Kiplinger’s 2014 Stock Picks: Readers Weigh In

We asked individual investors on to forecast the best-performing stock from our list of recommendations for 2014. The runaway favorite may surprise you.

What's old is seemingly new again. Of the top two finishers in our online poll assessing the potential of seven stocks featured in the January 2014 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, one company boasts ties to Thomas Edison and the other traces its roots to Aaron Burr. Both stocks would’ve looked equally at home in your grandfather’s portfolio as they would in yours today.

The two venerable stocks that proved most appealing to our readers are General Electric (GE) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM). GE, founded in 1892 through the merger of electric-light manufacturers Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston, garnered a decisive 29% of the 1,043 votes cast. In 2014, the global conglomerate should benefit from an improving world economy, we wrote in the January issue. GE investors, in turn, should benefit from dividend hikes, share buybacks and an above-average stock yield.

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Michael DeSenne
Executive Editor,
DeSenne made the leap to online financial journalism in 1998, just in time for the dot-com boom. After a stint with Dow Jones Newswires, dreams of IPO riches led him to, where over nine years he held several positions, including executive editor. He later served as the personal finance editor at and In 2011, he joined, where he focuses on content strategy, video, SEO and Web analytics. DeSenne has a BA from Williams College in Anthropology—a major deemed the absolute worst for career success by none other than Kiplinger.