American Funds®

BALANCED FUNDS

SM

Share Class

Summary

A balanced fund with global scope. Can invest in stocks and bonds around the world, including developing markets, to provide growth, conservation of principal and current income.
Price at NAV $30.87
as of 02/27/2015 (updated daily)
Fund Assets (millions) $7,105.0 Portfolio Managers 6 Expense Ratio 0.96% Prospectus (PDF)

Asset Mix

U.S. Equities28.1%
Non-U.S. Equities29.5%
U.S. Bonds15.5%
Non-U.S. Bonds15.3%
Cash & Equivalents11.6%

As of 1/31/2015 (updated monthly).
529-A Share data is not available; please click here for a chart based on an investment in Class A shares.

Market Capitalization

87.5%
Large
12.5%
Medium
0.0%
Small
$46,430.43 Million
Weighted Average


As of 12/31/2014 (updated quarterly). Morningstar data as of 12/31/2014 (updated quarterly).

Morningstar Ownership ZoneTM

World Allocation
Weighted average of holdings
75% of fund's stock holdings
Morningstar data as of 12/31/14 (updated quarterly)
INSIGHTS ON THE MORNINGSTAR OWNERSHIP ZONE

Fund Statistics

8.6 years
Average Life
6.6 years
Average Duration
2.3%
Average Yield
to Maturity
3.5%
Average Coupon
% of net assets as of 12/31/2014 (updated quarterly).

Morningstar Style BoxTM— Fixed-Income

Medium Quality
Extensive Interest-Rate Sensitivity
Morningstar data as of 12/31/14 updated quarterly.

Description

Fund Objective
The fund seeks the balanced accomplishment of three objectives: long-term growth of capital, conservation of principal and current income.
Distinguishing Characteristics
The fund invests in a mix of securities issued by corporations and governments around the world. Together, these stocks and bonds provide a global portfolio offering diversification and balance.
Types of Investments
The fund normally maintains at least 45% of its assets in common stocks and other equity investments, with a focus on medium- and larger-sized companies. Typically, the fund also invests at least 25% of its assets in investment-grade fixed-income securities (or unrated, but determined by the fund’s investment adviser to be of equivalent quality), including government/agency, corporate, mortgage- and asset-backed securities and money market instruments.
Holdings Outside the U.S.
The fund normally invests a significant portion of its assets outside the U.S., including in emerging market countries. Bonds issued outside the U.S. are typically denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars.
Portfolio Restrictions
Most of the fund's fixed-income securities are investment-grade (rated BBB-/Baa3 or better, or unrated but determined to be of equivalent quality by the fund's investment adviser). However, the fund may invest up to 5% of its assets in lower quality, higher yielding debt securities (rated BB+/Ba1 or below, or unrated but determined to be of equivalent quality), including securities convertible into common stocks.

Fund Facts

Fund Inception 02/01/2011
Fund Assets (millions)
As of 1/31/2015 (updated monthly).
$7,105.0
Companies/Issuers
Holdings are as of 10/31/2014 (updated as of most recent fiscal year-end).
230+
Shareholder Accounts
Shareholder accounts are as of 1/31/2015 (updated monthly).
21,448
Regular Dividends Paid Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec
Minimum Initial Investment $250
Capital Gains Paid Dec
Portfolio Turnover (2014) 74%
Fiscal Year-End Oct
Prospectus Date 01/01/2015
CUSIP 02629W 60 1
Fund Number 1037

Returns

Returns at NAV | With Sales Charge
CBFAX
MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI)

Volatility & Return


Volatility & Return chart is not available for funds less than 10 years old.

Yield

12-month Annualized
Distribution Rates
30-day SEC Yield
Fund at NAV 1.75% N/A
Fund at MOP 1.65% 1.18%
As of 01/31/2015 (updated monthly).

Valuation

Price/ Price/ Price/
Book Cash Flow Earnings
Fund 2.20 8.45 15.53
MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) 1.90 7.04 16.08
Fund as of 12/31/14 (updated quarterly). Index as of 1/31/15 (updated quarterly).

