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Multi-Asset Balanced Opportunity Fund

Summary

Summary

What is the Multi-Asset Balanced Opportunity Fund?

The Fund seeks to deliver long-term growth of capital with current monthly income by investing primarily in Lord Abbett Funds that invest in a wide variety of U.S. stocks and bonds along with select international securities.

DIVERSE ASSETS

This Fund is designed with the flexibility to invest in bonds, stocks, and currencies from around the world.

TACTICALLY MANAGED

The investment team can rapidly shift allocations based on market opportunities and to hedge unwanted exposures.

STRONG GROWTH WITH INCOME

Led by a senior Investment Committee, the Fund has delivered competitive performance and attractive income.

Yield

12-Month Dividend Yield 1 as of 06/28/2016  

  Subsidized3 Un-Subsidized4
w/o sales charge 3.60% 3.46%
w/ sales charge 3.52% 3.38%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 05/31/2016  

  Subsidized5 Un-Subsidized6
w/o sales charge 2.87% 2.74%

Expense Ratioas of 05/31/2016

Fund Basicsas of 05/31/2016

Total Net Assets
$2.01 B
Inception Date
12/27/1994
Dividend Frequency
Monthly
CUSIP
543916209
Minimum Initial Investment
$1,500+

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.23%

Net 1.09%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 12/27/1994
w/o sales charge 0.85% -7.14% 3.75% 5.20% 5.06% 6.85%
Lipper Category Avg. Mixed-Asset Target Alloc Moderate Funds - - - - - -
Blended Index - - - - - -
w/ sales charge -1.40% -9.23% 2.96% 4.72% 4.82% 6.74%

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.23%

Net 1.09%

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.23%

Net 1.09%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 12/27/1994
w/o sales charge 0.85% -7.14% 3.75% 5.20% 5.06% 6.85%
Lipper Category Avg. Mixed-Asset Target Alloc Moderate Funds - - - - - -
Blended Index - - - - - -
w/ sales charge -1.40% -9.23% 2.96% 4.72% 4.82% 6.74%

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.23%

Net 1.09%

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Portfolio Breakdown as of 05/31/2016 View portfolio

Equity Assets
U.S. Large Cap 14.3%
U.S. Small/Mid Cap 21.5%
Intl Equity 15.4%
% of Total Assets 51.2%
Fixed Income Assets
Investment Grade 4.7%
High Yield 24.1%
Convertibles 8.9%
Emerging Mkt Currencies 8.8%
Other and Cash 2.3%
% of Total Assets 48.8%

Ten Largest Equity Holdings as of 05/31/2016View Portfolio

Ten Largest Equity Holdings Assets
PPL Corp. 0.7%
Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. 0.6%
Whirlpool Corp. 0.6%
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. 0.6%
Edison International 0.6%
Invesco Ltd. 0.6%
XL Capital Ltd. 0.5%
M&T Bank Corp. 0.5%
NVIDIA Corp. 0.5%
Cimarex Energy Co. 0.4%

Ten Largest Fixed Income Holdings as of 05/31/2016View Portfolio

Ten Largest Fixed Income Holdings Assets
U.S. Treasury Note/Bond 0.5%
Neptune Finco Corp. 0.4%
U.S. Treasury Note/Bond 0.4%
American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. 0.4%
Yahoo!, Inc. 0.3%
Chesapeake Energy Corp. 0.3%
Intel Corp. 0.3%
NVIDIA Corp. 0.2%
Banco Popular Espanol SA 0.2%
Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. 0.2%

Investment Team

martini
Giulio Martini

Director of Strategic Asset Allocation

31 Years of Industry Experience

Robert I. Gerber
Robert I. Gerber, Ph.D.

Partner & Chief Investment Officer

29 Years of Industry Experience

Robert A. Lee
Robert A. Lee

Partner & Deputy Chief Investment Officer

25 Years of Industry Experience

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Performance

Performance

12-Month Dividend Yield 1 as of 06/28/2016  

  Subsidized3 Un-Subsidized4
w/o sales charge 3.60% 3.46%
w/ sales charge 3.52% 3.38%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 05/31/2016  

  Subsidized5 Un-Subsidized6
w/o sales charge 2.87% 2.74%

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.23%

Net 1.09%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 12/27/1994
w/o sales charge 0.85% -7.14% 3.75% 5.20% 5.06% 6.85%
Lipper Category Avg. Mixed-Asset Target Alloc Moderate Funds - - - - - -
Blended Index - - - - - -
w/ sales charge -1.40% -9.23% 2.96% 4.72% 4.82% 6.74%

