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Short-Term Municipal Income Fund (Class A)  (PSMEX)

A national portfolio of short-term municipal bonds seeking tax-free income with lower interest-rate sensitivity

Highlights

Objective

The fund seeks as high a level of current income exempt from federal income tax as the managers believe is consistent with preservation of capital.

Strategy and process

  • Tax-advantaged income: Pursues income free from federal income tax with a portfolio of municipal bonds selected from many states and market sectors.
  • Focus on total return: Seeks to offer a competitive yield and the potential for price appreciation while striving to protect investors' capital through prudent security selection and active risk management.
  • High-quality, short-term portfolio: The national portfolio features a range of high-quality, short-term bonds that seek to provide tax-free income with lower interest-rate sensitivity.

Fund price

Yesterday’s close 52-week high 52-week low
Net asset value $9.96
0.00% | $0.00
$9.99
12/13/17
$9.92
11/07/18
Historical fund price

Fund facts as of 11/30/18

Total net assets
$18.91M
Turnover (fiscal year end)
156%
Dividend frequency (view rate)
Monthly
Number of holdings
101
Fiscal year-end
November
CUSIP / Fund code
74676A865 / 80
Inception date
03/18/13
Category
Tax-free Income
Open to new investors
Ticker
PSMEX

Management team

Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager


Literature


Munis feel knock-on effects of tax reform
The municipal bond market will likely see a reduction in supply in 2018 because of certain provisions in the new tax reform law.
Munis feel knock-on effects of tax reform
The municipal bond market will likely see a reduction in supply in 2018 because of certain provisions in the new tax reform law.

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. Life (inception: 03/18/13 )
Before sales charge 0.41% 0.65% 0.59% 0.58%
After sales charge -0.60% 0.32% 0.39% 0.40%
Bloomberg Barclays 3 Year Municipal Index -0.13%0.75%1.05%--

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, 4.00% and 3.25% for income funds and 2.25% and 0.75% for Putnam Floating Rate Income Fund, Short-Term Municipal Income, Short Duration Bond Fund, and Fixed Income Absolute Return 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, which is 3% in the first year, declining to 1% in the fourth 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, N, 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). Returns at public offering price (after sales charge) for class N shares reflect the current maximum initial sales charge of 1.50%. 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. Class A and M shares of Putnam money market funds have no initial sales charge. For a portion of the periods, some funds had expense 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 11/30/18 0.44% -0.57%
YTD as of 12/12/18 1.15% -1.13%

Yield

Distribution rate before sales charge
as of 12/12/18
1.44%
Distribution rate after sales charge
as of 12/12/18
1.41%
30-day SEC yield with subsidy
as of 11/30/18 (after sales charge)
1.74%
30-day SEC yield without subsidy
as of 11/30/18 (after sales charge)
0.81%

Risk-adjusted performance as of 10/31/18

Sharpe ratio (3 yrs.) -0.29
Information ratio (3 yrs.) -0.09

Volatility as of 10/31/18

Standard deviation (3 yrs.) 0.82%
Beta 0.53
R-squared 0.89

Lipper rankings as of 10/31/18

Time period Rank/Funds in category Percentile ranking
1 yr. 57/126 45%
3 yrs. 59/112 53%
5 yrs. 65/96 68%
10 yrs. --  
Lipper category: Short Municipal Debt Funds

Morningstar Ratings as of 10/31/18

Time period Funds in category Morningstar Rating
Overall 179
3 yrs. 179
5 yrs. 159
Morningstar category: Muni National Short

Distributions

Accrual days 32
Accrual start date 11/01/18
Accrual end date 12/02/18
Payable date 11/30/18
Non-taxable income $0.013534685
Extra taxable income --

