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Northern Trust Front Office Solutions Delivers Advanced Research Management and Investment Analysis Features for Asset Owners

New modules arm complex asset allocators with centralized investment research and analytics capabilities.

CHICAGO - Northern Trust (Nasdaq: NTRS) has launched Research Management and Investment Analysis modules in its Front Office Solutions tool for institutional investors managing sophisticated portfolios, including alternative investments. The web-based tool addresses complex asset owners’ needs for a superior unified capability to support their investment strategy through increased data capacity, faster speed and highly flexible custom reporting abilities.

Front Office Solutions is an integrated, cloud-based service and data platform that enables investment offices to view and analyze data from disparate sources across all asset classes in one central repository. It serves complex asset owners including foundations, endowments, family offices, pensions and outsourced chief investment officers (OCIOs) with the data they need, in the format they need it, enabling them to make informed decisions that help them excel at their strategies and optimize performance.

“The volume and complexity of investment data has grown exponentially in recent years, and our new modules enable clients to harness that data for powerful insights,” said Melanie Pickett, head of Northern Trust Front Office Solutions. “Applying emerging technologies to the specific needs of multi-asset class investors, this tool provides clients with valuable information and the confidence to make decisions that ensure their portfolio objectives are being met.”

The new Research Management module seamlessly captures the lifecycle of the entire manager selection process, including contacts, key relationships, quantitative and qualitative data, emails, documents, meeting notes, and calendar entries. A flexible data model allows users to customize views, synchronize workflows, and refine and research rules to tailor the user experience to meet individual research management flows and reporting needs.

The Investment Analysis module enables investors to evaluate a myriad of performance and risk measures across prospective, current, or historical investments alongside calculating metrics across any custom investment lens on the fly. Integrating these elements into the Front Office Solutions platform provides complex asset owners with a holistic view across which they can analyze all categories of investments, saving time and resource and ultimately helping them make better informed decisions.

“These measurements go beyond traditional mean-variance analysis and balance the needs of liquid markets and the often non-normally distributed return behavior of alternative assets” said Pickett. “This is central to Northern Trust’s laser focus on redefining and supporting the Whole Office™, uniting integrated products, services and technology across the entire investment lifecycle.”

Leveraging cloud-native application development, the Research Management and Investment Analysis modules harness the scale of big data, with the addition of machine learning tools driven by artificial intelligence, for efficient and resilient document management. This enables asset allocators to consolidate disparate data from many different systems and securely store large volumes of research in a centralized repository, visible to everyone in an organization.

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About Northern Trust
Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has a global presence with offices in 22 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and across 22 locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of June 30, 2020, Northern Trust had assets under custody/administration of US $12.1 trillion, and assets under management of US $1.3 trillion. For more than 130 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. Please visit our website or follow us on Twitter.

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