Investor uncertainty dominated bond markets in late 2011

Investor uncertainty dominated bond markets in late 2011

Uncertainty remained high in the fourth quarter of 2011 as the large macroeconomic challenges that dominated headlines throughout the year continued to weigh on investor confidence. Treasury rates in the United States declined slightly amid solid demand, while discussions over reducing the size of the federal deficit continued to take center stage heading into the

Analyzing the potential for new household formation

Analyzing the potential for new household formation

In today’s post-housing bubble environment, the long-awaited recovery has failed to build a solid foundation. The high unemployment rate, declines in household income, and significantly tighter credit conditions have left both existing and new home sales close to recessionary levels in the United States.

Four views on China

Four views on China

With its meteoric rise to become the world’s second-largest economy, China is an engine of global growth and is currently expanding much faster than developed nations still struggling to recover from the recession. Although today China is facing headwinds such as nagging inflation, Putnam sees investment opportunities in many industry sectors.

Derivatives and financial reform

Derivatives and financial reform

The recent Dodd-Frank Act introduced sweeping changes to the derivatives market. Daniel Farrell, Putnam’s Head of Equity Trading, discusses how Putnam uses derivative contracts and the impact of the bill on Putnam equity funds. Broadly speaking, what are derivatives and how are they used? Derivatives are investments whose value is based on — or “derived”