Friday, July 25, 2008

General Electric (GE)

General Electric (GE) is known as a perennial blue chip. But it is also a finance company--see Bloomberg:

GE holds about $5.3 billion in residential mortgage-backed securities as of June 30, down from $5.8 billion at the end of the first quarter.

GE also reduced its commercial mortgage-backed securities to $2.7 billion, down from $2.8 billion held as of March 31. The company also said it reduced its exposure to subprime credit in its residential mortgage-backed securities to $1.7 billion from $1.8 billion in the first quarter.

It's impossible to gauge the true value of underlying assets because almost all major companies dabbled in complex financial instruments--this is one reason markets are so volatile.

One tip: if you're driving to Mexico from California with a rental car, consider buying GE insurance. Your California insurance does not typically cover liability in Mexico:

As you can see, even with the bad loans, GE has plenty of great products.

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