Putnam Capital Manager

Putnam Emerging Markets Equity Subaccount

The subaccount seeks long-term capital appreciation.

Fund description

The subaccount invests at least 80% of its assets in stocks of emerging market companies believed to have favorable investment potential. It may invest in growth and value stocks of companies of all sizes. The management team focuses on a number of factors when making investment decisions, including company valuation, financial strength, and competitive position within the industry. The team also evaluates projected future earnings and cash flow, as well as dividend yields within the context of current macroeconomic themes.

Sales story

Pursuing growth opportunities in developing economies

  • Growth potential: Emerging markets offer the potential for continued growth due to attractive demographics, rising wealth, and increased investment in infrastructure in developing countries.
  • A disciplined process: By integrating multiple perspectives into portfolio construction, the fund manager is able to better evaluate individual companies within the context of changing local and global influences.
  • Rigorous research: The manager leverages Putnam's global research platform to identify opportunities across emerging and select frontier markets.

Management team

Lipper ranking ‡ as of 10/31/20

Category: Emerging Markets Funds

  Percentile ranking Rank/Funds in category
10 yrs. 4% 2/54
1 yr. 16% 12/77
3 yrs. 22% 15/70
5 yrs. 66% 44/66

‡ Lipper is an industry research firm whose rankings are based on total return performance, vary over time, and do not reflect the effects of sales charges. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Quick facts as of 10/31/20

Fiscal Year End December
Asset Class Putnam Capital Manager
Subaccount Status Open to new investors
Number of issues 58
Turnover (fiscal year end) 68%
Net Assets $34M
Inception Date 01/02/97


Alibaba Group Holding 11.74%
Tencent Holdings 10.31%
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing 7.24%
Samsung Electronics 5.30%
Reliance Industries 3.20%
Meituan 2.70%
Wal-Mart De Mexico Sab De Cv 2.45%
Hdfc Bank 2.29%
China Mobile Hk 2.27%
Sk Hynix 2.23%
Top 10 holdings, total: 49.73%

Top 10 holdings as of 10/31/20
1: Alibaba Group Holding 11.74%
2: Tencent Holdings 10.31%
3: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing 7.24%
4: Samsung Electronics 5.30%
5: Reliance Industries 3.20%
6: Meituan 2.70%
7: Wal-Mart De Mexico Sab De Cv 2.45%
8: Hdfc Bank 2.29%
9: China Mobile Hk 2.27%
10: Sk Hynix 2.23%
Holdings represent 49.73% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 09/30/20
1: Alibaba Group Holding 11.49%
2: Tencent Holdings 9.02%
3: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing 7.31%
4: Samsung Electronics 5.44%
5: Reliance Industries 3.63%
6: Meituan Dianping 2.38%
7: China Mobile Hk 2.35%
8: Sk Hynix 2.28%
9: Wal-Mart De Mexico Sab De Cv 2.22%
10: Hdfc Bank 2.06%
Holdings represent 48.18% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 08/31/20
1: Alibaba Group Holding 10.97%
2: Tencent Holdings 9.06%
3: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing 6.95%
4: Samsung Electronics 4.73%
5: Reliance Industries 3.30%
6: China Mobile Hk 2.42%
7: Meituan Dianping 2.35%
8: Jd.Com 2.05%
9: Wal-Mart De Mexico Sab De Cv 2.05%
10: Hdfc Bank 2.00%
Holdings represent 45.88% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 07/31/20
1: Alibaba Group Holding 9.87%
2: Tencent Holdings 9.37%
3: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing 7.20%
4: Samsung Electronics 5.02%
5: Reliance Industries 3.28%
6: China Mobile Hk 2.27%
7: Hdfc Bank 2.21%
8: Jd.Com 2.17%
9: Mediatek 2.11%
10: Sk Hynix 1.82%
Holdings represent 45.32% of portfolio

Portfolio Composition as of 10/31/20

Common stock 98.98%
Preferred stock 0.74%
Cash and net other assets 0.28%

Consider these risks before investing: International investing involves currency, economic, and political risks. Emerging-market securities carry illiquidity and volatility risks. Investments in small and/or midsize companies increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. From time to time, the fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in companies in one or more related industries or sectors, which would make the fund more vulnerable to adverse developments affecting those industries or sectors. Growth stocks may be more susceptible to earnings disappointments, and value stocks may fail to rebound. Risks associated with derivatives include increased investment exposure (which may be considered leverage) and, in the case of over-the-counter instruments, the potential inability to terminate or sell derivatives positions and the potential failure of the other party to the instrument to meet its obligations. The value of investments in the fund’s portfolio may fall or fail to rise over extended periods of time for a variety of reasons, including general economic, political or financial market conditions, investor sentiment and market perceptions, government actions, geopolitical events or changes, and factors related to a specific issuer, geography, industry or sector. These and other factors may lead to increased volatility and reduced liquidity in the fund’s portfolio holdings. Our investment techniques, analyses, and judgments may not produce the outcome we intend. The investments we select for the fund may not perform as well as other securities that we do not select for the fund. We, or the fund’s other service providers, may experience disruptions or operating errors that could have a negative effect on the fund. You can lose money by investing in the fund. Variable annuities are long-term investments designed for retirement purposes. Withdrawals prior to age 59 1/2 may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty.

Top Industry Sectors as of 10/31/20

Consumer discretionary 26.33%
Information technology 21.05%
Communication services 16.38%
Industrials 10.53%
Financials 7.84%
Consumer staples 5.60%
Energy 4.31%
Health care 4.27%
Materials 2.15%
Utilities 1.00%
Cash and net other assets 0.28%
Real estate 0.26%

Country Allocation as of 10/31/20

China 45.63%
Taiwan 13.01%
South Korea 11.56%
India 10.48%
Brazil 4.84%
Russia 2.83%
Hong Kong 2.67%
Mexico 2.45%
Argentina 1.20%
Panama 1.04%
Thailand 0.89%
South Africa 0.83%
Greece 0.73%
Indonesia 0.72%
Poland 0.57%
Cash and net other assets 0.28%
Philippines 0.27%