Changing Your Preferences
Your financial professional can show you how to monitor your investments.
There are several ways to track the value of your American Funds investments on our website:
Your American Funds statement is a primary source of information for your account(s). You can view quarterly statements online by logging in to your account and navigating to the Statements & Tax Forms page.
Most daily newspapers publish pages of information about all mutual funds. Here’s how to follow some of the typical jargon: Look for American Funds in the alphabetical listing. Fund listings will be separated by share class. (Class B, C and F share listings will be available on a fund-by-fund basis once each fund’s assets in each respective share class have reached $10 million.)
In the first column, find the abbreviation for your fund or funds. For example, ICA is The Investment Company of America®; Wsh is Washington Mutual Investors Fund℠.
The second column shows the NAV, the net asset value per share at the close of the previous business day. This is the amount per share you would have received if you had sold shares that day.
The next column is the offering price, the price per share you would pay if you had invested at the maximum sales charge on the previous business day.
There is usually a column showing the change, if any, in net asset value from the previous trading day. Changes, up or down, are caused by changes in the value of the fund’s holdings. The fund’s NAV will also fall the day it pays a dividend.
Money market funds are not listed in the newspaper on a daily basis because they are managed to provide a net asset value of $1.00 per share (which is not guaranteed). However, their yields are listed weekly in many newspapers.
To determine the value of your investment, multiply the value of each share (its NAV) by the number of shares you own.
Remember that if you reinvest dividends and capital gain distributions (as most shareholders do), the number of shares you own keeps increasing.
You can find your current share balance on your most recent statement or by calling our 24-hour automated phone service. Get phone numbers and service hours. (Of course, the Your Portfolio page provides the latest available NAV, number of shares and value for each fund you own if you’d rather not do the math yourself.)
You can check your account balances by calling Shareholder Services or our 24-hour automated phone service. Get phone numbers and service hours.
You could lose money by investing in the American Funds U.S. Government Money Market Fund. Although the fund seeks to preserve the value of your investment at $1.00 per share, it cannot guarantee it will do so. An investment in the fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The fund's sponsor has no legal obligation to provide financial support to the fund, and you should not expect that the sponsor will provide financial support to the fund at any time.
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.