Our core beliefs: Firm footing in unsteady markets

In volatile times, emotions run high. We know it can be challenging to stay on track, and we want you to know that we’re here for you. We believe you’re prepared because we’re prepared.

Our investment experience spans nine decades, and we’ve experienced 16 bear markets. While no bear market is the same, our core beliefs have held us steady through the toughest times.

Here’s how our beliefs are standing up to the current market conditions.


We believe partnership means lending support when you need it most. 

In shaky markets, your time becomes even more valuable as you seek support. We’ve organized our resources into a one-stop shop, with tools and insights you need all in one place. 

Here, you’ll find timely videos from our investment professionals, materials to help you manage volatility, answers to your questions and weekly podcasts. Our commitment to helping you succeed remains strong and steady, no matter how the market behaves.


We believe our long-term view is crucial through market ups and downs.

Capital Group is built for times like this. Our decades of experience with past declines combined with our long-term philosophy mean we can focus on the future success of our investors. 

In fact, nearly 90% of our portfolio managers have been in the industry through the tech bubble and the 2008–09 financial crisis.1 Our steadiness has paid off: On average, our equity-focused American Funds have outpaced their Lipper peer indexes in 92% of 10-year periods and 99% of 20-year periods.2 Generally our long-term investors have been rewarded.


We believe our distinctive investing approach can help manage volatility. 

Our distinctive investing approach, known as The Capital System℠, aims to provide stability during unsteady markets. We believe this time-tested strategy can help you lose less when the market tumbles and bounce back faster when it recovers.

Diversification is the core of The Capital System. Our funds have a multimanager approach, with each one comprising a team of investment professionals. These different viewpoints and backgrounds give our funds a natural diversification, which we believe can provide downside protection to help cushion market declines.


We believe our fundamental research can help us weather the storm. 

Our robust research is especially important during market turbulence, and our 350 investment professionals haven’t slowed down. We have even provided our perspective on current markets, industries and economies to the many companies that have reached out to us. 

We are maintaining access to companies remotely and strengthening relationships around the globe. We don’t wait until the market falls to take measures to preserve your investments. We work to preserve them every step of the way because we do not make an investment without deep research into its potential long-term value.

See all our resources to help you navigate current market conditions.

1 Portfolio manager experience as of December 31, 2019.

2 Based on Class F-2 share results for rolling periods through December 31, 2019. Periods covered are the shorter of the fund’s lifetime or since the comparable Lipper index inception date (except Capital Income Builder and SMALLCAP World Fund, for which the Lipper average was used). Expenses differ for each share class, so results will vary.

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