Capital Group Core Equity ETF
|Exchange:||NYSE Arca, Inc.|
|Fees and expenses of the fund||1|
|Principal investment strategies||2|
|Purchase and sale of fund shares||6|
|Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediaries||6|
|Investment objectives, strategies and risks||7|
|Management and organization||13|
|Distributions and taxes||19|
|Other compensation to dealers||21|
|The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has not approved or disapproved of these securities. Further, it has not determined that this prospectus is accurate or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.|
|Shareholder fees (fees paid directly from your investment)|
|Total annual fund operating expenses|
The example assumes that you
invest $10,000 in the fund for the time periods indicated and then sell 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. No fees are charged by the fund upon the sale of fund shares,
so you would incur these hypothetical costs whether or not you were to sell your
shares at the end of the given period.
|1 year||3 years||5 years||10 years|
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The fund is nondiversified, which means it may invest a greater portion of its assets in fewer issuers than would otherwise be the case.
The investment adviser uses a system of multiple portfolio managers in managing assets. Under this approach, a portfolio is divided into segments managed by individual managers. For more information regarding the investment process of the fund, see the “Management and organization” section of this prospectus.
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. Securities may be sold when the investment adviser believes that they no longer represent relatively attractive investment opportunities.
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adviser Capital Research and Management
Portfolio managers The individuals primarily responsible for the portfolio management of the fund are:
Fund title (if applicable)
in this fund
with investment adviser
|Charles E. Ellwein Senior Vice President||1 year||Partner – Capital Research Global Investors|
|J. Blair Frank Senior Vice President||1 year||Partner – Capital Research Global Investors|
|Keiko McKibben Co-President||1 year||Partner – Capital Research Global Investors|
|Donald D. O’Neal Senior Vice President||1 year||Partner – Capital International Investors|
|William L. Robbins Senior Vice President and Trustee||1 year||Partner — Capital International Investors|
|Carlos A. Schonfeld Co-President||1 year||Partner – Capital International Investors|
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Purchase and sale of fund shares The fund is an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”). Individual shares of the fund may only be bought and sold in the secondary market through a broker-dealer at market price. Because ETF shares trade at market prices rather than at NAV, shares may trade at a price greater than NAV (a premium) or less than NAV (a discount). An investor may incur costs attributable to the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay to purchase fund shares (bid) and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for fund shares (ask) when buying or selling shares in the secondary market (the “bid-ask spread”). Recent information regarding the fund’s NAV, market price, premiums and discounts, and bid-ask spread is available at capitalgroup.com/etf.
Tax information Dividends and capital gain distributions you receive from the fund are subject to federal income taxes and may also be subject to state and local taxes, unless you are tax-exempt or your account is tax-favored.
Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediaries If you purchase shares of the fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the fund’s distributor or its affiliates may pay the intermediary for the sale of fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your individual financial professional to recommend the fund over another investment. Ask your individual financial professional or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.
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Investment objectives, strategies and risks The fund’s investment objectives are to achieve long-term growth of capital and income. While it has no present intention to do so, the fund’s board may change the fund’s investment objectives without shareholder approval upon 60 days’ written notice to shareholders.
The fund invests primarily in common stocks of companies that the investment adviser believes demonstrate the potential for appreciation and/or dividends. The fund normally invests at least 80% of its assets in equity securities. This policy is subject to change only upon 60 days’ written notice to shareholders. The fund’s investments are not limited to a particular capitalization size, and, generally, the fund may invest in companies with a broad range of capitalizations. The fund may invest up to 15% of its assets, at the time of purchase, in securities (including debt securities) of issuers domiciled outside the United States, including, to a more limited extent, in emerging markets. The fund is designed for investors seeking both capital appreciation and income.
Investors in the fund should have a long-term perspective and be able to tolerate potentially sharp declines in value.
The fund is nondiversified, which means it may invest a greater portion of its assets in fewer issuers than would otherwise be the case.
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.
In addition to the principal investment strategies described above, the fund has other investment practices as described below and in the statement of additional information.
The fund may also hold cash or cash equivalents, including commercial paper and short-term securities issued by the U.S. government, its agencies and instrumentalities. The percentage of the fund invested in such holdings varies and depends on various factors, including market conditions. The investment adviser may determine that it is appropriate to invest a substantial portion of the fund’s assets in such instruments in response to certain circumstances, such as periods of market turmoil. For temporary defensive purposes, the fund may invest without limitation in such instruments. A larger percentage of such holdings could reduce the magnitude of the fund’s gain in a period of rising market prices. Alternatively, a larger percentage of such holdings could reduce the magnitude of the fund’s loss in a period of falling market prices and provide liquidity to make additional investments or to meet the fund‘s obligations.
