Stock Screens 

High-yielding market leaders

High-yielding market leaders

While this column covers screens primarily to highlight ideas worthy of further research, some investors use screens as an end in themselves. Indeed, last week’s screen and the one in this week’s column were designed by top investors as ways to come up with fully investable, off-the-shelf stock portfolios. What’s more, there is a large and fast-growing industry that adopts this fully automated approach to stockpicking and portfolio construction. Such fund managers go by a number of names, including 'smart beta', 'factor' or 'quant' investors.

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