Bluford Putnam

Bluford (Blu) Putnam has served as Managing Director and Chief Economist of CME Group since May 2011. He is responsible for leading economic analysis on global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact on CME Group and the company's business strategy. He also serves as CME Group's spokesperson on global economic conditions and manages external research initiatives.

Prior to joining CME Group, Putnam gained more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry with concentrations in central banking, investment research and portfolio management. He most recently served as Managing Partner for Bayesian Edge Technology & Solutions, Ltd., a financial risk management and portfolio advisory service he founded in 2000. He also has served as President of CDC Investment Management Corporation and Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for Equities and Asset Allocation at the Bankers Trust Company in New York. His background also includes economist positions with Kleinwort Benson, Ltd., Morgan Stanley & Company, Chase Manhattan Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Putnam holds a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Florida Presbyterian College (later renamed Eckerd College) and a Ph.D.in economics from Tulane University. He has authored five books on international finance, as well as many articles that have been published in academic journals and business publications.

    • Debt Ceiling Looms Large Over Congress
    • Debt Ceiling Looms Large Over Congress 21 November 2016 08:00:00 CST
      Watch CME Group Chief Economist Blu Putnam on Futures Institute discuss the return of the debt ceiling debate to the Republican-dominated Congress in 2017.
    • Trump Victory: Post-Election Policy Analysis
    • Trump Victory: Post-Election Policy Analysis 09 November 2016 09:51:00 CST
      Watch CME Group Chief Economist Blu Putnam discuss on Futures Institute the domestic and global economic policy implications of a Trump Administration.
    • Natural Gas: Making Gains in Power Generation
    • Natural Gas: Making Gains in Power Generation 13 October 2016 09:00:00 CDT
      Watch CME Group Chief Economist Blu Putnam discuss on Futures Institute how natural gas is gaining market share in power generation, especially in America.
    • U.S. Elections and Equity Short-Dated Options
    • U.S. Elections and Equity Short-Dated Options 11 October 2016 10:30:00 CDT
      Watch Chief Economist Blu Putnam discuss on Futures Institute how short-dated equity options can mitigate event risk during the U.S. presidential elections.
    • Gasoline: Post-Summer Action Awaits
    • Gasoline: Post-Summer Action Awaits 23 September 2016 11:00:00 CDT
      Watch CME Group Chief Economist Blu Putnam on Futures Institute discuss how seasonal refinery output changes could spike oil-gasoline price relationship.
    • Calm Before the Volatility Storm in Equities?
    • Calm Before the Volatility Storm in Equities? 23 September 2016 09:00:00 CDT
      The absence of any meaningful volatility in the equities market since the Brexit vote in June could be coming to an end amid U.S, & European elections.
    • Global Economic Challenges for Energy Markets
    • Global Economic Challenges for Energy Markets 07 September 2016 09:00:00 CDT
      Volatile weather, central banks' failure to stimulate growth and inflation, and political event risk post-Brexit are among challenges facing energy markets.