Stocks That Pay Dividends

Dividend-Paying Turnaround Investing Stocks

We here at The Turnaround Letter have always liked dividend paying stocks for three principal reasons:

  • First, if the stock stays flat for a while, you get paid something while you wait for it to move up.
  • Second, if the market goes down, stocks that pay dividends tend to go down less because their holders are not quite so anxious to sell them.
  • Third even though dividend rates may seem low, they add up to real money over time. If you hold a stock that has a 3% dividend yield for four years, the dividend adds 12% of incremental return. As a friend of ours likes to say, “That’s better than a poke in the nose.”

Recently, investors have been pouring into certain dividend paying stocks, particularly utilities and REITs as bond substitutes, since actual bond yields are so low. That has pushed the prices of these bond substitutes up quite a bit over the last year or two, and we think they may be vulnerable when interest rates finally do begin to rise.'s Steve Halpern recently interviewed me on this topic and the potential dangers of an uninformed investment strategy. Read or listen to the full article for my turnaround investing advice.

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Lessons from the 1st Turnaround Letter of 32 Years ago

In July, 1986, exactly 32 years ago, George Putnam sent the first Turnaround Letter to subscribers. Technology back then seems like the Stone Age, with hard copy research and primitive CompuServe dial-up service. Wall Street ignored turnaround stocks back then and continues to ignore them today. While technology has changed immensely in 32 years, The Turnaround Letter’s philosophy of selecting out-of-favor companies on the verge of turning around hasn’t changed. Our timeless process helped driven The Turnaround Letter’s independently-verified market-beating returns. Read More.

Comparing Stocks Vs. Bonds

While the common stock of a turnaround candidate usually has the greatest upside potential, other classes of securities, such as bonds or preferred stock, may offer attractive profit possibilities with less risk. Many turnaround companies have only one class of securities available to investors but where there are different classes to choose from, it can pay to do a little extra analysis of the various options.

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Turnaround Letter Stock Pick Named Top Performer of 2017


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What Last Year's Top Stock Pickers Are Buying in 2018


This Forbes write-up follows up on the recent Top Stock Tips report--naming The Turnaround Letter's Crocs recommendation the top performer of 2017: With 90% gains, CROX beat out 100 other investment ideas included in the report; and the stock continues to have value investing appeal, according to Putnam.


George notes, "We see additional upside for the stock in 2018 as management's efforts continue to bear fruit, though the gains will likely be more muted than we saw in 2017."