Fixed Income: Anchor | Capital Group


Provide stability in down markets

Offer two funds to cover the waterfront

Circle graph for Fixed Income Anchor, depicting half of the circle as the Core Fund, and half as the Core plus fund. Circle graph for Fixed Income Anchor, depicting half of the circle as the Core Fund, and half as the Core plus fund.


We believe it's important to anchor the fixed income menu with a core and a core plus fund that can collectively support the four critical roles of fixed income.

Equity diversification

Capital preservation


Inflation protection

Make sure your core fund provides real diversification

A core bond fund needs to provide balanced exposure to Treasuries, mortgages and investment-grade credit. Historically, broad U.S. bond market exposure has provided low correlation to equities, so it helps with diversification.


Source: Morningstar. As of August 30, 2018. Indexes are, for investment-grade credit (Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Credit Index), high yield (ICE Bank of America Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Index), EM debt (J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global), multi-asset (Morningstar Conservative Target Risk Index) and bank loan (S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index).

The broad bond market has had negative equity correlation

Three-year correlation of bond indexes with S&P 500 Index

Avoid core bond funds that stretch for yield

Faced with a decade of low rates, many core funds have tilted toward credit to boost returns. As a result, these core funds have a higher correlation to equity and may not provide the stability participants want in a declining equity market.

Not all core bond funds provide the same diversification

10-year results of U.S. intermediate bond funds benchmarked to the broad bond index


Correlation with S&P 500

Ten-year return

Source: Morningstar. As of September 30, 2018. Funds were those in the Morningstar Intermediate-Term Bond category whose prospectus benchmark was Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index. Fund results are based on oldest share class.

Expand the opportunity set with core plus

A core plus fund provides higher total return potential through investments with greater credit exposure, like high yield and emerging markets debt. Before selecting a fund, understand a core plus manager’s risk management approach.


This article illustrates the number and type of funds that a plan might offer; it does not describe participants' asset allocations.

How we fit

The Bond Fund of America®
A core bond fund that behaves like one

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