US Investment-Grade Credit | Capital Group



US Investment-Grade Credit Fixed Income

Vehicle: Separate Account

 You must be logged in to view select strategy information


Objective: Seeks high total return and capital appreciation by investing primarily in investment-grade securities. 

  • Strategy inception date: 2004
  • Assets in strategy (billions): $1.5
  • Benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Credit Index
  • Duration range: +/– one year of benchmark duration
  • Maximum below-investment-grade bonds (%): 0
  • Currency (%): 
    • USD allocation 100
  • Invests in:
    • U.S. corporate bonds
    • Non-corporate credit
    • U.S. government securities
  • Tracking error estimate (bps)*: 100–200
  • Excess return estimate (bps)*: 50–100
  • Sources of excess return estimates (%):
    • Sector allocation: 25
    • Security selection: 65
    • Duration and curve: 10
  • Minimum account size (millions):
    • Separate Account: $100

  • Research is the cornerstone of our investment process, which integrates macroeconomic, fixed income and equity analysis from all regions of the globe
  • Each credit analyst specializes in one or more industries or sectors and thoroughly examines the individual issues within his or her coverage. The fixed income analysts also work with Capital’s equity research team
  • In addition, a strategic group is dedicated to currencies, asset allocation, quantitative research, politics and other macro issues
  • The portfolio management team consists of two portfolio managers, each of whom is responsible for a portion of the portfolio, managing it as if it were a stand-alone entity. This provides the portfolio with the potential for diverse sources of return.
  • Portfolio managers seek to add value by research-driven security selection
  • Portfolio managers also work closely with Capital’s traders, who provide valuable information about market anomalies, inefficiencies and deal flow in addition to executing trades
  • We have a comprehensive framework for addressing risk
    • Our research process and The Capital System℠ help diversify the portfolio
    • Capital’s independent global investment control group monitors compliance with portfolio guidelines
    • Our legal and compliance team helps make certain we adhere to regulations in the markets in which we invest.

History of Fixed Income at Capital Group

We began managing fixed income assets for institutional clients in 1973, and Capital Fixed Income Investors had over $295.9 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2017.


Portfolio Management Team







View investment results data







This material is designed for use solely by Qualified Purchasers, institutional investors and consultants. It may not be disseminated to or used by individual plan participants or retail investors.

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 fi ed 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.

This information supplements or enhances required or recommended disclosure and presentation provisions of the GIPS® standards, which if not included herein, are available upon request. GIPS is a trademark owned by CFA Institute.

All data as of September 30, 2017, unless otherwise specified.

Returns are in USD. Periods greater than one year are annualized. Returns reflect the reinvestment of dividends, interest and other earnings.

Composite returns reflect the Capital Group U.S. Investment-Grade Credit Fixed Income Composite.

Composite returns are preliminary and net of withholding taxes on dividends, interest and capital gains. Actual withholding tax rates vary according to the country of denomination and tax status of each portfolio.

Composite net returns are calculated using the current highest management fees for institutional investors. Actual investment returns net of management fees may differ depending on, among other things, the applicable fee schedule and portfolio size.

Composite risk characteristics are gross of management fees. The analysis is based on monthly data, and periods greater than one year are annualized.

Portfolio reflects Capital Group Representative US Investment-Grade Credit Fixed Income Portfolio.

Cash & equivalents include short-term securities, accrued income and other assets less liabilities.

Index reflects Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Credit Index. Source: Bloomberg Index Services Ltd.

Each index is unmanaged.

Portfolio characteristics index values reflect PolyPaths analytics. Data for the portfolio and index use PolyPaths analytics engine calculation assumptions.

Totals may not reconcile due to rounding.

Securities offered through American Funds Distributors, Inc.

*Capital is an “active manager” that creates portfolios by selecting securities using fundamental research. The estimated excess return and tracking error numbers, shown gross of management fees, are based on a number of factors including our investment process, historical results and historical market conditions. We cannot provide any guarantee with respect to results or preservation of assets. The estimates provided should not be considered an assurance or guarantee of the risk or return of any portfolio or impose any liability on Capital.

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 or the collective investment trust's Characteristics statement, which can be obtained from a financial professional, Capital or your relationship manager, and should be read carefully before investing.