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 10/31/18

Miami-Dade Sch Brd-A 05.0000 05/01/2028 3.28%
Port Auth Ny & Nj-Amt 05.0000 09/01/2021 3.11%
Texas St Transprtn Co 04.0000 04/01/2026 3.02%
Bay Area Toll Auth-C 01.8750 04/01/2047 2.89%
De Hlth-Var-A-Christi 01.6500 10/01/2038 2.88%
Ny Mtge Agy-186-Amt 02.0000 04/01/2019 2.88%
New York City-C-Txbl 02.5500 12/01/2019 2.88%
Nh H/E Var-Univ Nh-B 01.6000 07/01/2033 2.74%
Grant Cnty Wa Public 02.0000 01/01/2044 2.30%
California St-C 02.3150 12/01/2028 2.03%
Top 10 holdings, percent of portfolio 28.01%

Full portfolio holdings as of 09/30/18

PORT AUTH NY & NJ-AMT 05.0000 09/01/2021 3.70%
BAY AREA TOLL AUTH-C 01.8750 04/01/2047 3.46%
NY MTGE AGY-186-AMT 02.0000 04/01/2019 3.45%
NEW YORK CITY-C-TXBL 02.5500 12/01/2019 3.42%
GRANT CNTY WA PUBLIC 02.0000 01/01/2044 2.74%
CALIFORNIA ST-C 02.2820 12/01/2028 2.42%
CA ST 06.2000 10/01/2019 2.19%
MASON SD-BANS 04.0000 08/22/2019 2.08%
CA INFRASTRUCTURE-A2 02.0960 10/01/2047 2.06%
MO H/E VAR-WA UNIV-C 01.5200 09/01/2030 2.06%
MURRAY CITY HSP-IHC-C 01.5700 05/15/2036 2.06%
PA TURNPIKE COMMN-A-2 02.2500 12/01/2018 2.06%
GILLIAM WST VAR-A-CON 02.2500 08/01/2025 1.72%
MI ST FIN AUTH-B-REF 05.0000 07/01/2021 1.57%
ALLEGHENY HOSP DEV-A 05.0000 04/01/2022 1.49%
CHICAGO WSTWTR-2ND 05.0000 01/01/2023 1.48%
PA TURNPIKE COMM-REF 05.0000 12/01/2021 1.44%
MTA HUDSON RAIL YRD-A 05.0000 11/15/2046 1.43%
ATLANTIC CITY NJ-B 05.0000 03/01/2020 1.42%
NEW JERSEY ST TRANSPR 05.0000 06/15/2019 1.42%
KY PUB ENERGY AUTH-B 04.0000 07/01/2020 1.41%
CALIFORNIA STWD CMNTY 03.0000 07/01/2025 1.40%
BURKE CNTY DEV AUTH 02.5000 01/01/2052 1.38%
CA POLL CTRL FIN-AMT P/P 144A 02.0800 11/01/2042 1.38%
HEMPSTEAD UNION FSD 02.7500 06/27/2019 1.38%
SAN ANTONIO ELEC-A 02.2500 02/01/2033 1.38%
STHRN CA ST PUB PWR-A 02.2500 07/01/2040 1.38%
CA INFRA & ECON DEV-D 01.9770 08/01/2047 1.37%
GENESEE CO-TXBL 02.8560 10/01/2019 1.37%
TOMBALL ISD-B3-VAR 01.1000 02/15/2043 1.36%
PA ECON DEV-A-WASTE 01.7000 08/01/2037 1.35%
DENVER ARPT-B-VAR 02.4390 11/15/2031 1.34%
RIVERSIDE-A-REF-WTR 02.2300 10/01/2035 1.30%
KANSAS CITY MO SANTN 05.0000 01/01/2025 1.18%
HIGH PLAINS CO MET DI 04.0000 12/01/2021 1.08%
ILLINOIS ST 05.0000 01/01/2021 1.08%
DC-CPI-SER B 03.8000 06/01/2020 1.06%
BETHLEHAM SD-FLTR 02.0910 01/01/2030 1.03%
FARMINGTON POLL-A-REF 01.8750 04/01/2029 1.03%
NJ TURNPIKE AUTH-C5 02.0390 01/01/2028 1.03%
CT HLTH-U-REMK 01.0000 07/01/2033 0.96%