Portfolio Management

LEARN ABOUT THE CAPITAL SYSTEMSM
Years of Experience with Fund
Years of Experience with Capital Group
Years of Experience with Investment Industry
L. Alfonso Barroso 20 20 2
Mark A. Brett 36 21 4
Winnie Kwan 18 15 2
Robert H. Neithart 27 27 4
Eric S. Richter 23 16 4
David M. Riley 20 20 4
A boldface number indicates that years of experience with Capital Group is equal to years of experience with investment industry.

Ratings & Risk


Overall Morningstar RatingTM
Funds rated (444)
3-yr. Morningstar RatingTM
(444 funds rated)
5-yr. Morningstar RatingTM
(-- funds rated)
--
10-yr. Morningstar RatingTM
(-- funds rated)
--
Overall Morningstar Risk Average
HIGH
LOW
Category World Allocation
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF MORNINGSTAR RATINGS
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns as of 1/31/2015 (updated monthly).

Risk Measures

For the 3 Years ending 1/31/15 (updated monthly). R-squared, Beta and Capture Ratio calculated using the Morningstar Moderate Target Risk.

Fund
Standard Deviation 7.00
Sharpe Ratio 1.39
R-squared 91
Beta 1.07
Capture Ratio (Downside/Upside) 100/109
U.S. Treasuries/Agencies
9.0%
AAA/Aaa
6.2%
AA/Aa
4.2%
A
6.8%
BBB/Baa
4.5%
BB/Ba
0.5%
B
0.1%
CCC & Below
0.0%
Unrated
0.2%
Cash & equivalents
7.3%
% of net assets as of 12/31/2014 (updated quarterly).

Maturity

0-4.9 Years
9.2%
5-9.9 Years
18.7%
10-19.9 Years
1.3%
20-29.9 Years
1.7%
30+ Years
0.6%
% of net assets as of 12/31/2014 (updated quarterly).

Holdings

Equity Fund Holdings
Health care 12.1%
Financials 8.8%
Consumer discretionary 6.8%
Consumer staples 6.6%
Utilities 6.6%
Industrials 6.2%
Energy 5.3%
Information technology 4.7%
Telecommunication services 3.5%
Materials 0.6%

% of net assets as of 12/31/2014 (updated quarterly).

Top Equities

Novartis
2.3%
Amgen
1.8%
Verizon Communications
1.7%
Altria
1.7%
SSE
1.4%
Philip Morris International
1.4%
Gilead Sciences
1.4%
General Dynamics
1.1%
Imperial Tobacco
1.0%
National Grid
1.0%

% of net assets as of 1/31/2015 (updated monthly).

Geographic Breakdown

United States
45.3%
Europe
34.8%
Asia & Pacific Basin
8.2%
Other (Including Canada & Latin America)
4.4%
Cash & equivalents
7.3%
% of net assets as of 12/31/2014 (updated quarterly).

Prices & Distributions

FIND HISTORICAL PRICES
2015
2006-2015

2014
Record
Date
Calculated
Date
Pay Date
Income Dividend
Regular
Income Dividend
Special
Cap. Gains
Long-Term
Cap. Gains
Short-Term
Reinvest NAV
03/28/14 03/28/14 03/31/14 $0.1625 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $30.64
06/26/14 06/26/14 06/27/14 $0.1749 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $31.73
09/25/14 09/25/14 09/26/14 $0.1098 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $31.22
12/26/14 12/26/14 12/29/14 $0.0946 $0.00 $0.722 $0.00 $30.40
2014 Year-to-Date:
Dividends Subtotal: $0.5418
Cap Gains Subtotal: $0.722
Total Distributions: $1.2638

Fees & Expenses

Fees

Annual Management Fees 0.48%
Other Expenses 0.27%
Service 12b-1 0.21%
As of each fund's most recent prospectus.

Expense Ratio

Fund 0.96%
Lipper Flexible Portfolio Funds Average 1.23%

Resources

Prospectuses & Reports for CBFAX

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. Share prices and returns will vary, so investors may lose money. Investing for short periods makes losses more likely.

Returns shown at net asset value (NAV) have all distributions reinvested. If a sales charge had been deducted, the results would have been lower.

Returns with sales charge for Class 529-A shares reflect payment of the 5.75% maximum sales charge.

View the funds' current expense ratios and month-end results.

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.

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

Depending on your state of residence, there may be an in-state plan that offers tax and other benefits not available through CollegeAmerica. Before investing in any state's 529 plan, investors should consult a tax advisor. CollegeAmerica is sponsored by Virginia529℠.

