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Lipper Classification Averages
The Lipper Average is the average performance at Market of all funds within a Lipper fund classification for any time period specified. Classifications with new funds within the last 6 months are marked with a †.

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Lipper Classification Summary
Statistic Value
Total Number of Funds 628
Total Net Assets (mil)* $287,114.9

*The amount of assets in a fund at the end of a day or a designated period after deductions of all operating costs.

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Lipper Classification Average for 1 Year   as of 6/15/2021
Classification Class Code Lipper Average (Market) Number
of Funds
Total Net
Assets (mil)*
CA Muni Debt Funds CAG 8.30% 15 $7,661.2
Convertible Sec Funds CV 41.23% 13 $6,769.6
Corp Debt BBB Leveraged BBBL 11.08% 9 $4,389.3
Corp Debt BBB Rated Fds BBB 5.68% 6 $1,434.2
Developed Market Funds DM 39.88% 13 $2,700.1
Diversified Equity Fds ** DEF 47.35% 29 $25,952.7
Emerging Markets Funds EM 49.08% 15 $4,953.9
Emg Mkts HC Debt Funds EMD 15.33% 7 $2,302.4
Energy MLP Funds EMP 55.16% 19 $5,427.6
Gen & Ins Leveraged ** GML 12.19% 60 $45,688.2
Gen & Ins Unleveraged GIM 7.34% 6 $1,333.0
General Bond Funds ** GB 18.37% 69 $16,458.4
Global Funds ** GL 39.43% 28 $10,899.2
Global Income Funds ** GLI 18.22% 18 $11,134.2
Hi Yld Muni Debt Funds HM 13.57% 12 $4,331.2
High Yield Fds Leveraged ** HYL 20.61% 41 $20,258.9
High Yield Funds HY 18.33% 10 $1,761.8
Income & Pref Stock Fds PS 26.43% 36 $19,206.1
Intmdt Muni Debt Funds IMD 8.75% 3 $962.2
Loan Participation Funds ** LP 17.27% 59 $15,472.0
Natural Resources Funds NR 44.13% 9 $2,510.9
NJ Muni Debt Funds NJ 10.74% 3 $1,571.8
NY Muni Debt Funds NY 8.79% 14 $4,446.5
Opt Arbitrage/Opt Strat OS 31.33% 30 $23,174.4
Oth States Muni Debt Fds OTH 8.02% 11 $1,939.0
PA Muni Debt Funds PA 9.83% 3 $1,160.0
Real Estate Funds RE 16.62% 43 $15,912.1
Sector Equity Funds ** SE 37.62% 27 $24,226.5
US Mortgage Funds USM 16.46% 9 $1,366.8
Utility Funds UT 29.31% 11 $10,223.4

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