March 23, 2022

American Funds Target Date Retirement Series® Recognized for Years of Strong Investment Results 

Series vintages with 10-year track records outpaced their peers on a risk-adjusted return basis

Series wins 12 Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards for select vintages; low-cost share classes upgraded to Morningstar "Gold."

LOS ANGELES, March 23, 2022 — The American Funds Target Date Retirement Series® celebrated its 15-year anniversary in February, with select vintages winning twelve 2022 Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards. In addition, on January 25, Morningstar analysts upgraded the low-cost share classes of the Series (F-2, F-3, R-5 and R-6) to Gold, labeling it “one of the very best” target date series in the industry.

“The success of our Target Date Retirement Series over the last 15 years has been a firm-wide effort,” said Michelle J. Black, Solutions Portfolio Manager and Chair of the Target Date Solutions Committee at Capital Group. “With an average of 311 years of investment industry experience, our Target Date Solutions Committee members are supported by a deep bench of quantitative resources, including the Capital Solutions Group, our dedicated multi-asset investment team.”

After only 15 years, the American Funds Target Date Retirement Series serves nearly 8 million account holders with almost US $239 billion in assets, as of December 31, 2021. The Series’ Class R-6 shares returns (for vintages 2010, 2015, 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035, 2040, 2045, 2050, and 2055) with 10-year track records have exceeded all of their respective Morningstar category peers on a risk-adjusted return basis, as measured by the Sharpe ratio, as of December 31, 2021.2 In upgrading the Series’ low-cost share classes to Gold, Morningstar analysts noted recent research-driven allocation adjustments - part of Capital Group’s continuous evaluation process - which enhanced the Series’ geographic flexibility, making it easier to pursue investment opportunities across the globe. Three out of the five underlying pillars of the Series, Process, Price, and People - are now rated “High” by Morningstar.

“As the lowest cost actively managed mutual fund target date series in the industry3, the American Funds Target Date Retirement Series has also generated the highest risk-adjusted returns of any target date mutual fund series over the past 10 years,” said Kiesha Earle, Head of Target Date Business Development at Capital Group. “We are honored that Refinitiv has once again recognized our Series, which aims for a balance of building wealth in the accumulation period and conserving wealth as one approaches retirement and beyond, using strong underlying funds as our building blocks.”

Following is a complete list of American Funds honored by Lipper in 2022: 

Fund name

Ticker symbol

Lipper classification

Winner year – 3, 5 or 10

American Funds 2030 Target Date Retirement Fund®, R-6 RFETX Mixed-Asset Target 2030 Funds 10
American Funds 2035 Target Date Retirement Fund®, R-6 RFFTX Mixed-Asset Target 2035 Funds 5, 10
American Funds 2040 Target Date Retirement Fund®, R-6 RFGTX Mixed-Asset Target 2040 Funds 5, 10
American Funds 2045 Target Date Retirement Fund®, R-6 RFHTX Mixed-Asset Target 2045 Funds 5, 10
American Funds 2050 Target Date Retirement Fund®, R-6 RFITX Mixed-Asset Target 2050 Funds 5, 10
American Funds 2055 Target Date Retirement Fund®, R-6 RFKTX Mixed-Asset Target 2055+ Funds 5, 10
American Funds 2060 Target Date Retirement Fund®, R-6 RFUTX Mixed-Asset Target 2060 Funds 5
American Funds Strategic Bond Fund SM, R-6 RANGX Core Plus Bond Funds 3, 5
American Funds Mortgage Fund®, R-6 RMAGX Intermediate U.S. Government Funds 10

Morningstar categories

American Funds Target Date fund

Morningstar category

Ten-year Sharpe ratio rankings

American Funds Target Date 2065

Morningstar Target Date 2065+


American Funds Target Date 2060

Morningstar Target Date 2060


American Funds Target Date 2055

Morningstar Target Date 2055

1 of 64

American Funds Target Date 2050

Morningstar Target Date 2050

1 of 85

American Funds Target Date 2045

Morningstar Target Date 2045

1 of 84

American Funds Target Date 2040

Morningstar Target Date 2040

1 of 93

American Funds Target Date 2035

Morningstar Target Date 2035

1 of 85

American Funds Target Date 2030

Morningstar Target Date 2030

1 of 93

American Funds Target Date 2025

Morningstar Target Date 2025

1 of 88

American Funds Target Date 2020

Morningstar Target Date 2020

1 of 64

American Funds Target Date 2015

Morningstar Target Date 2015

1 of 44

American Funds Target Date 2010

Morningstar Target Date 2000-2010

1 of 52

Average years of investment industry experience as of December 31, 2021.
2 Source: Capital Group, using Morningstar data.

10-year Sharpe ratios were calculated by Capital Group based on data obtained from Morningstar. Sharpe ratio is calculated by using standard deviation and excess return to determine reward per unit of risk. The higher the Sharpe ratio, the better the portfolio’s historical risk-adjusted performance.

All funds began on February 1, 2007, except for the 2055 fund, which began on February 1, 2010; the 2060 fund, which began on March 27, 2015; and the 2065 fund, which began on March 27, 2020. The rankings do not reflect the effects of sales charges, account fees or taxes. Past results are not predictive of results in future periods. While American Funds R-6 shares do not include fees for advisor compensation and service provider payments, the share classes represented in the Morningstar category have varying fee structures and can include these and other fees and charges resulting in higher expenses and lower returns.

The Morningstar category includes active, passive and hybrid target date funds, as well as those that are managed both “to” and “through” retirement. Approximately one-third of the funds within the 2000–2010 category have a target date of 2005. In an effort to manage the risk of investors outliving their savings while managing volatility, our approach to allocating between stocks and bonds puts more emphasis on stocks (particularly on dividend-paying stocks) than some other target date funds.

Investment results assume all distributions are reinvested and reflect applicable fees and expenses. When applicable, investment results reflect expense reimbursements, without which results would have been lower.

3 Source: Capital Group, using data obtained from Morningstar as of December 31, 2021. Data referenced is of the lowest cost mutual fund share class for each peer target date series comparing average expense ratio, which is a straight average of expenses of all vintages of the lowest cost share class available as of December 31, 2021. The percentage of a series’ assets in underlying active strategies (as calculated by Morningstar) was used to classify each series as active (80% to 100% actively managed), hybrid (20% to 80%) or passive (less than 20%). The active category contained 17 series, hybrid contained 20 series, and passive contained 14 series.

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As of December 31, 2021, Capital Group manages more than $2.7 trillion in equity and fixed income assets for millions of individual and institutional investors around the world. Capital Group manages equity assets through three investment groups. These groups make investment and proxy voting decisions independently. Fixed income investment professionals provide fixed income research and investment management across the Capital organization; however, for securities with equity characteristics, they act solely on behalf of one of the three equity investment groups.

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