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Putnam Investments has over seventy five years of investment experience and offers investors 70 mutual funds across a range of asset classes and investment styles. With over $133 billion in assets under management, it serves several institutional clients including the pension funds of several states and many large corporations. Putnam considers its seasoned team of investment professionals to be its biggest asset 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 Diversified Income A (PDINX - MF report) seeks high current income. The fund invests 15% to 65% of its assets in domestic securities. It may also purchase securities generating high yield which may include debt instruments rated below investment grade. A minimum of 15% of its assets are invested in U.S. government instruments. The fund has a one year annualized return of 12.72%.

D. William Kohli is the fund manager and has managed this Putnam mutual fund since 1994.

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. It may also utilize derivatives to manage risk or enhance returns. This fund has a one year annualized return of 18.47%.

The Putnam mutual fund has an expense ratio of 1.35% compared to a category average of 1.36%.

Putnam High Yield Advantage A (PHYIX - MF report) seeks high current income. The fund invests primarily in bonds issued by domestic companies rated below investment grade. The maturity period of these securities must be three years or longer. It may also utilize derivatives to manage risk or enhance returns. This fund has a one year annualized return of 12.96%.

As of December 2012, this Putnam mutual fund held 713 issues, with 0.78% of its total assets invested in Intelsat Bermuda 11.5%.

Putnam International Equity A (POVSX - MF report) invests primarily in common stocks of large and mid-cap foreign companies with good investment potential. The fund may also invest in derivatives. It predominantly invests in mature markets but may also invest in emerging economies. The fund has a one year annualized return of 17.29%

Simon Davis is the fund manager and has managed this Putnam mutual fund since 2011.

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 companies with good investment potential. It focuses on investing in mature markets, but may also invest in emerging economies. This fund has a one year annualized return of 16.12%.

The Putnam mutual fund has an expense ratio of 1.41% compared to a category average of 1.48%.

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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