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.23%

Net 1.09%

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.23%

Net 1.09%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 12/27/1994
w/o sales charge 0.85% -7.14% 3.75% 5.20% 5.06% 6.85%
Lipper Category Avg. Mixed-Asset Target Alloc Moderate Funds - - - - - -
Blended Index - - - - - -
w/ sales charge -1.40% -9.23% 2.96% 4.72% 4.82% 6.74%

Fund Expense Ratio :

Gross 1.23%

Net 1.09%

Best returns

Durations Fund Returns Blended Index
3-Mo 21.49 17.98
1-Yr 45.67 38.1

Worst returns

Durations Fund Returns Blended Index
3-Mo -24.46 -21.34
1-Yr -31.62 -26.13
Year Fund Returns Blended Index
2015 -5.25% 0.03%
2014 5.85% 7.26%
2013 18.03% 15.09%
2012 14.70% 12.23%
2011 -3.40% 3.01%
2010 11.87% 12.29%
2009 31.96% 25.00%
2008 -28.59% -23.21%
2007 5.89% 6.41%
2006 12.65% 11.87%
2005 2.47% -
2004 10.22% -
2003 24.45% -
2002 -10.93% -
2001 -1.81% -
2000 7.43% -
1999 11.01% -
1998 8.82% -
1997 17.32% -
1996 9.05% -
Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Yearly Returns
2016 0.49% - - - 0.85%
2015 2.09% -0.61% -7.78% 1.26% -5.25%
2014 2.75% 3.92% -2.57% 1.75% 5.85%
2013 6.73% 0.15% 4.66% 5.51% 18.03%
2012 9.37% -3.67% 5.31% 3.38% 14.70%
2011 4.43% -0.10% -14.27% 8.01% -3.40%
2010 3.94% -8.59% 9.80% 7.23% 11.87%
2009 -5.13% 15.78% 15.27% 4.23% 31.96%
2008 -6.47% -1.58% -8.08% -15.60% -28.59%
2007 1.55% 3.29% 2.49% -1.51% 5.89%
2006 3.79% -0.59% 4.88% 4.10% 12.65%
2005 -2.02% 0.51% 2.59% 1.42% 2.47%
2004 2.23% 0.24% 0.06% 7.49% 10.22%
2003 -2.06% 13.18% 2.37% 9.67% 24.45%
2002 1.81% -7.58% -11.91% 7.46% -10.93%
2001 -4.15% 3.18% -8.28% 8.25% -1.81%
2000 0.73% -1.25% 4.96% 2.90% 7.43%
1999 2.36% 5.94% -4.16% 6.82% 11.01%
1998 5.66% 0.39% -8.57% 12.21% 8.82%
1997 1.25% 8.66% 5.01% 1.54% 17.32%
1996 1.77% -0.12% 1.44% 5.75% 9.05%
1995 6.05% 5.86% 4.43% 4.72% 22.78%
1994 - - - - -0.21%

Growth of $10,000 as of 04/30/2016

NAV Historical Prices

Date Net Asset Value

Portfolio

Portfolio

Portfolio Breakdown as of 05/31/2016

Equity Assets
U.S. Large Cap 14.3%
U.S. Small/Mid Cap 21.5%
Intl Equity 15.4%
% of Total Assets 51.2%
Fixed Income Assets
Investment Grade 4.7%
High Yield 24.1%
Convertibles 8.9%
Emerging Mkt Currencies 8.8%
Other and Cash 2.3%
% of Total Assets 48.8%