The fund’s daily cash balance may be invested in one or more money market or similar funds managed by the investment adviser or its affiliates (“Central Funds”). Shares of Central Funds are not offered to the public and are only purchased by the fund’s investment adviser and its affiliates and other funds, investment vehicles and accounts managed by the fund’s investment adviser and its affiliates. Central Funds do not charge management fees. As a result, the fund does not bear additional management fees when investing in Central Funds, but the fund does bear its proportionate share of Central
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Fund expenses. The investment results of the portions of the fund’s assets invested in the Central Funds will be based upon the investment results of the Central Funds.
The fund may also lend portfolio securities to brokers, dealers and other institutions that provide cash or U.S. Treasury securities as collateral in an amount at least equal to the value of the securities loaned.
The fund’s investment adviser and its affiliates manage other funds and accounts with similar names, investment objectives and/or strategies. Certain investment processes among such other funds and accounts and as compared to the fund may differ, depending on the applicable structures and related limitations and investment restrictions associated with a particular investment vehicle. The investment results of these funds and accounts will vary depending on a number of factors including, but not limited to, differences in investment processes, applicable fees and expenses, portfolio sizes, transaction costs, cash flows, currencies, taxes and portfolio holdings. For more information regarding the investment process of the fund, see the “Management and organization” section of this prospectus.
The investment adviser may consider environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) factors that, depending on the facts and circumstances, are material to the value of an issuer or instrument. ESG factors may include, but are not limited to, environmental issues (e.g., water use, emission levels, waste, environmental remediation), social issues (e.g., human capital, health and safety, changing customer behavior) or governance issues (e.g., board composition, executive compensation, shareholder dilution).
The following are principal risks associated with investing in the fund.
Market conditions — The prices of, and the income generated by, the common stocks and other securities held by the fund may decline – sometimes rapidly or unpredictably – due to various factors, including events or conditions affecting the general economy or particular industries or companies; overall market changes; local, regional or global political, social or economic instability; governmental, governmental agency or central bank responses to economic conditions; changes in inflation rates; and currency exchange rate, interest rate and commodity price fluctuations.
Economies and financial markets throughout the world are highly interconnected. Economic, financial or political events, trading and tariff arrangements, wars, terrorism, cybersecurity events, natural disasters, public health emergencies (such as the spread of infectious disease), bank failures and other circumstances in one country or region, including actions taken by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities in response to any of the foregoing, could have impacts on global economies or markets. As a result, whether or not the fund invests in securities of issuers located in or with significant exposure to the countries affected, the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments may be negatively affected by developments in other countries and regions.
Issuer risks — The prices of, and the income generated by, securities held by the fund may decline in response to various factors directly related to the issuers of such securities, including reduced demand for an issuer’s goods or services, poor management performance, major litigation, investigations or other controversies related to the issuer, changes in the issuer’s financial condition or credit rating, changes in government regulations affecting the issuer or its competitive environment and strategic
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initiatives such as mergers, acquisitions or dispositions and the market response to any such initiatives.
Investing in growth-oriented stocks — Growth-oriented common stocks and other equity-type securities (such as preferred stocks, convertible preferred stocks and convertible bonds) may involve larger price swings and greater potential for loss than other types of investments.
Investing in income-oriented stocks — The value of the fund’s securities and income provided by the fund may be reduced by changes in the dividend policies of, and the capital resources available for dividend payments at, the companies in which the fund invests.
Investing outside the United States — Securities of issuers domiciled outside the United States or with significant operations or revenues outside the United States, and securities tied economically to countries outside the United States may lose value because of adverse political, social, economic or market developments (including social instability, regional conflicts, terrorism and war) in the countries or regions in which the issuers are domiciled, operate or generate revenue or to which the securities are tied economically. 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. Issuers of these securities may be more susceptible to actions of foreign governments, such as nationalization, currency blockage or the imposition of price controls, sanctions, or punitive taxes, each of which could adversely impact the value of these securities. 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 regulatory, legal, accounting, auditing, financial reporting and recordkeeping requirements, and may be more difficult to value, than those in the United States. In addition, the value of investments outside the United States may be reduced by foreign taxes, including foreign withholding taxes on interest and dividends. Further, there may be increased risks of delayed settlement of securities purchased or sold by the fund, which could impact the liquidity of the fund’s portfolio. The risks of investing outside the United States may be heightened in connection with investments in emerging markets.
Market trading — While the fund shares are listed for trading on an exchange, there can be no assurance that an active trading market for such shares will develop or be maintained by market makers or Authorized Participants, or that the fund’s shares will continue to meet the requirements for listing or trading on any exchange or in any market. Trading in shares on the exchange may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the exchange make trading in the fund shares inadvisable.
The market prices of fund shares are expected to fluctuate, in some cases materially, in response to changes in the fund’s NAV, the intraday value of the fund’s holdings, and supply and demand for the fund shares. While the creation and redemption feature of the fund is designed to make it more likely that the fund’s shares will typically trade on stock exchanges at prices close to the fund’s next calculated NAV, the existence of significant market volatility, disruptions to creations and redemptions, adverse developments impacting market makers, Authorized Participants or other market participants or potential lack of an active trading market for fund shares (including through a trading halt), among other factors, may result in the shares trading at a significant premium or discount to NAV. If you buy fund shares when the market price is
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at a premium or sell fund shares when the market price is at a discount, you may pay more than, or receive less than, NAV, respectively.
