Of all of the possible defensive investment choices available, healthcare funds are doing the best, up 2.8% year-to-date, The Wall Street Journal reports. Strong earnings, healthy balance sheets, steady demand and industry consolidation are fortifying the sector, which is even beating telecommunications and consumer staples.

“There aren’t a lot of places where you can put money and be comfortable right now, but healthcare is one of them. It’s kind of the lone world” said Dean Kartsonas, manager of the Federated Capital Appreciation Fund.

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