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Encore Capital Group May Have Risen By 250% Over 5 Years, But It Remains Underappreciated

Providing debt recovery solutions may not be a glamorous business, but one look at the excellent stock market returns of some of these firms may just tempt you. Encore Capital Group (NASDAQ:ECPG) has risen by 250%, whilst the S&P 500 has just risen by a pitiful 21%. Looking at this meteoric rise, you may be forgiven that a correction is due for this stock; however, a closer inspection of the valuations and growth prospects may suggest that this stock has much further to go.

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How does the debt recovery industry operate?

Debt recovery firms such as Encore Capital Group purchase portfolios of primarily charged-off credit card debt, defaulted consumer loans, and receivables subject to...

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