NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shareholders of American funds should be delighted with the performance of American Funds Growth Fund of America (GFFFX). This year the fund returned 22%, topping the S&P 500 by 4 percentage points and surpassing 93% of large growth peers, according to Morningstar.The strong showing should not come as a surprise. During the past 15 years, the fund crushed the benchmarks, returning 8.2% annually and topping the S&P 500 by more than 3 percentage points. But not everyone is impressed. During the past year, shareholders withdrew $34 billion in assets from the fund, a huge outflow from a portfolio that has $112 billion.
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