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Dividend Paying Stocks Reduce Risk in Playing European Turnaround

Excerpted from the July 2012 Issue

July 27, 2012

What do you do when you can’t solve a problem? One approach is to give up, declare victory and go home. This appears to be what European leaders did at their summit meeting in late June.

We’re not saying that their latest plan (what number is it – 10? 20? 40?) won’t work, but this distressed investing blog wouldn’t bet the ranch on its success. That said, we think there could be good turnaround investing profit potential in European stocks when the continent does begin to recover.

We’re just not too sure when that recovery will occur. For that reason we like European stocks that pay good dividend yields. Those yields reduce the volatility in the stocks and will pay you something even if you have to wait a while for the stocks to move up in price. More specifically, the July 2012 issue of Turnaround Letter names 10 European-based stocks with generous dividends.

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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.

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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.