Putnam Allstate Advisor Preferred

Putnam Growth Opportunities Subaccount

The subaccount seeks capital appreciation.

Fund description

The subaccount invests in large U.S. companies with strong revenue and earnings growth prospects. Members of the management team target established companies that are believed to be leaders in their industries with the potential to grow rapidly. The fund's portfolio typically includes world-renowned businesses whose size and scale give them a competitive advantage.

Sales story

Seeking to harness the growth potential of large U.S. companiesA large-company focus: The fund invests in large U.S. companies, targeting those with a competitive edge in markets around the world and the potential to produce strong profits.A rigorous process: The fund's manager uses rigorous fundamental investment research to find opportunities and manage risk.A focus on quality: The manager seeks companies with solid management, sound financials, and products or services that are benefiting from growing demand.

Management team

Daily pricing as of 10/22/18

with optional enhanced death benefits
Unit Value $11.104594 $10.796029
Unit Value Change 0.030308 0.029334

Lipper ranking ‡ as of 09/30/18

Category: Large-Cap Growth Funds

  Percentile ranking Rank/Funds in category
10 yrs. 27% 45/166
1 yr. 23% 47/208
3 yrs. 11% 21/196
5 yrs. 26% 49/192

This fund concentrates its assets in fewer stocks, which can affect your fund's performance. 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. Growth investing targets companies with above-average earnings that may be subject to price volatility if earnings expectations are not met.

‡ 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 09/30/18

Fiscal Year End December
Asset Class Putnam Allstate Advisor Preferred
Subaccount Status Open to new investors
Number of issues 58
Turnover (fiscal year end) 59%
Net Assets $883M
Inception Date 02/01/00

Performance

Performance as of 09/30/18

Annualized Performance Last Quarter Year
to Date
1 yr. 3 yrs. 5 yrs. 10 yrs. Life of
subaccount
Restated performance
Unit Value 8.80% 18.55% 25.75% 19.35% 14.62% 12.53% 0.87%
Standardized 6.80% 16.55% 23.75% 19.35% 14.62% 12.53% 0.87%
With optional enhanced death benefit
Unit Value 8.76% 18.42% 25.56% 19.17% 14.44% 12.36% 0.72%
Standardized 6.76% 16.42% 23.56% 19.17% 14.44% 12.36% 0.72%
Actual performance
Unit Value 8.80% 18.55% 25.75% 19.35% 14.62% 12.53% 1.55%
Standardized 6.80% 16.55% 23.75% 19.35% 14.62% 12.53% 1.55%
With optional enhanced death benefit
Unit Value -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Standardized -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Annual Performance at NAV

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
-38.71% 38.53% 15.38% -5.70% 15.62% 33.89% 12.04% -0.64% 4.76% 28.75%
With optional enhanced death benefit
-38.81% 38.32% 15.20% -5.85% 15.44% 33.69% 11.86% -0.79% 4.60% 28.56%

Restated performance

Monthly as of 09/30/18

Unit Value 1.32%
Standardized -0.68%

YTD as of 10/22/18

Unit Value 10.50%
Standardized 8.50%

With optional enhanced death benefit

Monthly as of 09/30/18

Unit Value 1.31%
Standardized -0.69%

YTD as of 10/22/18

Unit Value 10.37%
Standardized 8.37%

Unit values and performance information shown apply to the specific annuity product listed, not the underlying Putnam Variable Trust fund. This information should not be used by investors who hold an interest in Putnam Variable Trust funds through a different annuity or other variable product. The unit values and performance of other variable products that offer Putnam Variable Trust funds may be higher or lower due to product charges and expenses or other factors.

Data is historical. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. More recent returns may be less or more than those shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, and you may have a gain or a loss when you sell your units.

Returns shown for the subaccounts for periods before their inception are derived from the historical performance of the underlying fund, adjusted to reflect the mortality, expense risk, and surrender charges applicable to this product and do not factor in the annual $30 contract maintenance fee. Additional riders and options for insurance-related charges will increase expenses and lower returns. Please see the prospectus for details. For a portion of the period, subaccounts may have limited expenses, without which returns would have been lower.

Variable annuities are long-term investments designed for retirement purposes. Putnam Hartford products are flexible-premium variable annuities issued by Hartford Life and Annuity Insurance Company, Simsbury, CT.

Putnam Allstate variable annuities are flexible-premium deferred variable annuities issued by Allstate Life Insurance Company (Allstate Life); underwritten by Allstate Distributors, L.L.C., both of Northbrook, IL; and sold through registered representatives or bank employees who are licensed insurance agents. Please check for availability in your specific state.

These policies have limitations and are sold by prospectus only. The prospectus contains details on the variable annuity, the subaccounts, contract features, fees, expenses, and other pertinent information.

Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of a fund before investing. For a prospectus containing this and other information for any variable annuity or variable life product that invests in Putnam Variable Trust funds, contact your financial advisor for a contract prospectus and prospectus for the underlying funds. You may also call Hartford at 1-800-521-0538 or Allstate at 1-800-390-1277. Read the prospectuses carefully before investing.For the most recent month-end performance, please call Hartford at 1-800-521-0538 or Allstate at 1-800-390-1277.

