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GFACX American Funds Growth Fund of Amer C

  • Fund
  • GFACX
  • Price as of: Dec 02, 2016
  • $41.35
  • - $0.00
  • - 0.00%
  • Category
  • Large Cap Growth Equities

GFACX - Profile

Vitals

  • YTD Return 6.4%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Return -1.0%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Return 8.1%
  • Net Assets $143 B
  • Holdings in Top 10 25.2%

52 WEEK LOW AND HIGH

$41.35
$33.34
$42.83

Expenses

OPERATING RELATED FEES

  • Expense Ratio 1.46%

SALES FEES

  • Front Load N/A
  • Deferred Load 1.00%

BROKERAGE FEES

  • Turnover 31.00%

TRADING FEES

  • Max Redemption Fee N/A

Min Investment

STANDARD (TAXABLE)

$250

IRA

$25

Investment Themes

CATEGORY

Large Cap Growth Equities
  • Fund Type Open End Mutual Fund
  • Investment Style Large Growth

Distributions

  • YTD Total Return 6.4%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Total Return 8.4%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Total Return 18.3%
  • Capital Gain Distribution Frequency Annually
  • Net Income Ratio -0.23%
DIVIDENDS
  • Dividend Yield 0.0%
  • Dividend Distribution Frequency Annually

Fund Details

  • Legal Name American Funds The Growth Fund of America®
  • Fund Family Name American Funds
  • Inception Date Mar 15, 2001
  • Shares Outstanding N/A
  • Share Class C
  • Currency USD
  • Domiciled Country United States
  • Manager Michael T. Kerr

Fund Description

The American Funds The Growth Fund of America C (GFACX) is a low-cost, actively managed fund that aims to grow investor capital. The fund uses a broad mandate and seeks classic growth stocks, cyclical stocks and turnaround situations among small-, mid- and large-cap domestic stocks. However, the firm can hold some international developed-market stocks in its mix. GFACX uses various screens to determine exactly where it believes the opportunities for growth are.

With its broad mandate to seek growth everywhere, GFACX is best suited as a subcore position in a broad equity portfolio. The fund is managed by Capital Research and Management Company.

GFACX - Performance

Return Ranking - Trailing

Period GFACX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
YTD 6.4% -97.0% 130.0% 12.78% 1
1 Yr -3.9% -52.0% 75.7% 66.84% 4
3 Yr -1.0% * -15.1% 30.2% 78.71% 4
5 Yr 8.1% * 3.7% 17.1% 72.04% 4
10 Yr 2.3% * -0.3% 11.5% 86.90% 5

* Annualized


Return Ranking - Calendar

Period GFACX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
2015 -3.9% -52.0% 11.4% 45.63% 3
2014 -1.7% -40.3% 19.3% 62.09% 4
2013 24.2% -11.8% 56.4% 61.68% 4
2012 19.5% -21.6% 29.1% 6.14% 1
2011 -5.6% -36.6% 14.5% 70.10% 4

Total Return Ranking - Trailing

Period GFACX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
YTD 6.4% -97.0% 135.1% 13.94% 1
1 Yr 4.3% -71.3% 2606.2% 13.90% 1
3 Yr 8.4% * -21.9% 43.7% 25.37% 2
5 Yr 18.3% * 2.5% 17.1% 15.79% 1
10 Yr 8.0% * -0.6% 11.5% 33.60% 2

* Annualized


Total Return Ranking - Calendar

Period GFACX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
2015 4.9% -38.0% 19.0% 38.02% 2
2014 10.0% -17.3% 28.8% 68.88% 4
2013 47.0% -2.9% 382.6% 51.18% 3
2012 31.0% -13.0% 615.0% 26.09% 2
2011 -8.6% -100.0% 67.8% 75.18% 4

NAV & Total Return History

GFACX - Holdings

Filings data as of: Sep 30, 2016

Concentration Analysis

GFACX Category Low Category High GFACX % Rank Quintile
Net Assets 143 B 373 K 143 B 0.06% 1
Number of Holdings 370 1 2209 1.74% 1
Net Assets in Top 10 35.4 B 0 36 B 0.13% 1
Weighting of Top 10 25.2% 0.0% 150.9% 26.03% 5

Top 10 Holdings

  1. Amazon.com Inc 7.62%
  2. The Home Depot Inc 2.25%
  3. UnitedHealth Group Inc 2.22%
  4. Amgen Inc 1.66%
  5. Broadcom Ltd 2.72%
  6. Microsoft Corp 2.14%
  7. Netflix Inc 1.61%
  8. EOG Resources Inc 1.83%
  9. Alphabet Inc C 1.66%
  10. Facebook Inc A 1.44%

