American High-Income Trust®

American Funds®

Share Class F-1

 fund Bond

American High-Income Trust may be appropriate for:

  • Investors looking for a sensible way to invest in the high-yield bond market
  • Individuals and organizations that want an opportunity to increase their investment income and are willing to take equity-type risk
  • Growth-oriented investors seeking to diversity their holdings into income-producing investments


The fund's primary investment objective is to provide a high level of current income. Its secondary investment objective is capital appreciation.


The fund is managed by Capital Research and Management Company, one of the nation’s oldest, largest 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: 2/19/88
  • Expense ratio:* 0.73%
  • Investment expenses paid annually:† $7.30 for a $1,000 balance
  • Ticker symbol: AHTFX

The fund seeks to invest primarily in a broad range of lower quality, higher yielding debt securities that also provide an opportunity to increase in value. At least 65% of the portfolio will be invested in high-yield, high-risk bonds (Ba or BB or below at time of purchase, or unrated but determined by the fund’s investment adviser to be of equivalent quality) and other similar securities, including preferred stocks. Up to 25% may be invested in common stocks or equity-related securities. Additionally, up to 25% of assets may be invested in securities based outside the U.S.

Where the fund was invested
fund holdings

*Cash and equivalents includes short-term securities, accrued income and other assets less liabilities. It may also include investments in money market or similar funds managed by the investment adviser or its affiliates that are not offered to the public.

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.  Unless otherwise indicated, all results are calculated at net asset value.

Average annual total returns through 6/30/21
Class F-1 Shares
  Latest10 years Latest5 years Latest3 years Latestyear
At net asset value 5.50% 7.35% 7.46% 20.30%


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.

Class F-1 shares were first offered on March 15, 2001. Class F-1 share results prior to the date of the first sale are hypothetical based on Class A share results without a sales charge, adjusted for estimated additional annual expenses. View dates of first sale and specific expense adjustment information for Class F-1 shares. Please see the prospectus for more information about specific expenses.

In applying any particular asset allocation model to your own individual situation, you should consider your other assets, income and investments. For example, in addition to your retirement plan investments, you should consider any investments (including those in an Individual Retirement Account) and savings accounts.

Investing outside the United States involves risks, such as currency fluctuations, periods of illiquidity and price volatility, as more fully described in the prospectus. These risks may be heightened in connection with investments in developing countries.

Lower rated bonds are subject to greater fluctuations in value and risk of loss of income and principal than higher rated bonds. The return of principal in bond funds is not guaranteed. Bond funds have the same interest rate, inflation and credit risks that are associated with the underlying bonds owned by the fund.

Bond ratings, which typically range from AAA/Aaa (highest) to D (lowest), are assigned by credit rating agencies such as Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and/or Fitch, as an indication of an issuer’s creditworthiness.

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Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value.

Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the fund prospectuses and summary prospectuses, which can be obtained from your plan’s financial professional or downloaded and should be read carefully before investing. You can find a link to the prospectus at the top of the page.

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