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Prospectus   LOGO   May 31, 2023
 
FRANKLIN MULTI-ASSET ALLOCATION FUNDS
 
 
FRANKLIN MULTI-ASSET GROWTH FUND
Share class (Symbol): A (SCHAX), C (SCHCX), R (LLLRX), I (LANIX), IS (LLISX)
FRANKLIN MULTI-ASSET MODERATE GROWTH FUND
Share class (Symbol): A (SCGRX), C (SCGCX), R (LLMRX), I (LLAIX), IS (LLMSX)
FRANKLIN MULTI-ASSET CONSERVATIVE GROWTH FUND
Share class (Symbol): A (SBBAX), C (SCBCX), R (LLARX), I (LMEIX), IS (LCGSX)
FRANKLIN MULTI-ASSET DEFENSIVE GROWTH FUND
Share class (Symbol): A (SBCPX), C (LWLAX), C1 (SBCLX), R (LMLRX), I (LMGIX), IS (LMGSX)
 
 
The Securities and Exchange Commission has not approved or disapproved these securities or determined whether this Prospectus is accurate or complete. Any statement to the contrary is a crime.
 
INVESTMENT PRODUCTS: NOT FDIC INSURED • NO BANK GUARANTEE • MAY LOSE VALUE
 

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More on the funds’ investment strategies, investments and risks      42  
More on fund management      60  
Choosing a share class      63  
Share class features summary      63  
Share class availability      65  
Additional information about each share class      66  
Buying shares      71  
Exchanging shares      73  
Redeeming shares      75  
Other things to know about transactions      77  
Dividends, other distributions and taxes      81  
Share price      83  
Financial highlights      84  
 
 
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Franklin Multi-Asset Growth Fund
Investment objective
The fund seeks capital appreciation.
Fees and expenses of the fund
The accompanying table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the fund. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the tables and examples below. 
You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $25,000 in funds distributed through Franklin Distributors, LLC (“Franklin Distributors” or the “Distributor”), the fund’s distributor. More information about these and other discounts is available from your Service Agent, in the fund’s Prospectus on page 66 under the heading “Additional information about each share class,” in the appendix titled “Appendix: Waivers and Discounts Available from Certain Service Agents” on page A‑1 of the fund’s Prospectus and in the fund’s Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) on page 88 under the heading “Sales Charge Waivers and Reductions for Class A Shares.” “Service Agents” include banks, brokers, dealers, insurance companies, investment advisers, financial consultants or advisers, mutual fund supermarkets and other financial intermediaries that have entered into an agreement with the Distributor to sell shares of the fund. 
If you purchase Class I shares or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting solely as an agent on behalf of its customers, that Service Agent may charge you a commission. Such commissions, if any, are not charged by the fund and are not reflected in the fee table or expense example below. 
 
                                                                                                                            
Shareholder fees
 (fees paid directly from your investment)                        
      Class A   Class C    Class R    Class I    Class IS
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a % of offering price)    5.501,2   None    None    None    None
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a % of the lower of net asset value at purchase or redemption)3    None4   1.00    None    None    None
Small account fee5    $15   $15    None    None    None
                         
Annual fund operating expenses (%)                        
 (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
      Class A   Class C    Class R    Class I    Class IS
Management fees    None   None    None    None    None
Distribution and/or service (12b‑1) fees    0.25   1.00    0.50    None    None
Other expenses    0.19   0.17    0.27    0.15    0.046
Acquired fund fees and expenses    0.76   0.76    0.76    0.76    0.76
Total annual fund operating expenses7    1.20   1.93    1.53    0.91    0.80
 
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The sales charge is waived for shareholders purchasing Class A shares through accounts where Franklin Distributors is the broker-dealer of record (“Distributor Accounts”).
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Shareholders purchasing Class A shares through certain Service Agents or in certain types of accounts may be eligible for a waiver of the sales charge. For additional information, see “Additional information about each share class — Sales charges” in the Prospectus.
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Maximum deferred sales charge (load) may be reduced over time.
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You may buy Class A shares in amounts of $1,000,000 or more at net asset value (without an initial sales charge), but if you redeem those shares within 18 months of their purchase, you will pay a contingent deferred sales charge of 1.00%.
 
