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Investment Portfolios

Information on the NorthStar portfolio range. Expertly crafted portfolios, exclusively for our clients.

A Unique Range of Portfolios

The NorthStar Investment Committee have developed a range of investment portfolios for use exclusively by NorthStar clients.

Each portfolio is mapped to a risk profile score to ensure each client has a portfolio that is precisely suited to their specific needs and will deliver their investment goals.

Every NorthStar portfolio comprises an optimal mix of different types of assets, expertly blended by our in-house investment team. We predominantly use low-cost funds, blending these to produce portfolios that deliver strong returns and minimise risks where possible.

Our portfolios fall into three broad categories; capital preservation, capital growth and income & growth portfolios – each with a different aim. Within these categories, we have portfolios that target different levels of returns and income as well as ethical options.

Before making any investment recommendations, a NorthStar financial planner will conduct a thorough risk assessment to ensure our recommended portfolio matches your specific needs. This assessments covers things like your likely investment term, your attitude to risk and your ability to cope with any losses.

It is important that all our clients fully understand their risk profile and are comfortable with the investment strategy proposed. Our team of investment specialists is always on hand to ensure every clients continues to feel comfortable with their investment strategy and are on hand to answer any investment related questions.

You can run a quick on-line risk assessment for yourself by using our Personal Portfolio Builder.

Designed to Deliver

The NorthStar portfolio range is a key part of our complete investment management solution. An expertly crafted range of portfolios exclusively for NorthStar clients.

Optimised Portfolio Construction

Using advanced modelling techniques, we ensure our portfolios are fully optimised. By blending the very best funds, we create portfolios that are greater than the sum of their parts.

Effective Risk & Volatility Management

Every NorthStar portfolio is constructed within specific risk parameters so you can be confident that you will never be exposed to unnecessary investment risks and market volatility.

Academically Supported Philosophy

Our investment philosophy and construction process is based on many years of empirical evidence and Nobel Prize winning research, helping us provide the very best investment portfolios.

Low-cost Blended Investment Solution

We utilise the best value investment funds available to help us lower the cost of investing. We then charge a low ongoing annual fee to provide you with a full investment management service.

Diversified Investment Approach

We don’t believe in putting all our eggs in one basket. We create portfolios that utilise a broad range of asset classes to reduce volatility and improve investment returns.

Ongoing Monitoring & Reviews

We never take our eye off the ball when it comes to our portfolios. We continually monitor and regularly review all portfolios to ensure they always deliver the best outcomes.

Smart Regular Portfolio Rebalancing

Every NorthStar portfolio is rebalanced every 6 months to ensure it always remains optimised, efficient and on-track to deliver your investment objectives.

Complete Flexibility as Standard

You are never tied into to any NorthStar portfolio. You can switch between portfolios, change your regular contributions or disinvest any time you like – all at no cost.

NorthStar Money Market Portfolio

The NorthStar Money Market Portfolio is suitable for investors who require extremely high capital security and wish to protect their investment from market fluctuation over the short-term. The portfolio is constructed using cash and money market instruments only. The low-risk construction of this portfolio will insulate investors from market volatility and provide close to total capital protection. Long-term returns may be lower than other portfolios in the NorthStar range to achieve the required level of capital security.

The portfolio aims to provide total downside protection, targets capital growth in excess of 2-3% per annum over a rolling 5-year period and is benchmarked against the IA Short Term Money Market sector average. This portfolio is not intended as a long-term investment strategy. Despite the composition of this portfolio, it is still possible for values to fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

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NorthStar Safety Portfolio

The NorthStar Safety Portfolio is suitable for investors who require extremely high capital security and wish to protect their investment from short-term market fluctuation. The portfolio is constructed using a broad range of low-risk assets which may include equities, fixed income, property, infrastructure, alternative investments and cash. The diversification and low-risk construction of this portfolio will insulate investors from the majority of short-term market volatility and provide significant capital protection. Long-term returns may be lower than other portfolios in the NorthStar range to achieve the required level of capital security.

