3 Reasons to Buy GE Stock in Retirement

Stocks for retirees don’t get much bluer than blue-chip General Electric (symbol GE).

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Stocks for retirees don’t get much bluer than blue-chip General Electric (symbol GE (opens in new tab)). After all, it’s the only remaining member of the original Dow Jones industrial average. GE’s current strategy is to focus on its industrial roots, manufacturing everything from locomotives to jet engines to power generators and more. That doesn’t mean, however, that it intends to be stuck in the past. It’s also reconfiguring itself to be a centerpiece of the 21st-century industrial sector. That gives retirees a way to invest in both the slow-but-steady growth of the old economy and the more explosive growth found in the high-tech future. Here are three reasons that GE looks like a great fit for a retirement portfolio.

Dan Burrows
Senior Investing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Dan Burrows is a financial writer at Kiplinger, having joined the august publication full time in 2016.


A long-time financial journalist, Dan is a veteran of SmartMoney, MarketWatch, CBS MoneyWatch, InvestorPlace and DailyFinance. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Senior Executive and Boston magazine, and his stories have appeared in the New York Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News and Investor's Business Daily, among other publications. As a senior writer at AOL's DailyFinance, Dan reported market news from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and hosted a weekly video segment on equities.


Once upon a time – before his days as a financial reporter and assistant financial editor at legendary fashion trade paper Women's Wear Daily – Dan worked for Spy magazine, scribbled away at Time Inc. and contributed to Maxim magazine back when lad mags were a thing. He's also written for Esquire magazine's Dubious Achievements Awards.


In his current role at Kiplinger, Dan writes about equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities, funds, macroeconomics and more.


Dan holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree from Columbia University.


Disclosure: Dan does not trade stocks or other securities. Rather, he dollar-cost averages into cheap funds and index funds and holds them forever in tax-advantaged accounts.