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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.

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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

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How To Find Good Value Stocks When They Are Scarce

With U.S. stocks well into their eighth year of a bull market and the economy showing increasing signs of strength, finding ideal turnaround stocks--those with all three ingredients--can be a needle-in-the-haystack project at best. What is an investor to do in a seemingly barren value stock landscape? Read More.

Market-Beating Profit: The 200+ Club

Turnaround stocks present a unique opportunity for savvy investors to buy in at bargain prices. Take a look at this list of just a few of our purchase recommendations that have realized a return rate of 200% or better:

200+ Club: Value Investing Stock Profits with 200% or Better Return

* Bristow remains in our active portfolio (currently as a Hold), and 2,057% gain is as of 11/9/16.

Bet on These Battered Stocks

Battered Stocks/Tribune Logo: Value Investing from The Turnaround Letter Highlighted in the Chicago Tribune

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Chicago Tribune highlighted this Kiplinger's Money Power write-up on George's contrarian investing approach and The Turnaround Letter's April 2016 monthly turnaround stock pick.

 

Darren Fonda notes, "…besieged stocks often start to recuperate as the headlines fade and investors anticipate a return to precrisis sales and profits. The trick, of course, is to find companies that are more likely to rebound from a setback than collapse entirely."

 

Learn more about Putnam's turnaround investing strategy.