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Emerging Markets Corporate Debt Fund

Summary

Summary

What is the Emerging Markets Corporate Debt Fund?

The Fund seeks to deliver current income and long term growth of capital by investing primarily in emerging markets corporate debt securities.

DOLLAR DENOMINATED

Provides an allocation to global investment opportunities without the currency volatility of local debt.

HISTORICALLY HIGHER YIELDS

EM Corporate Debt has provided higher yields than comparably rated U.S. corporate bonds.

STRONG PERFORMANCE

Has provided solid performance, with low expenses, relative to peers.

Yield

Dividend Yield 1 as of 07/22/2016  

  Subsidized3 Un-Subsidized4
w/o sales charge 4.03% 3.38%
w/ sales charge 3.94% 3.30%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 06/30/2016  

  Subsidized5 Un-Subsidized6
w/o sales charge 3.36% 2.72%

Expense Ratioas of 06/30/2016

Fund Basicsas of 06/30/2016

Total Net Assets
$36.76 M
Inception Date
12/31/2013
Dividend Frequency
Monthly (Daily Accrual)
Number of Holdings
190
CUSIP
543908677
Minimum Initial Investment
$1,000+

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.70%

Net 1.05%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 12/31/2013
w/o sales charge 8.12% 6.70% - - - 6.67%
Lipper Category Avg. Emerging Mrkts Hard Currency Debt Funds 9.43% 4.98% - - - -
J.P. Morgan CEMBI Broad Diversified Index 7.80% 5.29% - - - 5.62%
w/ sales charge 5.71% 4.33% - - - 5.71%

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.70%

Net 1.05%

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.70%

Net 1.05%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 12/31/2013
w/o sales charge 8.12% 6.70% - - - 6.67%
Lipper Category Avg. Emerging Mrkts Hard Currency Debt Funds 9.43% 4.98% - - - -
J.P. Morgan CEMBI Broad Diversified Index 7.80% 5.29% - - - 5.62%
w/ sales charge 5.71% 4.33% - - - 5.71%

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.70%

Net 1.05%

RELATED CONTENT

Four Reasons to Revisit Emerging-Market Corporate Bonds
Four Reasons to Revisit Emerging-Market Corporate Bonds
March 14, 2016

After a period of volatility, we think emerging-market (EM) corporate bonds deserve a second look from investors. Here’s why.

Country Assets
China
Brazil
Russia
Mexico
Chile
India
Hong Kong
UAE
Turkey
Peru
Argentina
South Korea
Thailand
Colombia
Singapore
Qatar
United States
Indonesia
Israel
Jamaica
South Africa
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Panama
Dominican Republic
Barbados
Morocco
Guatemala
Kazakhstan
Netherlands
Saudi Arabia
Paraguay
Sri Lanka
Macau
Serbia
Canada
Puerto Rico
Region Assets
Latin America
Asia Pacific
Europe
Middle East\Africa
United States
Other

Credit Quality Distribution as of 06/30/2016 View Portfolio

Rating Assets
AA
A
BBB
BB
B
<B
Not Rated

Investment Team

Andrew H. O'Brien
Andrew H. O'Brien, CFA

Partner & Portfolio Manager

18 Years of Industry Experience

Leah G. Traub
Leah G. Traub, Ph.D.

Partner & Portfolio Manager

15 Years of Industry Experience

Supported By 52 Investment Professionals and 14 Years Avg. Industry Experience

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Performance

Performance

Dividend Yield 1 as of 07/22/2016  

  Subsidized3 Un-Subsidized4
w/o sales charge 4.03% 3.38%
w/ sales charge 3.94% 3.30%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 06/30/2016  

  Subsidized5 Un-Subsidized6
w/o sales charge 3.36% 2.72%

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.70%

Net 1.05%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 12/31/2013
w/o sales charge 8.12% 6.70% - - - 6.67%
Lipper Category Avg. Emerging Mrkts Hard Currency Debt Funds 9.43% 4.98% - - - -
J.P. Morgan CEMBI Broad Diversified Index 7.80% 5.29% - - - 5.62%
w/ sales charge 5.71% 4.33% - - - 5.71%

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.70%

Net 1.05%

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.70%

Net 1.05%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 12/31/2013
w/o sales charge 8.12% 6.70% - - - 6.67%
Lipper Category Avg. Emerging Mrkts Hard Currency Debt Funds 9.43% 4.98% - - - -
J.P. Morgan CEMBI Broad Diversified Index 7.80% 5.29% - - - 5.62%
w/ sales charge 5.71% 4.33% - - - 5.71%

