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Bluford (Blu) Putnam is Managing Director and Chief Economist of CME Group. He is responsible for leading global economic analysis and monitoring developments in the price patterns, volatility and correlations of futures and options markets.
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 started his career as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and later moved to the Chase Manhattan Bank. He has served in London as Morgan Stanley’s Global Bond Strategist and Kleinwort Benson’s Chief Economist. Moving into portfolio management, he has held positions as Chief Investment Officer for Equities and Asset Allocation at the Bankers Trust Company in New York and President of CDC Investment Management Corporation.
Putnam holds a Ph.D.in economics from Tulane University. He has authored five books on international finance, as well as published in such academic journals as the American Economic Review and the Journal of Finance, among many others. In the past, he has served on the adjunct faculty of several business schools, including The Wharton School, New York University, and Columbia University.
Erik Norland is Executive Director and Senior Economist of CME Group. He is responsible for generating 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, and upon those who trade in its various markets. He is also one of CME Group’s spokespeople on global economic, financial and geopolitical conditions.
Prior to joining CME Group, Norland gained more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry working for investment banks and hedge funds both in the United States and in France. He most recently served in sales and research at BEAM Bayesian Efficient Asset Management LLC, and previously as Director of Research at EQA Partners, both global macro hedge funds. He also worked for IXIS Corporate & Investment Bank in Paris (now called Natixis), covering central banks and supranationals for the fixed income sales business, and also worked as a market economist and strategist. He began his career at Bankers Trust, Global Investment Management in New York working with the tactical asset allocation group.
Norland holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an M.A.in statistics from Columbia University. He is also a CFA Charterholder.