There is no minimum initial investment for (i) purchases through or by registered investment advisers (RIAs), bank trust departments, and other financial intermediaries otherwise eligible to purchase Class I shares that charge a fee for services that include investment advisory or management services or (ii) purchases by retirement and benefit plans meeting the Class I eligibility requirements as described in the prospectus. These investment minimums may be suspended, changed, or withdrawn by Lord Abbett Distributor LLC ("Lord Abbett Distributor").
Class I shares minimum initial investment of $1,000,000, unless otherwise noted, applies to certain types of institutional investors as described in the prospectus.
A Note about Risk: The Fund is subject to the general risks associated with investing in debt securities, including market, credit, liquidity, and interest rate risk. The value of an investment will change as interest rates fluctuate and in response to market movements. When interest rates fall, the prices of debt securities tend to rise, and when interest rates rise, the prices of debt securities are likely to decline. Debt securities are subject to credit risk, which is the risk that the issuer will fail to make timely payments of interest and principal to the Fund. The Fund may invest in high yield, lower-rated debt securities, sometimes called junk bonds and may involve greater risks than higher rated debt securities. These securities carry increased risks of price volatility, illiquidity, and the possibility of default in the timely payment of interest and principal. The Fund may invest in foreign or emerging market securities, which may be adversely affected by economic, political, or regulatory factors and subject to currency volatility and greater liquidity risk. The Fund may invest in derivatives, which are subject to greater liquidity, leverage, and counterparty risk. These factors can affect Fund performance.
Class I - SEC Returns reflect performance for Class I shares at Net Asset Value.
With Sales Charge - Returns with sales charges reflect applicable fees and expenses and include all distributions reinvested.
Without Sales Charge - Returns shown are without sales charges and have all distributions reinvested. If a sales charge had been deducted, the results would have been lower.
Returns shown at less than a year reflect aggregate total returns.
Double-Digit Returns - instances of high double-digit returns were achieved primarily during favorable market conditions and may not be sustainable over time.
Effective 12/14/2007 the Fund transitioned its investment approach from a limited duration U.S. government and government sponsored enterprises strategy to a short duration fixed-income strategy. The historical performance shown of the Fund prior to 12/14/2007 reflects periods when the Fund pursued its previous investment strategy.
Lipper Category Average - Peer group averages are based on universes of funds with the same investment objectives. The average return for the peer group is based on the returns of each individual fund within the group for the period shown. This average assumes reinvestment of dividends.
Expense Ratio: Reflects expenses for fiscal year ended 11/30/2013 and is subject to change. Fund expenses may fluctuate with market volatility. A substantial reduction in Fund assets (since its most recently completed fiscal year), whether caused by market conditions or significant redemptions or both, will likely cause total operating expenses (as a percentage of Fund assets) to become higher than those shown.
Lipper Category Average Expense Ratio reflects the average net expenses of Class A shares of all funds with in the peer group based on Lipper data available.
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Morningstar proprietary ratings reflect historical risk-adjusted performance. For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar RatingTM based on a Morningstar risk-adjusted return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. Load-waived ratings do not include any front-end sales charges (which are only available for certain defined contribution plans and certain mutual fund advisory programs) and should only be considered by investors who are not subject to sales loads. Not all funds with a load-waived rating may waive their front-end load. An investor should check with their advisor to determine if they are eligible to purchase the load-waived Class A share. The top 10% of the funds in an investment category receive 5 stars, 22.5% receive 4 stars, 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages). The Overall Morningstar rating is a weighted average of funds' three-, five-, and 10-year (as applicable) ratings. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Morningstar Rating is for the Class A share only; other classes may have different performance characteristics.