Detailed Fund Information
Washington Mutual Investors FundSM (growth-and-income fund)
Updated March 7, 2014, 3:16PM Pacific time
|Net Asset Value (NAV)||$40.07|
|Maximum Offering Price (MOP)||$42.51|
(All prices are subject to revision.)
Historical Prices & Distributions
Ticker Symbols & Fund Numbers
|CUSIP Number||939330 50 2|
|Fund Objective||The fund's investment objective is to produce income and to provide an opportunity for growth of principal consistent with sound common stock investing.|
|Distinguishing Characteristics||The fund seeks to be at least 95% invested in equity-type securities. The fund invests in stocks that meet strict standards evolving from requirements originally established by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for the investment of trust funds. May not invest in companies that derive their primary revenues from alcohol or tobacco.|
|Types of Investments||Primarily invests in common stocks and securities convertible into common stocks.|
|Non-U.S. Holdings||May invest up to 10% of its assets in companies domiciled outside the United States.|
|Minimum Initial Investment||$250|
|Shareholder Accounts (aggregated for all share classes; updated monthly)||2,706,574|
|Regular Dividends Paid||March, June, September, December|
|Capital Gains Paid||December|
|Fund Inception||July 31, 1952|
The months indicated for dividends and capital gains paid represent the anticipated current year ex-dividend date schedule for all share classes.
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 529-A shares reflect payment of the 5.75% 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|
|February 28, 2014 (most recent month-end)|
|With sales charge||18.12%||12.66%||20.20%||6.19%||11.76%|
|December 31, 2013 (most recent quarter-end)|
|With sales charge||24.24%||14.29%||15.01%||6.47%||11.78%|
|Washington Mutual Investors Fund||0.71%|
|Lipper Growth & Income Funds Average||1.14%|
12-Month Distribution Rates‡
As of January 31, 2014 (updated monthly)
|With sales charge||2.00%|
Annualized 30-Day SEC Yield‡
As of January 31, 2014 (updated monthly)
|With sales charge||1.73%|
Largest Industry Holdings
% of net assets as of December 31, 2013 (updated quarterly)
|Aerospace & defense||11.0%|
|Oil, gas & consumable fuels||10.8%|
|Diversified financial services||4.3%|
|Diversified telecommunication services||3.7%|
(updated quarterly, upon availability)
(as of December 31, 2013)
as of January 31, 2014 (updated monthly)
|Cash & Equivalents||1.9%|
Assets and Portfolio Turnover (for fiscal years)
|Fiscal Year||Fund Assets (billions)||Portfolio Turnover|
Assets shown are for combined share classes.
Largest Equity Holdings
Percent of net assets as of January 31, 2014 (updated monthly)
Global manufacturer for the aerospace and defense industries.
The world's largest home improvement retailer.
A world leader in software and Internet technologies. Its products include the Windows operating system and Office software.
Among the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, and a leader in cardiovascular medicine.
This fully integrated energy company is one of the world's largest producers of oil and gas.
Royal Dutch Shell
A global group of energy and oil companies.
One of the largest banks in the U.S.
Operates the largest railroad in the U.S.; also delivers freight to Canada and Mexico.
A world leader in advanced aerospace and military technology products.
A leading travel and financial services company.
|Number of years with American Funds or affiliates|
|Alan N. Berro||22|
|Gregory D. Johnson||20|
|Jeffrey T. Lager||17|
|Ronald B. Morrow||16|
|Eugene P. Stein||41|
(as of the prospectus dated July 1, 2013)
The portfolio managers shown are reflected in the fund’s most recent prospectus. Ronald B. Morrow is no longer managing money in the fund.
CollegeAmerica is sponsored by Virginia529. But you can invest no matter where you live, and your beneficiary can go to school in any state. However, if you reside in a state other than Virginia, there may be an in-state plan that offers tax and other benefits not available in CollegeAmerica. Before investing in any states 529 plan, you should consult your tax adviser.
* Investment results assume all distributions are reinvested and reflect applicable fees and expenses. Class 529-A shares were first offered on February 15, 2002. Class 529-A 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. View dates of first sale and specific expense adjustment information for Class 529-A 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 front-end load funds, excluding funds of funds, for the most recent fiscal year-ends available as of December 31, 2013. The funds expense ratio is as of the funds 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.