Excerpted from the September 2015 Issue
We believe that it is very important not to let the market volatility spook you into bailing out of stocks or taking other similar drastic action. While it may be painful to ride out a sharp downturn, that is the best strategy. The market will recover from any of these downdrafts, usually quite quickly.Read More
Excerpted from the September 2015 Issue
Notwithstanding our views on the strength of the U.S. economy, we don't think we've seen the end of the volatility in the U.S. stock market related to China. Investors love to worry about something, and there is likely to be plenty of worrisome economic news out of China for the foreseeable future.Read More
The key to evaluating troubled companies with strong brands is figuring out the cause of their difficulty and determining if it can be fixed. In many cases, the company will have taken on too much debt but will still have a strong core business.Read More
Excerpted from the August 2015 Issue
One approach would be to invest in some of these beaten-up bonds rather than the stocks. For stock buyers, we suggest sticking to the "safest" names in the coal sector--and "safe coal stocks" may remain an oxymoron for some time to come, particularly in light of ANR's Chapter 11 bankruptcy.Read More
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.Read More
Unless coal prices recovery dramatically in the near future, there is not likely to be any recovery for Walter Energy's stock.Read More
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.Read More
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
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George reminds value investors: "Fortunately, many of the factors...just aren't present in the market, and the other reason that investors seem to be down on the banks is they sort of expected the Fed to raise interest rates a little faster than they have. And the banks do better when interest rates are rising because they have wider margins on their loans, but I think the Fed will gradually raise rates to we will see profits improve, and so I think this downturn is really temporary."
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