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THE CAPITAL SYSTEM

Our system prioritizes superior and repeatable fund results.

Capital Group founder Jonathan Bell Lovelace in 1968.
Jonathan Bell Lovelace 1968

Early in Capital Group history, our leaders realized that their funds would outlast the professionals who managed them.    


They believed they had a responsibility to provide stability and management continuity to their investors, so they asked themselves a key question: If a portfolio manager left the firm, how could they keep funds going strong?  

They pioneered a plan. By dividing funds into sections and giving each of the existing managers a portion to administer, no fund would be too dependent on a single person.   

This distinctive way of managing money became The Capital SystemSM. By incorporating the highest conviction investment ideas of each manager in a fund, we aim to both increase the diversity of those ideas and reduce the volatility of a fund, which can give you a smoother ride in bumpy markets.



The best of both worlds.

Capital Research and Management meeting in 1961, with Jonathan Bell Lovelace, Chuck Schimpff, Colman Morton, Jim Fullerton and Mary Bauer.
CRMC Meeting 1961: Jonathan Bell Lovelace,
Chuck Schimpff, Coleman Morton, Jim Fullerton,
Mary Bauer

The Capital System can give you the best of both worlds: the upside of high-conviction ideas and the power of collaboration.         


At Capital Group, home of American Funds, we assemble teams of managers who have different investing styles and complementary strengths to help foster a diversified investing approach.

The benefits of our multimanager approach can be boiled down to simple math: If a typical mutual fund has a star manager with 120 of her best ideas for investments, that’s a lot of ideas for one person to track. But imagine if the fund were divided among four managers, including each of their 30 highest conviction ideas — ideas they've explored inside out — that’s The Capital System. 

Graphic comparing the multi-manager approach of the Capital System with industry standard single-manager system.

A history lesson. 

For decades, many of our funds have delivered strong results, helping investors stay on the path to achieving their financial goals.      


Take a look at the results of a $10,000 hypothetical investment in the S&P 500, as well as each of the five U.S. equity-focused American Funds available when the first S&P 500 index-tracking fund was founded in 1976.

Click for more information on the results of the American Funds equity, fixed income and multi-asset funds.

Class F-2 shares, net of all expenses

Chart shows class F-2 share hypothetical investment in five equity-focused American Funds, which include The Growth Fund of America, AMCAP Funds, Washington Mutual Investors Fund, The Investment Company of America, the American Mutual Fund and the S and P 500 from August 31, 1976 to December 31, 2019.

Source: Capital Group. Includes all five of the U.S. equity-focused American Funds available for investment when the first S&P 500 index-tracking fund was launched on 8/31/76. The $10,000 investment equally weighted across the five American Funds was rebalanced monthly. The market index is unmanaged and, therefore, has no expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.


Aim for a smoother ride.

A group of managers with complementary investing styles on a single fund can diversify risk, which is part of what has made our funds generally less volatile in down markets.        


Losing less when the market dips means you stand to gain more when it climbs. And a steadier journey can help you stay the course for the long term.  

Take a look at these examples of market downturns from recent history. You can see that the U.S. equity-focused American Funds didn't drop as much as the index, on average.

Class F-2

Chart shows examples of market downturns from recent history using U.S. equity American Funds and S and P 500 Index hypothetical investments. The U.S. equity American Funds in this chart include: The AMCAP Fund, American Mutual Fund, Fundamental Investor, The Growth Fund of America, The Investment Company of America, The New Economy Fund and the Washington Mutual Investors Fund.

The U.S. equity-focused American Funds in these analyses include AMCAP Fund, American Mutual Fund, Fundamental Investors, The Growth Fund of America, The Investment Company of America, The New Economy Fund and Washington Mutual Investors Fund. The investment was rebalanced monthly.

Source: Capital Group calculations based on Capital Group and Morningstar data, as of 12/31/2019. All comparisons are with each fund’s primary or secondary benchmarks as disclosed in the fund’s most recent prospectus. The market index is unmanaged and, therefore, has no expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in an index. There may have been periods when the results lagged the index(es).

The $10,000 hypothetical investment in the line chart is based on daily returns. The S&P 500 values are calculated using the total return index, which includes dividends. The equal-weighted blended average of the seven U.S. equity-focused American Funds includes AMCAP Fund, American Mutual Fund, Fundamental Investors, The Growth Fund of America, The Investment Company of America, The New Economy Fund and Washington Mutual Investors Fund. The investment was rebalanced monthly. Dates shown for market highs and lows are based on the price return of the unmanaged S&P 500 Index, which does not include reinvested dividends. The total percentage loss from high to low shown for the index and American Funds averages are calculated using these dates and based on total returns, which include reinvested dividends. For each of the bear markets shown, the Days to Recovery for the S&P 500 Index and American Funds equal-weighted blended average reflect the number of calendar days (including weekends and holidays) between the stated market low and the next time the value of the investments for each met or surpassed the value set at the pre-downturn market high. 


Built to last.

The Capital System has stood the test of time.


An innovative idea then and now, our distinctive multimanager system has become a defining feature of our success. Distinct in the market and diverse in its strategy, The Capital System has helped many of our investment vehicles generate superior outcomes. 

Capital Group has managed investment strategies through funds and other vehicles over the years, the results of which have varied. 

Click for more information on the results of the American Funds equity, fixed income and multi-asset funds. 

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Chart shows individual returns for U.S. equity-focused American Funds during major bear markets. Chart is organized with columns showing inception date, fund name, the market highs and market lows for a range of dates during bear markets as follows: Black Monday from August 25, 1987 to December 4, 1987, Dot-com Crisis from March 24, 2000 to October 9, 2002, and the Great Recession from October 9, 2007 to March 9, 2009.  Funds listed are The Investment Company of America, American Mutual Fund, Washington Mutual Investors Fund, AMCAP Fund, the Growth Fund of America, Fundamental Investors and the New Economy Fund. Standard and Poor's Composite Index is also listed for comparison.

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. Share prices and returns will vary, so investors may lose money. Investing for short periods makes losses more likely. 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.

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 the results would have been lower. 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.

Investing outside the United States involves risks, such as currency fluctuations, periods of illiquidity and price volatility, as more fully described in the prospectus. These risks may be heightened in connection with investments in developing countries.

Small-company stocks entail additional risks, and they can fluctuate in price more than larger company stocks.

The return of principal for bond portfolios and for portfolios with significant underlying bond holdings is not guaranteed. Investments are subject to the same interest rate, inflation and credit risks associated with the underlying bond holdings. Lower rated bonds are subject to greater fluctuations in value and risk of loss of income and principal than higher rated bonds. 

Fund results for periods before a share class was sold are hypothetical. These hypothetical returns were calculated by adjusting Class A share results without a sales charge for the difference between the Class A share expense ratio and the estimated expense ratio for the share class as of the date of first sale. View dates of first sale and specific expense adjustment information.

Regular investing does not ensure a profit or protect against loss. Investors should consider their willingness to keep investing when share prices are declining.

Statements attributed to an individual represent the opinions of that individual as of the date published and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Capital Group or its affiliates. This information is intended to highlight issues and should not be considered advice, an endorsement or a recommendation.

Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Index is a market capitalization-weighted index based on the average weighted results of approximately 500 widely held common stocks.

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