Mutual Funds

An investment vehicle that is made up of a pool of funds collected from many investors

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Mutual Funds Offer Ready-Made Diversification

While we normally focus on individual stocks, from time to time we like to look at mutual funds that focus on turnarounds. Mutual funds can be attractive for many investors because a single fund can provide fairly broad diversification across a large number of stocks. There will be years that large, mainstream stocks will perform badly, and that's when contrarian funds like these can really shine.
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There will be years that large, mainstream stocks will perform badly, and that's when contrarian funds like these can really shine.

Turnaround Mutual Funds: Looking for Managers Who Go Against the Crowd

While we normally focus on individual stocks, from time to time we like to look at mutual funds that focus on turnarounds. Mutual funds can be attractive for many investors because a single fund can provide fairly broad diversification across a large number of stocks.
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We recommend contrarians buy this distressed investing opportunity up to 63.

Purchase Recommendation - October 2014

Current weakness in this mid cap’s stock price offers a good contrarian opportunity to buy into a premier money manager at a reasonable price—and this value stock currently pays a generous dividend so you get paid even if you have to wait a while for a distressed investing uptick.
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Russian Stocks: Enough Blood in the Streets?

Excerpted from June 2014 Issue
The idea behind contrarian investing is that negative geopolitical news typically spooks investors and pushes stock prices down sharply. We’re not brave enough to suggest buying Ukrainian stocks, but Russian stocks might be the next best thing. Not only is Russia Ukraine’s next door neighbor, but Russia is embroiled in—and some would say causing—much of the unrest in Ukraine.
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Russia offers many investing opportunities—Stocks, ETF’s & Mutual Funds. Here are 15 specific contrarian choices.

Russian Stocks: Enough Blood in the Streets?

The idea behind contrarian investing is that negative geopolitical news typically spooks investors and pushes stock prices down sharply. We’re not brave enough to suggest buying Ukrainian stocks, but Russian stocks might be the next best thing. Not only is Russia Ukraine’s next door neighbor, but Russia is embroiled in—and some would say causing—much of the unrest in Ukraine.
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Looking for a smart investment approach when it comes to emerging markets?

Emerging Markets: Investors Developing Aversion

Although there are valid concerns when it comes to emerging market options, most of those are short-term in nature, and a long term-investing approach shows the financial appeal of this sector. There are associated risks though, which is why we advise the structured approach outlined here.
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Mutual Fund Turnaround Investing: This Year’s Crop

Excerpted from March 2013 Issue
Mutual funds are a great option for investors looking for ready-made diversification. Given our contrarian bent, The Turnaround Letter emphasizes funds that either focus on turnaround investing as part of their strategy or are themselves something of a turnaround.
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Mutual fund turnarounds offer ready-made diversification.

Mutual Fund Turnarounds: This Year’s Crop

Mutual funds are a great option for investors looking for ready-made diversification. Given our contrarian bent, The Turnaround Letter emphasizes funds that either focus on turnaround investing as part of their strategy or are themselves something of a turnaround.
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George Putnam's Favorite Stocks for 2016

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Distressed Investing Blog

2015 Bankruptcy Recap: 46% Increase Fueled by Oil & Gas/Mining Industry--Further Uptick Predicted

Looking back at 2015, research reveals a 14% decline in overall business bankruptcies but a 46% uptick in public company Chapter 11 filings—with a striking 51% of those filings coming from the battered Oil & Gas/Mining sectors. Economic indicators point to further increases in corporate bankruptcy, in general, and Energy-related filings, in particular. Just a few days into 2016, this viewpoint has already been validated by Arch Coal's long-awaited $8 billion Chapter 11 filing—and continuing oil price plummets severe enough that OPEC will likely convene an emergency meeting to address "shattered" economies. Read More.

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  • The Turnaround Letter's 15-year returns were 11.0%--vs. S&P's 2.9%
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Spotlight: Junk Bond Market

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MarketWatch's Mark Hulbert recently tapped George's distressed investing expertise to determine the fate of the junk-bond market and what its nearly three-year decline likely means for your portfolio.

 

Hulbert writes, "What’s really going on? For insight, I turned to George Putnam, an expert in distressed-company investing. His Turnaround Letter advisory service has handily beaten the stock market over the past 15 years, according to the Hulbert Financial Digest’s tracking, by an impressive margin of 7.3 percentage points a year on an annualized basis."

 

Commenting on the rapid growth of high-yield exchange traded funds (ETF's), Putnam notes, "They have become the investment vehicle of choice for short-term investors….Those investors tend to be trend followers and, therefore, are just the opposite of being contrarian."

 

Read the full MarketWatch junk-bond article to find out what George thinks these recent indicators likely mean for future distressed investing profit.