Recent performance benefitted from receipt of an Enron Class Action Settlement pertaining to investments made prior to 2002.

Risk Characteristics as of 09/30/18

Alpha (%) -0.64
Beta 1.07
R Squared 0.95
Standard Deviation (3 yrs.) 11.05

Holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 09/30/18

Microsoft Corp 7.72%
Amazon.Com 7.49%
Alphabet 6.50%
Apple 5.16%
Visa 4.20%
UnitedHealth Group 2.76%
Boeing The 2.54%
Salesforce.Com 2.52%
Becton Dickinson And 2.52%
Home Depot The 2.48%
Top 10 holdings, total: 43.89%

Equity Holdings as of 06/30/18

MICROSOFT CORP 7.24%
AMAZON.COM INC 6.91%
ALPHABET INC-CL C 6.25%
APPLE INC 4.64%
VISA INC-CLASS A SHARES 4.04%
BECTON DICKINSON AND CO 2.88%
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INC 2.67%
HOME DEPOT INC 2.57%
PAYPAL HOLDINGS INC 2.52%
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS INC-A 2.44%
SALESFORCE.COM INC 2.35%
UNION PACIFIC CORP 2.25%
BOEING CO/THE 2.22%
MCCORMICK & CO-NON VTG SHRS 2.22%
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO/THE 2.21%
AMERICAN TOWER CORP 2.19%
PRAXAIR INC 2.16%
DANAHER CORP 2.07%
ADOBE SYSTEMS INC 2.00%
RAYTHEON COMPANY 1.87%
INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE IN 1.83%
NETFLIX INC 1.81%
VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC 1.80%
ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING-SP ADR 1.63%
SERVICENOW INC 1.61%
FACEBOOK INC-A 1.55%
COSTAR GROUP INC 1.47%
WYNN RESORTS LTD 1.46%
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP 1.38%
LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT IN 1.37%
FORTIVE CORP 1.34%
BLACKROCK INC 1.30%
INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC 1.30%
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD INC 1.26%
ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC 1.09%
METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL 1.09%
PRUDENTIAL PLC 1.09%
BANK OF AMERICA CORP 0.98%
WASTE CONNECTIONS INC 0.97%
REALPAGE INC 0.85%
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS IN 0.84%
ROPER TECHNOLOGIES INC 0.75%
TRANSDIGM GROUP INC 0.72%
WALMART INC 0.72%
ROCKWELL AUTOMATION INC 0.71%
OKTA INC 0.68%
SMITH (A.O.) CORP 0.59%
BIOMARIN PHARMACEUTICAL INC 0.58%
UBER TECH INC P/P CV PFD 0.58%
LIBERTY MEDIA CORP-LIBERTY-C 0.57%
BOOKING HOLDINGS INC 0.50%
SUMMIT MATERIALS INC -CL A 0.49%
DOCUSIGN INC 0.37%
COOPER COS INC/THE 0.35%
OPORTUN FIN CORP P/P SERIES H PFD 0.12%
GLOBAL FASHION GRP P/P 0.06%
OPORTUN FIN CORP P/P 0.04%
OPORTUN FIN G-1 PFD CV P/P 0.04%
OPORTUN FIN F-1 PFD CV P/P 0.03%
OPORTUN FIN D-1 PFD CV P/P 0.01%
OPORTUN FIN F PFD CV P/P 0.01%
HC BRILLANT SERVICES GMBH P/P 0.00%
NEURALSTEM INC SERIES K COMMON STOCK PURCHASE WARRANT 0.00%
NEW BIGFOOT OTHER ASSETS GMBH P/P 0.00%
NEW MIDDLE EAST OTHER ASSETS GMBH P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN A-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN B-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN C-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN E-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%

