Ask Terry Questions General Electric

General Electric

By Terry Savage on November 01, 2014 | Investments

Our investment adviser recommends buying General Electric stock but a friend I admire says it has had a lackluster performance over the past decade or so. What do you think?

Terry Says:   That’s an impossible question to answer out of context.  First of all, past performance may be repeated, or not.  So I would never buy a stock based on what it has, or hasn’t, done over a period of years.  But that’s not the real issue here:   I don’t know anything about your portfolio, your risk tolerance, etc.  BUT I do know enough to ask who is this “investment advisor’?  Is he/she a broker, aiming to make a commission?  A registered investment advisor, handling your entire portfolio?  A financial planner?   I don’t comment on individual stocks — and I typically recommend that novice investors stick to no-load (no-commission) mutual funds that diversify your risk but give you overall exposure to the stock market, instead of trying to “pick” stocks.  An example would be an S&P 500 stock index fund offered by every major mutual fund company such as Fidelity, Vanguard, T. Rowe Price, etc.



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