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Chart 1: Barclays Global Aggregate Treasury ex U.S. Index, S&P 500 Dividend Yield, Barclays CMBS 2.0 AAA 8.5+ Yr Index, JPMorgan CLOIE AAA CLO 2.0 Index, Barclays U.S. Credit Index, JPMorgan Leveraged Loan BB/B Index, Barclays U.S. HY ex-Energy and Metals/Mining Index. Chart 2: BofA ML CMBS 10yr AAA, BofA ML CLO 2.0 AAA, BofA ML LCF Subprime, Barclays US Credit, JPMorgan Leveraged Loan, Barclays US HY ex energy and metals & mining.

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