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.70%

Net 1.05%

Best returns

Durations Fund Returns Blended Index
3-Mo 4.76 3.46
1-Yr 7.47 5.25

Worst returns

Durations Fund Returns Blended Index
3-Mo -1.2 -1.43
1-Yr 6.13 4.52
Year Fund Returns J.P. Morgan CEMBI Broad Diversified Index
2015 1.77% 1.30%
2014 6.76% 4.96%
2013 0.01% -0.60%
Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Yearly Returns
2016 4.37% 3.59% - - 9.66%
2015 2.14% 0.96% -1.58% 0.27% 1.77%
2014 2.75% 4.76% 0.30% -1.12% 6.76%
2013 - - - - 0.01%

NAV Historical Prices

Date Net Asset Value

Portfolio

Portfolio

Rating Assets
Investment Grade Corporate
High Yield Corporate
Sovereign
Cash
Rating Assets
Less than 1 year
1-2.99 years
3-4.99 years
5-6.99 years
7-9.99 years
Greater than 10 years

Credit Quality Distribution as of 06/30/2016

Rating Assets
AA
A
BBB
BB
B
<B
Not Rated

Portfolio Positioningas of 03/31/2016

  • We decreased the portfolio’s risk exposure at the beginning of the quarter, as global market volatility increased significantly due to concerns about China’s economic slowdown and deflation in Europe.
  • The portfolio remained underweight the oil and gas and metals and mining sectors, as spreads continued to widen in these areas at the beginning of the year.
  • We maintained a significant underweight to major countries in Latin America at the beginning of the period, as political instability and economic woes continued to plague the region.
  • Yet, we increased the portfolio’s exposure to Brazil in February, as the sell-off was overdone, in our view, and change of government and long-needed fiscal and monetary reforms became a possibility after the corruption scandal widened to include the current president.
  • We positioned the portfolio for a rebound in risk assets toward the end of February by increasing exposure to Latin America, as emerging markets sentiment improved on the firming commodity prices and weaker U.S. dollar.

Portfolio Details as of 06/30/2016

Total Net Assets
$36.76 M
Number of Issues
190
Average Coupon
5.16%
Average Life
7.0 Years
Average Maturity
7.0 Years
Average Modified Duration
4.9 Years

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividend Payments

For
YTD Dividends Paidas of 07/22/2016
$0.341
Dividend Frequency
Monthly (Daily Accrual)
Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date Dividend Reinvest Price
Daily Daily 06/30/2016 $0.05190 $15.27
Daily Daily 05/31/2016 $0.05348 $15.09
Daily Daily 04/30/2016 $0.06835 $15.10
Daily Daily 03/31/2016 $0.06083 $14.91
Daily Daily 02/29/2016 $0.05480 $14.46
Daily Daily 01/31/2016 $0.05206 $14.36

Upcoming Dividend Payment Dates

This section lists all anticipated income and Capital Gain distribution dates and any actual distributions are subject to adequacy of earnings and must be approved by the Board of Directors/Trustees. Please note that dates are subject to change.

Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date
Daily Daily 07/31/2016
Daily Daily 08/31/2016
Daily Daily 09/30/2016
Daily Daily 10/31/2016
Daily Daily 11/30/2016
Daily Daily 12/31/2016

Capital Gains Distributions

For
Record Date Reinvest & Payable Date Long-term Short-term * Total Reinvest Price
07/30/2015 07/31/2015 - $0.0012 $0.0012 $14.94

Upcoming Capital Gain Distribution

This section lists all anticipated income and Capital Gain distribution dates and any actual distributions are subject to adequacy of earnings and must be approved by the Board of Directors/Trustees. Please note that dates are subject to change.

Record Date Ex-Dividend Date
07/28/2016 07/29/2016

Fees & Expenses

Fees & Expenses

Sales Charge Schedule as of 07/22/2016

  Sales Charge Dealer's Concession Prices at Breakpoint
Less than $100,000 2.25% 2.00% $15.81
$100,000 to $249,999 1.75% 1.50% $15.73
$250,000 to $499,999 1.25% 1.00% $15.65
$500,000 to $999,999 0.00% 1.00% $15.45
$1,000,000 to $99,999,999 0.00% 1.00% $15.45

Expense Ratioas of 06/30/2016

Fund Review

Fund Review

Market Review as of 06/30/2016

Major categories of U.S. fixed income securities posted positive returns for the second quarter of 2016, with high yield credit outperforming investment grade bonds, driven by the recovery in commodity prices and the continued search for yield. Volatility increased towards the end of the quarter, capped off by the United Kingdom’s decision to exit the European Union. After side-stepping for the most part the landmine that was “Brexit,” securities markets grinded higher into the end of the quarter, buoyed by accommodative central banks.

