Washington Mutual Investors Fund℠

American Funds®

Share Class A

 fund Growth-and-Income

Washington Mutual Investors Fund may be appropriate for:

  • Investors seeking a well-diversified, high-quality portfolio of common stocks
  • Income-oriented investors who want a blue chip growth fund to balance their overall investment programs
  • Investors seeking an investment that does not emphasize alcohol or tobacco companies


The fund's investment objective is to produce income and to provide an opportunity for growth of principal consistent with sound common stock investing.


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: 7/31/52
  • Expense ratio:* 0.57%
  • Investment expenses paid annually:† $5.70 for a $1,000 balance
  • Ticker symbol: AWSHX
Top 10 holdings
  1. Microsoft 5.3%
  2. Intel 3.3%
  3. Boeing 3.2%
  4. BROADCOM INC 2.8%
  5. Merck 2.7%
  1. Comcast 2.6%
  2. Home Depot 2.5%
  3. CME Group 2.2%
  4. Royal Dutch Shell 2.0%
  5. Marsh & McLennan Companies 2.0%
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 12.15% 8.00% 9.79% -2.92%
At maximum offering price
(Class A shares, with 5.75% maximum sales charge)
11.49% 6.73% 7.64% -8.51%


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.