D. William Kohli

Co-Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income

Mr. Kohli is Co-Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, and a member of Putnam’s Operating Committee. He is responsible for the overall strategy and positioning of Putnam’s fixed-income products. Mr. Kohli specializes in global rates and currencies and oversees the Portfolio Construction group, which draws on the expertise of sector specialist teams. In addition, he is a portfolio manager of Putnam Diversified Income Trust, Putnam Fixed Income Absolute Return Fund, Putnam Global Income Trust, Putnam Master Intermediate Income Trust, Putnam Premier Income Trust, and Putnam Short Duration Bond Fund. Mr. Kohli joined Putnam in 1994 and has been in the investment industry since 1988.

Products managed

Fact sheet Annual Semi-annual Compare
Diversified Income Trust
5-year Morningstar RatingTM among 283 funds in the Nontraditional Bond category.
Fixed Income Absolute Return Fund
Global Income Trust
Overall Morningstar RatingTM among 185 funds in the World Bond category.
10-year Morningstar RatingTM among 126 funds in the World Bond category.
5-year Morningstar RatingTM among 170 funds in the World Bond category.
Short Duration Bond Fund
Overall Morningstar RatingTM among 518 funds in the Short-Term Bond category.
5-year Morningstar RatingTM among 462 funds in the Short-Term Bond category.
Stable Value Fund


Revisiting "Thinking outside the index"

February 2019

Leaders of Putnam's fixed-income group outline their independent thinking on the forms of fixed-income risk and discuss the risk-return potential of sectors outside the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index.

Fixed-Income Outlook

Q2 2020

Analysis of global bond market sectors from the Co-Heads of Fixed Income.

Blog posts

Don’t underestimate this economy


Despite worrisome headlines about the economy, recent data show only a modest loss of momentum.

The fixed-income risks that we favor


We see more attractive fixed income risks outside of interest rates, in part because U.S. economic growth may warrant more rate hikes by the Fed.

Headwinds buffet emerging-market debt


Higher interest rates can challenge any fixed-income market, but rate increases in advanced economies can cause particular difficulty for emerging markets.