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American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund® (tax-exempt bond fund)

Class A shares

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Daily Prices

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

Net Asset Value (NAV) $10.24
NAV Change $0.00
Maximum Offering Price (MOP) $10.50

(All prices are subject to revision.)

Historical Prices & Distributions

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Ticker Symbols & Fund Numbers

Fund Number 39
Ticker/Quotron Symbol ASTEX
CUSIP Number 02630W 10 3

Fund Description

Fund Objective The fund's investment objective is to provide current income exempt from regular federal income tax, consistent with its maturity and quality standards described in the prospectus, and to preserve capital.
Distinguishing Characteristics Offers a bridge between investments in municipal money market securities and medium term municipal bonds.
Types of Investments Invests primarily in municipal bonds with quality ratings of AA- or better or Aa3 or better or unrated but determined by the fund's investment adviser to be of equivalent quality. The fund may invest up to 20% of its assets in municipal bonds in the A rating category or unrated but determined by the fund's investment adviser to be of equivalent quality. The fund will not purchase debt securities rated BBB+ or below and Baa1 or below.
Maturity The dollar-weighted average maturity of the fund's portfolio is no greater than three years.
Portfolio Restrictions May invest up to 20% of assets in securities subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT).

Fund Facts

Minimum Initial Investment $250
Shareholder Accounts (updated monthly) Accounts shown are for combined share classes for The Tax-Exempt Money Fund of AmericaSM, which converted to American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund on August 7, 2009. 10,465
Regular Dividends Paid Monthly
Capital Gains Paid
Fund Inception August 7, 2009
Fiscal Year-End July

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 A shares reflect payment of the 2.50% maximum sales charge at the beginning of the stated periods. 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 0.18% 1.54% 1.65%
With sales charge -2.28% 0.68% 1.09%
March 31, 2014 (most recent quarter-end)
NAV 0.18% 1.54% 1.65%
With sales charge -2.28% 0.68% 1.09%

Interactive Results Graphs

Expense Ratios

American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund 0.59%
Lipper Short Municipal Debt Funds Average 0.72%

12-Month Distribution Rates

As of March 31, 2014 (updated monthly)

NAV 1.06%
With sales charge 1.04%

Annualized 30-Day SEC Yield

As of March 31, 2014 (updated monthly)

With sales charge 0.17%

Holdings

Portfolio Summary

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

Cash 14.4%
Municipal Securities 85.6%

Quality Summary

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

AAA/Aaa 14.0%
AA/Aa 52.5%
A 17.6%
CCC & Below 0.0%
Unrated 1.5%
Cash & equivalents 14.4%

as of March 31, 2014 (updated quarterly)

Average Life (years) 2.4
Average Duration (years) 1.9

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. If agency ratings differ, the security will be considered to have received the highest of those ratings, consistent with the fund’s investment policies. Securities in the Unrated category have not been rated by a rating agency; however, the investment adviser performs its own credit analysis and assigns comparable ratings that are used for compliance with fund investment policies.

Portfolio Holdings

(updated quarterly, upon availability)

Asset Mix

as of March 31, 2014 (updated monthly)

U.S. Bonds 85.6%
Cash & Equivalents 14.4%

Assets and Portfolio Turnover (for fiscal years)

Fiscal Year Fund Assets (millions) Portfolio Turnover
2013 $768 22%
2012 $638.7 14%
2011 $551.4 12%
2010 $425.2 5%
2009 $501.3

Assets shown are for combined share classes.

Portfolio Managers

Number of years with American Funds or affiliates
Brenda S. Ellerin 22
Neil L. Langberg 37

(as of the prospectus dated October 1, 2013)

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

Important Legal Information

Income from municipal bonds may be subject to state or local income taxes and/or the federal alternative minimum tax. Certain other income, as well as capital gain distributions, may be taxable.

The return of principal in bond funds is not guaranteed. Bond funds have the same interest rate, inflation and credit risks that are associated with the underlying bonds owned by the fund.

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

  The Tax-Exempt Money Fund of America (inception date: October 24, 1989) converted to American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund on August 7, 2009. Investment results shown do not include the fund’s results for the period it operated as The Tax-Exempt Money Fund of America, whose results can be found in American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund’s prospectus.

  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 front-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.