U.S. Core Equity

Opportunistic across a wide range of stocks

Flexibility to invest across size and style

Seeks companies with durable growth potential across market capitalization and style spectrum

Disciplined research process

Pursues long-term, underappreciated growth potential driven by earnings growth, cash flow growth, and upward revaluation potential

Rigorous stock selection

Aims to benefit from long-term compounding of portfolio companies to drive superior long-term performance

Strategy highlights

Inception date

October 31, 2010


Russell 3000 Index

Total strategy assets


(as of April 2024)

Investment vehicles

  • Separate account
  • U.S. mutual fund

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
U.S. Core Equity (gross) -4.16% -4.16% 7.13% 26.73% 9.37% 15.69% 13.47%
U.S. Core Equity (net) -4.20% -4.20% 6.93% 26.03% 8.77% 15.05% 12.84%
Russell 3000 Index -4.40% -4.40% 5.18% 22.30% 6.35% 12.43% 11.81%

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

  2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
U.S. Core Equity (gross) 28.96% -15.23% 31.68% 18.57% 33.46% -7.19% 25.00% 14.55% -2.06% 14.89%
U.S. Core Equity (net) 28.25% -15.70% 30.96% 17.91% 32.72% -7.71% 24.30% 13.90% -2.61% 14.25%
Russell 3000 Index 25.96% -19.21% 25.66% 20.89% 31.02% -5.24% 21.13% 12.74% 0.48% 12.56%

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.


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Important disclosures

The Putnam Investments U.S. Core Equity Composite (the "Composite") seeks capital appreciation through investment in common stocks (growth stocks, value stocks, or both) of U.S. companies of any size with favorable investment potential. The strategy uses a disciplined, fundamental investment process with three buckets of idea generation: legacy companies, smart-money indicators, and special situations. The Composite's benchmark is the Russell 3000 Index. The Composite includes all fully discretionary accounts managed in this style by Putnam Investments. Leverage is not utilized in any account in this Composite. Accounts in the Composite may invest in derivatives, including the use of "short" derivatives, futures, options, and swaps, for hedging or non-hedging purposes. The Composite inception date was October 31, 2010. The Composite creation date was October 25, 2010. Effective December 1 2022, the U.S. Multi-Cap Core Equity Composite was renamed the U.S. Core Equity Composite.

The Russell 3000 Index is an unmanaged index of the 3,000 largest U.S. companies. Benchmarks are generally taken from published sources and may have different calculation methodologies, pricing times, and foreign exchange sources from the Composite.

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.