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NS Partners European Equity


  • Unique Investment Philosophy: Emphasizes inflection points in liquidity conditions and stocks with improving economic profitability
  • Differentiated Investment Process: Designed to steer fundamental stock selection to countries with a favourable market environment
  • Focused Risk Management: Employs a factor risk model designed to avoid unintended country, sector or company exposure


  • Long-term growth through investments in equity securities listed on European stock exchanges
  • Return Objective: MSCI Europe Index + 2-4% per annum over a market cycle
  • Risk Objective: 2-4% average tracking error per year over a market cycle

Investment Philosophy

  • Country selection matters – excess money moves both asset markets and economies
  • Economic profitability drives stock selection – securities generating high or improving economic profitability relative to the market will outperform
  • Peer review discipline – revalidate, continually test convictions, ensure tight capital discipline

Investment Process

  • Macroeconomic and Liquidity Analysis
    • Changes in liquidity conditions influence security prices
  • Country Selection
    • Country weights based on conviction, relative return opportunity and risk
  • Stock Selection
    • Focus on securities expected to have improving economic profitability
  • Portfolio Construction
    • Macroeconomic liquidity analysis provides the framework for portfolio construction
    • Portfolio of 55 – 65 securities
  • Portfolio Risk and Review
    • Formal bi-weekly meetings to peer review portfolio
    • Employ a factor risk model to avoid unintended country, sector or company exposure
Quick Facts
Inception Date August 31, 1992
All data as at: Oct 15, 2019
Geographic Mix
% of Portfolio
France 23.09%
United Kingdom 19.32%
Switzerland 16.07%
Netherlands 10.58%
Germany 9.41%
Spain 6.05%
Ireland 5.94%
Belgium 2.34%
Denmark 1.92%
Austria 1.52%
Norway 1.50%
Sweden 1.49%
Poland 0.76%
Sector Allocation
% of Portfolio
Industrials 19.43%
Consumer Staples 16.25%
Financials 15.27%
Health Care 12.74%
Information Technology 10.11%
Consumer Discretionary 7.26%
Materials 6.23%
Communication Services 4.80%
Energy 4.53%
Real Estate 1.90%
Cash 1.49%
Utilities 0.00%

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