"Best Mutual-Fund Families," Barron's, February 8, 2014. In the Barron's/Lipper annual rankings of the best fund families, rankings are as of December 31, 2013 and are based on asset weighted returns in funds in five categories: U.S. equity, world equity, mixed asset, taxable bond, and tax-exempt. Lord Abbett Funds ranked 3 out of 64 fund families within the taxable bond category for the one-year period; 6 out of 55 for the five-year period, and 1 out of 48 for the 10-year period. Rankings also take into account an individual fund's performance within its Lipper peer group. Lipper calculated each fund's net total return for the year ended December 31, 2013, minus the effects of 12b-1 fees and sales charges. Each fund in the survey was given a percentile ranking with 100 the highest and 1 the lowest in its category. That ranking measured how a fund compared with its peer "universe," as tracked by Lipper, not just the funds in the survey. Individual fund scores were then multiplied by the 2013 weighting of their general classification as determined by the entire Lipper universe of funds. The process is repeated for the five- and 10-year rankings as well. Those fund scores were then totaled, creating an overall score and ranking for each fund family in each category.