Comparing apples to oranges is over. Get more from the Core with The Bond Fund of America®.


The fund that has offered your Core, more.

Morningstar's bond fund category split is a game changer. 

Intermediate-term funds with less than 5% high yield exposure were recategorized as Core, while most others were moved to Core-Plus.

Now, investors and advisors can easily compare apples to apples. 

The Bond Fund of America is the largest actively managed bond fund in the new Intermediate Core Bond category and recieved a Morningstar Analyst RatingTM of Silver¹.

The Bond Fund of America takes a true core approach that provides elements of all four roles of fixed income. It also reflects the four beliefs that we find essential to investor success: distinctive investing approach, fundamental research, a long-term view and partnership with financial advisors.

The Bond Fund of America can help client portfolios stay on track

Looking for resilience when stock markets are unsettled? The Bond Fund of America has delivered strong equity diversification. 

Cumulative returns during recent market corrections — Class F-2 (%)

This exhibit shows the six equity market correction periods during the current economic expansion. In each period the S&P500 index fell by 10% or more. For four of these periods, the Bond Fund of America returned between 0.9% and 3.4%. For one period it was flat, and for the other the return was slightly negative at -0.8%. Thus in each period the fund sharply outpaced the equity index, providing strong diversification.

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Sources: Capital Group, Morningstar. As of 12/31/19.

The market indexes are unmanaged and, therefore, have no expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in an index. Past results are not predictive of future results. Dates shown for market corrections are based on price declines of 10% or more (without dividends reinvested) in the unmanaged S&P 500 with at least 50% recovery persisting for more than one business day between declines. The returns are based on total returns. There have been periods when the fund has lagged the index, such as in rising equity markets.

The Bond Fund of America has outpaced the market over the past decade — delivering excess returns and outpacing passive strategies after fees.

Average annualized excess returns for The Bond Fund of America and passive peers (%)1

The exhibit shows the 3-, 5- and 10-year rolling period returns versus respective benchmarks for the Bond Fund of America and its passive peers in Morningstar's Intermediate Core Bond category. In each period the Bond Fund of America's annualized excess return was 0.43%, 0.37% and 0.64% respectively, while its passive peer average negative excess return was -0.36%, -0.36% and -0.11%, respectively.

Passive funds are not striving to outpace their benchmarks; rather, they seek to replicate the benchmark's return pattern.

Sources: Capital Group, Bloomberg Index Services Ltd., Morningstar. As of 12/31/19. All passive peers reflects all passive bond strategies in Morningstar's Intermediate Core category. 


Is your fixed income dominated by Core-Plus?
Your portfolio may be more vulnerable than you think.

Look at the late-2018 global selloff, for example. Now imagine what could happen in a much deeper correction, and the setback that may represent for your clients' long-term financial goals.


Eighty-seven basis points of excess return was provided by The Bond Fund of America over the Core-Plus category average during the global selloff period lasting from September 20, 2018 through December 24, 2018.

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Excess return of The Bond Fund of America® over the Core-Plus average during the last correction

Sources: Capital Group, Morningstar. As of 12/31/19.

The market indexes are unmanaged and, therefore, have no expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in an index. Past results are not predictive of future results. Fund's excess return over Morningstar Intermediate Core-Plus category average in most recent market correction (9/20/18-12/24/18) shown above. Excess returns for the five prior correction periods were: 22 bps (1/29/2018-2/8/2018); 123 bps (11/4/2015-2/11/2016); 60 bps (5/22/2015-8/25/2015); 111 bps (5/2/2011-10/3/2011); 29 bps (4/24/2010-7/2/2010). Dates shown for market corrections are based on price declines of 10% or more (without dividends reinvested) in the unmanaged S&P 500 with at least 50% recovery persisting for more than one business day between declines. There have been periods when the fund has lagged the Core-Plus category average. 

Average annual total returns as of 12/31/19
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Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Index 
The Bond Fund of America (Class F-2)
Morningstar Intermediate-Term Core Bond Category Average 
Morningstar Intermediate-Term Core-Plus Bond Category Average

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¹Source: Morningstar. Size of fund versus peers as of 12/31/19. Analyst rating based on Morningstar Global Fund Report for American Funds Bond Fund of America F2, December 9, 2019. The Morningstar Analyst RatingTM is not a credit or risk rating. It is a subjective evaluation performed by Morningstar’s manager research group, which consists of various Morningstar, Inc. subsidiaries (“Manager Research Group”). In the United States, that subsidiary is Morningstar Research Services LLC, which is registered with and governed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Manager Research Group evaluates funds based on five key pillars, which are process, performance, people, parent, and price. The Manager Research Group uses this five pillar evaluation to determine how they believe funds are likely to perform relative to a benchmark, or in the case of exchange-traded funds and index mutual funds, a relevant peer group, over the long term on a risk-adjusted basis. They consider quantitative and qualitative factors in their research, and the weight of each pillar may vary. The Analyst Rating scale is Gold, Silver, Bronze, Neutral, and Negative. A Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold, Silver, or Bronze reflects the Manager Research Group’s conviction in a fund’s prospects for outperformance. Analyst Ratings ultimately reflect the Manager Research Group’s overall assessment, are overseen by an Analyst Rating Committee, and are continuously monitored and reevaluated at least every 14 months. For more detailed information about Morningstar’s Analyst Rating, including its methodology, please go to

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2Respective rolling period excess returns shown over strategies' respective prospectus benchmark for passive peer groups net of fees from the Morningstar Intermediate Core category. Group of all passive peers includes passive Intermediate Core category strategies. Based on monthly data for the period 1/1/09 through 12/31/19. The number of rolling periods in 3-, 5-, and 10-year annual excess return timeframes were 97, 73 and 13, respectively. On January 1, 2009, The Bond Fund of America's strategy was repositioned from core plus to core fixed income, with its prospectus and guidelines adjusted accordingly.

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