No. of Recommendations: 5
... something SAFE but which returned better than bank interest, say, if possible, 5% ... an inherant distrust of the stock market

Let me just reiterate. Right now, these three constraints are darn near impossible to meet at the same time.

This means she's going to have to compromise on one of her constraints: safety, 5% return, or no stocks.

She's going to have to decide which of these is least important, which is most important, and adjust the constraints accordingly.

All of the prior responses made some assumptions about which constraints to change and by how much. But it's really up to your hypothetical healthy 78 year old female to make that decision.

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