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New World Fund® (growth fund)

Class B shares

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Please note: American Funds no longer allows new investments in Class B and 529-B shares.

Daily Prices

Updated April 17, 2014, 3:19PM Pacific time

Net Asset Value (NAV) $58.37
NAV Change $0.16
Maximum Offering Price (MOP) $58.37

(All prices are subject to revision.)

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Ticker Symbols & Fund Numbers

Fund Number 236
Ticker/Quotron Symbol NEWBX
CUSIP Number 649280 20 3

Fund Description

Fund Objective The fund's investment objective is long-term capital appreciation.
Distinguishing Characteristics The fund invests in securities of issuers based in "qualified developing countries," as well as in equity securities of issuers based in the developed world with significant assets or revenues attributable to developing countries. For their total return potential, the fund also invests in bonds offering exposure to developing countries.
Types of Investments The fund invests in common stocks and other equity-type securities, corporate and government bonds, and cash and cash equivalents.
Non-U.S. Holdings The fund will invest at least 35% of assets in securities of issuers based primarily in qualified developing countries.
Portfolio Restrictions The fund may invest up to 25% of assets in debt securities, which may be rated below investment grade (BB/Ba and below, or unrated, but determined by the fund’s investment adviser to be of equivalent quality).

Fund Facts

Minimum Initial Investment $250
Shareholder Accounts (aggregated for all share classes; updated monthly) 1,931,227
Regular Dividends Paid December
Capital Gains Paid December
Fund Inception June 17, 1999
Fiscal Year-End October

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 B shares reflect the deduction of a contingent deferred sales charge (up to 5%) on shares sold within the first six years 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 8.17% 3.24% 15.04% 9.67% 8.55%
With CDSC 3.17% 1.97% 14.81% 9.67% 8.55%
March 31, 2014 (most recent quarter-end)
NAV 8.17% 3.24% 15.04% 9.67% 8.55%
With CDSC 3.17% 1.97% 14.81% 9.67% 8.55%

Expense Ratios

New World Fund 1.83%
Lipper Emerging Markets Funds Average 2.40%

12-Month Distribution Rates

As of March 31, 2014 (updated monthly)

NAV 0.03%

Annualized 30-Day SEC Yield

As of March 31, 2014 (updated monthly)

At net asset value 0.11%


Largest Industry Holdings

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

Banks 7.8%
Oil, gas & consumable fuels 6.5%
Pharmaceuticals 5.8%
Internet software & services 4.9%
Wireless telecommunication services 3.5%
Beverages 3.5%
Automobiles 3.1%
Semiconductors & semiconductor equipment 2.9%
Hotels, restaurants & leisure 2.4%
Food & staples retailing 2.3%

Portfolio Holdings

(updated quarterly, upon availability)

Asset Mix

as of March 31, 2014 (updated monthly)

U.S. Equities 10.7%
Non-U.S. Equities 70.5%
U.S. Bonds 0.7%
Non-U.S. Bonds 9.5%
Cash & Equivalents 8.6%

Geographic Breakdown

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

United States 11.4%
Europe 32.2%
Asia & Pacific Basin 35.2%
Other (Including Canada & Latin America) 12.6%
Cash & equivalents 8.6%

Assets and Portfolio Turnover (for fiscal years)

Fiscal Year Fund Assets (billions) Portfolio Turnover
2013 $22.8 36%
2012 $19.1 25%
2011 $18.6 25%
2010 $20.3 20%
2009 $15.1 36%

Assets shown are for combined share classes.

Largest Equity Holdings

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



Internet search engine in China that also operates a Japanese language service.


Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Multinational pharmaceutical company based in the U.K.


Samsung Electronics

Korea's top electronics manufacturer and a global leader in semiconductor production.


Mail.Ru Group

Major Internet company in Russia.


Novo Nordisk

A global leader in drugs to treat diabetes.



Internet and telecommunications conglomerate and distributor of digital media and software.


International Container Terminal Services

Operates container terminals and related port services in the Philippines.



Major food retail chain in Russia.



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


ENN Energy Holdings

China-based operator of gas pipeline infrastructure and a distributor of piped and bottled gas.


Portfolio Managers

Number of years with American Funds or affiliates
Wahid Butt 10
Mark E. Denning 31
Nicholas Grace 20
Galen Hoskin 19
Carl M. Kawaja 23
Winnie Kwan 14
Robert W. Lovelace 29
Robert H. Neithart 26
Christopher Thomsen 16

(as of the prospectus dated January 1, 2014)

The portfolio managers shown are reflected in the fund’s most recent prospectus.

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. Lower rated bonds are subject to greater fluctuations in value and risk of loss of income and principal than higher rated bonds.

The return of principal for the bond holdings in New World Fund is not guaranteed. Fund shares are subject to the same interest rate, inflation and credit risks associated with the underlying bond holdings.

Bond ratings, which typically range from AAA/Aaa (highest) to D (lowest), are assigned by credit rating agencies such as Standard & Poor's, Moody's and/or Fitch, as an indication of an issuer's creditworthiness.

* Investment results assume all distributions are reinvested and reflect applicable fees and expenses. Class B shares were first offered on March 15, 2000. Class B 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 over the first eight years. Class B shares convert to Class A shares after eight years. View dates of first sale and specific expense adjustment information for Class B 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 back-end 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.