Portfolio Positioning as of 03/31/2016

  • We continue to maintain a modest underweight in equities, with tilts toward value stocks and non-U.S. markets.  Within fixed income, we moved to a small overweight in high yield, while maintaining a long-standing underweight position in interest rate-sensitive bonds.  We also slightly reduced our U.S. dollar position.
  • Changes to equity allocations were driven by shifts in relative value, the outlook for monetary policy, and economic fundamentals.  As global stocks fell during the first six weeks of the period, we modestly increased our position in U.S. equities.  A rapid recovery in prices, however, led us to close the quarter with a modest underweight in stocks.  We also continued to shift the mix of equity holdings in favor of international securities.
  • After reducing allocations to high yield bonds throughout 2015, we moved back to an overweight position during the first quarter.  Spreads hit new post-crisis highs in February, presenting attractive relative value. 
  • Although we continue to believe that the U.S. dollar will benefit from monetary policy divergences, U.S. Federal reserve officials struck a more dovish-than-expected tone in March, leading us to modestly scale back our long U.S. dollar positions.  Foreign currency exposure continued to be tilted in favor of emerging market currencies and against non-dollar developed-market currencies.  
Ten Largest Equity Holdings Assets
PPL Corp. 0.7%
Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. 0.6%
Whirlpool Corp. 0.6%
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. 0.6%
Edison International 0.6%
Invesco Ltd. 0.6%
XL Capital Ltd. 0.5%
M&T Bank Corp. 0.5%
NVIDIA Corp. 0.5%
Cimarex Energy Co. 0.4%
Ten Largest Fixed Income Issues Assets
U.S. Treasury Note/Bond 0.5%
Neptune Finco Corp. 0.4%
U.S. Treasury Note/Bond 0.4%
American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. 0.4%
Yahoo!, Inc. 0.3%
Chesapeake Energy Corp. 0.3%
Intel Corp. 0.3%
NVIDIA Corp. 0.2%
Banco Popular Espanol SA 0.2%
Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. 0.2%
Holding Assets
High Yield Fund 24.8%
International Dividend Income Fund 15.3%
Mid Cap Stock Fund 11.7%
Calibrated Mid Cap Value Fund 11.1%
Convertible Fund 10.3%
Calibrated Large Cap Value Fund 9.6%
Emerging Markets Currency Fund 9.1%
Core Fixed Income Fund 3.9%
Short Duration Income Fund 2.6%
International Core Equity Fund 0.5%

Equity Sector Allocation as of 05/31/2016

Sector Assets
Financials
Information Technology
Energy
Utilities
Consumer Discretionary
Health Care
Industrials
Materials
Consumer Staples
Telecommunication Services

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividend Payments

For
YTD Dividends Paidas of06/28/2016
$0.097
Dividend Frequency
Monthly
Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date Dividend Reinvest Price
05/26/2016 05/27/2016 05/27/2016 $0.01310 $10.72
04/28/2016 04/29/2016 04/29/2016 $0.01520 $10.65
03/30/2016 03/31/2016 03/31/2016 $0.03890 $10.48
02/25/2016 02/26/2016 02/26/2016 $0.01450 $9.99
01/28/2016 01/29/2016 01/29/2016 $0.01620 $10.04

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
06/29/2016 06/30/2016 06/30/2016
07/28/2016 07/29/2016 07/29/2016
08/30/2016 08/31/2016 08/31/2016
09/29/2016 09/30/2016 09/30/2016
10/27/2016 10/28/2016 10/28/2016
11/29/2016 11/30/2016 11/30/2016
12/29/2016 12/30/2016 12/30/2016

Capital Gains Distributions

For
Record Date Reinvest & Payable Date Long-term Short-term * Total Reinvest Price
12/21/2015 12/22/2015 $0.4148 $0.0315 $0.4463 $10.48

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
12/20/2016 12/21/2016

Fees & Expenses

Fees & Expenses

Sales Charge Schedule as of 06/28/2016

  Sales Charge Dealer's Concession Prices at Breakpoint
Less than $100,000 2.25% 2.00% $10.73
$100,000 to $249,999 1.75% 1.50% $10.68
$250,000 to $499,999 1.25% 1.00% $10.62
$500,000 to $999,999 0.00% 1.00% $10.49
$1,000,000 to $5,000,000 0.00% 1.00% $10.49

Expense Ratioas of 05/31/2016

Fund Review

Fund Review

Fund Review as of 03/31/2016

The Multi-Asset Balanced Opportunity Fund returned 0.49%, reflecting performance at the net asset value (NAV) of Class A shares, with all distributions reinvested, for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, compared to its benchmark, the 40% Russell 1000® Index1/35% Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index2/15% BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Constrained Index3/10% MSCI EAFE Index with Gross Dividends,4 which returned 1.81%. 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: -8.84%; five years: 4.30%; and 10 years: 4.55%. Expense ratio, gross: 1.19%, 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 www.lordabbett.com.

