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Active ETF

Putnam Sustainable Future ETF (Class A)  (PFUT)

Investing in companies creating solutions to essential sustainability challenges

Investment strategy also available as:

This ETF is different from traditional ETFs. Traditional ETFs tell the public what assets they hold each day. This ETF will not. This may create additional risks for your investment. For example:

  • You may have to pay more money to trade the ETF's shares. This ETF will provide less information to traders, who tend to charge more for trades when they have less information.
  • The price you pay to buy ETF shares on an exchange may not match the value of the ETF's portfolio. The same is true when you sell shares. These price differences may be greater for this ETF compared with other ETFs because it provides less information to traders.
  • These additional risks may be even greater in bad or uncertain market conditions.
  • The ETF will publish on its website each day a Tracking Basket designed to help trading in shares of the ETF. While the Tracking Basket includes some of the ETF's holdings, it is not the ETF's actual portfolio.

The differences between this ETF and other ETFs may also have advantages. By keeping certain information about the ETF secret, this ETF may face less risk that other traders can predict or copy its investment strategy. This may improve the ETF's performance. If other traders are able to copy or predict the ETF's investment strategy, however, this may hurt the ETF's performance.

For additional information regarding the unique attributes and risks of the ETF, see disclosure below and the Principal Investment Risks section of the prospectus.

Shares of any ETF are bought and sold at market price (not NAV), may trade at a discount or premium to NAV, and are not individually redeemed from the fund. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.

The funds have limited public-trading history and will operate differently from other actively managed ETFs that publish their portfolio holdings on a daily basis.

NAV as of 12/01/21


Market data all data below as of 12/01/21

Closing market price $25.68
30-day median bid-ask spread 0.31%
Day high $26.43
Day low $25.68
Premium/Discount 0.66%
30-day average trading volume 1,506

How to buy Putnam ETFs

Putnam ETFs can be purchased and sold the same way you would buy or sell a stock — through most self-directed brokers or with the guidance of your advisor. Opening an online, self-directed brokerage account provides investors with:

  • Accessibility to a variety of investment products
  • Tools to help you build and optimize your portfolio
  • Flexibility and freedom of managing your investment portfolio
See available brokerages Learn about Putnam Active ETFs

ETF facts as of 10/31/21

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Putnam Sustainable Future ETF seeks long-term capital appreciation.

Strategy and process

  • Solutions focusThe portfolio invests in companies whose products and services provide solutions to essential sustainability challenges.
  • Active strategyA framework grounded in fundamental research and focused on forward-looking sustainability themes drives investment decisions.
  • Experienced teamAn experienced, dedicated sustainable investing team is integrated with Putnam's equity research and quantitative/risk analysis groups.

Management team

Katherine Collins, CFA, MTS

Head of Sustainable Investing

31 years in industry

4 years at Putnam Investments

See full profile

Stephanie Dobson

Portfolio Manager

10 years in industry

4 years at Putnam Investments

See full profile


Fund information

Fact Sheet (PDF)
Annual Report (PDF)

Legal documents


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  • Total return (%) as of 09/30/21

Cumulative Total return (%) as of 09/30/21

Cumulative performance 1 yr. 3 yrs. 5 yrs. Life
Net asset value -- -- -- 6.59%
Market price -- -- -- 6.80%
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 for periods of less than one year are not annualized. Market performance is determined using the bid/ask midpoint at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. Market performance does not represent the returns you would receive if you traded shares at other times throughout the day.

Shares of any ETF are bought and sold at market price (not NAV), may trade at a discount or premium to NAV, and are not individually redeemed from the fund. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.

The funds have limited public trading history and will operate differently from other actively managed ETFs that publish their portfolio holdings on a daily basis.

Performance snapshot

  Net asset value Market price
1 mt. as of 11/30/21 -7.87% -7.10%
YTD - -

Historical premium/discount

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Adobe 3.49%
Danaher Corp 3.11%
Dynatrace 2.56%
Sunrun 2.55%
Edwards Lifesciences Corp 2.45%
Msci 2.33%
Chipotle Mexican Grill 2.30%
Thermo Fisher Scientific 2.21%
Bio-Rad Laboratories 2.21%
First Republic Bank/Ca 2.17%
Top 10 holdings, percent of portfolio 25.38%

Tracking Basket information as of 12/01/21

Tracking Basket Export to Excel
Tracking Basket overlap 69.54%

The Tracking Basket methodology maintains confidentiality of a portfolio's securities and trading strategies by disclosing a "tracking basket" composed of select recently disclosed portfolio holdings, liquid U.S. ETFs that convey information about the types of instruments in which the fund invests, and cash and cash equivalents. This Tracking Basket is disclosed daily and is used to facilitate the creation and redemption process with Authorized Participants (APs). Actual portfolio holdings for the Putnam ETFs will be disclosed on Putnam.com within eight business days following calendar quarter-end.

Top industry sectors as of 10/31/21

Health care 31.60%
Information technology 27.78%
Industrials 9.78%
Consumer discretionary 9.77%
Financials 6.01%
Materials 5.37%
Consumer staples 3.30%
Communication services 2.97%
Cash and net other assets 1.91%
Utilities 1.51%

Sectors will vary over time.

The Russell Midcap Growth Index is an unmanaged index of those companies in the Russell Midcap Index chosen for their growth orientation. You cannot invest directly in an index.

Consider these risks before investing: 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. Growth stocks may be more susceptible to earnings disappointments and the market may not favor growth-style investing. Investments in small and midsize companies increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. From time to time, the fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in companies in one or more related industries or sectors, which would make the fund more vulnerable to adverse developments affecting those companies, industries or sectors. International investing involves currency, economic, and political risks. Investing with a focus on companies whose products and services produce positive environmental, social and economic development impact may result in the fund investing in certain types of companies, industries or sectors that underperform the market as a whole. In evaluating an investment opportunity, we may make investment decisions based on information and data that is incomplete or inaccurate. Due to changes in the products or services of the companies in which the fund invests, the fund may temporarily hold securities that are inconsistent with its sustainable investment criteria. Our investment techniques, analyses, and judgments may not produce the outcome we intend. The investments we select for the fund may not perform as well as other securities that we do not select for the fund. We, or the fund's other service providers, may experience disruptions or operating errors that could have a negative effect on the fund. You can lose money by investing in the fund.