Core Bond

 Long-term goal is to outperform the benchmark plus 50-100 bps, per annum, measured over rolling three-year periods. Active risk will be managed commensurate to the strategy's performance goal with a target Information Ratio (measure of excess return divided by risk) of 0.5 to 1.0.*

Strategy highlights

Inception date

June 30, 1992


BBG U.S. Aggregate Bond Index

Total strategy assets


(as of September 2021)

Investment vehicles

  • Separate account
  • The strategy's mandate allows the managers to pursue investment opportunities throughout the fixed-income universe, creating a diversified portfolio across sectors, risk factors and investment horizons.
  • May hold securities from a broad range of sectors within fixed income, including credit (investment grade), securitized debt (MBS, CMBS, CMO and ABS) and government debt (Treasuries and Agencies).
  • The emphasis on portfolio construction is on making security selection the primary driver of returns, with sub-sector allocations and macro strategies (such as term structure decisions) also serving as potential alpha generators.



Return expectations are derived using conservative cash flow assumptions for asset classes typically represented in the portfolio, including credit (investment grade), securitized debt (MBS, CMBS, CMO, and ABS), and government debt (treasuries and agencies) strategies. Target returns represent results of statistical modeling and are provided for informational purposes only. Targets are presented for the purpose of communicating the intended risk profile of the investment opportunities that Putnam will pursue and are not intended to be projections of performance. Target returns are based on a number of assumptions, are subject to significant revision, and may change materially with changes in underlying observations.

*No assurance can be given that the investment objective will be achieved or that an investor will receive a return of all or part of his or her initial investment. Actual results could be materially different from the stated goals. Investors should carefully consider the risks involved before deciding to invest. As with any investment, there is a potential for profit as well as the possibility of loss.

Assets may include accounts that are not reflected in the composite.

Investment team


Annualized composite performance (%) as of September 30, 2021

  MTD QTD YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years
Core Bond (gross) -0.92% -0.13% -1.25% -0.06% 5.81% 3.61% 3.88%
Core Bond (net) -0.94% -0.21% -1.47% -0.36% 5.49% 3.30% 3.57%
BBG U.S. Aggregate Bond Index -0.87% 0.05% -1.55% -0.90% 5.36% 2.94% 3.01%

Calendar-year composite performance (%) as of September 30, 2021

  2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Core Bond (gross) 7.91% 10.18% -0.18% 4.18% 3.87% 0.65% 6.90% -0.48% 6.85% 6.51%
Core Bond (net) 7.58% 9.85% -0.48% 3.87% 3.55% 0.35% 6.58% -0.78% 6.53% 6.19%
BBG U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 7.51% 8.72% 0.01% 3.54% 2.65% 0.55% 5.97% -2.02% 4.22% 7.84%

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. An investment in this strategy could lose value. Most recent month-end performance is preliminary. Returns are subject to change.

Periods less than one year are not annualized. Performance is stated in U.S. dollars and includes the reinvestment of dividends and interest.


Important disclosures


The Putnam Investments Core Bond Composite (the "Composite") seeks above-average total returns relative to its agreed benchmark, the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, with low relative volatility through an actively managed, broadly diversified portfolio. Putnam Investments utilizes specialized analysis on all sectors of the investment-grade universe combined with risk-controlled portfolio construction. The approach focuses on security selection and sector allocation while limiting interest-rate exposure relative to the benchmark. Leverage is not utilized in any account in this Composite. However, derivatives (including forward, futures, options, and swaps) may be used in accounts in the Composite for purposes of hedging, as an alternative to investing in cash markets, and for managing portfolio characteristics such as position of yield curve. The Composite includes all fully discretionary managed by Putnam Investments in this investment style. The Composite inception date was June 30, 1992. The Composite creation date was April 4, 2002.

The Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is an unmanaged index of U.S. investment-grade fixed-income securities.  Indexes are rebalanced monthly by market capitalization.


Composites may include portfolios with certain existing investment restrictions that the Firm believes do not materially impact the investment strategy. Benchmarks are generally taken from published sources and may have different calculation methodologies, pricing times, and/or foreign-exchange sources from the composite. The effect of those differences is generally deemed to be immaterial. The securities holdings of the Composite may differ materially from those of the index used for comparative purposes. Composites and benchmarks include the reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. Indexes are unmanaged and do not incur expenses. You cannot invest directly in an index. Gross-of-fee returns do not include the deduction of management fees and other expenses that may be incurred in managing an investment account. A portfolio's return will be reduced by advisory and other fees. Net-of-fee returns are calculated using a model fee. For the applicable time periods, net-of-fees returns reflect either the deduction of the highest management fee that is paid by a portfolio in the Composite during the performance period, applied on a monthly basis, or the deduction of the highest applicable management fee in effect during the performance period that would be charged based on the fee schedule appropriate to this mandate, without the benefit of breakpoints, applied on a monthly basis, whichever is higher. Net-of-fee calculation methodology may change over time. Actual investment advisory fees incurred by clients are typically negotiated on an individual basis and may vary depending upon, among other things, the applicable fee schedule and portfolio size. Our standard fee schedules are available upon request.