Short-Term Bond Fund of America®

American Funds®

Share Class A

 fund Bond

Short-Term Bond Fund of America may be appropriate for investors seeking:

  • Higher income than from most money market securities
  • Lower volatility than from intermediate- and long-term bonds
  • More balance in a portfolio weighted heavily in equity or longer term investments


The fund's investment objective is to provide current income, consistent with its maturity and quality standards described in the prospectus, and preservation 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: 10/02/06
  • Expense ratio:* 0.69%
  • Investment expenses paid annually:† $6.90 for a $1,000 balance
  • Ticker symbol: ASBAX

Primarily corporate and government bonds, mortgage- and asset-backed securities and cash. The fund will primarily invest in debt securities rated AA- or better or Aa3 or better at the time of purchase (or unrated but determined to be of comparable quality by the fund's investment adviser). Up to 10% of assets can be invested in debt securities in the A rating category or unrated but determined by the fund's investment adviser to be of equivalent quality. The fund will not purchase debt securities rated BBB+ or below and Baa1 or below.

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 1.08% 0.75% 0.98% 1.10%
At maximum offering price
(Class A shares, with 2.50% maximum sales charge)
0.83% 0.23% 0.14% -1.39%


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.