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Prior to June 1, 2018, the fund was known as Putnam Absolute Return 100 Fund. All fund data for dates prior to June 1, 2018, reflect the fund's previous investment strategy in effect at that time.

Short Duration Bond Fund (Class Y)  (PARYX)

Pursuing income with a multi-sector, lower duration approach

Short Duration Bond Fund received an  Overall Morningstar Rating  of  

Highlights

Objective

The fund seeks as high a rate of current income as we believe is consistent with preservation of capital.

Strategy and process

  • Sector diversification: The fund invests in a diversified portfolio of fixed-income securities, including corporate debt, bank loans, sovereign debt, and securitized assets, such as mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities.
  • Managing rate sensitivity: The fund invests in short-term bonds and other securities, and generally maintains an effective duration, or interest-rate sensitivity, of three years or less.
  • Fundamental approach: The fund's experienced portfolio managers implement active strategies that consider several factors, including credit, interest-rate, and prepayment risks, and general market conditions.

Fund price

Yesterday’s close 52-week high 52-week low
Net asset value $10.02
0.00% | $0.00
$10.21
12/15/17
$9.96
12/21/17
Historical fund price

Fund facts as of 11/30/18

Total net assets
$255.24M
Turnover (fiscal year end)
256%
Dividend frequency (view rate)
Monthly
Number of holdings
392
Fiscal year-end
October
CUSIP / Fund code
746764380 / 1863
Inception date
12/23/08
Class Y  
Category
Fixed Income
Open to new investors
Ticker
PARYX

Management team

Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager
Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income
Portfolio Manager


Manager commentary | Q3 2018

Exploiting seasoned securities in short-duration strategies

Portfolio Manager Brett Kozlowski explains how security selection influences portfolio volatility.


Literature


Performance

  • Total return (%) as of 09/30/18

  • Annual performance as of 09/30/18

Annualized Total return (%) as of 09/30/18

Annualized performance 1 yr. 3 yrs. 5 yrs. Life (inception: 12/23/08 )
Before sales charge 2.23% 2.58% 1.86% 1.78%
After sales charge N/A N/A N/A N/A
ICE BofAML 1-3 Year U.S. Corporate Index 0.79%1.66%1.58%--
ICEBAML US TBill-ICEBAML 1-3yr US Corp Linkd Bench 1.60%0.84%0.54%--

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 before sales charge do not reflect the current maximum sales charges as indicated below. Had the sales charge been reflected, returns would be lower. Returns at public offering price (after sales charge) for class A and class M shares reflect the current maximum initial sales charges of 5.75% and 3.50% for equity funds and Putnam Multi-Asset Absolute Return Fund, 4.00% and 3.25% for income funds and 2.25% and 0.75% for Putnam Floating Rate Income Fund, Short-Term Municipal Income, Short Duration Bond Fund, and Fixed Income Absolute Return Fund, respectively. Class B share returns reflect the applicable contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC), which is 5% in the first year, declining to 1% in the sixth year, and is eliminated thereafter (except for Putnam Floating Rate Income Fund, which is 3% in the first year, declining to 1% in the fourth year, and is eliminated thereafter). Class C shares reflect a 1% CDSC the first year that is eliminated thereafter. Performance for class B, C, M, N, R, and Y shares prior to their inception is derived from the historical performance of class A shares, adjusted for the applicable sales charge (or CDSC) and, except for class Y shares, the higher operating expenses for such shares (with the exception of Putnam Tax-Free High Yield Fund and Putnam AMT-Free Municipal Fund, which are based on the historical performance of class B shares). Returns at public offering price (after sales charge) for class N shares reflect the current maximum initial sales charge of 1.50%. Class R5/R6 shares, available to qualified employee-benefit plans only, are sold without an initial sales charge and have no CDSC. Class Y shares are generally only available for corporate and institutional clients and have no initial sales charge. Performance for Class R5/R6 shares before their inception are derived from the historical performance of class Y shares, which have not been adjusted for the lower expenses; had they, returns would have been higher. Class A and M shares of Putnam money market funds have no initial sales charge. For a portion of the periods, some funds had expense limitations or had been sold on a limited basis with limited assets and expenses, without which returns would be lower.