Full Portfolio Holdings as of 06/30/18

MICROSOFT CORP 7.24%
AMAZON.COM INC 6.91%
ALPHABET INC-CL C 6.25%
APPLE INC 4.64%
VISA INC-CLASS A SHARES 4.04%
BECTON DICKINSON AND CO 2.88%
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INC 2.67%
HOME DEPOT INC 2.57%
PAYPAL HOLDINGS INC 2.52%
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS INC-A 2.44%
SALESFORCE.COM INC 2.35%
UNION PACIFIC CORP 2.25%
BOEING CO/THE 2.22%
MCCORMICK & CO-NON VTG SHRS 2.22%
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO/THE 2.21%
AMERICAN TOWER CORP 2.19%
PRAXAIR INC 2.16%
DANAHER CORP 2.07%
ADOBE SYSTEMS INC 2.00%
RAYTHEON COMPANY 1.87%
INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE IN 1.83%
NETFLIX INC 1.81%
VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC 1.80%
ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING-SP ADR 1.63%
SERVICENOW INC 1.61%
FACEBOOK INC-A 1.55%
COSTAR GROUP INC 1.47%
WYNN RESORTS LTD 1.46%
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP 1.38%
LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT IN 1.37%
FORTIVE CORP 1.34%
BLACKROCK INC 1.30%
INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC 1.30%
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD INC 1.26%
ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC 1.09%
METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL 1.09%
PRUDENTIAL PLC 1.09%
BANK OF AMERICA CORP 0.98%
WASTE CONNECTIONS INC 0.97%
REALPAGE INC 0.85%
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS IN 0.84%
ROPER TECHNOLOGIES INC 0.75%
TRANSDIGM GROUP INC 0.72%
WALMART INC 0.72%
ROCKWELL AUTOMATION INC 0.71%
OKTA INC 0.68%
SMITH (A.O.) CORP 0.59%
BIOMARIN PHARMACEUTICAL INC 0.58%
UBER TECH INC P/P CV PFD 0.58%
LIBERTY MEDIA CORP-LIBERTY-C 0.57%
BOOKING HOLDINGS INC 0.50%
SUMMIT MATERIALS INC -CL A 0.49%
DOCUSIGN INC 0.37%
COOPER COS INC/THE 0.35%
POUND STERLING CALL ACCOUNT 0.20%
OPORTUN FIN CORP P/P SERIES H PFD 0.12%
GLOBAL FASHION GRP P/P 0.06%
OPORTUN FIN CORP P/P 0.04%
OPORTUN FIN G-1 PFD CV P/P 0.04%
OPORTUN FIN F-1 PFD CV P/P 0.03%
OPORTUN FIN D-1 PFD CV P/P 0.01%
OPORTUN FIN F PFD CV P/P 0.01%
CANADIAN DOLLAR ACCOUNT 0.00%
HC BRILLANT SERVICES GMBH P/P 0.00%
HONG KONG DOLLAR CALL ACCOUNT 0.00%
NEURALSTEM INC SERIES K COMMON STOCK PURCHASE WARRANT 0.00%
NEW BIGFOOT OTHER ASSETS GMBH P/P 0.00%
NEW MIDDLE EAST OTHER ASSETS GMBH P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN A-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN B-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN C-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN E-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
THE EURO EUR CALL ACCOUNT 0.00%
GBP/USD 09/19/2018 BANKAM -0.01%

Prior top 10 holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 09/30/18
1: Microsoft Corp 7.72%
2: Amazon.Com 7.49%
3: Alphabet 6.50%
4: Apple 5.16%
5: Visa 4.20%
6: UnitedHealth Group 2.76%
7: Boeing The 2.54%
8: Salesforce.Com 2.52%
9: Becton Dickinson And 2.52%
10: Home Depot The 2.48%
Holdings represent 43.89% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 08/31/18
1: Microsoft Corp 7.70%
2: Amazon.Com 7.64%
3: Alphabet 6.75%
4: Apple 5.27%
5: Visa 4.17%
6: UnitedHealth Group 2.84%
7: Paypal Holdings 2.60%
8: Becton Dickinson And 2.55%
9: Salesforce.Com 2.44%
10: Home Depot The 2.42%
Holdings represent 44.38% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 07/31/18
1: Microsoft Corp 7.54%
2: Alphabet 6.99%
3: Amazon 6.99%
4: Apple 4.56%
5: Visa 4.02%
6: UnitedHealth Group 2.78%
7: Becton Dickinson and Co 2.69%
8: Home Depot 2.47%
9: Charter Communications 2.41%
10: Boeing 2.40%
Holdings represent 42.85% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 06/30/18
1: Microsoft Corp 7.24%
2: Amazon 6.91%
3: Alphabet 6.25%
4: Apple 4.64%
5: Visa 4.04%
6: Becton Dickinson and Co 2.88%
7: UnitedHealth Group 2.67%
8: Home Depot 2.57%
9: Paypal Holdings 2.52%
10: Charter Communications 2.44%
Holdings represent 42.16% of portfolio

Portfolio Composition as of 09/30/18

Common stock 99.43%
Convertible preferred stock 0.51%
Cash and net other assets 0.06%

Portfolio characteristics will vary over time. The unclassified sector (where applicable) includes exchange traded funds and other securities not able to be classified by sector.

This fund concentrates its assets in fewer stocks, which can affect your fund's performance. 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. Growth investing targets companies with above-average earnings that may be subject to price volatility if earnings expectations are not met.

Top Industry Sectors as of 09/30/18

Information technology 29.20%
Health care 16.01%
Communication services 14.39%
Consumer discretionary 13.77%
Industrials 13.65%
Financials 4.09%
Materials 3.74%
Consumer staples 3.06%
Real estate 2.03%
 
Other
0.06%
Cash and net other assets 0.06%

Country Allocation as of 09/30/18

United States 98.87%
United Kingdom 1.02%
Cash and net other assets 0.06%
Luxembourg 0.05%

Expenses

Sales Charges/Fees

Breakpoint Sales Charge Dealer Allowance CDSC Liab
$0 - $0 0.00% 0.00% N

This fund concentrates its assets in fewer stocks, which can affect your fund's performance. 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. Growth investing targets companies with above-average earnings that may be subject to price volatility if earnings expectations are not met.

‡ 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.

CDSC

Year Percent
1 2.00%
2 1.00%
3+ 0.00%