Following its policy meeting on June 14–15, the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) released a statement indicating that the pace of improvement in the labor market had slowed, noting that job gains had diminished despite the lower unemployment rate. On the other side, growth in economic activity appeared to have picked up, driven by growth in household spending. The Fed again noted that inflation is expected to remain low in the near term, in part because of earlier declines in energy prices, but is expected to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of past declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further. During the June meeting, the Fed decided to maintain its target for the Federal Funds Rate  in the range of 0.25–0.50%, and declared “the stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting further improvement in labor market conditions and a return to 2% inflation.”1 Fed policymakers’ median projected estimate for the fed funds fell to 0.9% for the end of 2016.2

U.S. inflation continued to struggle in reaching the Fed’s 2% inflation target, as the overall Consumer Price Index (CPI)3 increased just 1.0% over the 12-month period ended May 2016. CPI (excluding food and energy prices) increased 2.2% over the same 12-month period.4

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that non-farm payrolls increased by just 38,000 in May, below the trailing three-month average monthly gain of 116,000. The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for March and April were also revised lower, resulting in employment gains that were 59,000 less than had been previously reported over these two months. Despite the slowing pace of job growth, the unemployment rate declined from 5.0 to 4.7%.5

U.S. Treasuries (as represented by the BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. Treasury Index6) posted a return of 2.24% for the three-month period ended June 30, 2016.  The high yield bond market (as represented by the BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Constrained Index7) posted a positive return of 5.88% for the quarter, and is now positive 9.32% year to date. The floating rate loan market (as represented by the Credit Suisse Leveraged Loan Index8) returned 2.86%, outperforming the broad Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index9, with performance driven by lower rated loans. The convertible bond market (as represented by the BofA Merrill Lynch All Convertibles, All Qualities Index10) returned 3.63%, also benefitting from a rally in risk assets.

Among higher credit quality securities, investment grade corporate debt (as represented by the Barclays U.S. Corporate Bond Index11) posted a return of 3.57%. Corporate bond spreads continued to tighten during the quarter from the wide levels reached in early February, a period of extreme risk aversion. Agency mortgage-backed securities (as represented by the Barclays MBS Index12) returned 1.11%. Commercial MBS (CMBS) (as represented by the Barclays U.S. CMBS Investment Grade Index13) returned 2.22%.

The municipal bond market (as represented by the BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. Municipal Securities Index14) posted a 2.72% return, outperforming the BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. Treasury Index, even before accounting for the tax exempt status of municipal bonds. Overall creditworthiness in the municipal bond market continues to improve, as most states’ finances experienced rising revenues, while maintaining balanced budgets.

Within emerging markets, the major drivers of strong performance included a dovish Fed, a weaker U.S. dollar, and a strong rally in commodity prices. Thus, U.S. dollar-denominated emerging markets corporate debt (as measured by the JP Morgan Corporate Emerging Markets Bond Index Broad Diversified Index15) returned 3.33%, underperforming most U.S.-centric, fixed income asset classes.                                        

According to J.P. Morgan Securities, high yield new issue volume tapered somewhat in June with the Brexit vote serving as an overhang. High yield issuance totaled $104.1 billion for second quarter 2016, which was a 19% decrease from the year-ago quarter, but a 103% improvement from the first quarter of 2016. June’s institutional loan issuance was the heaviest in more than three years, reaching $73.0 billion, a by-product of a big increase in re-pricing and refinancing activity.  Institutional loan volume has climbed, to $161.0 billion year to date, compared with $207.5 billion a year ago. Default activity fell in June, to a year-to-date-low, as two companies defaulted, totaling $1.4 billion. This marked the lowest number of defaults since October 2015, and is the third consecutive month-over-month decline. Year to date, 37 companies have defaulted, with debt totaling $43.8 billion ($35.2 billion in bonds and $8.6 billion in loans), which is already 16% higher than full-year 2015’s $37.7 billion of total default volume. It should be noted that default activity has been driven by companies in the energy and metals/mining sectors, with over 80% of this year’s default volume coming from commodity-related names, according to J.P. Morgan Securities.