Foreign securities held by the fund may be traded in markets that close at a different time than the exchange on which the fund shares are listed. Liquidity in those securities may be reduced after the applicable closing times. Accordingly, during the time when the fund’s exchange is open but after the applicable market closing, fixing or settlement times, bid-ask spreads on the fund’s exchange and the corresponding premium or discount to the fund’s NAV may widen.
When buying or selling fund shares through a broker, you may incur a brokerage commission or other charges, including the cost of the “spread” between what investors are willing to pay for fund shares (the “bid” price) and the price at which they are willing to sell fund shares (the “ask” price). The spread is wider where the fund has less trading volume and market liquidity. During times of significant market volatility or market disruption, including when trading of the fund’s holdings may be halted, the bid-ask spread may increase significantly and cause fund shares to trade at a significant discount to the fund’s NAV. These risks are exacerbated when the fund is small. Additionally, like shares of other issuers listed on a stock exchange, fund shares may be sold short and are therefore subject to the risk of increased volatility and price decreases associated with being sold short.
Authorized Participant concentration — Only Authorized Participants may engage in creation or redemption transactions directly with the fund, and none of them is obligated to do so. The fund has a limited number of institutions that may act as Authorized Participants. If Authorized Participants exit the business or are unable to or elect not to engage in creation or redemption transactions, and no other Authorized Participant engages in such function, fund shares may trade at a premium or discount to NAV and/or at wider intraday bid-ask spreads and possibly face trading halts or delisting.
Nondiversification — As a nondiversified fund, the fund has the ability to invest a larger percentage of its assets in the securities of a smaller number of issuers than a diversified fund. As a result, poor performance by a single issuer could adversely affect fund performance more than if the fund were invested in a larger number of issuers. The fund’s share price can be expected to fluctuate more than might be the case if the fund were more broadly diversified.
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, including models, tools and data, employed by the investment adviser in this process may be flawed or incorrect and 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.
The following are additional risks associated with investing in the fund.
Investing in debt instruments — The prices of, and the income generated by, bonds and other debt securities held by the fund may be affected by factors such as the interest rates, maturities and credit quality of these securities.
Rising interest rates will generally cause the prices of bonds and other debt securities to fall. Also, when interest rates rise, issuers of callable debt securities which may be prepaid at any time, such as mortgage- or other asset-backed securities, are less likely to
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refinance existing debt securities, causing the average life of such securities to extend. A general change in interest rates may cause investors to sell debt securities on a large scale, which could also adversely affect the price and liquidity of debt securities and could also result in increased redemptions from the fund. Falling interest rates may cause an issuer to redeem, call or refinance a debt security before its stated maturity, which may result in the fund having to reinvest the proceeds in lower yielding securities. Longer maturity debt securities generally have greater sensitivity to changes in interest rates and may be subject to greater price fluctuations than shorter maturity debt securities.
Bonds and other debt securities are also subject to credit risk, which is the possibility that the credit strength of an issuer or guarantor will weaken or be perceived to be weaker, 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. Changes in actual or perceived creditworthiness may occur quickly. A downgrade or default affecting any of the fund’s securities could cause the net asset value of the fund’s shares to decrease. Lower quality debt securities generally have higher rates of interest and may be subject to greater price fluctuations than higher quality debt securities. Credit risk is gauged, in part, by the credit ratings of the debt securities in which the fund invests. However, ratings are only the opinions of the rating agencies issuing them and are not guarantees as to credit quality or an evaluation of market risk. The fund’s investment adviser relies on its own credit analysts to research issuers and issues in assessing credit and default risks.
Exposure to country, region, industry or sector — Subject to the fund’s investment limitations, the fund may have significant exposure to a particular country, region, industry or sector. Such exposure may cause the fund to be more impacted by risks relating to and developments affecting the country, region, industry or sector, and thus its net asset value may be more volatile, than a fund without such levels of exposure. For example, if the fund has significant exposure in a particular country, then social, economic, regulatory or other issues that negatively affect that country may have a greater impact on the fund than on a fund that is more geographically diversified.
Lending of portfolio securities — Securities lending involves risks, including the risk that the loaned securities may not be returned in a timely manner or at all, which would interfere with the fund’s ability to vote proxies or settle transactions, and/or the risk of a counterparty default. Additionally, the fund may lose money from the reinvestment of collateral received on loaned securities in investments that decline in value, default or do not perform as expected.
Large shareholder concentration — Certain shareholders, including other funds or accounts advised by the investment adviser, may from time to time own a substantial number of the fund’s shares. If any such large shareholder sells or redeems (through an Authorized Participant) its investment and the fund fails to maintain a certain level of size or scale, the fund may be negatively impacted.
