Bond Market Outlook: Improving Returns | Morgan Stanley (2024)

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1 FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) U.S. Treasury Securities at 10-Year Constant Maturity, Quoted on an Investment Basis as of 12/29/2023.

2Diversification does not eliminate the risk of loss.

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