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Is LHYAX a Strong Bond Fund Right Now?

Mutual Fund Bond fund seekers should consider taking a look at Lord Abbett High Yield A (LHYAX). LHYAX has a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank of 2 (Buy), which is based on nine forecasting factors like size, cost, and past performance.

History of Fund/Manager

LHYAX finds itself in the Lord Abbett family, based out of Jersey City, NJ. Since Lord Abbett High Yield A made its debut in December of 1998, LHYAX has garnered more than $919.82 million in assets. The fund is currently managed by a team of investment professionals.

Performance

Investors naturally seek funds with strong performance. This fund has delivered a 5-year annualized total return of 2.75%, and is in the middle third among its category peers. But if you are looking for a shorter time frame, it is also worth looking at its 3-year annualized total return of 1.91%, which places it in the middle third during this time-frame.

When looking at a fund's performance, it is also important to note the standard deviation of the returns. The lower the standard deviation, the less volatility the fund experiences. Compared to the category average of 14.11%, the standard deviation of LHYAX over the past three years is 11.41%. Over the past 5 years, the standard deviation of the fund is 9.35% compared to the category average of 12.46%. This makes the fund less volatile than its peers over the past half-decade.

With a beta of 0.38, this fund is less volatile than a broad market index of fixed income securities. Taking this into account, LHYAX has a positive alpha of 1.98, which measures performance on a risk-adjusted basis.

Expenses

Costs are increasingly important for mutual fund investing, and particularly as competition heats up in this market. And all things being equal, a lower cost product will outperform its otherwise identical counterpart, so taking a closer look at these metrics is key for investors. In terms of fees, LHYAX is a load fund. It has an expense ratio of 0.88% compared to the category average of 0.98%. So, LHYAX is actually cheaper than its peers from a cost perspective.

While the minimum initial investment for the product is $1,500, investors should also note that there is no minimum for each subsequent investment.

Bottom Line

Overall, Lord Abbett High Yield A ( LHYAX ) has a high Zacks Mutual Fund rank, and in conjunction with its comparatively similar performance, average downside risk, and lower fees, this fund looks like a great potential choice for investors right now.

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