Blu Putnam for CME Group

Bluford (Blu) Putnam has served as managing director and chief economist of CME Group since 2011. He is responsible for leading CME’s economic analysis on global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact. Prior to joining CME, Putnam gained more than 35 years of experience in the financial-services industry, with concentrations in central banking, investment research and portfolio management. He has authored five books on international finance.

Recent Articles By The Author

Equity Volatility Does Not Spell Recession

Equity Volatility Does Not Spell Recession

China and Germany are facing more serious growth concerns than the United States.

Gold's Ride Hinges on Rates

Gold's Ride Hinges on Rates

Global tensions still affect gold prices, but with the trade war in play, those tensions are now correlated with interest rates.

Trade War: An End to China's Currency Stability

Trade War: An End to China's Currency Stability

The Chinese yuan had traded in a narrow range for several months in hopes a U.S.-China trade pact would be reached.

2 Big Threats Remain for This Record U.S. Economic Expansion

2 Big Threats Remain for This Record U.S. Economic Expansion

If the Fed is not going to be the culprit this time, these threats could be the trigger.

Will the Fed Cut Rates in July? Six Key Dates to Watch

Will the Fed Cut Rates in July? Six Key Dates to Watch

Any surprises in key data could seal the deal for a rate cut at the Federal Reserve July 30-31 meeting.

These Are the Forces Driving the Bond Rally

These Are the Forces Driving the Bond Rally

The unusual shape of the yield curve is sending mixed signals.

Chart: The U.S. Bond Market Is a Tug of War

Chart: The U.S. Bond Market Is a Tug of War

With the U.S. economy decelerating and central banks halting asset purchases, there's something for buyers and sellers of U.S. bonds.

What the Market Reaction to the G-20 Taught Us About 2019 Expectations

What the Market Reaction to the G-20 Taught Us About 2019 Expectations

After G-20 it's clear the big three, not OPEC, dominate the global oil picture.