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Who Wins in a Rising Rate Environment?

Portfolio manager Hilda Applbaum discusses income investing

With central banks around the world aggressively suppressing interest rates, the challenge of finding reliable income-producing investments has never been greater. Few investors are more familiar with this dilemma than portfolio manager Hilda Applbaum, the principal investment officer of The Income Fund of America®. In this conversation, Hilda shares her perspective on:

  • Income-oriented investing in a market where the prospect of higher rates looms large
  • The emerging role of information technology companies as high-quality dividend payers
  • The sustainability of corporate profits and expectations for P/E expansion
  • Finding income opportunities in an aging bull market

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Europe Showing Signs of Recovery

Two portfolio managers discuss Europe’s progress in the recovery cycle and how currency and valuations shifts have created investment opportunities.

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World Markets Review for July 2015

Global stocks advanced amid improving economic data in the United States and an easing of the Greek debt crisis. Defensive sectors led markets higher as consumer staples, health care and utilities stocks rallied. Emerging markets stocks declined, weighed down by a sharp drop in Chinese shares and falling commodities prices. High-grade bonds gained from a flight-to-safety trade. The U.S. dollar rose against the euro, the yen and most other currencies.

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American Funds College Target Date Series®

Our college target date funds were designed to address the challenges of saving for the rising cost of higher education.


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Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value.  

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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.