An active strategy for harnessing the potential of U.S. value stocks
Portfolio Managers Darren Jaroch and Lauren DeMore manage U.S. and international portfolios, giving them broad investing insight. Their knowledge of the landscape across global markets enhances their research of U.S. companies and dividend opportunities.
Multiple sources of insight
The portfolio managers combine their analysis with ideas from analysts in Putnam's Equity Research organization and information from quantitative screening and risk-management tools.
A strategic dividend investor
"It's important to differentiate companies that can simply support a dividend from those that can grow that dividend," says Darren of the fund's approach. They focus on company cash flows, earnings quality, and capital allocation.
An investment team with a differentiated process
Value investing sector by sector
Portfolio Manager Lauren Demore, CFA, explains the team’s investment process for analyzing a stock’s valuation relative to its sector rather than the overall market.
About the portfolio managers
Darren A. Jaroch, CFA
24 years in the investment industry
21 years managing value portfolios at Putnam
Lauren DeMore, CFA
18 years in the investment industry
14 years managing value portfolios at Putnam
35 analysts provide support for the fund's investment process
Watch a video about Darren's research approach.
A multidimensional approach to value investing
Darren Jaroch, CFA, and Lauren DeMore, CFA, manage a disciplined process to target a wider array of opportunities than many other equity income funds. In selecting stocks, they place extra emphasis on businesses that could enhance the fund's capital appreciation potential.
VALUE STOCKS | Attractively priced stocks of companies poised for improvement
DIVIDEND GROWERS | Stocks of companies that are willing and able to increase their dividends
CASH-FLOW GENERATORS | Stocks of companies with strong cash flows, earnings quality, and capital allocation strategies
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