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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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DEFINED CONTRIBUTION FOCUS FUNDS

Prudent true core and core plus

The Bond Fund of America® (intermediate core bond) and American Funds Strategic Bond Fund℠ (intermediate core-plus bond) seek to manage risk prudently while providing a mix of capital preservation, diversification, income and inflation protection.

Fixed income at Capital Group

Since 1973, Capital Group has been committed to investing in fixed income assets with the belief that high-conviction investing and diverse perspectives can produce better results.

TRUE CORE
 

• Mindful of correlations to equities

• Seek multiple sources of active return

DEEP RESEARCH
 

• 190 fixed income investment professionals*

• Experienced teams cover every sector

RISK AWARENESS
 

• Dedicated, experienced risk team

• Integrated across all stages of the investment process

STRONG RESULTS
 

• Focus on risk-adjusted, long-term results

• Seek resilience during stock market volatility

ALIGNED WITH PARTICIPANTS
 

• 100% manager ownership in each fixed income fund (excluding state-specific municipal funds)

• Strive to keep fees low 

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
 

• More than $442 billion in fixed income assets; $2.3 trillion in total assets under management

• Has managed fixed income assets since 1974

INSIGHTS & RESOURCES

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*As of December 31, 2020.

According to the most recent Statements of Additional Information, as of December 31, 2020.

Capital Group manages equity assets through three investment groups. These groups make investment and proxy voting decisions independently. Fixed income investment professionals provide fixed income research and investment management across the Capital organization; however, for securities with equity characteristics, they act solely on behalf of one of the three equity investment groups. Fixed income assets shown in U.S. dollars and managed by Capital Fixed Income Investors as of December 31, 2020.

Figures shown are past results and are not predictive of results in future periods. Current and future results may be lower or higher than those shown. Investing for short periods makes losses more likely. Prices and returns will vary, so investors may lose money. View fund expense ratios and returns.

Returns shown at net asset value (NAV) have all distributions reinvested.

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 use of derivatives involves a variety of risks, which may be different from, or greater than, the risks associated with investing in traditional securities, such as stocks and bonds. (American Funds Strategic Bond Fund)

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

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.

American Funds Strategic Bond Fund may engage in frequent and active trading of its portfolio securities, which may involve correspondingly greater transaction costs, adversely affecting the fund's results.

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.

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.

There may have been periods when the results lagged the index(es). The indexes are unmanaged and, therefore, have no expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.

Each S&P Index (“Index”) shown is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and/or its affiliates and has been licensed for use by Capital Group. Copyright © 2021 S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a division of S&P Global, and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Redistribution or reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC.

All Capital Group trademarks mentioned are owned by The Capital Group Companies, Inc., an affiliated company or fund. All other company and product names mentioned are the property of their respective companies.

Investment results assume all distributions are reinvested and reflect applicable fees and expenses.

When applicable, investment results reflect fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements, without which results would have been lower and net expenses higher. This information is provided in detail in the shareholder reports. Read details about how waivers and/or reimbursements affect the results for each fund. View results and yields without fee waiver and/or expense reimbursement.

For the funds listed below, the investment adviser has agreed to waive a portion of the management fee through the date(s) listed below, without which results would have been lower and net expenses higher.

- American Funds Strategic Bond Fund (expiration: 3/1/2022)

The investment adviser may elect at its discretion to extend, modify or terminate the waiver as of any noted expiration date.

For the American Funds Strategic Bond Fund share class(es) listed below, the investment adviser has agreed to reimburse a portion of fund expenses through the date(s) listed below, without which results would have been lower and net expenses higher.

  • Class R-6 shares (expiration: 3/1/2022)
The investment adviser may elect at its discretion to extend, modify or terminate the reimbursements as of any noted expiration date. Please see the fund's most recent prospectus for details.

  1. Certain share classes were offered after the inception dates of some funds. Results for these shares prior to the dates of first sale are hypothetical based on the original share class results without a sales charge, adjusted for typical estimated expenses. 
    • Class R-6 were first offered on 5/1/2009.
    Results for certain funds with an inception date after the share class inception also include hypothetical returns because those funds' shares sold after the funds' date of first offering. View dates of first sale and specific expense adjustment information

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American Funds Distributors, Inc., member FINRA.

This content, developed by Capital Group, home of American Funds, should not be used as a primary basis for investment decisions and is not intended to serve as impartial investment or fiduciary advice.

©2021 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Except for Lipper rating information, the information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar, its content providers nor Capital Group are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Information is calculated by Morningstar. Due to differing calculation methods, the figures shown here may differ from those calculated by Capital Group.

The Morningstar intermediate core bond category includes funds that invest primarily in investment-grade U.S. fixed-income issues and typically hold less than 5% in below-investment-grade exposures. Their durations typically range between 75% and 125% of the three-year average of the effective duration of the Morningstar Core Bond Index.

Intermediate-term core-plus bond portfolios invest primarily in investment-grade U.S. fixed-income issues including government, corporate, and securitized debt, but generally 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. Their durations (a measure of interest-rate sensitivity) typically range between 75% and 125% of the three-year average of the effective duration of the Morningstar Core Bond Index.

Average life includes the impact of callable bonds; effective duration is a duration calculation for bonds that takes into account that expected cash flows will fluctuate as interest rates change; yield to maturity is the rate of return anticipated on a bond if it is held until the maturity date; 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; option-adjusted spread is a yield-spread calculation used to value securities with embedded options.

Bloomberg® is a trademark of Bloomberg Finance L.P. and its affiliates (collectively “Bloomberg”). Barclays® is a trademark of Barclays Bank Plc (collectively with its affiliates, “Barclays”), used under license. Neither Bloomberg nor Barclays approves or endorses this material, guarantees the accuracy or completeness of any information herein and, to the maximum extent allowed by law, neither shall have any liability or responsibility for injury or damages arising in connection therewith.

Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services. Widely used as a measure of inflation, the CPI is computed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The market indexes are unmanaged and, therefore, have no expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.

There have been periods when the fund has lagged the index.

The S&P 500 Index is a market capitalization-weighted index based on the results of approximately 500 widely held common stocks. The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index represents the U.S. investment-grade fixed-rate bond market. The indexes are unmanaged, and their results include reinvested distributions but do not reflect the effect of sales charges, commissions, account fees, expenses or U.S. federal income taxes. The market indexes are unmanaged and, therefore, have no expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in an index. There have been periods when the funds has lagged the indexes.