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.

    • Fed: End of an Era of Economists at the Helm?
    • Fed: End of an Era of Economists at the Helm? 22 March 2017 11:00:00 CDT
      Will Janet Yellen's expected exit as Fed Chair next year usher in a new breed of business-credentialed leaders at the central bank now run by economists.
    • What Will a Post-Yellen Fed Look Like in 2018?
    • What Will a Post-Yellen Fed Look Like in 2018? 21 March 2017 06:00:00 CDT
      Janet Yellen's tenure as Fed Chair comes to a close next year, providing the Trump administration the opportunity to leave its imprint on the central bank.
    • Beware as Debt Ceiling Meets Fiscal Ambitions
    • Beware as Debt Ceiling Meets Fiscal Ambitions 27 February 2017 08:00:00 CST
      The path Republicans in Congress take to resolve the contentious issue of raising the debt ceiling will offer insights for equities and bonds markets.
    • Managing Event Risk in 2017
    • Managing Event Risk in 2017 08 February 2017 06:00:00 CST
      The surprise outcomes of the Brexit vote and U.S. elections last year could be the harbingers of more political event risk in 2017, especially in Europe.
    • Will Tax Cuts Recreate Reagan Era Growth?
    • Will Tax Cuts Recreate Reagan Era Growth? 06 February 2017 09:00:00 CST
      Reagan era tax cuts at a time of high unemployment and a recession proved to be the right tonic to boost growth, but will they work this time around.
    • Gold: Fed Rate Hikes Among Four Key Challenges
    • Gold: Fed Rate Hikes Among Four Key Challenges 01 February 2017 09:00:00 CST
      Watch CME Group Chief Economist Blu Putnam discuss on Futures Institute the four key challenges for gold, including the Fed's highly anticipated rate hikes.
    • Will Fed Change its Policy on Reinvestment?
    • Will Fed Change its Policy on Reinvestment? 31 January 2017 16:49:00 CST
      With about a year left on the job, will the Fed's Janet Yellen keep with the tradition of handing over a clean slate by shrinking its mighty balance sheet?