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Equity Data Science (EDS)
Digital infrastructure to help you optimize and drive continuous improvement in your investment decision-making process.

While the industry has steadily digitized and automated much of the middle and back office, for many managers and institutional investors, their most valuable asset – their investment process – still lives in a combination of Excel spreadsheets and manual workflows.

Through a partnership with Equity Data Science (EDS), Northern Trust’s suite of Whole Office solutions offers industry-leading, cloud-based software to help you formalize, measure, and refine your investment decision-making.

EDS seamlessly integrates Northern Trust’s core holdings, accounting, and performance data with a host of other data sources to deliver a cost-effective, flexible platform for an optimized investment process and improved decision-making.

Solutions for the Entire Investment Lifecycle

Northern Trust’s partnership with EDS supports a measurable, scalable front office infrastructure.

Idea Generation

Optimize all your data (holdings, valuations, in-house, fundamental, research, alternative, etc.) for more structured analysis.


  • Supports note taking and thesis tracking with an integrated Research Management System (RMS)
  • Integrates with any data, any vendor, to streamline your investment process into a scalable environment for greater productivity
  • Codifies your investment process and allows for back-testing

Research Management

A dynamic, team-based approach to note taking and thesis management.


  • Market data and notes from Excel, Evernote, Slack, Teams or any other app for a shared, real-time view across your organization
  • Search capabilities and time-stamped auditing to document the full history of every investment decision
  • Templates to automate and simplify tearsheets, marketing documents, quarterly reporting, etc.

Portfolio Construction

Leverage dashboards to optimize your process, understand strengths and blind spots, and pinpoint risk and reward.


  • Use all your inputs (estimates, models, conviction inputs, etc.) when sizing and trading positions
  • Compare in-house forecasts to consensus and track them over time
  • Capture every change, input, and decision to support a continuous improvement feedback loop

Risk Management

Take advantage of MSCI Barra’s and other leading providers’ intelligence, factors, and ESG data to better manage risk and exposure.


  • Simulation and optimization to stress and screen across any metric, security, or factor
  • Risk and return attribution by fund, team, strategy, P&L, factors, etc.
  • Flexible reporting for investment teams and sales/marketing

The solution is a fully-configurable digital environment that allows you not only to better monitor your investment process, but to answer key questions around the “how” and “why” of investment performance so you can refine your process over time.



EDS is one piece of a continuum of solutions to support your entire business. Our ecosystem of proprietary, vended, and partnered solutions helps meet the strategic, operational, and technological needs of our clients’ Whole Office.



Hear From Our Clients

“Northern Trust and EDS are two of our most trusted partners. We have long valued Northern Trust’s role in helping us grow, while EDS has been great in helping us build additional insight into our investment process.”


Brian Mann, Chief Data Officer & Director of Operations, Pzena Investments Solutions


Get In Touch With Us

To learn more about how EDS can revolutionize your investment process, contact Tom Zita at or (212)-909-0922.


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