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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: Apr 19, 2019
Geographic Mix
% of Portfolio
United Kingdom 24.71%
France 18.97%
Switzerland 17.59%
Netherlands 9.73%
Germany 7.55%
Ireland 5.71%
Spain 5.35%
Sweden 3.98%
Belgium 2.51%
Denmark 1.87%
Norway 1.23%
Poland 0.79%
Sector Allocation
% of Portfolio
Industrials 21.63%
Consumer Staples 17.64%
Health Care 15.01%
Financials 9.44%
Consumer Discretionary 7.17%
Information Technology 6.54%
Energy 6.52%
Materials 6.44%
Communication Services 6.00%
Real Estate 2.37%
Cash 1.23%
Utilities 0.00%

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