our technology solutions are wholly proprietary to Northern Trust.

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Wealth Passport®

Exclusive to Northern Trust, this integrated technology platform provides comprehensive asset pricing and aggregation through in-depth reports and other services in order to create a complete picture of a family’s net worth for family members and their advisors. Some of the information and tools available include a net worth summary, partnership reporting, cash forecasting, and more. 

Partnership Accounting and General Ledger

We can help address the complexities of investment partnerships by providing automated allocation services and significantly streamlining accounting processes and improving reporting accuracy, timeliness and flexibility. 

Our general ledger capabilities include integrated book/tax general ledger(s), market discount/premium amorization and accretion processing, general ledger entries, a financial statements module, and portfolio reconciliation. 

Anchor Analytics

Anchor Analytics allows you to navigate and report on your data in a simple and intuitive format using cutting edge technology. It possesses powerful reporting and data visualization tools that provide you with the ability to create countless data queries, to easily visualize data through automatic dashboard or chart/graph recommendations, to create and share reports across platforms, and to receive automated alerts on essential portfolio changes. 

Our dedicated investment advisory practice identifies market trends and delivers insights designed to achieve optimal outcomes. Our disciplined global investors ascribe to a client-first culture and uncover unique opportunities for our clients.

Key Statistics

8-10Client-to-Advisor Ratio

20+ YearsInvestment Advisors' Average Years of Experience

Investment Solutions

Multigenerational wealth comes with critical estate planning, wealth transfer, reporting and tax challenges that can impact family dynamics. We conscientiously safeguard your family’s unique objectives, while proactively helping meet your family’s future needs.

From fully discretionary or directed trustee services to serving private trust companies, your common trust advisor works with you to assist with the following services:

Trust Administration

Receive comprehensive reporting and sophisticated technology to support the structure, scale and complexity of your trustee relationship.

Distribution Discretion

Where appropriate, we can provide objectivity to help align family expectations with the settlor’s expressed intent and provide discretion in trust distribution decisions.

Investment Management and Discretion

Custom portfolio construction and fulfillment through Northern Trust’s industry-leading institutional, multi-manager solutions. We can also help manage the financial benefits of complex investments like real estate; commercial property; and oil, gas and mineral rights.


Advisory Services

Expert advice from across our wealth management business for multi-generational families, private investment and trust companies, foundations and family office professionals.
We can provide record-keeping solutions to enhance efficiency and transparency for family members. Our emphasis on asset safekeeping, automation,  straight-through processing, accuracy and timeliness can reduce risk and operational costs.

Benefits

  • Accounting and tax reporting. Facilitate the preparation of tax returns through comprehensive reports of assets, market values and holdings by entity.
  • Performance measurement. Monitor asset performance and its impact on income and taxes to determine whether strategic changes are appropriate.
  • Compliance and risk monitoring. Identify, assess and reduce key regulatory and business risk factors.
  • Transaction and money movement technology. Use a single tool to see all account activity and implement or approve transactions.