This portfolio is not risk-free and investment in this portfolio should be seen as a long-term strategy. Risk aspects include inflation risk, shortfall risk and some exchange rate risk. The portfolio aims to provide significant downside protection, targets capital growth in excess of 2-3% per annum over a rolling 5-year period and is benchmarked against a composite of 60% IA Mixed Investment 0-35% Shares sector average and 40% IA Short Term Money Market sector average. Values may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

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NorthStar Defensive Growth Portfolio

The NorthStar Defensive Growth Portfolio is suitable for investors who are seeking capital growth but require a high level of capital security, protecting their investment from the majority of short-term market fluctuation. The portfolio is constructed using a broad range of assets which may include equities, fixed income, property, infrastructure, alternative investments and cash. The diversification and low-risk construction of this portfolio will insulate investors from a significant amount of short-term market volatility and provide a high degree of capital protection. Equity exposure will typically be around 40%, meaning long-term returns may be lower than some portfolios in the NorthStar range to achieve the required level of capital security.

Due to the nature of underlying holdings, investment in this portfolio should be seen as a long-term strategy. Risk aspects include inflation risk, capital risk, shortfall risk, and exchange rate risk. The portfolio targets capital growth in excess of 3-4% per annum over a rolling 5-year period and is benchmarked against the IA Mixed Investment 0-35% Shares sector average. Values may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

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NorthStar Cautious Growth Portfolio

The NorthStar Cautious Growth Portfolio is suitable for investors who are seeking capital growth and require some degree of capital security, protecting their investment from some short-term market fluctuation. The portfolio is constructed using a broad range of assets which may include equities, fixed income, property, infrastructure, alternative investments and cash. The diversification and low-risk construction of this portfolio will insulate investors from some short-term market volatility and provide some capital protection. Equity exposure will typically be around 50%, meaning long-term returns may be lower than some portfolios in the NorthStar range to achieve the required level of capital security.

Due to the nature of underlying holdings, investment in this portfolio should be seen as a long-term strategy. Risk aspects include inflation risk, capital risk, shortfall risk, and exchange rate risk. The portfolio targets capital growth in excess of 4-5% per annum over a rolling 5-year period and is benchmarked against the IA Mixed Investment 20-60% Shares sector average. Values may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

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NorthStar Balanced Growth Portfolio

The NorthStar Balanced Growth Portfolio is suitable for investors who are seeking a balance between capital growth and capital security. The portfolio is constructed using a broad range of assets which may include equities, fixed income, property, infrastructure, alternative investments and cash. The diversification of this portfolio will insulate investors from some short-term market volatility. Equity content will typically be around 70%, meaning the portfolio will exhibit moderate downside risk to achieve the required level of capital growth.

Due to the nature of underlying holdings, investment in this portfolio should be seen as a long-term strategy. Risk aspects include inflation risk, capital risk, shortfall risk, and exchange rate risk. The portfolio targets capital growth in excess of 5-6% per annum over a rolling 5-year period and is benchmarked against the IA Volatility Managed sector average. Values may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

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NorthStar Dynamic Growth Portfolio

The NorthStar Dynamic Growth Portfolio is suitable for investors who are seeking strong capital growth and are prepared to accept some large short-term fluctuation in order to achieve this aim. The portfolio is constructed using a broad range of assets which may include equities, fixed income, property, infrastructure, alternative investments and cash. Equity content will typically be around 90%, meaning the portfolio will exhibit considerable downside risk to achieve the required level of capital growth.

Due to the nature of underlying holdings, investment in this portfolio should be seen as a long-term strategy. Risk aspects include inflation risk, capital risk, shortfall risk, and exchange rate risk. The portfolio targets capital growth in excess of 6-7% per annum over a rolling 5-year period and is benchmarked against a composite of 60% IA Volatility Managed sector average and 40% IA Global sector average. Values may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

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NorthStar Adventurous Growth Portfolio

The NorthStar Adventurous Growth Portfolio is suitable for investors who are seeking very strong long-term capital growth and are prepared to accept significant short-term fluctuation in order to achieve this aim. The portfolio is constructed using a broad range of assets which may include equities, fixed income, property, infrastructure, alternative investments and cash. Equity content will typically be in excess of 90%, meaning the portfolio will exhibit significant downside risk to achieve the required level of capital growth.