N CALIF GAS-LIBOR 02.2350 07/01/2019 0.90%
PR COMWLTH REF-IMPT-A 05.5000 07/01/2019 0.89%
LANCASTER PORT-REF 02.2320 05/01/2038 0.86%
CA SCH FIN AUTH 05.0000 06/01/2022 0.79%
GREAT LAKES MI WTR AU 05.0000 07/01/2024 0.78%
PUBLIC FIN AUTH-AMT 05.0000 09/30/2022 0.76%
ST PUB SCH BLDG-A 05.0000 06/01/2023 0.76%
LAS VEGAS REDEV-REF 05.0000 06/15/2022 0.75%
RI HLTH & EDUCTNL-REF 05.0000 05/15/2022 0.75%
SC PUB SVC AUTH-D 05.0000 12/01/2022 0.75%
UNIV OF COLORADO CO H 05.0000 11/15/2038 0.75%
NEW JERSEY ST ECON DE 05.0000 11/01/2021 0.74%
CALIFORNIA SCH FIN- A 05.0000 08/01/2021 0.73%
GLENDALE INDL DEV-REF 04.0000 05/15/2022 0.73%
ILLINOIS ST-A 05.0000 04/01/2021 0.73%
OJCO HLTH FACS AUTH-R 05.0000 06/01/2020 0.73%
CHICAGO BOE-E-REF 05.0000 12/01/2021 0.72%
IL FIN AUTH 05.0000 11/15/2019 0.72%
MICHIGAN ST FIN AUTH 05.0000 11/15/2019 0.72%
PENNSYLVANIA-A-COPS 05.0000 07/01/2020 0.72%
MA HSG FIN AGY-169 04.0000 12/01/2044 0.71%
MASSACHUSETTS ST DEV 05.0000 07/01/2019 0.71%
NJ ECON DEV AUTH-AAA 05.0000 06/15/2019 0.71%
NJ ECON DEV-A 05.0000 07/15/2019 0.71%
NY DORM AUTH 05.0000 07/01/2019 0.71%
PALM BEACH HLTH-REF 04.0000 11/15/2019 0.71%
CENTRAL PLAINS 05.2500 12/01/2018 0.70%
CHICAGO WSTWTR TRANS 05.0000 01/01/2019 0.70%
PHILADELPHIA AUTH-A 04.0000 12/01/2018 0.70%
CA POLLUTN-VAR-REF-A P/P 144A 01.8500 08/01/2023 0.69%
E-470 HWY-A-LIBOR 02.4290 09/01/2039 0.69%
IN FIN AUTH-AMT-A-REF 01.9000 05/01/2034 0.69%
MONTGOMERY CO IND DEV 03.0000 12/01/2018 0.69%
SOUTHLANDS CO MET DT 03.0000 12/01/2022 0.69%
VT EDU HLTH BLDG FIN 03.0000 12/01/2018 0.69%
WASHINGTON ST HLTH CA 02.6320 01/01/2042 0.69%
FARMINGTON NM POLL CO 02.1250 06/01/2040 0.68%
MAIN ST NAT GAS INC-B 05.0000 03/15/2020 0.61%
MD ECON DEV CORP-REF 04.0000 07/01/2020 0.61%
SA ENERGY ACQ PUB FAC 05.5000 08/01/2025 0.59%
ILLINOIS ST FIN AUTH 05.0000 11/01/2023 0.57%
GAINESVILLE ETC DEV 05.0000 03/01/2027 0.56%
WV EDA-A-REF 01.9000 03/01/2040 0.51%
MN HSG FIN AGY-A-RSDL 04.0000 07/01/2038 0.50%
MT BRD HSG-A2-SFH-AMT 03.0000 12/01/2043 0.38%
CHICAGO-A-REF 05.0000 01/01/2021 0.36%
AZ INDL DEV-A-REF P/P 144A 04.0000 07/01/2021 0.35%
CHICAGO-A 05.0000 01/01/2019 0.35%
WV DEV AUTH-C-REF 03.2500 05/01/2019 0.35%
KY ST ECON DEV-A 05.0000 06/01/2020 0.32%
ROSEVILLE SPL TAX-REF 04.0000 09/01/2019 0.28%
ESCAMBIA HLTH FACS-A 05.1250 08/15/2020 0.22%
PHOENIX INDL DEV AUTH 03.0000 07/01/2020 0.17%
PHOENIX INDL DEV AUTH 03.7500 07/01/2024 0.14%

