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Emerging Markets Currency Fund

Summary

Summary

What is the Emerging Markets Currency Fund?

The Fund seeks to produce a high total return primarily through exposure to currencies of emerging market countries.

Yield

Dividend Yield 1 as of 04/28/2017  

  Subsidized3 Un-Subsidized4
w/o sales charge - 4.22%
w/ sales charge - 4.13%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 03/31/2017  

1.42%

Expense Ratioas of 03/31/2017

Fund Basicsas of 03/31/2017

Total Net Assets
$247.80 M
Inception Date
09/30/1988
Dividend Frequency
Monthly (Daily Accrual)
Number of Holdings
829
CUSIP
543908867
Minimum Initial Investment
$1,000+

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.86%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 09/30/1988
w/o sales charge 5.11% 6.68% -1.79% -0.88% 1.46% 4.52%
Lipper Category Avg. Alternative Currency Strategies Funds 2.86% 2.58% -1.79% -1.85% 0.26% -
JPMorgan ELMI+ Index 5.18% 3.27% -2.37% -1.43% 1.87% -
w/ sales charge 2.70% 4.31% -2.51% -1.33% 1.22% 4.44%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.86%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.86%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 09/30/1988
w/o sales charge 5.11% 6.68% -1.79% -0.88% 1.46% 4.52%
Lipper Category Avg. Alternative Currency Strategies Funds 2.86% 2.58% -1.79% -1.85% 0.26% -
JPMorgan ELMI+ Index 5.18% 3.27% -2.37% -1.43% 1.87% -
w/ sales charge 2.70% 4.31% -2.51% -1.33% 1.22% 4.44%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.86%

Regional Allocation as of 03/31/2017

Rating Assets
Latin America
Asia Pacific
Europe
Middle East and Africa
North America

Investment Team

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

Partner & Portfolio Manager

16 Years of Industry Experience

martini
Giulio Martini

Director of Strategic Asset Allocation

32 Years of Industry Experience

David B. Ritt
David B. Ritt, CFA

Portfolio Manager

19 Years of Industry Experience

Supported By 56 Investment Professionals and 14 Years Avg. Industry Experience

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Performance

Performance

Dividend Yield 1 as of 04/28/2017  

  Subsidized3 Un-Subsidized4
w/o sales charge - 4.22%
w/ sales charge - 4.13%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 03/31/2017  

 
w/o sales charge 1.42%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.86%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 09/30/1988
w/o sales charge 5.11% 6.68% -1.79% -0.88% 1.46% 4.52%
Lipper Category Avg. Alternative Currency Strategies Funds 2.86% 2.58% -1.79% -1.85% 0.26% -
JPMorgan ELMI+ Index 5.18% 3.27% -2.37% -1.43% 1.87% -
w/ sales charge 2.70% 4.31% -2.51% -1.33% 1.22% 4.44%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.86%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.86%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 09/30/1988
w/o sales charge 5.11% 6.68% -1.79% -0.88% 1.46% 4.52%
Lipper Category Avg. Alternative Currency Strategies Funds 2.86% 2.58% -1.79% -1.85% 0.26% -
JPMorgan ELMI+ Index 5.18% 3.27% -2.37% -1.43% 1.87% -
w/ sales charge 2.70% 4.31% -2.51% -1.33% 1.22% 4.44%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.86%

