May 1, 2009

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Class A, B, C & Advisor

PROSPECTUS

Templeton Global Opportunities Trust

Templeton




   

Contents

 

THE FUND

INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE INVESTING

Goal and Strategies
Main Risks
Performance
Fees and Expenses
Management
Distributions and Taxes
Financial Highlights

 

YOUR ACCOUNT

INFORMATION ABOUT SALES CHARGES, ACCOUNT TRANSACTIONS AND SERVICES

Choosing a Share Class
Buying Shares
Investor Services
Selling Shares
Exchanging Shares
Account Policies
Questions

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

WHERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FUND

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THE FUND


Goal and Strategies

Goal

The Fund's investment goal is long-term capital growth.

Main Investment Strategies

Under normal market conditions, the Fund invests at least 65% of its total assets in the equity securities of companies located anywhere in the world, including developing or emerging markets. The Fund may invest up to 40% of its net assets in securities of issuers located in developing countries or emerging markets. The Fund may invest in companies of any size, including smaller companies.

An equity security, or stock, represents a proportionate share of the ownership of a company. Its value is based on the success of the company's business, any income paid to stockholders, the value of the company's assets, and general market conditions. Common stocks, preferred stocks and convertible securities are examples of equity securities. Convertible securities generally are debt securities or preferred stock that may be converted into common stock after certain time periods under certain circumstances. The Fund also invests in American, European, and Global Depositary Receipts, which are certificates typically issued by a bank or trust company that represent securities issued by a foreign or domestic company. The Fund may from time to time have significant investments in one or more countries, and/or in particular industries or sectors such as materials or industrials.

The Fund may use various derivative strategies seeking to protect its assets, implement a cash or tax management strategy or enhance its returns. With derivatives, the manager attempts to predict whether an underlying investment will increase or decrease in value at some future time. The manager considers various factors, such as availability and cost, in deciding whether to use a particular instrument or strategy.

When choosing equity investments for this Fund, the manager applies a "bottom-up," value-oriented, long-term approach, focusing on the market price of a company's securities relative to the manager's evaluation of the company's long-term earnings, asset value and cash flow potential. The manager also considers a company's price/earnings ratio, profit margins and liquidation value.


The Fund invests primarily in a portfolio of global equity securities.



Temporary Investments

When the manager believes market or economic conditions are unfavorable for investors, the manager may invest up to 100% of the Fund's assets in a temporary defensive manner by holding all or a substantial portion of its assets in cash, cash equivalents or other high quality short-term investments. Temporary defensive investments generally may include money market securities (including shares of money market funds managed by affiliates of the manager), short-term U.S. and foreign government securities, short-term corporate obligations, bank obligations, and repurchase agreements denominated in the currency of any nation. The manager also may invest in these types of securities or hold cash while looking for suitable investment opportunities or to maintain liquidity. In these circumstances, the Fund may be unable to achieve its investment goal.


Main Risks


Because the securities the Fund holds fluctuate in price, the value of your investment in the Fund will go up and down. You could lose money.



Stocks

Although this may not be the case in foreign markets, in the U.S., stocks historically have outperformed other types of investments over the long term. Individual stock prices, however, tend to go up and down more dramatically. These price movements may result from factors affecting individual companies or industries, or the securities market as a whole. A slower-growth or recessionary economic environment could have an adverse effect on the price of the various stocks held by the Fund.

Foreign Securities

Investing in foreign securities, including depositary receipts, typically involves more risks than investing in U.S. securities. Certain of these risks also may apply to securities of U.S. companies with significant foreign operations. These risks can increase the potential for losses in the Fund and affect its share price.

Currency exchange rates.   Foreign securities may be issued and traded in foreign currencies. As a result, their values may be affected by changes in exchange rates between foreign currencies and the U.S. dollar, as well as between currencies of countries other than the U.S. For example, if the value of the U.S. dollar goes up compared to a foreign currency, an investment traded in that foreign currency will go down in value because it will be worth fewer U.S. dollars. From time to time, the Fund may employ various strategies to hedge its exposure to a particular currency, but there is no assurance that any such hedging strategies will be employed or that, if employed, they will reduce rather than increase the Fund's risk.

Political and economic developments.   The political, economic and social structures of some foreign countries may be less stable and more volatile than those in the U.S. Investments in these countries may be subject to the risks of internal and external conflicts, currency devaluations, foreign ownership limitations and tax increases. It is possible that a government may take over the assets or operations of a company or impose restrictions on the exchange or export of currency or other assets. Some countries also may have different legal systems that may make it difficult for the Fund to vote proxies, exercise shareholder rights, and pursue legal remedies with respect to its foreign investments. Diplomatic and political developments, including rapid and adverse political changes, social instability, regional conflicts, terrorism and war, could affect the economies, industries and securities and currency markets, and the value of the Fund’s investments, in non-U.S. countries. These factors are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to predict and take into account with respect to the Fund’s investments.

Trading practices.   Brokerage commissions and other fees generally are higher for foreign securities. Government supervision and regulation of foreign stock exchanges, currency markets, trading systems and brokers may be less than in the U.S. The procedures and rules governing foreign transactions and custody (holding of the Fund's assets) also may involve delays in payment, delivery or recovery of money or investments.

Availability of information.   Foreign companies may not be subject to the same disclosure, accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards and practices as U.S. companies. Thus, there may be less information publicly available about foreign companies than about most U.S. companies.

Limited markets.   Certain foreign securities may be less liquid (harder to sell) and their prices may be more volatile than many U.S. securities. This means the Fund may at times be unable to sell foreign securities at favorable prices.

Emerging markets.   The risks of foreign investments typically are greater in less developed countries, sometimes referred to as emerging markets. For example, political and economic structures in these countries may be less established and may change rapidly. These countries also are more likely to experience high levels of inflation, deflation or currency devaluation, which can harm their economies and securities markets and increase volatility. In fact, short-term volatility in these markets and declines of 50% or more are not uncommon. Restrictions on currency trading that may be imposed by emerging market countries will have an adverse effect on the value of the securities of companies that trade or operate in such countries.

Smaller Companies

While smaller companies may offer substantial opportunities for capital growth, they also involve substantial risks and should be considered speculative. Historically, smaller company securities have been more volatile in price than larger company securities, especially over the short term. Among the reasons for the greater price volatility are the less certain growth prospects of smaller companies, the lower degree of liquidity in the markets for such securities, and the greater sensitivity of smaller companies to changing economic conditions.

In addition, smaller companies may lack depth of management, be unable to generate funds necessary for growth or development, or be developing or marketing new products or services for which markets are not yet established and may never become established.

Derivative Securities

The performance of derivative investments depends, at least in part, on the performance of an underlying asset. Derivative securities involve costs, may be volatile, and may involve a small investment relative to the risk assumed. Their successful use will depend on the manager's ability to predict market movements. Risks include delivery failure, default by the other party or the inability to close out a position because the trading market becomes illiquid.

Country, Sector or Industry Focus

To the extent the Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in one or more countries, sectors or industries at any time, the Fund will face a greater risk of loss due to factors affecting a single country, sector or industry than if the Fund always maintained wide diversity among the countries, sectors and industries in which it invests. For example, banks and financial institutions are subject to potentially restrictive governmental controls and regulations that may limit or adversely affect profitability and share price. In addition, securities in that sector may be very sensitive to interest rate changes throughout the world.

Liquidity

The Fund may invest up to 15% of its net assets in securities with a limited trading market. Reduced liquidity may have an adverse impact on market price and the Fund's ability to sell particular securities when necessary to meet the Fund's liquidity needs or in response to a specific economic event.

More detailed information about the Fund, its policies and risks can be found in the Fund's Statement of Additional Information (SAI).

A description of the Fund's policies and procedures regarding the release of portfolio holdings information is also available in the Fund's SAI. Portfolio holdings information can be viewed online at franklintempleton.com.


Mutual fund shares are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed or endorsed by, any bank, and are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board, or any other agency of the U.S. government. Mutual fund shares involve investment risks, including the possible loss of principal.




Performance

This bar chart and table show the volatility of the Fund's returns, which is one indicator of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows changes in the Fund's returns from year to year over the calendar years shown. The table shows how the Fund's average annual total returns compare to those of a broad-based securities market index. Of course, past performance (before or after taxes) cannot predict or guarantee future results. All Fund performance assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains.

CLASS A ANNUAL TOTAL RETURNS1


Best Quarter:  Q2'03  21.91% 
Worst Quarter:  Q4'08  -21.83% 



AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL RETURNS For the periods ended December 31, 2008
    1 Year  5 Years  10 Years 
Templeton Global Opportunities Trust - Class A2       
Return Before Taxes  -45.85%  1.32%  2.50% 
Return After Taxes on Distributions  -46.18%  0.88%  1.75% 
Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares  -29.14%  1.43%  2.10% 
MSCI All Country World Index3  -41.85%  0.44%  0.23% 

(indices reflect no deduction for fees, expenses, or taxes)


    1 Year  5 Years  10 Years 
Templeton Global Opportunities Trust - Class B2  -45.16%  1.41%  2.54% 
MSCI All Country World Index3  -41.85%  0.44%  0.23% 

    1 Year  5 Years  10 Years 
Templeton Global Opportunities Trust - Class C2  -43.51%  1.77%  2.35% 
MSCI All Country World Index3  -41.85%  0.44%  0.23% 

    1 Year  5 Years  10 Years 
Templeton Global Opportunities Trust - Advisor Class4  -45.85%  1.32%  2.50% 
MSCI All Country World Index3  -41.85%  0.44%  0.23% 

After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Your actual after-tax returns depend on your particular tax situation and may differ from those shown.

These after-tax return figures do not apply to you if you hold your Fund shares through a tax-deferred arrangement such as a 401(k) plan or individual retirement account. The Fund's past performance, before and after taxes, is not necessarily an indication of how it will perform in the future.

After-tax returns are shown only for Class A; after-tax returns for other classes of shares will vary.