Due to the nature of underlying holdings, investment in this portfolio should be seen as a long-term strategy. Risk aspects include inflation risk, capital risk, shortfall risk, and exchange rate risk. The portfolio targets capital growth in excess of 7-8% per annum over a rolling 5-year period and is benchmarked against a composite of 60% IA Global sector average and 40% IA Volatility Managed sector average. Values may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

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NorthStar Ethical Defensive Growth Portfolio

The NorthStar Ethical Defensive Growth Portfolio is suitable for investors who are seeking to invest ‘ethically’ but require a high level of capital security, protecting their investment from the majority of short-term market fluctuation. The portfolio is constructed using a broad range of assets which may include equities, fixed income, property, infrastructure, alternative investments and cash. The diversification and low-risk construction of this portfolio will insulate investors from a significant amount of short-term market volatility and provide a high degree of capital protection. Investments are predominantly held in assets that seek to promote environmental, ethical, sustainable and socially responsible causes and exclude companies that promote or produce tobacco, fossil fuels, arms, gambling, animal testing and similar activities. Equity exposure will typically be around 40%, meaning long-term returns may be lower than some portfolios in the NorthStar range to achieve the required level of capital security.

Due to the nature of underlying holdings, investment in this portfolio should be seen as a long-term strategy. Risk aspects include inflation risk, capital risk, shortfall risk, and exchange rate risk. The key objective of the portfolio is to adhere to high ethical, sustainable and socially responsible standards at all times. These considerations will always take precedence over portfolio returns. The portfolio targets capital growth in excess of 3-4% per annum over a rolling 5-year period and is benchmarked against the IA Mixed Investment 0-35% Shares sector average. Values may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

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NorthStar Ethical Balanced Growth Portfolio

The NorthStar Ethical Balanced Growth Portfolio is suitable for investors who are seeking to invest ‘ethically’ and require a balance between capital growth and capital security. The portfolio is constructed using a broad range of assets which may include equities, fixed income, property, infrastructure, alternative investments and cash. The diversification of this portfolio will insulate investors from some short-term market volatility. Investments are predominantly held in assets that seek to promote ethical, sustainable and socially responsible causes and exclude companies that promote or produce tobacco, fossil fuels, arms, gambling, animal testing and similar activities. Equity content will typically be around 70%, meaning the portfolio will exhibit moderate downside risk to achieve the required level of capital growth.

Due to the nature of underlying holdings, investment in this portfolio should be seen as a long-term strategy. Risk aspects include inflation risk, capital risk, shortfall risk, and exchange rate risk. The key objective of the portfolio is to adhere to high ethical, sustainable and socially responsible standards at all times. These considerations will always take precedence over portfolio returns. The portfolio targets capital growth in excess of 5-6% per annum over a rolling 5-year period and is benchmarked against the IA Volatility Managed sector average. Values may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

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NorthStar High Income Portfolio

The NorthStar High Income Portfolio is suitable for investors who are seeking a high income and capital growth and are not overly concerned with high levels of capital security. The portfolio is constructed using a broad range of income-producing assets which may include equities, fixed income, property, infrastructure, alternative investments and cash. The diversification of this portfolio will insulate investors from some short-term market volatility. Equity content will typically be around 60%, meaning the portfolio will exhibit moderate downside risk to achieve the required level of capital growth and income.

