Expect More From Retirement

Putnam target-date strategies

Investment diversification tailored for retirement.

The road to retirement requires a plan for diversification.

Security. Comfort. A new endeavor. Retirement is an opportunity for people to define their future. But getting to retirement means tackling questions about how to save, how to invest, and how to manage risk over time.

For millions of working people today, the road to retirement depends on access to a workplace savings plan. Studies show that having a well-designed workplace savings plan is one of the greatest advantages for individuals to make progress toward their retirement goals.

Target-date portfolios can anchor a retirement plan with consistent diversification

Any workplace savings plan should offer a number of investment options. Among these options, a target-date strategy offers the consistent diversification that people need, along with automatic features that provide convenience.

    The key structural component is the glide path

    Our glide path seeks reduced risk

    The glide path guides the mix of stocks and bonds in each portfolio over time. As investors approach retirement, Putnam's target-date glide path shifts more assets toward fixed income than the industry average, according to Putnam's research.

    Along the glide path, we make tactical allocations

    With the glide path as a consistent reference point, the portfolio managers can add or subtract up to 15% to the stock or bond weightings based on their analysis of market opportunities and risks.

    Within each asset class, we select securities

    The portfolio managers analyze stocks and bonds to choose securities to buy and sell for the portfolios. Managing this level of selection gives them greater control of portfolio risks and enhances efficiency.

    A long-tenured portfolio team offers experience in the markets to serve retirement investors.

    Putnam's Global Asset Allocation team manages our target-date strategies. It is one of the industry's longest-tenured teams dedicated to diversified strategies, with a track record of more than two decades.

    Clockwise from top left:

    • Robert J. Schoen, Chief Investment Officer, Global Asset Allocation (industry since 1990)
    • James A. Fetch, Co-Head of Global Asset Allocation (industry since 1994)
    • Robert J. Kea, CFA, Co-Head of Global Asset Allocation (industry since 1988)
    • Jason R. Vaillancourt, CFA, Co-Head of Global Asset Allocation (industry since 1993)

    Choose a CIT or mutual fund structure

      Putnam Retirement Advantage
    VS
    Putnam RetirementReady
    Investment vehicle Collective Investment Trust (CIT)

      Mutual funds

    Result Flexibility to offer level expense structure across every portfolio

    Only available to qualified retirement plans

      Expenses will vary based on equity allocations across portfolios

    Available to qualified retirement plans, IRAs and retail investors

    Alternatives No allocation to alternatives   Allocation to Absolute Return strategies in every portfolio
    Result Investment performance driven by relative return strategies   Relative return strategies complimented by Absolute Return, adding diversification by philosophy

    Our thinking on glide paths

    Read "Optimizing the glide path for a smoother landing in retirement" for our view on optimal diversification.

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    Consider these risks before investing: Our allocation of assets among permitted asset categories may hurt performance. Stock and bond prices may fall or fail to rise over time for several reasons, including general financial market conditions, factors related to a specific issuer or industry and, with respect to bond prices, changing market perceptions of the risk of default and changes in government intervention. These factors may also lead to increased volatility and reduced liquidity in the bond markets. Growth stocks may be more susceptible to earnings disappointments, and value stocks may fail to rebound. Investments in small and/or midsize companies increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. 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). Default risk is generally higher for non-qualified mortgages. Interest-rate risk is greater for longer-term bonds, and credit risk is greater for below-investment-grade bonds. 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 carry illiquidity and volatility risks. Active trading strategies may lose money or not earn a return sufficient to cover trading and other costs. REITs are subject to the risk of economic downturns that have an adverse impact on real estate markets. Commodity-linked notes are subject to the same risks as commodities, such as weather, disease, political, tax and other regulatory developments and other factors affecting the value of commodities. 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. 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 returns. In addition, under certain market conditions, the funds may accept greater volatility than would typically be the case, in order to seek their targeted return. There is no guarantee that the funds will provide adequate income at and through an investor's retirement. You can lose money by investing in the funds.

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