Cash transactions — The fund currently expects to effect at least part of its creations and redemptions for cash rather than in-kind securities. When the fund effects redemptions partly or wholly for cash, rather than in-kind, the fund may have to sell portfolio securities at inopportune times in order to obtain the cash needed to meet redemption orders. If the fund realizes gains on these sales, the fund generally will be required to recognize a gain it might not otherwise have recognized, or to recognize such gain sooner than
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would otherwise be required if it were to distribute portfolio securities in-kind. This strategy may cause shareholders to be subject to tax from distributions to which they would not otherwise be subject. The use of cash creations and redemptions may also cause the fund’s shares to trade in the market at wider bid-ask spreads or greater premiums or discounts to the fund’s NAV. As a result of such cash transactions, the fund could incur brokerage costs which, to the extent not offset by transaction fees that are payable by an Authorized Participant, may reduce the fund’s NAV.
Cybersecurity breaches — The fund may be subject to operational and information security risks through breaches in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity breaches can result from deliberate attacks or unintentional events, including “ransomware” attacks, the injection of computer viruses or malicious software code, the use of vulnerabilities in code to gain unauthorized access to digital information systems, networks or devices, or external attacks such as denial-of-service attacks on the investment adviser’s or an affiliate’s website that could render the fund’s network services unavailable to intended end-users. These breaches may, among other things, lead to the unauthorized release of confidential information, misuse of the fund’s assets or sensitive information, the disruption of the fund’s operational capacity, the inability of fund shareholders to transact business, or the destruction of the fund’s physical infrastructure, equipment or operating systems. These events could cause the fund to violate applicable privacy and other laws and could subject the fund to reputational damage, additional costs associated with corrective measures and/or financial loss. The fund may also be subject to additional risks if its third-party service providers, such as the fund’s investment adviser, transfer agent, custodian, administrators and other financial intermediaries (including Authorized Participants), experience similar cybersecurity breaches and potential outcomes. Cybersecurity risks may also impact issuers of securities in which the fund invests, which may cause the fund’s investments in such issuers to lose value.
In addition to the investment strategies described above, the fund has other investment practices that are described in the statement of additional information, which includes a description of other risks related to the fund’s investment strategies and other investment practices. The fund’s investment results will depend on the ability of the fund’s investment adviser to navigate the risks discussed above as well as those described in the statement of additional information.
Portfolio holdings Portfolio holdings information for the fund is available on our website at capitalgroup.com/etf. A description of the fund’s policies and procedures regarding disclosure of information about its portfolio holdings is available in the statement of additional information.
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Investment adviser Capital Research and Management Company, an experienced investment management organization founded in 1931, serves as the investment adviser to the fund. Capital Research and Management Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Capital Group Companies, Inc. and is located at 333 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, California 90071. Capital Research and Management Company manages the investment portfolio and business affairs of the fund. The total management fee paid by the fund to its investment adviser for the most recent fiscal year, as a percentage of average net assets, appears in the Annual Fund Operating Expenses table under “Fees and expenses of the fund.” Please see the statement of additional information for further details. A discussion regarding the basis for approval of the fund’s Investment Advisory and Service Agreement by the fund’s board of trustees is contained in the fund’s annual report to shareholders for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2023.
Capital Research and Management Company manages equity assets through three equity investment divisions and fixed income assets through its fixed income investment division, Capital Fixed Income Investors. The three equity investment divisions — Capital International Investors, Capital Research Global Investors and Capital World Investors — make investment decisions independently of one another.
The equity investment divisions may, in the future, be incorporated as wholly owned subsidiaries of Capital Research and Management Company. In that event, Capital Research and Management Company would continue to be the investment adviser, and day-to-day investment management of equity assets would continue to be carried out through one or more of these subsidiaries. Although not currently contemplated, Capital Research and Management Company could incorporate its fixed income investment division in the future and engage it to provide day-to-day investment management of fixed income assets. Capital Research and Management Company and each of the funds it advises have received an exemptive order from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that allows Capital Research and Management Company to use, upon approval of the fund’s board, its management subsidiaries and affiliates to provide day-to-day investment management services to the fund, including making changes to the management subsidiaries and affiliates providing such services. The fund’s shareholders have approved this arrangement; however, there is no assurance that Capital Research and Management Company will incorporate its investment divisions or exercise any authority granted to it under the exemptive order.
The Capital SystemTM Capital Research and Management Company uses a system of multiple portfolio managers in managing assets. Under this approach, the portfolio of a fund is divided into segments managed by individual managers. In addition, Capital Research and Management Company’s investment analysts may make investment decisions with respect to a portion of a fund’s portfolio. Investment decisions for each fund and account managed by Capital Research and Management Company are subject to a fund’s objective(s), policies and restrictions of such fund or account and the oversight of the appropriate investment-related committees of Capital Research and Management Company and its investment divisions.
