0000925950-12-000061.txt : 20121220 0000925950-12-000061.hdr.sgml : 20121220 20121220131509 ACCESSION NUMBER: 0000925950-12-000061 CONFORMED SUBMISSION TYPE: 485BPOS PUBLIC DOCUMENT COUNT: 8 FILED AS OF DATE: 20121220 DATE AS OF CHANGE: 20121220 EFFECTIVENESS DATE: 20121220 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000858744 IRS NUMBER: 000000000 STATE OF INCORPORATION: MD FISCAL YEAR END: 0930 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1940 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 811-05888 FILM NUMBER: 121276637 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 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: SMALLCAP FUND INC DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 19900205 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000858744 IRS NUMBER: 000000000 STATE OF INCORPORATION: MD FISCAL YEAR END: 0930 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1933 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 033-32785 FILM NUMBER: 121276638 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 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: SMALLCAP FUND INC DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 19900205 0000858744 S000009599 SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC C000026249 Class A SMCWX C000026250 Class R-1 RSLAX C000026251 Class R-2 RSLBX C000026252 Class R-3 RSLCX C000026253 Class R-4 RSLEX C000026254 Class R-5 RSLFX C000026255 Class B SCWBX C000026256 Class C SCWCX C000026257 Class F-1 SCWFX C000026258 Class 529-A CSPAX C000026259 Class 529-B CSPBX C000026260 Class 529-C CSPCX C000026261 Class 529-E CSPEX C000026262 Class 529-F-1 CSPFX C000068590 Class F-2 SMCFX C000077882 Class R-6 RLLGX 485BPOS 1 scwf485bxbrl.htm SMALLCAP WORLD FUND, INC. scwf485bxbrl.htm
SEC. File Nos.033-32785
811-05888



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 (X)

and

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940

Amendment No.  42 (X)
____________________

SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc.
(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
____________________

Patrick F. Quan
Secretary
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc.
One Market
Steuart Tower, Suite 2000
San Francisco, California 94105-1409

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

Copy to:

Mark D. Perlow
K&L Gates LLP
Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 1200
San Francisco, California  94111-5994
(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 and County of San Francisco, and State of California, on the 20th day of December, 2012.

                                                      SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc.

By: /s/ Gregory W. Wendt
      Gregory W. Wendt, President

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

 
 
Signature
 
Title
 
(1)
 
Principal Executive Officer:
 
 
 
/s/ Paul F. Roye
 
Executive Vice President
 
 
Paul F. Roye
 
 
(2)
 
Principal Financial Officer and
 
 
Principal Accounting Officer:
 
 
 
/s/ Jeffrey P. Regal
 
Treasurer
 
 
Jeffrey P. Regal
 
 
(3)
 
Directors:
 
 
Ronald P. Badie*
 
Director
 
 
Joseph C. Berenato*
 
Chairman of the Board (Independent and Non-Executive)
 
 
Louise H. Bryson*
 
Director
 
 
Robert J. Denison*
 
Director
 
Mary Anne Dolan*
Director
 
 
Robert A. Fox*
 
Director
 
John G. Freund*
Director
 
 
Leonade D. Jones*
 
Director
 
 
William H. Kling*
Director
     
 
/s/ Jonathan Knowles
 
 
 
Jonathan Knowles
 
Vice Chairman
     
 
 
John G. McDonald*
 
Director
 
 
Christopher E. Stone*
 
Director
     
 
/s/ Gregory W. Wendt
 
 
 
Gregory W. Wendt
 
President and Director
     
 
 
/s/ Patrick F. Quan                                           
 
 
 
(Patrick F. Quan, Attorney-in-Fact, Powers of Attorney enclosed)

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, Ronald P. Badie, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

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.
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 Flintridge, CA, this 3rd day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Ronald P. Badie
Ronald P. Badie, Board member
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Joseph C. Berenato, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
-  
The New Economy Fund
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

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.
Jeffrey P. Regal
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 Rolling Hills, CA, this 3rd day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Joseph C. Berenato
Joseph C. Berenato, Board member
 
 
 
 
 

 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Louise H. Bryson, 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 Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
American Funds Global Balanced Fund (File No. 333-170605, File No. 811-22496)
-  
American Mutual Fund (File No. 002-10607, File No. 811-00572)
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The Investment Company of America (File No. 002-10811, File No. 811-00116)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

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
Jeffrey P. Regal
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 San Marino, CA, this 1st day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Louise H. Bryson
Louise H. Bryson, Board member
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Robert J. Denison, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
-  
The New Economy Fund
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

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.
Jeffrey P. Regal
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 Tucson, AZ, this 31st day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Robert J. Denison                                           
Robert J. Denison, Board member
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Mary Anne Dolan, 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 Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
American Funds Global Balanced Fund (File No. 333-170605, File No. 811-22496)
-  
American Mutual Fund (File No. 002-10607, File No. 811-00572)
-  
Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The Investment Company of America (File No. 002-10811, File No. 811-00116)
-  
The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
-  
The New Economy Fund
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

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
Jeffrey P. Regal
Ari M. Vinocor
Neal F. Wellons
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Los Angeles, CA, this 3rd day of August, 2012
                     (City, State)


/s/ Mary Anne Dolan
Mary Anne Dolan, Board member
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Robert A. Fox, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Balanced Fund (File No. 002-10758, File No. 811-00066)
-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
EuroPacific Growth Fund (File No. 002-83847, File No. 811-03734)
-  
EuroPacific Growth Fund
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc.  (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The Income Fund of America (File No. 002-33371, File No. 811-01880)
-  
International Growth and Income Fund (File No. 333-152323, File No. 811-22215)
-  
New Perspective Fund, Inc. (File No. 002-47749, File No. 811-02333)
-  
New Perspective Fund
-  
New World Fund, Inc. (File No. 333-67455, File No. 811-09105)
-  
American Funds New World Fund
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

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.
M. Susan Gupton
Brian C. Janssen
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 Reno, NV, this 6th day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Robert A. Fox
Robert A. Fox, Board member
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

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

-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

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.
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 Palo Alto, CA, this 1st day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ John G. Freund
John G. Freund, Board member
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Leonade D. Jones, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Balanced Fund (File No. 002-10758, File No. 811-00066)
-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The Income Fund of America (File No. 002-33371, File No. 811-01880)
-  
International Growth and Income Fund (File No. 333-152323, File No. 811-22215)
-  
The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
-  
The New Economy Fund
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

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.
M. Susan Gupton
Jeffrey P. Regal
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 1st day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Leonade D. Jones
Leonade D. Jones, Board member
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, William H. Kling, 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 Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
American Funds Global Balanced Fund (File No. 333-170605, File No. 811-22496)
-  
American Mutual Fund (File No. 002-10607, File No. 811-00572)
-  
EuroPacific Growth Fund (File No. 002-83847, File No. 811-03734)
-  
EuroPacific Growth Fund
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The Investment Company of America (File No. 002-10811, File No. 811-00116)
-  
New Perspective Fund, Inc. (File No. 002-47749, File No. 811-02333)
-  
New Perspective Fund
-  
New World Fund, Inc. (File No. 333-67455, File No. 811-09105)
-  
American Funds New World Fund
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

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

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Brian D. Bullard
Karl C. Grauman
Brian C. Janssen
Jeffrey P. Regal
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 Minneapolis, MN, this 6th day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


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

 
 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

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

-  
AMCAP Fund (File No. 002-26516, File No. 811-01435)
-  
American Balanced Fund (File No. 002-10758, File No. 811-00066)
-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
American Funds Global Balanced Fund (File No. 333-170605, File No. 811-22496)
-  
American Mutual Fund (File No. 002-10607, File No. 811-00572)
-  
EuroPacific Growth Fund (File No. 002-83847, File No. 811-03734)
-  
EuroPacific Growth Fund
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The Income Fund of America (File No. 002-33371, File No. 811-01880)
-  
International Growth and Income Fund (File No. 333-152323, File No. 811-22215)
-  
The Investment Company of America (File No. 002-10811, File No. 811-00116)
-  
New Perspective Fund, Inc. (File No. 002-47749, File No. 811-02333)
-  
New Perspective Fund
-  
New World Fund, Inc. (File No. 333-67455, File No. 811-09105)
-  
American Funds New World Fund
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

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
Jeffrey P. Regal
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 Stanford, CA, this 1st day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ John G. McDonald
John G. McDonald, Board member
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

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

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American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
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Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
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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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The Growth Fund of America, Inc.  (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
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The Growth Fund of America
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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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SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
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SMALLCAP World Fund

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.
Jeffrey P. Regal
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 New York, NY, this 7th day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Christopher E. Stone
Christopher E. Stone, Board member
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Exhibit Index

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

 
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The<br />example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the<br />fund's operating expenses remain the same.</tt> <tt>Normally the fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in growth-oriented<br />common stocks and other equity-type securities (such as preferred stocks,<br />convertible preferred stocks and convertible bonds) of companies with small<br />market capitalizations. The investment adviser currently defines "small market<br />capitalization" companies to be companies with market capitalizations of $4.0<br />billion or less. The investment adviser has periodically re-evaluated and<br />adjusted this definition and may continue to do so in the future. The fund may<br />continue to hold securities of a portfolio company that subsequently appreciates<br />above the small market capitalization threshold. Because of this, the fund may<br />have less than 80% of its net assets in small market capitalization stocks at<br />any given time. Under normal circumstances, the fund will invest a significant<br />portion of its assets outside the United States, including in emerging markets.<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 valued companies <br />that, in its opinion, represent good, long-term investment opportunities. The <br />investment adviser believes that an important way to accomplish this is through <br />fundamental analysis, which may include meeting with company executives and <br />employees, suppliers, customers and competitors. Securities may be sold when <br />the investment adviser believes that they no longer represent relatively <br />attractive investment opportunities.</tt> SMALLCAP World Fund® You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $25,000 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. Lipper Global Small-Cap 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: 0.35 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 25000 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 broad measures of market results. <tt>Highest/Lowest quarterly results during this period were:<br /><br />Highest 28.08% (quarter ended June 30, 2009)<br /><br />Lowest -27.37% (quarter ended December 31, 2008)<br /><br />The fund's total return for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, was 18.36%.</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 broad measures of market 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 />Investors in the fund should have a long-term perspective and be able to<br />tolerate potentially sharp declines in value.<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 growth-oriented stocks - Growth-oriented stocks may involve larger<br />price swings and greater potential for loss than other types of investments.<br />These risks may be even greater in the case of smaller capitalization stocks.<br /> <br />Investing in small companies - Investing in smaller companies may pose<br />additional risks. For example, it is often more difficult to value or dispose <br />of small company stocks and more difficult to obtain information about smaller<br />companies than about larger companies. In addition, the prices of these stocks<br />may be more volatile than stocks of larger, more established companies.<br /> <br />Investing outside the United States - Securities of issuers domiciled outside<br />the United States, or with significant operations outside the United States, may<br />lose value because of adverse political, social, economic or market developments<br />in the countries or regions in which the issuer operates. These securities may<br />also lose value due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates against the<br />U.S. dollar and/or currencies of other countries.&#xA0;&#xA0;Securities markets in certain <br />countries may be more volatile and/or less liquid than those in the United States. <br />Investments outside the United States may also be subject to different settlement <br />and accounting practices and different regulatory, legal and reporting standards, <br />and may be more difficult to value, than those in the United States. The risks <br />of investing outside the United States may be heightened in connection with <br />investments in emerging markets.<br /> <br />Investing in emerging markets - Investing in emerging markets may involve risks<br />in addition to and greater than those generally associated with investing in<br />developed countries. For instance, developing countries may have less developed<br />legal and accounting systems than those in developed countries. The governments<br />of these countries may be less stable and more likely to impose capital<br />controls, nationalize a company or industry, place restrictions on foreign<br />ownership and on withdrawing sale proceeds of securities from the country,<br />and/or impose punitive taxes that could adversely affect the prices of<br />securities. In addition, the economies of these countries may be dependent on<br />relatively few industries that are more susceptible to local and global changes.<br />Securities markets in these countries can also be relatively small and have<br />substantially lower trading volumes. As a result, securities issued in these<br />countries may be more volatile and less liquid, and may be more difficult to<br />value, than securities issued in countries with more developed economies and/or<br />markets. Additionally, there may be increased settlement risks for transactions<br />in local securities.<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 and<br />analyses employed by the investment adviser in this process may not produce the<br />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 broad measures of market results. This<br />information provides some indication of the risks of investing in the fund. The<br />Lipper Global Small-Cap Funds Average includes the fund and other funds that<br />disclose investment objectives and/or strategies reasonably comparable to the<br />fund's objective and/or strategies. The Consumer Price Index provides a<br />comparison of the fund's results to inflation. Past investment results (before<br />and after taxes) are not predictive of future investment results. Updated<br />information on the fund's investment results can be obtained by visiting<br />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 $25,000 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 26 of the prospectus and on page 61 of the fund's statement of<br />additional information.</tt> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/OperatingExpensesData_S000009599Member 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_S000009599Member 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) plan,<br />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_S000009599Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/ShareholderFeesData_S000009599Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> Consumer Price Index 0.0296 0.0226 0.0248 0.0262 1990-04-30 Lipper Global Small-Cap Funds Average (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees or taxes) -0.1263 -0.0142 0.0633 0.0867 1990-04-30 MSCI All Country World Small Cap Index (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees, expenses or taxes) -0.1130 0.0031 0.0886 1990-04-30 Share class A - 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Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
ProspectusDate rr_ProspectusDate Dec. 01, 2012
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Risk/Return [Heading] rr_RiskReturnHeading SMALLCAP World Fund®
Objective [Heading] rr_ObjectiveHeading Investment objective
Objective, Primary [Text Block] rr_ObjectivePrimaryTextBlock The fund's investment objective is to provide you with long-term growth 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 $25,000 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 26 of the prospectus and on page 61 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 35% of the
average value of its portfolio.
Portfolio Turnover, Rate rr_PortfolioTurnoverRate 35.00%
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 $25,000 in American Funds.
Expense Breakpoint, Minimum Investment Required [Amount] rr_ExpenseBreakpointMinimumInvestmentRequiredAmount 25,000
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 Normally the fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in growth-oriented
common stocks and other equity-type securities (such as preferred stocks,
convertible preferred stocks and convertible bonds) of companies with small
market capitalizations. The investment adviser currently defines "small market
capitalization" companies to be companies with market capitalizations of $4.0
billion or less. The investment adviser has periodically re-evaluated and
adjusted this definition and may continue to do so in the future. The fund may
continue to hold securities of a portfolio company that subsequently appreciates
above the small market capitalization threshold. Because of this, the fund may
have less than 80% of its net assets in small market capitalization stocks at
any given time. Under normal circumstances, the fund will invest a significant
portion of its assets outside the United States, including in emerging markets.