1. Figures do not reflect sales charges. If they did, returns would be lower. As of March 31, 2009, the Fund's year-to-date return was -10.28% for Class A.

2. Figures reflect sales charges.

3. Source: © 2009 Morningstar. The unmanaged Morgan Stanley Capital International All Country (MSCI AC) World Index is a free float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index designed to measure equity market performance in global developed and emerging markets. It includes reinvested dividends. One cannot invest directly in an index, nor is an index representative of the Fund's portfolio.

4. Effective May 1, 2009, the Fund began offering Advisor Class shares, which do not have sales charges or a Rule 12b-1 plan. Performance quotations for this class reflect the following methods of calculation: (a) for periods prior to May 1, 2009, a restated figure is used based on the Fund’s Class A performance, excluding the effect of Class A’s maximum initial sales charge but reflecting the effect of the Class A Rule 12b-1 fees; and (b) for periods after May 1, 2009, actual Advisor Class performance is used reflecting all charges and fees applicable to that class.


Fees and Expenses

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.


SHAREHOLDER FEES (fees paid directly from your investment)
    Class A  Class B1  Class C  Advisor Class2 
Maximum sales charge (load) as a percentage of offering price  5.75%3  4.00%  1.00%  None 
     Load imposed on purchases  5.75%3  None  None  None 
     Maximum deferred sales charge (load)  None4  4.00%5  1.00%  None 

1. New or additional investments into Class B are no longer permitted. Existing shareholders of Class B shares may continue as Class B shareholders, continue to reinvest dividends into Class B shares and exchange their Class B shares for Class B shares of other Franklin Templeton funds as permitted by the current exchange privileges.

2. The Fund began offering Advisor Class shares on May 1, 2009. Total annual Fund operating expenses are based on the expenses for Class A, B, and C for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008.

3. The dollar amount of the sales charge is the difference between the offering price of the shares purchased (which factors in the applicable sales charge in this table) and the net asset value of those shares. Since the offering price is calculated to two decimal places using standard rounding criteria, the number of shares purchased and the dollar amount of the sales charge as a percentage of the offering price and of your net investment may be higher or lower depending on whether there was a downward or upward rounding.

4. There is a 1% contingent deferred sales charge that applies to investments of $1 million or more (see "Sales Charges-Class A" under "Choosing a Share Class") and purchases by certain retirement plans without an initial sales charge.

5. Declines to zero after six years.


Please see "Choosing a Share Class" for an explanation of how and when these sales charges apply.


ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES1 (expenses deducted from Fund assets)
    Class A  Class B2  Class C  Advisor Class3 
         
Management fees  0.75%  0.75%  0.75%  0.75% 
Distribution and service (12b-1) fees  0.25%  1.00%  0.99%  None 
Other expenses  0.34%  0.34%  0.34%  0.34% 
Total annual Fund operating expenses  1.34%  2.09%  2.08%  1.09% 

1. In periods of market volatility, during which assets may fluctuate substantially, the Fund's annual Fund operating expenses may vary from the numbers shown in the table above.

2. New or additional investments into Class B are no longer permitted. Existing shareholders of Class B shares may continue as Class B shareholders, continue to reinvest dividends into Class B shares and exchange their Class B shares for Class B shares of other Franklin Templeton funds as permitted by the current exchange privileges.

3. The Fund began offering Advisor Class shares on May 1, 2009. Total annual Fund operating expenses are based on the expenses for Class A, B, and C for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008.


Example

This example can help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. It assumes:

Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

    1 Year  3 Years  5 Years  10 Years 
If you sell your shares at the end of the period: 
Class A    $ 7041  $ 975  $ 1,267  $ 2,095 
Class B    $ 612  $ 955  $ 1,324  $ 2,2292 
Class C    $ 311  $ 652  $ 1,119  $ 2,410 
Advisor Class    $ 111  $ 347  $ 601  $ 1,329 
If you do not sell your shares: 
Class B    $ 212  $ 655  $ 1,124  $ 2,2292 
Class C    $ 211  $ 652  $ 1,119  $ 2,410 

1. Assumes a contingent deferred sales charge will not apply.

2. Assumes conversion of Class B shares to Class A shares after eight years, lowering your annual expenses from that time on.


Management

Templeton Investment Counsel, LLC (Investment Counsel), 500 East Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33394-3091, is the Fund's investment manager. Together, Investment Counsel and its affiliates manage over $391 billion in assets.

Under an agreement with Investment Counsel, Franklin Templeton Investments (Asia) Limited (FTIA), 17th Floor, Chater House, 8 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, is the Fund's sub-advisor. FTIA provides Investment Counsel with investment management advice and assistance.

The Fund is managed by a team of dedicated professionals focused on investments in developing or emerging markets. The portfolio managers of the team are as follows:

GUANG YANG, CFA   Executive Vice President of Investment Counsel

Mr. Yang has been lead portfolio manager of the Fund since 2001. He has primary responsibility for the investments of the Fund. Mr. Yang has final authority over all aspects of the Fund's investment portfolio, including but not limited to, purchases and sales of individual securities, portfolio risk assessment, and the management of daily cash balances in accordance with anticipated management requirements. The degree to which he may perform these functions, and the nature of these functions, may change from time to time. Mr. Yang joined Franklin Templeton Investments in 1995.

TINA SADLER, CFA   Vice President / Portfolio Manager - Research Analyst of Investment Counsel

Ms. Sadler has been a portfolio manager of the Fund since 2004, providing research and advice on the purchases and sales of individual securities, and portfolio risk assessment. Ms. Sadler joined Franklin Templeton Investments in 1997.

PETER A. NORI, CFA   Executive Vice President/Portfolio Manager - Research Analyst of Investment Counsel

Mr. Nori has been a portfolio manager of the Fund since 2004, providing research and advice on the purchases and sales of individual securities, and portfolio risk assessment. Mr. Nori joined Franklin Templeton Investments in 1987.

CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

The Fund’s SAI provides additional information about portfolio manager compensation, other accounts that they manage and their ownership of Fund shares.

The Fund pays Investment Counsel a fee for managing the Fund's assets. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, the Fund paid 0.75% of its average daily net assets to the manager for its services.

A discussion regarding the basis for the board of trustees approving the investment management contract of the Fund is available in the Fund's semiannual report to shareholders for the six-month period ended June 30.

In 2003 and 2004, multiple lawsuits were filed against Franklin Resources, Inc., and certain of its investment advisor subsidiaries, among other defendants, alleging violations of federal securities and state laws and seeking, among other relief, monetary damages, restitution, removal of fund trustees, directors, investment managers, administrators and distributors, rescission of management contracts and 12b-1 plans, and/or attorneys’ fees and costs. Specifically, the lawsuits claim breach of duty with respect to alleged arrangements to permit market timing and/or late trading activity, or breach of duty with respect to the valuation of the portfolio securities of certain Templeton funds managed by Franklin Resources, Inc. subsidiaries, allegedly resulting in market timing activity. The lawsuits are styled as class actions, or derivative actions on behalf of either the named funds or Franklin Resources, Inc., and have been consolidated for pretrial purposes, along with hundreds of other similar lawsuits against other mutual fund companies. All of the Franklin Templeton Investments mutual funds that were named in the litigation as defendants have since been dismissed, as have the independent trustees to those funds.

Franklin Resources, Inc. previously disclosed these private lawsuits in its regulatory filings and on its public website. Any material updates regarding these matters will be disclosed in Franklin Resources, Inc.’s Form 10-Q or Form 10-K filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


Distributions and Taxes

Income and Capital Gain Distributions

The Fund has qualified to be treated as a regulated investment company under the Internal Revenue Code (Code). As a regulated investment company, the Fund generally pays no federal income tax on the income and gains it distributes to you. The Fund intends to make a distribution from its net investment income at least twice each calendar year. Capital gains, if any, may be distributed at least annually. The amount of any distribution will vary, and there is no guarantee the Fund will pay either income dividends or a capital gain distribution. Your income dividends and capital gain distribution will be automatically reinvested in additional shares at net asset value (NAV) unless you elect to receive cash payments.

Annual statements.   Shortly after the end of each calendar year, you will receive a statement that shows the tax status of distributions you received the previous year, including, for U.S. investors, the amount of any qualified dividend income subject to tax at capital gains rates, and, for non-U.S. investors, the amount of your ordinary dividends that are exempt from nonresident alien withholding taxes because they are interest-related or short-term capital gain dividends. Distributions declared in December but paid in January are taxable as if they were paid in December.

The Fund may at times find it necessary to reclassify income after it issues your tax reporting statement. This can result from rules in the Code that effectively prevent regulated investment companies such as the Fund from ascertaining with certainty until after the calendar year end the final amount and character of distributions the Fund has received on its investments during the prior calendar year. Prior to issuing your statement, Franklin Templeton Investments makes every effort to identify reclassifications of income to reduce the number of corrected forms mailed to shareholders. However, when necessary, the Fund will send you a corrected tax reporting statement to reflect reclassified information. If you receive a corrected tax reporting statement, use the information on this statement, and not the information on your original statement, in completing your tax returns.

Avoid "buying a dividend."   If you invest in the Fund shortly before it makes a distribution, you may receive some of your investment back in the form of a taxable distribution. For example, if you buy 500 shares in the Fund on December 10th at the Fund's NAV of $10 per share, and the Fund makes a distribution on December 15th of $1 per share, your shares will then have an NAV of $9 per share (disregarding any change in the Fund's market value), and you will have to pay a tax on what is essentially a return of your investment of $1 per share. This tax treatment is required even if you reinvest the $1 per share distribution in additional Fund shares.

Tax Considerations

In general, if you are a taxable investor, Fund distributions are taxable to you at either ordinary income or capital gains tax rates. This is true whether you reinvest your distributions in additional Fund shares or receive them in cash.