Performance snapshot

  Before sales charge After sales charge
1 mt. as of 11/30/18 0.16% -
YTD as of 12/13/18 1.92% -

Yield

Distribution rate before sales charge
as of 12/13/18
3.11%
Distribution rate after sales charge
as of 12/13/18
3.11%
30-day SEC yield as of 11/30/18 3.34%

Risk-adjusted performance as of 10/31/18

Sharpe ratio (3 yrs.) 1.29
Information ratio (3 yrs.) 1.25

Volatility as of 10/31/18

Standard deviation (3 yrs.) 1.28%
Beta 0.26
R-squared 0.00

Lipper rankings as of 10/31/18

Time period Rank/Funds in category Percentile ranking
1 yr. 17/360 5%
3 yrs. 26/318 9%
5 yrs. 33/258 13%
10 yrs. --  
Lipper category: Short Investment Grade Debt Funds

Morningstar Ratings as of 10/31/18

Time period Funds in category Morningstar Rating
Overall 472
3 yrs. 472
5 yrs. 399
Morningstar category: Short-Term Bond

Distributions

Record/Ex dividend date 11/21/18
Payable date 11/26/18
Income $0.026
Extra income --
Short-term cap. gain --
Long-term cap. gain --

Lipper rankings are based on total return without sales charge relative to all share classes of funds with similar objectives as determined by Lipper. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

The up-market capture ratio is used to evaluate how well an investment manager performed relative to an index during periods when that index has risen. The ratio is calculated by dividing the manager’s returns by the returns of the index during the up-market, and multiplying that factor by 100. The down-market capture ratio is used to evaluate how well an investment manager performed relative to an index during periods when that index has dropped. The ratio is calculated by dividing the manager’s returns by the returns of the index during the down-market and multiplying that factor by 100.


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Holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 10/31/18

Fnma Fn30 Tba 03.0000 11/01/2048 16.46%
Fnma Fn30 Tba 04.0000 11/01/2048 5.02%
Gnma Gii30 Tba 04.5000 12/01/2048 2.06%
Gnma Gii30 Tba 04.0000 11/01/2048 1.01%
Cas 2017-C02 2b1 07.7814 09/25/2029 0.75%
Stacr 2018-Dna2 B1 05.9814 12/25/2030 0.75%
Fhr 4290 Ls Io 03.8205 07/15/2035 0.69%
Wamu 2005-Ar12 1a8 04.0437 10/25/2035 0.68%
Cas 2017-C06 1m2 04.9314 02/25/2030 0.67%
Gnr 2018-H01 Ai Io 02.2052 01/20/2068 0.64%
Top 10 holdings, percent of portfolio 28.73%

Full portfolio holdings

Prior top 10 holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 10/31/18
Fnma Fn30 Tba 03.0000 11/01/2048
Fnma Fn30 Tba 04.0000 11/01/2048
Gnma Gii30 Tba 04.5000 12/01/2048
Gnma Gii30 Tba 04.0000 11/01/2048
Cas 2017-C02 2b1 07.7814 09/25/2029
Stacr 2018-Dna2 B1 05.9814 12/25/2030
Fhr 4290 Ls Io 03.8205 07/15/2035
Wamu 2005-Ar12 1a8 04.0437 10/25/2035
Cas 2017-C06 1m2 04.9314 02/25/2030
Gnr 2018-H01 Ai Io 02.2052 01/20/2068
Holdings represent 28.73% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 09/30/18
Spst 2018-1 A 03.1122 04/24/2019
Spst 2018-3 A 02.9122 07/24/2019
Kkr Group Finance P/P 144a 06.3750 09/29/2020
Citigroup 04.0440 06/01/2024
Skandinaviska Enskilda Usd 02.3000 03/11/2020
Stacr 2015-Dna3 M2 05.0658 04/25/2028
Anz New Zealand Intl P/P 144a 03.3353 01/25/2022
Goldman Sachs Group 03.4838 11/15/2021
Morgan Stanley 03.5275 01/20/2022
CAS 2014-C04 2M2 07.2158 11/25/2024
Holdings represent 11.20% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 08/31/18
Net cash
Fnma Fn30 Tba 03.0000 10/01/2048
Gnma Gii30 Tba 04.5000 09/01/2048
Spst 2018-1 A 02.9660 04/24/2019
Kkr Group Finance P/P 144a 06.3750 09/29/2020
Spst 2018-3 A 02.7660 07/24/2019
Stacr 2015-Dna3 M2 04.9148 04/25/2028
Skandinaviska Enskilda Usd 02.3000 03/11/2020
Cas 2014-C04 2m2 07.0648 11/25/2024
Morgan Stanley 03.5275 01/20/2022
Holdings represent 31.53% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 07/31/18
Net cash
Fnma Fn30 Tba 03.0000 08/01/2048
Gnma Gii30 Tba 04.5000 08/01/2048
Spst 2018-1 A 02.9690 04/24/2019
Spst 2018-3 A 02.7690 07/24/2019
Kkr Group Finance P/P 144a 06.3750 09/29/2020
Skandinaviska Enskilda Usd 02.3000 03/11/2020
Cwalt 2006-Oa10 4a1 02.2536 08/25/2046
Cas 2014-C04 2m2 07.0636 11/25/2024
Goldman Sachs Group 03.5125 11/15/2021
Holdings represent 29.17% of portfolio