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The table below shows the investment experience and role in management of the fund for each of the fund’s primary portfolio managers.
in this fund
of the fund
|Charles E. Ellwein||Investment professional for 27 years in total; 17 years with Capital Research and Management Company or affiliate||1 year||Serves as an equity portfolio manager|
|J. Blair Frank||Investment professional for 30 years in total; 29 years with Capital Research and Management Company or affiliate||1 year||Serves as an equity portfolio manager|
|Keiko McKibben||Investment professional for 30 years in total; 25 years with Capital Research and Management Company or affiliate||1 year||Serves as an equity portfolio manager|
|Donald D. O’Neal||Investment professional for 38 years, all with Capital Research and Management Company or affiliate||1 year||Serves as an equity portfolio manager|
|William L. Robbins||Investment professional for 31 years in total; 28 years with Capital Research and Management Company or affiliate||1 year||Serves as an equity portfolio manager|
|Carlos A. Schonfeld||Investment professional for 25 years in total; 24 years with Capital Research and Management Company or affiliate||1 year||Serves as an equity portfolio manager|
Information regarding the portfolio managers’ compensation, their ownership of securities in the fund and other accounts they manage is in the statement of additional information.
The fund’s investment adviser manages the fund and other funds and accounts with similar names and investment objectives using the same investment strategy. The fund’s portfolio is based on the portfolio of one of those similar funds or accounts (the "reference account") that is representative of the investment strategy. Investment decisions for the fund are made independently to optimize its portfolio for the number, type and weighting of portfolio holdings that the investment adviser believes is best suited for the fund while seeking to achieve its investment objective. The fund will hold fewer securities than the reference account, and securities held in common by the fund and the reference account will normally be held in different weightings. The investment adviser employs a suite of technology, including quantitative modeling and risk tools, as part of this investment process. The process is overseen by a team of associates who seek to ensure that the optimization reflects the overall investment intent of the strategy
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implemented by the portfolio managers. As such, investment decisions for the reference account will normally be fully implemented before they are considered as part of the fund’s investment process. The fund’s investment process regularly considers changes in the reference account’s portfolio and the fund’s portfolio due to, among other things, investment convictions, market movements and corporate actions.
The fund creates or redeems its shares at NAV per share only in aggregations of a specified number of shares (“creation units”). Only an Authorized Participant may engage in creation or redemption transactions directly with the fund. The procedures for creating and redeeming fund shares, including the role of the Authorized Participant and a description of the associated fees, are described in the “Creations and redemptions” section of this prospectus.
Once created, the fund shares generally trade in the secondary market in amounts less than a creation unit. The fund shares are listed on NYSE Arca, Inc. (the “listing exchange”) for trading during the trading day. The fund shares can be bought and sold throughout the trading day like shares of other publicly traded companies. There is no minimum investment for shares of the fund. The fund’s shares trade under the ticker symbol “CGUS.”
The listing exchange is typically open for trading Monday through Friday and is closed on weekends and on the following holidays (or the days on which they are observed): New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Juneteenth National Independence Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Share prices The fund shares are generally purchased and sold in the secondary market at the market price on the listing exchange, except with respect to Authorized Participants, which may purchase and redeem shares from the fund at NAV. The market price generally differs from the fund’s daily NAV. It is affected not only by the fund’s NAV, but also by market forces such as the supply of and demand for the fund shares, the intraday value of the fund’s holdings, economic conditions and other factors. See “Premiums and discounts” section below.
Costs of buying and selling fund shares Buying or selling fund shares on an exchange or other secondary market involves two types of costs that typically apply to exchange-traded securities transactions. First, when buying or selling fund shares through a broker, you may incur a brokerage commission or other charges. The commission is frequently a fixed amount and may be a significant proportional cost for investors seeking to buy or sell small amounts of the fund shares. Second, you may incur the cost of the “spread,” that is, any difference between the bid price and the ask price. A fund share’s spread varies over time based on the fund’s trading volume and market liquidity. The spread is generally lower if a fund has high trading volume and market liquidity, and higher if the fund has low trading volume and market liquidity (which is often the case for funds that are newly launched or small in size). The fund share’s spread may also be affected by the liquidity or illiquidity of the underlying securities held by the fund, particularly for newly launched or smaller funds, or in instances of significant market volatility or market disruption.
Beneficial ownership The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) serves as the securities depository for shares of the fund. The fund shares are held only in book-entry form,
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which means that no stock certificates are issued. DTC or its nominee is the record owner of, and holds legal title to, all outstanding fund shares. Investors owning fund shares are beneficial owners as shown on the records of DTC or its participants. DTC participants include securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies, clearing corporations and other institutions that directly or indirectly maintain a custodial relationship with DTC. As a beneficial owner of shares, you are not entitled to receive physical delivery of stock certificates or to have shares registered in your name, and you are not considered a registered owner of shares. Therefore, to exercise any right as an owner of shares, you must rely upon the procedures of DTC and its participants. These procedures are the same as those that apply to any other securities that you hold in book-entry or “street name” form.
