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NS Partners International Equity Focused


  • 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 concentrated investments in equity securities listed on foreign stock exchanges
  • Return Objective: MSCI EAFE Net Index + 3% per annum over a market cycle
  • Risk Objective: 3%-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 with 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 typically holds 50 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 October 31, 2004
All data as at: Aug 13, 2020
Sector Allocation
% of Portfolio
Industrials 22.27%
Information Technology 15.45%
Consumer Discretionary 12.96%
Materials 11.30%
Health Care 10.92%
Financials 10.86%
Consumer Staples 6.71%
Real Estate 4.67%
Communication Services 4.56%
Cash 0.29%
Utilities 0.00%
Energy 0.00%

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