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With over seventy five years of investment experience, Putnam Investments offers investors 82 mutual funds across a range of asset classes and investment styles. The company has over $124 billion in assets under management and serves 110 institutional clients including the pension funds of several states and many large corporations. Putnam believes that its team of seasoned portfolio managers is one of its greatest assets and relies primarily on original, fundamental research on a global scale.

Below we will share with you 5 top rated Putnam funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we expect the fund to outperform its peers in the future.  To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all Putnam funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

Putnam International Capital Opportunities A (PNVAX - MF report) seeks capital growth over the long term. The fund invests primarily in common stocks of small and mid-cap foreign with good investment potential. It focuses on investing in mature markets, but may also invest in emerging economies. This fund has a ten year annualized return of 8.46%.

The Putnam mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $500 and an expense ratio of 1.47% compared to a category average of 1.45%.

Putnam International Value A (PNGAX) invests primarily in common stocks of foreign companies. The fund focuses on acquiring stocks which are attractively priced relative to their intrinsic value. It invests in companies regardless of their size and may purchase securities issued from both mature and emerging economies. This fund has a ten year annualized return of 4.61%.

Darren A. Jaroch is the fund manager and he has managed this Putnam mutual fund since 2010.

Putnam International Growth A (PINOX - MF report) seeks capital growth over the long term. The fund invests primarily in common stocks of growth oriented foreign companies. It invests in companies regardless of their size and may purchase securities issued from both mature and emerging economies. This fund has a ten year annualized return of 6.38%.

The Putnam mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $500 and an expense ratio of 1.59% compared to a category average of 1.31%.

Putnam Global Equity A (PEQUX - MF report) invests the majority of its assets in equity securities of companies across the world. The fund focuses on acquiring common stocks of large and mid-cap companies. The fund primarily invests in mature economies but may also invest in firms from emerging markets. This fund has a ten year annualized return of 3.52%.

As of December 2011, this Putnam mutual fund held 230 issues, with 2.61% of its total assets invested in BG Group PLC.

Putnam Global Natural Resources A (EBERX - MF report) seeks capital growth. The fund invests heavily in domestic and foreign common stocks issued by energy and natural resources companies. The fund focuses on acquiring value stocks issued by mid-cap and large-cap firms, but may invest in smaller companies. This fund has a ten year annualized return of 9.95%.

The Fund Manager is Steven Curbow and he has managed this Putnam mutual fund since 2008.

To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all Putnam mutual funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

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