2018 Year-End Distributions | American Funds

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JANUARY 22, 2019

2018 Year-End Distributions

Capital Gain Distributions

Capital gain distributions for 2018 are listed below. Read our Capital Gains FAQ to learn about capital gain distributions and how they affect your account.

Year-End Distributions of Capital Gains

Per-Share Amounts

Fund

Record

Date

Payment

Date

Long-

Term

Short-

Term1

AMERICAN FUNDS PORTFOLIO SERIES℠

AMERICAN FUNDS RETIREMENT INCOME PORTFOLIO SERIES℠

AMERICAN FUNDS TARGET DATE RETIREMENT SERIES®

1Some funds may pay a year-end distribution of short-term capital gains, which are taxed like ordinary income.

Dividends

Income Dividends

In December, many of the American Funds paid regular income dividends. In addition, several funds paid special dividends.

Special Dividends

The following American Funds paid special dividends in December, in addition to their regular dividend payments.

Funds That Paid Special Dividends

Fund
Per-Share Amount

Qualified Dividends

Funds that invest in stocks of U.S. corporations and many of those based outside the U.S. pay dividends that qualify for lower tax rates. However, when a fund derives a significant portion of its income from sources such as interest, short-term capital gains and dividends from certain international corporations, a portion of its dividend does not qualify for reduced tax rates. Instead, that portion is taxed at the ordinary income rates. Funds that derive all of their income from investments in bonds, money market instruments and non-dividend-paying investments do not pay qualified dividends.

For most investors, the amount of qualified dividends received will be reported on Form 1099-DIV (mailed by January 31, 2019).

Funds That Paid Qualified Dividends

Fund
Percentage

AMERICAN FUNDS PORTFOLIO SERIES℠

AMERICAN FUNDS RETIREMENT INCOME PORTFOLIO SERIES℠

AMERICAN FUNDS TARGET DATE RETIREMENT SERIES®

2The fund did not pay taxable dividends in 2018.

3This percentage applies to the taxable portion of the fund's total dividend.

Return of Capital

A portion of the income dividends distributed by American Funds Emerging Markets Bond Fund during 2018 was classified as a return of capital. See "Form 8937: Report of Organizational Actions" in our Tax Center at americanfunds.com/taxes for more information. The actual amount of return of capital will be reported in Box 3 “Nondividend Distributions” of the 2018 1099-DIV (available late January).


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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.