Effective February 28, 2023, Fixed Income Absolute Return Fund changed to Core Bond Fund.

Core Bond Fund (Class Y)  (PYTRX)

Income securities diversified across multiple sectors for all-weather performance

Core Bond Fund received an  Overall Morningstar Rating of  as of 02/29/24 among 426 funds in the Intermediate Core Bond category (Y shares, based on risk-adjusted returns)

Highlights

Objective

The fund seeks high current income consistent with what Putnam Management believes to be prudent risk.

Strategy and process

  • Diverse opportunitiesInvests across sectors of the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, including mortgage-backed securities, corporate bonds, and other government obligations
  • Managed rate sensitivitySeeks to maintain an effective duration, or interest-rate sensitivity, in line with the benchmark
  • Bottom-up processPursues benchmark outperformance mainly through security selection, while subsector allocations within the index and macro strategies also serve as potential alpha generators

Fund price and assets

Prior close 52-week high 52-week low Net assets and outstanding shares
Net asset value $8.01
0.25% | $0.02
$8.41
05/03/23
$7.63
10/19/23
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Consistency of positive performance over five years

Performance represents 5-year returns in rolling quarter-end periods since inception.

Performance shown above does not reflect the effects of any sales charges. Note that returns of 0.00% are counted as positive periods. For complete fund performance, please see below.

4.64%

Best 5-year annualized return

(for period ending 03/31/21)


0.21%

Worst 5-year annualized return

(for period ending 03/31/16)


2.27%

Average 5-year annualized return


Fund facts as of 03/31/24

Total net assets
$450.05M
Turnover (fiscal year end)
967%
Dividend frequency (view rate)
Monthly
Number of holdings
619
Fiscal year-end
October
CUSIP / Fund code
746764323 / 1864
Inception date
12/23/08
Class Y  
Category
Fixed Income
Open to new investors
Ticker
PYTRX

Management team

Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income
Portfolio Manager
Head of Portfolio Construction
Portfolio Manager


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Performance

  • Total return (%) as of 03/31/24

  • Annual performance as of 03/31/24

Annualized Total return (%) as of 03/31/24

Annualized performance 1 yr. 3 yrs. 5 yrs. 10 yrs.
Before sales charge 2.16% -0.34% 1.37% 1.72%
After sales charge N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 1.70%-2.46%0.36%1.54%
Putnam Core Bond Linked Benchmark 1.70%2.10%1.76%1.26%

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. The "before sales charge" performance does not reflect the current maximum sales charges, which we explain below. If performance did reflect the charges, it would be lower. The "after sales charge" performance (or returns at public offering price) varies by share class and fund. For class A and class M shares, the current maximum initial sales charges are 5.75% and 3.50% for equity funds and 4.00% and 3.25% for income funds, respectively (with these exceptions: 2.25% for class A of Floating Rate Income Fund, Short-Term Municipal Income Fund, Short Duration Bond Fund, and Strategic Intermediate Municipal Fund). Class B share performance reflects the applicable contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC), which is 5% in the first year, declines to 1% in the sixth year, and is eliminated thereafter (except for Floating Rate Income Fund and Short Duration Bond Fund; for these funds, the CDSC is 1% in the first year, declines to 0.5% in the second year, and is eliminated thereafter). Class C share performance reflects 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 by adjusting for the applicable sales charge (or CDSC) and, except for class Y shares, the higher operating expenses for such shares (note, for two funds - Tax-Free High Yield Fund and Strategic Intermediate Municipal Fund performance prior to inception is based on the historical performance of class B shares). Performance for class A, C, R6, and Y shares of Mortgage Opportunities Fund before their inception is derived from the historical performance of class I shares, which has been adjusted for the applicable sales charge (or CDSC) and the higher operating expenses for such shares. The "after sales charge" performance (at public offering price) for class N shares reflects the current maximum initial sales charge of 1.50%. Class R, R3, R4, R5, and R6 shares, which are 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 R3 and R4 shares prior to their inception is derived from the historical performance of class Y shares by adjusting for the higher operating expenses for such shares. Performance for class R5 shares before their inception is derived from the historical performance of class Y shares, which has not been adjusted for the lower expenses; had it been adjusted, performance would be higher (with the exception of the Sustainable Retirement Maturity, 2025, 2030, 2035, and 2040 Funds, for which performance is derived from the historical performance of class R6 shares and has been adjusted for the higher operating expenses for such shares; and the Sustainable Retirement 2045, 2050, 2055, and 2060 Funds, for which performance is derived from the historical performance of class R6 shares and has not been adjusted for the lower expenses; had it been adjusted, performance would be higher). Performance for class R6 shares before their inception is derived from the historical performance of class Y shares, which has not been adjusted for the lower operating expenses; had it been adjusted, performance would be higher. For a portion of the period, some funds had expenses limitations or had been sold on a limited basis with limited assets and expenses. Had these limits not been in place, performance would be lower.