Fixed income statistics as of 10/31/18

Average effective maturity 2.59 yrs.
Average effective duration 1.73 yrs.
Average yield to maturity 3.41%
Average coupon 3.09%
Average price $86.97

Sector weightings as of 10/31/18

  Cash investments Non-cash investments Total portfolio
  Weight Spread duration Weight Spread duration Weight Spread duration
Investment-grade corporate bonds 43.54% 1.15 0.00% 0.00 43.54% 1.15
Commercial MBS 14.50% 0.43 0.46% 0.02 14.96% 0.45
Agency CMO 8.74% 0.21 0.00% 0.00 8.74% 0.21
Residential MBS (non-agency) 5.97% 0.17 0.00% 0.00 5.97% 0.17
High-yield corporate bonds 4.11% 0.16 0.00% 0.00 4.11% 0.16
Asset-backed securities (ABS) 3.95% 0.03 0.00% 0.00 3.95% 0.03
Interest rate swaps 0.00% 0.00 0.00% 0.11 0.00% 0.11
Net cash 19.19% 0.00 0.00% 0.00 19.19% 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 10/31/18

0 - 1 yr. 27.37%
1 - 5 yrs. 62.95%
5 - 10 yrs. 9.47%
Over 15 yrs. 0.21%

Quality rating as of 10/31/18

AAA 13.97%
AA 11.97%
A 30.40%
BBB 23.43%
BB 5.60%
B 0.81%
CCC and Below 0.45%
Not Rated 13.37%

Fund characteristics will vary over time.

Due to rounding, percentages may not equal 100%.

Consider these risks before investing: Allocation of assets among fixed-income strategies and sectors may hurt performance. Bond prices may fall or fail to rise over extended periods of time for a variety of reasons, including general financial market conditions, changing market perceptions of the risk (including perceptions about default and expectations about monetary policy or interest rates), changes in government intervention in the financial markets, and factors related to a specific issuer or industry. These and other factors may lead to increased volatility and reduced liquidity in the fund's portfolio holdings. Bond 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 greater for below-investment-grade bonds. Unlike bonds, funds that invest in bonds have fees and expenses. Lower-rated bonds may offer higher yields in return for more risk. Funds that invest in government securities are not guaranteed. Mortgage-backed securities are subject to prepayment risk and the risk that they may increase in value less when interest rates decline and decline in value more when interest rates rise. International investing involves currency, economic, and political risks. Emerging-market securities have illiquidity and volatility risks. The fund may not achieve its goal, and it is not intended to be a complete investment program. 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. The fund's efforts to produce lower-volatility returns may not be successful and may make it more difficult at times for the fund to achieve its targeted return. Under certain market conditions, the fund may accept greater-than-typical volatility to seek its targeted return. You can lose money by investing in the fund. The fund's prospectus lists additional risks.

Credit qualities are shown as a percentage of the fund's net assets. A bond rated BBB or higher (A-3 or higher, for short-term debt) is considered investment grade. This chart reflects the highest security rating provided by one or more of Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch. To-be-announced (TBA) mortgage commitments, if any, are included based on their issuer ratings. Ratings may vary over time. Cash, derivative instruments, and net other assets are shown in the not-rated category. Payables and receivables for TBA mortgage commitments are included in the not-rated category and may result in negative weights. The fund itself has not been rated by an independent rating agency.

Country allocation as of 10/31/18

United States 87.20%
Australia 2.67%
United Kingdom 2.58%
Canada 2.12%
Bermuda 1.49%
Sweden 1.08%
France 0.81%
Switzerland 0.73%
Netherlands 0.60%
 
Other
0.72%
Germany 0.26%
Ireland 0.24%
Japan 0.22%

Expenses

Expense ratio

Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R6 Class Y
Total expense ratio 0.63% 0.83% 1.38% 0.68% 0.88% 0.38% 0.38%
What you pay 0.63% 0.83% 1.38% 0.68% 0.88% 0.38% 0.38%

