One of the longest-running investment newsletters on the market today, The Turnaround Letter is also one of the top ranked: As of December 31, 2015, the annualized return on our stock picks over the past 15 years was 11.0%, vs. the S&P 500's 2.9%--making The Turnaround Letter one of three top-performing investment newsletters of the nearly 200 monitored by Dow Jones' Hulbert Financial Digest.

Year in and year out, many of the biggest winners on Wall Street are troubled companies that have turned themselves around. These are the very companies that The Turnaround Letter identifies. A turnaround stock comes from a company that, for various reasons, has suffered a drop in its stock price yet is poised to recover.

When that turnaround happens, investors who get in near the bottom can ride it for hefty gains on the way back up. This simple investment strategy has resulted in The Turnaround Letter’s market-beating results over the past three decades.


Turnaround Letter vs. S&P 500 and Wilshire 5000

Take a look at The Turnaround Letter returns (as of 12/31/15) compared to the S&P 500 and the more broad-based Wilshire 5000 over the years:

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Source: Hulbert Financial Digest
Want more performance details like this? View Turnaround Letter year-to-year returns dating all the way back to 1991.

2015 Stock Picks Average 52% Gain

We saw significant gains on many of 2015's closed out purchase recommendations, with an average of 53% stock profit (through 12/31/15). The chart below reflects The Turnaround Letter's average annual returns for closed out stock picks over the past ten years:

Closed Out Stock Pick Avg. Annual Returns*

View a full list of The Turnaround Letter's closed out purchase recommendations and respective returns.


THE Turnaround Letter's "200" Club

These closed out Turnaround Letter’s purchase recommendations have achieved returns of 200%--or higher!

Purchase Recommendation


Bristow Group*




Teradyne, Inc.


Veritas DGC


El Paso Electric


US Airways


Flextronics International


Purchase Recommendation


Apache Corp.


Delta Airlines




Marvel Enterprises


Newhall Land


Builders FirstSource


McDermott International


*Bristow Group remains in our active portfolio (currently in a "Hold" status), and the 3,293% returns reported above reflect the stock’s closing price as of 1/27/16.

Date Range: 1/1/03 through present


Since publishing his first Turnaround Letter back in 1986, George Putnam has always followed the same straight-forward contrarian investing philosophy. These performance results speak for themselves: There really is no other newsletter on the market today that brings you the long term, consistent & market-beating results that The Turnaround Letter offers.


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George Putnam's Favorite Stocks for 2016

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Distressed Investing Blog

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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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so why should you trust The Turnaround Letter?

  • The Turnaround Letter's 15-year returns were 11.0%--vs. S&P's 2.9%
  • 30 Years of Turnaround Investing Experience & Reliable Stock Market Advice
  • 2015's Closed Out Purchase Recommendations Averaged 53% Stock Profit
  • Diverse Monthly Stock Picks Personally Selected by George Putnam

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.