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Does your target date series have "Terrific" underlying funds?

A target date series is only as good as its underlying funds. The charts below illustrate just how "Terrific" the underlying funds of American Funds Target Date Retirement Series® have been.

  • Rigorously screened — Morningstar applied strict criteria to more than 8,000 funds to create its latest list of "Terrific" funds. Only 28 funds made the grade, and eight of those were American Funds.
  • The most recognized funds — All eight of our "Terrific" funds are in our target date series — giving our series more recognized underlying funds than any other.

8 of the underlying funds in American Funds Target Date Retirement Series® were recognized on the Morningstar "28 Terrific Funds" list.*

In evaluating target date funds, investors should consider how the various features of each fund, including the underlying funds, investment results, expenses and glide path construction, apply to their personal situation.
Source: "2018 Target-Date Fund Landscape," Morningstar, Inc., as defined by assets under management as of December 31, 2017.

Rigorously screened by Morningstar

Morningstar evaluated more than 8,000 funds based on manager ownership, fund results and expense ratios, as well as Morningstar risk, analyst and parent ratings. Less than half of 1% made the "Terrific" list.

American Funds has more “Terrific 28" funds than any other target date series

Six of the underlying equity-focused strategies in our Series made "The Terrific 28" list -- the most of any target date series in the industry.

The six American Funds on “The Terrific 28” list are AMCAP Fund, The Growth Fund of America, New Perspective Fund, American Mutual Fund, Capital World Growth and Income Fund, and Capital Income Builder. All six are in American Funds Target Date Retirement Series. As of September 30, 2019, Capital Income Builder was present in all target date funds except the 2060, 2055 and 2050 funds. AMCAP Fund, The Growth Fund of America, and New Perspective Fund were present in all target date funds except the 2010 fund. American Mutual Fund and Capital World Growth and Income Fund were present in all target date funds.

As of September 30, 2019
*Not all six of the strategies are in each target date fund. Underlying funds may change over time.

*Source: Morningstar, September 4, 2018, “Fund Spy: 28 Terrific Funds,” by Russel Kinnel. Morningstar's criteria for the “Terrific” list include: cheapest quintile of broad level category groupings, manager investment of more than $1 million in the fund, Morningstar Risk rating below the High level, Morningstar Analyst Rating of Bronze or higher, Parent rating of Positive, returns above the fund's benchmark over the manager's tenure. The criteria have changed over the years. Visit for more details.

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