Prior top 10 holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 10/31/18
Miami-Dade Sch Brd-A 05.0000 05/01/2028
Port Auth Ny & Nj-Amt 05.0000 09/01/2021
Texas St Transprtn Co 04.0000 04/01/2026
Bay Area Toll Auth-C 01.8750 04/01/2047
De Hlth-Var-A-Christi 01.6500 10/01/2038
Ny Mtge Agy-186-Amt 02.0000 04/01/2019
New York City-C-Txbl 02.5500 12/01/2019
Nh H/E Var-Univ Nh-B 01.6000 07/01/2033
Grant Cnty Wa Public 02.0000 01/01/2044
California St-C 02.3150 12/01/2028
Holdings represent 28.01% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 09/30/18
Port Auth Ny & Nj-Amt 05.0000 09/01/2021
Bay Area Toll Auth-C 01.8750 04/01/2047
Ny Mtge Agy-186-Amt 02.0000 04/01/2019
New York City-C-Txbl 02.5500 12/01/2019
Grant Cnty Wa Public 02.0000 01/01/2044
California St-C 02.2820 12/01/2028
Ca St 06.2000 10/01/2019
Mason Sd-Bans 04.0000 08/22/2019
Pa Turnpike Commn-A-2 02.2100 12/01/2018
Ca Infrastructure-A2 02.0790 10/01/2047
Holdings represent 27.58% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 08/31/18
Port Auth Ny & Nj-Amt 05.0000 09/01/2021
Bay Area Toll Auth-C 01.8750 04/01/2047
Ny Mtge Agy-186-Amt 02.0000 04/01/2019
New York City-C-Txbl 02.5500 12/01/2019
Grant Cnty Wa Public 02.0000 01/01/2044
California St-C 02.1800 12/01/2028
Ca St 06.2000 10/01/2019
Mason Sd-Bans 04.0000 08/22/2019
Ca Infrastructure-A2 01.9730 10/01/2047
Pa Turnpike Commn-A-2 02.2100 12/01/2018
Holdings represent 27.88% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 07/31/18
Port Auth Ny & Nj-Amt 05.0000 09/01/2021
Ny Mtge Agy-186-Amt 02.0000 04/01/2019
Bay Area Toll Auth-C 01.8750 04/01/2047
Rochester Hlth-A-Mayo 01.4600 11/15/2038
Grant Cnty Wa Public 02.0000 01/01/2044
California St-C 02.1570 12/01/2028
Ca St 06.2000 10/01/2019
Murray City Hsp-Ihc-C 01.4800 05/15/2036
Ms Bus Fin-Var-E-Chev 01.5200 12/01/2030
Mo H/E Var-Wa Univ-C 01.4000 09/01/2030
Holdings represent 25.65% of portfolio

Portfolio composition as of 10/31/18

Municipal bonds and notes 92.62%
Cash and net other assets 7.38%

Fixed income statistics as of 10/31/18

Average stated maturity 9.23 yrs.
Average effective maturity 2.43 yrs.
Option adjusted duration 1.62 yrs.
Duration to worst 1.49 yrs.
Average yield to maturity 2.55%
Average coupon 3.50%
Average price $102.46
AMT exposure 11.82%

Quality rating as of 10/31/18

AAA 10.03%
AA 34.86%
A 31.78%
BBB 12.93%
BB 1.62%
Not Rated 1.40%
Cash and net other assets 7.38%

Fund characteristics will vary over time.

