Cushioning Volatility with Dividend-Growth Stocks
Dividend yield is equal to the dividend divided by the stock price. Dividend yield is one measure of a stock's value. A high dividend yield may indicate that a stock is relatively inexpensive.
Standard deviation is a measure of a measure of volatility. It indicates the variability of an investment's returns.
Dividend policy: A stock is classified as a dividend payer if it paid a cash dividend any time during the previous 12 months, a dividend grower if it initiated or raised its cash dividend at any time during the previous 12 months, and non-dividend payer if it did not pay a cash dividend at any time during the previous 12 months.
Dividends are not guaranteed and may be increased, decreased, or suspended altogether at the discretion of the issuing company.
Dividend Growers, Payers, and Non-Payers are subcomponents of the S&P 500® Index. The categories are created using actual annual dividends to identify dividend-paying stocks and are rebalanced annually. The dividend policy for each stock is determined on a rolling 12-month basis.
Downside capture: The downside capture ratio measures a manager’s performance in down markets relative to a particular benchmark. A down market is one in which the market’s quarterly (or monthly) return is less than zero. For example, a ratio of 50% means that the portfolio’s value fell half as much as its benchmark index during down markets.
S&P 900® 10-Year Dividend Growth Index is a subset of the S&P 900 Index. The index consists of large and mid-sized companies that have a 10-year history of dividend issuance and growth, and that meet certain other criteria. The Dividend Growth Index represents a considerably narrower investable universe than the S&P 900 Index because of these stringent criteria. The Dividend Growth Index is a custom index that was developed at the request of Lord Abbett. The Dividend Growth Index is the exclusive property of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC. Under a contract with Lord Abbett, Standard & Poor’s administers, maintains, and calculates the Dividend Growth Index. Standard & Poor's and its affiliates shall have no liability for any errors or omissions in calculating the Index.
The S&P 500® Index is widely regarded as the standard for measuring large cap U.S. stock market performance and includes a representative sample of leading companies in leading industries.
Indexes are unmanaged, do not reflect the deduction of fees or expenses, and are not available for direct investment.
Treasuries are debt securities issued by the U.S. government and secured by its full faith and credit. Income from Treasury securities is exempt from state and local taxes.
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A Note about Risk: 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. While growth stocks are subject to the daily ups and downs of the stock market, their long-term potential as well as their volatility can be substantial. Value investing involves the risk that the market may not recognize that securities are undervalued, and they may not appreciate as anticipated. Smaller companies tend to be more volatile and less liquid than larger companies. Small cap companies may also have more limited product lines, markets, or financial resources and typically experience a higher risk of failure than large cap companies. The value of an investment in fixed-income securities will change as interest rates fluctuate and in response to market movements. As interest rates fall, the prices of debt securities tend to rise. As rates rise, prices tend to fall.
No investing strategy can overcome all market volatility or guarantee future results.
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