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Mike Weldon: This is Mike Weldon, Partner and Director of Marketing at Lord Abbett. Joining me today is Tom O'Halloran, Partner and Director of Growth Equity Investing. Now Tom, you've talked a lot about the growth rivers here in the United States, but you've also talked about the fact that the United States economy isn't likely to return to those growth heydays of maybe the 80s and 90s. And so, are there other areas where you're looking for opportunities?

Tom O'Halloran There are several areas outside the U.S. that are very attractive from a growth perspective, Mike. First, the emerging nations, Brazil, Russia, India, and China, especially China, offer growth rates that are two to five times faster than that of the U.S. And we can expose the Growth Leaders Fund to those opportunities, either directly, through ADRs, which are traded here in the U.S. and the companies report here in the U.S., or through some of the domestic U.S. companies that are selling to those emerging nations.

Mike Weldon: So when people think about emerging nations, I think one of the things that comes to mind is a country like China, buying up resources and doing all of this heavy construction. Are those the opportunities that you're talking about?

Tom O'Halloran Well, that was the first phase of it. It began sometime after the turn of the century in the year 2000; and, over the next 10 to 12 years, there was a big industrialization boom in China. Over a certain timeframe within that window, China was consuming half of the world's steel and copper and coal. Now they have a lot of bridges and roads and cities and that is slowing down pretty dramatically, that portion of their economy. And instead they are now focused on trying to develop the consumer side of the economy. So we have today very little exposure to the industrialization boom because we think it is just about over, and we are instead concentrating our efforts on the consumer side of the emerging nations.

Mike Weldon: Okay. And can you give us some examples of where you're finding opportunities?

Tom O'Halloran Sure. Well, I mentioned the BRIC nations. Let's start with Brazil and Latin America. We own MercadoLibre, which many call the amazon of the Amazon. They are the leading e-commerce company of South America. In China we own Ctrip, which is like Priceline here in the U.S.; and we own Baidu, which is like Google here in the U.S., and Sina, which is like Yahoo and Twitter combined here in the U.S. And I keep saying "like the U.S.," and that's an important point. We are seeking companies that emulate the best U.S. businesses and adapt them to their local markets. Russia is another emerging nation in the BRIC emerging nation category, and we own Yandex, which is the Google of Russia.

So, you know, as well, there are domestic companies, Starbucks being one that is now selling more and more to emerging nations, and Las Vegas Sands which has a very big part of its business in Macau. The gaming industry of China is quite vibrant. So, you know, we believe that pursuing these emerging market opportunities is a good thing. It would never be more than 20% of the Growth Leaders Fund. It's not close to that now, but, because the growth of these countries is higher and because the companies themselves have had the sense to emulate the successful U.S. businesses, we find them to be quite attractive.

Mike Weldon: Okay. Thanks very much, Tom.

Tom O'Halloran Thank you, Mike.

Mike Weldon: This has been Lord Abbett's Portfolio Commentary. Thanks for watching.

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The source for the BRIC nations offering growth rates that are two to five times faster than the U.S. is Russia G20 BRICS countries are an important driving force of economic growth - Lukow.

BRIC is an acronym for the economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China combined.

A Note about Risk: The Lord Abbett Growth Leaders Fund invests primarily in large, mid, and small cap growth company stocks. Mid and small cap stocks tend to be more volatile and can be less liquid than other types of stocks. Mid and small cap companies may also have more limited product lines, markets, or financial resources and typically experience a higher risk of failure than large companies. Larger companies may have slower rates of growth than smaller companies. The value of investments in equity securities will fluctuate in response to general economic conditions and to changes in the prospects of particular companies and/or sectors in the economy. Investments in foreign (including emerging market) companies generally pose greater risks than those of domestic companies, including market, liquidity, currency, and political risks. These factors can affect Fund performance.

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