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GFFFX American Funds Growth Fund of Amer F2

  • Fund
  • GFFFX
  • Price as of: Jul 21, 2017
  • $49.01
  • + $0.02
  • + 0.04%
  • Category
  • Large Cap Growth Equities

GFFFX - Profile

Vitals

  • YTD Return 16.8%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Return 10.1%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Return 15.8%
  • Net Assets $162 B
  • Holdings in Top 10 25.9%

52 WEEK LOW AND HIGH

$49.01
$41.95
$49.01

Expenses

OPERATING RELATED FEES

  • Expense Ratio 0.44%

SALES FEES

  • Front Load N/A
  • Deferred Load N/A

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 16.8%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Total Return 10.1%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Total Return 15.8%
  • Capital Gain Distribution Frequency Annually
  • Net Income Ratio 0.79%
DIVIDENDS
  • Dividend Yield 0.2%
  • Dividend Distribution Frequency Annually

Fund Details

  • Legal Name American Funds The Growth Fund of America®
  • Fund Family Name American Funds
  • Inception Date Aug 01, 2008
  • Shares Outstanding N/A
  • Share Class Other
  • Currency USD
  • Domiciled Country United States
  • Manager Michael T. Kerr

Fund Description

The fund invests primarily in common stocks and seeks to invest in companies that appear to offer superior opportunities for growth of capital. It may invest up to 25% of its assets in securities of issuers domiciled outside the United States. The investment adviser uses a system of multiple portfolio managers in managing the fund's assets. Under this approach, the portfolio of the fund is divided into segments managed by individual managers who decide how their respective segments will be invested.

GFFFX - Performance

Return Ranking - Trailing

Period GFFFX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
YTD 16.8% -97.0% 33.5% 43.09% 3
1 Yr 21.8% -52.0% 75.7% 19.83% 1
3 Yr 10.1% * -15.1% 30.2% 20.93% 2
5 Yr 15.8% * -0.3% 20.4% 8.65% 1
10 Yr 7.5% * 0.1% 12.6% 40.60% 3

* Annualized


Return Ranking - Calendar

Period GFFFX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
2016 1.8% -56.6% 121.2% 30.17% 2
2015 -3.3% -40.3% 11.4% 42.49% 3
2014 -0.8% -30.1% 42.9% 58.04% 4
2013 25.2% -11.8% 56.4% 57.20% 3
2012 19.5% -21.6% 29.1% 6.40% 1

Total Return Ranking - Trailing

Period GFFFX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
YTD 16.8% -97.0% 33.5% 43.13% 3
1 Yr 21.8% -71.3% 2606.2% 16.43% 1
3 Yr 10.1% * -21.9% 43.7% 24.12% 2
5 Yr 15.8% * -1.4% 20.4% 18.35% 1
10 Yr 7.5% * -0.5% 12.6% 48.08% 3

* Annualized


Total Return Ranking - Calendar

Period GFFFX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
2016 1.8% -56.6% 126.1% 33.51% 2
2015 6.1% -17.8% 28.8% 31.85% 2
2014 11.5% -10.0% 382.6% 56.15% 3
2013 50.2% -2.9% 615.0% 40.77% 3
2012 34.8% -100.0% 357.8% 18.36% 1

NAV & Total Return History

GFFFX - Holdings

Filings data as of: Mar 31, 2017

Concentration Analysis

GFFFX Category Low Category High GFFFX % Rank Quintile
Net Assets 162 B 373 K 162 B 0.06% 1
Number of Holdings 364 1 2217 2.12% 1
Net Assets in Top 10 38.9 B 0 42.3 B 0.13% 1
Weighting of Top 10 25.9% 0.0% 150.9% 27.97% 5

Top 10 Holdings

  1. Amazon.com Inc 6.66%
  2. The Home Depot Inc 2.13%
  3. UnitedHealth Group Inc 2.23%
  4. Broadcom Ltd 3.17%
  5. Microsoft Corp 2.33%
  6. Netflix Inc 2.36%
  7. Alphabet Inc C 2.03%
  8. Facebook Inc A 2.02%
  9. American International Group Inc 1.50%
  10. Alphabet Inc A 1.54%

Asset Allocation

Weighting Category Low Category High GFFFX % Rank Quintile
Stocks
93.47% 0.00% 113.50% 20.69% 5
Cash
3.36% -13.50% 100.00% 7.91% 2
Other
1.78% -2.85% 24.55% 2.32% 1
Bonds
1.20% 0.00% 77.38% 1.80% 1
Preferred Stocks
0.19% 0.00% 6.41% 1.86% 1
Convertible Bonds
0.00% 0.00% 3.34% 0.84% 4

