Northern Trust Corporation
is an international financial services company headquartered in Chicago
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, USA. It provides investment management, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking services through a network of 85 offices in 18 U.S. states and 12 international offices in North America
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and the Asia-Pacific
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region. As of September 30, 2011, Northern Trust Corporation had $97 billion in banking assets, $4.2 trillion in assets under custody and $644.2 billion in assets under management
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. In March 2010, Forbes Magazine
ranked Northern Trust as the world's most admired company in the "Superregional Banks" category.The Fortune Magazine named Northern Trust one of the "World's Most Admired Companies".
Northern Trust was founded in 1889 by Byron Laflin Smith in a one-room office in the Rookery Building
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in Chicago's Loop, with a focus on providing trust and banking services for the city's prosperous citizens. Smith provided 40% of the bank's original capitalization of $1 million, and counted such businessmen and civic leaders as Marshall Field
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, Martin A. Ryerson, and Philip D. Armour among the original 27 shareholders. Intimately acquainted with the operations of the bank, these men would personally examine Northern's assets and records at each year's end.
In October 1929, however, the flamboyant decade of the 1920s came to a sudden halt—the stock market crash led to a spectacular drop in prices, employment and production. As these troubles swept across the country, one bank after another closed. Two days after his inauguration on March 6, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt closed all the banks in the United States. When they reopened a short time later, there was a great deal of uncertainty as to what might occur. Fortunately, the people in line outside the Northern bank offices were there to deposit money instead of withdraw it. Northern's conservative policies had served it well during the 1920s.
By 1941 nearly half of all the bank's commercial accounts were drawn from outside the Chicago metropolitan area. During World War II, Northern once again took part in the government's war bond
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drives, and also provided loans for manufacturing war materials under special government programs. The war created more opportunities for the bank; all sectors of its business expanded, and by 1945 the Northern Trust had doubled in size.
The years after World War II brought even greater prosperity to the bank as it continued to expand its services. Still under the direction of Solomon Smith, management at the bank became more aware of electronic data processing and how this new technology could revolutionize the banking industry. During the 1950s, Northern was at the forefront of developing numerous automated banking services, including the first fully automated financial statements for trust clients.
When Solomon Smith died in 1963 and his son, Edward Byron Smith, assumed leadership of the bank, assets totaled more than $1 billion. Near the end of the decade, Northern became the first state-chartered bank from Illinois to open an office outside the United States.
Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Northern Trust acquired companies and expanded into Florida, Arizona, California and Texas.
When oil prices dropped suddenly in the early 1980s, many South American nations realized they could not pay off their enormous bank loans. Northern suffered uncharacteristically high losses. Aggressive management, loan reserves, and write-off enabled the bank to restore its asset quality.
When Edward Byron Smith retired in 1979, he was succeeded by E. Norman Staub, followed a few years later by Philip W. K. Sweet, and then by Weston Christopherson. When company veteran David W. Fox took over, he was only the seventh chief executive in the bank's existence. William A. Osborn
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was named president and chief operating officer in 1993 and became chairman and chief executive officer, in addition to president, in 1995. He stepped down as president in 2006 and as CEO on January 1, 2008. Frederick H. "Rick" Waddell then became president and CEO.
Northern Trust counts over 20% of the U.S.'s wealthiest families as its clients. It is also one of the largest global custodians in the world, serving the asset servicing needs of corporate and public retirement, foundations, endowment, fund managers, insurance companies and government funds.http://stocks.us.reuters.com/stocks/fullDescription.asp?symbol=NTRS.O&WTmodLOC=C5-Profile-1
Corporate and Institutional Services (C&IS)
C&IS is a global provider of asset servicing, asset management, and related services to corporate and public retirement funds, foundations, endowment
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s, fund managers, insurance companies, and government funds. C&IS also offers a commercial banking services, with emphasis on developing and supporting institutional relationships in large and mid-sized corporations, and financial institution
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s. Client relationships are managed principally through the Chicago, London
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, and Toronto
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branch locations, with other operations or representative offices in New Jersey
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, the Channel Islands
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, the Netherlands, China
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, and Australia
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. Asset servicing relationships managed by C&IS often include investment management
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, securities lending
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, transition management, and commission recapture services provided through Northern Trust Global Investments (NTGI). C&IS also provides related foreign exchange services in the U.S., U.K., Guernsey, and Singapore.
Personal Financial Services (PFS)
PFS provides personal trust, investment management, custody, and philanthropic services; financial consulting; guardianship and estate administration; qualified retirement plans; and private and business banking. PFS focuses on high net worth individuals and families, business owners, executives, professionals, retirees, and established privately held businesses in its target markets. PFS also includes the Wealth Management Group, which provides customized products and services to meet the financial needs of individuals and family offices in the United States and throughout the world with assets typically exceeding $75 million.
PFS services are delivered through a network of 85 offices in 18 U.S. states as well as offices in London and Guernsey
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Northern Trust Global Investments (NTGI)
NTGI, through various subsidiaries of the Corporation, provides a broad range of investment management and related services and other products to U.S. and non-U.S. clients of C&IS and PFS. Clients include institutional and individual separately managed accounts, bank common and collective funds, registered investment companies, non-U.S. collective investment funds and unregistered private investment funds. NTGI offers both active and passive equity and fixed income portfolio management, as well as alternative asset classes (such as private equity
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and hedge funds of funds) and multimanager products and services. NTGI’s activities also include brokerage, securities lending, transition management, and related services. NTGI’s business operates internationally through subsidiaries, alliances, and distribution arrangements.
Businesses and other subsidiaries
The Corporation's principal subsidiary is The Northern Trust Company. The Corporation also owns two investment management subsidiaries, Northern Trust Investments, N.A. and Northern Trust Global Advisors, Inc.
Northern Trust’s global locations include: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangalore, Beijing, Dublin, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Jersey, Limerick, London, Melbourne, Singapore, Stockholm, India, Tokyo and Toronto. Within the United States, locations include Illinois, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
Northern Trust is the sponsor of the Northern Trust Open, a PGA Tour
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event that since its inception has generated more than $50 million for philanthropic causes in Southern California.
Northern Trust Open - At a Glance
When: February 16–19, 2012
Where: Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California
Contact: (800) 752-OPEN (6736)
Winning Share: $1,170,000 (2012)
2008 Champion: Phil Mickelson
2009 Champion: Phil Mickelson
2010 Champion: Steve Stricker
2011 Champion: Aaron Baddeley
Broadcast: The Golf Channel, CBS and the PGA TOUR Network on Sirius XM 209
Northern Trust strives to give approximately 1.5% of its pre-tax profits to charities every year. In 2007, Northern Trust’s global philanthropy program awarded $17.5 million dollars, a 13.7% increase over 2006, and $223,000 worth of in-kind gifts were donated.