Dividend income.   A portion of the income dividends paid to you by the Fund may be qualified dividends subject to taxation at the long-term capital gain rates. In general, income dividends from portfolio investments in the stock of domestic corporations and qualified foreign corporations are permitted this favored federal tax treatment. Income dividends from interest earned by the Fund on debt securities and dividends received from unqualified foreign corporations continue to be taxed at the higher ordinary income tax rates. Distributions of qualified dividends are eligible for these reduced rates of taxation only if you own your shares for at least 61 days during the 121-day period beginning 60 days before the ex-dividend date of any dividend. The reduced rates of taxation on qualified dividends are scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2010, unless extended or made permanent before that date.

Distributions of capital gains.   Fund distributions of short-term capital gains are taxable to you as ordinary income. Fund distributions of long-term capital gains are taxable as long-term capital gains no matter how long you have owned your shares. Long-term capital gain distributions to individuals qualify for the 15% tax rate. For individuals in the 10% and 15% tax brackets, the tax rate is 0% on distributions of net capital gains realized by the Fund or on net capital gains that you realize on the sale of your Fund shares in calendar years 2008 through 2010. These reduced rates of taxation of capital gain dividends and net long-term capital gains are scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2010, unless extended or made permanent before that date.

Sales of Fund shares.   When you sell your shares in the Fund, you may realize a capital gain or loss. For tax purposes, an exchange of your Fund shares for shares of a different Franklin Templeton fund is the same as a sale, and will normally generate a gain or loss that will be reported to you in your year-end tax information. For multiclass funds, an exchange of your shares in one class in the Fund for shares of another class in the same Fund is not a taxable event, and no gain or loss will be reported on such a transaction.

If you have owned your Fund shares for more than one year, any gains reportable on the sale of your shares will also qualify for the reduced rates of taxation on capital gains as discussed above.

Backup withholding.   If you do not provide the Fund with your proper taxpayer identification number and certain required certifications, you may be subject to backup withholding at a rate of 28% on any distributions of income, capital gains or proceeds from the sale of your shares. The Fund also must withhold if the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) instructs it to do so.

State, local and foreign taxes.   Distributions of ordinary income and capital gains, if any, and gains from the sale of your Fund shares generally are subject to state and local taxes. If the Fund qualifies to pass through to you the tax benefits from foreign taxes it pays on its investments, and elects to do so, then any foreign taxes it pays on these investments may be passed through to you as a foreign tax credit.

Non-U.S. investors.   Non-U.S. investors may be subject to a U.S. withholding tax at a 30% or lower treaty rate on all Fund dividends of ordinary income. Non-U.S. investors may also be subject to U.S. estate tax on their investment in the Fund. They also have special certification requirements that, if not met, can subject them to backup withholding on any dividends, distributions and redemption proceeds that they receive from the Fund. Each of these subjects is discussed in greater detail in the “Distributions and Taxes – Non-U.S. investors” section of the SAI.

Exemptions from withholding of U.S. tax are currently provided for the following distributions when paid by the Fund to nonresident alien investors:

Other tax information.   This discussion of "Distributions and Taxes" is not written to provide you with tax advice, and does not purport to deal with all of the tax consequences that may be applicable to your investment in the Fund. You should consult your own tax advisor regarding your particular circumstances before making an investment in the Fund, or about the federal, state, local and foreign tax consequences of your investment in the Fund.


Financial Highlights

These tables present the Fund's financial performance for the past five years or since its inception. Certain information reflects financial results for a single Fund 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 dividends and capital gains. This information has been derived from the financial statements audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, whose report, along with the Fund's financial statements, are included in the annual report, which is available upon request.

CLASS A  Year Ended December 31, 
    2008  2007  2006  2005  2004 
Per share operating performance
(for a share outstanding throughout the year)   
                   
Net asset value, beginning of year  $ 23.55  $ 20.49  $ 16.83  $ 15.65  $ 13.81 
Income from investment operations:a           
     Net investment incomeb  0.30  0.30  0.16  0.19  0.17 
     Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)  -10.17  3.25  4.48  1.78  2.10 
Total from investment operations  -9.87  3.55  4.64  1.97  2.27 
Less distributions from:           
     Net investment income  -0.25  -0.22  -0.16  -0.19  -0.18 
     Net realized gains  -0.49  -0.27  -0.82  -0.60  -0.25 
Total distributions  -0.74  -0.49  -0.98  -0.79  -0.43 
Redemption feesc, d  —  —  —  —  — 
Net asset value, end of year  $ 12.94  $ 23.55  $ 20.49  $ 16.83  $ 15.65 
Total returne  -42.54%  17.44%  27.87%  12.63%  16.55% 
Ratios to average net assets                       
Expensesf  1.34%  1.30%  1.40%  1.38%  1.42% 
Net investment income  1.59%  1.30%  0.85%  1.20%  1.17% 
Supplemental data                       
Net assets, end of year (000’s)  $ 648,175  $ 1,148,008  $ 522,313  $ 378,507  $ 374,648 
Portfolio turnover rate  12.22%  9.14%  9.54%  10.24%  10.35% 

a. The amount shown for a share outstanding throughout the period may not correlate with the Statement of Operations in the annual report for the period due to the timing of sales and repurchases of the Fund shares in relation to income earned and/or fluctuating market value of the investments of the Fund.

b. Based on average daily shares outstanding.

c. Effective September 1, 2008, the redemption fee was eliminated.

d. Amount rounds to less than $0.01 per share.

e. Total return does not reflect sales commissions or contingent deferred sales charges, if applicable.

f. Benefit of expense reduction rounds to less than 0.01%.

CLASS B  Year Ended December 31, 
    2008  2007  2006  2005  2004 
Per share operating performance
(for a share outstanding throughout the year)   
                   
Net asset value, beginning of year  $ 23.26  $ 20.28  $ 16.69  $ 15.53  $ 13.72 
Income from investment operations:a           
     Net investment incomeb  0.16  0.14  0.02  0.08  0.07 
     Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)  -10.00  3.20  4.42  1.75  2.07 
Total from investment operations  -9.84  3.34  4.44  1.83  2.14 
Less distributions from:           
     Net investment income  -0.10  -0.09  -0.03  -0.07  -0.08 
     Net realized gains  -0.49  -0.27  -0.82  -0.60  -0.25 
Total distributions  -0.59  -0.36  -0.85  -0.67  -0.33 
Redemption feesc, d  —  —  —  —  — 
Net asset value, end of year  $ 12.83  $ 23.26  $ 20.28  $ 16.69  $ 15.53 
Total returne  -42.95%  16.56%  26.89%  11.80%  15.69% 
Ratios to average net assets                       
Expensesf  2.09%  2.05%  2.14%  2.13%  2.17% 
Net investment income  0.84%  0.55%  0.11%  0.45%  0.42% 
Supplemental data                       
Net assets, end of year (000’s)  $ 2,708  $ 4,734  $ 2,873  $ 2,069  $ 1,958 
Portfolio turnover rate  12.22%  9.14%  9.54%  10.24%  10.35% 

a. The amount shown for a share outstanding throughout the period may not correlate with the Statement of Operations in the annual report for the period due to the timing of sales and repurchases of the Fund shares in relation to income earned and/or fluctuating market value of the investments of the Fund.

b. Based on average daily shares outstanding.

c. Effective September 1, 2008, the redemption fee was eliminated.

d. Amount rounds to less than $0.01 per share.

e. Total return does not reflect sales commissions or contingent deferred sales charges, if applicable.

f. Benefit of expense reduction rounds to less than 0.01%.

CLASS C  Year Ended December 31, 
    2008  2007  2006  2005  2004 
Per share operating performance
(for a share outstanding throughout the year)   
                   
Net asset value, beginning of year  $ 23.18  $ 20.21  $ 16.63  $ 15.48  $ 13.66 
Income from investment operations:a           
     Net investment incomeb  0.16  0.14  0.02  0.07  0.06 
     Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)  -9.97  3.19  4.41  1.75  2.08 
Total from investment operations  -9.81  3.33  4.43  1.82  2.14 
Less distributions from:           
     Net investment income  -0.14  -0.09  -0.03  -0.07  -0.07 
     Net realized gains  -0.49  -0.27  -0.82  -0.60  -0.25 
Total distributions  -0.63  -0.36  -0.85  -0.67  -0.32 
Redemption feesc, d  —  —  —  —  — 
Net asset value, end of year  $ 12.74  $ 23.18  $ 20.21  $ 16.63  $ 15.48 
Total returne  -42.96%  16.60%  26.86%  11.79%  15.74% 
Ratios to average net assets                       
Expensesf  2.08%  2.05%  2.15%  2.13%  2.17% 
Net investment income  0.85%  0.55%  0.10%  0.45%  0.42% 
Supplemental data                       
Net assets, end of year (000’s)  $ 34,474  $ 47,010  $ 26,755  $ 19,127  $ 18,252 
Portfolio turnover rate  12.22%  9.14%  9.54%  10.24%  10.35% 

a. The amount shown for a share outstanding throughout the period may not correlate with the Statement of Operations in the annual report for the period due to the timing of sales and repurchases of the Fund shares in relation to income earned and/or fluctuating market value of the investments of the Fund.

b. Based on average daily shares outstanding.

c. Effective September 1, 2008, the redemption fee was eliminated.

d. Amount rounds to less than $0.01 per share.

e. Total return does not reflect sales commissions or contingent deferred sales charges, if applicable.

f. Benefit of expense reduction rounds to less than 0.01%.


YOUR ACCOUNT

The board of trustees has approved the termination of offering Class B shares. Existing shareholders of Class B shares may continue as Class B shareholders, continue to reinvest dividends into Class B shares and exchange their Class B shares for Class B shares of other Franklin Templeton funds as permitted by the current exchange privileges. New or additional investments into Class B are not permitted. For Class B shares outstanding on February 28, 2005 and Class B shares acquired upon reinvestment of dividends, all Class B share attributes, including the associated Rule 12b-1 fee, contingent deferred sales charge and conversion features, will continue.