Asset Allocation

Weighting Category Low Category High GFACX % Rank Quintile
Stocks
91.86% 0.00% 110.73% 18.83% 5
Bonds
3.44% -0.14% 76.74% 1.16% 1
Other
2.50% -1.57% 24.55% 1.35% 1
Cash
2.04% -10.73% 100.00% 12.02% 2
Preferred Stocks
0.16% 0.00% 5.54% 1.86% 1
Convertible Bonds
0.00% 0.00% 3.55% 0.77% 4

Stock Sector Breakdown

Weighting Category Low Category High GFACX % Rank Quintile
Technology
21.72% -1.29% 53.81% 19.54% 4
Consumer Cyclical
18.45% -2.22% 49.24% 9.19% 2
Healthcare
15.65% -1.03% 91.28% 13.62% 3
Energy
10.71% -1.24% 16.17% 1.29% 1
Financial Services
7.77% -2.38% 33.61% 17.99% 3
Consumer Defense
5.83% -1.43% 27.63% 18.32% 4
Industrials
5.14% -0.37% 25.68% 23.59% 5
Communication Services
4.21% 0.00% 12.93% 7.33% 2
Basic Materials
2.18% -1.18% 12.25% 12.15% 3
Real Estate
0.19% -0.04% 11.06% 13.11% 3
Utilities
0.00% -0.64% 12.13% 8.16% 4

Stock Geographic Breakdown

Weighting Category Low Category High GFACX % Rank Quintile
US
80.46% 0.00% 110.73% 25.39% 5
Non US
11.40% 0.00% 89.90% 3.86% 1

Bond Sector Breakdown

Weighting Category Low Category High GFACX % Rank Quintile
Government
2.88% 0.00% 28.25% 1.03% 1
Cash & Equivalents
2.59% -11.32% 100.00% 9.88% 2
Corporate
0.16% -0.14% 51.31% 3.55% 1
Securitized
0.00% 0.00% 15.17% 0.71% 4
Municipal
0.00% 0.00% 5.83% 0.58% 4
Derivative
0.00% -5.28% 10.62% 0.52% 4

Bond Geographic Breakdown

Weighting Category Low Category High GFACX % Rank Quintile
US
3.44% -24.92% 63.33% 0.96% 1
Non US
0.00% 0.00% 42.95% 1.29% 4

GFACX - Expenses

Operational Fees

GFACX Fees (% of AUM) Category Low Category High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
Expense Ratio 1.46% 0.00% 24.91% 9.71% 4
Management Fee 0.27% 0.00% 1.50% 4.76% 1
12b-1 Fee 1.00% 0.00% 1.00% 0.10% 5
Administrative Fee 0.05% 0.00% 1.00% 3.29% 2

Sales Fees

GFACX Fees (% of AUM) Category Low Category High GFACX Rank Quintile
Front Load N/A 1.50% 8.50% N/A N/A
Deferred Load 1.00% 1.00% 5.50% 1.59% 3

Trading Fees

GFACX Fees (% of AUM) Category Low Category High GFACX Rank Quintile
Max Redemption Fee N/A 0.05% 5.00% N/A N/A

Turnover Related Fees

Turnover provides investors a proxy for the trading fees incurred by mutual fund managers who frequently adjust position allocations. Higher turnover means higher trading fees.

GFACX Fees (% of AUM) Category Low Category High GFACX Rank Quintile
Turnover 31.00% 0.00% 601.00% 11.13% 2

GFACX - Distributions

Dividend Yield Analysis

GFACX Category Low Category High GFACX % Rank Quintile
Dividend Yield 0.0% 0.00% 2.85% 71.88% 5

Dividend Distribution Analysis

GFACX Category Low Category High Category Mode
Dividend Distribution Frequency Annually Annually Monthly Annually

Dividend Payout History


Net Income Ratio Analysis

GFACX Category Low Category High GFACX % Rank Quintile
Net Income Ratio -0.23% -7.69% 3.70% 11.77% 4

Capital Gain Distribution Analysis

GFACX Category Low Category High Capital Mode
Capital Gain Distribution Frequency Annually Annually Daily Annually

GFACX - Managers

Michael T. Kerr

Manager

Start Date

Nov 01, 1998

Tenure

18.01

Tenure Rank

1.1%

Investment professional since 1983 ; 29 years with Capital Research and Management Company or affiliate


Barry S. Crosthwaite

Manager

Start Date

Nov 01, 2007

Tenure

9.01

Tenure Rank

4.5%

Barry S. Crosthwaite is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 19 years of investment experience, all with Capital Group. Earlier in his career at Capital, as an equity investment analyst, he covered U.S. electrical equipment/appliances, global energy equipment, and oil field services & drilling companies, as well as North American communications & networking equipment companies. Barry holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Occidental College graduating magna cum laude. Barry is based in San Francisco.


