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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Whenever you are inclined to doubt the excesses in the securities markets, you need only look as far as NCAA bonds. No, these bonds have nothing to do with college sports.Read More
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."Read More
The Turnaround Letter advocates a buy and hold contrarian investing strategy. In fact, stocks in our portfolio were held for an average of just over five years.Read More
After RadioShack filed for bankruptcy on February 5, the stock dropped to just a few cents per share. Many investors who sometimes dabble in penny stocks are probably wondering whether there will ultimately be any value in the RadioShack stock, which now trades in the OTC Markets with the symbol RSHC.Read More
Excerpted from February 2015 Issue
Even though interest rates remained low in 2014, high yield bonds had a challenging year, and those challenges are not confined to the energy sector. We see more challenges ahead for the asset class in 2015.Read More
George Putnam has suceessfully invested in distressed companies for nearly 30 years and The Turnaround Letter's market-beating returns demonstrate the profit potential. He knows all the pitfalls, too--which he shares in this free report!
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If you look longer-term--both backwards and forwards--emerging markets look like much more promising investments...and many of the stocks have decent dividend yields to compensate you in case you have to wait a while for a rebound.
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Act Now on Tax Losses
With all the stock market volatility this year, many investors probably find themselves holding some stocks in which they have sizable losses. By selling those losers and realizing losses, you can use those losses to offset taxable gains that you may have realized during the year.
Most individual investors consider this investing strategy in December, which means that this tax-loss selling could push the price of some of these stocks even lower--meaning you probably do not want to be selling your losers then. In fact, savvy contrarians should consider buying some of these beaten down stocks to take advantage of that tax-generated downward pressure that goes away on January first.
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