Active strategies seeking long-term outperformance

We offer a range of attractive equity portfolios for DC plans, including multiple 4- and 5-star funds.

Equity strategies with a record of solid performance

Name of fund Category Overall Morningstar RatingTM
as of 08/31/21
Retirement share class expense ratio
International Value Fund Value (out of 312 in category) 0.98
International Capital Opportunities Fund Blend (out of 87 in category) 1.11
Growth Opportunities Fund Growth (out of 1,128 in category) 0.68
Research Fund Blend (out of 1,254 in category) 0.69
Sustainable Future Fund Growth (out of 1,128 in category) 0.66
Large Cap Value Fund Value (out of 1,148 in category) 0.55
Focused International Equity Fund Blend (out of 683 in category) 0.74
Small Cap Growth Fund Growth (out of 575 in category) 0.84
Emerging Markets Equity Fund Blend (out of 699 in category) 1.27
Global Technology Fund Global Sector (out of 212 in category) 0.74
Multi-Cap Core Fund Blend (out of 1,254 in category) 0.63
International Equity Fund Blend (out of 683 in category) 0.77

Putnam Growth Opportunities Fund (PGOEX)

Durable growth themes and companies that benefit from them

A thematic approach is a distinctive feature of the fund. 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 Putnam Growth Opportunities Fund:  Brochure | Fund details | Quarterly commentary

Putnam Large Cap Value Fund (PEQSX)

(also available as a CIT)

A multidimensional approach to value investing.

A focus on dividend growth and defining value outside the index. The fund invests in three dimensions of value:


Attractively priced stocks of companies that are poised for improvement


Stocks of companies that are willing and able to increase their dividends


Stocks of companies with strong cash flows, earnings quality, and capital allocation strategies

Learn more about Putnam Large Cap Value Fund:  Brochure | Fund details | CIT details | Quarterly commentary

Putnam Small Cap Growth Fund (Also available as a CIT)

Seeking to capitalize on growing small companies

Small companies can add an attractive source of long-term investment growth for participants of a retirement plan.

Small companies

Often overlooked by Wall Street analysts, the stocks of small companies can represent attractive opportunities.

Growth Focus

Small companies tend to be flexible and innovative, and can often grow their earnings at faster rates than larger companies.

Long-term Strategy

Portfolio Manager Bill Monroe keeps the fund focused on small-cap growth stocks, favoring high-quality companies balanced with a smaller position in more aggressive growth companies.

Learn more about Putnam Small Cap Growth Fund:  Fund details | Fact Sheet | Quarterly commentary

Timely articles and key literature

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Don't overlook international small caps

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Equity InsightsEquity Insights | September 1, 2021