Is UPS the Right Stock to Retire With? - Motley Fool Now more than ever, a comfortable retirement depends on secure, stable investments. Unfortunately, the right stocks for retirement won't just fall into your lap. Let's figure out what makes a great retirement-oriented stock, then examine whether United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS ) has what we're looking for. Given its cyclical nature, UPS falls short of some of the ideal qualities that retirees and other conservative investors strive for. But the company does a good job of leading its industry, and if you want to add some exposure to the broader transportation sector, you could do worse than buy UPS.