American Funds Corporate Bond Fund®
American Funds Corporate Bond Fund may be appropriate for:
- Investors seeking to boost total return and enhance current income compared to a core bond fund
- Investors seeking equity diversification, as its investment grade focus should prevent it from having a very high correlation to stocks
- Investors seeking dedicated corporate bond exposure, allowing for precise portfolio construction
The fund’s investment objective is to provide maximum total return consistent with capital preservation and prudent risk management.
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.
- Began operations: 12/14/12
- Expense ratio:* 1.02%
- Investment expenses paid annually: $9.00 for a $1,000 balance
- Ticker symbol: BFCAX
*The expense ratios are estimated. The investment adviser is currently reimbursing a portion of other expenses. The reimbursement will be in effect through at least April 7, 2018. The adviser may elect at its discretion to extend, modify or terminate the reimbursement at that time. Expense ratios are estimated 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.
Normally, at least 80% of the fund’s assets will be invested in corporate debt securities. In addition, under normal market conditions the fund invests 100% of its assets in debt securities, including money market instruments, cash and cash equivalents, rated Baa3 or better or BBB- or better by Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations designated by the fund’s investment adviser or in debt securities that are unrated but determined to be of equivalent quality by the fund’s investment adviser at the time of purchase.
Where the fund was invested
(as of 12/31/18; percentage of net assets; holdings are subject to change)
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 3.75%, 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. 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||2.85% §§||3.70%||3.28%||-2.49%|
|At maximum offering price
(Class A shares, with 3.75% maximum sales charge)
Investment results assume all distributions are reinvested and reflect applicable fees and expenses. The investment adviser is currently reimbursing a portion of other expenses. Investment results reflect the reimbursement, without which the results would have been lower. The reimbursement will be in effect through at least April 7, 2018. The adviser may elect at its discretion to extend, modify or terminate the reimbursement at that time. Read details about how waivers and/or reimbursements affect the results for each fund.
The maximum sales charge was 4.75% prior to January 10, 2000.
§§ Since the investment option’s inception on 12/14/2012.
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.
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 for bond funds and for funds with significant underlying bond holdings is not guaranteed. Fund shares are subject to the same interest rate, inflation and credit risks associated with the underlying bond holdings.
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.
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.