Sales charge

 Breakpoint Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R6 Class Y
$0-$49,999 2.25% / 2.00% 0.00% / 1.00% 0.00% / 1.00% 0.75% / 0.75% -- -- --
$50,000-$99,999 2.25% / 2.00% 0.00% / 1.00% 0.00% / 1.00% 0.75% / 0.75% -- -- --
$100,000-$249,999 1.25% / 1.00% -- 0.00% / 1.00% 0.75% / 0.75% -- -- --
$250,000-$499,999 0.00% / 1.00% -- -- -- -- -- --
$500,000-$999,999 0.00% / 1.00% -- -- -- -- -- --
$1M-$4M 0.00% / 1.00% -- -- -- -- -- --
$4M-$50M 0.00% / 0.50% -- -- -- -- -- --
$50M+ 0.00% / 0.25% -- -- -- -- -- --

CDSC

  Class A (sales for $250,000+) Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R6 Class Y
0 to 9 mts. 1.00% 1.00% 1.00% -- -- -- --
9 to 12 mts. 0.00% 1.00% 1.00% -- -- -- --
2 yrs. -- 0.50% 0.00% -- -- -- --
3 yrs. -- -- 0.00% -- -- -- --
4 yrs. -- -- 0.00% -- -- -- --
5 yrs. -- -- 0.00% -- -- -- --
6 yrs. -- -- 0.00% -- -- -- --
7+ yrs. -- -- 0.00% -- -- -- --

Trail commissions

  Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R6 Class Y
  0.25% 0.25% 1.00% 0.30% 0.50% 0.00% 0.00%
  NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
  NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

For sales and trail commission information on purchases over $250,000 and participant-directed qualified retirement plans, see a Putnam fund prospectus and the statement of additional information.

The ICE BofAML 1-3 Year U.S. Corporate Index is an unmanaged index U.S. investment-grade corporate debt with a remaining term to maturity of less than 3 years. The ICE BofAML 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. The ICE BofAML U.S. Treasury Bill-ICE BofAML 1-3 Year U.S. Corporate Linked Benchmark represents performance of the ICE BofAML U.S. Treasury Bill Index from the inception date of the fund through May 31, 2018, and performance of the ICE BofAML 1-3 Year U.S. Corporate Index from June 1, 2018 thereafter. You cannot invest directly in an index. As of June 1, 2018, the ICE BofAML 1-3 Year U.S. Corporate Index replaced the ICE BofAML U.S. Treasury Bill Index as the benchmark for this fund because, in Putnam Investment Management, LLC's opinion, the securities tracked by this index more accurately reflect the types of securities that generally will be held by the fund.

Each fund seeks to earn a positive total return that exceeds the rate of inflation by a targeted amount over a reasonable period of time regardless of market conditions. There can be no assurance that a fund will meet its objective. The fund is not intended to outperform stocks and bonds during strong market rallies. Consult your financial advisor to determine which fund fits into your investment goals and time horizon.

Consider these risks before investing: Allocation of assets among fixed-income strategies and sectors may hurt performance. Bond prices may fall or fail to rise over extended periods of time for a variety of reasons, including general financial market conditions, changing market perceptions of the risk (including perceptions about default and expectations about monetary policy or interest rates), changes in government intervention in the financial markets, and factors related to a specific issuer or industry. These and other factors may lead to increased volatility and reduced liquidity in the fund's portfolio holdings. Bond 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 greater for below-investment-grade bonds. Unlike bonds, funds that invest in bonds have fees and expenses. Lower-rated bonds may offer higher yields in return for more risk. Funds that invest in government securities are not guaranteed. Mortgage-backed securities are subject to prepayment risk and the risk that they may increase in value less when interest rates decline and decline in value more when interest rates rise. International investing involves currency, economic, and political risks. Emerging-market securities have illiquidity and volatility risks. The fund may not achieve its goal, and it is not intended to be a complete investment program. 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. The fund's efforts to produce lower-volatility returns may not be successful and may make it more difficult at times for the fund to achieve its targeted return. Under certain market conditions, the fund may accept greater-than-typical volatility to seek its targeted return. You can lose money by investing in the fund. The fund's prospectus lists additional risks.

Credit qualities are shown as a percentage of the fund's net assets. A bond rated BBB or higher (A-3 or higher, for short-term debt) is considered investment grade. This chart reflects the highest security rating provided by one or more of Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch. To-be-announced (TBA) mortgage commitments, if any, are included based on their issuer ratings. Ratings may vary over time. Cash, derivative instruments, and net other assets are shown in the not-rated category. Payables and receivables for TBA mortgage commitments are included in the not-rated category and may result in negative weights. The fund itself has not been rated by an independent rating agency.