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A bear market is one in which the prices of securities are falling, and widespread pessimism causes the negative sentiment to be self-sustaining. As investors anticipate losses in a bear market and selling continues, pessimism only grows. Although there is no strict definition of a bear market, a downturn of 20% or more in multiple broad market indexes, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) or Standard & Poor's 500 Index (S&P 500), over at least a two-month period is often considered to be a bear market. A bear market should not be confused with a correction, which is a short-term trend that has a duration of less than two months.
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Most investors remember the severity of the 2009 market nosedive: The Dow's final closing price on March 9, 2009 was just 6,547.05, and the S&P 500 dropped to just 676.53. Looking back now with six years of hindsight under our belt, we recently took a look at some of the stocks that have significantly lagged over the six-year period since the March 9, 2009 low point for some unique value stock opportunities.
George Putnam has always followed the same straight-forward and highly-profitable investment philosophy. He published his first Turnaround Letter issue back in 1986, and readers have seen extraordinary long-term stock profit ever since.
In fact, 12 of 2014's 13 closed-out purchase recommendations saw gains--with five of those enjoying total returns greater than 100%. The Turnaround Letter's average return for 2014's stock picks is +82%:
2014 Closed Out Purchase Recommendations
* Calculation includes dividends and price changes between purchase recommendation and current price.
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