Investment Fund

Share Class
Purchase Restrictions: Class F-2 shares are available through certain registered investment advisor and fee-based programs, but are not available for purchase in most employer-sponsored retirement plans. See the prospectus for details.

Summary

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A research-driven approach to corporate bonds. Total-return-focused fund that seeks to generate most of its returns through income and normally invests its assets in U.S. dollar-denominated, investment-grade securities. Our deep, time-tested research may add consistency of returns while helping maintain a low correlation to equity markets.
Price at NAV $9.30 as of 5/24/2024 (updated daily)
Fund Assets (millions) $1,789.8
Portfolio Managers
2
Expense Ratio
(Gross/Net %)
0.44 / 0.43%

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Returns at NAV

Returns with Sales Charge

Asset Mix

U.S. Equities0.0%
Non-U.S. Equities0.0%
U.S. Bonds83.8%
Non-U.S. Bonds8.4%
Cash & Equivalents
7.8%
As of 4/30/2024 (updated monthly)

Growth of 10K

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For Class F-2 Shares, this chart tracks a hypothetical investment with dividends reinvested, over the last 20 years, or since inception date if the fund has been in existence under 20 years, through 12/31/2023.
BFCGX
Bloomberg U.S. Corporate Investment Grade Index

High & Low Prices

Fund Statistics

6.7 years
Effective Duration
5.7%
Average Yield
to Worst
4.2%
Average Coupon
% of net assets as of 4/30/2024 (updated monthly)

Morningstar Style BoxTM— Fixed-Income

Medium Quality
Moderate Interest-Rate Sensitivity
Morningstar data as of 3/31/24 (updated quarterly)

Description

Fund Objective
The fund’s investment objective is to seek to provide maximum total return consistent with capital preservation and prudent risk management.
Distinguishing Characteristics
This total-return-focused fund, which seeks to generate most of its returns through income, normally invests its assets in U.S. dollar-denominated, investment-grade (Baa3/BBB- and above) debt instruments. The fund's primary exposure is to higher quality corporate bonds. Our deep, time-tested research may add consistency of returns while helping maintain a low correlation to equity markets. Leveraging our capabilities across fixed income and equity teams, we are able to deepen our credit research in an underanalyzed category of the bond market.
Types of Investments
Primarily invests in corporate bonds.
Holdings Outside the U.S.
The fund may invest significantly in debt securities issued by companies domiciled outside the United States, including issuers domiciled in developing countries. All securities held by the fund will be denominated in U.S. dollars.
Maturity
The fund invests in debt securities with a wide range of maturities.
Portfolio Restrictions
Normally, at least 80% of the fund’s assets will be invested in corporate debt securities. In addition, under normal market conditions the fund invests in debt securities, including money market instruments, cash and cash equivalents, rated Baa3 or better or BBB- or better by Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations designated by the fund’s investment adviser or in debt securities that are unrated but determined to be of equivalent quality by the fund’s investment adviser at the time of purchase.

Fund Facts

Fund Inception 12/14/2012
Fund Assets (millions)
As of 4/30/2024
$1,789.8
Companies/Issuers
Holdings are as of 4/30/2024 (updated monthly).
190+
Shareholder Accounts
Shareholder accounts are as of 4/30/2024
104,983
Regular Dividends Paid
Monthly
Minimum Initial Investment $250
Capital Gains Paid
Dec
Portfolio Turnover (2023) 181%
Fiscal Year-End May
Prospectus Date 08/01/2023
CUSIP 02629H 50 5
Fund Number 632

Returns

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Month-End Returns as of 4/30/24

Quarter-End Returns as of 3/31/24

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Volatility & Return

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Fixed-Income

For Class F-2 Shares, this chart tracks the 10-year standard deviation
and 10-year annualized return of the fixed income funds
BFCGX
Bloomberg U.S. Corporate Investment Grade Index
Other AF Funds
Standard Deviation as of 04/30/2024 (updated monthly) . Annualized return as of 04/30/2024 (updated monthly) .
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Yield

12-month
Distribution Rates
30-day SEC Yield
Fund at NAV 4.05% 5.08%
Fund at MOP N/A N/A
As of 4/30/2024 (updated monthly)

Portfolio Management

Years of Experience with Fund
Years of Experience with Capital Group
Years of Experience with Investment Industry
Karen Choi 4 16 28
Scott Sykes 6 18 22
A boldface number indicates that years of experience with Capital Group is equal to years of experience with investment industry.

