Ultra Short Duration Income Managed Account

Seeking capital preservation and a higher rate of current income*

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

Quarterly Review (PDF)

Investment approach

  • Invests in a diversified portfolio composed of short duration, investment-grade money market and other fixed income securities.
  • Actively manages risk with the goal of superior risk-adjusted performance over time.
  • Accesses a wider range of income opportunities so that the strategy may offer higher income potential than other short-term investments.
  • SMA structure provides exposure to both individual bonds and a diversified pooled vehicle, which enables access to the full landscape of eligible sectors and securities.

Benchmark index

ICE BofA U.S. Treasury Bill Index

AUM ($M) Strategy


AUM ($M) Composite


Inception date


Typical range of individual holdings


Related Putnam mutual fund

Ultra Short Duration Income 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. Total strategy assets may include accounts that are not reflected in the composite.

The Ultra Short Duration Income Managed Account strategy utilizes both individual securities and a diversified pooled vehicle that permits access to security types that are difficult to implement for Separately Managed Account (SMA) investors. Exposure to certain sectors and security types, including derivatives, are gained via the Putnam Ultra Short MAC Series (“the fund”), which is a proprietary no-fee mutual fund established exclusively for use within SMAs. The fund is used in combination with selected individual securities to implement the SMA's investment program. The fund does not pay a management fee to Putnam. Shareholders should be aware, however, that the fund is part of SMA investment programs, and Putnam will be compensated directly or indirectly by program sponsors or program clients for SMA advisory services. The fund's prospectus includes information on fund investment objectives, strategies and risks.

Portfolio managers

Head of Short Term Liquid Markets
Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager, Analyst

Performance as of 12/31/23

Composite performance (%)

Cumulative Gross Net Index
Q4 2.10 2.00 1.40
Since inception 5.06 4.74 3.92

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. Periods less than one year are not annualized. Most recent quarter-end performance is preliminary. Returns are subject to change. Gross performance includes the deduction of transaction costs but does not include the deduction of management fees and other expenses that may be incurred in managing an investment account. A portfolio's return will be reduced by advisory and other fees. Net performance reflects the deduction of a model fee applied on a monthly basis, equal to the actual management fee incurred by a portfolio in the composite or the highest management fee that would be charged to a prospect of the strategy, whichever is higher. The model fee may change over time. Actual advisory fees may vary among clients with the same investment strategy. The composite includes all actual, fully discretionary accounts with substantially similar investment policies and objectives managed to the composite's investment strategy.

Portfolio characteristics and holdings are for a representative account managed to the composite's strategy and are shown for illustrative purposes only. Each account is managed individually. Accordingly, portfolio characteristics may vary and are subject to change. Portfolio characteristics of individual client accounts may differ from those of the representative accounts as a result of account size, client-imposed restrictions, the timing of client investments, market conditions, contributions, withdrawals, 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 any investment in these securities was, or will prove to be, profitable, or that the investment decisions we make in the future will be profitable or equal to the investment performance of securities referenced herein.

Holdings as of 12/31/23

Portfolio composition

Investment-grade corporate bonds 90.4
Treasury bills 4.7
Commercial paper 2.8
Short-term asset-backed securities 1.3
Net cash 0.7

Top 10 Issuers

Company %
U.S. Treasury 4.7
Bank of America 2.8
Citigroup 2.5
Wells Fargo 2.4
JPMorgan Chase 2.3
Public Storage 2.2
Royal Bank of Canada 2.2
Boston Properties 2.1
Scotiabank 2.1
Capital One Financial 1.9
Total 25.3

The ICE BofA U.S. Treasury Bill Index is an unmanaged index that tracks the performance of U.S. dollar denominated U.S. Treasury Bills publicly issued in the U.S. domestic market. Qualifying securities must have a remaining term of at least one month to final maturity and a minimum amount outstanding of $1 billion. You cannot invest directly in an index.

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