Active ETF

Putnam ESG Core Bond ETF (Class A) (PCRB)

Income securities diversified across multiple sectors for all-weather performance

NAV as of 05/26/23


Market data all data below as of 05/26/23

Closing market price $48.45
30-day median bid-ask spread 0.16%
Day high $48.50
Day low $48.36
Premium/Discount -0.11%
30-day average trading volume 10,587
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ETF facts as of 04/30/23

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Putnam ESG Core Bond ETF seeks high current income consistent with what Putnam Management believes to be prudent risk.

Strategy and process

  • Diverse opportunitiesInvests across sectors of the U.S. bond market, including mortgage-backed securities, corporate bonds, and other government obligations
  • Bottom-up processPursues benchmark outperformance mainly through security selection, while subsector allocations within the benchmark and macro strategies also serve as potential alpha generators
  • Integrated ESG approachIncorporates consideration of material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues that managers view as additive to the fundamental understanding of each issuer


Distribution rate as of 05/26/2023 3.71%
30-day SEC yield as of 04/30/2023 3.79%

Management team

Michael V. Salm

Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income

34 years in industry

26 years at Putnam Investments

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Andrew Benson

Portfolio Manager

15 years in industry

15 years at Putnam Investments

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Albert Chan, CFA

Head of Portfolio Construction

21 years in industry

21 years at Putnam Investments

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Sriketan Mahanti

Portfolio Manager

23 years in industry

11 years at Putnam Investments

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Fund information

Fact Sheet - Shareholder approved (PDF)

Legal documents

Summary Prospectus (PDF)
Statutory Prospectus (PDF)
Statement of Additional Information (SAI) (PDF)

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  • Total return (%) as of 03/31/23

Cumulative Total return (%) as of 03/31/23

Cumulative performance 1 yr. 3 yrs. 5 yrs. Life
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Market price -- -- -- -0.40%

Current performance may be lower or higher than the quoted past performance, which cannot guarantee future results. Share price, principal value, and return will vary, and you may have a gain or loss when you sell your shares. Performance assumes reinvestment of distributions and does not account for taxes. Returns for periods of less than one year are not annualized. Market performance is determined using the bid/ask midpoint at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. Market performance does not represent the returns you would receive if you traded shares at other times throughout the day.

Shares of any ETF are bought and sold at market price (not NAV), may trade at a discount or premium to NAV, and are not individually redeemed from the fund. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.

The fund has limited public trading history.


Performance snapshot

  Net asset value Market price
1 mt. as of 04/30/23 0.54% 0.43%
YTD - -

Fixed income statistics as of 04/30/23

Average effective duration 6.07 yrs.


Distribution rate as of 05/26/2023 3.71%
30-day SEC yield as of 04/30/2023 3.79%


Record date 05/23/23
Ex-date 05/22/23
Payable date 05/25/23
Income $0.15
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Portfolio holdings

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Us Treasury N/B 04.0000 11/15/2052 7.65%
Us Treasury N/B 02.3750 04/30/2026 6.37%
Us Treasury N/B 01.2500 08/15/2031 5.93%
Us Treasury N/B 02.5000 02/28/2026 5.48%
Us Treasury N/B 01.7500 03/15/2025 5.00%
Fnma Fn30 Ma4465 Umbs 02.0000 11/01/2051 2.62%
Us Treasury N/B 03.3750 08/15/2042 2.60%
Fnma Fn30 Tba Umbs 05.0000 05/01/2053 2.56%
Fnma Fn30 Ma4493 Umbs 02.5000 12/01/2051 2.46%
At&T 02.5500 12/01/2033 1.44%
Top 10 holdings, percent of portfolio 42.11%

Fixed Income Statistics as of 04/30/23

Average Effective Maturity 8.77 yrs.
Average Effective Duration 6.07 yrs.
Average Yield to Maturity 4.60%
Average Coupon 3.25
AMT Exposure --

Country allocation as of 04/30/23

United States 96.80%
France 0.76%
Germany 0.50%
Canada 0.46%
Spain 0.35%
Australia 0.30%
Switzerland 0.25%
Ireland 0.22%
Italy 0.13%
United Kingdom 0.13%
Luxembourg 0.09%
Cash and net other assets 0.00%

Portfolio composition as of 04/30/23

  Cash investments Non-cash investments Total portfolio
  Weight Spread duration Weight Spread duration Weight Spread duration
U.S. Treasury/agency 34.22% 2.57 0.00% 0.00 34.22% 2.57
Agency pass-through 26.80% 1.52 4.06% 0.17 30.86% 1.69
Investment-grade corporate bonds 24.87% 1.50 0.00% 0.00 24.87% 1.50
Commercial MBS 9.37% 0.30 0.00% 0.00 9.37% 0.30
High-yield corporate bonds 0.88% 0.05 0.00% 0.00 0.88% 0.05
Net cash 3.86% 0.00 0.00% 0.00 3.86% 0.00

Spread duration is displayed in years and reflects the contribution by sector to the portfolio's total spread duration with the exception of the Treasury and Interest-rate swap sectors where effective duration is displayed. Spread duration estimates the price sensitivity of a specific sector or asset class to a 100 basis-point movement, 1%, (either widening or narrowing) in its yield spread relative to Treasuries. Effective duration provides a measure of a portfolio's interest-rate sensitivity. The longer a portfolio's duration, the more sensitive the portfolio is to shifts in the interest rates. Allocations may not total 100% of net assets because the table includes the notional value of derivatives (the economic value for purposes of calculating periodic payment obligations), in addition to the market value of securities.

Maturity detail as of 04/30/23

0 - 1 yr. 0.54%
1 - 5 yrs. 35.41%
5 - 10 yrs. 45.37%
10 - 15 yrs. 5.90%
Over 15 yrs. 12.78%

Quality rating as of 04/30/23

AAA 66.58%
AA 4.65%
A 9.07%
BBB 14.47%
BB 0.88%
Not Rated 0.49%
Net cash 3.86%

The Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is an unmanaged index of U.S. investment-grade fixed income securities. You cannot invest directly in an index.

Consider these risks before investing: Investing with a focus on companies or issuers that exhibit a commitment to ESG factors may result in the fund investing in certain types of companies or issuers that underperform the market as a whole. In evaluating an investment opportunity, we may make investment decisions based on information and data that is incomplete or inaccurate. Due to changes in the products or services of the companies and issuers in which the fund invests, the fund may temporarily hold securities that are inconsistent with its ESG investment criteria.

Fixed-income investments are subject to interest-rate risk (the risk of bond prices falling if interest rates rise) and credit risk (the risk of an issuer defaulting on interest or principal payments). Interest-rate risk is generally greater for longer-term bonds, and credit risk is generally greater for below-investment-grade bonds. 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. Unlike bonds, funds that invest in bonds have fees and expenses. Funds that invest in government securities are not guaranteed. Mortgage-backed investments, unlike traditional debt investments, are also subject to prepayment risk, which means that they may increase in value less than other bonds when interest rates decline and decline in value more than other bonds when interest rates rise. The fund may have to invest the proceeds from prepaid investments in other investments with less attractive terms and yields.

The value of investments in the fund's portfolio may fall or fail to rise over 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. You can lose money by investing in the fund.

Credit qualities are shown as a percentage of the fund's net assets. A bond rated BBB or higher is considered investment grade. This chart reflects the highest security rating provided by one or more of Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch. Ratings and portfolio credit quality will vary over time. Net cash represent the market value weights of cash, derivatives, and short-term securities in the portfolio. The fund itself has not been rated by an independent rating agency.