Fixed Income Global Alpha Plus

The strategy seeks to achieve a return of 5% over T-bills over a full investment cycle. Active risk will typically range between 400 and 1000 basis points per annum. Target ex-ante risk is not fixed; it is a function of market opportunity. The typical duration range is -2 to +4 years.*

Strategy highlights

Inception date

October 31, 1988

Benchmark

ICE BofA U.S. Treasury Bill Index

Total strategy assets

$8.3B

(as of June 2020)

Investment vehicles

  • Separate account

We believe our approach to active management allocates risk in pursuit of more efficient alpha within the context of an unconstrained bond portfolio. We seek opportunities in

  • Credit risk - corporate (investment grade/high yield), mortgage (residential/commercial MBS), sovereign (developed/emerging market)
  • Prepayment risk - agency MBS, collateralized mortgage obligations, IOs/POs
  • Liquidity risk - pricing, volatility, spreads not associated with credit or prepayment risk
  • Term structure risk - level, slope, bend, currency, real vs. nominal rates 

The return objective of 5-7% over T-bills is based on managing the strategy to a level of tracking error (typically 6%-12%) commensurate with the target return. Return expectations are derived using conservative cash flow assumptions for asset classes typically represented in the portfolio, including corporate credit, mortgage credit, prepayment, and term structure 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. See the composite report for a summary of risk considerations. 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

Performance

Annualized composite performance (%) as of June 30, 2020

  MTD QTD YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years
Fixed Income Global Alpha Plus (gross) 2.28% 7.36% -7.12% -2.36% 2.73% 3.25% 4.43%
Fixed Income Global Alpha Plus (net) 2.23% 7.22% -7.38% -2.90% 2.15% 2.64% 3.75%
ICE BofA U.S. Treasury Bill Index 0.02% 0.02% 0.67% 1.71% 1.80% 1.22% 0.66%

Calendar-year composite performance (%) as of June 30, 2020

  2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Fixed Income Global Alpha Plus (gross) 13.22% -0.34% 7.65% 6.17% -1.99% 1.89% 8.89% 13.56% -2.50% 14.19%
Fixed Income Global Alpha Plus (net) 12.60% -0.92% 7.01% 5.53% -2.66% 1.17% 8.13% 12.76% -3.19% 13.39%
ICE BofA U.S. Treasury Bill Index 2.35% 1.88% 0.81% 0.37% 0.09% 0.06% 0.09% 0.12% 0.14% 0.21%

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. Please refer to the composite report and disclosures below for additional important information regarding performance disclosures and investments risks.

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

Literature

Important disclosures

 

The Putnam Investments Fixed Income Global Alpha Plus Composite (the "Composite") seeks to achieve absolute return in excess of cash, as measured by the ICE BofA U.S. Treasury Bill Index, over a full investment cycle by investing across traditional and alternative bond markets. Active risk will typically range between 400 and 1000 basis points per annum. Target ex-ante risk is not fixed; it is a function of market opportunity. The typical duration range is -2 to +4 years. The strategy pursues opportunities in credit risk (investment grade/high yield corporate bonds, residential/commercial MBS securitized bonds, developed/emerging market sovereign bonds, prepayment risk (agency MBS, collateralized mortgage obligations, IOs/Pos) liquidity risk (pricing, volatility, spreads not associated with credit or prepayment risk) and term structure risk (level, slope, bend, currency, real vs. nominal rates). The Composite benchmark is the ICE BofA U.S. Treasury Bill Index. Although accounts in the Composite pursue the same investment strategy, they may have different benchmarks. Leverage is not utilized in any account in this Composite. However, derivatives (including futures, exchange-traded or OTC options, forwards, and swaps) may be used for hedging or non-hedging purposes. The Composite comprises all fully discretionary accounts managed by Putnam Investments in this investment style. Composites may include portfolios with certain existing investment restrictions that the Firm believes do not materially impact the investment strategy. The Composite inception date was October 31, 1988. The Composite creation date was January 23, 2006.

The ICE BofA U.S. Treasury Bill Index is an unmanaged index that tracks the performance of U.S. dollar-denominated Treasury bills publicly issued in the U.S. domestic market. Qualifying securities must have a remaining term of at least one month to final maturity and a minimum amount outstanding of $1 billion.  

 

Effective February 1, 2018, the ICE BofA U.S. Treasury Bill Index retroactively replaced the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index as the benchmark for this composite. The benchmark has been changed retroactively because this index more accurately reflects the strategy's multi-sector investment approach and more closely aligns with the goals for this strategy.

 

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.