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Three safe-yield buys

Three safe-yield buys

After coming a cropper in the wake of the Brexit vote, my safe yield screen has been back on form over the last 12 months (a 19.4 per cent total return versus 15.7 per cent from the FTSE All-Share). And it’s not only the batch of stocks the screen selected this time last year that have shown good poise. My update of the 2015 screen last July happened near the point of maximum Brexit-related pain for its share picks, which made for the first period of 12-month underperformance in the screen’s then five-year life (a negative 10.5 per cent total return compared with negative 2.5 per cent from the index). However, since that point, those 2015 shares have almost entirely made up the ground with the FTSE All-Share index (see the buy-and-hold table). That’s of some significance to the way I analyse this screen’s effectiveness as I believe its selection criteria should be well suited to seeking out long-term holdings. Generally, this has proved to be the case.

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