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American Funds Target Date Retirement Series®

All target date funds are not the same — our award-winning series has been one of the fastest-growing in the industry.

Our Target Date Funds Dominate Lipper Awards

American Funds swept the Lipper Awards for three- and five-year periods for all 10 target date categories.2



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Choose the Target Date Series That’s Best for Participants

See how well our series compares to its peers in a thorough evaluation process.

Quality Underlying Funds Power Our Series

Underlying Funds Have Beaten Benchmarks Over Their Lifetimes3

All 17 of the underlying equity funds in our series had better-than-benchmark lifetime average annual returns as of December 31, 2016.4


Our Series Has the Most “Fantastic” Funds5

American Funds Target Date Retirement Series has more underlying funds on Morningstar’s “Fantastic 45” list than any other series.



An Exceptional Foundation of Underlying Funds

Our underlying funds have outpaced their respective Lipper peer indexes in 91% of rolling 10-year periods.6


A Key to Our Success

Portfolio manager Brad Vogt shares his thoughts about the strength of our underlying funds.


A Unique Glide Path to Address Market and Longevity Risk

What Distinguishes Our Glide Path?7
  • We continue to manage our glide path 30 years past retirement.
  • Our funds have meaningful equity exposure throughout retirement.
  • We emphasize dividends to provide equity exposure while managing volatility.

Our Glide Path Within a Glide Path

A static equity approach treats all equities the same. This simplistic practice may not always align with investor goals.

We distinguish growth- and income-oriented equities and adjust them to better address market and longevity risk.

A Dynamic Approach to Managing Volatility

Glide Path Within a Glide Path — This white paper explains the details and benefits of our re-characterization of equity exposure.

Our Series Has Delivered Superior Long-Term Results

Percentile Rankings of American Funds Target Date Funds8

Class R-6 Shares as of March 31, 2017


Tools to Help You Evaluate

Target Date ProView℠

An online tool that compares glide paths, risk, returns, expenses and more.



Target Date Peer Analysis

Provides key Morningstar data on results, portfolios and risk-adjusted metrics for leading target date funds.


What to Know About Evaluating Target Date Funds

American Funds’ John Doyle discusses fees, glide paths and evaluation tools.

Align With DOL Evaluation Guidelines

Choose the Target Date Series That’s Best for Participants — this brochure highlights a five-point evaluation process and shows how our series stands up.


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1Based on one-year net asset growth as of February 28, 2017.

2The 2017 Lipper Fund Awards were awarded on March 23, 2017, and based on risk-adjusted returns as of November 30, 2016.

3The 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.

Returns shown have all distributions reinvested. If a sales charge had been deducted, the results would have been lower.

Returns are average annual total returns for benchmark indexes and average annual excess total returns for funds' Class R-6 shares from fund inception through 12/31/16. The 17 American Funds equity-focused underlying funds and the relevant index/index blends with which they were compared are as follows: AMCAP, GFA, NEF, AMF, FI, ICA and WMIF (Standard & Poor’s 500 Index); NPF (MSCI All Country World Index. Prior to 10/1/11, the fund was compared to the MSCI World Index); IFA (65% Standard & Poor’s 500 and 35% Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate indexes); AMBAL (60% Standard & Poor’s 500 and 40% Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate indexes); EUPAC (MSCI All Country World ex USA Index. Prior to 4/1/06, the fund was compared to the MSCI EAFE Index); CIB (70% MSCI All Country World and 30% Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate indexes); SCWF (MSCI ACWI Small Cap Index. Prior to 10/1/09, the fund was compared to the S&P Global < $3 Billion Index); WGI (MSCI All Country World. Prior to 12/1/11, the fund was compared to the MSCI World Index); NWF (MSCI All Country World Index); IGI (MSCI All Country World ex USA Index. Prior to 7/1/11, the fund was compared to the MSCI EAFE Index); and GBAL (60% MSCI All Country World and 40% Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate indexes). All relevant indexes and index blends listed are or include funds’ primary benchmarks.

Bloomberg® is a trademark of Bloomberg Finance L.P. (collectively with its affiliates, “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.

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4Not all 17 funds are in each target date fund.

5Source: Morningstar, Fund Spy article, September 13, 2016. Morningstar evaluated funds based on criteria including manager ownership, fund results and expense ratios, as well as Morningstar risk, analyst and parent ratings.