Best returns

Durations Fund Returns Blended Index
3-Mo 17.79 13.11
1-Yr 28.58 20.29

Worst returns

Durations Fund Returns Blended Index
3-Mo -19.87 -13.27
1-Yr -18.73 -13.87
Year Fund Returns JPMorgan ELMI+ Index
2016 5.68% 3.54%
2015 -8.95% -7.61%
2014 -5.49% -7.03%
2013 -3.21% -2.05%
2012 10.69% 7.45%
2011 -5.87% -5.20%
2010 5.79% 5.68%
2009 20.53% 11.71%
2008 -11.90% -3.84%
2007 7.98% 16.04%
2006 5.22% -
2005 -5.61% -
2004 8.40% -
2003 12.79% -
2002 14.90% -
2001 1.87% -
2000 -0.04% -
1999 -9.47% -
1998 10.78% -
1997 4.23% -
Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Yearly Returns
2017 5.11% - - - 5.91%
2016 4.12% 1.75% 2.30% -2.49% 5.68%
2015 -2.81% 0.13% -7.26% 0.89% -8.95%
2014 0.91% 2.50% -4.40% -4.42% -5.49%
2013 -0.12% -3.92% 0.51% 0.34% -3.21%
2012 7.01% -2.09% 4.16% 1.43% 10.69%
2011 3.47% 1.91% -9.74% -1.10% -5.87%
2010 2.31% -5.38% 9.00% 0.26% 5.79%
2009 -1.24% 13.14% 6.53% 1.26% 20.53%
2008 2.77% 4.65% -6.46% -12.43% -11.90%
2007 1.20% -1.31% 4.46% 3.51% 7.98%
2006 -0.56% 1.93% 1.95% 1.82% 5.22%
2005 -2.61% -0.81% -1.23% -1.08% -5.61%
2004 1.64% -3.20% 3.15% 6.80% 8.40%
2003 2.68% 4.26% 1.07% 4.24% 12.79%
2002 -0.97% 7.94% 3.19% 4.14% 14.90%
2001 -1.19% -0.88% 6.04% -1.93% 1.87%
2000 -1.33% -0.20% -2.37% 3.97% -0.04%
1999 -4.26% -3.89% 1.44% -2.98% -9.47%
1998 2.03% 1.15% 5.78% 1.50% 10.78%
1997 -2.46% 3.00% 1.80% 1.90% 4.23%
1996 -2.82% 1.29% 3.61% 4.05% 6.12%
1995 7.90% 3.86% 0.88% 4.25% 17.86%
1994 -4.16% -0.62% 0.93% 0.45% -3.40%
1993 5.41% 1.79% 3.16% 0.13% 10.78%
1992 -3.13% 7.11% 4.32% -2.28% 5.76%
1991 -1.46% -1.68% 9.21% 8.06% 14.33%
1990 -2.74% 4.95% 3.37% 6.00% 11.82%
1989 -1.31% 3.47% 2.33% 5.85% 10.61%
1988 - - - 1.41% 1.38%

Growth of $10,000 as of 03/31/2017

NAV Historical Prices

Date Net Asset Value

Portfolio

Portfolio

Portfolio Positioning as of 12/31/2016

  • We increased the portfolio’s risk exposure during the quarter, as higher beta emerging markets currencies rebounded after the unexpected outcome of the U.S. presidential election.
  • We increased the portfolio’s exposure to commodity price-driven currencies, such as the Russian ruble, as oil prices rallied on improved global and domestic economic fundamentals and on the decision made by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to cut output.
  • We decreased the portfolio’s positioning in Asian currencies exposed to global trade due to concerns about the upcoming administration’s intention to renegotiate free trade agreements and implement protectionist measures.  
  • We increased the portfolio’s positioning in Latin America, as new, business friendly governments in major economies in the region continued the push toward implementation of much needed fiscal and monetary reforms.  