Performance snapshot

  Before sales charge After sales charge
1 mt. as of 03/31/24 1.01% -
YTD as of 04/12/24 or prior close -1.91% -

Yield

Distribution rate before sales charge
as of 04/12/24
4.64%
Distribution rate after sales charge
as of 04/12/24
4.64%
30-day SEC yield as of 03/31/24 5.05%

Volatility as of 02/29/24

Standard deviation (3 yrs.) 5.07%

Fixed income statistics as of 02/29/24

Average effective duration 6.02 yrs.

Morningstar Ratings as of 02/29/24

Time period Funds in category Morningstar Rating
Overall 426
3 yrs. 426
5 yrs. 386
10 yrs. 275
Morningstar category: Intermediate Core Bond

Distributions

Record/Ex dividend date 03/18/24
Payable date 03/20/24
Income $0.031
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.

Morningstar Ratings for the specific share classes only; other classes may have different performance characteristics.

The Morningstar Rating™ 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 3-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 Morningstar Rating does not include any adjustment for sales loads. 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 3-, 5-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% 3-year rating for 36–59 months of total returns, 60% 5-year rating/40% 3-year rating for 60–119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% 5-year rating/20% 3-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 3-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

Some of Morningstar's proprietary calculations, including the Morningstar Rating™, are not customarily calculated based on adjusted historical returns. However, for new share classes/channels, Morningstar may calculate an extended performance Morningstar Rating that is based, in part, on adjusted historical (or "pre-inception") returns for periods prior to the inception of the share class of the fund shown herein ("Report Share Class").

The extended performance is calculated by creating a performance stream consisting of the Report Share Class and older share class(s). Morningstar adjusts the historical total returns of the older share class(es) of a fund to reflect higher expenses in the Report Share Class. Morningstar does not hypothetically adjust returns upwards for lower expenses.

The extended performance Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return is then calculated for 3-, 5-, and 10-year time periods and used to determine the extended performance Morningstar Rating. The extended performance Morningstar Rating for this fund does not affect the retail fund data published by Morningstar, as the bell curve distribution on which the ratings are based includes only funds with actual returns. The Overall Morningstar Rating for multi-share open-end funds will be either based on actual performance only or extended performance only. Once the share class turns three years old, the Overall Morningstar Rating will be based on actual ratings only. The Overall Morningstar Rating for multi-share variable annuities is based on a weighted average of any ratings that are available.

While the inclusion of pre-inception data, in the form of extended performance, can provide valuable insight into the probable long-term behavior of newer share classes of a fund, investors should be aware that an adjusted historical return can only provide an approximation of that behavior. For example, the fee structures of a retail share class will vary from that of an institutional share class, as retail shares tend to have higher operating expenses and sales charges. These adjusted historical returns are not actual returns. The underlying investments in the share classes used to calculate the pre-performance string will likely vary from the underlying investments held in the fund after inception. Calculation methodologies utilized by Morningstar may differ from those applied by other entities, including the fund itself.

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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

Fnma Fn30 Tba Umbs 02.0000 03/01/2054 4.16%
Us Treasury N/B 02.7500 02/15/2028 3.76%
Us Treasury N/B 01.6250 05/15/2026 3.37%
Us Treasury N/B 03.0000 02/15/2049 3.22%
Fnma Fn30 Tba Umbs 03.0000 03/01/2054 2.76%
Us Treasury N/B 02.7500 08/15/2042 2.69%
Us Treasury N/B 02.7500 08/15/2032 2.55%
Us Treasury N/B 03.0000 02/15/2047 2.16%
Us Treasury N/B 02.3750 05/15/2051 2.01%
Fnma Fn30 Tba Umbs 02.5000 03/01/2054 1.89%
Top 10 holdings, percent of portfolio 28.56%



Fixed income statistics as of 02/29/24

Average effective maturity 8.87 yrs.
Average effective duration 6.02 yrs.
Average yield to maturity 5.52%
Average coupon 4.72%

Maturity detail as of 02/29/24

0 - 1 yr. -8.60%
1 - 5 yrs. 44.70%
5 - 10 yrs. 41.80%
10 - 15 yrs. 8.34%
Over 15 yrs. 13.76%

Quality rating as of 02/29/24

AAA 57.08%
AA 5.31%
A 11.66%
BBB 18.88%
BB 0.69%
B 0.23%
CCC and Below 0.14%
Not Rated 0.73%
Net cash 5.27%

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. The value of investments in the fund’s portfolio may fall or fail to rise over extended periods of 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.