Due to the nature of underlying holdings, investment in this portfolio should be seen as a long-term strategy. Risk aspects include inflation risk, capital risk, shortfall risk, and exchange rate risk. The portfolio targets a yield in excess of 4% plus capital growth in excess of 2-3% per annum over a rolling 5-year period and is benchmarked against the IA Volatility Managed ​sector average. Values may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

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Key Portfolio Information



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Money
Market
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Safety
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Defensive
Growth
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Cautious
Growth
Portfolio
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Balanced
Growth
Portfolio
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Dynamic
Growth
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Adventurous
Growth
Portfolio
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Ethical
Defensive
Growth
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Ethical
Balanced
Growth
Portfolio
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High
Income
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Capital
Preservation
Capital
Preservation
Capital
Growth
Capital
Growth
Capital
Growth
Capital
Growth
Capital
Growth
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Inception
Date
01.01.1501.01.1501.01.1501.01.1501.01.1501.01.1501.01.1501.01.2101.01.1501.01.15
Constituent
Funds
31211109108976
FE Risk
Score
3295162728085537473
Historic
Yield
4.0%2.5%2.0%1.9%1.9%1.9%1.8%2.6%2.1%5.0%
Volatility0.6%4.1%6.4%7.4%8.5%9.2%9.8%7.7%10.7%8.8%
Targeted Average
Annual Return¹
2-3%2-3%3-4%4-5%5-6%6-7%7-8%3-4%5-6%6-7%
Indicative
Risk
Level
1/101/102/104/106/108/1010/102/106/105/10
Benchmark²IA ST
Money
Market
60% IA MI
0-35% Shares
/40% IA ST
Money Market
IA MI
0-35% Shares
IA MI
20-60% Shares
IA Volatility
Managed
60% IA
Volatility
Managed/40%
IA Global
60% IA
Global/40%
IA Volatility
Managed
IA MI
0-35% Shares
IA Volatility
Managed
IA Volatility
Managed
Annual Portfolio
Charge (OCF)³
0.12%0.28%0.25%0.21%0.22%0.22%0.24%0.39%0.40%0.59%
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1. Targeted average annual return is based on the average long-term returns of applicable asset classes and is in no way guaranteed.
 
2. Portfolios benchmarked over a rolling 5-year period.
 
3. Calculated using the weighted ongoing charges figure (OCF) of constituent funds on primary platform. Portfolio charges on other platforms may vary.
 
Performance data are on a bid-to-bid basis, with income reinvested. Performance data do not take into account platform or advisory charges and exclude any holdings in platform ‘cash accounts’. Performance data show returns for discounted ‘super clean’ funds where these are available. Such funds may not be available on all platforms. Performance data are rounded to the nearest 0.1% so small rounding errors may occur. Data correct as at 01.02.24. Source: FE. The value of investments and the income from them can fluctuate and investors may not get back the full amount invested. Past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance. The tax treatment of investments depends on individual circumstances and is subject to changes in tax legislation. Figures are provided for illustrative purposes only and their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Information provided should not be relied upon in isolation when making investment decisions and does not constitute advice or an offer to purchase any investment or product. Please contact us for more information on our range of portfolios.

Performance Comparison

Performance of the NorthStar portfolios since inception (January 2015) to February 2024:

All Portfolios Feb Performance Chart
 
Performance data are on a bid-to-bid basis, with income reinvested. Performance data do not take into account platform or advisory charges and exclude any holdings in platform ‘cash accounts’. Performance data show returns for discounted ‘super clean’ funds where these are available. Such funds may not be available on all platforms. Performance of the NorthStar Ethical Defensive Growth Portfolio prior to 01.01.21 is simulated. Portfolio charges are calculated using the weighted ongoing charges figure (OCF) of constituent funds on primary platform. Portfolio charges on other platforms may vary. Performance data are rounded to the nearest 0.1% so small rounding errors may occur. Data correct as at 01.08.23. Source: FE. The value of investments and the income from them can fluctuate and investors may not get back the full amount invested. Past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance. The tax treatment of investments depends on individual circumstances and is subject to changes in tax legislation. Figures are provided for illustrative purposes only and their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Information provided should not be relied upon in isolation when making investment decisions and does not constitute advice or an offer to purchase any investment or product. Please contact us for more information on our range of portfolios. 

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NorthStar is proud to be a member of the leading financial planning trade associations. Through a continued commitment to adhere to the highest professional standards and deliver exceptional service, NorthStar has received a number of awards and professional accreditations.

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