1 Source: DataStream, BlackRock. The yield on cash is represented by 3 month LIBOR (EUR), government bonds by 10-year German bunds, global equities by MSCI AC World Index, European equities by MSCI Europe Index, global high yield dividends by MSCI World High Dividend Index and corporate bonds by Euro Aggregate BAA. European high dividend equities by MSCI Europe High Dividend Index. Yield shown as at 31.08.2012.
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