Dedicated Mortgage

The strategy seeks to provide total return in excess of cash through investments in opportunities across the broad structured credit universe, including agency MBS and CMO, non-agency RMBS and CMBS, and asset-backed securities, on an unlevered basis.  *

Strategy highlights

Inception date

July 31, 2009


ICE BofA U.S. Dollar 1-month Constant Maturity Index

Total strategy assets


(as of April 2024)

Investment vehicles

  • Separate account
  • U.S. mutual fund
  • Broad focus across the spectrum of securitized products, which include agency MBS and CMOs (including IOs/POs and other mortgage prepayment derivatives), non-agency RMBS and CMBS (both cash and synthetics) and asset-backed securities
  • Unlevered strategy
  • Long-term investors have the potential to earn returns given a liquidity premium in the market place
  • Target ex-ante risk is not fixed; it is a function of market opportunity
  • Low interest-rate exposure (expected duration <1-2 years)


*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 April 30, 2024

  MTD QTD YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years
Dedicated Mortgage (gross) 1.82% 1.82% 6.08% 13.36% 4.94% 3.94% 4.38%
Dedicated Mortgage (net) 1.77% 1.77% 5.85% 12.62% 4.26% 3.27% 3.68%
ICE BofA U.S. Dollar 1-month Constant Maturity Index 0.49% 0.49% 1.80% 5.47% 2.86% 2.15% 1.54%

Calendar-year composite performance (%) as of April 30, 2024

  2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Dedicated Mortgage (gross) 7.09% 4.93% -1.52% -3.46% 11.32% 3.59% 6.85% 7.08% 0.49% 6.04%
Dedicated Mortgage (net) 6.39% 4.25% -2.16% -4.09% 10.67% 3.02% 6.21% 6.34% -0.35% 4.98%
ICE BofA U.S. Dollar 1-month Constant Maturity Index 5.17% 1.58% 0.10% 0.66% 2.34% 1.99% 1.07% 0.48% 0.18% 0.16%

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 Dedicated Mortgage Composite (the "Composite") pursues a total return objective over a cash benchmark by investing in securitized debt, including agency MBS and CMOs (including IOs/POs and other mortgage prepayment derivatives), non-agency RMBS and CMBS (both cash and synthetics) and asset-backed securities. Composite tracking error range is generally expected to be 5 - 8% per annum. Accounts in the Composite may have specific target returns that may be different than the strategy's general return objective, which may fluctuate depending on market opportunities available. For comparative purposes, the Composite's benchmark is the ICE BofA U.S. Dollar 1-month Constant Maturity Index; however, individual accounts in the Composite may be benchmarked to an MBS index in addition to a cash benchmark or have no benchmark. The Composite comprises all fully discretionary non-ERISA accounts managed by Putnam Investments in line with this investment style and the strategy's risk/return characteristics. The use of futures, options, forwards, and other derivatives may be used by accounts in the composite for hedging or as an alternative to investing in the cash markets or as a method of managing portfolio characteristics such as position on the yield curve. Some derivatives may be "leveraged," which means that they provide a portfolio with investment exposure greater than the value of your portfolio's investment in the derivatives. As a result, these derivatives may magnify or otherwise increase investment losses to a portfolio. Strategies that use leverage to gain exposure to various markets may not be suitable for all investors. Any use of leverage exposes the strategy to risk of loss. In some cases, the risk may be substantial. The Composite creation date was August 17, 2009. The Composite inception date was July 31, 2009.


The ICE BofA U.S. Dollar 1-month Constant Maturity Index tracks the performance of a synthetic asset paying Libor to a stated maturity. The index is based on the assumed purchase at par of a synthetic instrument having exactly its stated maturity and with a coupon equal to that day’s fixing rate. That issue is assumed to be sold the following business day (priced at a yield equal to the current day fixing rate) and rolled into a new instrument. The MSCI World Index (ND) is an unmanaged index of equity securities from developed countries. The FTSE World Government Bond Index is an index of bonds issued by governments in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Gross performance includes the deduction of transaction costs but does 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 performance reflects the deduction of a model fee applied on a monthly basis, equal to the actual management fee incurred by a portfolio in the Composite or the highest management fee that would be charged to a prospect of the strategy, whichever is higher. The model fee may change over time. Actual advisory fees may vary among clients with the same investment strategy. The Composite includes all actual, fully discretionary accounts with substantially similar investment policies and objectives managed to the Composite's 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 strategy may differ materially from those of the index used for comparative purposes.