Less Is More for This American Icon

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editors/analysts Isaac Pino and Brendan Byrnes discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Isaac and Brendan talk about General Electric, the granddaddy of all conglomerates. In recent years, GE has shifted its focus from diversification to the core businesses. Some view this as a continuation of the GE mantra of being the best in every industry it enters. However, the approach under CEO Jeffrey Immelt is different. Immelt has streamlined GE by selling off part of NBC Universal and developing talent to run its key businesses in energy, health care, aviation, and transportation. He stated in his shareholder letter his belief that we are entering a new economic era and that GE is positioned well to profit from emerging-market growth. Isaac and Brendan discuss their take.

One of the more interesting aspects of Immelt's shareholder letter at GE was the focus on dividends and the fact that GE could have $30 billion in excess cash in the coming years. Many other companies are sitting on a similar pile of greenbacks, and we've identified 11 in a special free report outlining our top dividend-paying stocks. It's called "Secure Your Future With 9 Rock-Solid Dividend Stocks." You can access your complimentary copy today at no cost! Just click here to discover the winners we've picked.

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