Northern Trust has launched an online platform aimed at asset owners and allocators that is intended to be a “community, destination and content hub” offering customized content and research, along with peer networking, the company announced on Tuesday.
Called A-Suite, the platform will include access to research, content from third parties and webinars, among other features, according to the global financial services firm.
“Our goal is to empower the missions of asset owners—helping them to optimize returns,” Melanie Pickett, Northern Trust’s head of asset owners in the Americas, said in a release. “With A-Suite we aim to help further those missions to an even greater extent.” Pickett also said the firm expects to add new features and capabilities to the platform in upcoming releases.
The platform contains three arms: a community platform arm, an event stream arm and a research arm.
The community arm was created to be a hub for asset owners to “connect, network, and collaborate with their peers,” according to Northern Trust. It will include features aimed at encouraging interaction and collaboration through a private social media group, editorial committee and a social networking app that allows for real-time discussion.
The event stream arm features webinars, panel discussions, virtual events, live summits and roundtables. Northern Trust also announced it will provide A-Suite members access to expert speakers and thought leaders. The platform’s research arm provides research groups and reports, industry surveys, think tanks and peer-review programs.
The leadership team for the A-Suite platform includes Pickett; Angleo Calvitto, head of Asia Pacific; and James Wright, head of asset owners for Europe, Middle East and Africa.