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These are the 10 best blue-chip shares to buy in 2019 according to SMSF investors

Recently Australia’s most popular retail broker by volume Commsec released a report showing what shares boasted the greatest percentage changes by traded value over the six months to June 30 2019 for SMSF investors. 

As SMSFs tend to have large account balances on average around $1 million they are a powerful part of the investment community.

They also tend to take tips from influential sell side brokers as to what blue-chips are ‘undervalued’ as their focus is on fully franked dividends.

This is because when you’re in or near the retirement stage you want income today, not tomorrow, while the franking credit cash refunds are also appealing.

So let’s look at the top 10 by change in traded value from the S&P/ASX20 (ASX: XTL).

  1. Woolworths Limited (ASX: WOW) up 88% by volume and enjoyed a number of broker upgrades over the period. It has come back into favour under the ‘turnaround’ plan being executed by its new CEO.
  2. Scentre Group Ltd (ASX: SCG) up 73% by volume is the Westfield operator that offers a good mix of value and yield versus other popular blue-chip dividend shares. 
  3. Goodman Group Limited (ASX: GMG) is up 70% by volume and shares in the real estate operator have climbed a whopping 38% over 2019 on the back of organic growth and acquisitions.
  4. Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES) is the investment conglomerate that recently spun off Coles supermarkets and is now looking to invest heavily into the lithium and rare earth mining spaces. It’s up 38% by volume in 2019.
  5. BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP) is up 31% by volume and has gained a reputation as a big fully franked dividend payer over the last 12 months largely on the back of rising iron ore prices and asset sales.
  6. Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL) is up 31% by volume and is also popular for its big dividend yield as LNG prices remain robust.
  7. Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) is up 28% by volume with the fully franked dividend stock reaching a 52-week high last month.
  8. Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG) is up 22% by volume as the asset manager attracts SMSFs due to its strong track record and partially franked dividends. 
  9. Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) is another miner that has returned large amounts of capital to investors over the last 12 months via dividends and buy-backs. It’s up 21% by volume.
  10. National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB) is up 20% by volume and also hit a 52-week high last month. However, it’s worn a big hit over the past week on a couple of negative broker ratings.

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Motley Fool contributor Tom Richardson owns shares of Macquarie Group Limited.

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The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Macquarie Group Limited and Wesfarmers Limited. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of National Australia Bank Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Scentre Group. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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