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There are many ways to hedge inflation risk as prices continue to soar – loans and high yield are two well-publicized solutions – but there’s another overlooked option for investors that may offer an opportunity for yield: securitized debt.

Securitized debt offers higher relative value than many corporate bonds of similar quality and duration. Moreover, surging prices on homes, autos, and other goods may even boost performance for certain securitized assets.

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INDEX DEFINITIONS
The Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is a broad-based benchmark that measures the investment grade, U.S. dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market, including Treasuries, government-related and corporate securities, MBS (agency fixed-rate and hybrid ARM pass-throughs), ABS, and CMBS. The ICE BofA 1-3 Year A-BBB US Corporate Index measures performance of U.S. corporate bond issues rated A through BBB, inclusive (based on an average of Moody’s, S&P and Fitch), with a remaining term to final maturity less than 3 years. The index is calculated on a total return basis. The indexes are unmanaged, their returns do not reflect any fees, expenses, or sales charges, and they are not available for direct investment.

Credit Ratings noted herein are calculated based on S&P, Moody’s and Fitch ratings. Generally, ratings range from AAA, the highest quality rating, to D, the lowest, with BBB and above being called investment grade securities. BB and below are considered below investment grade securities. If the ratings from all three agencies are available, securities will be assigned the median rating based on the numerical equivalents. If the ratings are available from only two of the agencies, the more conservative of the ratings will be assigned to the security. If the rating is available from only one agency, then that rating will be used. Default Rate is most commonly referred to as the percentage of loans that have been charged off after a prolonged period of missed payments. Defaulted loans are typically written off from an issuer’s financial statements and transferred to a collection agency. In some cases a default rate may also be a higher interest rate charged to a borrower after a specified number of missed payments occur.

IMPORTANT RISK CONSIDERATIONS
ABS/MBS: Changes in interest rates can cause both extension and prepayment risks for asset- and mortgage-backed securities. These securities are also subject to risks associated with the non-repayment of underlying collateral, including losses to the portfolio. Credit & Interest: Debt instruments are subject to various risks, including credit and interest rate risk. The issuer of a debt security may fail to make interest and/or principal payments. Values of debt instruments may rise or fall in response to changes in interest rates, and this risk may be enhanced with longer-term maturities. Sector Focused Investing: Events negatively affecting a particular market sector in which the portfolio focuses its investments may cause the value of the portfolio to decrease. Market Volatility: Local, regional, or global events such as war, acts of terrorism, the spread of infectious illness or other public health issues, recessions, or other events could have a significant impact on the portfolio and its investments, including hampering the ability of the portfolio manager(s) to invest the portfolio’s assets as intended.

The commentary is the opinion of the subadviser. This material has been prepared using sources of information generally believed to be reliable; however, its accuracy is not guaranteed. Opinions represented are subject to change and should not be considered investment advice or an offer of securities.

All investments carry a certain degree of risk, including possible loss of principal.

Past performance is not indicative of future results.

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