NEW YORK-After getting burned by the financial crisis in 2008, many investors have decided to sit on the sidelines instead of jumping back into equities. But Putnam Investments said at its mid-year equity markets briefing Tuesday at the St. Regis Hotel it sees the uncertainty in the financial markets as an opportunity.

“It’s natural that investors are risk-averse, but that’s the opportunity,” said Nick C. Thakore, a managing director and head of U.S. large-cap equities.

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