Choosing a Share Class

Each class has its own sales charge and expense structure, allowing you to choose the class that best meets your situation. Your investment representative can help you decide. Investors may purchase Class C shares only for Fund accounts on which they have appointed an investment representative (financial advisor) of record. Investors who have not appointed an investment representative (financial advisor) to existing Class C share Fund accounts, may not make additional purchases to those accounts but may exchange their shares to a Franklin Templeton fund that offers Class C shares. Dividend and capital gain distributions may continue to be reinvested in existing Class B or Class C share Fund accounts. These provisions do not apply to Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans.

Class A  Class C  Advisor Class 
Initial sales charge of 5.75% or less  No initial sales charge  See "Qualified Investors - Advisor Class" below 
Deferred sales charge of 1% on purchases of $1 million or more sold within 18 months  Deferred sales charge of 1% on shares you sell within 12 months   
Lower annual expenses than Class C due to lower distribution fees  Higher annual expenses than Class A due to higher distribution fees   

The Fund began offering Advisor Class shares on May 1, 2009.

Class A, B & C

SALES CHARGES - Class A     
when you invest this amount  the sales charge makes up this % of the offering price1  which equals this % of your net investment1 
Under $50,000  5.75  6.10 
$50,000 but under $100,000  4.50  4.71 
$100,000 but under $250,000  3.50  3.63 
$250,000 but under $500,000  2.50  2.56 
$500,000 but under $1 million  2.00  2.04 

1. The dollar amount of the sales charge is the difference between the offering price of the shares purchased (which factors in the applicable sales charge in this table) and the net asset value of those shares. Since the offering price is calculated to two decimal places using standard rounding criteria, the number of shares purchased and the dollar amount of the sales charge as a percentage of the offering price and of your net investment may be higher or lower depending on whether there was a downward or upward rounding.

Sales Charge Reductions and Waivers

Quantity discounts.   We offer two ways for you to combine your current purchase of Class A Fund shares with other existing Franklin Templeton fund share holdings that might enable you to qualify for a lower sales charge with your current purchase. You can qualify for a lower sales charge when you reach certain "sales charge breakpoints." This quantity discount information is also available free of charge at www.franklintempleton.com/retail/jsp_cm/fund_perf/pub/quantity_discount.jsp. This web page can also be reached at franklintempleton.com by clicking the "Funds & Performance" tab and then choosing "Quantity Discounts."

1. Cumulative quantity discount - lets you combine certain existing holdings of Franklin Templeton fund shares - referred to as "cumulative quantity discount eligible shares" - with your current purchase of Class A shares to determine if you qualify for a sales charge breakpoint.

Cumulative quantity discount eligible shares are Franklin Templeton fund shares registered to (or held by a financial intermediary for):

Franklin Templeton fund shares held through an administrator or trustee/custodian of an Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan such as a 401(k) plan (see definition below) do not qualify for a cumulative quantity discount.

Franklin Templeton fund assets held in multiple Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans may be combined in order to qualify for sales charge breakpoints at the plan level if the plans are sponsored by the same employer.

If you believe there are cumulative quantity discount eligible shares that can be combined with your current purchase to achieve a sales charge breakpoint (for example, shares held in a different broker-dealer’s brokerage account or with a bank or an investment advisor), it is your responsibility to specifically identify those shares to your financial advisor at the time of your purchase (including at the time of any future purchase).  If you have not designated a financial advisor associated with your Franklin Templeton fund shares, it is your responsibility to specifically identify any cumulative quantity discount eligible shares to the Fund’s transfer agent at the time of any purchase.

If there are cumulative quantity discount eligible shares that would qualify for combining with your current purchase and you do not tell your financial advisor or the Franklin Templeton funds’ transfer agent at the time of any purchase, you may not receive the benefit of a reduced sales charge that might otherwise be available since your financial advisor and the Fund generally will not have that information.

The value of cumulative quantity discount eligible shares equals the cost or current value of those shares, whichever is higher.  The current value of shares is determined by multiplying the number of shares by their highest current public offering price.  It is your responsibility to retain any records necessary to substantiate historical share costs because neither your current financial advisor nor the Franklin Templeton funds may have or maintain this information.

An "Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan" is a Qualified Retirement Plan, ERISA covered 403(b) and certain non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements that operate in a similar manner to a Qualified Retirement Plan, such as 457 plans and executive deferred compensation arrangements, but not including employer sponsored IRAs. A "Qualified Retirement Plan" is an employer sponsored pension or profit sharing plan that qualifies under section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, including 401(k), money purchase pension, profit sharing and defined benefit plans.

2. Letter of intent (LOI) - expresses your intent to buy a stated dollar amount of "cumulative quantity discount eligible shares" (as defined in the "Cumulative quantity discount" section above) over a 13-month period and lets you receive the same sales charge as if all shares had been purchased at one time. We will reserve 5% of your total intended purchase in Class A shares registered in your name until you fulfill your LOI to cover any additional sales charge that may apply if you do not buy the amount stated in your LOI. It is your responsibility to tell your financial advisor when you believe you have fulfilled your LOI with sufficient cumulative quantity discount eligible shares.  If you have not designated a financial advisor associated with your Franklin Templeton fund shares, it is your responsibility to tell the Fund’s transfer agent when you believe you have fulfilled your LOI with sufficient cumulative quantity discount eligible shares.  Please refer to the SAI for more LOI details.

To sign up for these programs, complete the appropriate section of your account application.

Sales charge waivers.   Class A shares may be purchased without an initial sales charge or contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC) by certain investors or for certain payments. If you would like information about available sales charge waivers, call your investment representative or call Shareholder Services at (800) 632-2301. A list of available sales charge waivers also may be found in the SAI.

Investments of $1 Million or More

If you invest $1 million or more, either as a lump sum or through our cumulative quantity discount or letter of intent programs, you can buy Class A shares without an initial sales charge. However, there is a 1% CDSC on any shares you sell within 18 months of purchase. The way we calculate the CDSC is the same for each class (please see “Contingent Deferred Sales Charge (CDSC) - Class A, B & C”).

Distribution and Service (12b-1) Fees

Class A has a distribution plan, sometimes known as a Rule 12b-1 plan, that allows the Fund to pay distribution fees of up to 0.25% per year to those who sell and distribute Class A shares and provide other services to shareholders. Because these fees are paid out of Class A's assets on an ongoing basis, over time these fees will increase the cost of your investment and may cost you more than paying other types of sales charges.

SALES CHARGES - Class B 
if you sell your shares within this
many years after buying them 
this % is deducted from
your proceeds as a CDSC  
1 Year 
2 Years 
3 Years 
4 Years 
5 Years 
6 Years 
7 Years 

There is a CDSC if you sell your shares within six years, as described in the table above. The way we calculate the CDSC is the same for each class (please see "Contingent Deferred Sales Charge (CDSC) - Class A, B & C"). After eight years, your Class B shares automatically convert to Class A shares, lowering your annual expenses from that time on.

Distribution and Service (12b-1) Fees

Class B has a distribution plan, sometimes known as a Rule 12b-1 plan, that allows the Fund to pay distribution and other fees of up to 1% per year for the sale of Class B shares and for services provided to shareholders. Because these fees are paid out of Class B's assets on an ongoing basis, over time these fees will increase the cost of your investment and may cost you more than paying other types of sales charges.

SALES CHARGES - Class C 
With Class C shares, there is no initial sales charge. 

We place any investment of $1 million or more in Class A shares, since Class A's annual expenses are lower.

CDSC

There is a 1% CDSC on any Class C shares you sell within 12 months of purchase. The way we calculate the CDSC is the same for each class (please see "Contingent Deferred Sales Charge (CDSC) - Class A, B & C").

Distribution and Service (12b-1) Fees

Class C has a distribution plan, sometimes known as a Rule 12b-1 plan, that allows the Fund to pay distribution and other fees of up to 1% per year for the sale of Class C shares and for services provided to shareholders. Because these fees are paid out of Class C's assets on an ongoing basis, over time these fees will increase the cost of your investment and may cost you more than paying other types of sales charges.

Contingent Deferred Sales Charge (CDSC) - Class A, B & C

The CDSC for each class is based on the current value of the shares being sold or their net asset value when purchased, whichever is less. There is no CDSC on shares you acquire by reinvesting your dividends or capital gain distributions.

To keep your CDSC as low as possible, each time you place a request to sell shares we will first sell any shares in your account that are not subject to a CDSC. If there are not enough of these to meet your request, we will sell the shares in the order they were purchased. We will use this same method if you exchange your shares into another Franklin Templeton fund (please see “Exchanging Shares”).


The holding period for the CDSC begins on the day you buy your shares. Your shares will age one month on that same date the next month and each following month.

For example, if you buy shares on the 18th of the month, they will age one month on the 18th day of the next month and each following month.



Reinstatement Privilege

If you sell shares of a Franklin Templeton fund that were held indirectly for your benefit in an account with your investment representative’s firm or your bank’s trust department or that were registered to you directly by the Fund's transfer agent (or, to an affiliated custodian or trustee of the Fund’s transfer agent), you may reinvest all or a portion of the proceeds from that sale within 90 days of the sale without an initial sales charge. This Reinstatement Privilege does not apply to: (i) a purchase of Fund shares made through a regularly scheduled automatic investment plan such as a purchase by a regularly scheduled payroll deduction or transfer from a bank account, or (ii) a purchase of Fund shares with proceeds from the sale of Franklin Templeton fund shares that were held indirectly through an Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan or a non-Franklin Templeton individual or employer sponsored IRA.

In order to take advantage of this Reinstatement Privilege, you must inform your investment representative or the Fund's transfer agent of this privilege at the time of your investment. The proceeds from the earlier sale must also be invested within the same share class as that of the sold shares, except proceeds will be reinvested in Class A shares if the proceeds are from the sale of (i) Class B shares; or (ii) Class C shares or Class R shares if at the time of investment you have not appointed an investment representative (financial advisor) of record for the Fund account(s) in which the purchased shares will be held. Proceeds from the earlier sale of Class Z shares may also be invested in Class A shares under this Reinstatement Privilege.