Fund Review
as of 03/31/2016

The Fund returned 4.37%, reflecting performance at the net asset value (NAV) of Class A shares, with all distributions reinvested, for the three-month period ended March 31, 2016. The Fund’s benchmark, the JP Morgan Corporate Emerging Markets Bond Index Broad Diversified (CEMBI BD),11 returned 3.89% in the same period. The Fund’s average annual total returns, which reflect performance at the maximum 2.25% sales charge applicable to Class A share investments and include the reinvestment of all distributions, as of March 31, 2016, are: one year: 1.62%; and since inception (December 31, 2013): 4.71%. Expense ratio, gross: 1.71%, and net: 1.05%.

Performance data quoted represent past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. The investment return and principal value of an investment in the fund will fluctuate so that shares, on any given day or when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. To obtain performance data current to the most recent month-end call Lord Abbett at 888-522-2388 or visit us at lordabbett.com.

Overall, we positioned the portfolio defensively in the beginning of the year, as volatility remained high and emerging markets faced significant pressure across different asset classes. As the sentiment improved toward the middle of the period, we added risk in higher-beta names in Latin America and trimmed our defensive positions in Asia.

In general, the Fund’s regional allocations in the first quarter helped relative performance. Specifically, an underweight to Asia helped, as the region underperformed in the risk-on environment. An overweight to Latin America was the main contributor to performance. We positioned the portfolio for a rebound in risk assets toward the end of February by increasing exposure to Latin America, as the sentiment in the region improved on the firming commodity prices and weaker U.S. dollar. In particular, we increased the portfolio’s exposure to Brazil in February, as the sell-off was overdone, in our view, and change of government and long-needed fiscal and monetary reforms became a possibility after the corruption scandal widened to include the current president.

The Fund’s underweights to the oil and gas and metals and mining sectors were detractors from performance, as both sectors rallied in the second half of the quarter due to improved fundamentals. Overall, our positioning in Latin America hurt performance in the beginning of the quarter, as political instability and economic woes continued to plague the region. The situation in the region reversed in the second part of the quarter.

Please refer to www.lordabbett.com under the “Portfolio” tab for a complete list of holdings of the Fund, including the securities discussed above.

Outlook

The U.S. Federal Reserve remained a driving force within fixed income markets in the first quarter of 2016. While the Fed’s liftoff provided some clarity at the end of 2015, it was followed by mostly dovish statements by Fed officials, which eventually proved to be beneficial for risk assets this quarter. We think there still remains much uncertainty regarding the pace at which the Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed’s policy setting arm, will continue to raise rates. Most market participants expect a slow and gradual rise, as has been indicated by Fed statements.  However, the effectiveness of the tools at the Fed’s disposal, coupled with increased instability in the global financial markets, China in particular, remain a cause for concern, as Fed officials seek to normalize policy after unprecedented levels of quantitative easing in recent years. 

Despite the initial overall positive market reaction to the Fed’s decision to raise rates in December 2015, investor sentiment soon turned negative, as worries about China’s sluggish growth and continued uncertainty regarding deflation in the eurozone resurfaced at the beginning of the year. The subsequent sell-off in risk assets raised doubts about the pace of the monetary policy normalization plan as laid out by the Fed late in 2015. As sentiment improved toward the end of the quarter, investors likely will continue to closely monitor key economic data, with a particular focus on inflation, for an indication that the Fed might have sufficient justification to accelerate its interest rate tightening cycle. Similarly, investors will be looking for reassurance that if U.S. growth stagnates, the Fed will slow its progression in order to support the economy. Finally, although fears have abated about China’s economic slowdown, and a consequent “hard landing,” the economic situation there remains an area of concern, as the country has the ability to disrupt global markets, including U.S.-centric fixed income and equity markets.

We continue to maintain a generally up-in-quality bias across portfolios, emphasizing liquidity and flexibility, but will rotate sectors based on relative value opportunities, while conducting fundamental research to find undervalued securities. Broadly speaking, we remain generally optimistic that the U.S. economy will continue to grow at a steady, albeit subpar, pace. We think that the risk of recession has faded significantly, but we remain cautious, as global economic growth remains fragile and it is unclear how improved domestic economic indicators will affect risk assets.

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