Portfolio Details as of 03/31/2017

Total Net Assets
$247.80 M
Number of Issues
829
Average Modified Duration
0.92 Years
Currency Assets
Argentina 9.0%
Brazil 8.2%
China 7.5%
Indonesia 7.0%
Turkey 6.8%
Russian Federation 6.8%
Colombia 6.3%
India 6.1%
Peru 5.5%
Mexico 5.3%
Singapore 4.4%
South Africa 4.2%
Poland 4.1%
Hungary 4.0%
Romania 3.5%
Chile 3.4%
Philippines 3.4%
Thailand 3.1%
Malaysia 2.6%
Czech Republic 2.5%
Israel 1.2%
Republic of Korea 0.3%
United Kingdom -1.0%
Canada -1.0%
Euro -1.5%
Australia -2.0%
Currency Name Position Expiration Date Current MV (USD)
Argentine Peso Total Contracts: $25,917,288
Argentine Peso Long 05/17/2017 $6,042,004
Argentine Peso Long 04/27/2017 $9,886,915
Argentine Peso Short 03/23/2017 $-379,968
Argentine Peso Short 03/23/2017 $-229,402
Argentine Peso Long 03/23/2017 $10,597,739
Australian Dollar Total Contracts: $-5,681,252
Australian Dollar Short 04/13/2017 $-3,120,472
Australian Dollar Long 04/13/2017 $92,004
Australian Dollar Long 04/13/2017 $115,005
Australian Dollar Long 04/13/2017 $99,671
Australian Dollar Long 04/13/2017 $118,839
Australian Dollar Long 04/13/2017 $153,340
Australian Dollar Long 04/13/2017 $115,005
Australian Dollar Long 04/13/2017 $92,004
Australian Dollar Long 04/13/2017 $84,337
Australian Dollar Long 04/13/2017 $95,838
Australian Dollar Short 04/13/2017 $-3,526,823
Baht Total Contracts: $9,041,555
Baht Long 04/12/2017 $3,982,180
Baht Short 03/09/2017 $-57,298
Baht Short 03/09/2017 $-131,784
Baht Short 03/09/2017 $-177,622
Baht Short 03/09/2017 $-94,541
Baht Short 03/09/2017 $-57,298
Baht Short 03/09/2017 $-210,569
Baht Short 03/09/2017 $-129,779
Baht Short 03/09/2017 $-85,946
Baht Short 03/09/2017 $-143,530
Baht Short 03/09/2017 $-67,038
Baht Short 03/09/2017 $-184,641
Baht Short 03/09/2017 $-285,055
Baht Short 03/09/2017 $-91,676
Baht Short 03/09/2017 $-99,555
Baht Long 03/09/2017 $6,875,707
Brazilian Real Total Contracts: $17,658,309
Brazilian Real Long 04/13/2017 $3,471,553
Brazilian Real Long 04/13/2017 $2,690,453
Brazilian Real Short 03/09/2017 $-514,304
Brazilian Real Short 03/09/2017 $-294,118
Brazilian Real Short 03/09/2017 $-199,293
Brazilian Real Long 03/09/2017 $12,504,018
Canadian Dollar Total Contracts: $-2,815,841
Canadian Dollar Short 04/13/2017 $-3,056,769
Canadian Dollar Long 04/13/2017 $90,348
Canadian Dollar Long 04/13/2017 $150,580
Chilean Peso Total Contracts: $15,896,075
Chilean Peso Long 05/15/2017 $1,050,358
Chilean Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-84,582
Chilean Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-141,868
Chilean Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-114,201
Chilean Peso Long 03/09/2017 $10,303,662
Chilean Peso Long 03/09/2017 $4,882,706
Colombian Peso Total Contracts: $18,145,564
Colombian Peso Long 05/15/2017 $2,970,876
Colombian Peso Long 05/15/2017 $1,277,135
Colombian Peso Long 05/15/2017 $3,585,540
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-124,299
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-2,468,900
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-136,592
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-88,785
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-353,432
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-204,888
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-85,029
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-335,333
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-227,767
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-558,320
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-1,717,644
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-220,255
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-90,492
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-257,817
Colombian Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-131,470
Colombian Peso Long 03/09/2017 $17,313,036
Czech Koruna Total Contracts: $5,921,953
Czech Koruna Long 04/13/2017 $431,272
Czech Koruna Long 04/13/2017 $4,195,100
Czech Koruna Short 03/09/2017 $-128,597
Czech Koruna Short 03/09/2017 $-86,842
Czech Koruna Short 03/09/2017 $-58,810
Czech Koruna Short 03/09/2017 $-66,651
Czech Koruna Short 03/09/2017 $-88,215
Czech Koruna Short 03/09/2017 $-92,135
Czech Koruna Short 03/09/2017 $-86,254
Czech Koruna Short 03/09/2017 $-126,245
Czech Koruna Short 03/09/2017 $-120,756
Czech Koruna Short 03/09/2017 $-87,823
Czech Koruna Short 03/09/2017 $-131,342
Czech Koruna Short 03/09/2017 $-58,810
Czech Koruna Short 03/09/2017 $-113,699
Czech Koruna Short 03/09/2017 $-124,285
Czech Koruna Long 03/09/2017 $2,666,045
Euro Total Contracts: $-5,683,685
Euro Long 04/13/2017 $95,346
Euro Long 04/13/2017 $158,910
Euro Long 04/13/2017 $148,316
Euro Long 04/13/2017 $84,752
Euro Long 04/13/2017 $180,098
Euro Long 04/13/2017 $95,346