Premiums and discounts Information about the difference between the daily market price of the fund shares on the exchange and the fund’s NAV for various periods can be found on the fund’s website, capitalgroup.com/etf. NAV is the price at which the fund directly issues and redeems its shares. As described in more detail below, the fund’s NAV is calculated according to the fund’s pricing and valuation policies and will fluctuate based on the value of its portfolio holdings. The market price of the fund shares, on the other hand, is generally the official closing price of the fund’s shares on an exchange, and may be at, above (at a premium) or below (at a discount) its NAV. The fund share’s market price will fluctuate with changes in its NAV, as well as market supply and demand for the fund’s shares, the intraday value of the fund’s holdings, economic conditions and other factors. You may pay more than NAV when you buy fund shares and receive less than NAV when you sell those shares, because fund shares are bought and sold at current market prices. The market price is also used to calculate market returns of the fund.
Frequent trading of fund shares The fund is designed to offer most investors an investment that can be bought and sold frequently in the secondary market without impact on the fund. In addition, frequent trading by Authorized Participants (defined below), which can purchase and redeem shares directly from the fund, is designed to enable the market price of fund shares to remain at or close to NAV. Accordingly, the fund’s board has not adopted policies and procedures designed to discourage excessive or short-term trading by these investors. The fund accommodates frequent purchases and redemptions of creation units by Authorized Participants and does not place a limit on purchases or redemptions of creation units by these investors. The fund reserves the right to reject any purchase order at any time. The fund also reserves the right to reject any redemption order in accordance with applicable law.
With respect to redemption baskets comprised of foreign common stocks, the fund may deliver such foreign common stocks more than seven (7) (but no more than fifteen (15)) calendar days after the fund’s shares are tendered for redemption as a result of local market holidays. In addition, the fund reserves the right to impose restrictions on disruptive, excessive, or short-term trading.
Determining fund net asset value The fund’s NAV is calculated once daily as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange, normally 4 p.m. New York time, each day the New York Stock Exchange is open. If the New York Stock Exchange makes a scheduled (e.g., the day after Thanksgiving) or an unscheduled close prior to 4 p.m. New York time, the fund’s NAV will be determined at approximately the time the New York Stock Exchange closes on that day. If on such a day market quotations and prices from
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third-party pricing services are not based as of the time of the early close of the New York Stock Exchange but are as of a later time (up to approximately 4 p.m. New York time), for example because the market remains open after the close of the New York Stock Exchange, those later market quotations and prices will be used in determining the fund’s NAV. The price at which creations and redemptions occur are based on the next calculation of NAV after a creation or redemption order is received in acceptable form in accordance with the applicable Authorized Participant Agreement, as defined in the “Creations and redemptions” section of this prospectus.
Equity securities are valued primarily on the basis of market quotations, and debt securities are valued primarily on the basis of prices from third-party pricing services. The fund‘s portfolio investments are valued in accordance with procedures for making fair value determinations if market quotations or prices from third-party pricing services, as applicable, are not readily available or are not considered reliable. For example, if events occur between the close of markets outside the United States and the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange that, in the opinion of the investment adviser, materially affect the value of any of the fund’s equity securities that trade principally in those international markets, those securities will be valued in accordance with fair value procedures. Similarly, fair value procedures may be employed if an issuer defaults on its debt securities and there is no market for its securities. Use of these procedures is intended to result in more appropriate net asset values and, where applicable, to reduce potential arbitrage opportunities otherwise available to short-term investors.
Because the fund may hold securities that are listed primarily on foreign exchanges that trade on weekends or days when the fund does not price its shares, the values of securities held in the fund may change on days when you will not be able to purchase or redeem the fund shares.
Creations and redemptions Prior to trading in the secondary market, shares of the fund are “created” at NAV only in block-size creation units or multiples thereof. Creations and redemptions must be made through a firm (an “Authorized Participant”) that is a member or participant of a clearing agency registered with the SEC, and that has executed a written agreement (the “Authorized Participant Agreement”) with the fund’s distributor, American Funds Distributors, Inc. (the “distributor”), an affiliate of the investment adviser, with respect to the purchase and redemption of creation units.
A creation transaction, which is subject to acceptance by the distributor or its agents, generally takes place when an Authorized Participant deposits into the fund a designated portfolio of securities, assets or other positions (a “creation basket”), and an amount of cash (including any cash representing the value of substituted securities, assets or other positions), if any, which together approximate the holdings of the fund in exchange for a specified number of creation units. Similarly, shares can be redeemed only in creation units, generally for a designated portfolio of securities, assets or other positions (a “redemption basket”) held by the fund and an amount of cash (including any portion of such securities, assets or other positions for which cash may be substituted). The fund may, in certain circumstances, offer creation units partially or solely for cash.
Except when aggregated in one or more creation units, shares are generally not redeemable by the fund. Creation and redemption baskets may differ, and the fund may accept “custom baskets.” More information regarding custom baskets is contained in the
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fund’s statement of additional information. The prices at which creations and redemptions occur are based on the next calculation of NAV after a creation or redemption order is received in an acceptable form under the Authorized Participant Agreement.
