0000051931-12-000884.txt : 20121220 0000051931-12-000884.hdr.sgml : 20121220 20121220125817 ACCESSION NUMBER: 0000051931-12-000884 CONFORMED SUBMISSION TYPE: 485BPOS PUBLIC DOCUMENT COUNT: 8 FILED AS OF DATE: 20121220 DATE AS OF CHANGE: 20121220 EFFECTIVENESS DATE: 20121220 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000823620 IRS NUMBER: 956872063 STATE OF INCORPORATION: DE FISCAL YEAR END: 0930 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1933 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 033-17917 FILM NUMBER: 121276595 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: 333 S HOPE ST - 55TH FL (MICG) CITY: LOS ANGELES STATE: CA ZIP: 90071 BUSINESS PHONE: 213-486-9200 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: 333 S HOPE ST - 55TH FL (MICG) CITY: LOS ANGELES STATE: CA ZIP: 90071 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000823620 IRS NUMBER: 956872063 STATE OF INCORPORATION: DE FISCAL YEAR END: 0930 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1940 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 811-05364 FILM NUMBER: 121276596 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: 333 S HOPE ST - 55TH FL (MICG) CITY: LOS ANGELES STATE: CA ZIP: 90071 BUSINESS PHONE: 213-486-9200 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: 333 S HOPE ST - 55TH FL (MICG) CITY: LOS ANGELES STATE: CA ZIP: 90071 0000823620 S000009230 AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST C000025083 Class A AHITX C000025084 Class R-1 RITAX C000025085 Class R-2 RITBX C000025086 Class R-3 RITCX C000025087 Class R-4 RITEX C000025088 Class R-5 RITFX C000025089 Class B AHTBX C000025090 Class C AHTCX C000025091 Class F-1 AHTFX C000025092 Class 529-A CITAX C000025093 Class 529-B CITBX C000025094 Class 529-C CITCX C000025095 Class 529-E CITEX C000025096 Class 529-F-1 CITFX C000068571 Class F-2 AHIFX C000077919 Class R-6 RITGX 485BPOS 1 ahit485bxbrl.htm AMERICAN HIGH-INCOME TRUST ahit485bxbrl.htm
SEC. File Nos.   033-17917
811-05364
 
 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
____________________


FORM N-1A

Registration Statement
Under
the Securities Act of 1933
Post-Effective Amendment No. 39

and

Registration Statement
Under
The Investment Company Act of 1940
Amendment No. 42
____________________

AMERICAN HIGH-INCOME TRUST
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

333 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, California 90071-1447
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
 
Registrant's telephone number, including area code:
(213) 486-9200
____________________
 
 
COURTNEY R. TAYLOR, Secretary
American High-Income Trust
333 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, California 90071-1447
(Name and Address of Agent for Service)
____________________
 
 
Copies to:
Michael Glazer
Bingham McCutchen LLP
355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 4400
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3106
(Counsel for the Registrant)
____________________

Approximate date of proposed public offering:
It is proposed that this filing become effective immediately pursuant to paragraph (b) of rule 485.
 
 
 
 

 
 
SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Registrant certifies that it meets all of the requirements for effectiveness of this registration statement under Rule 485(b) under the Securities Act of 1933 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, duly authorized, in the City of Los Angeles, and State of California, on the 20th day of December, 2012.

AMERICAN HIGH-INCOME TRUST

By /s/ David C. Barclay
   (David C. Barclay, President)

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed below on December 20, 2012, by the following persons in the capacities indicated.

 
Signature
Title
 
(1)
Principal Executive Officer:
 
 
/s/ David C. Barclay             
President
 
(David C. Barclay)
 
(2)
Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer:
 
 
/s/ Karl C. Grauman
Treasurer
 
(Karl C. Grauman)
 
(3)
Trustees:
 
 
William H. Baribault*
Trustee
 
James G. Ellis*
Trustee
 
Leonard R. Fuller*
Trustee
 
W. Scott Hedrick*
Trustee
 
R. Clark Hooper*
Chairman of the Board (Independent and Non-Executive)
 
Merit E. Janow*
Trustee
 
Laurel B. Mitchell*
Trustee
 
Frank M. Sanchez*
Trustee
     
 
/s/ John H. Smet           
Trustee
 
(John H. Smet)
     
 
Margaret Spellings*
Trustee
 
Steadman Upham*
Trustee

*By
/s/ Courtney R. Taylor
 
(Courtney R. Taylor, pursuant to a power of attorney filed herewith)

Counsel represents that this amendment does not contain disclosures that would make the amendment ineligible for effectiveness under the provisions of rule 485(b).

/s/ Katherine H. Newhall
(Katherine H. Newhall)
 
 
 

 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, William H. Baribault, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
-  
American Funds Corporate Bond Fund (File No. 333-183929, File No. 811-22744)
-  
American Funds Global High-Income Opportunities Fund (File No. 333-183930, File No. 811-22745)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
American Funds Inflation Linked Bond Fund (File No. 333-183931, File No. 811-22746)
-  
American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
-  
American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
-  
American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
-  
American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
-  
American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
-  
American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
-  
American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
-  
The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
-  
American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
-  
American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
-  
The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
-  
Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
-  
Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
-  
Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
-  
Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
-  
The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Los Angeles, CA, this 5th day of December, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ William H. Baribault                                                              
William H. Baribault, Board member
 
 
 

 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, James G. Ellis, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
AMCAP Fund (File No. 002-26516, File No. 811-01435)
-  
American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
-  
American Funds Corporate Bond Fund (File No. 333-183929, File No. 811-22744)
-  
American Funds Global High-Income Opportunities Fund (File No. 333-183930, File No. 811-
-  
American Funds Global Balanced Fund (File No. 333-170605, File No. 811-22496)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
American Funds Inflation Linked Bond Fund (File No. 333-183931, File No. 811-22746)
-  
American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
-  
American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
-  
American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
-  
American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
-  
American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
-  
American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
-  
American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
-  
The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
-  
American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
-  
American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
-  
American Mutual Fund (File No. 002-10607, File No. 811-00572)
-  
The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
-  
Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
-  
Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
-  
The Investment Company of America (File No. 002-10811, File No. 811-00116)
-  
Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
-  
Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
-  
The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Brian D. Bullard
Karl C. Grauman
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
Ari M. Vinocor
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Los Angeles, CA, this 5th day of December, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ James G. Ellis                                                             
James G. Ellis, Board member
 
 
 

 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Leonard R. Fuller, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
AMCAP Fund (File No. 002-26516, File No. 811-01435)
-  
American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
-  
American Funds Corporate Bond Fund (File No. 333-183929, File No. 811-22744)
-  
American Funds Global High-Income Opportunities Fund (File No. 333-183930, File No. 811-22745)
-  
American Funds Global Balanced Fund (File No. 333-170605, File No. 811-22496)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
American Funds Inflation Linked Bond Fund (File No. 333-183931, File No. 811-22746)
-  
American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
-  
American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
-  
American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
-  
American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
-  
American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
-  
American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
-  
American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
-  
The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
-  
American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
-  
American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
-  
American Mutual Fund (File No. 002-10607, File No. 811-00572)
-  
The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
-  
Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
-  
Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
-  
The Investment Company of America (File No. 002-10811, File No. 811-00116)
-  
Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
-  
Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
-  
The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Brian D. Bullard
Karl C. Grauman
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
Ari M. Vinocor
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Los Angeles, CA, this 5th day of December, 2012.
(City, State)

/s/ Leonard R. Fuller                                                              
Leonard R. Fuller, Board member
 
 
 

 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, W. Scott Hedrick, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
-  
American Funds Corporate Bond Fund (File No. 333-183929, File No. 811-22744)
-  
American Funds Global High-Income Opportunities Fund (File No. 333-183930, File No. 811-22745)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
American Funds Inflation Linked Bond Fund (File No. 333-183931, File No. 811-22746)
-  
American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
-  
American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
-  
American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
-  
American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
-  
American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
-  
American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
-  
American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
-  
The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
-  
American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
-  
American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
-  
The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
-  
Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
-  
Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
-  
Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
-  
Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
-  
The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Santa Barbara, CA, this 10th day of December, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ W. Scott Hedrick                                                              
W. Scott Hedrick, Board member
 
 
 

 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, R. Clark Hooper, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
-  
American Funds Corporate Bond Fund (File No. 333-183929, File No. 811-22744)
-  
American Funds Global High-Income Opportunities Fund (File No. 333-183930, File No. 811-22745)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
American Funds Inflation Linked Bond Fund (File No. 333-183931, File No. 811-22746)
-  
American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
-  
American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
-  
American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
-  
American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
-  
American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
-  
American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
-  
American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
-  
The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
-  
American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
-  
American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
-  
The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
-  
Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
-  
Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund
-  
Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
-  
Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
-  
The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
-  
The New Economy Fund
-  
Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
-  
The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
Neal F. Wellons
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Los Angeles, CA, this 5th day of December, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ R. Clark Hooper                                                              
R. Clark Hooper, Board member
 
 
 

 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Merit E. Janow, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
-  
American Funds Corporate Bond Fund (File No. 333-183929, File No. 811-22744)
-  
American Funds Global High-Income Opportunities Fund (File No. 333-183930, File No. 811-22745)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
American Funds Inflation Linked Bond Fund (File No. 333-183931, File No. 811-22746)
-  
American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
-  
American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
-  
American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
-  
American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
-  
American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
-  
American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
-  
American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
-  
The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
-  
American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
-  
American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
-  
The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
-  
Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
-  
Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund
-  
Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
-  
Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
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The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
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The New Economy Fund
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Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
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The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
Neal F. Wellons
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Los Angeles, CA, this 5th day of December, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Merit E. Janow                                                              
Merit E. Janow, Board member
 
 
 

 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Laurel B. Mitchell, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

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American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
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American Funds Corporate Bond Fund (File No. 333-183929, File No. 811-22744)
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American Funds Global High-Income Opportunities Fund (File No. 333-183930, File No. 811-22745)
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The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
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American Funds Inflation Linked Bond Fund (File No. 333-183931, File No. 811-22746)
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American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
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American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
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American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
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American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
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American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
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American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
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American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
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The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
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American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
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American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
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The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
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Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
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Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
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Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
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Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
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The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Los Angeles, CA, this 5th day of December, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Laurel B. Mitchell                                                              
Laurel B. Mitchell, Board member
 
 
 

 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Frank M. Sanchez, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

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American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
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American Funds Corporate Bond Fund (File No. 333-183929, File No. 811-22744)
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American Funds Global High-Income Opportunities Fund (File No. 333-183930, File No. 811-22745)
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The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
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American Funds Inflation Linked Bond Fund (File No. 333-183931, File No. 811-22746)
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American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
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American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
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American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
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American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
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American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
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American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
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American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
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The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
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American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
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American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
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The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
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Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
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Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
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Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
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Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
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The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Los Angeles, CA, this 5th day of December, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Frank M. Sanchez                                                              
Frank M. Sanchez, Board member
 
 
 

 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Margaret Spellings, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

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American Balanced Fund (File No. 002-10758, File No. 811-00066)
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American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
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American Funds Corporate Bond Fund (File No. 333-183929, File No. 811-22744)
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American Funds Global High-Income Opportunities Fund (File No. 333-183930, File No. 811-22745)
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The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
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American Funds Inflation Linked Bond Fund (File No. 333-183931, File No. 811-22746)
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American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
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American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
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American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
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American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
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American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
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American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
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American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
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The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
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American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
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American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
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The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
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Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
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The Income Fund of America (File No. 002-33371, File No. 811-01880)
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Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
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International Growth and Income Fund (File No. 333-152323, File No. 811-22215)
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Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
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Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
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The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
Jeffrey P. Regal
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Los Angeles, CA, this 5th day of December, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Margaret Spellings                                                              
Margaret Spellings, Board member
 
 
 

 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Steadman Upham, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

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American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
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American Funds Corporate Bond Fund (File No. 333-183929, File No. 811-22744)
-  
American Funds Global High-Income Opportunities Fund (File No. 333-183930, File No. 811-22745)
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The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
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American Funds Inflation Linked Bond Fund (File No. 333-183931, File No. 811-22746)
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American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
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American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
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American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
-  
American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
-  
American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
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American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
-  
American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
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The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
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American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
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American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
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The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
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Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
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Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
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Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
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Capital World Growth and Income Fund
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Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
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Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
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The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
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The New Economy Fund
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Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
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The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
Neal F. Wellons
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Tulsa, OK, this 5th day of December, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Steadman Upham                                                              
Steadman Upham, Board member
 
 
 

 
 
Exhibit Index

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Description
   
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XBRL Instance Document
EX-101.SCH
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
EX-101.CAL
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase
EX-101.DEF
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase
EX-101.LAB
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase
EX-101.PRE
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase

EX-101.INS 2 ck0000823620-20120930.xml 485BPOS 2012-09-30 0000823620 2012-12-01 AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST false 2012-11-29 2012-12-01 <tt>The fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells <br />securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may <br />indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when fund shares<br />are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund <br />operating expenses or in the example, affect the fund's investment results. During <br />the most recent fiscal year, the fund's portfolio turnover rate was 38% of the <br />average value of its portfolio.</tt> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/ExpenseExample_S000009230Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/BarChartData_S000009230Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <tt>The fund's primary investment objective is to provide you with a high level of<br />current income.</tt> <tt>This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the fund <br />with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.<br /> <br />The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the fund for the time periods<br />indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The<br />example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that <br />the fund's operating expenses remain the same.</tt> <tt>The fund invests primarily in higher yielding and generally lower quality <br />debt securities (rated Ba1 or below or BB+ or below by Nationally Recognized<br />Statistical Rating Organizations or unrated but determined by the fund's<br />investment adviser to be of equivalent quality), including corporate loan<br />obligations. Such securities are sometimes referred to as "junk bonds." <br />The fund may also invest a portion of its assets in securities of issuers <br />domiciled outside the United States.<br /> <br />The fund is designed for investors seeking a high level of current income <br />and who are able to tolerate greater credit risk and price fluctuations <br />than those that exist in funds investing in higher quality debt securities.<br /> <br />The investment adviser uses a system of multiple portfolio counselors in<br />managing the fund's assets. Under this approach, the portfolio of the fund <br />is divided into segments managed by individual counselors who decide how <br />their respective segments will be invested.<br /> <br />The fund relies on the professional judgment of its investment adviser to <br />make decisions about the fund's portfolio investments. The basic investment<br />philosophy of the investment adviser is to seek to invest in attractively <br />priced securities that, in its opinion, represent good, long-term investment<br />opportunities. The investment adviser believes that an important way to<br />accomplish this is through fundamental analysis, which may include meeting <br />with company executives and employees, suppliers, customers and competitors.<br />Securities may be sold when the investment adviser believes that they no <br />longer represent relatively attractive investment opportunities.</tt> American High-Income Trust ® <tt>Its secondary investment objective is capital appreciation.</tt> You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $100,000 in American Funds. Example After-tax returns are calculated using the highest individual federal income tax rates in effect during each year of the periods shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Investment objectives Past investment results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future investment results. The Lipper High Yield Funds Index includes the fund and other funds that disclose investment objectives and/or strategies reasonably comparable to the fund's objective and/or strategies. You may lose money by investing in the fund. Principal risks Shareholder fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be: 0.38 Your actual after-tax returns depend on your individual tax situation and likely will differ from the results shown above. In addition, after-tax returns are not relevant if you hold your fund shares through a tax-favored arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan, individual retirement account (IRA) or 529 college savings plan. Calendar year total returns for Class A shares (Results do not include a sales charge; if a sales charge were included, results would be lower.) (Results do not include a sales charge; if a sales charge were included, results would be lower.) Investment results 100000 The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of market results. <tt>Highest/Lowest quarterly results during this period were:<br /><br />Highest 20.08% (quarter ended June 30, 2009)<br /><br />Lowest -19.08% (quarter ended December 31, 2008)<br /><br />The fund&#x2019;s total return for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, was 10.71%</tt> Annual fund operating expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment) Average annual total returns For the periods ended December 31, 2011 (with maximum sales charge): <tt>The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from<br />year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total<br />returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of market<br />results.</tt> Portfolio turnover <tt>This section describes the principal risks associated with the fund's principal<br />investment strategies. You may lose money by investing in the fund. The<br />likelihood of loss may be greater if you invest for a shorter period of time.<br /> <br />Investing in lower rated bonds - Lower rated bonds and other lower rated debt<br />securities generally have higher rates of interest and involve greater risk of<br />default or price declines due to changes in the issuer's creditworthiness than<br />those of higher quality debt securities. The market prices of these securities<br />may fluctuate more than the prices of higher quality debt securities and may<br />decline significantly in periods of general economic difficulty. These risks may<br />be increased with respect to investments in junk bonds.<br /> <br />Thinly traded securities - There may be little trading in the secondary market<br />for particular bonds or other debt securities, which may make them more<br />difficult to value, acquire or sell.<br /> <br />Investing in bonds - Rising interest rates will generally cause the prices of<br />bonds and other debt securities to fall. Longer maturity debt securities may be<br />subject to greater price fluctuations than shorter maturity debt securities. In<br />addition, falling interest rates may cause an issuer to redeem, call or refinance <br />a security before its stated maturity, which may result in the fund having to <br />reinvest the proceeds in lower yielding securities.<br /> <br />Bonds and other debt securities are subject to credit risk, which is the<br />possibility that the credit strength of an issuer will weaken and/or an issuer<br />of a debt security will fail to make timely payments of principal or interest<br />and the security will go into default.<br /><br />Market conditions - The prices of, and the income generated by, the securities<br />held by the fund may decline due to market conditions and other factors,<br />including those directly involving the issuers of securities held by the fund.<br /> <br />Investing outside the United States - Securities of issuers domiciled outside<br />the United States, or with significant operations outside the United States, may<br />lose value because of adverse political, social, economic or market developments<br />in the countries or regions in which the issuer operates. These securities may<br />also lose value due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates against the<br />U.S. dollar and/or currencies of other countries. Securities markets in certain<br />countries may be more volatile and/or less liquid than those in the United States. <br />Investments outside the United States may also be subject to different settlement <br />and accounting practices and different regulatory, legal and reporting standards, <br />and may be more difficult to value, than those in the United States.<br /> <br />Management - The investment adviser to the fund actively manages the fund's<br />investments. Consequently, the fund is subject to the risk that the methods <br />and analyses employed by the investment adviser in this process may not <br />produce the desired results. This could cause the fund to lose value or its <br />investment results to lag relevant benchmarks or other funds with similar <br />objectives.<br /> <br />Your investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or<br />guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other<br />governmental agency, entity or person. You should consider how this fund fits<br />into your overall investment program.</tt> Fees and expenses of the fund After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns for other share classes will vary. Principal investment strategies americanfunds.com <tt>The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied <br />from year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual <br />total returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of <br />market results. This information provides some indication of the risks of <br />investing in the fund. The Lipper High Yield Funds Index includes the fund <br />and other funds that disclose investment objectives and/or strategies <br />reasonably comparable to the fund's objective and/or strategies. Past <br />investment results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future <br />investment results. Updated information on the fund's investment results <br />can be obtained by visiting americanfunds.com.</tt> <tt>This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold<br />shares of the fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your<br />family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $100,000 in American<br />Funds. More information about these and other discounts is available from your<br />financial professional and in the "Sales charge reductions and waivers" section<br />on page 24 of the prospectus and on page 63 of the fund's statement of<br />additional information.</tt> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/OperatingExpensesData_S000009230Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> For the share classes listed below, you would pay the following if you did not redeem your shares: <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/PerformanceTableData_S000009230Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <tt>After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns for other<br />share classes will vary. After-tax returns are calculated using the highest<br />individual federal income tax rates in effect during each year of the periods<br />shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Your actual<br />after-tax returns depend on your individual tax situation and likely will differ<br />from the results shown above. In addition, after-tax returns are not relevant if<br />you hold your fund shares through a tax-favored arrangement, such as a 401(k)<br />plan, individual retirement account (IRA) or 529 college savings plan.</tt> Your investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency, entity or person. <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/ExpenseExampleNoRedemption_S000009230Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <tt>Class A annualized 30-day yield at September 30, 2012: 5.05% <br />(For current yield information, please call American FundsLine&#xAE; <br />at 800/325-3590.)</tt> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/ShareholderFeesData_S000009230Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> Lipper High Yield Funds Index (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees or taxes) 0.0285 0.0513 0.0708 0.0690 1988-02-19 Barclays U.S. Corporate High Yield 2% Issuer Capped Index (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees, expenses or taxes) 0.0496 0.0774 0.0896 1988-02-19 Share class A - 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Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
ProspectusDate rr_ProspectusDate Dec. 01, 2012
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Risk/Return [Heading] rr_RiskReturnHeading American High-Income Trust ®
Objective [Heading] rr_ObjectiveHeading Investment objectives
Objective, Primary [Text Block] rr_ObjectivePrimaryTextBlock The fund's primary investment objective is to provide you with a high level of
current income.
Objective, Secondary [Text Block] rr_ObjectiveSecondaryTextBlock Its secondary investment objective is capital appreciation.
Expense [Heading] rr_ExpenseHeading Fees and expenses of the fund
Expense Narrative [Text Block] rr_ExpenseNarrativeTextBlock This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold
shares of the fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your
family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $100,000 in American
Funds. More information about these and other discounts is available from your
financial professional and in the "Sales charge reductions and waivers" section
on page 24 of the prospectus and on page 63 of the fund's statement of
additional information.
Shareholder Fees Caption [Text] rr_ShareholderFeesCaption Shareholder fees (fees paid directly from your investment)
Operating Expenses Caption [Text] rr_OperatingExpensesCaption Annual fund operating expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
Portfolio Turnover [Heading] rr_PortfolioTurnoverHeading Portfolio turnover
Portfolio Turnover [Text Block] rr_PortfolioTurnoverTextBlock The fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells
securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may
indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when fund shares
are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund
operating expenses or in the example, affect the fund's investment results. During
the most recent fiscal year, the fund's portfolio turnover rate was 38% of the
average value of its portfolio.
Portfolio Turnover, Rate rr_PortfolioTurnoverRate 38.00%
Expense Breakpoint Discounts [Text] rr_ExpenseBreakpointDiscounts You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $100,000 in American Funds.
Expense Breakpoint, Minimum Investment Required [Amount] rr_ExpenseBreakpointMinimumInvestmentRequiredAmount 100,000
Expense Example [Heading] rr_ExpenseExampleHeading Example
Expense Example Narrative [Text Block] rr_ExpenseExampleNarrativeTextBlock This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the fund
with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.

The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the fund for the time periods
indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The
example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that
the fund's operating expenses remain the same.
Expense Example by, Year, Caption [Text] rr_ExpenseExampleByYearCaption Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
Expense Example, No Redemption, By Year, Caption [Text] rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionByYearCaption For the share classes listed below, you would pay the following if you did not redeem your shares:
Strategy [Heading] rr_StrategyHeading Principal investment strategies
Strategy Narrative [Text Block] rr_StrategyNarrativeTextBlock The fund invests primarily in higher yielding and generally lower quality
debt securities (rated Ba1 or below or BB+ or below by Nationally Recognized
Statistical Rating Organizations or unrated but determined by the fund's
investment adviser to be of equivalent quality), including corporate loan
obligations. Such securities are sometimes referred to as "junk bonds."
The fund may also invest a portion of its assets in securities of issuers
domiciled outside the United States.

The fund is designed for investors seeking a high level of current income
and who are able to tolerate greater credit risk and price fluctuations
than those that exist in funds investing in higher quality debt securities.

The investment adviser uses a system of multiple portfolio counselors in
managing the fund's assets. Under this approach, the portfolio of the fund
is divided into segments managed by individual counselors who decide how
their respective segments will be invested.

The fund relies on the professional judgment of its investment adviser to
make decisions about the fund's portfolio investments. The basic investment
philosophy of the investment adviser is to seek to invest in attractively
priced securities that, in its opinion, represent good, long-term investment
opportunities. The investment adviser believes that an important way to
accomplish this is through fundamental analysis, which may include meeting
with company executives and employees, suppliers, customers and competitors.
Securities may be sold when the investment adviser believes that they no
longer represent relatively attractive investment opportunities.
Risk [Heading] rr_RiskHeading Principal risks
Risk Narrative [Text Block] rr_RiskNarrativeTextBlock This section describes the principal risks associated with the fund's principal
investment strategies. You may lose money by investing in the fund. The
likelihood of loss may be greater if you invest for a shorter period of time.

Investing in lower rated bonds - Lower rated bonds and other lower rated debt
securities generally have higher rates of interest and involve greater risk of
default or price declines due to changes in the issuer's creditworthiness than
those of higher quality debt securities. The market prices of these securities
may fluctuate more than the prices of higher quality debt securities and may
decline significantly in periods of general economic difficulty. These risks may
be increased with respect to investments in junk bonds.

Thinly traded securities - There may be little trading in the secondary market
for particular bonds or other debt securities, which may make them more
difficult to value, acquire or sell.

Investing in bonds - Rising interest rates will generally cause the prices of
bonds and other debt securities to fall. Longer maturity debt securities may be
subject to greater price fluctuations than shorter maturity debt securities. In
addition, falling interest rates may cause an issuer to redeem, call or refinance
a security before its stated maturity, which may result in the fund having to
reinvest the proceeds in lower yielding securities.

Bonds and other debt securities are subject to credit risk, which is the
possibility that the credit strength of an issuer will weaken and/or an issuer
of a debt security will fail to make timely payments of principal or interest
and the security will go into default.

Market conditions - The prices of, and the income generated by, the securities
held by the fund may decline due to market conditions and other factors,
including those directly involving the issuers of securities held by the fund.

Investing outside the United States - Securities of issuers domiciled outside
the United States, or with significant operations outside the United States, may
lose value because of adverse political, social, economic or market developments
in the countries or regions in which the issuer operates. These securities may
also lose value due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates against the
U.S. dollar and/or currencies of other countries. Securities markets in certain
countries may be more volatile and/or less liquid than those in the United States.
Investments outside the United States may also be subject to different settlement
and accounting practices and different regulatory, legal and reporting standards,
and may be more difficult to value, than those in the United States.

Management - The investment adviser to the fund actively manages the fund's
investments. Consequently, the fund is subject to the risk that the methods
and analyses employed by the investment adviser in this process may not
produce the desired results. This could cause the fund to lose value or its
investment results to lag relevant benchmarks or other funds with similar
objectives.

Your investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or
guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other
governmental agency, entity or person. You should consider how this fund fits
into your overall investment program.
Risk Lose Money [Text] rr_RiskLoseMoney You may lose money by investing in the fund.
Risk Not Insured Depository Institution [Text] rr_RiskNotInsuredDepositoryInstitution Your investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency, entity or person.
Bar Chart and Performance Table [Heading] rr_BarChartAndPerformanceTableHeading Investment results
Performance Narrative [Text Block] rr_PerformanceNarrativeTextBlock The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied
from year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual
total returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of
market results. This information provides some indication of the risks of
investing in the fund. The Lipper High Yield Funds Index includes the fund
and other funds that disclose investment objectives and/or strategies
reasonably comparable to the fund's objective and/or strategies. Past
investment results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future
investment results. Updated information on the fund's investment results
can be obtained by visiting americanfunds.com.
Performance Information Illustrates Variability of Returns [Text] rr_PerformanceInformationIllustratesVariabilityOfReturns The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of market results.
Performance Additional Market Index [Text] rr_PerformanceAdditionalMarketIndex The Lipper High Yield Funds Index includes the fund and other funds that disclose investment objectives and/or strategies reasonably comparable to the fund's objective and/or strategies.
Performance Availability Website Address [Text] rr_PerformanceAvailabilityWebSiteAddress americanfunds.com
Performance Past Does Not Indicate Future [Text] rr_PerformancePastDoesNotIndicateFuture Past investment results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future investment results.
Bar Chart [Heading] rr_BarChartHeading Calendar year total returns for Class A shares (Results do not include a sales charge; if a sales charge were included, results would be lower.)
Bar Chart Narrative [Text Block] rr_BarChartNarrativeTextBlock The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from
year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total
returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of market
results.
Bar Chart Does Not Reflect Sales Loads [Text] rr_BarChartDoesNotReflectSalesLoads (Results do not include a sales charge; if a sales charge were included, results would be lower.)
Bar Chart Closing [Text Block] rr_BarChartClosingTextBlock Highest/Lowest quarterly results during this period were:

Highest 20.08% (quarter ended June 30, 2009)

Lowest -19.08% (quarter ended December 31, 2008)

The fund’s total return for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, was 10.71%
Performance Table Uses Highest Federal Rate rr_PerformanceTableUsesHighestFederalRate After-tax returns are calculated using the highest individual federal income tax rates in effect during each year of the periods shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes.
Performance Table Not Relevant to Tax Deferred rr_PerformanceTableNotRelevantToTaxDeferred Your actual after-tax returns depend on your individual tax situation and likely will differ from the results shown above. In addition, after-tax returns are not relevant if you hold your fund shares through a tax-favored arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan, individual retirement account (IRA) or 529 college savings plan.
Performance Table One Class of after Tax Shown [Text] rr_PerformanceTableOneClassOfAfterTaxShown After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns for other share classes will vary.
Performance Table Narrative rr_PerformanceTableNarrativeTextBlock After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns for other
share classes will vary. After-tax returns are calculated using the highest
individual federal income tax rates in effect during each year of the periods
shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Your actual
after-tax returns depend on your individual tax situation and likely will differ
from the results shown above. In addition, after-tax returns are not relevant if
you hold your fund shares through a tax-favored arrangement, such as a 401(k)
plan, individual retirement account (IRA) or 529 college savings plan.
Performance Table Footnotes rr_PerformanceTableFootnotesTextBlock Class A annualized 30-day yield at September 30, 2012: 5.05%
(For current yield information, please call American FundsLine®
at 800/325-3590.)
Caption rr_AverageAnnualReturnCaption Average annual total returns For the periods ended December 31, 2011 (with maximum sales charge):
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Barclays U.S. Corporate High Yield 2% Issuer Capped Index
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Barclays U.S. Corporate High Yield 2% Issuer Capped Index (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees, expenses or taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 4.96%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 7.74%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 8.96%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 1988
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Lipper High Yield Funds Index
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Lipper High Yield Funds Index (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees or taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 2.85%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 5.13%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 7.08%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.90%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 1988
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class A
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice 3.75%
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 1.00% [1]
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.24%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.15%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.69%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 443
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 587
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 745
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,201
Annual Return 2002 rr_AnnualReturn2002 (3.58%)
Annual Return 2003 rr_AnnualReturn2003 28.87%
Annual Return 2004 rr_AnnualReturn2004 9.75%
Annual Return 2005 rr_AnnualReturn2005 3.63%
Annual Return 2006 rr_AnnualReturn2006 12.19%
Annual Return 2007 rr_AnnualReturn2007 1.53%
Annual Return 2008 rr_AnnualReturn2008 (27.52%)
Annual Return 2009 rr_AnnualReturn2009 48.42%
Annual Return 2010 rr_AnnualReturn2010 14.98%
Annual Return 2011 rr_AnnualReturn2011 1.99%
Year to Date Return, Label rr_YearToDateReturnLabel The fund's total return for the nine months ended
Bar Chart, Year to Date Return, Date rr_BarChartYearToDateReturnDate Sep. 30, 2012
Bar Chart, Year to Date Return rr_BarChartYearToDateReturn 10.71%
Highest Quarterly Return, Label rr_HighestQuarterlyReturnLabel Highest
Highest Quarterly Return, Date rr_BarChartHighestQuarterlyReturnDate Jun. 30, 2009
Highest Quarterly Return rr_BarChartHighestQuarterlyReturn 20.08%
Lowest Quarterly Return, Label rr_LowestQuarterlyReturnLabel Lowest
Lowest Quarterly Return, Date rr_BarChartLowestQuarterlyReturnDate Dec. 31, 2008
Lowest Quarterly Return rr_BarChartLowestQuarterlyReturn (19.08%)
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class A - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (1.84%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 4.28%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 6.93%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 8.22%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 1988
Thirty Day Yield Caption rr_ThirtyDayYieldCaption Class A annualized 30-day yield at September 30, 2012:
Thirty Day Yield Phone rr_ThirtyDayYieldPhone 800/325-3590
Thirty Day Yield rr_ThirtyDayYield 5.05%
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class A | After Taxes on Distributions
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class A - After taxes on distributions
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (4.37%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 1.33%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 3.93%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 1988
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class A | After Taxes on Distributions and Sales
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class A - After taxes on distributions and sale of fund shares
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (1.17%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 1.85%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 4.10%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 1988
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class B
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 5.00%
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 1.00%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.14%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.44%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 647
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 856
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 987
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,520
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 147
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 456
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 787
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 1,520
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class B - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (3.51%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 3.99%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 6.69%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.00%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 15, 2000
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class C
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 1.00%
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 1.00%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.18%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.48%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 251
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 468
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 808
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,768
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 151
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 468
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 808
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 1,768
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class C - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 0.23%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 4.24%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 6.47%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.20%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 15, 2001
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class F-1
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.24%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.17%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.71%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 73
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 227
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 395
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 883
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class F-1 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 1.95%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 5.04%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 7.28%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.94%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 15, 2001
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class F-2
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.16%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.46%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 47
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 148
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 258
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 579
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class F-2 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 2.21%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 8.18%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Aug. 04, 2008
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class 529-A
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice 3.75%
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 1.00% [1]
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Maximum annual account fee (529 share classes only) rr_MaximumAccountFee 10
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.21%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.26%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.77%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 471
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 651
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 845
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,398
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-A - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (1.91%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 4.22%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 7.24%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 2002
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class 529-B
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 5.00%
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Maximum annual account fee (529 share classes only) rr_MaximumAccountFee 10
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 1.00%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.27%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.57%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 679
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 934
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 1,112
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,754
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 179
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 534
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 912
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 1,754
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-B - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (3.63%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 3.88%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 7.06%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 25, 2002
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class 529-C
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 1.00%
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Maximum annual account fee (529 share classes only) rr_MaximumAccountFee 10
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 1.00%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.26%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.56%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 278
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 531
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 907
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,956
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 178
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 531
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 907
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 1,956
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-C - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 0.17%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 4.18%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.78%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 2002
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class 529-E
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Maximum annual account fee (529 share classes only) rr_MaximumAccountFee 10
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.50%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.22%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.02%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 124
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 364
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 621
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,351
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-E - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 1.64%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 4.71%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 7.13%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 15, 2002
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class 529-F-1
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Maximum annual account fee (529 share classes only) rr_MaximumAccountFee 10
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.26%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.56%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 77
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 219
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 372
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 808
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-F-1 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 2.13%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 5.23%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 9.26%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Sep. 16, 2002
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class R-1
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 1.00%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.20%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.50%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 153
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 474
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 818
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,791
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-1 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 1.15%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 4.20%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 8.18%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Jul. 11, 2002
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class R-2
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.75%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.49%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.54%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 157
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 486
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 839
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,834
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-2 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 1.17%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 4.24%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 7.41%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Jun. 18, 2002
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class R-3
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.50%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.23%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.03%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 105
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 328
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 569
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,259
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-3 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 1.64%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 4.70%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 8.03%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Jun. 21, 2002
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class R-4
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.25%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.17%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.72%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 74
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 230
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 401
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 894
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-4 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 1.95%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 5.02%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 9.05%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Jul. 19, 2002
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class R-5
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.11%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.41%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 42
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 132
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 230
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 518
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-5 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 2.25%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 5.34%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 8.01%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate May 15, 2002
AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST (Prospectus Summary) | AMERICAN HIGH INCOME TRUST | Class R-6
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.30%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.06%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.36%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 37
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 116
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 202
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 456
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-6 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 2.30%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 18.31%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate May 01, 2009
[1] A contingent deferred sales charge of 1.00% applies on certain redemptions within one year following purchases of $1 million or more made without an initial sales charge.