Seeks to maximize total return consistent with prudent investment management

Fund Overview

  • High-yield strategy with a global, multi- sector approach
  • Seeks an attractive risk/return profile
  • Leverages the strength of AB's award-winning, fixed-income platform

Primary Investments

  • Corporate bonds from US and non-US issuers
  • Government bonds from developed and emerging markets, including the US
  • Primarily lower-rated bonds, but may also invest in investment-grade bonds

How Do FlexFee Expenses Work?

  • A FlexFee fund operates like a traditional mutual fund, but its expenses are linked to the fund’s performance versus its benchmark
  • Expenses are low, ETF-like, unless the fund outperforms
  • As outperformance rises, expenses rise, too–up to a set maximum fee level
  • The fund’s expenses will fluctuate based on its performance versus the benchmark. Fees reset annually so they reflect performance in the current calendar year

Management Team

Gershon M. Distenfeld, CFA

Co-Head—Fixed Income; Director—Credit

Jackie Pincus, CFA

Portfolio Manager—High Yield

Will Smith, CFA

Portfolio Manager—High Yield

The performance shown represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance information shown. The investment return and principal value of an investment in the Portfolio will fluctuate, so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance assumes reinvestment of distributions and does not account for taxes.

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Fund/Portfolio carefully before investing. For copies of our prospectus or summary prospectus, which contain this and other information, visit our Literature Center or contact your AB representative. Please read the prospectus and/or summary prospectus carefully before investing.

The net asset value (NAV) price is the value of one share of the Portfolio as of the date listed. The NAV does not take into account any initial sales charges that may apply when shares are purchased or redemption charges when shares are sold; if these sales charges were reflected, the Portfolio’s quoted performance would be lower. The NAV change is the change in value of one share of the Portfolio from the prior day’s value.

Total Returns
Peer Comparison

The performance for Advisor Class shares prior to the share class’s inception date reflects Class Z share performance, adjusted for differences in operating expenses. The inception date of Class Z shares is 5/20/05. Effective 2/26/18, all previously offered shares of the fund, including Z shares,were converted to Advisor shares.

Class A annualized returns with sales charge reflect the deduction of the maximum 4.25% sales charge. Class B shares are subject to a contingent deferred sales charge equal to 4% in year 1, 3% in year 2, 2% in year 3, and 1% in year 4. Class C shares are subject to a 1-year, 1% contingent deferred sales charge. Returns for Advisor Class, Class R, Class K, Class I and Class 2 are at NAV and carry no front-end or contingent deferred sales charges. Returns for Class R shares are without the imposition of a sales charge that would apply if shares were purchased outside of a group retirement plan.

As of January 31, 2009, Class B shares are no longer available for purchase by new investors. For additional information, see the Fund’s current prospectus.

If applicable, please keep in mind that high, double-digit returns are highly unusual and cannot be sustained. Investors should also be aware that these returns were primarily achieved during favorable market conditions. Fund returns are annualized for periods longer than one year. The NAV does not take into account any sales charges that may apply when shares are purchased or redeemed; if sales charges were reflected, the Fund’s quoted performance would be lower.

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The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or star rating, is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. The star rating is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product’s monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The Morningstar Rating does not include any adjustment for sales loads. The top 10.0% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35.0% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10.0% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating™ for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36–59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60–119 months of total returns and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

Lipper ratings are based on total returns at net asset value, without the imposition of a sales charge, which would reduce total return figures. Funds in the Lipper category generally have similar investment objectives for the funds, although some may have different investment policies.

Net expense ratio, if applicable, reflects the contractual waiver of a portion of the Advisor’s fee and/or reimbursement of a portion of the Fund’s operating expenses. This waiver and/or reimbursement extends through a particular date, as specified in the Fund’s current prospectus, and may be further extended or terminated by the Advisor, as set forth in the prospectus. Absent waivers and/or reimbursements, performance would have been lower.

Distribution yield is calculated on a 30-day rolling basis by annualizing the average of the dividends distributed over the most recent 30-day period and dividing that figure by the current NAV. For the AB Bond Inflation Strategy Fund and the AB Municipal Bond Inflation Strategy Fund, distribution yield is calculated by annualizing the most recent monthly dividend distribution and dividing that figure by the current NAV. The distribution yield calculation does not include long-term or short-term capital gains distributions.

The reinvest price is the net asset value (NAV) price. The NAV price is the value of one share of the Fund as of the Ex Date. The NAV does not take into account any sales charges that may apply when shares are purchased or redeemed.

Holdings and characteristics shown include underlying investments of pooled vehicles.

The Fund’s/Portfolio’s holdings (including derivatives) are expressed as a percentage of total investments and may vary over time. They are provided for informational purposes only and should not be deemed as a recommendation to buy or sell the securities mentioned.

Risks To Consider

Market Risk: The market values of the portfolio’s holdings rise and fall from day to day, so investments may lose value.

Interest Rate Risk: As interest rates rise, bond prices fall and vice versa, long-term securities tend to rise and fall more than short-term securities.

Credit Risk: A bond's credit rating reflects the issuer's ability to make timely payments of interest or principal - the lower the rating, the higher the risk of default. If the issuer's financial strength deteriorates, the issuer's rating may be lowered and the bond's value may decline.

Inflation Risk: Prices for goods and services tend to rise over time, which may erode the purchasing power of investments.

Foreign (Non-US) Risk: Non-US securities may be more volatile because of political, regulatory, market and economic uncertainties associated with such securities. Fluctuations in currency exchange rates may negatively affect the value of the investment or reduce returns. These risks are magnified in emerging or developing markets.

Diversification Risk: Portfolios that hold a smaller number of securities may be more volatile than more diversified portfolios, since gains or losses from each security will have a greater impact on the portfolio's overall value.

Derivatives Risk: Investing in derivative instruments such as options, futures, forwards or swaps can be riskier than traditional investments, and may be more volatile, especially in a down market.

Leverage Risk: Trying to enhance investment returns by borrowing money or using other leverage tools magnify both gains and losses, resulting in greater volatility.

Below Investment Grade Securities Risk: Investments in fixed-income securities with lower ratings (commonly known as "junk bonds") tend to have a higher probability that an issuer will default or fail to meet its payment obligations.

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Fund/Portfolio carefully before investing. For copies of our prospectus or summary prospectus, which contain this and other information, visit our Literature Center or contact your AB representative. Please read the prospectus and/or summary prospectus carefully before investing.

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