If you paid a CDSC when you sold your Class A or C shares, we will credit back to you the CDSC paid on the amount you are reinvesting within 90 days of the sale by adding it to the amount of your reinvestment (for example, if you are reinvesting $10,000 within 90 days of an earlier $10,000 sale on which you paid a $100 CDSC, the amount of your reinvestment will equal $10,100). The new shares issued with your reinvestment WILL BE subject to any otherwise applicable CDSC. If, however, you (except Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans) paid a CDSC when you sold (1) Class B shares; or (2) Class C shares held at the time of sale in a Franklin Templeton fund account without an investment representative (financial advisor) appointed by you and invest the proceeds from that sale in Class A shares within 90 days of the sale, you will not be credited with any CDSC paid at the time of sale. In this case, the new Class A shares issued with your reinvestment WILL NOT BE subject to any otherwise applicable CDSC.

Proceeds immediately placed in a Franklin Templeton Bank Certificate of Deposit (CD) also may be reinvested without an initial sales charge if you reinvest them within 90 days from the date the CD matures, including any rollover.

This privilege does not apply to shares you buy and sell under our exchange program. Shares purchased with the proceeds from a money fund may be subject to a sales charge.

Qualified Investors - Advisor Class

The following investors or investments may qualify to buy Advisor Class shares of the Fund:


Buying Shares

MINIMUM INVESTMENTS - CLASS A & C

    Initial 
Regular accounts  $ 1,000 
Automatic investment plans  $ 50 
UGMA/UTMA accounts  $ 100 
Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans, SIMPLE-IRAs, SEP-IRAs, SARSEPs or 403(b) plan accounts  no minimum 
IRAs, IRA rollovers, Coverdell Education Savings Plans or Roth IRAs  $ 250 
Broker-dealer sponsored wrap account programs  no minimum 
Current and former full-time employees, officers, trustees and directors of Franklin Templeton entities, and their family members  $ 100 

Please note that you may only buy shares of a fund eligible for sale in your state or jurisdiction.

Account Application

If you are opening a new account, please complete and sign the enclosed account application. Make sure you indicate the share class you have chosen. If you do not indicate a class, we will place your purchase in Class A shares. To save time, you can sign up now for services you may want on your account by completing the appropriate sections of the application (see "Investor Services"). For example, if you would like to link one of your bank accounts to your Fund account so that you may use electronic funds transfer to and from your bank account to buy and sell shares, please complete the bank information section of the application. We will keep your bank information on file for future purchases and redemptions. We do not accept cash, credit card convenience checks, non-bank money orders or travelers checks as forms of payment to purchase shares.

Franklin Templeton Investor Services
P.O. Box 33030
St. Petersburg, FL 33733-8030
Call toll-free: (800) 632-2301
(Monday through Friday
5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific time)
or visit us online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
at franklintempleton.com

Buying Shares

Opening an account Adding to an account

Through your investment representative

Contact your investment representative

Contact your investment representative

By Phone/Online
(Up to $100,000 per shareholder per day)
(800) 632-2301
franklintempleton.com
Note: (1) certain account types are not available for online account access and (2) the amount may be higher for members of Franklin Templeton VIP Services®. Please see “Franklin Templeton VIP Services®” under “Investor Services” for more information regarding eligibility.

If you have another Franklin Templeton fund account with your bank account information on file, you may open a new account by phone. At this time, a new account may not be opened online.

To make a same day investment, your phone order must be received and accepted by us by 1:00 p.m. Pacific time or the close of the New York Stock Exchange, whichever is earlier.

Before requesting a telephone or online purchase into an existing account, please make sure we have your bank account information on file. If we do not have this information, you will need to send written instructions with your bank's name and address and a voided check or savings account deposit slip. If the bank and Fund accounts do not have at least one common owner, your written request must be signed by all fund and bank account owners, and each individual must have his or her signature guaranteed.

To make a same day investment, your phone or online order must be received and accepted by us by 1:00 p.m. Pacific time or the close of the New York Stock Exchange, whichever is earlier.

By Mail

Make your check payable to the Fund.

Mail the check and your signed application to Investor Services.

Make your check payable to the Fund. Include your account number on the check.

Fill out the deposit slip from your account statement. If you do not have a slip, include a note with your name, the Fund name, and your account number.

Mail the check and deposit slip or note to Investor Services.

By Wire
(800) 632-2301
or (650) 312-2000 collect

Call to receive a wire control number and wire instructions.

Wire the funds and mail your signed application to Investor Services. Please include the wire control number or your new account number on the application.

To make a same day wire investment, the wired funds must be received and accepted by us by 1:00 p.m. Pacific time or the close of the New York Stock Exchange, whichever is earlier.

Call to receive a wire control number and wire instructions.

To make a same day wire investment, the wired funds must be received and accepted by us by 1:00 p.m. Pacific time or the close of the New York Stock Exchange, whichever is earlier.

By Exchange
franklintempleton.com

Call Shareholder Services at (800) 632-2301, or send signed written instructions. You also may place an online exchange order. The automated telephone system cannot be used to open a new account.

(Please see “Exchanging Shares” for more information on exchanges.)

Call Shareholder Services at (800) 632-2301, or send signed written instructions. You also may place an online exchange order.

(Please see “Exchanging Shares” for more information on exchanges.)


Investor Services

Automatic Investment Plan

This plan offers a convenient way for you to invest in the Fund by automatically transferring money from your checking or savings account each month to buy shares. To sign up, visit us online at franklintempleton.com or complete the appropriate section of your account application and mail it to Investor Services. If you are opening a new account, please include your minimum initial investment with your application.

Automatic Payroll Deduction

You may invest in the Fund automatically by transferring money from your paycheck to the Fund by electronic funds transfer. If you are interested, indicate on your application that you would like to receive an Automatic Payroll Deduction Program kit.

Automated Telephone System

Our automated system offers around-the-clock access to information about your account or any Franklin Templeton fund. This service is available by dialing any of the following numbers from a touch-tone phone:

Shareholder Services (800) 632-2301
Advisor Services (800) 524-4040
Retirement Services (800) 527-2020

Distribution Options

You may reinvest distributions you receive from the Fund in an existing account in the same share class* of the Fund or another Franklin Templeton fund. Initial sales charges and CDSCs will not apply to reinvested distributions. You also can have your distributions deposited in a bank account, or mailed by check. Deposits to a bank account may be made by electronic funds transfer.

* Class B and C shareholders may reinvest their distributions in Class A shares of any Franklin Templeton money fund. Advisor Class shareholders may reinvest in Advisor Class or Class A shares of another Franklin Templeton fund. To reinvest your distributions in Advisor Class shares of another Franklin Templeton fund, you must be a current shareholder in Advisor Class or otherwise qualify to buy that fund's Advisor Class shares.

If you received a distribution and chose to return it to purchase additional shares in Class A shares of another Franklin Templeton fund, you will not be charged an initial sales charge if you invest the distribution within 90 days of the distribution date.

Please indicate on your application the distribution option you have chosen, otherwise we will reinvest your distributions in the same share class of the Fund.

Retirement Plans

Franklin Templeton Investments offers a variety of retirement plans for individuals and businesses. These plans require separate applications and their policies and procedures may be different than those described in this prospectus. For more information, including a free retirement plan brochure or application, please call Retirement Services at (800) 527-2020.


For retirement plans for which Franklin Templeton Bank & Trust is the trustee or custodian, special forms may be needed to receive distributions in cash. Please call (800) 527-2020 for information.



Telephone/Online Privileges

You will automatically receive telephone/online privileges when you open your account, allowing you to obtain or view your account information, and conduct a number of transactions by phone or online, including: buy, sell, or exchange shares of most funds; use electronic funds transfer to buy or sell shares of most funds; change your address; and, add or change account services (including distribution options, systematic withdrawal plans and automatic investment plans).

To view your account information or request online transactions, you will first need to register for these services at the shareholder section of our website at franklintempleton.com. You will be asked to accept the terms of an online agreement(s) and establish a password for online services. If you are registered for online services, you may enroll online in Franklin Templeton’s electronic delivery program for your shareholder documents. This will allow you to receive electronic delivery (through our website) of most funds’ prospectuses, annual/semiannual reports to shareholders, and proxy statements, as well as your account(s) statements and trade confirmations, and discontinue receiving your paper copies through the U.S. mail. Using our shareholder website means you are consenting to sending and receiving personal financial information over the Internet, so you should be sure you are comfortable with the risks.

As long as we follow reasonable security procedures and act on instructions we reasonably believe are genuine, we will not be responsible for any losses that may occur from unauthorized requests. We will request passwords or other information, and also may record calls. To help safeguard your account, keep your password confidential, and verify the accuracy of your confirmation statements immediately after you receive them. Contact us immediately if you believe someone has obtained unauthorized access to your account or password. For transactions done over the Internet, we recommend the use of an Internet browser with 128-bit encryption. Certain methods of contacting us (such as by phone or by Internet) may be unavailable or delayed during periods of unusual market activity. Of course, you can decline telephone buy, sell, or exchange privileges on your account application, or choose not to register for online privileges. If you have telephone/online privileges on your account and want to discontinue them, please contact us for instructions. You may reinstate these privileges at any time in writing, including online registration with respect to online privileges.

Note: We discourage you from including confidential or sensitive information in any Internet communication to us. If you do choose to send email (encrypted or not) to us over the Internet, you are accepting the associated risks of lack of confidentiality.

Systematic Withdrawal Plan

This plan allows you to automatically sell your shares and receive regular payments from your account. A CDSC may apply to withdrawals that exceed certain amounts. Certain terms and minimums apply. To sign up, visit us online at franklintempleton.com or complete the appropriate section of your application.

Franklin Templeton VIP Services®

You may be eligible for Franklin Templeton VIP Services® if you are currently eligible for the $250,000 sales charge breakpoint based solely on shares registered directly with the Franklin Templeton funds' transfer agent and excluding shares held indirectly through brokerage accounts. Franklin Templeton VIP Services® shareholders enjoy enhanced service and transaction capabilities. Please contact Shareholder Services at
(800) 632-2301 for additional information on this program.