At the asset allocation level, the Fund’s holdings in short duration bonds detracted from relative performance, as the category underperformed the Fund’s benchmark. Short duration fixed income securities were negatively affected by volatility in short-term yields associated with the U.S. Federal Reserve’s (Fed) decision to raise interest rates at the end of the 2015. An underweight exposure to non-U.S. developed market currencies also hurt relative performance, as those currencies generally strengthened against the U.S. dollar during the period.

Allocations to mid-cap equities contributed to performance, as this category outperformed the Fund’s benchmark. Security selection within this group drove relative outperformance during the period. In addition, exposure to emerging market (EM) currencies helped relative performance. After a difficult start to 2016, EM currencies rallied in the second half of the quarter, backed by improving sentiment regarding the Chinese economy, firming commodity prices and supportive central bank policies.

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

Risk assets stumbled out of the gate in 2016, with U.S. stocks recording their worst-ever start to a calendar year.  Uncertainty regarding China’s currency policies, plummeting oil prices, and the specter of Fed tightening contributed to a growth scare that sent global stocks down 11% by early February.  A reversal in oil prices and renewed monetary accommodation, however, fueled a powerful rebound in equities worldwide, which ended the quarter with only fractional losses. 

Despite unprecedented monetary stimulus, global economic growth remains tepid and inflation continues to fall short of expectations in most countries. This dynamic is leading investors to focus more on the risks of premature reductions in monetary stimulus instead of potential distortions in asset pricing or long-run inflation expectations that could arise from protracted stimulus programs.

While maintaining monetary stimulus may prevent asset prices from falling sharply, positive economic growth surprises and earnings revisions are needed to drive stock prices substantially higher. As the first quarter ended, it was by no means clear that economic and corporate fundamentals had improved enough to encourage an extension of the global risk asset rally. 

Effective November 29, 2013, the Lord Abbett Balanced Strategy Fund changed its name to Lord Abbett Multi-Asset Balanced Opportunity Fund.

The Fund invests principally in the underlying funds. The percentages are based on individual securities owned in one or more of the underlying funds. The Fund’s portfolio is actively managed and, therefore, its holdings and the weightings of a particular issuer or a particular sector as a percentage of portfolio assets may change significantly over time. Sectors may include many industries.  The mention of specific portfolio holdings is for information only.  It does not constitute a recommendation or an offer for a particular security or fund, nor should it be taken as a solicitation or recommendation to buy or sell securities or other investments.

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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.

Blended Index consists of the following components: 40% Russell 1000® Index, 35% Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, 15% BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Master II Constrained Index and 10% MSCI EAFE Index with Gross Dividends. Index is unmanaged, does not reflect the deduction of fees or expenses; and is not available for direct investment.  

The Russell 1000® Index measures the performance of the 1,000 largest companies in the Russell 3000 Index, which represents approximately 92% of the total market capitalization of the Russell 3000 Index.

The BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Master II Constrained Index is a capitalization-weighted index of all US dollar denominated below investment grade corporate debt publicly issued in the US domestic market. Qualifying securities must have a below investment grade rating (based on an average of Moody’s, S&P and Fitch), at least 18 months to final maturity at the time of issuance, at least one year remaining term to final maturity as of the rebalancing date, a fixed coupon schedule and a minimum amount outstanding of $100 million. The index caps individual issuer at 2%. Index constituents are capitalization-weighted, based on their current amount outstanding, provided the total allocation to an individual issuer does not exceed 2%. Issuers that exceed the limit are reduced to 2% and the face value of each of their bonds is adjusted on a pro-rata basis. The face values of bonds of all other issuers that fall below the 2% cap are increased on a pro-rata basis. In the event there are fewer than 50 issuers in the Index, each is equally weighted and the face values of their respective bonds are increased or decreased on a pro-rata basis.

The MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the US & Canada.

The MSCI EAFE Index consists of the following 21 developed market country indices: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The MSCI EAFE Index with Gross Dividends approximates the maximum possible dividend reinvestment. The amount reinvested is the entire dividend distributed to individuals resident in the country of the company, but does not include tax credits. The MSCI EAFE Index with Net Dividends approximates the minimum possible dividend reinvestment. The dividend is reinvested after deduction of withholding tax, applying the rate to non-resident individuals who do not benefit from double taxation treaties. MSCI uses withholding tax rates applicable to Luxembourg holding companies, as Luxembourg applies the highest rate.

MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used as a basis for other indices or any securities or financial products. This report is not approved, reviewed or produced by MSCI.

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