Ratings & Risk

Morningstar Rating TM


Overall Morningstar RatingTM
Funds rated(177)
3-yr. Morningstar RatingTM
(177 funds rated)
5-yr. Morningstar RatingTM
(162 funds rated)
10-yr. Morningstar RatingTM
(99 funds rated)
Overall Morningstar Risk Below Average
HIGH
LOW
Category Corporate Bond
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns as of 4/30/2024 (updated monthly).

Risk Measures

Fund
Standard Deviation
6.53
Sharpe Ratio
0.18
For the 10 Years ending 4/30/24 (updated monthly).
American Funds
Benchmark
Morningstar
Benchmark
Bloomberg U.S. Corporate Investment Grade Index
Bloomberg US Agg Bond TR USD
R-squared 96 88
Beta 0.93 1.26
Capture Ratio (Downside/Upside) 93/98 124/140
American Funds Benchmark for the 10 Years ending 4/30/24 (updated monthly).
Morningstar Benchmark for the 10 Years ending 4/30/24 (updated monthly).
U.S. Treasuries/Agencies
7.2%
AAA/Aaa
0.4%
AA/Aa
10.3%
A
39.4%
BBB/Baa
34.6%
Unrated
0.3%
Cash & equivalents
7.9%
% of net assets as of 4/30/2024 (updated monthly)

Average Life Breakdown

0-4.9 Years
26.4%
5-9.9 Years
45.2%
10-19.9 Years
5.8%
20-29.9 Years
13.4%
30+ Years
1.6%
% of net assets as of 3/31/2024 (updated monthly)

Holdings

Bonds Breakdown

Bond Details

Total bond holdings
U.S. Treasury bonds & notes 6.3%
Asset-backed obligations 0.9%
Non-U.S. government/agency securities 0.2%
Revenue bonds 0.2%

% of net assets as of 3/31/2024 (updated quarterly)

Top Fixed-Income Issuers

U.S. Treasury
6.3%
PG&E
2.8%
FirstEnergy
2.7%
AbbVie
2.6%
Boeing
2.4%
Amgen
2.3%
Edison International
2.1%
Bristol-Myers Squibb
1.9%
Cisco Systems
1.9%
JPMorgan Chase
1.7%

% of net assets as of 3/31/2024 (updated quarterly)

Geographic Breakdown

United States
83.8%
Europe
6.0%
Asia & Pacific Basin
0.6%
Other (Including Canada & Latin America)
1.8%
Cash & equivalents
7.8%
% of net assets as of 4/30/2024 (updated monthly)

Prices & Distributions

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Historical Prices Month-End

Historical Prices Year-End

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Historical Distributions as of 05/24/24

2024
Record
Date
Calculated
Date
Pay Date
Income Dividend Regular
Income Dividend Special
Cap. Gains Long-Term
Cap. Gains Short-Term
Reinvest NAV
Daily 01/31/24 02/01/24 $0.0337774 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $9.51
Daily 02/29/24 03/01/24 $0.0309749 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $9.34
Daily 03/28/24 04/01/24 $0.0332241 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $9.42
Daily 04/30/24 05/01/24 $0.0319022 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $9.15
2024 Year-to-Date: Dividends Subtotal: $0.12987854 Cap Gains Subtotal: $0.00
Total Distributions: $0.12987854

Fees & Expenses

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Fees

Annual Management Fees 0.25%
Other Expenses 0.19%
Service 12b-1 --
As of each fund's most recent prospectus.
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Expense Ratio

Gross Net
BFCGX 0.44% 0.43%
Lipper Corporate Debt BBB-Rated Funds Average
0.44%
Fund as of most recent prospectus. Lipper Category as of 3/31/24 (updated quarterly).

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