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Old 05-30-2007, 05:09 PM   #1
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No-load alternative to AGTHX

What are some decent no load alternatives to American Funds' AGTHX? I just found out that AGTHX has a 5.75 up front load and need another pick to contribute new money to in the future.
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Merriman's "explode loads" suggests FFTYX
But why not do like everybody else and figure out an overall asset allocation and fill it up with low-cost index funds?
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AGTHX has 10% fixed income, 19% foreign and the rest large cap US. In essence, that's a target retirement fund with a date of about 2040 to 2050. Compare to Vanguard's Target 2050: VFIFX
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If you were originally interested in AGTHX because you needed a large-cap growth fund for your portfolio, then I would look for another large-cap growth fund. The as of April 30th 10.5% cash and equivalents position of AGTHX will move around over time, there is no requirement to have X percent as cash, it is up to the managers as they see fit with flow in and out of the fund, and market conditions.
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AGTHX has 10% fixed income, 19% foreign and the rest large cap US. In essence, that's a target retirement fund with a date of about 2040 to 2050. Compare to Vanguard's Target 2050: VFIFX
Isn't VFIFX really a large cap blend fund with some fixed income?

AGTHX id a large cap GROWTH fund........similar asset class breakdown, WAY diiferent holdings. And yes, American holds significant cash when they see future buying opportunities.......AGTHX was almost 20% in cash right before the meltdown in 2000.............
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