Euro Short 04/13/2017 $-6,743,085
Euro Long 04/13/2017 $211,880
Euro Long 04/13/2017 $84,752
Forint Total Contracts: $11,557,898
Forint Long 05/15/2017 $4,142,308
Forint Short 03/09/2017 $-92,815
Forint Long 03/09/2017 $285,321
Forint Long 03/09/2017 $1,357,852
Forint Short 03/09/2017 $-57,752
Forint Short 03/09/2017 $-86,628
Forint Long 03/09/2017 $288,758
Forint Short 03/09/2017 $-171,192
Forint Long 03/09/2017 $5,892,046
Indian Rupee Total Contracts: $11,838,951
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-149,883
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-158,876
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-214,782
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-114,211
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-166,370
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-205,789
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-164,871
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-101,920
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-149,883
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-143,888
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-67,447
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-87,831
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-59,953
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-310,258
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-168,468
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-319,251
Indian Rupee Long 03/09/2017 $14,538,641
Indian Rupee Short 03/09/2017 $-116,009
Malaysian Ringgit Total Contracts: $7,479,729
Malaysian Ringgit Long 05/15/2017 $1,700,450
Malaysian Ringgit Long 04/13/2017 $1,193,694
Malaysian Ringgit Long 04/13/2017 $2,860,360
Malaysian Ringgit Short 04/13/2017 $-112,613
Malaysian Ringgit Short 04/13/2017 $-144,144
Malaysian Ringgit Long 04/13/2017 $1,981,982
Mexican Peso Total Contracts: $14,606,674
Mexican Peso Long 05/15/2017 $6,918,348
Mexican Peso Long 05/15/2017 $149,317
Mexican Peso Long 04/12/2017 $2,056,591
Mexican Peso Long 04/12/2017 $1,816,689
Mexican Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-116,965
Mexican Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-149,317
Mexican Peso Long 03/09/2017 $3,932,011
New Israeli Sheqel Total Contracts: $3,474,320
New Israeli Sheqel Long 04/13/2017 $4,136,226
New Israeli Sheqel Short 04/13/2017 $-146,938
New Israeli Sheqel Short 04/13/2017 $-101,620
New Israeli Sheqel Short 04/13/2017 $-93,381
New Israeli Sheqel Short 04/13/2017 $-68,662
New Israeli Sheqel Short 04/13/2017 $-126,339
New Israeli Sheqel Short 04/13/2017 $-130,459
New Israeli Sheqel Long 04/13/2017 $115,353
New Israeli Sheqel Short 04/13/2017 $-109,860
New Leu Total Contracts: $10,225,384
New Leu Long 05/15/2017 $2,890,444
New Leu Long 04/13/2017 $1,006,389
New Leu Long 04/13/2017 $545,323
New Leu Long 03/09/2017 $6,014,932
New Leu Short 03/09/2017 $-117,022
New Leu Short 03/09/2017 $-114,682
Nuevo Sol Total Contracts: $15,869,199
Nuevo Sol Short 03/09/2017 $-58,202
Nuevo Sol Short 03/09/2017 $-171,542
Nuevo Sol Short 03/09/2017 $-153,163
Nuevo Sol Short 03/09/2017 $-173,074
Nuevo Sol Short 03/09/2017 $-85,771
Nuevo Sol Short 03/09/2017 $-91,898
Nuevo Sol Long 03/09/2017 $16,602,849
Philippine Peso Total Contracts: $10,152,148
Philippine Peso Long 04/12/2017 $3,425,272
Philippine Peso Short 04/12/2017 $-4,042,617
Philippine Peso Long 04/12/2017 $2,654,586
Philippine Peso Long 04/12/2017 $896,147
Philippine Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-114,906
Philippine Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-56,955
Philippine Peso Long 03/09/2017 $7,447,974
Philippine Peso Short 03/09/2017 $-57,353
Pound Sterling Total Contracts: $-2,866,361
Pound Sterling Long 04/13/2017 $124,085
Pound Sterling Long 04/13/2017 $161,310
Pound Sterling Long 04/13/2017 $136,493
Pound Sterling Short 04/13/2017 $-3,437,151
Pound Sterling Long 04/13/2017 $148,902
Rand Total Contracts: $12,286,641
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-236,326
Rand Long 03/09/2017 $114,351
Rand Long 03/09/2017 $18,029,350
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-137,984
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-327,806
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-254,622
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-876,691
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-121,974
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-137,221
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-161,616
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-175,338
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-2,248,904
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-221,079
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-89,956
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-251,572
