In the following video, Fool analysts Isaac Pino and Austin Smith talk about what investors should be looking for in General Electric's management.

Management is an often overlooked but critical aspect of analyzing a a potential investment. In the case of GE, faith in management is essential for investors, Isaac says. Since the economic collapse, GE has pivoted away from the financial sector and back to its industrial roots. At the same time, the company is making investments in technology and energy to drive GE into the future, including investments in wind, solar, and natural gas.

Isaac likes a lot of what CEO Jeff Immelt is doing at GE. And Austin points out that GE has developed into a known "management curator," developing executives who often go on to run other corporations. That speaks well of those who remain at the top of GE.

Lately, GE's management has been making strategic bets in energy and technology. If you're a GE investor, you need to understand how these bets could drive this company to become the world's infrastructure leader. At the same time, you need to be aware of the threats to GE's portfolio. To help, we're offering comprehensive coverage for investors in a premium report on General Electric, in which our industrials analyst breaks down GE's multiple businesses. You'll find reasons to buy or sell GE, and you'll receive continuing updates as major events unfold during the year. To get started, click here now.

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Is this video a joke? GE has lost $400 billion (about 2/3 of its value) since 1999, including about $200 billion since its collapse in ’08. Immelt has been CEO since 1999. GE is a “no growth” company. Do you think GE managers would even consider breaking up the company to create shareholder value? NEVER!! If the present GE results constitute success, I’d hate to see failure! These small-time analysts have no clue what there talking about. NONE!

December 16 2012 at 9:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bruce and Debbie

Agree. GE is long past due to separate the CEO and Chairman's job, with Immelt not on the short list of approved Chairman. We are retired and GE was our largest investment, thus we are not happy campers about the last decade under Immelt.

December 17 2012 at 9:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply