0000051931-12-000769.txt : 20121121 0000051931-12-000769.hdr.sgml : 20121121 20121121142457 ACCESSION NUMBER: 0000051931-12-000769 CONFORMED SUBMISSION TYPE: 485BPOS PUBLIC DOCUMENT COUNT: 8 FILED AS OF DATE: 20121121 DATE AS OF CHANGE: 20121121 EFFECTIVENESS DATE: 20121121 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000826813 IRS NUMBER: 000000000 STATE OF INCORPORATION: DE FISCAL YEAR END: 0831 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1933 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 033-19514 FILM NUMBER: 121220858 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: INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000826813 IRS NUMBER: 000000000 STATE OF INCORPORATION: DE FISCAL YEAR END: 0831 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1940 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 811-05446 FILM NUMBER: 121220859 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 0000826813 S000009236 INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA C000025146 Class A AIBAX C000025147 Class R-1 RBOAX C000025148 Class R-2 RBOBX C000025149 Class R-3 RBOCX C000025150 Class R-4 RBOEX C000025151 Class R-5 RBOFX C000025152 Class B IBFBX C000025153 Class C IBFCX C000025154 Class F-1 IBFFX C000025155 Class 529-A CBOAX C000025156 Class 529-B CBOBX C000025157 Class 529-C CBOCX C000025158 Class 529-E CBOEX C000025159 Class 529-F-1 CBOFX C000068597 Class F-2 IBAFX C000077900 Class R-6 RBOGX 485BPOS 1 ibfa485bxbrl.htm INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA ibfa485bxbrl.htm


SEC. File Nos.  033-19514
811-05446


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. 40
____________

INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA
(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
Intermediate Bond Fund of America
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 21st day of November, 2012.

INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA

By:  /s/ John H. Smet
(John H. Smet, President and Trustee)

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed below on November 21, 2012, by the following persons in the capacities indicated.

 
 
Signature
 
Title
 
(1)
 
Principal Executive Officer:
 
 
/s/ John H. Smet
(John H. Smet)
 
President and Trustee
 
 
(2)
 
Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer:
 
 
/s/ Karl C. Grauman
(Karl C. Grauman)
 
Treasurer
 
 
(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
(John H. Smet)
 
President and Trustee
   
 
 
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/ Timothy W. McHale
(Timothy W. McHale)
 
 
 
 
 

 

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)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
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
M. Susan Gupton
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 Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 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 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 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
M. Susan Gupton
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 Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 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 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 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
M. Susan Gupton
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 Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 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)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
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
M. Susan Gupton
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 Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 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)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
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
M. Susan Gupton
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 Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 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)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
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
M. Susan Gupton
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 Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 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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The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
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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
M. Susan Gupton
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 Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 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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The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
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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
M. Susan Gupton
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 13th day of June, 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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The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
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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
M. Susan Gupton
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 Washington, DC, this 18th day of June, 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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The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
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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 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
M. Susan Gupton
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 Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 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 ck0000826813-20120831.xml 485BPOS 2012-08-31 0000826813 2012-10-31 INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA false 2012-10-31 2012-11-01 <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 146% of the <br />average value of its portfolio.</tt> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/ExpenseExample_S000009236Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/BarChartData_S000009236Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <tt>The fund's investment objective is to provide you with current income <br />consistent with the maturity and quality standards described in this <br />prospectus and preservation of capital.</tt> <tt>This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in<br />the fund 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 <br />periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those <br />periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return <br />each year and that the fund's operating expenses remain the same.</tt> <tt>The fund maintains a portfolio of bonds, other debt securities and money market<br />instruments having a dollar-weighted average maturity of no less than three<br />years and no greater than five years under normal market conditions. The fund<br />invests primarily in bonds and other debt securities with quality ratings of <br />A- or better or A3 or better (by a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating<br />Organization designated by the fund's investment adviser) or unrated but<br />determined to be of equivalent quality by the fund's investment adviser. The <br />fund may invest up to 10% of its assets in bonds and other debt securities <br />rated in the BBB or Baa rating category (by a Nationally Recognized Statistical <br />Rating Organization designated by the fund's investment adviser) or in unrated <br />securities determined to be of equivalent quality by the fund's investment <br />adviser.<br /> <br />The fund primarily invests in intermediate-term debt securities denominated <br />in U.S. dollars. These include securities issued and guaranteed by the U.S.<br />government, debt securities and mortgage-backed securities issued by<br />government-sponsored entities and federal agencies, and instrumentalities that<br />are not backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. In addition,<br />the fund may invest in mortgage-backed securities issued by private issuers and<br />asset-backed securities (securities backed by assets such as auto loans, credit<br />card receivables or other providers of credit).<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 is<br />divided into segments managed by individual counselors who decide how their<br />respective segments will be invested.<br /> <br />The fund relies on the professional judgment of its investment adviser to make<br />decisions about the fund's portfolio investments. The basic investment philosophy <br />of the investment adviser is to seek to invest in attractively priced securities <br />that, in its opinion, represent good investment opportunities. The investment <br />adviser believes that an important way to accomplish this is by analyzing various <br />factors, which may include the credit strength of the issuer, prices of similar <br />securities issued by comparable issuers, anticipated changes in interest rates, <br />general market conditions and other factors pertinent to the particular security <br />being evaluated. Securities may be sold when the investment adviser believes that <br />they no longer represent relatively attractive investment opportunities.</tt> Intermediate Bond Fund of America® You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $500,000 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 objective Past investment results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future investment results. The Lipper Short-Intermediate Investment Grade Debt Funds Average includes the fund and other funds that disclose investment objectives and/or strategies reasonably comparable to the fund's objective and/or strategies. The Consumer Price Index provides a comparison of the fund's results to inflation. 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: 1.46 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 500000 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&#xA0;&#xA0;2.96% (quarter ended September 30, 2002)<br />Lowest&#xA0;&#xA0;-1.41% (quarter ended June 30, 2004)<br /><br />The fund's total return for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, was 2.62%.</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 />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 in bonds - Rising interest rates will generally cause the prices of<br />bonds and other debt securities to fall. Longer maturity debt securities may <br />be subject to greater price fluctuations than shorter maturity debt securities. <br />In addition, falling interest rates may cause an issuer to redeem, call or<br />refinance a security before its stated maturity, which may result in the fund<br />having to 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. Lower quality debt securities generally<br />have higher rates of interest and may be subject to greater price fluctuations<br />than higher quality debt securities.<br /> <br />Investing in mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities - Many types of bonds<br />and other debt securities, including mortgage-backed securities, are subject <br />to prepayment risk as well as the risks associated with investing in debt<br />securities in general. If interest rates fall and the loans underlying these<br />securities are prepaid faster than expected, the fund may have to reinvest the <br />prepaid principal in lower yielding securities, thus reducing the fund's income. <br />Conversely, if interest rates increase and the loans underlying the securities <br />are prepaid more slowly than expected, the expected duration of the securities <br />may be extended, reducing the cash flow for potential reinvestment in higher <br />yielding securities.<br /> <br />Investing in securities backed by the U.S. government - Securities backed by the<br />U.S. Treasury or the full faith and credit of the U.S. government are guaranteed<br />only as to the timely payment of interest and principal when held to maturity.<br />Accordingly, the current market values for these securities will fluctuate with<br />changes in interest rates. Securities issued by government-sponsored entities<br />and federal agencies and instrumentalities that are not backed by the full faith<br />and credit of the U.S. government are neither issued nor guaranteed by the U.S.<br />government.<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 />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 produce <br />the desired results. This could cause the fund to lose value or its investment<br />results to lag relevant benchmarks or other funds with similar 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 <br />fits 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 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. This information provides some indication of the risks of investing <br />in the fund. The Lipper Short-Intermediate Investment Grade Debt Funds Average<br />includes the fund and other funds that disclose investment objectives and/or<br />strategies reasonably comparable to the fund's objective and/or strategies. The<br />Consumer Price Index provides a comparison of the fund's results to inflation.<br />Past investment results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future<br />investment results. Updated information on the fund's investment results can be<br />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 $500,000 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 25 of the prospectus and on page 58 of the fund's statement of<br />additional information.</tt> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/OperatingExpensesData_S000009236Member 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_S000009236Member 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_S000009236Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <tt>Class A annualized 30-day yield at August 31, 2012: 0.60%&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;<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_S000009236Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> Consumer Price Index 0.0296 0.0226 0.0248 0.0283 1988-02-19 Lipper Short-Intermediate Investment Grade Debt Funds Average (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees or taxes) 0.0396 0.0491 0.0438 0.0599 1988-02-19 Barclays U.S. Government/Credit 1-7 Years ex BBB Index (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees, expenses or taxes) 0.0430 0.0522 0.0457 0.0628 1988-02-19 Share class A - 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ProspectusDate rr_ProspectusDate Nov. 01, 2012
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Risk/Return [Heading] rr_RiskReturnHeading Intermediate Bond Fund of America®
Objective [Heading] rr_ObjectiveHeading Investment objective
Objective, Primary [Text Block] rr_ObjectivePrimaryTextBlock The fund's investment objective is to provide you with current income
consistent with the maturity and quality standards described in this
prospectus and preservation of capital.
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 $500,000 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 25 of the prospectus and on page 58 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 146% of the
average value of its portfolio.
Portfolio Turnover, Rate rr_PortfolioTurnoverRate 146.00%
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 $500,000 in American Funds.
Expense Breakpoint, Minimum Investment Required [Amount] rr_ExpenseBreakpointMinimumInvestmentRequiredAmount 500,000
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 maintains a portfolio of bonds, other debt securities and money market
instruments having a dollar-weighted average maturity of no less than three
years and no greater than five years under normal market conditions. The fund
invests primarily in bonds and other debt securities with quality ratings of
A- or better or A3 or better (by a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating
Organization designated by the fund's investment adviser) or unrated but
determined to be of equivalent quality by the fund's investment adviser. The
fund may invest up to 10% of its assets in bonds and other debt securities
rated in the BBB or Baa rating category (by a Nationally Recognized Statistical
Rating Organization designated by the fund's investment adviser) or in unrated
securities determined to be of equivalent quality by the fund's investment
adviser.

The fund primarily invests in intermediate-term debt securities denominated
in U.S. dollars. These include securities issued and guaranteed by the U.S.
government, debt securities and mortgage-backed securities issued by
government-sponsored entities and federal agencies, and instrumentalities that
are not backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. In addition,
the fund may invest in mortgage-backed securities issued by private issuers and
asset-backed securities (securities backed by assets such as auto loans, credit
card receivables or other providers of credit).

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 investment opportunities. The investment
adviser believes that an important way to accomplish this is by analyzing various
factors, which may include the credit strength of the issuer, prices of similar
securities issued by comparable issuers, anticipated changes in interest rates,
general market conditions and other factors pertinent to the particular security
being evaluated. 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.

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 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. Lower quality debt securities generally
have higher rates of interest and may be subject to greater price fluctuations
than higher quality debt securities.

Investing in mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities - Many types of bonds
and other debt securities, including mortgage-backed securities, are subject
to prepayment risk as well as the risks associated with investing in debt
securities in general. If interest rates fall and the loans underlying these
securities are prepaid faster than expected, the fund may have to reinvest the
prepaid principal in lower yielding securities, thus reducing the fund's income.
Conversely, if interest rates increase and the loans underlying the securities
are prepaid more slowly than expected, the expected duration of the securities
may be extended, reducing the cash flow for potential reinvestment in higher
yielding securities.

Investing in securities backed by the U.S. government - Securities backed by the
U.S. Treasury or the full faith and credit of the U.S. government are guaranteed
only as to the timely payment of interest and principal when held to maturity.
Accordingly, the current market values for these securities will fluctuate with
changes in interest rates. Securities issued by government-sponsored entities
and federal agencies and instrumentalities that are not backed by the full faith
and credit of the U.S. government are neither issued nor guaranteed by the U.S.
government.

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.

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 Short-Intermediate Investment Grade Debt Funds Average
includes the fund and other funds that disclose investment objectives and/or
strategies reasonably comparable to the fund's objective and/or strategies. The
Consumer Price Index provides a comparison of the fund's results to inflation.
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 Short-Intermediate Investment Grade Debt Funds Average includes the fund and other funds that disclose investment objectives and/or strategies reasonably comparable to the fund's objective and/or strategies. The Consumer Price Index provides a comparison of the fund's results to inflation.
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  2.96% (quarter ended September 30, 2002)
Lowest  -1.41% (quarter ended June 30, 2004)

The fund's total return for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, was 2.62%.
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 August 31, 2012: 0.60%       
(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):
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | Barclays U.S. Government/Credit 1-7 Years ex BBB Index
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Barclays U.S. Government/Credit 1-7 Years ex BBB Index (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees, expenses or taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 4.30%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 5.22%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 4.57%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.28%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 1988
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | Lipper Short-Intermediate Investment Grade Debt Funds Average
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Lipper Short-Intermediate Investment Grade Debt Funds Average (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees or taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 3.96%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 4.91%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 4.38%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 5.99%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 1988
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | Consumer Price Index
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Consumer Price Index
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 2.96%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 2.26%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 2.48%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 2.83%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 1988
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | Class A
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice 2.50%
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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.25%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.14%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.61%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 311
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 440
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 582
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 993
Annual Return 2002 rr_AnnualReturn2002 7.05%
Annual Return 2003 rr_AnnualReturn2003 2.64%
Annual Return 2004 rr_AnnualReturn2004 2.01%
Annual Return 2005 rr_AnnualReturn2005 1.62%
Annual Return 2006 rr_AnnualReturn2006 4.02%
Annual Return 2007 rr_AnnualReturn2007 5.03%
Annual Return 2008 rr_AnnualReturn2008 (1.43%)
Annual Return 2009 rr_AnnualReturn2009 6.36%
Annual Return 2010 rr_AnnualReturn2010 4.74%
Annual Return 2011 rr_AnnualReturn2011 3.71%
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 2.62%
Highest Quarterly Return, Label rr_HighestQuarterlyReturnLabel Highest
Highest Quarterly Return, Date rr_BarChartHighestQuarterlyReturnDate Sep. 30, 2002
Highest Quarterly Return rr_BarChartHighestQuarterlyReturn 2.96%
Lowest Quarterly Return, Label rr_LowestQuarterlyReturnLabel Lowest
Lowest Quarterly Return, Date rr_BarChartLowestQuarterlyReturnDate Jun. 30, 2004
Lowest Quarterly Return rr_BarChartLowestQuarterlyReturn (1.41%)
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class A - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 1.15%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 3.13%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 3.28%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 5.40%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 1988
Thirty Day Yield Caption rr_ThirtyDayYieldCaption Class A annualized 30-day yield at August 31, 2012:
Thirty Day Yield Phone rr_ThirtyDayYieldPhone 800/325-3590
Thirty Day Yield rr_ThirtyDayYield 0.60%
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.38%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 1.96%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 2.04%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 1988
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.74%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 1.98%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 2.06%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 1988
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 1.00%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.13%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.35%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 637
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 828
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 939
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,421
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 137
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 428
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 739
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 1,421
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class B (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (2.07%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 2.53%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 2.97%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 3.85%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 15, 2000
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 1.00%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.18%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.40%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 243
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 443
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 766
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,680
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 143
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 443
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 766
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 1,680
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class C (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 1.89%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 2.84%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 2.75%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 2.92%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 15, 2001
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.25%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.20%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.67%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 68
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 214
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 373
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 835
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class F-1 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 3.66%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 3.61%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 3.53%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 3.65%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 19, 2001
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.13%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.35%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 36
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 113
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 197
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 443
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class F-2 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 3.98%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 4.43%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Aug. 08, 2008
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | Class 529-A
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice 2.50%
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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.23%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.25%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.70%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 340
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 508
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 689
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,204
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-A (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 1.06%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 3.06%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 3.16%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 2002
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.99%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.27%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.48%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 670
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 907
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 1,065
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,659
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 170
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 507
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 865
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 1,659
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-B (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (2.19%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 2.40%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 2.76%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 26, 2002
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.99%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.26%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.47%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 269
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 504
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 860
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,857
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 169
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 504
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 860
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 1,857
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-C (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 1.82%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 2.77%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 2.62%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 2002
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.50%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.22%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.94%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 116
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 339
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 578
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,258
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-E (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 3.35%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 3.29%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 3.25%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 15, 2002
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.25%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.47%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 68
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 190
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 322
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 698
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-F-1 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 3.85%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 3.80%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 3.29%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Sep. 16, 2002
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 1.00%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.17%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.39%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 142
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 440
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 761
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,669
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-1 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 2.88%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 2.81%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 2.60%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Jun. 13, 2002
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.73%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.44%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.39%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 142
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 440
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 761
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,669
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-2 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 2.89%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 2.84%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 2.65%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate May 31, 2002
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.50%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.24%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.96%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 98
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 306
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 531
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,178
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-3 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 3.33%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 3.28%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 2.99%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Jun. 26, 2002
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.25%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.16%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.63%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 64
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 202
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 351
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 786
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-4 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 3.67%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 3.62%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 3.37%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Jun. 27, 2002
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.12%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.34%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 35
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 109
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 191
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 431
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-5 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 3.97%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 3.92%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 3.80%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate May 15, 2002
INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA (Prospectus Summary) | INTERMEDIATE BOND FUND OF AMERICA | 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 0.22%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.06%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.28%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 29
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 90
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 157
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 356
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-6 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 4.03%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 5.25%
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.