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RETIREMENT PLAN INVESTOR

Use your plan ID (available on your account statement) to determine which employer-sponsored retirement plan website to use:

IF YOUR PLAN ID BEGINS WITH IRK, BRK, 1 OR 2

Visit americanfunds.com/retire

IF YOUR PLAN ID BEGINS WITH 34 OR 135

Visit myretirement.americanfunds.com

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Is passive truly the safer fiduciary choice for TDFs?

Choosing the right target date fund provider is a crucial decision for plan investment committees — and fees aren't the only factor to consider.

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Resources to stay ahead in the defined contribution marketplace.

DEFINED CONTRIBUTION INSIGHTS  |  February 2019

The importance of fixed income to the glide path

Equity may be the primary driver of target date returns, but fixed income decisions can have a significant impact on a target date series’ results.

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DEFINED CONTRIBUTION INSIGHTS  |  June 2018

Simplify and fortify the U.S. equity lineup

At 35% of all defined contribution (DC) assets,1 U.S. equity funds are the largest – and arguably the most important – asset category in the DC system.

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DEFINED CONTRIBUTION INSIGHTS  |  Mon Jan 29 04:46:00 PST 2018

Video: The Target Date Landscape and Glide Path Construction

For over 10 years, target date funds have been a Qualified Default Investment Alternative (QDIA) for defined contribution plans. Brad Vogt, American Funds portfolio manager and principal investment officer for American Funds Target Date Retirement Series® joined other investment professionals in an Asset TV Masterclass video to discuss target date funds, including:

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DEFINED CONTRIBUTION INSIGHTS  |  September 2016

Legal Insights: Passive Does Not Reduce Fiduciary Liability

Recent Department of Labor (DOL) emphasis on fees combined with numerous 401(k) plan fee-related lawsuits have led some plan fiduciaries to question whether offering actively managed funds is riskier than passive funds that are typically less expensive.

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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 a financial professional and should be read carefully before investing. 

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.

Lower rated bonds are subject to greater fluctuations in value and risk of loss of income and principal than higher rated bonds.

While not directly correlated to changes in interest rates, the values of inflation-linked bonds generally fluctuate in response to changes in real interest rates and may experience greater losses than other debt securities with similar durations.

Investing outside the United States involves risks, such as currency fluctuations, periods of illiquidity and price volatility. These risks may be heightened in connection with investments in developing countries.

Fund shares of U.S. Government Securities Fund are not guaranteed by the U.S. government.

Although the target date portfolios are managed for investors on a projected retirement date time frame, the allocation strategy does not guarantee that investors' retirement goals will be met. The target date is the year that corresponds roughly to the year in which an investor is assumed to retire and begin taking withdrawals. Investment professionals manage the portfolio, moving it from a more growth-oriented strategy to a more income-oriented focus as the target date gets closer. Investment professionals continue to manage each portfolio for approximately 30 years after it reaches its target date. 

Capital Group offers a range of share classes designed to meet the needs of retirement plan sponsors and participants. The different share classes incorporate varying levels of advisor compensation and service provider payments. Because Class R-6 shares do not include any recordkeeping payments, expenses are lower and results are higher. Other share classes that include recordkeeping costs have higher expenses and lower results than Class R-6. Class A shares of the American Funds Multi-Income Sector Fund include seed money invested by the fund's investment adviser or its affiliates. Because 12b-1 fees are not paid on these investments, expenses are lower and results are higher than they would have been if the fees had been paid. 

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