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 valued companies
that, in its opinion, represent good, long-term investment opportunities. The
investment adviser believes that an important way to accomplish this is through
fundamental analysis, which may include meeting with company executives and
employees, suppliers, customers and competitors. Securities may be sold when
the investment adviser believes that they no longer represent relatively
attractive investment opportunities.
Risk [Heading] rr_RiskHeading Principal risks
Risk Narrative [Text Block] rr_RiskNarrativeTextBlock This section describes the principal risks associated with the fund's principal
investment strategies. You may lose money by investing in the fund. The
likelihood of loss may be greater if you invest for a shorter period of time.
Investors in the fund should have a long-term perspective and be able to
tolerate potentially sharp declines in value.

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 growth-oriented stocks - Growth-oriented stocks may involve larger
price swings and greater potential for loss than other types of investments.
These risks may be even greater in the case of smaller capitalization stocks.

Investing in small companies - Investing in smaller companies may pose
additional risks. For example, it is often more difficult to value or dispose
of small company stocks and more difficult to obtain information about smaller
companies than about larger companies. In addition, the prices of these stocks
may be more volatile than stocks of larger, more established companies.

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

Investing in emerging markets - Investing in emerging markets may involve risks
in addition to and greater than those generally associated with investing in
developed countries. For instance, developing countries may have less developed
legal and accounting systems than those in developed countries. The governments
of these countries may be less stable and more likely to impose capital
controls, nationalize a company or industry, place restrictions on foreign
ownership and on withdrawing sale proceeds of securities from the country,
and/or impose punitive taxes that could adversely affect the prices of
securities. In addition, the economies of these countries may be dependent on
relatively few industries that are more susceptible to local and global changes.
Securities markets in these countries can also be relatively small and have
substantially lower trading volumes. As a result, securities issued in these
countries may be more volatile and less liquid, and may be more difficult to
value, than securities issued in countries with more developed economies and/or
markets. Additionally, there may be increased settlement risks for transactions
in local securities.

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 broad measures of market results. This
information provides some indication of the risks of investing in the fund. The
Lipper Global Small-Cap 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 broad measures of market results.
Performance Additional Market Index [Text] rr_PerformanceAdditionalMarketIndex Lipper Global Small-Cap 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 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 28.08% (quarter ended June 30, 2009)

Lowest -27.37% (quarter ended December 31, 2008)

