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George Putnam, one of the country's leading turnaround and distressed investing professionals, shares his timely insight on the economy and turnaround investing opportunities.

2015 Sale Recommendations Gain 69%

10 of 2015's 12 sale recommendations have seen profits. Four of those stocks--GLW, WEN, FCH and BLDR--enjoyed total returns of 100% or higher, and our readers locked in an average gain of 69% with this year's closed out stock picks.
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Mid-Year Stock Market Update

Excerpted from the July 2015 Issue
The stock market’s narrow trading band may have sapped the enthusiasm from some investors, but given the lack of alternative places to invest right now, we think there will be enough demand to push stocks a little higher from here.
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Cash in on Interest Rate Hike with Bank Stock Picks

Investors have found many things to dislike about banks, such as increasing regulation and low lending margins in these days of miniscule interest rates. I think the banks may be about to fare better, making them one of the few sectors that look cheap in the current market.
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Mining Value Stocks: Beginning to Dig Out?

Excerpted from the May 2015 Issue
Because the crystal ball on all of this is still pretty hazy, I am once again suggesting that you focus on the larger players with the stronger balance sheets. Many of the smaller, more leveraged miners and metals producers may not survive if commodity prices stay low for a prolonged period.
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Buy & Hold Strategy Brings Long-Term Profit

If you’re looking for a trendy, get-rich-quick gimmick The Turnaround Letter is not for you. We will not guide you to risky start-ups, new issues, “penny” mining stocks or speculative options or futures. Instead, we follow a time-tested and prudent buy and hold investing strategy--focused on quality stock selection, financial analysis and 28+ years of turnaround investing experience.


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Mutual Funds Offer Ready-Made Diversification

While we normally focus on individual stocks, from time to time we like to look at mutual funds that focus on turnarounds. Mutual funds can be attractive for many investors because a single fund can provide fairly broad diversification across a large number of stocks. There will be years that large, mainstream stocks will perform badly, and that's when contrarian funds like these can really shine.
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Take the Bull by the Horns with Value Stock Opportunities

Excerpted from the March 2015 Issue
Most investors remember the severity of the 2009 market nosedive: The Dow's final closing price on March 9, 2009 was just 6,547.05, and the S&P 500 dropped to just 676.53. Looking back now with six years of hindsight under our belt, we recently took a look at some of the stocks that have significantly lagged over the six-year period since the March 9, 2009 low point for some unique value stock opportunities.
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Value Stock Case Study | FCH's 150+% Profit Margin

FCH is a prime example of the benefits of thorough analysis, a prudent investing strategy and the benefits of knowing when to sell and lock in profit. Those factors teamed up to give Turnaround Letter readers a solid 150+% gain with this stock—and a timely reminder to respect the old Wall Street adage: "Bulls make money; bears make money but pigs get slaughtered."
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George Putnam's Favorite Stocks for 2016

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2015 Bankruptcy Recap: 46% Increase Fueled by Oil & Gas/Mining Industry--Further Uptick Predicted

Looking back at 2015, research reveals a 14% decline in overall business bankruptcies but a 46% uptick in public company Chapter 11 filings—with a striking 51% of those filings coming from the battered Oil & Gas/Mining sectors. Economic indicators point to further increases in corporate bankruptcy, in general, and Energy-related filings, in particular. Just a few days into 2016, this viewpoint has already been validated by Arch Coal's long-awaited $8 billion Chapter 11 filing—and continuing oil price plummets severe enough that OPEC will likely convene an emergency meeting to address "shattered" economies. Read More.

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  • The Turnaround Letter's 15-year returns were 11.0%--vs. S&P's 2.9%
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  • 2015's Closed Out Purchase Recommendations Averaged 53% Stock Profit
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Spotlight: Junk Bond Market

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MarketWatch's Mark Hulbert recently tapped George's distressed investing expertise to determine the fate of the junk-bond market and what its nearly three-year decline likely means for your portfolio.

 

Hulbert writes, "What’s really going on? For insight, I turned to George Putnam, an expert in distressed-company investing. His Turnaround Letter advisory service has handily beaten the stock market over the past 15 years, according to the Hulbert Financial Digest’s tracking, by an impressive margin of 7.3 percentage points a year on an annualized basis."

 

Commenting on the rapid growth of high-yield exchange traded funds (ETF's), Putnam notes, "They have become the investment vehicle of choice for short-term investors….Those investors tend to be trend followers and, therefore, are just the opposite of being contrarian."

 

Read the full MarketWatch junk-bond article to find out what George thinks these recent indicators likely mean for future distressed investing profit.