The Growth Fund of America®

American Funds®

Share Class A

 fund Growth

The Growth Fund of America may be appropriate for:

  • Growth-oriented investors who want a time-tested fund for their long-term financial goals
  • Investors who are seeking a broadly diversified holding for their portfolios
  • Investors seeking a core holding for their retirement plans


The fund's investment objective is to provide growth of capital.


The fund is managed by Capital Research and Management Company, one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most respected investment management firms. Since 1931, Capital Research has invested with a long-term focus based on thorough research and attention to risk.

Fund information
  • Began operations: 12/01/73
  • Expense ratio:* 0.62%
  • Investment expenses paid annually:† $6.20 for a $1,000 balance
  • Ticker symbol: AGTHX
Top 10 holdings
  1. Facebook 4.8%
  2. Alphabet 4.4%
  3. Microsoft 4.1%
  4. Amazon 3.9%
  5. Netflix 3.9%
  1. UnitedHealth Group 2.4%
  2. BROADCOM INC 1.9%
  3. Berkshire Hathaway 1.6%
  4. EOG Resources 1.6%
  5. Home Depot 1.5%
Where the fund was invested
fund holdings
Past results

Figures shown are past results and are not predictive of results in future periods. Current and future results may be lower or higher than those shown here. For more current information and month-end results, click here. Share price and return will vary, so you may lose money. Investing for short periods makes losses more likely. Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value. 

Average annual total returns through 12/31/18
  Latest10 years Latest5 years Latest3 years Latestyear
At net asset value 13.49% 8.88% 9.93% -2.88%
At maximum offering price
(Class A shares, with 5.75% maximum sales charge)
12.82% 7.60% 7.78% -8.46%


Investment results reflect the deduction of applicable fees and expenses and the reinvestment of all distributions. When applicable, investment results reflect fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements, without which results would have been lower. Read details about how waivers and/or reimbursements affect the results for each fund.