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.

    • Lack of Volatility in Equities Set to End?
    • Lack of Volatility in Equities Set to End? 23 September 2016 17:00:00 CDT Watch as CME Group Chief Economist Blu Putnam discusses on Futures Institute if volatility is set to return to the uneventful equities market.
    • 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.
    • Negative Rates: Not Needed, Not Helpful
    • Negative Rates: Not Needed, Not Helpful 29 August 2016 13:57:00 CDT As evidence mounts on the failure of negative rates to foster growth and inflation, governments could embrace more fiscal stimulus.
    • El Nino to La Nina: Natural Gas and Hurricanes
    • El Nino to La Nina: Natural Gas and Hurricanes 23 August 2016 09:29:00 CDT There is high potential for a La Niña to form in the aftermath of the gigantic 2015-2016 El Niño that can hold sway over energy and agriculture markets.
    • European Union's Rocky Road Ahead to Brexit
    • European Union's Rocky Road Ahead to Brexit 12 August 2016 09:00:00 CDT Watch CME Group Chief Economist Blu Putnam discuss on Futures Institute the EU's challenges as Britain prepares to exit the economic and political bloc.
    • U.S. Jobs Power On Despite Anemic GDP
    • U.S. Jobs Power On Despite Anemic GDP 09 August 2016 09:00:00 CDT Watch a video about the impressive U.S. job growth for a second straight month in July even as GDP remains lackluster in the world's top economy.