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New Perspective Fund® (growth fund)

Class C shares

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Daily Prices

Updated April 22, 2014, 3:13PM Pacific time

Net Asset Value (NAV) $36.58
NAV Change $0.34
Maximum Offering Price (MOP) $36.58

(All prices are subject to revision.)

Historical Prices & Distributions

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Ticker Symbols & Fund Numbers

Fund Number 307
Ticker/Quotron Symbol NPFCX
CUSIP Number 648018 30 7

Fund Description

Fund Objective The fund's primary investment objective is to provide long-term growth of capital. Future income is a secondary objective.
Distinguishing Characteristics Diversifies among blue chip companies in the United States and abroad, emphasizing multinational or global companies and focusing on opportunities generated by changes in global trade patterns and economic and political relationships.
Types of Investments The fund invests primarily in common stocks, convertibles, preferred stocks, bonds and cash.
Non-U.S. Holdings The fund may invest up to 100% of assets outside the United States, though this is unlikely since New Perspective Fund is a global fund.

Fund Facts

Minimum Initial Investment $250
Shareholder Accounts (aggregated for all share classes; updated monthly) 2,464,857
Regular Dividends Paid December
Capital Gains Paid December
Fund Inception March 13, 1973
Fiscal Year-End September

The months indicated for dividends and capital gains paid represent the anticipated current year ex-dividend date schedule for all share classes.

Returns & 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. Results shown at net asset value have all distributions reinvested. If a sales charge had been deducted, the results would have been lower. Share price and return will vary, so investors may lose money. Investing for short periods makes losses more likely. Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value. Returns with sales charge for Class C shares reflect the deduction of a contingent deferred sales charge (1%) on shares sold within the first year of purchase. Definitions and other important legal information about these prices and returns are shown below.

Rates of Return*

  Average Annual Total Returns
1 yr 3 yrs 5 yrs 10 yrs Fund Lifetime
March 31, 2014 (most recent month-end)
NAV 18.74% 9.98% 17.87% 8.00% 12.30%
With CDSC 17.74% 9.98% 17.87% 8.00% 12.30%
March 31, 2014 (most recent quarter-end)
NAV 18.74% 9.98% 17.87% 8.00% 12.30%
With CDSC 17.74% 9.98% 17.87% 8.00% 12.30%

Expense Ratios

New Perspective Fund 1.59%
Lipper Global Funds Average 2.07%

12-Month Distribution Rates

As of March 31, 2014 (updated monthly)

NAV 0.06%

Annualized 30-Day SEC Yield

As of March 31, 2014 (updated monthly)

At net asset value 0.08%


Largest Industry Holdings

% of net assets as of March 31, 2014 (updated quarterly)

Pharmaceuticals 9.4%
Semiconductors & semiconductor equipment 4.8%
Insurance 4.0%
Internet & catalog retail 4.0%
Media 3.9%
Airlines 3.6%
Banks 3.6%
Aerospace & defense 3.6%
Internet software & services 3.4%
Beverages 3.3%

Portfolio Holdings

(updated quarterly, upon availability)

Asset Mix

as of March 31, 2014 (updated monthly)

U.S. Equities 44.4%
Non-U.S. Equities 49.4%
U.S. Bonds 0.2%
Cash & Equivalents 6.0%

Geographic Breakdown

% of net assets as of March 31, 2014 (updated quarterly)

United States 44.6%
Europe 33.8%
Asia & Pacific Basin 11.6%
Other (Including Canada & Latin America) 4.0%
Cash & equivalents 6.0%

Assets and Portfolio Turnover (for fiscal years)

Fiscal Year Fund Assets (billions) Portfolio Turnover
2013 $51.7 30%
2012 $43.3 16%
2011 $37.9 24%
2010 $42.8 24%
2009 $42.1 32%

Assets shown are for combined share classes.

Largest Equity Holdings

Percent of net assets as of March 31, 2014 (updated monthly)


Novo Nordisk

A global leader in drugs to treat diabetes.



Major online retailer of books, CDs, DVDs, toys, apparel, home furnishings and other products.



One of the most frequently used website search engines in the world.



Makes pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medicines, and develops medical diagnostic equipment.


ASML Holding

A leading supplier of lithography equipment used in manufacturing semiconductors.


Home Depot

The world's largest home improvement retailer.


Delta Air Lines

One of the world's largest airlines.


Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

One of the world's largest semiconductor manufacturers.



A world leader in software and Internet technologies. Its products include the Windows operating system and Office software.



Owns operations in pay-TV, Internet services, print media and book publishing.


Portfolio Managers

Number of years with American Funds or affiliates
Brady L. Enright 17
Gregg E. Ireland 41
Joanna F. Jonsson 23
Jonathan Knowles 22
Robert W. Lovelace 28
Dina N. Perry 22
Steven T. Watson 24
Isabelle de Wismes 20

(as of the prospectus dated December 1, 2013)

The portfolio managers shown are reflected in the fund’s most recent prospectus. Dina N. Perry no longer manages money in the fund. Noriko H. Chen currently manages money in the fund.

Important Legal Information

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.

* Investment results assume all distributions are reinvested and reflect applicable fees and expenses. Class C shares were first offered on March 15, 2001. Class C share results prior to the date of first sale are hypothetical based on Class A share results without a sales charge, adjusted for estimated additional annual expenses. Class C shares convert to Class F-1 shares after 10 years. View dates of first sale and specific expense adjustment information for Class C shares.

  When applicable, investment results reflect fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements, without which results would have been lower. Read details about how waivers and/or reimbursements affect the results for each fund.

Source for Lipper expense ratio comparison: Lipper, based on level-load funds, excluding funds of funds, for the most recent fiscal year-ends available as of March 31, 2014. The fund’s expense ratio is as of the fund’s prospectus. The expense ratios do not reflect sales charges.

The SEC yield reflects the rate at which the fund is earning income on its current portfolio of securities, while the distribution rate reflects the fund's past dividends paid to shareholders. Accordingly, the fund's SEC yield and distribution rate may differ.

Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the fund prospectuses, summary prospectuses and CollegeAmerica Program Description, which can be obtained from a financial professional and should be read carefully before investing. CollegeAmerica is distributed by American Funds Distributors® and sold through unaffiliated intermediaries.