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-106,728
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-152,468
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-170,764
Rand Short 03/09/2017 $-186,011
Rupiah Total Contracts: $20,356,783
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-241,693
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-293,586
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-293,961
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-144,731
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-279,713
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-269,964
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-352,453
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-1,349,820
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-199,473
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-85,489
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-299,960
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-160,554
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-487,435
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-3,774,247
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-144,356
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-114,435
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-149,980
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-173,977
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-344,954
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-101,986
Rupiah Short 03/09/2017 $-263,965
Rupiah Long 03/09/2017 $29,883,515
Russian Ruble Total Contracts: $20,650,756
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-112,959
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-159,068
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-224,546
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-274,254
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-294,823
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-344,532
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-118,015
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-239,973
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-531,368
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-68,564
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-150,840
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-582,791
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-270,826
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-280,082
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-385,499
Russian Ruble Short 03/09/2017 $-233,973
Russian Ruble Long 03/09/2017 $24,922,869
Singapore Dollar Total Contracts: $12,687,312
Singapore Dollar Long 05/15/2017 $9,954,331
Singapore Dollar Short 03/09/2017 $-142,714
Singapore Dollar Long 03/09/2017 $570,858
Singapore Dollar Short 03/09/2017 $-85,629
Singapore Dollar Short 03/09/2017 $-57,086
Singapore Dollar Short 03/09/2017 $-85,629
Singapore Dollar Long 03/09/2017 $2,533,181
Turkish Lira Total Contracts: $18,297,107
Turkish Lira Long 05/15/2017 $1,566,321
Turkish Lira Long 04/13/2017 $4,649,501
Turkish Lira Long 03/09/2017 $12,640,488
Turkish Lira Short 03/09/2017 $-116,787
Turkish Lira Short 03/09/2017 $-68,698
Turkish Lira Short 03/09/2017 $-109,917
Turkish Lira Short 03/09/2017 $-263,801
Won Total Contracts: $6,470,290
Won Long 04/13/2017 $7,132,444
Won Short 04/13/2017 $-57,687
Won Short 04/13/2017 $-150,343
Won Short 04/13/2017 $-88,437
Won Short 04/13/2017 $-117,621
Won Short 04/13/2017 $-248,066
Won Short 03/09/2017 $-1,233,696
Won Short 03/09/2017 $-168,030
Won Short 03/09/2017 $-1,043,557
Won Short 03/09/2017 $-247,624
Won Short 03/09/2017 $-95,512
Won Short 03/09/2017 $-3,891,228
Won Short 03/09/2017 $-68,539
Won Short 03/09/2017 $-163,166
Won Short 03/09/2017 $-165,377
Won Short 03/09/2017 $-103,471
Won Short 03/09/2017 $-71,634
Won Long 03/09/2017 $7,251,834
Yen Total Contracts: $0
Yen Long 04/13/2017 $6,368,773
Yen Long 04/13/2017 $195,825
Yen Long 04/13/2017 $235,880
Yen Short 04/13/2017 $-6,960,699
Yen Long 04/13/2017 $160,221
Yuan Renminbi Total Contracts: $16,226,996
Yuan Renminbi Long 04/13/2017 $8,443,979
Yuan Renminbi Short 04/10/2017 $-7,890,753
Yuan Renminbi Long 04/10/2017 $902,632
Yuan Renminbi Long 04/10/2017 $5,706,965
Yuan Renminbi Short 03/09/2017 $-87,352
Yuan Renminbi Short 03/09/2017 $-116,469
Yuan Renminbi Short 03/09/2017 $-87,352
Yuan Renminbi Long 03/09/2017 $4,245,283
Yuan Renminbi Short 03/09/2017 $-58,234
Yuan Renminbi Short 03/09/2017 $-145,586
Yuan Renminbi Long 03/09/2017 $5,313,883
Zloty Total Contracts: $11,856,653
Zloty Long 05/15/2017 $7,551,068
Zloty Long 04/13/2017 $541,119
Zloty Long 04/13/2017 $1,603,680
Zloty Short 03/09/2017 $-115,603
Zloty Short 03/09/2017 $-143,888
Zloty Long 03/09/2017 $2,420,277

