Lord Abbett Dividend Growth
Objective And StrategyObjective
Current income and capital appreciation.
Under normal market conditions, the Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in equity and fixed income securities issued by companies organized in or maintaining their principal place of business in the United States, or whose securities are traded primarily in the United States. Under normal circumstances, the Fund invests at least 50% of its net assets in equity securities and may invest its remaining assets in equity or fixed income securities. It is expected that a significant portion of the Fund’s assets (as much as 30%) may be invested in high-yield debt securities. The Fund may invest up to 20% of its net assets in foreign securities that are primarily traded outside the United States. The Fund's investments may include derivatives, such as options or futures.
* This portfolio is subject to the risks of investing in low-grade corporate bonds that have a higher default risk, less liquidity and greater sensitivity to changes in the economy than investment-grade bonds. High-yield bonds are rated lower because there is a greater risk associated with the issuer's ability to pay principal and interest.
* This portfolio invests in securities of foreign issuers which involves risks not typically associated with domestic issuers, including currency fluctuations and the possibility of political and economic instability. Emerging markets involve risks in addition to those generally associated with foreign securities, because political and economic structures in many emerging markets may be undergoing significant evolution and rapid development.
* This portfolio invests (or may invest) in securities of companies with micro-, small-, or mid-capitalization. Any investment in micro-, small-, or mid-capitalization companies involves greater risk than that customarily associated with investments in larger, more established companies because of the greater business risks of smaller size, limited markets and financial resources, narrower product lines, and frequent lack of management depth. As such, micro- or small-cap companies may be more subject to erratic and abrupt market movements than securities of larger, more established companies.
* This portfolio can leverage or use leveraged instruments or derivatives. Portfolios that use leverage, that is, borrow money, are subject to the risk that the cost of borrowing money to leverage will exceed the returns for the securities purchased or that the securities purchased may actually go down in value. Thus the portfolio's net asset value can decrease more quickly than if the portfolio had not borrowed. Portfolios that use leveraged instruments or derivatives such as futures, options and swap agreements, may expose the portfolio to additional risks that it would not be subject to if it invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives. The more a portfolio invests in leveraged instruments, the more the leverage will magnify any gains or losses on those investments.