Global Equity Fund (Class A)  (PEQUX)

Selecting companies around the world that are attractive for investors

Highlights

Objective

The fund seeks capital appreciation.

Strategy and process

  • Global companies: The fund seeks to capitalize on opportunities across global regions and market-cap sizes.
  • A flexible strategy: Pursuing Putnam's blend strategy, the fund can own growth- or value-style stocks to participate when either style leads global markets.
  • A disciplined process: The fund manager combines fundamental research and quantitative tools to pursue multiple sources of return, supported by strong risk controls in portfolio construction.

Fund price

Yesterday’s close 52-week high 52-week low
Net asset value $15.01
-0.20% | $-0.03
$16.80
01/26/18
$15.01
10/22/18
Historical fund price

Fund facts as of 09/30/18

Total net assets
$871.82M
Turnover (fiscal year end)
220%
Dividend frequency
Annually
Number of holdings
95
Fiscal year-end
October
CUSIP / Fund code
746772102 / 0044
Inception date
07/01/94
Category
Blend
Open to new investors
Ticker
PEQUX

Management team

Co-Head of Equities
Portfolio Manager, Analyst


Manager commentary | Q2 2018

Protectionism won't slow the economy

Shep Perkins, Co-Head of Equities, explains how trade tariffs may affect specific industries but not overall GDP.


Literature


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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. 10 yrs.
Before sales charge 8.70% 11.50% 7.62% 8.08%
After sales charge 2.45% 9.32% 6.35% 7.44%
MSCI World Index (ND) 11.24% 13.54% 9.28% 8.56%

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, and 4.00% and 3.25% for income funds (2.25% and 0.75% for Putnam Short Duration Bond Fund and 1.00% and 0.75% for Putnam Floating Rate Income Fund, Putnam Fixed Income Absolute Return Fund, and Putnam Short-Term Municipal Income 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, Putnam Short Duration Bond Fund, Putnam Fixed Income Absolute Return Fund, and Putnam Short-Term Municipal Income Fund, which is 1% in the first year, declining to 0.5% in the second 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, 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). 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. For a portion of the period, some funds had expenses 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 09/30/18 -0.43 % -6.15 %
YTD as of 10/22/18 -4.70 % -10.18 %

Risk-adjusted performance as of 09/30/18

Alpha (3 yrs.) -1.17
Sharpe ratio (3 yrs.) 1.18
Treynor ratio (3 yrs.) 11.53
Information ratio (3 yrs.) -0.58

Volatility as of 09/30/18

Standard deviation (3 yrs.) 9.10%
Beta 0.93
R-squared 0.85

Capture ratio as of 09/30/18

Up-market (3 yrs.) 98.59
Down-market (3 yrs.) 124.64

Lipper rankings as of 09/30/18

Time period Rank/Funds in category Percentile ranking
1 yr. 193/238 81%
3 yrs. 147/190 77%
5 yrs. 129/171 75%
10 yrs. 57/90 63%
Lipper category: Global Multi-Cap Growth

Morningstar Ratings as of 09/30/18

Time period Funds in category Morningstar Rating
Overall 739
3 yrs. 739
5 yrs. 611
10 yrs. 348
Morningstar category: World Large Stock

Distributions

Record/Ex dividend date 12/21/17
Payable date 12/26/17
Income $0.055
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.


Holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 09/30/18

Nrg Energy 3.82%
Alphabet 2.87%
Assured Guaranty 2.54%
Norfolk Southern Corp 2.47%
Amazon.Com 2.41%
Becton Dickinson And 2.13%
Cenovus Energy 2.07%
Unilever Nv 2.05%
Boston Scientific Corp 1.91%
Advance Auto Parts 1.75%
Top 10 holdings, percent of portfolio 24.02%

