Boston-based Putnam Investments lost another client Friday, as MetLife Advisers LLC decided to shift to Fidelity Investments as the sub-advisor for its mutual funds, Reuters reports.

Ever since the fraud charges for improper trading hit Putnam, the No. 5 mutual fund firm has seen numerous clients look elsewhere for pensions, sub-advising and fund investing, in general.

As of today, Fidelity, the No. 1 mutual fund company, will take over where Putnam left off.

Putnam lost $245 billion, or 12% of its assets under management, in November alone. Other clients that have fired Putnam include the largest U.S. pension fund, CalPERs, and the largest U.S. retail chain, Wal-Mart.

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and federal regulators have charged that Putnam allowed market timing, the rapid in-and-out trading of funds, by certain clients.

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