Selling Shares

You can sell your shares at any time. Please keep in mind that a contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC) may apply.

Selling Shares in Writing

Generally, requests to sell $100,000 or less can be made over the phone, online, or with a simple letter. Sometimes, however, to protect you and the Fund, we will need written instructions signed by all registered owners, with a signature guarantee for each owner, if:

We also may require a signature guarantee on instructions we receive from an agent, not the registered owners, or when we believe it would protect the Fund against potential claims based on the instructions received.

The amount may be higher for members of Franklin Templeton VIP Services®. Please see “Franklin Templeton VIP Services®” above for more information regarding eligibility.


A signature guarantee helps protect your account against fraud. You can obtain a signature guarantee at most banks and securities dealers.

A notary public CANNOT provide a signature guarantee.



Selling Recently Purchased Shares

If you sell shares recently purchased, we may delay sending you the proceeds until your check, draft or wire/electronic funds transfer has cleared, which may take seven business days or more.

Redemption Proceeds

Your redemption check will be sent within seven days after we receive your request in proper form. We are not able to receive or pay out cash in the form of currency.

Retirement Plans

You may need to complete additional forms to sell shares in a Franklin Templeton Bank & Trust retirement plan. For participants under the age of 59 1/2, tax penalties may apply. Call Retirement Services at (800) 527-2020 for details.

Selling Shares


To sell some or all of your shares

Through your investment representative

Contact your investment representative



By Mail

Send written instructions and endorsed share certificates (if you hold share certificates) to Investor Services. Corporate, partnership or trust accounts may need to send additional documents.



Specify the Fund, the account number and the dollar value or number of shares you wish to sell. If you own both Class A and B shares, also specify the class of shares, otherwise we will sell your Class A shares first. Be sure to include all necessary signatures and any additional documents, as well as signature guarantees if required.



A check will be mailed to the name(s) and address on the account, or otherwise according to your written instructions.



By Phone/Online

(800) 632-2301
franklintempleton.com

As long as your transaction is for $100,000 or less, you do not hold share certificates and you have not changed your address by phone or online within the last 15 days, you can sell your shares by phone or online. The amount may be higher for members of Franklin Templeton VIP Services®. Please see “Franklin Templeton VIP Services®” above for more information regarding eligibility.



A check will be mailed to the name(s) and address on the account, or a pre-authorized secondary address. Written instructions, with a signature guarantee, are required to send the check to another address or to make it payable to another person.



By Electronic Funds Transfer (ACH)

You can call, write, or visit us online to have redemption proceeds sent to a bank account. See the policies at left for selling shares by mail, phone, or online.



Before requesting to have redemption proceeds sent to a bank account, please make sure we have your bank account information on file. If we do not have this information, you will need to send written instructions with your bank's name and a voided check or savings account deposit slip. If the bank and Fund accounts do not have at least one common owner, you must provide written instructions signed by all fund and bank account owners, and each individual must have his or her signature guaranteed.



If we receive your request in proper form by 1:00 p.m. Pacific time, proceeds sent by ACH generally will be available within two to three business days.



By Exchange

Obtain a current prospectus for the fund you are considering. Prospectuses are available online at franklintempleton.com.



Call Shareholder Services at the number below or send signed written instructions. You also may place an exchange order online. See the policies at left for selling shares by mail, phone, or online.



If you hold share certificates, you will need to return them to the Fund before your exchange can be processed.



Franklin Templeton Investor Services
P.O. Box 33030, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-8030
Call toll-free: (800) 632-2301
(Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific time)
or visit us online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
at franklintempleton.com


Exchanging Shares

Exchange Privilege

Class A, B & C

You can exchange shares between most Franklin Templeton funds within the same class,* generally without paying any additional sales charges. If you exchange shares held for less than six months, however, you may be charged the difference between the initial sales charge of the two funds if the difference is more than 0.25%. If you exchange shares from a money fund or another fund that does not have a sales charge, a sales charge may apply no matter how long you have held the shares.

* Class Z shareholders of Franklin Mutual Series Funds may exchange into Class A without any sales charge. Advisor Class shareholders of another Franklin Templeton fund also may exchange into Class A without any sales charge. Advisor Class shareholders who exchange their shares for Class A shares and later decide they would like to exchange into another fund that offers Advisor Class may do so.

Any CDSC will continue to be calculated from the date of your initial investment and will not be charged at the time of the exchange. The purchase price for determining a CDSC on exchanged shares will be the price you paid for the original shares. If you exchange shares subject to a CDSC into a Class A money fund, the time your shares are held in the money fund will not count towards the CDSC holding period.

If you exchange your Class B shares for the same class of shares of another Franklin Templeton fund, the time your shares are held in that fund will count towards the eight-year period for automatic conversion to Class A shares.

Advisor Class

You can exchange your Advisor Class shares for Advisor Class shares of other Franklin Templeton funds. You also may exchange your Advisor Class shares for Class A shares of a fund that does not currently offer an Advisor Class (without any sales charge)* or for Class Z shares of Franklin Mutual Series Funds.

* If you exchange into Class A shares and you later decide you would like to exchange into a fund that offers an Advisor Class, you may exchange your Class A shares for Advisor Class shares if you are a current shareholder in Advisor Class or you otherwise qualify to buy the fund's Advisor Class shares.

In certain comprehensive fee or advisory programs that hold Class A shares, at the discretion of the financial intermediary, you may exchange to Advisor Class shares or Class Z shares.

All Classes

The remainder of the “Exchanging Shares” section applies to all classes.

Generally exchanges may only be made between identically registered accounts, unless you send written instructions with a signature guarantee.


An exchange is really two transactions: a sale of one fund and the purchase of another. In general, the same policies that apply to purchases and sales apply to exchanges, including minimum investment amounts. Exchanges also have the same tax consequences as ordinary sales and purchases.



Rejected exchanges.   If the Fund rejects an exchange request involving the sale of Fund shares, the rejected exchange request will also mean rejection of the request to purchase shares of another fund with the proceeds of the sale. Of course, you may generally redeem shares of the Fund at any time.

Exchanges through financial intermediaries.   If you are investing indirectly in the Fund through a financial intermediary such as a broker-dealer, a bank, an insurance company separate account, an investment advisor, an administrator or trustee of an IRS-recognized tax-deferred savings plan such as a 401(k) retirement plan and a 529 college savings plan that maintains a master account (an Omnibus Account) with the Fund for trading on behalf of its customers, different exchange and/or transfer limit guidelines and restrictions may apply. The financial intermediary through whom you are investing may choose to adopt different trading restrictions designed to discourage short-term or excessive trading. Consult with your financial intermediary (or, in the case of a 401(k) retirement plan, your plan sponsor) to determine what trading restrictions, including exchange/transfer limitations, may be applicable to you.

Fund exchange privilege changes/waiver.   The Fund may terminate or modify (temporarily or permanently) this exchange privilege in the future. You will receive 60 days' notice of any material changes, unless otherwise provided by law.

Other funds' exchange privileges.   If there is a conflict between the exchange privileges of two funds involved in an exchange transaction, the stricter policy will apply to the transaction. Other Franklin Templeton funds may have different exchange restrictions. Check each fund's prospectus for details.

Frequent Trading Policy

The Fund's board of trustees has adopted the following policies and procedures with respect to frequent trading in Fund shares (Frequent Trading Policy).

The Fund discourages and does not intend to accommodate short-term or frequent purchases and redemptions of Fund shares, often referred to as “market timing.” This type of trading activity can harm the Fund by, for example, interfering with the efficient management of the Fund's portfolio or materially increasing the Fund's transaction costs, administrative costs or taxes.

In addition, since the Fund invests significantly in foreign securities, it may be vulnerable to a form of short-term trading that is sometimes referred to as “time-zone arbitrage.” Time-zone arbitrage occurs when an investor seeks to take advantage of delays between changes in the value of a mutual fund’s portfolio holdings and the reflection of those changes in the fund’s net asset value per share. These delays are more likely to occur in the case of foreign investments, due to differences between the times during which the Fund’s international portfolio securities trade on foreign markets and the time as of which the Fund’s NAV is calculated (generally as of the close of the NYSE - please see “Calculating Share Price”). Time-zone arbitrage traders seek to purchase or redeem shares of a fund based on events occurring after foreign market closing prices are established, but before calculation of the fund’s NAV. This can result in the value of the Fund’s shares being diluted. One of the objectives of the Fund’s fair value pricing procedures is to minimize the possibility of this type of arbitrage (please see "Valuation - Foreign Securities - Potential Impact of Time Zones and Market Holidays"); however, there can be no assurance that the Fund’s valuation procedures will be successful in eliminating it.

Since the Fund may invest in securities that are, or may be, restricted, unlisted, traded infrequently, thinly traded, or relatively illiquid ("relatively illiquid securities"), it may be particularly vulnerable to arbitrage short-term trading. Such arbitrage traders may seek to take advantage of a possible differential between the last available market prices for one or more of those relatively illiquid securities that are used to calculate the Fund’s NAV and the latest indications of market values for those securities. One of the objectives of the Fund’s fair value pricing procedures is to minimize the possibilities of this type of arbitrage (please see "Fair Valuation - Individual Securities"); however, there can be no assurance that the Fund’s valuation procedures will be successful in eliminating it.

Through its transfer agent, the Fund performs ongoing monitoring of trading in Fund shares in order to try and identify shareholder trading patterns that suggest an ongoing short-term trading strategy. The size of an investor's investments and redemptions in the Fund may also be a factor in evaluating a shareholder's trading patterns. If and when a pattern of short-term trading is identified, the transfer agent will seek to restrict or reject further short-term trading and/or take other action as described below, if in the judgment of the Fund manager or transfer agent such trading may be detrimental to the Fund.