Full portfolio holdings as of 06/30/18

NRG ENERGY INC 3.20%
ALPHABET INC-CL C 2.54%
NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORP 2.11%
UNILEVER NV-CVA 2.10%
AMAZON.COM INC 2.09%
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP 2.03%
BECTON DICKINSON AND CO 2.00%
ASSURED GUARANTY LTD 1.89%
SUNCOR ENERGY INC 1.86%
E*TRADE FINANCIAL CORPORATION 1.75%
NOMAD FOODS LTD 1.60%
SHISEIDO CO LTD 1.43%
FAIRFAX FINANCIAL HLDGS LTD 1.42%
BANK OF AMERICA CORP 1.38%
CENOVUS ENERGY INC 1.36%
KENNEDY-WILSON HOLDINGS INC 1.35%
DXC TECHNOLOGY CO 1.33%
BALL CORP 1.31%
INSTRUCTURE INC 1.30%
SCREEN HOLDINGS CO LTD 1.28%
UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORP 1.26%
CHALLENGER LTD 1.25%
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS 1.22%
SINO-AMERICAN SILICON PRODUC 1.22%
LOWES COMPANIES INC 1.21%
PERNOD RICARD SA 1.19%
VISA INC-CLASS A SHARES 1.19%
KKR & CO LP 1.18%
EDELWEISS FINANCIAL SERVICES 1.17%
COMPASS GROUP PLC 1.16%
KINDER MORGAN INC 1.15%
SERVICENOW INC 1.13%
ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING-SP ADR 1.09%
REALPAGE INC 1.08%
BAYER AG-REG 1.01%
GODADDY INC - CLASS A 1.00%
EURAZEO SA 0.99%
PIONEER NAT RES CO 0.99%
CONOCOPHILLIPS 0.98%
EMERSON ELECTRIC CO 0.98%
TEXTRON INC 0.96%
ILUKA RESOURCES LTD 0.95%
LENNAR CORP-A 0.95%
PALTAC CORPORATION 0.95%
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO/THE 0.95%
KYUDENKO CORP 0.94%
SEVEN GENERATIONS ENERGY - A 0.93%
BANK OF IRELAND GROUP PLC 0.92%
REALOGY HOLDINGS CORP 0.92%
SUMMIT MATERIALS INC -CL A 0.91%
ASSOCIATED BRITISH FOODS PLC 0.90%
DALATA HOTEL GROUP PLC 0.90%
PIRELLI & C SPA 0.88%
DANAHER CORP 0.87%
DENTSPLY SIRONA INC 0.87%
LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT IN 0.86%
PRUDENTIAL PLC 0.85%
EATON CORP PLC 0.84%
ADOBE SYSTEMS INC 0.83%
ALCOA CORP 0.83%
L3 TECHNOLOGIES INC 0.83%
CHENIERE ENERGY INC 0.82%
RADIAN GROUP INC 0.81%
TOSHIBA CORP 0.79%
VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC 0.79%
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD INC 0.78%
KION GROUP AG 0.78%
NCSOFT CORP 0.77%
BRUNSWICK CORP 0.76%
HIBERNIA REIT PLC 0.75%
JAZZ PHARMACEUTICALS PLC 0.75%
OPEN HOUSE CO LTD 0.75%
ASAHI GROUP HOLDINGS LTD 0.74%
SHRIRAM TRANSPORT FINANCE 0.74%
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS IN 0.73%
POUND STERLING CALL ACCOUNT 0.73%
YELLOW CAKE PLC 144A 0.73%
ASSA ABLOY AB-B 0.72%
CIGNA CORP 0.72%
RAYTHEON COMPANY 0.72%
ENTERPRISE PRODUCTS PARTNERS 0.71%
JOHNSON CONTROLS INTERNATION 0.70%
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO LTD 0.70%
APPLIED MATERIALS INC 0.69%
ASHTEAD GROUP PLC 0.67%
NINTENDO CO LTD 0.65%
DOWDUPONT INC 0.59%
O'REILLY AUTOMOTIVE INC 0.59%
COMPUGROUP MEDICAL SE 0.55%
UBER TECH INC P/P CV PFD 0.49%
ALKERMES PLC 0.46%
ASTRAZENECA PLC 0.46%
GRUPO FINANCIERO GALICIA-ADR 0.40%
KONINKLIJKE KPN NV 0.25%
TECHTRONIC INDUSTRIES CO LTD 0.23%
CHF/USD 09/19/2018 JPMCB 0.02%
GLOBAL FASHION GRP 0.02%
GLOBAL FASHION GRP P/P 0.02%
CHF/USD 09/19/2018 BCAP-FX 0.01%
DKK/USD 09/19/2018 CITI 0.01%
EUR/USD 09/19/2018 JPMCB 0.01%
GBP/USD 09/19/2018 CITI 0.01%
JAPANESE YEN CALL ACCOUNT 0.01%
AUD/USD 07/18/2018 BANKAM 0.00%
AUD/USD 07/18/2018 BCAP-FX 0.00%
AUD/USD 07/18/2018 JPMCB 0.00%
AUD/USD 07/18/2018 SSBT 0.00%
AUD/USD 07/18/2018 UBS 0.00%
AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR ACCOUNT 0.00%
CAD/USD 07/18/2018 BANKAM 0.00%
CAD/USD 07/18/2018 CITI 0.00%
CAD/USD 07/18/2018 GSFX 0.00%
CAD/USD 07/18/2018 JPMCB 0.00%
CAD/USD 07/18/2018 WPAC 0.00%
CANADIAN DOLLAR ACCOUNT 0.00%
EUR/USD 09/19/2018 CITI 0.00%
EUR/USD 09/19/2018 GSFX 0.00%
EUR/USD 09/19/2018 WPAC 0.00%
GBP/USD 09/19/2018 BANKAM 0.00%
GBP/USD 09/19/2018 BCAP-FX 0.00%
GBP/USD 09/19/2018 JPMCB 0.00%
HC BRILLANT SERVICES GMBH P/P 0.00%
HKD/USD 08/16/2018 BANKAM 0.00%
HKD/USD 08/16/2018 BCAP-FX 0.00%
ILS/USD 07/18/2018 SSBT 0.00%
INDIAN RUPEE CALL ACCOUNT 0.00%
JPY/USD 08/16/2018 BANKAM 0.00%
JPY/USD 08/16/2018 BCAP-FX 0.00%
JPY/USD 08/16/2018 CITI 0.00%
JPY/USD 08/16/2018 GSFX 0.00%
JPY/USD 08/16/2018 JPMCB 0.00%
JPY/USD 08/16/2018 SSBT 0.00%
KOREAN WON CALL ACCOUNT 0.00%
NEW BIGFOOT OTHER ASSETS GMBH P/P 0.00%
NEW MIDDLE EAST OTHER ASSETS GMBH P/P 0.00%
NOK/USD 09/19/2018 JPMCB 0.00%
SEK/USD 09/19/2018 CITI 0.00%
SEK/USD 09/19/2018 JPMCB 0.00%
SGD/USD 08/16/2018 JPMCB 0.00%
CNH/USD 08/16/2018 GSFX -0.01%
EUR/USD 09/19/2018 BANKAM -0.01%
KRW/USD 08/16/2018 JPMCB -0.01%
MSJCFNNU R US0001M P 01/04/19 BA -0.06%
THE EURO EUR CALL ACCOUNT -1.04%