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If the value of your account is below $1,000 ($250 for retirement plans that are not employer-sponsored), the fund may charge you a fee of $3.75 per account that is determined and assessed quarterly by the fund or your Service Agent (with an annual maximum of $15.00 per account). Please contact your Service Agent or the fund for more information.
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Other expenses for Class IS shares are estimated for the current fiscal year. Actual expenses may differ from estimates.
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Total annual fund operating expenses do not correlate with the ratios of expenses to average net assets reported in the financial highlights tables in the fund’s Prospectus and in the fund’s shareholder reports, which reflect the fund’s operating expenses and do not include acquired fund fees and expenses.
Example
This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes:
 
 
You invest $10,000 in the fund for the time periods indicated
 
 
Your investment has a 5% return each year and the fund’s operating expenses remain the same (except that any applicable fee waiver or expense reimbursement is reflected only through its expiration date)
 
 
You reinvest all distributions and dividends without a sales charge
Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
 
Number of years you own your shares ($)
       1 year      3 years      5 years      10 years
Class A (with or without redemption at end of period)      666      911      1,174      1,926
Class C (with redemption at end of period)      296      606      1,042      2,065
Class C (without redemption at end of period)      196      606      1,042      2,065
Class R (with or without redemption at end of period)      156      484      834      1,824
Class I (with or without redemption at end of period)      93      291      505      1,120
Class IS (with or without redemption at end of period)      82      256      444      990
Portfolio turnover. The fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 52% of the average value of its portfolio.
Principal investment strategies
The fund is a fund of funds—it invests in other mutual funds and may also invest in exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) (such mutual funds and ETFs collectively referred to as “underlying funds”). The fund is managed as an asset allocation program and allocates its assets among mutual funds managed by the manager and its affiliates, including other Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton investment managers. The fund may also invest in ETFs managed by the manager and its affiliates or unaffiliated investment advisers. When selecting underlying funds to fulfill a desired asset class exposure, the portfolio managers expect to allocate to Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton affiliated underlying funds, provided that appropriate products are available.
The fund organizes its investments in underlying funds into two main asset classes: the equity class (equity securities of all types) and the fixed income class (fixed income securities of all types). The portfolio managers may invest across all asset classes and strategies. Under normal market conditions, the portfolio managers will allocate between 70% to 100% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in equity and equity-like strategies and between 0% to 30% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in fixed income strategies. The portfolio managers may, however, allocate fund assets to any underlying funds in varying amounts in a manner consistent with the fund’s investment objective. The fund’s allocation to each class will be measured at the time of purchase and may vary thereafter as a result of market movements.
The portfolio managers will seek to maintain a level of risk in the fund similar to that of the fund’s composite benchmark as defined under “Performance” below.
The underlying funds have a range of investment styles and focuses. The underlying funds may invest in foreign and emerging markets and engage in derivative transactions. The underlying equity funds may include exposure to any market capitalization or investment style including alternative investments (such as commodities, real estate assets and infrastructure assets). The underlying equity funds may employ strategies similar to those used by hedge funds, which may have a low correlation to broad stock market movements or take both long and short positions in equity securities. The underlying fixed income funds include funds investing in any sector, region or style, including foreign fixed income strategies, currency strategies, inflation-indexed securities, structured credit and distressed debt. The underlying fixed income funds may take both long and short positions in fixed income securities. Such funds may also seek to profit from changes in global financial markets and take positions to take advantage of changes in interest rates, exchange rates, liquidity and other macroeconomic factors. The underlying fixed income funds may also invest in securities having maturities of any length and any credit quality, including securities rated below investment grade (commonly known as “junk bonds”). The portfolio managers may invest the fund’s assets in underlying funds that have a limited performance history.
 
