American balanced fund

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A strong equity operation and an improved fixed-income effort remain after several manager retirements, supporting a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Silver for the 13 cheapest share classes of American Funds American Balanced. The other six are rated Bronze.

This fund has seen a number of highly experienced portfolio managers retire in recent years--three in roughly a six-month period from October 2020 through March 2021, and a total of seven since late 2015. But the remaining 10 managers (once fixed-income manager John Mullaly retires at the end of March), who each run their own slices of the fund, boast a wealth of experience managing portfolios. New lead principal investment officer Jeff Lager, who will make tactical asset-allocation calls on occasion, has run funds since 2004, and the other nine managers have steered portfolios since at least 2014.

The firm’s most prominent strength is equity research. The equity group supporting this fund is backed by dozens of analysts, and has generated impressive results. Asset-allocation moves have also been a boost here. In early 2020, equities were cut to 60% from 65% as valuations appeared stretched; the fund held up better than its typical allocation--50% to 70% equity peer and the reference benchmark, the Morningstar Moderate Target Risk Index, in the ensuing sharp downturn through March 23. Such shifts have helped the fund surpass that index and 80% of peers in the 15 years ended February 2021.

The fund hasn’t always held up this well in declines. It lost more than the index in the 2007-09 bear market due to significant stakes in corporate bonds and private mortgages, which were hit hard. The fund now owns higher-rated fare to offset equity volatility. The fixed-income manager lineup has also been reshuffled: Three managers were added within the past five years, while veteran John Smet retired, as will Mullaly.

With an asset base of roughly $190 billion, this is by far the largest fund in its category. A multimanager approach helps it handle that asset base, but its size could limit its ability to take significant positions in small caps.


American Funds American Balanced Fund;A


CategoryMix Tgt All Gro
Portfolio StyleBalanced
Fund FamilyAmerican Funds Cl A
Fund StatusOpen
Fund InceptionSeptember 19, 1932

Team Managed

The Fund seeks to provide conservation of capital, current income, and long-term growth of both capital and income. The Fund invests in a broad range of securities, including common stocks and investment-grade bonds. The Fund also invests in securities issued and guaranteed by the U.S. government.

Front load5.75%
Deferred loadN/A
Max. redemption feeN/A
Total expense ratio0.58%
12 b-10.25%
Standard deviation3.12
R. squared0.97
Standard (taxable)$250
Fund ReturnCategory1Index (S&P 500)% rank in categoryQuintile rank
  • 1Mixed-Asset Target Allocation Growth
  • 23, 5 and 10 Year Returns are Annualized

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The investment objectives of the fund are: (1) conservation of capital, (2) current income and (3) long-term growth of capital and income.

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.

*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.

*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.

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 for the bond holdings in American Balanced Fund is not guaranteed. Fund shares are subject to the same interest rate, inflation and credit risks associated with the underlying bond holdings.

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.

This content, developed by Capital Group, home of American Funds, should not be used as a primary basis for investment decisions and is not intended to serve as impartial investment or fiduciary advice.

All Capital Group trademarks mentioned are owned by The Capital Group Companies, Inc., an affiliated company or fund. All other company and product names mentioned are the property of their respective companies.

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.

Use of this website is intended for U.S. residents only.

American Funds Distributors, Inc., member FINRA.

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  • Preservation
  • Tax Efficiency
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S&P 50017.4926.1018.4917.5816.06
% Rank in Category6086695520
Quintile Rank35431

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The Fund seeks to provide conservation of capital, current income, and long-term growth of both capital and income. The Fund invests in a broad range of securities, including common stocks and investment-grade bonds. The Fund also invests in securities issued and guaranteed by the U.S. government.

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Capital Gains
2020 $0.40 $0.91
2019 $0.55 $0.60
2018 $0.52 $1.01
2017 $0.49 $0.98
2016 $0.44 $0.61
2015 $0.40 $0.94
2014 $0.39 $1.44
2013 $0.38 -
2012 $0.38 -
2011 $0.40 -

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