Stock Sector Breakdown

Weighting Category Low Category High GFFFX % Rank Quintile
Technology
24.54% -1.29% 52.87% 18.65% 4
Consumer Cyclical
20.28% -2.22% 40.46% 6.88% 1
Healthcare
12.21% -1.03% 94.84% 22.06% 4
Financial Services
10.06% -2.38% 37.27% 18.33% 3
Energy
9.04% -1.24% 16.17% 1.93% 1
Industrials
5.84% -0.37% 27.13% 23.47% 5
Consumer Defense
5.20% -1.43% 22.97% 18.59% 4
Communication Services
3.47% 0.00% 13.81% 9.90% 2
Basic Materials
2.62% -1.18% 13.09% 12.09% 3
Real Estate
0.19% -0.03% 11.06% 13.70% 3
Utilities
0.00% -0.70% 8.31% 8.87% 4

Stock Geographic Breakdown

Weighting Category Low Category High GFFFX % Rank Quintile
US
77.76% 0.00% 112.25% 27.59% 5
Non US
15.71% 0.00% 90.90% 2.12% 1

Bond Sector Breakdown

Weighting Category Low Category High GFFFX % Rank Quintile
Cash & Equivalents
3.74% -14.45% 100.00% 7.10% 1
Government
0.80% 0.00% 28.25% 1.55% 1
Corporate
0.15% 0.00% 50.72% 4.26% 1
Derivative
0.00% -5.28% 10.62% 0.45% 4
Securitized
0.00% 0.00% 15.01% 0.84% 4
Municipal
0.00% 0.00% 5.83% 0.71% 4

Bond Geographic Breakdown

Weighting Category Low Category High GFFFX % Rank Quintile
US
1.13% -24.92% 63.53% 1.67% 1
Non US
0.07% 0.00% 42.95% 1.41% 1

GFFFX - Expenses

Operational Fees

GFFFX Fees (% of AUM) Category Low Category High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
Expense Ratio 0.44% 0.00% 24.91% 16.47% 1
Management Fee 0.27% 0.00% 1.50% 4.88% 1
12b-1 Fee N/A 0.00% 1.00% N/A N/A
Administrative Fee 0.05% 0.00% 1.00% 3.52% 2

Sales Fees

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

Trading Fees

GFFFX Fees (% of AUM) Category Low Category High GFFFX 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.

GFFFX Fees (% of AUM) Category Low Category High GFFFX Rank Quintile
Turnover 31.00% 0.00% 601.00% 11.00% 2

GFFFX - Distributions

Dividend Yield Analysis

GFFFX Category Low Category High GFFFX % Rank Quintile
Dividend Yield 0.2% 0.00% 2.85% 12.39% 1

Dividend Distribution Analysis

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

Dividend Payout History


Net Income Ratio Analysis

GFFFX Category Low Category High GFFFX % Rank Quintile
Net Income Ratio 0.79% -7.69% 3.70% 5.86% 1

Capital Gain Distribution Analysis

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

GFFFX - Managers

Michael T. Kerr

Manager

Start Date

Nov 01, 1998

Tenure

18.67

Tenure Rank

1.1%

Michael T. Kerr is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. Earlier in his career, as an equity investment analyst at Capital, he covered global oil & gas companies and U.S. multi-utilities. Prior to joining Capital, Mike was an exploration geophysicist with Cities Service Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was awarded first-year honors, and a bachelor’s degree in geological sciences from Harvard University graduating cum laude.


Barry S. Crosthwaite

Manager

Start Date

Nov 01, 2007

Tenure

9.67

Tenure Rank

4.7%

Barry S. Crosthwaite is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 20 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

23.68

Tenure Rank

0.4%

Donald D. O’Neal is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 31 years of investment experience, all with Capital Group. Earlier in his career, as an equity investment analyst at Capital, he covered chemical, environmental service and aerospace & defense companies. Don holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from University of California, Los Angeles graduating summa cum laude. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Don is based in San Francisco.


James Terrile

Manager

Start Date

Nov 01, 2008

Tenure

8.67

Tenure Rank

5.4%

James Terrile is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 22 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 20 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

6.67

Tenure Rank

7.0%

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

6.67

Tenure Rank

7.0%

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

15.67

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

12.67

Tenure Rank

2.9%

Morrow is a senior vice president of Capital World Investors.


Lawrence R. Solomon

Manager

Start Date

May 01, 2010

Tenure

7.17

Tenure Rank

6.5%

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 33 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 32 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

4.66

Tenure Rank

8.6%

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

3.66

Tenure Rank

9.7%

Christopher D. Buchbinder is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 21 years of investment experience, all with Capital Group. Earlier in his career at Capital, as an equity investment analyst, he covered U.S. telecommunication services, autos, and auto parts & equipment companies. He began his career as a participant in The Associates Program, a two-year series of work assignments in various areas of the Capital organization. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Brown University graduating cum laude. Chris is based in San Francisco.


Joanna F. Jonsson

Manager

Start Date

Mar 01, 2016

Tenure

1.33

Tenure Rank

12.1%

Joanna F. Jonsson is an equity portfolio manager. She has 27 years of investment experience with 25 years at Capital. As an equity analyst at Capital, her coverage included insurance, U.S. household & personal care, restaurants & lodging and cruise lines companies. Jody holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University graduating cum laude. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Institute. Jody is based in Los Angeles.


Tenure Analysis

Category Low

0.0

Category High

49.5

Category Average

7.48

Category Mode

2.5