Core fixed income should protect. It can also provide.

In today’s markets, volatility is a feature, not a bug. A well-managed core bond fund should offer some stability when equities struggle, seeking to deliver strong long-term returns.

Hypothetical growth of a $10,000 investment starting in 2009

Dec-08 Mar-24 Morningstar Core $15,871 U.S. Aggregate Index $14,753 The Bond Fund of America $16,727 9,000 11,000 13,000 15,000 17,000 $19,000 Equity corrections

Sources: Bloomberg Index Services Ltd., Capital Group, Morningstar. As of 3/31/24. Data shown represents The Bond Fund of America F-2 share class, Morningstar's Intermediate Core Bond Category average and the U.S. Bloomberg Aggregate Index. Shading represents correction periods, which are based on price declines of 10% or more (without dividends reinvested) in the unmanaged S&P 500 with at least 75% recovery. Ten equity correction periods are highlighted as follows: 12/31/08 to 3/31/09; 3/31/10 to 6/30/10; 4/30/11 to 9/30/11; 4/30/15 to 8/31/15; 10/31/15 to 2/29/16; 1/31/18 to 2/28/18; 8/31/18 to 12/31/18; 1/31/20 to 3/31/20; 12/31/21 to 10/31/22; and 7/31/23 to 10/31/23.

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Does your core provide balance?

Our portfolio managers take a long-term approach to core bond investing. They seek to provide the four roles of fixed income: diversification, capital preservation, income and inflation protection. Their quality-oriented approach utilizes multiple return drivers aiming to deliver consistent excess returns versus their benchmarks.

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The Bond Fund of America:
A case study in our core investing strategy

Our flagship core bond mutual fund strives to provide balance, discipline and consistency. Discover how its true core approach has helped it receive, as of 11/15/23, a Morningstar Medalist Rating of Gold for F-2 and A shares.

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CGCB: Core for ETF investors

Our core approach and philosophy is also available for ETF investors through Capital Group Core Bond ETF (CGCB)
  • 6.1 Years duration
  • 5.0 Average yield to worst
  • 0.27% Expense ratio
Source: Capital Group. As of 3/31/24. Yield to worst is the lowest yield that can be realized by either calling or putting on one of the available call/put dates, or holding a bond to maturity. Duration indicates a bond fund’s sensitivity to interest rates. Higher duration indicates more sensitivity. On the same date, the duration of the ETF's benchmark, the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index was 6.2 years.

core-plus approach

Core-plus for added return or income potential

For investors seeking a fixed income allocation that seeks to provide more return or income than a traditional core fund alongside a measure of ballast, core-plus funds are an option. Here, two distinct flavors are available, credit- or rates-driven core-plus.

Constructing a core/core-plus bond allocation

Core-plus can complement core to create a bond allocation that seeks strong return or income while also seeking ballast.

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The Bond Fund of America is the largest actively managed bond fund in the Morningstar U.S. Intermediate Core Bond category, as of 12/31/23.

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The Core category contains portfolios that invest primarily in investment-grade U.S. fixed-income issues and hold less than 5% in below-investment-grade exposures. The Core-Plus category contains portfolios that invest primarily in investment-grade U.S. fixed-income issues but have greater flexibility than core offerings to hold non-core sectors such as corporate high yield, bank loan, emerging-markets debt, and non-U.S. currency exposures.