The ‘high yield & safe’ mini-portfolio

Low rates are making the returns from equities more attractive. But those returns are at risk from further economic shocks. Here are three stocks that offer good yields and safety.

Last year, the Reserve Bank of Australia cut interest rates from 4.25% to 3%, the lowest level since the global economic crisis. For anyone with a mortgage, that was good news, except for that nice little margin the banks kept for themselves. For income investors, it was crushing. Returns from their cash investments had fallen by a third.

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