According to an announcement, the equity trading firms, which met selection criteria including execution capabilities, technology platforms, and capital commitment, are:
- M.R. Beal and Company (Chicago);
- Blaylock Robert Van Securities, LLC (Oakland, California);
- Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC (Chicago);
- Guzman & Company (Coral Gables, Florida);
- Loop Capital Markets (Chicago);
- M. Ramsey King Securities, Inc. (Burr Ridge, Illinois); and
- Samuel A Ramirez & Company, Inc. (New York City).
“In addition to best execution in particular markets, these firms demonstrate a commitment to compliance and risk management that is important to Northern Trust and our clients,” said Lyle Logan, executive vice president and managing director of client servicing and sales at NTGI.
Equity trading partners were selected by NTGI executives from a group of 36 broker/dealers that responded to a request for information. Northern Trust went through a similar process in 2007, and the firms selected then were invited to rebid. Because fixed-income requires a larger universe of trading partners to achieve liquidity and best pricing, NTGI does not limit the number of firms it considers for fixed-income trading.
In 2008, Northern Trust traded in excess of $40 billion worth of equity and fixed-income securities with broker/dealers in the Emerging Broker Program, up from $30 billion in 2006.
Northern Trust’s diversity commitment also includes its Emerging Managers Practice, which invests more than $4 billion across 46 investment strategies and 42 emerging-minority-owned investment management firms through manager-of-manager programs.