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BALANCED FUNDS

SM

Share Class
Important: Class B and 529-B shares were no longer available for purchase as of April 21, 2009. All B and 529-B shares finished converting to A and 529-A shares on April 10, 2017.

Growth of 10K

For Class B Shares, this chart tracks the high and low prices at NAV for GBLBX through --.
GBLBX

Description

Fund Objective
This 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 2/01/2011
CUSIP 02629W 20 5
Fund Number 237

Prices & Distributions

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Historical Distributions

2017
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No data available for 2017
2017 Year-to-Date: Dividends Subtotal: -- Cap Gains Subtotal: --
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Resources

About Our Funds

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

Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the fund prospectuses and summary prospectuses, which can be obtained from a financial professional and should be read carefully before investing.

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  1. Excludes certain securities in initial period of acquisition.
  2. Cash & equivalents includes short-term securities, accrued income and other assets less liabilities.
  3. Prior to September 30, 2016, securities in the Real Estate sector were reported under the Financials sector.
  4. Figures include convertible securities; totals may not reconcile due to rounding. Methodology notes: The equity breakdown by revenue reflects the fund’s publicly traded equity holdings and excludes cash (and fixed income securities, if applicable). Underlying revenue data were compiled by MSCI and account for disparities in the way companies report their revenues across geographic segments. MSCI breaks out each company’s reported revenues into country-by-country estimates. MSCI provides revenue data figures based on a proprietary, standardized model. Revenue exposure at the fund and index level was calculated by using FactSet, which takes these company revenue exposures and multiplies by the company’s weighting in the portfolio and index. In this breakdown, Israel has been included in Europe.
  5. Calculated by American Funds. Due to differing calculation methods, the figures shown here may differ from those calculated by Morningstar.
  6. Calculated by Morningstar. Due to differing calculation methods, the figures shown here may differ from those calculated by American Funds.
  7. The months indicated for dividends and capital gains paid represent the anticipated current year ex-dividend date schedule for all share classes.
  8. Expense ratios are as of the most recent prospectus.
  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.

Content contained herein is not intended to serve as impartial investment or fiduciary advice. The content has been developed by Capital Group, which receives fees for managing, distributing and/or servicing its investments.

©2018 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.

Terms and Definitions

Beta: Beta relatively measures 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 return was more volatile than the market. A beta lower than 1 suggests that a return was less volatile than the market. Generally the higher the R-squared measure, the more reliable the beta measurement will be.

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

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 bond funds held in the fund's portfolio.

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.

Capture Ratio Downside: Specifies how well benchmark results have matched during declining market periods. A downside capture ratio less than 100 indicates the strategy lost less than the index in negative monthly return periods.

Capture Ratio Upside: Specifies how well benchmark results have matched during rising market periods. An upside capture ratio above 100 indicates the strategy gained more than a market index in positive monthly return periods.

Distribution rate 12-month: The income per share paid by the fund over the past 12 months to an investor from dividends (including any special dividends). The distribution rate is expressed as a percentage of the current price.

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

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. Calculated by Morningstar.

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.

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.