The fund's total return for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, was 18.36%.
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.
Caption rr_AverageAnnualReturnCaption Average annual total returns For the periods ended December 31, 2011 (with maximum sales charge):
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | MSCI All Country World Small Cap Index
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel MSCI All Country World Small Cap Index (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees, expenses or taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (11.30%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 0.31%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 8.86%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Apr. 30, 1990
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | Lipper Global Small-Cap Funds Average
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Lipper Global Small-Cap Funds Average (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees or taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (12.63%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.42%)
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 6.33%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 8.67%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Apr. 30, 1990
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 2.62%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Apr. 30, 1990
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | Class A
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice 5.75%
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 1.00% [1]
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.23%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.27%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.14%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 685
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 917
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 1,168
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,885
Annual Return 2002 rr_AnnualReturn2002 (22.25%)
Annual Return 2003 rr_AnnualReturn2003 50.40%
Annual Return 2004 rr_AnnualReturn2004 17.76%
Annual Return 2005 rr_AnnualReturn2005 16.53%
Annual Return 2006 rr_AnnualReturn2006 22.96%
Annual Return 2007 rr_AnnualReturn2007 17.15%
Annual Return 2008 rr_AnnualReturn2008 (49.40%)
Annual Return 2009 rr_AnnualReturn2009 53.49%
Annual Return 2010 rr_AnnualReturn2010 24.92%
Annual Return 2011 rr_AnnualReturn2011 (14.35%)
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 18.36%
Highest Quarterly Return, Label rr_HighestQuarterlyReturnLabel Highest
Highest Quarterly Return, Date rr_BarChartHighestQuarterlyReturnDate Jun. 30, 2009
Highest Quarterly Return rr_BarChartHighestQuarterlyReturn 28.08%
Lowest Quarterly Return, Label rr_LowestQuarterlyReturnLabel Lowest
Lowest Quarterly Return, Date rr_BarChartLowestQuarterlyReturnDate Dec. 31, 2008
Lowest Quarterly Return rr_BarChartLowestQuarterlyReturn (27.37%)
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class A - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (19.27%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.71%)
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 6.11%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 8.46%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Apr. 30, 1990
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 (19.26%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (2.07%)
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 5.67%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Apr. 30, 1990
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 (12.43%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.36%)
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 5.39%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Apr. 30, 1990
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 1.00%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.26%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.90%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 693
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 998
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 1,228
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 2,028
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 193
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 598
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 1,028
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 2,028
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class B - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (19.25%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.65%)
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 6.09%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 0.39%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 15, 2000
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 1.00%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.29%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.93%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 296
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 605
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 1,040
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 2,250
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 196
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 605
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 1,040
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 2,250
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class C - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (15.85%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.29%)
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 5.92%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 5.32%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 15, 2001
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.25%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.23%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.12%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 114
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 356
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 617
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,364
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class F-1 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (14.35%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (0.51%)
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 6.75%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.09%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 15, 2001
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.19%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.83%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 84
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 264
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 459
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,022
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class F-2 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (14.11%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 0.57%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Aug. 01, 2008
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | Class 529-A
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice 5.75%
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 1.00% [1]
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Maximum annual account fee (529 share classes only) rr_MaximumAccountFee 10
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.20%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.35%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.19%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 709
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 970
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 1,250
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 2,038
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-A - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (19.32%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.74%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.78%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 19, 2002
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.99%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.38%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 2.01%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 723
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 1,068
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 1,338
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 2,223
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 223
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 668
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 1,138
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 2,223
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-B - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (19.34%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.73%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.60%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 20, 2002
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.99%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.37%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 2.00%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 322
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 665
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 1,132
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 2,420
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 222
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 665
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 1,132
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 2,420
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-C - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (15.91%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.37%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.45%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 20, 2002
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.50%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.31%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.45%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 167
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 497
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 848
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,833
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-E - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (14.61%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (0.86%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.39%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 15, 2002
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.35%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.99%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 121
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 354
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 604
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,313
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-F-1 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (14.22%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (0.37%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 10.04%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Sep. 17, 2002
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.99%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.23%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.86%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 189
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 586
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 1,007
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 2,183
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-1 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (14.99%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.28%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.93%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Jun. 19, 2002
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.74%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.51%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.89%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 192
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 595
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 1,022
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 2,214
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-2 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (15.01%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.36%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.35%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate May 31, 2002
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.50%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.28%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.42%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 145
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 451
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 778
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,706
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-3 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (14.61%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (0.85%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 7.47%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Jun. 20, 2002
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.25%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.19%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.08%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 110
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 343
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 594
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,314
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-4 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (14.33%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (0.50%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 9.60%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Jul. 24, 2002
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.14%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.78%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 79
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 248
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 431
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 960
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-5 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (14.08%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (0.20%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 7.15%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate May 15, 2002
SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC (Prospectus Summary) | SMALLCAP WORLD FUND INC | 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 0.64%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.09%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.73%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 74
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 232
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 404
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 902
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-6 - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (14.03%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 17.44%
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.