Prior top 10 holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 09/30/18
Nrg Energy
Alphabet
Assured Guaranty
Norfolk Southern Corp
Amazon.Com
Becton Dickinson And
Cenovus Energy
Unilever Nv
Boston Scientific Corp
Advance Auto Parts
Holdings represent 24.02% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 08/31/18
Nrg Energy
Alphabet
Amazon.Com
Norfolk Southern Corp
Assured Guaranty
Becton Dickinson And
Unilever Nv
Boston Scientific Corp
Advance Auto Parts
Cenovus Energy
Holdings represent 22.81% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 07/31/18
Nrg Energy
Alphabet
Norfolk Southern Corp
Amazon
Unilever Nv
Assured Guaranty
Becton Dickinson and Co
Boston Scientific Corp
Cenovus Energy
Suncor Energy
Holdings represent 22.25% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 06/30/18
Nrg Energy
Alphabet
Norfolk Southern Corp
Unilever Nv
Boston Scientific Corp
Becton Dickinson and Co
Amazon
Assured Guaranty
Suncor Energy
E*Trade Financial Corp
Holdings represent 21.40% of portfolio

Portfolio composition as of 09/30/18

Common stock 99.02%
Convertible preferred stock 0.51%
Cash and net other assets 0.47%

Equity statistics as of 09/30/18

Median market cap $17.20B
Weighted average market cap $86.83B
Price to book 2.46
Price to earnings 15.78

Fund characteristics will vary over time.