If information regarding your trading activity in this Fund or in any other Franklin Templeton fund or non-Franklin Templeton fund is brought to the attention of the Fund's manager or transfer agent and based on that information the Fund or its manager or transfer agent in its sole discretion reasonably concludes that your pattern of trading may be detrimental to the Fund as described in this Frequent Trading Policy, the Fund may temporarily or permanently bar future purchases into the Fund or, alternatively, may limit the amount, number or frequency of any future purchases and/or the method by which you may request future purchases and redemptions (including purchases and/or redemptions by an exchange or transfer between the Fund and any other mutual fund).

In considering an investor's trading patterns, the Fund may consider, among other factors, the investor's trading history both directly and, if known, through financial intermediaries, in the Fund, in other Franklin Templeton funds, in non-Franklin Templeton mutual funds, or in accounts under common control or ownership (see, for example, "Investment by asset allocators" in the SAI).

Frequent trading through financial intermediaries.   You are an investor subject to this Frequent Trading Policy whether you are a direct shareholder of the Fund or you are investing indirectly in the Fund through a financial intermediary, such as a broker-dealer, bank, trust company, insurance company product such as an annuity contract, investment advisor, or an administrator or trustee of an IRS-recognized tax-deferred savings plan such as a 401(k) retirement plan and a 529 college savings plan.

Some financial intermediaries maintain master accounts with the Fund on behalf of their customers (“omnibus accounts”). The Fund has entered into “information sharing agreements” with these financial intermediaries, which permit the Fund to obtain, upon request, information about the trading activity of the intermediary’s customers that invest in the Fund. If the Fund’s transfer agent identifies omnibus account level trading patterns that have the potential to be detrimental to the Fund, the transfer agent may, in its sole discretion, request from the financial intermediary information concerning the trading activity of its customers. Based upon its review of the information, if the transfer agent determines that the trading activity of any customer may be detrimental to the Fund, it may, in its sole discretion, request the financial intermediary to restrict or limit further trading in the Fund by that customer. There can be no assurance that the transfer agent’s monitoring of omnibus account level trading patterns will enable it to identify all short-term trading by a financial intermediary’s customers.

Revocation of trades.   While the Fund reserves the right to reject any purchase order for any reason, the Fund may also revoke executed purchase orders that the transfer agent reasonably concludes in its sole discretion may have been contrary to the objectives of the Fund's Frequent Trading Policy.


Account Policies

Calculating Share Price

When you buy shares, you pay the "offering price" for the shares. The "offering price" is determined by dividing the NAV per share by an amount equal to 1 minus the sales charge applicable to the purchase (expressed in decimals), calculated to two decimal places using standard rounding criteria. The number of Fund shares you will be issued will equal the amount invested divided by the applicable offering price for those shares, calculated to three decimal places using standard rounding criteria. For example, if the NAV per share is $10.25 and the applicable sales charge for the purchase is 5.75%, the offering price would be calculated as follows: 10.25 divided by 1.00 minus 0.0575 [10.25/0.9425] equals 10.87533, which, when rounded to two decimal points, equals 10.88. The offering price per share would be $10.88.

When you sell shares, you receive the NAV minus any applicable CDSC.

The value of a mutual fund is determined by deducting the fund’s liabilities from the total assets of the portfolio. The NAV per share is determined by dividing the total net asset value of each fund’s share class by the applicable number of shares outstanding per share class.

The Fund calculates the NAV per share each business day at the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) (normally 1:00 p.m. Pacific time). The Fund does not calculate the NAV on days the NYSE is closed for trading, which include New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

When determining its NAV, the Fund values cash and receivables at their realizable amounts, and records interest as accrued and dividends on the ex-dividend date. The Fund generally utilizes two independent pricing services to assist in determining a current market value for each security. If market quotations are readily available for portfolio securities listed on a securities exchange, the Fund values those securities at the last quoted sale price or the official closing price of the day, respectively, or, if there is no reported sale, within the range of the most recent quoted bid and ask prices. The Fund values over-the-counter portfolio securities within the range of the most recent bid and ask prices. If portfolio securities trade both in the over-the-counter market and on a stock exchange, the Fund values them according to the broadest and most representative market.

Requests to buy and sell shares are processed at the NAV next calculated after we receive your request in proper form.

Generally, trading in corporate bonds, U.S. government securities and money market instruments is substantially completed each day at various times before the close of the NYSE. The value of these securities used in computing the NAV is determined as of such times. Occasionally, events affecting the values of these securities may occur between the times at which they are determined and the close of the NYSE that will not be reflected in the computation of the NAV. The Fund relies on third-party pricing vendors to monitor for events materially affecting the value of these securities during this period. If an event occurs, the third-party pricing vendors will provide revised values to the Fund.

Fair Valuation – Individual Securities

Since the Fund may invest in securities that are restricted, unlisted, traded infrequently, thinly traded, or relatively illiquid, there is the possibility of a differential between the last available market prices for one or more of those securities and the latest indications of market values for those securities. The Fund has procedures, approved by the board of trustees, to determine the fair value of individual securities and other assets for which market prices are not readily available (such as certain restricted or unlisted securities and private placements) or which may not be reliably priced (such as in the case of trade suspensions or halts, price movement limits set by certain foreign markets, and thinly traded or illiquid securities). Some methods for valuing these securities may include: fundamental analysis (earnings multiple, etc.), matrix pricing, discounts from market prices of similar securities, or discounts applied due to the nature and duration of restrictions on the disposition of the securities. The board of trustees oversees the application of fair value pricing procedures.

The application of fair value pricing procedures represents a good faith determination based upon specifically applied procedures. There can be no assurance that the Fund could obtain the fair value assigned to a security if it were able to sell the security at approximately the time at which the Fund determines its NAV per share.

Security Valuation – Corporate Debt Securities

Corporate debt securities generally trade in the over-the-counter market rather than on a securities exchange. The Fund may value these portfolio securities by utilizing quotations from bond dealers, information with respect to bond and note transactions and may rely on independent pricing services to assist in determining a current market value for each security. The Fund’s pricing services may utilize independent quotations from bond dealers and bond market activity to determine current value.

Security Valuation – Options

The Fund values portfolio securities underlying actively traded call options at their market price as determined above. The current market value of any option the Fund holds is its last sale price on the relevant exchange before the Fund values its assets. If there are no sales that day or if the last sale price is outside the bid and ask prices, the Fund values options within the range of the current closing bid and ask prices if the Fund believes the valuation fairly reflects the contract’s market value.

Security Valuation – Foreign Securities – Computation of U.S. Equivalent Value

The Fund generally determines the value of a foreign security as of the close of trading on the foreign stock exchange on which the security is primarily traded, or as of the close of trading on the NYSE, if earlier. The value is then converted into its U.S. dollar equivalent at the foreign exchange rate in effect at the close of the NYSE (generally 1:00 p.m. Pacific time) on the day that the value of the foreign security is determined. If no sale is reported at that time, the foreign security will be valued within the range of the most recent quoted bid and ask prices. Occasionally events (such as repatriation limits or restrictions) may impact the availability or reliability of foreign exchange rates used to convert the U.S. dollar equivalent value. If such an event occurs, the foreign exchange rate will be valued at fair value using procedures established and approved by the board of trustees.

Valuation – Foreign Securities – Potential Impact of Time Zones and Market Holidays

Trading in securities on foreign securities stock exchanges and over-the-counter markets, such as those in Europe and Asia, may be completed well before the close of business on the NYSE on each day that the NYSE is open. Occasionally, events occur between the time at which trading in a foreign security is completed and the close of the NYSE that might call into question the availability (including the reliability) of the value of a foreign portfolio security held by the Fund. As a result, the Fund may be susceptible to what is referred to as “time-zone arbitrage.” Certain investors in the Fund may seek to take advantage of discrepancies in the value of the Fund’s portfolio securities as determined by the foreign market at its close and the latest indications of value attributable to the portfolio securities at the time the Fund’s NAV is computed. Trading by these investors, often referred to as “arbitrage market timers,” may dilute the value of the Fund’s shares, if such discrepancies in security values actually exist. To attempt to minimize the possibilities for time-zone arbitrage, and in accordance with procedures established and approved by the Fund’s board of trustees, the manager monitors price movements following the close of trading in foreign stock markets through a series of country specific market proxies (such as baskets of American Depositary Receipts, futures contracts and exchange traded funds).

These price movements are measured against established trigger thresholds for each specific market proxy to assist in determining if an event has occurred that might call into question the availability (including the reliability) of the values of foreign securities between the times at which they are determined and the close of the NYSE. If such an event occurs, the foreign securities may be valued using fair value procedures established and approved by the board of trustees. In certain circumstances these procedures include the use of independent pricing services. The intended effect of applying fair value pricing is to compute an NAV that accurately reflects the value of the Fund’s portfolio at the time that the NAV is calculated, to discourage potential arbitrage market timing in Fund shares, to mitigate the dilutive impact of such attempted arbitrage market timing and to be fair to purchasing, redeeming and existing shareholders. However, the application of fair value pricing procedures may, on occasion, worsen rather than mitigate the potential dilutive impact of shareholder trading.

In addition, trading in foreign portfolio securities generally, or in securities markets in a particular country or countries, may not take place on every NYSE business day. Furthermore, trading takes place in various foreign markets on days that are not business days for the NYSE, and on which the Fund's NAV is not calculated. Thus, the calculation of the Fund's NAV does not take place contemporaneously with the determination of the prices of many of the foreign portfolio securities used in the calculation. If events affecting the last determined values of these foreign securities occur (determined through the monitoring process described above), the securities will be valued at fair value determined in good faith in accordance with the Fund’s fair value procedures established and approved by the board of trustees.

Accounts with Low Balances

If your account has been open for more than one year and its value falls below $500 ($50 for employee and UGMA/UTMA accounts), we will mail you a notice asking you to bring the account back up to its applicable minimum investment amount. If you choose not to do so within 30 days, we will close your account and mail the proceeds to the address of record. You will not be charged a CDSC if your account is closed for this reason. This policy does not apply to: (1) certain broker-controlled accounts established through the National Securities Clearing Corporation’s Networking system; (2) accounts in Class B and Class A accounts established pursuant to a conversion from Class B; (3) tax-deferred retirement plan accounts; (4) active automatic investment plan accounts; (5) broker-dealer sponsored separately managed accounts (wrap accounts); (6) accounts held through a 529 college savings program; and, (7) Coverdell Education Savings Plan accounts.

