Washington Mutual Investors Fund℠
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 investment management firms. Since 1931, Capital Research has invested with a long-term focus based on thorough research and attention to risk.
- Began operations: 7/31/52
- Expense ratio:* 1.31%
- Investment expenses paid annually: $13.10 for a $1,000 balance
- Ticker symbol: WSHCX
*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.
Top 10 holdings
(Percentage of net assets shown are for the most recent period available as of 8/31/22; holdings are subject to change)
- Microsoft 5.3%
- Broadcom 5.1%
- UnitedHealth Group 4.4%
- Comcast 2.7%
- Pfizer 2.4%
- Marsh & McLennan 2.3%
- CVS 2.2%
- CME Group 1.8%
- Home Depot 1.8%
- Johnson & Johnson 1.7%
Where the fund was invested
(as of 8/31/22; 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. (Class C shares were first offered on March 15, 2001 (on February 21, 2014, in funds in the American Funds Target Date Retirement Series). Class C share returns prior to the date of the first sale are hypothetical results based on Class A share returns without a sales charge, adjusted for typical additional annual expenses of about 0.82% on average over the first 10 years. Shares of some funds were not sold on the first day available; please see the fund’s most recent shareholder report for the actual date of first sale.)
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. Returns at net asset value would have been lower if the contingent deferred sales charge had been deducted. Returns with CDSC reflect deduction of a contingent deferred sales charge (1%) on shares sold within the first year of purchase.
Average annual total returns through 6/30/22
Class C Shares
|Latest10 years||Latest5 years||Latest3 years||Latestyear|
|At net asset value||11.19%||9.69%||8.79%||-3.82%|
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 C shares were first offered on March 15, 2001 (on February 21, 2014, in funds in the American Funds Target Date Retirement Series). Class C share results prior to the date of first sale are hypothetical based on Class A share results without a sales charge, adjusted for estimated additional annual expenses. 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. View dates of first sale and specific expense adjustment information for Class C shares. Please see the fund prospectus for more information about specific expenses.