Putting durable growth themes to work
A thematic approach is a distinctive feature of Putnam Growth Opportunities Fund. The team analyzes global trends, as well as problems and potential solutions, to identify which themes could drive sustained growth for businesses over a multi-year time horizon.
THEME: Increased screen time
People are spending considerably more time consuming content on electronic devices. In 2019, for the first time, U.S. consumers spent more time with their mobile devices than they did watching TV, according to eMarketer. Smartphones account for 70% of that mobile time. Mobile device usage is growing rapidly as streaming platforms, newly created apps, social media, gaming, and targeted advertising campaigns increasingly cater to consumers outside the home.
American adults spent about 3 hours and 30 minutes a day using the mobile internet in 2019, an increase of about 20 minutes from a year earlier, according to measurement company Zenith.
STOCK: Apple (AAPL)
Apple’s iPhone and iPad account for more than 50% of U.S. smartphone and tablet markets.
- A key growth driver is Apple’s robust services franchise (App Store, iTunes, iCloud, Music, Apple Care, News, TV, Arcade).
- Another positive driver for Apple is the company’s considerable balance sheet optionality (it has more than $150 billion in cash).
- We believe the services franchise can continue to grow at a faster pace, and iPhone demand remains resilient.
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