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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 Net 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 40 – 60 securities
  • Portfolio Risk and Review
    • Formal monthly 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: Feb 18, 2020
Geographic Mix
% of Portfolio
France 21.41%
Switzerland 19.15%
United Kingdom 15.79%
Germany 8.32%
Netherlands 8.00%
Spain 7.64%
Ireland 5.90%
Italy 2.70%
Belgium 2.40%
Norway 2.18%
Denmark 2.11%
Sweden 1.50%
Austria 0.99%
Poland 0.90%
Greece 0.55%
Russian Federation 0.45%
Sector Allocation
% of Portfolio
Industrials 18.49%
Financials 15.23%
Health Care 14.65%
Consumer Staples 13.29%
Information Technology 10.83%
Materials 7.62%
Consumer Discretionary 6.00%
Communication Services 5.94%
Utilities 4.93%
Real Estate 1.91%
Cash 1.11%
Energy 0.00%

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