U.S. Large Cap Value Equity Concentrated

The strategy seeks to invest in companies with underappreciated fundamentals and the income potential from growing dividends to pursue returns for investors.*

Complete details, including composite calendar-year performance (%)

Q4 | 2020 Quarterly Review (PDF)

Investment approach

  • A disciplined process that combines fundamental research and quantitative tools to pursue multiple alpha sources, with a strong overlay of risk control and portfolio construction
  • A focus on companies' ability and willingness to return capital to shareholders
  • Veteran managers whose experience with both U.S. and non-U.S. value strategies provides critical global insight for analyzing the large-cap value equity universe

Benchmark index

Russell 1000 Value Index

AUM ($M) Strategy


AUM ($M) Composite


Inception date


Typical range of portfolio holdings


Related Putnam mutual fund

Large Cap Value Fund

*No assurance can be given that the investment objective will be achieved or that an investor will receive a return of all or part of his or her investment. Actual results could be materially different from the stated goals. Investors should carefully consider the risk involved before deciding to invest. As with any investment, there is a potential for profit as well as the possibility of loss. Portfolio targets are subject to change.

Strategy assets include assets for aggregate strategy accounts that are not reflected in the composite. Strategy inception represents the aggregate strategy inception date.

Portfolio managers

Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager, Analyst

Performance and holdings as of 12/31/20

Composite performance (%)

Annualized Gross Net Index
Q4 17.67 17.58 16.25
YTD 3.88 3.57 2.80
1 year 3.88 3.57 2.80
3 year 9.16 8.83 6.07
Since inception 12.21 11.87 8.40

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. An investment in this strategy can lose value. Returns are stated in U.S. dollars and include the reinvestment of dividends and interest. Returns less than one year are not annualized. Most recent quarter-end performance is preliminary. Returns are subject to change. Portfolio characteristics are for a representative account and are shown for illustrative purposes only. Portfolio characteristics of individual accounts managed to a model portfolio strategy may differ as a result of account size, client-imposed investment restrictions, the timing of client investments, market, economic and individual company considerations, and other factors. The inclusion of holdings information should not be interpreted as a recommendation to buy or sell or hold any security. The securities identified do not represent all the securities purchased, sold, or recommended for client accounts. It should not be assumed that an investment in the securities identified was or will be profitable. Holdings are subject to change.

Top 10 portfolio holdings (%)

Company % Industry
Bank of America 4.9 Banks
Microsoft 4.5 Software
Exelon 3.8 Electric utilities
Cigna 3.7 Health care providers and services
Gaming and Leisure Properties 3.6 Equity real estate investment trusts (REITs)
NXP Semiconductors 3.5 Semiconductors and semiconductor equipment
AbbVie 3.5 Biotechnology
Charter Communications 3.3 Media
United Rentals 3.3 Trading companies and distributors
Eli Lilly 2.9 Pharmaceuticals
Total 37

Performance commentary as of 12/31/20

For the 4th quarter, the strategy posted positive absolute returns and outperformed its benchmark.

As this is a concentrated portfolio, stock selection will be the primary driver of performance. From a sector perspective, positions within materials, financials, consumer discretionary, utilities, and health care contributed most to relative outperformance. Selections within industrials and communication services lagged. Our overweight to the lagging consumer staples sector also detracted.

Top contributors to performance included Bank of America (financials), Charles Schwab (financials) Assured Guaranty (financials), United Rentals (industrials) and Freeport-McMorRan (materials). Our out of benchmark positions in Amgen (healthcare), BJ's Wholesale Club (consumer staples) and Regeneron (healthcare) were among our top detractors.

The news of an effective COVID-19 vaccine had a profound effect on investor sentiment. As we enter 2021, we see considerable demand for leisure spending as well as more assets in savings accounts that are ready to be deployed. There will be debate over whether multiple waves of the COVID-19 pandemic will result in more permanent economic damage. So far, the market has looked fully past that, anticipating a return to normal in the second half or final quarter of 2021.

Rather than trying to predict the next headline and the market reactions to it, we continue to focus on longer-term trends. Our goal, as always, is to prepare the strategy for a range of scenarios with a balanced structure for the portfolio.

Performance commentary is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast or as research, or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer, or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy. It should not be assumed that an investment in any security mentioned was or will be profitable. As with any investment, there is a potential for profit as well as the possibility of loss. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Complete details, including composite calendar-year performance (%)

Q4 | 2020 Quarterly Review (PDF)

The strategy was formerly named the U.S. Large Cap Value Equity Separately Managed Account.

The Russell 1000 Value Index in an unmanaged index of those companies in the large-cap Russell 1000 Index chosen for their value orientation. Frank Russell Company is the source and owner of the trademarks, service marks, and copyrights related to the Russell Indexes. Russell® is a trademark of Frank Russell Company. You cannot invest directly in an index.

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