Donald D. O'Neal

Manager

Start Date

Nov 01, 1993

Tenure

23.01

Tenure Rank

0.5%

O'Neal is a Senior Vice President of Capital Research. O'Neal has been an investment professional since 1992


James Terrile

Manager

Start Date

Nov 01, 2008

Tenure

8.0

Tenure Rank

5.3%

James Terrile is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 21 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 19 years. Earlier in his career, as an equity investment analyst at Capital, he covered U.S. health care supplies & equipment, pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Prior to joining Capital, James was an equity research analyst for Gabelli Asset Management Company in New York. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with Beta Gamma Sigma distinction and a bachelor’s degree in music from William Paterson University graduating magna cum laude. James is based in Los Angeles.


Martin Romo

Manager

Start Date

Nov 01, 2010

Tenure

6.0

Tenure Rank

6.9%

Investment professional for 22 years in total; 21 years with Capital Research and Management Company or affiliate


Carl M. Kawaja

Manager

Start Date

Nov 01, 2010

Tenure

6.0

Tenure Rank

6.9%

Carl Kawaja is a portfolio manager, a director of Capital International Asset Management and a senior vice president of Capital Research Company. Prior to joining the Capital Group organization in 1991, Carl was a security analyst for Gabelli and Co. in New York, as well as an equity analyst for Levesque Beaubien Inc. in Montreal. Carl received a bachelor's degree in history from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is based in San Francisco.


J. Blair Frank

Manager

Start Date

Nov 01, 2001

Tenure

15.01

Tenure Rank

1.7%

Frank is Senior Vice President of Capital Research and Management Company. He has been an investment professional since 1993 with 20 years at Capital Research and Management or affiliate.


Ronald B. Morrow

Manager

Start Date

Nov 01, 2004

Tenure

12.01

Tenure Rank

2.6%

Morrow is a senior vice president of Capital World Investors.


Lawrence R. Solomon

Manager

Start Date

May 01, 2010

Tenure

6.51

Tenure Rank

6.4%

Lawrence R. Solomon is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. As an equity investment analyst at Capital, he covers U.S. and European software. He is also chairman and president of Capital Management Services, Inc. He has 32 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 31 years. Earlier in his career at Capital, as an equity investment analyst, Larry’s coverage included U.S. technology and imaging, as well as global telecom equipment and software manufacturers. Prior to joining Capital, he was an economic consultant and research analyst for Data Resources, Inc. in Los Angeles. Larry holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Occidental College, graduating cum laude, and the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Larry is based in San Francisco.


Alan J. Wilson

Manager

Start Date

Nov 03, 2012

Tenure

3.99

Tenure Rank

8.7%

Alan J. Wilson is a portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 31 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 25 years. As an equity investment analyst at Capital, he covered U.S. construction & housing, machinery & engineering, energy companies, personal care, and household products. Before joining Capital, Alan was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and an engineer with Texas Eastern Corp. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Alan is based in Los Angeles.


Christopher D. Buchbinder

Manager

Start Date

Nov 01, 2013

Tenure

3.0

Tenure Rank

9.8%

Buchbinder is senior vice president and an equity portfolio manager of Capital Research and Management Company or affiliate.


Joanna F. Jonsson

Manager

Start Date

Mar 01, 2016

Tenure

0.67

Tenure Rank

12.2%

Ms. Jonsson is a portfolio manager and an investment analyst. Her research responsibilities include the insurance and cruise line industries. From 1998 to 2002, she was a research director with responsibility for hiring, training and overseeing other analysts. Ms. Jonsson is a Senior Vice President of Capital Research Company, an officer of two mutual funds managed by Capital Research and Management Company, a member of the management committee of CIF and the Capital Group Companies board.


Tenure Analysis

Category Low

0.0

Category High

48.9

Category Average

7.16

Category Mode

4.8