August 30, 2011

Northern Trust announced that it has enhanced its investment risk and analytical tools to provide more customizable features, faster performance, and integration of both ex-post (after the event) analytics and ex-ante (before the event) risk services.

"The IRAS Dashboard offers a range of historical and forward-looking analytical options to support the management information needs of key stakeholders in the investment process," said said Paul d'Ouville, head of product management at Northern Trust. "Through a highly flexible platform, chief investment officers and operations, performance, risk, and compliance executives can define key portfolio snapshots of the information necessary to manage institutional plan investments."

Key aspects of the new IRAS Dashboard design include more customizable charts and tables; a selection of any portfolio or index/benchmark data and combinations for any daily or monthly time period; more than 200 statistics / characteristics / metrics available in ex post and ex ante views; and the ability for clients to tailor their view of portfolio data to extract vital information.

The IRAS Dashboard allows clients to select from hundreds of industry measurements of daily and monthly portfolio performance, attribution, risk measures, and key characteristics utilizing the available chart and table templates. In addition to presentation of this data in the client's desired format, the Dashboard provides seamless access to in-depth analysis that examines portfolio or index data in an absolute or benchmark-relative form to the security level.

"With asset managers and asset owners busier than ever absorbing increased levels of information each day, clients need to quickly access and effectively analyze their investment information," said Jim Haran, IRAS Product Manager at Northern Trust. "With the design of the new IRAS Dashboard, we have improved our clients' access to the information they need to make timely investment decisions."

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