GFACX: American Funds Growth Fund of Amer C

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Profile

GFACX - Profile

Vitals

  • YTD Return 15.2%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Return 5.9%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Return 4.7%
  • Net Assets $218 B
  • Holdings in Top 10 34.8%

52 WEEK LOW AND HIGH

$53.72
$35.10
$54.16

Expenses

OPERATING RELATED FEES

  • Expense Ratio 1.41%

SALES FEES

  • Front Load N/A
  • Deferred Load 1.00%

BROKERAGE FEES

  • Turnover 36.00%

TRADING FEES

  • Max Redemption Fee N/A

Min Investment

  • Standard (Taxable) $250
  • IRA $25

Fund Classification


Distributions

  • YTD Total Return 15.2%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Total Return 8.4%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Total Return 9.3%
  • Capital Gain Distribution Frequency Annually
  • Net Income Ratio -0.17%
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
    Donald O'Neal

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.


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Performance

GFACX - Performance

Return Ranking - Trailing

Period GFACX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
YTD 15.2% -91.6% 110.5% 60.78%
1 Yr 18.7% -92.0% 90.5% 52.61%
3 Yr 5.9%* -59.0% 38.0% 63.76%
5 Yr 4.7%* -41.4% 22.0% 60.35%
10 Yr 7.4%* -18.4% 18.1% 58.86%

* Annualized

Return Ranking - Calendar

Period GFACX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
2019 18.8% -67.9% 49.9% 76.72%
2018 -14.6% -65.5% 10.6% 63.24%
2017 16.9% -46.3% 52.2% 61.15%
2016 1.2% -43.3% 15.3% 37.72%
2015 -3.9% -82.5% 11.4% 52.66%

Total Return Ranking - Trailing

Period GFACX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
YTD 15.2% -91.6% 110.5% 60.78%
1 Yr 18.7% -92.0% 90.5% 52.53%
3 Yr 8.4%* -57.9% 38.0% 71.90%
5 Yr 9.3%* -38.8% 26.5% 56.59%
10 Yr 11.8%* -16.6% 21.8% 55.62%

* Annualized

Total Return Ranking - Calendar

Period GFACX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
2019 18.8% -67.9% 49.9% 76.80%
2018 -14.6% -65.5% 16.5% 76.15%
2017 25.1% -28.2% 52.2% 54.60%
2016 7.6% -43.3% 17.1% 16.59%
2015 4.6% -38.0% 17.3% 31.80%

NAV & Total Return History


Holdings

GFACX - Holdings

Concentration Analysis

GFACX Category Low Category High GFACX % Rank
Net Assets 218 B 858 K 218 B 0.08%
Number of Holdings 370 1 2209 5.17%
Net Assets in Top 10 71.6 B 399 K 71.6 B 0.08%
Weighting of Top 10 34.75% 13.2% 100.0% 82.59%

Top 10 Holdings

  1. Netflix Inc 5.93%
  2. Facebook Inc A 5.77%
  3. Amazon.com Inc 5.71%
  4. Microsoft Corp 5.43%
  5. Tesla Inc 2.70%
  6. UnitedHealth Group Inc 2.48%
  7. Alphabet Inc Class C 2.17%
  8. Broadcom Inc 1.69%
  9. Mastercard Inc A 1.56%
  10. PayPal Holdings Inc 1.31%

Asset Allocation

Weighting Return Low Return High GFACX % Rank
Stocks
93.53% 83.54% 103.32% 92.85%
Cash
5.83% -3.33% 14.62% 6.46%
Preferred Stocks
0.52% 0.00% 2.55% 3.80%
Other
0.11% -2.48% 6.02% 11.33%
Bonds
0.01% -0.22% 13.73% 4.56%
Convertible Bonds
0.00% 0.00% 0.52% 15.21%

Stock Sector Breakdown

Weighting Return Low Return High GFACX % Rank
Technology
22.17% 10.36% 54.73% 85.93%
Communication Services
20.20% 0.00% 34.83% 4.49%
Healthcare
17.94% 0.00% 45.35% 17.64%
Consumer Cyclical
16.44% 0.00% 44.53% 35.59%
Financial Services
9.25% 0.00% 41.40% 63.12%
Industrials
6.31% 0.00% 24.88% 47.30%
Consumer Defense
2.62% 0.00% 21.78% 67.83%
Energy
1.75% 0.00% 8.11% 13.38%
Real Estate
1.66% 0.00% 22.16% 54.75%
Basic Materials
1.45% 0.00% 11.07% 44.94%
Utilities
0.21% 0.00% 6.86% 25.78%

Stock Geographic Breakdown

Weighting Return Low Return High GFACX % Rank
US
83.72% 78.13% 100.25% 94.30%
Non US
9.81% 0.00% 18.14% 16.20%