Authorized Participants may create or redeem creation units for their own accounts or for their customers, including, without limitation, affiliates of the fund. In the event of a system failure or other interruption, including disruptions at market makers or Authorized Participants, orders to purchase or redeem creation units either may not be executed according to the fund’s instructions or may not be executed at all, or the fund may not be able to place or change orders.
When engaging in in-kind transactions, the fund intends to comply with U.S. federal securities laws in accepting securities for deposit and satisfying redemptions with redemption securities by, among other means, assuring that any securities accepted for deposit and any securities used to satisfy redemption requests will be sold in transactions that would be exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”). Further, an Authorized Participant that is not a “qualified institutional buyer,” as such term is defined in Rule 144A under the 1933 Act, will not be able to receive restricted securities eligible for resale under Rule 144A.
Because new shares may be created and issued on an ongoing basis, at any point during the life of the fund, a “distribution,” as such term is used in the 1933 Act, may occur. Broker-dealers and other persons are cautioned that some activities on their part may, depending on the circumstances, result in their being deemed participants in a distribution in a manner that could render them statutory underwriters subject to the prospectus delivery and liability provisions of the 1933 Act. Any determination of whether one is an underwriter must take into account all the relevant facts and circumstances of each particular case.
Broker-dealers should also note that dealers who are not “underwriters” but are participating in a distribution (as contrasted to ordinary secondary transactions), and thus dealing with shares that are part of an “unsold allotment” within the meaning of Section 4(a)(3)(C) of the 1933 Act, would be unable to take advantage of the prospectus delivery exemption provided by Section 4(a)(3) of the 1933 Act. For delivery of prospectuses to exchange members, the prospectus delivery mechanism of Rule 153 under the 1933 Act is available only with respect to transactions on a national securities exchange.
In addition, certain affiliates of the fund and the investment adviser may purchase and resell fund shares pursuant to this prospectus.
Derivative actions The fund’s declaration of trust provides a process for the bringing of derivative actions by shareholders. Except for claims under federal securities laws, no shareholder may maintain a derivative action on behalf of the fund unless holders of at least 20% of the outstanding shares of the fund join in bringing such action. Prior to bringing a derivative action, a demand by the complaining shareholder must first be made on the trustees. Following receipt of the demand, the trustees must be afforded a reasonable amount of time to consider and investigate the demand. The trustees will be entitled to retain counsel or other advisers in considering the merits of the request and, except for claims under federal securities laws, the trustees may require an undertaking by the shareholders making such request to reimburse the fund for the expense of any such advisers in the event that the trustees determine not to bring such action.
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Dividends and distributions Dividends from net investment income, if any, generally are declared and paid at least semi-annually by the fund. Distributions of capital gains, if any, generally are declared and paid once a year, but the fund may make distributions on a more frequent basis. The fund reserves the right to declare special distributions if, in its reasonable discretion, such action is necessary or advisable to preserve its status as a regulated investment company under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or to avoid imposition of income or excise taxes on undistributed income or realized gains. Dividends and other distributions on shares of the fund are distributed on a pro rata basis to beneficial owners of such shares. Dividend payments are made through DTC participants and indirect participants to beneficial owners of record with proceeds received from the fund.
Dividend reinvestment service If you bought your shares in the secondary market, your broker is responsible for distributing the income and capital gain distributions to you. To reinvest dividend and capital gains distributions, you must hold your fund shares at a broker that offers a reinvestment service. This can be the broker’s own service, or a service made available by a third party, such as the broker’s outside clearing firm or the DTC. If this service is available and used, dividend distributions of both income and realized gains will be automatically reinvested in additional shares of the fund purchased in the secondary market. To determine whether a reinvestment service is available and whether there is a commission or other charge for using this service, consult your broker.
Taxes on dividends and distributions For federal tax purposes, dividends and distributions of short-term capital gains are taxable as ordinary income. If you are an individual and meet certain holding period requirements with respect to your fund shares, you may be eligible for reduced tax rates on “qualified dividend income,” if any, distributed by the fund to you. The fund’s distributions of net long-term capital gains are taxable as long-term capital gains. Any dividends or capital gain distributions you receive from the fund will normally be taxable to you when made, regardless of whether you reinvest dividends or capital gain distributions or receive them in cash.
The fund currently expects to effect at least part of its creations and redemptions for cash rather than in-kind securities. Because of this, the fund may be unable to realize certain tax benefits associated with in-kind transfers of portfolio securities. Shareholders may be subject to tax on gains they would not otherwise have been subject to and/or at an earlier date than if the fund had effected redemptions wholly on an in-kind basis. If investors buy shares when the fund has realized but not yet distributed income or capital gains, they will be “buying a dividend” by paying the full price for the shares and then receiving a portion of the price back in the form of a taxable distribution. Any taxable distributions investors receive will normally be taxable to them when they receive them.
