Short-Term Bond Fund of America®
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 you with current income, consistent with the maturity and quality standards described in this prospectus, and preservation of capital.
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.
- Began operations: 10/02/06
- Expense ratio:* 0.66%
- Investment expenses paid annually: $6.60 for a $1,000 balance
- Ticker symbol: ASBAX
*Fund expenses are as of each fund’s prospectus. Please see the fund’s most recent prospectus for details.
You can estimate the investment expenses you’re paying annually by multiplying your balance in the fund by the expense ratio.
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
(as of 6/30/23; percentage of net assets; holdings are subject to change)
*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.
The bar graph below shows the fund’s annual results and illustrates the fund’s fluctuations over the past 10 years. (The percentages are shown at net asset value, updated annually as of 12/31. If the results reflected deduction of the maximum sales charge of 2.50%, they would have been lower.)
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.
Average annual total returns through 6/30/23
|Latest10 years||Latest5 years||Latest3 years||Latestyear|
|At net asset value||0.63%||0.68%||-1.24%||-0.11%|
|At maximum offering price
(Class A shares, with 2.50% maximum sales charge)
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.
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.
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.
Fund results and expense ratio information listed above apply to Class A shares only. The results and expense ratio information for the investments in your plan may differ.
SIMPLE IRA and SEP plans only:
Additional share class options are available without an up-front sales charge. There is no sales charge on Class A shares for plans with over $1 million invested in American Funds. Class C shares have higher expenses than Class A shares and a 1% CDSC if shares are sold within the first year of purchase. Class C shares convert to Class A shares after 8 years. Prior to 6/30/2020, Class C shares converted to Class F-1 shares after 10 years. Your financial professional can help you decide which option is best for you.
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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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