Bond Sector Breakdown

Weighting Return Low Return High GFACX % Rank
Cash & Equivalents
91.71% 0.00% 100.00% 87.05%
Corporate
8.29% 0.00% 100.00% 7.19%
Derivative
0.00% -0.06% 75.19% 17.22%
Securitized
0.00% 0.00% 6.54% 14.38%
Municipal
0.00% 0.00% 6.99% 14.45%
Government
0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 16.67%

Bond Geographic Breakdown

Weighting Return Low Return High GFACX % Rank
US
0.01% -0.22% 13.73% 4.49%
Non US
0.00% 0.00% 0.17% 14.52%

Expenses

GFACX - Expenses

Operational Fees

GFACX Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Expense Ratio 1.41% 0.01% 24.73% 28.40%
Management Fee 0.27% 0.00% 1.40% 3.37%
12b-1 Fee 1.00% 0.00% 1.00% 81.36%
Administrative Fee 0.05% 0.01% 1.02% 18.74%

Sales Fees

GFACX Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Front Load N/A 0.50% 8.50% N/A
Deferred Load 1.00% 1.00% 5.50% 23.43%

Trading Fees

GFACX Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Max Redemption Fee N/A 0.50% 2.00% N/A

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 Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Turnover 36.00% 0.00% 464.00% 41.60%

Distributions

GFACX - Distributions

Dividend Yield Analysis

GFACX Category Low Category High GFACX % Rank
Dividend Yield 0.00% 0.00% 19.54% 16.98%

Dividend Distribution Analysis

GFACX Category Low Category High Category Mod
Dividend Distribution Frequency Annually Annually Semi-Annually Annually

Net Income Ratio Analysis

GFACX Category Low Category High GFACX % Rank
Net Income Ratio -0.17% -2.06% 2.43% 63.40%

Capital Gain Distribution Analysis

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

Dividend Payout History

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Fund Manager Analysis

GFACX - Fund Manager Analysis

Managers

Donald O'Neal


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 1993

26.76

26.8%

Donald D. O’Neal is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 33 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.

Michael Kerr


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 1998

21.76

21.8%

Michael T. Kerr is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 35 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 33 years. 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. Mike is based in Los Angeles.

Barry Crosthwaite


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 2007

12.76

12.8%

Barry S. Crosthwaite is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 22 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.

Carl Kawaja


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 2010

9.75

9.8%

Carl M. Kawaja is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. Earlier in his career, as an equity investment analyst at Capital, he covered global household products and U.S. personal care companies, along with Canadian companies. Before joining Capital, Carl was a security analyst for Gabelli & Company in New York, as well as an equity analyst for Lévesque Beaubien in Montreal. He holds an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree in history from Brown University graduating magna cum laude.

Martin Romo


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 2010

9.75

9.8%

Martin Romo is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He is president of Capital Research Company, Inc. and serves on the Capital Group Management Committee. Martin has 27 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 26 years. Earlier in his career, as an equity investment analyst at Capital, he covered the global chemicals industry, mortgage and consumer financials, and select conglomerate companies. He holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Martin is based in San Francisco.

Mark Casey


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 2012

7.75

7.8%

Mark L. Casey is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 18 years of investment experience, all with Capital Group. Earlier in his career at Capital, Mark was an equity investment analyst and covered U.S. media, entertainment, newspapers, infrastructure software, internet and document imaging. Prior to joining Capital, he was a director and product manager for Siebel Systems. He holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University graduating magna cum laude. Mark is based in San Francisco.

Anne-Marie Peterson


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Jul 02, 2013

7.08

7.1%

Anne-Marie Peterson is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. As an equity investment analyst, she covers U.S. retail. She has 24 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 14 years. Earlier in her career at Capital, her coverage included U.S. small-cap specialty retail companies and restaurants. Prior to joining Capital, she was a senior retail analyst for Thomas Weisel Partners. Before that, she was a research associate for Montgomery Securities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Anne-Marie is based in San Francisco.

Christopher Buchbinder


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 2013

6.75

6.8%

Christopher D. Buchbinder is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 23 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.

Jody Jonsson


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Mar 01, 2016

4.42

4.4%

Joanna F. Jonsson is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. She has 30 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 28 years. 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.

Andraz Razen


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Mar 02, 2020

0.41

0.4%

Andraz Razen is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. As an equity investment analyst at Capital, Andraz is a generalist covering small-cap companies. He has 20 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 13 years. Earlier in his career, as an equity investment analyst at Capital, he also covered U.S. health care and supplies companies. Prior to joining Capital, he was an analyst and portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments in Boston. He holds a bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics from Tufts University graduating summa cum laude. Andraz is based in London.

Tenure Analysis

Category Low Category High Category Average Category Mode
0.01 52.61 8.34 1.25