Taxes on exchange-listed share sales Currently, any capital gain or loss realized upon a sale of the fund shares is generally treated as long-term capital gain or loss if the shares have been held for more than one year and as short-term capital gain or loss if the shares have been held for one year or less. Capital loss realized on the sale of shares held for six months or less will be treated as long-term capital loss to the extent of any capital gain dividends received by the shareholder. The ability to deduct capital losses may be limited.
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The foregoing discussion summarizes some of the consequences under current U.S. federal tax law of an investment in the fund. It is not a substitute for personal tax advice. You may also be subject to state and local taxation on fund distributions and sales of shares. Consult your personal tax advisor about the potential tax consequences of an investment in shares of the fund under all applicable tax laws.
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Distributor The distributor distributes the fund’s shares. The distributor or its agent distributes creation units for the fund on an agency basis. The distributor does not maintain a secondary market in shares of the fund. The distributor has no role in determining the policies of the fund or the securities that are purchased or sold by the fund.
Distribution and service (12b-1) fees The fund has adopted a distribution plan under Rule 12b-1 of the 1940 Act that allows the fund to pay distribution fees of .25% per year, to those who sell and distribute the fund shares and provide other services to shareholders. However, the fund board has determined not to authorize payment of a Rule 12b-1 plan fee at this time. Because these fees are paid out of the fund’s assets on an ongoing basis, to the extent that a fee is authorized, over time these fees will increase the cost of your investment and may cost you more than paying other types of sales charges.
Other compensation to dealers The distributor pays expenses associated with meetings and other training and educational opportunities conducted by selling dealers, advisory platform providers and other intermediaries to facilitate educating financial professionals and shareholders about Capital Group ETFs.
In addition, the distributor provides compensation for, among other things, data (including fees to obtain information on financial professionals to better tailor marketing and training and education opportunities), provision of marketing materials and educational content to financial professionals, and access to financial professionals for marketing, training and education opportunities.
The distributor will, on an annual basis, determine the advisability of continuing these payments.
If investment advisers, distributors or other affiliates of ETFs pay compensation or other incentives to investment dealers in differing amounts, dealer firms and their financial professionals may have financial incentives for recommending a particular ETF over other ETFs, mutual funds or investments, creating a potential conflict of interest. You should consult with your financial professional and review carefully any disclosure by your financial professional’s firm as to the compensation received.
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The Financial Highlights table is intended to help you understand the fund’s results for the past five fiscal years (or, if shorter, the period of operations). Certain information reflects financial results for a single share. The total returns in the table represent the rate that an investor would have earned or lost on an investment in the fund (assuming reinvestment of all dividends and capital gain distributions). The information in the Financial Highlights table has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, whose current report, along with the fund’s financial statements, is included in the statement of additional information, which is available upon request.
|Dividends and distributions|
|Core Equity ETF|
|Year ended||Period ended|
|May 31, 2023||May 31, 20223,4,5|
|Portfolio turnover rate6||34%||8%|
1 Based on average shares outstanding.
2 Ratios do not include expenses of any Central Funds. The fund indirectly bears its proportionate share of the expenses of any Central Funds.
3 Based on operations for a period that is less than a full year.
4 For the period February 22, 2022, commencement of operations, through May 31, 2022.
5 Not annualized.
6 Rates do not include the fund’s portfolio activity with respect to any Central Funds.
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Multiple translations This prospectus may be translated into other languages. If there is any inconsistency or ambiguity as to the meaning of any word or phrase in a translation, the English text will prevail. Liability is not limited as a result of any material misstatement or omission introduced in the translation.
Annual/Semi-annual report to shareholders The shareholder reports contain additional information about the fund, including financial statements, investment results, portfolio holdings, a discussion of market conditions and the fund’s investment strategies that affected the fund’s performance during its last fiscal year or semi-annual period, as applicable, and the independent registered public accounting firm’s report (in the annual report).
Statement of additional information (SAI) and codes of ethics The current SAI, as amended from time to time, contains more detailed information about the fund, including the fund’s financial statements, and is incorporated by reference into this prospectus. This means that the current SAI, for legal purposes, is part of this prospectus. The codes of ethics describe the personal investing policies adopted by the fund, its investment adviser and its affiliated companies.
The codes of ethics and current SAI are on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These and other related materials about the fund are available for review on the EDGAR database on the SEC’s website at sec.gov or, after payment of a duplicating fee, via email request to email@example.com. The codes of ethics, current SAI and shareholder reports are also available, free of charge, on our website, capitalgroup.com/etf.
Householding Householding is an option available to certain investors. Householding is a method of delivery, based on the preference of the individual investor, in which a single copy of certain shareholder documents can be delivered to investors who share the same address, even if their accounts are registered under different names. Please contact your broker-dealer if you are interested in enrolling in householding and receiving a single copy of prospectuses and other shareholder documents, or if you are currently enrolled in householding and wish to change your householding status. At any time, you may view current prospectuses and financial reports on our website.
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