There may have been periods when the fund has lagged the index or indexes. Certain market indexes are unmanaged and, therefore, have no expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.

Funds are actively managed, so holdings will change.

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. View results and yields without fee waiver and/or expense reimbursement.

  1. Calculated by Morningstar. Due to differing calculation methods, the figures shown here may differ from those calculated by American Funds.
  2. The months indicated for dividends and capital gains paid represent the anticipated current year ex-dividend date schedule for all share classes.
  3. Expense ratios are as of the most recent prospectus.
  4. 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 12/31/2014.
  5. Excludes certain securities in initial period of acquisition.
  6. Lipper ratings for Consistent Return reflect funds’ historical risk-adjusted returns at NAV, adjusted for volatility, relative to peers. Lipper ratings for Expense reflect funds’ expense minimization relative to peers with similar load structures. Lipper ratings for Preservation reflect funds’ historical loss avoidance relative to other funds within the same asset class. Preservation ratings are relative, rather than absolute, measures, and funds named Lipper Leaders for Preservation may still experience losses periodically; those losses may be larger for equity and mixed equity funds than for fixed income funds. Lipper ratings for Tax Efficiency reflect funds’ historical success in postponing taxable distributions relative to peers. Tax Efficiency offers no benefit to investors in tax-sheltered accounts such as 401(k) plans. Lipper ratings for Total Return reflect funds’ historical total return performance relative to peers. The Lipper ratings are subject to change every month and are based on an equal-weighted average of percentile ranks for the Total Return, Consistent Return, Preservation, Tax Efficiency, and Expense metrics. The highest 20% of funds in each classification are named Lipper Leaders for Total Return, the next 20% receive a rating of 4, the middle 20% are rated 3, the next 20% are rated 2, and the lowest 20% are rated 1. Lipper ratings are not intended to predict future results, and Lipper does not guarantee the accuracy of this information. More information is available at www.lipperleaders.com. Lipper Leader © 2015, Thomson Reuters, All Rights Reserved.
  7. Morningstar Rating™ for Funds: For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund’s monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its 3-, 5- and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Ratings metrics. Past results are not guarantee of results in future periods. Morningstar Rating is for Class 529-A only; other classes may have different performance characteristics.
  8. 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.
  9. Read more information about Morningstar Style Box methodology. The Morningstar Ownership Zone™ provides detail about a portfolio's equity investment style by showing the range of stock sizes and styles. A portfolio's Ownership Zone™ is derived by plotting each stock in the fund's portfolio within the proprietary Morningstar Style Box™. The shaded area represents the center 75% of the fund's assets, and it provides an intuitive visual representation of the area of the market in which the fund invests. A "centroid" plot in the middle of the Ownership Zone represents the weighted average of all the fund's holdings. A fund that is concentrated will have a small ownership zone relative to the area of the style box, and broadly diversified fund will have an ownership zone that stretches across many sizes and style. Over a period of time, the shape and location of a fund's ownership zone may vary. The model for the fixed-income style box is based on the two pillars of fixed-income performance: interest-rate sensitivity and credit quality. The three interest sensitivity groups are limited, moderate and extensive and the three credit quality groups are high, medium and low. These groupings display a portfolio's effective duration and third party credit ratings to provide an overall representation of the fund's risk orientation given the sensitivity to interest rate and credit rating of bonds in the portfolio.
  10. The portfolio managers shown are as of the fund's most recent prospectus dated  01/01/2015.
  11. YTD (year-to-date return): the net change in the value of the fund's shares (in percentage terms) from January 1, 2014, to the current date shown above.
  12. Investment results assume all distributions are reinvested and reflect applicable fees and expenses. 
  13. 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 SEC yield and distribution rate may differ.

If withdrawals from 529 plans are used for purposes other than higher education, the earnings will be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty in addition to federal and, if applicable, state income tax.

©2015 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Some of the information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar, its content providers nor the American Funds are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Information is calculated by Morningstar. Due to differing calculation methods, the figures shown here may differ from those calculated by American Funds.

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.

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

For more information about the risks associated with each fund, go to its detailed fund information page or read the prospectus.

