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Dividends & Cap Gains
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Fees & Expenses
Fees & Expenses
Note: The Fund invests all of its net assets directly 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.
Note: 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. Please refer to the prospectus for more information on redemptions that may be subject to a CDSC. The CDSC is not reflected in the average annual total returns. If these charges had been included, performance would have been lower.
1The 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.
2 “News Release: Gross Domestic Product,” Bureau of Economic Analysis, December 22, 2015.
3“Beige Book–November 2015,” Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, December 2, 2015.
4 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 United States and Canada. The MSCI EAFE Index consists of the following 21 developed market country indexes: 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.
5The Russell 3000® Value Index measures the performance of those Russell 3000 Index companies with lower price-to-book ratios and lower forecasted growth values.
6The Russell 3000® Growth Index measures the performance of those Russell 3000 Index companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth values.
7The 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.
8The Russell 2000® Index measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000 Index, which represents approximately 10% of the total market capitalization of the Russell 3000 Index.
9The S&P Developed Ex-U.S. SmallCap Index captures the bottom 15% of companies domiciled in the developed markets excluding the United States within the S&P Global BMI with a float-adjusted market capitalization of at least US$100 million and a value traded of at least US$50 million for the past 12-months at the time of the annual reconstitution. Stocks are excluded if their market capitalization falls below US$75 million, or if the value traded is less than US$35 million at the time of reconstitution.
The indexes are presented for informational purposes only and are not presented to illustrate any specific product or security. Unless otherwise specified, indexes reflect total return, with all dividends reinvested. Indexes are unmanaged, do not reflect the deduction of fees or expenses, and are not available for direct investment. Past performance is not a reliable indicator or guarantee of future results.
Expense ratio: The net expense ratio takes into account a fee waiver whereby Lord Abbett has contractually agreed to waive half of its fees through February 29, 2016, and has elected to voluntarily waive the other half of its fees which Lord Abbett may stop at its discretion. For periods when the waiver was in place, the Fund benefited by not bearing these expenses. Without such fee waiver, performance would have been lower.
Instances of high double-digit returns were achieved primarily during favorable market conditions and may not be sustainable over time.
A Note about Risk: The Fund invests primarily in U.S. and global small, mid-sized and micro-cap stocks, which tend to be more volatile and less liquid than large cap company stocks. The value of the underlying funds' investments and the net asset values of the shares of both the Fund and the underlying funds will fluctuate in response to various market and economic factors related to equity markets, as well as the financial condition and prospects of issuers in which the underlying funds invest. Investments in small, mid-sized and micro-cap company stocks typically involve greater risk, particularly in the short term, than those in larger, more established companies. Investments in either growth or value stocks may shift in and out of favor for long periods of time, depending on market and economic conditions. Investing internationally involves risks not associated with investing solely in the United States, such as currency fluctuation, political risk, differences in accounting and the limited availability of information. These risks can be greater in the case of emerging country securities. The Fund is subject to the risks associated with derivatives, which may be different from and greater than the risks associated with investing directly in securities and other investments. These factors can affect Fund performance.
The views and information discussed in this commentary are as of December 31, 2015, are subject to change, and may not reflect the views of the firm as a whole. The views expressed in market commentaries are at a specific point in time and are opinions only and should not be relied upon as a forecast, or research or investment advice regarding a particular investment or the markets in general. Information discussed should not be considered a recommendation to purchase or sell securities.