Washington Mutual Investors Fund


Seeking to invest in the bluest of blue chip companies

Better results

The value of a hypothetical lifetime investment in the fund would have been more than double that of the S&P 500 and Morningstar peers.

A 70-year legacy of success

Bar chart shows the hypothetical lifetime value of $10,000 investments: Washington Mutual Investors Fund, $29,912,763; S&P 500 Index, $13,259,648; Morningstar U.S. Fund Large Blend, $12,016,895 (reference footnote *); and Morningstar U.S. Fund Large Value, $7,966,216 (reference footnote *).
Value of hypothetical $10,000 investments since the fund began on July 31, 1952, through December 31, 2022.

Downside resilience

The fund’s disciplined approach to investing can help limit the impact of declining markets. It led the S&P 500 in all but 3 of the 21 bear markets/corrections in its history.

Fund excess returns over S&P 500 when the index fell 10% or more, as of December 31, 2022

Bar chart shows Washington Mutual Investors Fund's excess returns over S&P 500 when the index fell 10% or more, as of December 31, 2022. When the S&P 500 declined 10% or more, the fund's average excess return was 4.75%, and the fund’s median excess return was 2.19%. When the S&P 500 declined 20% or more, the fund's average excess return was 8.43%, and the fund's median excess return was 3.49%.

Low fees

The fund's expense ratio was less than half of the median for its peer group‡ 1

Expense ratio1

Bar chart compares expense ratios: Washington Mutual Investors Fund, 0.26%; Morningstar fee-level peer group median 0.63%
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Morningstar Medalist RatingTM

of Gold§

A “most used” defined

 contribution plan domestic

equity fund**

How the fund got its name

The fund’s rigorous screening criteria has its roots in a Washington D.C. court case following the Great Depression, which established a list of high-quality stocks appropriate for trust investors.

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*The Morningstar U.S. Fund Large Blend and Large Value data represent category averages. While Morningstar places the fund in the “blend” category, we believe the fund’s qualities are attractive to many investors seeking a U.S. Large Value allocation in their DC plan. The Morningstar category average includes all share classes for the funds in the category. While American Funds R-6 shares do not include fees for advisor compensation and service provider payments, the share classes represented in the Morningstar category have varying fee structures and can include these and other fees and charges resulting in higher expenses. Morningstar U.S. Fund Large Value funds invest primarily in large-cap stocks that are less expensive or growing more slowly than other large-cap stocks as measured by low price ratios, high dividend yields and low growth rates for earnings, sales, book value and cash flow. Large Blend funds invest in a portfolio of large-cap stocks in which neither growth nor value predominates. Large-cap is defined as the top 70% of the capitalization of the U.S. equity market. 


Source: Capital Group. Corrections and bear market periods are defined as price declines of at least 10% (correction) or at least 20% (bear markets) in the index from the fund's inception on July 31, 1952, through December 31, 2022, with 100% recovery between declines. There were 21 periods in which the index fell 10% or more and 10 when it fell 20% or more.


The fund’s Class R-6 expense ratio is as of the most recent prospectus available at the time of publication. The peer group expense ratio median was calculated based on funds in the following Morningstar Fee Level Group — Distribution category: Large Cap Retirement, Large, as of December 31, 2022.


§As of July 11, 2023, based on Class R-6 shares.


**Source: “Mutual funds most used by DC plans, by asset class 2022,” Pensions & Investments, November 2, 2022, based on assets as of June 30, 2022, U.S. equity category.


Unless otherwise indicated, data is as of December 31, 2022, and fund data is for Class R-6 shares.


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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 mutual fund expense ratios and returns.

Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value.

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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 financial professional 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.

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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 shares 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.
  1. Expense ratios are as of each fund's prospectus available at the time of publication.

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