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The anatomy of an investment: From research to returns

Evaluating investment prospects for American High-Income Trust® sometimes requires a creative approach. Three of our fund analysts describe how they looked at three different companies, each one requiring a different approach, but that shared some common traits when it came to evaluating their investment prospects. 


“Situations present themselves in different ways, but no matter how you approach an investment, you need to have the deep research to be able to do the fundamental business and company analysis.”

David Barclay
Portfolio manager


In the wide-ranging and dynamic high-yield bond market, there are a variety of ways to find attractive investments. Sometimes opportunities emerge in moments of crisis. Other times they are uncovered by surprising circumstances. Regardless of the situation, however, the importance of having a strong research organization in place to evaluate the investment opportunities cannot be underestimated. 

“Using our depth of research is important when making all investment decisions,” says American High-Income Trust President David Barclay, also a portfolio manager for the fund. “There are a number of different ways of finding investment opportunities for the fund in this diverse and changing marketplace, so it is even more important to have that broad and flexible research operation in place.”

In this series, The anatomy of an investment, we explore three cases that highlight the rigorous research and the diverse approaches that our analysts and portfolio managers take when making investing decisions.

Learn more about American High-Income Trust's portfolio holdings and other data. 

  • Opportunities in a struggling company

    Investment analyst Jonathan Deeringer describes how rigorous research, teamwork and a fresh perspective allowed for a successful, but risky, investment. 

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  • Investment knowledge enhanced by collaboration

    Investment analyst Tara Torrens explains how a broad, collaborative approach to studying a troubled aircraft leasing company helped her team develop a new view of a potential investment. 

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  • Benefits of a symbiotic relationship

     Investment analyst Damien McCann reveals how deep knowledge and experience paved the way for a solid, steady investment in a lesser known company. 

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