What Stocks Do Well in a Recession? And What Should Investors Stay Away From?


Picking great stocks can be tricky, but you can do it successfully — and helping individual investors do it is pretty much our raison d’etre at The Motley Fool. So if you’re ready to add more companies to your portfolio, we always have suggestions. As Motley Fool Money host Chris Hill previews the new year with senior analysts Ron Gross and Jason Moser he poses them this question: What sectors and spaces do they predict will really heat up in 2019?

In Gross’s view, it’s time for investors to go on the defensive, allocating more of their portfolios to utilities and discount retailers. Moser too, is looking at the slowing environment and interest rates rise, and seeing strong possible growth for smaller banks. On the other hand, the Fools will be shunning Fitbit and Zillow, respectively, and in this segment from this podcast, they’ll explain why.
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  2. The Guitar Virtuoso For God 1
    July 21, 2021 at 5:33 am

    Utility company stocks are excellent and much safer than most other sectors because people most likely will always pay their power, gas and water bills. People love comfort and luxury and don’t want to be without it. Things would have to become very, very bad before the major utility companies would go down. As long as civilization doesn’t come to an end utilities should keep on rockin’.I think everyone should have at least Duke Energy which is the biggest, also Exelon, PPL and Dominion Energy in their portfolio

  3. Chris Groves
    July 21, 2021 at 5:33 am

    I was an avid follower of the Motley Fool up until about the first day when the corona crash started. There was an episode of Foolery where Chris Hill barely said anything constructive and just breathed heavily all the time, and Jason Moser repeated again and again that "if you're afraid of such market movements you shouldn't be picking stocks" and that was it. Everyone can make an investment show in a bull market. Hugely disappointing

  4. imacenurface
    July 21, 2021 at 5:33 am

    Defensive stocks??? Does he mean like weapon manufacturers or setting up portfolio for defensive measures?

  5. ca bo
    July 21, 2021 at 5:33 am


  6. Rhinco
    July 21, 2021 at 5:33 am

    Anybody can talk shit about Fitbit 🤦‍♂️

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  9. Tyler Herman
    July 21, 2021 at 5:33 am

    Pretty lazy analysis to bag on Zillow and Fitbit. At least try to say something new.