Terms and Definitions

Historical Long-Term Capital Gains: When a capital gain distribution is paid, the net asset value per share is reduced by the amount of the payment plus or minus any change in the value of the fund's holdings. Read our explanation of the effect of a capital gain on a fund's price for details. Two types of capital gains are realized by our funds — short-term and long-term. Net short-term capital gains are distributed to shareholders as income dividends and are taxed at ordinary income tax rates. Long-term capital gain distributions are taxed at a maximum 15% rate.

Bond Statistic Average Duration in Years: Expressed in years, average duration is a weighted average of the estimated price sensitivity of the bonds in the fund's portfolio to a given change in interest rates. With respect to individual bonds, for example, a duration of 4 years indicates that the price of a bond will rise/fall by approximately 4% if rates in general fall/rise by 1%. Typically, bonds with a longer duration pay higher interest but are more sensitive to interest rate changes.

Bond Statistic Average Life in Years: Expressed in years, average life is time weighting the expected principal payments, taking into consideration the impact of calls and prepayments. In general, it is a better measure than average maturity for bonds that have the ability to prepay principal before they reach maturity (e.g., mortgages, mortgage-backed securities and asset-backed securities). Data shown is a weighted average of the bonds held in the fund's portfolio.

Bond Statistic Average Coupon: The average coupon is the weighted average coupon rate of all the bonds in the fund.

Bond Statistic Average Yield to Maturity: A weighted average of all the fund's bond holding's yield to maturities. Yield to maturity is the return a bond earns if held to maturity, based on its price and coupon. Assumes that coupon payments can be reinvested at the yield to maturity.

Valuation : Price-to-book ratio compares a stock's market value to the value of total assets less total liabilities (book value). Adjusted for stock splits. Price-to-cash-flow (P/C) ratio is the average price to cash flow ratio of the individual stocks within a fund. Price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio takes the current price of a stock divided by its earnings per share. The ratio reflects the cost of a given stock per dollar of current annual earnings and is the most common measure of a stock's expense. The higher the P/E, the more investors are paying, and therefore the more earnings growth they are expecting.

Valuation Price-to-Cash Flow: Price-to-cash-flow (P/C) ratio is the average price to cash flow ratio of the individual stocks within a fund.

Valuation Price-to-Earnings Ratio: Price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio takes the current price of a stock divided by its earnings per share. The ratio reflects the cost of a given stock per dollar of current annual earnings and is the most common measure of a stock's expense. The higher the P/E, the more investors are paying, and therefore the more earnings growth they are expecting.

Morningstar rating : In an effort to classify funds by what they own, as well as by their prospectus objectives and styles, Morningstar developed Morningstar Categories. While the prospectus objective identifies a fund's investment goals based on the wording in the fund prospectus, the Morningstar Category identifies funds based on their actual investment styles as measured by their underlying portfolio holdings (portfolio and other statistics over the past three years).

Standard Deviation: Annualized standard deviation (based on monthly returns) is a common measure of absolute volatility that tells how returns over time have varied from the mean. A lower number signifies lower volatility.

Sharpe Ratio: Sharpe ratios use standard deviation and excess return to determine reward per unit of risk. The higher the number, the better the portfolio's historical risk-adjusted performance.

R-Squared: R-squared is a measure of the correlation between a particular fund's return and that of its benchmark index. A measure of 100 indicates that all of the fund's return can be explained by movements in its benchmark. Generally the higher the R-squared measure, the more reliable the beta measurement will be. Calculated by Morningstar.

Beta: Beta relatively measures a fund's sensitivity to market movements over a specified period of time. The beta of the market (represented by the benchmark index) is equal to 1; a beta higher than 1 implies that a fund's return was more volatile than the market. A beta lower than 1 suggests that the fund was less volatile than the market. Generally the higher the R-squared measure, the more reliable the beta measurement will be.

Capture Ratio Downside: Capture ratios reflect the annualized product of fund vs. index returns for all months in which the index had a positive return (upside capture) or negative return (downside capture).

Currency Weighting Short Breakdown: The fund's exposure to a specific currency before taking into consideration any forward currency contracts that may increase or decrease that currency's exposure.

MSCI All Country World: MSCI All Country World Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure results of more than 40 developed and emerging equity markets. Results reflect dividends gross of withholding taxes through December 31, 2000, and dividends net of withholding taxes thereafter.