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividend Payments

For
YTD Dividends Paidas of 04/28/2017
$0.050
Dividend Frequency
Monthly (Daily Accrual)
Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date Dividend Reinvest Price
Daily Daily 04/30/2017 $0.02047 $5.34
Daily Daily 03/31/2017 $0.01879 $5.32
Daily Daily 02/28/2017 $0.01585 $5.26
Daily Daily 01/31/2017 $0.01570 $5.20

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 04/30/2017
Daily Daily 05/31/2017
Daily Daily 06/30/2017
Daily Daily 07/31/2017
Daily Daily 08/31/2017
Daily Daily 09/30/2017
Daily Daily 10/31/2017
Daily Daily 11/30/2017
Daily Daily 12/31/2017

Capital Gains Distributions

For
Record Date Reinvest & Payable Date Long-term Short-term * Total Reinvest Price
07/28/2011 07/29/2011 - $0.0337 $0.0337 $6.96

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
07/27/2017 07/28/2017

Fees & Expenses

Fees & Expenses

Sales Charge Schedule as of 04/28/2017

  Sales Charge Dealer's Concession Prices at Breakpoint
Less than $100,000 2.25% 2.00% $5.46
$100,000 to $249,999 1.75% 1.50% $5.44
$250,000 to $499,999 1.25% 1.00% $5.41
$500,000 to $999,999 0.00% 1.00% $5.34
$1,000,000 to $5,000,000 0.00% 1.00% $5.34

Expense Ratioas of 03/31/2017

Fund Review

Fund Review

Market Review

Overall, the economic fundamental backdrop in the emerging markets (EM) continued to improve in the fourth quarter.  Several major EM countries, such as Brazil and Russia benefited from climbing oil prices due to the decision made by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to cut output. On the other hand, the unexpected outcome of the U.S. presidential election was followed by a spike in the global yields, increased inflation expectations and a stronger dollar. The net effect on emerging markets was mixed, as rising interest rates and stronger U.S. currency were offset by higher commodity prices and improving business sentiment in the largest EM countries including China. 

Fund Review as of 12/31/2016

The Fund outperformed its benchmark, the J.P. Morgan Emerging Local Markets Index Plus1 for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

We increased the Fund’s risk exposure during the quarter, as higher beta emerging markets currencies rebounded after the unexpected outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

The Fund’s positioning in commodity-linked currencies, such as the Russian ruble, was the biggest contributor to performance in the fourth quarter. Oil prices rallied on improved global and U.S. economic fundamentals and on the decision made by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to cut output. In addition, our underweight positioning in Asian currencies helped the performance, as the region underperformed on the global trade concerns sparked by the protectionist rhetoric from the new U.S. administration.

The Fund’s exposure to the euro-tied currencies detracted from relative performance during the period, as the region underperformed during the period.  In particular, exposure to the Turkish lira detracted, as the currency underperformed due to increased political instability in the country.

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

Despite the recent rise in the U.S. Treasury yields and relative underperformance in the fourth quarter, emerging markets have been the biggest beneficiary in the recent rally in risky assets. Latin America and commodity names were the main drivers of strong performance in 2016 and we expect this to continue, as risk sentiment turned more supportive due to rebound in oil prices and the improving business sentiment in the major countries of the region such as Brazil and Argentina.

Since the U.S. elections, global markets have been encouraged by the potential for fiscal stimulus in the United States. That fiscal stimulus could take a number of different forms, including significant infrastructure spending. The positive market sentiment following the U.S election has been overall supportive of EM so far, as investors remained sanguine on the risk of adverse trade policies from the Trump administration. 

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Class A  Except as noted below, returns with sales charges reflect a maximum sales charge of 5.75% for equity funds, 2.25% for all tax-free income funds, fixed income funds and multi-asset class funds. There are also ongoing 12b-1 service fees (and, in certain cases, distribution fees).

Class A Shares purchased subject to a front-end sales charge have no contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC). However, certain purchases of Class A shares made without a front-end sales charge may be subject to a CDSC of 1% if the shares are redeemed before the first day of the month in which the one year anniversary of the purchase falls. The CDSC is not reflected in the performance with maximum sales charge.

The J.P. Morgan Emerging Local Markets Index Plus (ELMI+) tracks total returns for local currency-denominated money market instruments in 23 emerging markets countries.

The Blended index consists of the following components: J.P. Morgan ELMI+ from inception to 05/31/2012, Barclays GEMS from 06/01/2012 forward. The J.P. Morgan Emerging Local Markets Index Plus (ELMI+) tracks total returns for local currency-denominated money market instruments in 23 emerging markets countries.

The Barclays Global Emerging Market Strategy (GEMS) Index is based on investing in 1-month synthetic money market deposits across 15 diversified Emerging Market currencies.

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