Due to rounding, percentages may not equal 100%.

Consider these risks before investing: Bond prices may fall or fail to rise over time for several reasons, including general financial market conditions, changing market perceptions (including perceptions about the risk of default and expectations about monetary policy or interest rates), 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. 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 greater for longer-term bonds, and credit risk is greater for below-investment-grade bonds. Interest the fund receives might be taxable. Unlike bonds, funds that invest in bonds have fees and expenses. Tax-exempt bonds may be issued under the Internal Revenue Code only by limited types of issuers for limited types of projects. As a result, the fund’s investments may be focused in certain market segments and be more vulnerable to fluctuations in the values of the securities it holds than a more broadly invested fund. Capital gains, if any, are taxed at the federal and, in most cases, state levels. For some investors, investment income may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax. You can lose money by investing in the fund.

Credit qualities are shown as a percentage of net assets. A bond rated BBB or higher (SP-3 or higher, for short-term debt) 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 may vary over time. Cash and net other assets, if any, 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.

Top industry sectors as of 10/31/18

Local Debt 18.55%
Transportation 13.19%
Utilities 13.14%
State Debt 9.66%
Health care 8.82%
Cash and net other assets 7.38%
Special Tax 6.16%
Industrials 4.89%
Financials 4.26%
 
Other
13.95%
Housing 4.22%
Education 4.21%
Other 4.08%
Land 1.44%

Sectors will vary over time.


Expenses

Expense ratio

Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R6 Class Y
Total expense ratio 1.65% 1.85% 2.40% 1.70% 1.38% 1.40%
What you pay† 0.60% 0.80% 1.35% 0.65% 0.33% 0.35%

† The fund's expense ratio is taken from the most recent prospectus and is subject to change. What you pay reflects Putnam Management's decision to contractually limit expenses through 03/30/19

Sales charge

Investment Breakpoint Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R6 Class Y
$0-$49,999 2.25% 0.00% 0.00% 0.75% -- --
$50,000-$99,999 2.25% 0.00% 0.00% 0.75% -- --
$100,000-$249,999 1.25% -- 0.00% 0.75% -- --
$250,000-$499,999 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
$500,000-$999,999 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
$1M-$4M 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
$4M-$50M 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
$50M+ 0.00% -- -- -- -- --

CDSC

  Class A (sales for $250,000+) Class B Class C Class M Class R6 Class Y
0 to 9 mts. 1.00% 1.00% 1.00% -- -- --
9 to 12 mts. 0.00% 1.00% 1.00% -- -- --
2 yrs. -- 0.50% 0.00% -- -- --
3 yrs. -- -- 0.00% -- -- --
4 yrs. -- -- 0.00% -- -- --
5 yrs. -- -- 0.00% -- -- --
6 yrs. -- -- 0.00% -- -- --
7+ yrs. -- -- 0.00% -- -- --

The Bloomberg Barclays 3 Year Municipal Index is a subset of the Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index, covering those issues with remaining maturities of two to three years. You cannot invest directly in an index.

Consider these risks before investing: Bond prices may fall or fail to rise over time for several reasons, including general financial market conditions, changing market perceptions (including perceptions about the risk of default and expectations about monetary policy or interest rates), 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. 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 greater for longer-term bonds, and credit risk is greater for below-investment-grade bonds. Interest the fund receives might be taxable. Unlike bonds, funds that invest in bonds have fees and expenses. Tax-exempt bonds may be issued under the Internal Revenue Code only by limited types of issuers for limited types of projects. As a result, the fund’s investments may be focused in certain market segments and be more vulnerable to fluctuations in the values of the securities it holds than a more broadly invested fund. Capital gains, if any, are taxed at the federal and, in most cases, state levels. For some investors, investment income may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax. You can lose money by investing in the fund.

Credit qualities are shown as a percentage of net assets. A bond rated BBB or higher (SP-3 or higher, for short-term debt) 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 may vary over time. Cash and net other assets, if any, 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.