Turnaround Investing Blog

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

Yearend Bounce Candidates: When the Calendar Makes Losers Into Winners

Excerpted from the December 2015 Issue
Most of the time we recommend taking a long-term view and focusing on underlying business fundamentals when choosing stocks to buy as part of a solid turnaround investing strategy. However, around this time of year it is worth considering a shorter-term strategy based more on the quirks of the calendar--and the tax law--than on business fundamentals.
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Are the "Experts" Usually Wrong? Time to Buy Emerging Markets?

Excerpted from the October 2015 Issue
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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Companies Looking for Trouble: Contrarian Investing Opportunity

Excerpted from the October 2015 Issue
There is growing evidence that Chapter 11 bankruptcies and restructurings are on the rise. The principal drivers for this are the huge amount of debt that has been raised over the last decade, and the sharp decline in commodity prices. An increase in bankruptcies isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
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Consider Taking Tax Losses Now--Beat the Year-End Bounce Rush

Excerpted from the October 2015 Issue
With all the volatility in the stock market this year, many investors probably find themselves holding some stocks in which they have sizable losses. By selling those losers, you can use the losses to offset taxable gains that you may have realized during the year.
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The China Syndrome: Stock Market Volatility & Turnaround Investing Strategy, Part II

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.
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Coal Stocks (and Bonds): A Cautionary Tale for Value Investors

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.
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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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A Closer Look At Two Activist Campaigns

Watch to see if ADP’s CEO Carlos Rodriguez inadvertently helps Pershing, and his aggressive and sometimes personal stance against Ackman could backfire. Overall, because of the stock’s strong returns and Ackman’s weak credibility, we would give this activist campaign a low chance of making ADP a successful turnaround investment. For turnaround investors, the Trian campaign appears to have a win-win opportunity for investors--either Peltz joins the board and learns enough to re-invigorate P&G, or loses and management must either execute (boosting earnings and the shares) or they will face a more drastic proxy campaign with higher odds of success down the road. We think the P&G campaign could turn out well for shareholders.  Read More.

Warrants: A Solid Investment Opportunity

Warrants provide a valuable tool for the savvy investor. When selected and implemented well, they can be a smart addition to a diversified investor’s portfolio. Like options, warrants are not equity. They only convey the right to buy equity. As such, neither holder is entitled to dividend rights, pre-emptive rights, proxy voting or any share of any liquidation.

 

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Warrants' return potential can be very high, but they also carry significant risks. Learn what they are, how they work, strategies to minimize risk and find profit with warrants.

Here's Why You Should Invest in Asset Managers

 

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This Forbes article cites a recent MoneyShow write-up that recommends investors take advantage of the strong stock market and potential interest rate hike by "putting some of your investment assets into the shares of asset management stocks."

 

The article praises The Turnaround Letter's OAK purchase recommendation and quotes George Putnam: "As the corporate debt binge that we’ve experienced since 2009 comes to an end, Oaktree will benefit from a growing number of restructurings and bankruptcies."  

 

Learn more about Putnam's investing success with turnaround stocks.