Statements, Reports and Prospectuses

You will receive quarterly account statements that show all your account transactions during the quarter. You also will receive written notification after each transaction affecting your account (except for distributions and transactions made through automatic investment or withdrawal programs, which will be reported on your quarterly statement).

You also will receive the Fund's financial reports every six months as well as an annual updated prospectus. To reduce Fund expenses, we try to identify related shareholders in a household and send only one copy of the financial reports and prospectus. This process, called "householding," will continue indefinitely unless you instruct us otherwise. If you prefer not to have these documents householded, please call us at (800) 632-2301. At any time you may view current prospectuses and financial reports on our website.

If you choose, you may receive your statements, financial reports and prospectuses through electronic delivery (please see "Investor Services - Telephone/Online Privileges").

Investment Representative Account Access

If there is a dealer or other investment representative of record on your account, he or she will be able to obtain your account information, conduct transactions for your account, and also will receive copies of all notifications and statements and other information about your account directly from the Fund.

Street or Nominee Accounts

You may transfer your shares from the street or nominee name account of one dealer to another, as long as both dealers have an agreement with Distributors. We will process the transfer after we receive authorization in proper form from your delivering securities dealer.

Joint Accounts

Unless you specify a different registration, shares issued to two or more owners are registered as "joint tenants with rights of survivorship" (shown as "Jt Ten" on your account statement). To make any ownership changes to jointly owned shares, or to sever a joint tenancy in jointly owned shares, all owners must agree in writing.

Joint Account Risk with Telephone/Online Privileges

You will automatically receive telephone/online privileges when you open your account. If your account has more than one registered owner, telephone/online privileges allow the Fund to accept online registration for online services (including electronic delivery of shareholder documents) and transaction instructions online or by telephone from only one registered owner. This means that any one registered owner on your account, acting alone and without the consent of any other registered owner, may give the Fund instructions by telephone, online or in writing (subject to any limitations in telephone or online privileges) to:

If you do NOT want another registered owner on your account to be able to issue these kinds of instructions to the Fund without your consent, you must instruct the Fund to deny/terminate online privileges and the ability to issue such instructions by telephone so that these types of instructions will only be accepted in writing signed by all account owners. This decision will apply to any other fund into which you may exchange your jointly owned Fund shares. Any later decision to permit these types of instructions by telephone and/or online will need to be given to the Fund in a written instruction signed by all registered owners.

Additional Policies

Please note that the Fund maintains additional policies and reserves certain rights, including:

Dealer and Financial Intermediary Compensation

Qualifying dealers who sell Fund shares may receive sales commissions and other payments. These are paid by Distributors from sales charges received from purchasing or redeeming shareholders, from distribution and service (12b-1) fees from the Fund and from Distributors' other financial resources. Dealers may also receive shareholder servicing fees for servicing investors who indirectly hold Franklin Templeton fund shares through dealer-maintained brokerage accounts as more fully described under "Shareholder servicing and transfer agent" in the SAI. These fees are paid by the Fund's transfer agent from payments it receives under its agreement with the Fund.

No dealer commission will be paid on Class A NAV purchases by Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans. For certain retirement plans that do not qualify to buy Class A shares at NAV but that qualify to buy Class A shares with a maximum initial sales charge of 4%, a dealer commission of 3.2% may be paid.

If any dealer commissions are paid in connection with a purchase which is subsequently rejected or results in any trading restriction placed on the purchaser as a result of a determination by the Fund's manager or transfer agent that the purchase may be connected with trading activity that may be detrimental to the Fund as described in the Fund's "Frequent Trading Policy," the dealer shall, upon demand, refund such commissions to Distributors.



    Class A  Class B  Class C 
Commission (%)    —  —  1.001 
Investment under $50,000  5.00  —  — 
$50,000 but under $100,000  3.75  —  — 
$100,000 but under $250,000  2.80  —  — 
$250,000 but under $500,000  2.00  —  — 
$500,000 but under $1 million  1.60  —  — 
$1 million or more  up to 1.002  —  — 
12b-1 fee to dealer    0.252, 3  0.254  1.005 

1. Commission includes advance of the first year's 0.25% 12b-1 service fee. Distributors may pay a prepaid commission. However, Distributors does not pay a prepaid commission on any purchases by Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans.

2. For purchases at NAV where Distributors paid a prepaid commission, dealers may start to receive the 12b-1 fee in the 13th month after purchase. For purchases at NAV where Distributors did not pay a prepaid commission, dealers may start to receive the 12b-1 fee at the time of purchase.

3. Under the Distribution Plan for Class A, the Fund may pay up to 0.35% to Distributors or others, out of which 0.10% generally will be retained by Distributors for its distribution expenses. The board of trustees has determined to reduce such fees under the Plan from 0.35% to 0.30%, thus reducing the amount that will be retained by Distributors.

4. After eight years, Class B shares convert to Class A shares and dealers may then receive the 12b-1 fee applicable to Class A.

5. Dealers may be eligible to receive up to 0.25% at the time of purchase and may be eligible to receive 1% starting in the 13th month. During the first 12 months, the full 12b-1 fee will be paid to Distributors to partially offset the commission and the prepaid service fee paid at the time of purchase. For purchases at NAV where Distributors did not pay a prepaid commission, dealers may start to receive the 12b-1 fee at the time of purchase.

Other dealer and financial intermediary compensation.   Distributors may make payments (a portion of which may be reimbursable under the terms of the Fund's Rule 12b-1 distribution plans) to certain dealers who have sold shares of the Franklin Templeton mutual funds. In the case of any one dealer, marketing support payments will not exceed the sum of 0.08% of that dealer's current year's total sales of Franklin Templeton mutual funds, and 0.05% (or 0.03%) of the total assets of equity (or fixed income) funds attributable to that dealer, on an annual basis. Marketing support payments made to organizations located outside the U.S., with respect to investments in the Fund by non-U.S. persons, may exceed this limitation. Distributors makes these payments in connection with the qualifying dealers' efforts to educate financial advisors about the Franklin Templeton funds. Any current year sales to, or assets held on behalf of, Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans for which payment is made to a financial intermediary pursuant to the following paragraph will be excluded from the calculation of marketing support payments pursuant to this paragraph.

Distributors and/or its affiliates may also make payments (a portion of which may be reimbursable under the terms of the Fund's Rule 12b-1 distribution plans) to certain financial intermediaries in connection with their activities that are intended to assist in the sale of shares of the Franklin Templeton mutual funds, directly or indirectly, to certain Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans. In the case of any one financial intermediary, such payments will not exceed 0.10% of the total assets of Franklin Templeton mutual funds held, directly or indirectly, by such Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans, on an annual basis.

A number of factors will be considered in determining these payments, including the qualifying dealer or financial intermediary's sales, assets and redemption rates, the nature and quality of any servicing provided by the financial intermediary, and the quality of the dealer or financial intermediary's relationship with Distributors. Distributors will, on an annual basis, determine the advisability of continuing these payments. These payments may be in addition to any shareholder servicing fees paid by the Fund's transfer agent from payments it receives under its agreement with the Fund.

To the extent permitted by SEC and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority rules and other applicable laws and regulations, Distributors may pay or allow other promotional incentives or payments to dealers.

Sale of Fund shares, as well as shares of other funds in Franklin Templeton Investments, is not considered a factor in the selection of broker-dealers to execute the Fund's portfolio transactions. Accordingly, the allocation of portfolio transactions for execution by broker-dealers that sell Fund shares is not considered marketing support payments to such broker-dealers.

You can find further details in the SAI about the payments made by Distributors and the services provided by your financial advisor. Your financial advisor may charge you additional fees or commissions other than those disclosed in this prospectus. You should ask your financial advisor for information about any payments it receives from Distributors and any services it provides, as well as about fees and/or commissions it charges.


Questions

If you have any questions about the Fund or your account, you can write to us at P.O. Box 33030, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-8030. You also can call us at one of the following numbers. For your protection and to help ensure we provide you with quality service, all calls may be monitored or recorded.

Department Name    Telephone Number  Hours (Pacific time,
Monday through Friday) 
Shareholder Services    (800) 632-2301  5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Fund Information    (800) DIAL BEN
(800) 342-5236 
5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Retirement Services    (800) 527-2020  5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Advisor Services    (800) 524-4040  5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Institutional Services    (800) 321-8563  6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
TDD (hearing impaired)    (800) 851-0637  5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Automated Telephone System    (800) 632-2301
(800) 524-4040
(800) 527-2020 
(around-the-clock access) 



FOR MORE INFORMATION

You can learn more about the Fund in the following documents:

Annual/Semiannual Report to Shareholders

Includes a discussion of recent market conditions and Fund strategies that significantly affected Fund performance during its last fiscal year, financial statements, detailed performance information, portfolio holdings and, in the annual report only, the independent registered public accounting firm’s report.

Statement of Additional Information (SAI)

Contains more information about the Fund, its investments and policies. It is incorporated by reference (is legally a part of this prospectus).

For a free copy of the current annual/semiannual report or the SAI, please contact your investment representative or call us at the number below. You also can view the current annual/semiannual report and the SAI online through franklintempleton.com.

You also can obtain information about the Fund by visiting the SEC's Public Reference Room in Washington, DC (phone (202) 551-8090) or the EDGAR Database on the SEC's Internet site at http://www.sec.gov. You can obtain copies of this information, after paying a duplicating fee, by writing to the SEC's Public Reference Section, Washington, DC 20549-0102 or by electronic request at the following email address: publicinfo@sec.gov.


Franklin Templeton Investments

One Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403-1906
(800) DIAL BEN® (800) 342-5236
TDD (Hearing Impaired) (800) 851-0637
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