Morningstar’s criteria are as follows (fund eligibility changes as criteria change, as noted in brackets): (1) Fund must have outperformed its prospectus benchmark over the tenure of the longest tenured manager; minimum of five years required. Test was run using returns through August 2016; (2) expenses must be in cheapest quintile of category; (3) Parent Grade must be positive [2012: neutral or better]; (4) manager investment in fund must be more than $1,000,000 [2012-2014: $500,000]; (5) fund must be a “medalist” (rated Bronze, Silver or Gold) [2012: n/a]; (6) Morningstar Risk rating must be below High [2012-2013: n/a]. Using these criteria, the tool filtered 45 out of nearly 8,000 funds, excluding true institutional funds [2012: no exclusion for institutional funds], for all share classes in Morningstar database, as of August 2016; 11 of the 45 were American Funds. Additional criteria: 2012—positive people score required; 2015—cheapest retail share class selected; 2016—returns over benchmark gauged vs. category benchmark, not prospectus benchmark.

Not all 11 funds listed in the “Fantastic 45” are in each target date fund. Underlying funds may change over time.

6Based on Class R-6 share results for rolling periods through December 31, 2016. Periods covered are the shorter of the fund’s lifetime or since the comparable Lipper inception date (except Capital Income Builder and SMALLCAP World Fund, for which the Lipper average was used).

7Allocations shown reflect the funds’ target allocations for January 1, 2017. The funds’ investment adviser anticipates that the funds will invest their assets within a range that deviates no more than 10% above or below the allocations shown. Allocation percentages and underlying funds are subject to the Portfolio Oversight Committee’s discretion and may change over time. For quarterly updates of fund allocations, visit

8Results as of March 31, 2017. Percentile rankings for one-, three- and five-year periods calculated by Morningstar. Ten-year rankings calculated by Capital Group, using data obtained from Morningstar.

Rankings are based on the funds’ average annual total returns (Class R-6 shares at net asset value) within the applicable Morningstar categories. The Morningstar rankings do not reflect the effects of sales charges, account fees or taxes. Past results are not predictive of results in future periods. Investment results assume all distributions are reinvested and reflect applicable fees and expenses. 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.

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/or returns will vary, so investors may lose money. Investing for short periods makes losses more likely. View 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.

Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the mutual fund prospectuses and summary prospectuses, which can be obtained from a financial professional, and should be read carefully before investing. Similar information about collective investment trusts can be obtained from Capital Group or participants’ plan provider or employer. 

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. 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. Funds of funds' bond ratings relate to the securities held by the portfolios' underlying mutual funds; if agency ratings of those holdings differ, the security will be considered to have received the highest of those ratings. 

For more information about the risks associated with each fund or underlying fund, go to its detailed fund information page or read the prospectus. Allocations may not achieve investment objectives. There are expenses associated with the underlying funds in addition to portfolio expenses. The portfolios' risks are directly related to the risks of the underlying funds. 

Although the target date portfolios are managed for investors on a projected retirement date time frame, the allocation strategy does not guarantee that investors' retirement goals will be met. The target date is the year that corresponds roughly to the year in which an investor is assumed to retire and begin taking withdrawals. Investment professionals manage the portfolio, moving it from a more growth-oriented strategy to a more income-oriented focus as the target date gets closer. Investment professionals continue to manage each portfolio for approximately 30 years after it reaches its target date. 

American Funds 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. 

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

For the funds listed below, the investment adviser is currently reimbursing a portion of the funds' fees or expenses, without which the results would have been lower and net expenses higher.

- American Funds Emerging Markets Bond Fund (through at least March 1, 2020)

- American Funds Strategic Bond Fund (through at least July 1, 2020)

- American Funds Corporate Bond Fund (through at least August 1, 2020)

- American Funds Global Insight Fund (through at least November 8, 2020)

- American Funds Retirement Income Portfolio - Moderate and American Funds Retirement Income Portfolio - Enhanced (through at least January 1, 2021)

- American Funds 2065 Target Date Retirement Fund (through at least January 31, 2021)

The investment adviser may elect at its discretion to extend, modify or terminate the reimbursements at that time. Please see each fund's most recent prospectus for details.

  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

The Capital Group companies manage 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.

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 May 1, 2009.