U.S. Large Cap Growth Equity Concentrated

This strategy seeks to invest in durable growth stocks that we believe can outperform in a variety of economic environments.*

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

Q1 | 2021 Quarterly Review (PDF)

Investment approach

  • Employs a thematic approach to identify secular winners with large addressable markets
  • Combines investment themes with bottom-up, fundamental analysis of stocks looking for businesses that can compound revenues and cash flows across a cycle at a multiple of GDP
  • Focuses on businesses that we believe have a strong ownership culture, and exhibit both a high level of growth and an above average duration of growth

Benchmark index

Russell 1000 Growth Index

AUM ($M) Strategy


AUM ($M) Composite


Inception date


Typical range of portfolio holdings


Related Putnam mutual fund

Growth Opportunities 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

A commitment to deep fundamental research

The team analyzes global trends, as well as problems and potential solutions, to identify which themes could drive sustained growth for businesses over a multi-year time horizon. Learn more about the theme-based strategy and the experiences that shaped the managers' investing approach.

Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager

Performance and holdings as of 3/31/21

Composite performance (%)

Annualized Gross Net Index
Q1 0.63 0.54 0.94
1 year 54.16 53.62 62.74
3 year 25.70 25.26 22.80
Since inception 25.20 24.76 22.41

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
Microsoft 9.2 Software
Apple 8.6 Technology hardware, storage and peripherals
Amazon 7.4 Internet and direct marketing retail
Alphabet 6.1 Interactive media and services
Mastercard 4.1 IT services
PayPal 3.8 IT services
Adobe 3.4 Software
Facebook 3.3 Interactive media and services
UnitedHealth 3.3 Health care providers and services
NVIDIA 3.0 Semiconductors and semiconductor equipment
Total 52.2

Performance commentary as of 3/31/21

Despite concerns about rising Covid-19 cases and an uptick in inflation expectations, U.S. equities posted positive returns for the first quarter. The market largely favored value orientated and small-cap companies. In this environment, the strategy marginally underperformed its benchmark, the Russell 1000 Growth.

As this is a concentrated portfolio, stock selection will be the leading driver of returns. By sector, selections within industrials, healthcare and communication services detracted most from relative performance. Favorable positions within consumer discretionary and financials offset some of the negative impact. Top detractors for the period included our exposure to Apple, Amazon, Tesla and CoStar. Alphabet, DraftKings, Microsoft and Airbnb were among our top contributors.

Looking ahead, we believe that though value may outperform for short periods of time (when it gets too cheap on a relative basis), an investor, with any appreciable time horizon, should bet on growth. We continue to believe growth is where the innovation is in the economy. Additionally, we see lasting opportunities from changes in behavior as consumers adjusted to the pandemic, such as contactless payments, cloud infrastructure, software as a service, and telemedicine.

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 (%)

Q1 | 2021 Quarterly Review (PDF)

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

The Russell 1000 Growth Index is an unmanaged index of those companies in the large-cap Russell 1000 Index chosen for their growth 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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