Due to rounding, percentages may not equal 100%.

Consider these risks before investing: International investing involves currency, economic, and political risks. Emerging-market securities carry illiquidity and volatility risks. Investments in small and/or midsize companies increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. Growth stocks may be more susceptible to earnings disappointments, and value stocks may fail to rebound. 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. Stock prices may fall or fail to rise over time for several reasons, including general financial market conditions, changing market perceptions, 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. You can lose money by investing in the fund.

Top industry sectors as of 09/30/18

Financials 13.59%
Information technology 13.40%
Consumer discretionary 13.27%
Industrials 12.65%
Health care 10.67%
Energy 9.61%
Consumer staples 7.86%
Communication services 6.06%
Materials 4.82%
 
Other
8.07%
Utilities 3.82%
Real estate 3.78%
Cash and net other assets 0.47%

The unclassified sector (where applicable) includes exchange traded funds and other securities not able to be classified by sector.

Sectors will vary over time.

Country allocation as of 09/30/18

United States 61.87%
Japan 8.61%
United Kingdom 6.86%
Canada 6.11%
Netherlands 2.83%
Ireland 2.47%
France 2.18%
Germany 2.16%
South Korea 1.36%
 
Other
5.55%
Australia 1.13%
Italy 1.07%
Taiwan 0.97%
China 0.86%
Sweden 0.51%
India 0.50%
Cash and net other assets 0.47%
Luxembourg 0.04%

Expenses

Expense ratio

Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R6 Class Y
Total expense ratio 1.12% 1.87% 1.87% 1.62% 1.37% 0.72% 0.87%
What you pay 1.12% 1.87% 1.87% 1.62% 1.37% 0.72% 0.87%

Sales charge

Investment Breakpoint Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R6 Class Y
$0-$49,999 5.75% 0.00% 0.00% 3.50% -- -- --
$50,000-$99,999 4.50% 0.00% 0.00% 2.50% -- -- --
$100,000-$249,999 3.50% -- 0.00% 1.50% -- -- --
$250,000-$499,999 2.50% -- 0.00% 1.00% -- -- --
$500,000-$999,999 2.00% -- 0.00% 1.00% -- -- --
$1M-$4M 0.00% -- -- -- -- -- --
$4M-$50M 0.00% -- -- -- -- -- --
$50M+ 0.00% -- -- -- -- -- --

CDSC

  Class A (sales for $1,000,000+) Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R6 Class Y
0 to 9 mts. 1.00% 5.00% 1.00% -- -- -- --
9 to 12 mts. 1.00% 5.00% 1.00% -- -- -- --
2 yrs. 0.00% 4.00% 0.00% -- -- -- --
3 yrs. 0.00% 3.00% 0.00% -- -- -- --
4 yrs. 0.00% 3.00% 0.00% -- -- -- --
5 yrs. 0.00% 2.00% 0.00% -- -- -- --
6 yrs. 0.00% 1.00% 0.00% -- -- -- --
7+ yrs. 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% -- -- -- --

The MSCI World Index is an unmanaged index of equity securities from developed countries. You cannot invest directly in an index.

Consider these risks before investing: International investing involves currency, economic, and political risks. Emerging-market securities carry illiquidity and volatility risks. Investments in small and/or midsize companies increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. Growth stocks may be more susceptible to earnings disappointments, and value stocks may fail to rebound. 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. Stock prices may fall or fail to rise over time for several reasons, including general financial market conditions, changing market perceptions, 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. You can lose money by investing in the fund.