Distressed 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.

Banks / Diversified Financials

European Banks: Still Risky but Good Stock Profit Potential

Excerpted from the September 2012 Issue

September 15, 2012

One of our favorite sayings is “Buy when there is blood in the streets,” which is attributed to Baron Rothschild in the early 1800’s. It is particularly appropriate to pull out the Baron’s statement now because he was a member of one of the most prominent European banking families, and the European banking sector is one of the bloodiest sectors in the worldwide financial markets today.

No doubt there is risk in European banks. Even huge banks can fail, or their stockholders can get wiped out if they are nationalized. But there is also great stock profit opportunity in this distressed investing sector. Most of these banks are cornerstones of their nation respective nation’s economy, and many of them have significant global foundations as well.

The September 2012 issue of The Turnaround Letter highlights ten very large European-based banking companies with global reach. We can’t promise that any of them will emerged unscathed from the current turmoil in Europe, but we're pretty confident that some—and possibly even all—of them will increase sharply in price when the turmoil subsides. Read more about European banking turnaround investment opportunities

Read More Distressed Investing Blog Entries

Free Report

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!

stock market advice

stock market advice

Distressed Investing Blog

Distressed Investing Blog

Are the "Experts" Usually Wrong? Time to Buy Emerging Markets?

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. Read More.

Your Financial Security is Serious Business...

so why should you trust The Turnaround Letter?

  • Ranked as #1 Performing Newsletter for 15-Yr. Returns: Turnaround Letter's 12.3% vs. S&P's 2.2%
  • 29+ Years of Turnaround Investing Experience & Reliable Stock Market Advice
  • Diverse Monthly Stock Picks Personally Selected by George Putnam

Act Now on Tax Losses

Beat Year-End Bounce Rush


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.

Value Stock Profit

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.