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 generally 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 investments, unlike traditional debt investments, are subject to prepayment risk, which means that they may increase in value less when interest rates decline and decline in value more when interest rates rise. The fund’s investments in mortgage-backed securities and asset-backed securities, and in certain other securities and derivatives, may be or become illiquid. The fund currently has significant investment exposure to mortgage-backed securities, which may make the fund’s net asset value more susceptible to economic, market, political, and other developments affecting the housing or real estate markets and the servicing of mortgage loans secured by real estate properties. 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. The fund is not intended to outperform stocks and bonds during strong market rallies. The fund’s prospectus lists additional risks.

Our investment techniques, analyses, and judgments may not produce the intended outcome, and the investments we select for the fund may not perform as well as other securities that were not selected for the fund. We, or the fund’s other service providers, may experience disruptions or operating errors that could negatively impact the fund. 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. Data in the chart reflect a new calculation methodology put into effect 6/30/22.

Country allocation as of 02/29/24

United States 91.06%
Cayman Islands 4.35%
Canada 0.88%
Germany 0.64%
France 0.60%
Switzerland 0.53%
Spain 0.43%
Ireland 0.41%
Singapore 0.34%
 
Other
0.76%
Jersey 0.21%
Bermuda 0.15%
Australia 0.12%
Netherlands 0.12%
United Kingdom 0.05%
South Korea 0.05%
Luxembourg 0.05%

Expenses

Expense ratio

Class A Class B Class C Class R Class R6 Class Y
Total expense ratio 0.64% 0.84% 1.39% 0.89% 0.39% 0.39%
What you pay 0.64% 0.84% 1.39% 0.89% 0.39% 0.39%

Sales charge

 Breakpoint Class A Class B Class C Class R Class R6 Class Y
$0-$49,999 4.00% / 3.50% 0.00% / 1.00% 0.00% / 1.00% -- -- --
$50,000-$99,999 3.25% / 2.75% 0.00% / 1.00% 0.00% / 1.00% -- -- --
$100,000-$249,999 2.50% / 2.00% -- 0.00% / 1.00% -- -- --
$250,000-$499,999 0.00% / 1.00% -- 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 R Class R6 Class Y
0 to 9 mts. 1.00% 1.00% 1.00% -- -- --
9 to 12 mts. 1.00% 1.00% 1.00% -- -- --
2 yrs. 0.00% 0.50% 0.00% -- -- --
3 yrs. 0.00% -- 0.00% -- -- --
4 yrs. 0.00% -- 0.00% -- -- --
5 yrs. 0.00% -- 0.00% -- -- --
6 yrs. 0.00% -- 0.00% -- -- --
7+ yrs. 0.00% -- 0.00% -- -- --

Trail commissions

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

For sales and trail commission information on purchases over $500,000 and participant-directed qualified retirement plans, see a Putnam fund prospectus and the statement of additional information.

The Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is an unmanaged index of U.S. investment-grade fixed income securities. The Putnam Core Bond Linked Benchmark represents the performance of the ICE BofA U.S. Treasury Bill Index through February 27, 2023, and the performance of the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index thereafter. 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.

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. The value of investments in the fund’s portfolio may fall or fail to rise over extended periods of 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.

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 generally 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 investments, unlike traditional debt investments, are subject to prepayment risk, which means that they may increase in value less when interest rates decline and decline in value more when interest rates rise. The fund’s investments in mortgage-backed securities and asset-backed securities, and in certain other securities and derivatives, may be or become illiquid. The fund currently has significant investment exposure to mortgage-backed securities, which may make the fund’s net asset value more susceptible to economic, market, political, and other developments affecting the housing or real estate markets and the servicing of mortgage loans secured by real estate properties. 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. The fund is not intended to outperform stocks and bonds during strong market rallies. The fund’s prospectus lists additional risks.

Our investment techniques, analyses, and judgments may not produce the intended outcome, and the investments we select for the fund may not perform as well as other securities that were not selected for the fund. We, or the fund’s other service providers, may experience disruptions or operating errors that could negatively impact the fund. 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. Data in the chart reflect a new calculation methodology put into effect 6/30/22.