 
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Principal risks
Risk is inherent in all investing. The value of your investment in the fund, as well as the amount of return you receive on your investment, may fluctuate significantly. You may lose part or all of your investment in the fund or your investment may not perform as well as other similar investments. An investment in the fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or by any bank or government agency. The following is a list of the principal risks of investing in the fund. The descriptions appear in alphabetical order, not order of importance.
The fund invests in underlying funds and is exposed to the risks to which the underlying funds are exposed, as well as the risk that the underlying funds will not perform as expected. Unless otherwise noted, the principal risks summarized below include both direct and indirect risks, and references in this section to the fund include the risks of investing in the underlying funds.
Affiliated funds risk. The fund’s manager, subadviser or an affiliate serves as manager or subadviser of certain Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton affiliated underlying funds (“Affiliated Funds”). As a result, the manager and the subadviser have financial incentives to allocate the fund’s assets to Affiliated Funds that pay fees to the manager, the subadviser or an affiliate. For example, the manager and the subadviser have an incentive to select Affiliated Funds that will result in the greatest revenue to the manager and its affiliates, even if that results in increased expenses for the fund. Similarly, the manager and the subadviser have an incentive to delay or decide against the sale of interests held by a fund in Affiliated Funds. This gives rise to a conflict of interest.
Allocation risk. The fund’s ability to achieve its investment goal depends upon the portfolio managers’ skill in determining the fund’s strategic asset class allocation and in selecting the mix of underlying funds. The value of your investment may decrease if the portfolio managers’ judgment about the attractiveness, value or market trends affecting a particular asset class, investment style, underlying fund or other issuer is incorrect.
Asset class variation risk. An underlying fund that invests principally in securities constituting one or more asset classes (i.e., equity or fixed income) may vary the percentage of its assets in these asset classes (subject to any applicable regulatory requirements).
Credit risk. If an issuer or guarantor of a security held by the fund or a counterparty to a financial contract with the fund defaults or its credit is downgraded, or is perceived to be less creditworthy, or if the value of the assets underlying a security declines, the value of your investment will typically decline. Changes in actual or perceived creditworthiness may occur quickly. The fund could be delayed or hindered in its enforcement of rights against an issuer, guarantor or counterparty. Subordinated securities (meaning securities that rank below other securities with respect to claims on the issuer’s assets) are more likely to suffer a credit loss than non‑subordinated securities of the same issuer and will be disproportionately affected by a default, downgrade or perceived decline in creditworthiness.  
Cybersecurity risk. Cybersecurity incidents, whether intentionally caused by third parties or otherwise, may allow an unauthorized party to gain access to fund assets, fund or customer data (including private shareholder information) or proprietary information, cause the fund, the manager, the subadvisers and/or their service providers (including, but not limited to, fund accountants, custodians, sub‑custodians, transfer agents and financial intermediaries) to suffer data breaches, data corruption or loss of operational functionality, or prevent fund investors from purchasing, redeeming or exchanging shares, receiving distributions or receiving timely information regarding the fund or their investment in the fund. The fund, the manager, and the subadvisers have limited ability to prevent or mitigate cybersecurity incidents affecting third party service providers, and such third party service providers may have limited indemnification obligations to the fund, the manager, and/or the subadvisers. Cybersecurity incidents may result in financial losses to the fund and its shareholders, and substantial costs may be incurred in order to prevent or mitigate any future cybersecurity incidents. Issuers of securities in which the fund invests are also subject to cybersecurity risks, and the value of these securities could decline if the issuers experience cybersecurity incidents.  
Because technology is frequently changing, new ways to carry out cyber attacks are always developing. Therefore, there is a chance that some risks have not been identified or prepared for, or that an attack may not be detected, which puts limitations on the fund’s ability to plan for or respond to a cyber attack. Like other funds and business enterprises, the fund, the manager, the subadvisers and their service providers are subject to the risk of cyber incidents occurring from time to time. 
Derivatives risk. Using derivatives can increase fund losses and reduce opportunities for gains, such as when market prices, interest rates, currencies, or the derivatives themselves behave in a way not anticipated by the fund. Using derivatives also can have a leveraging effect and increase fund volatility. Certain derivatives have the potential for unlimited loss, regardless of the size of the initial investment. Derivatives may not be available at the time or price desired, may be difficult to sell, unwind or value, and the counterparty may default on its obligations to the fund. Derivatives are generally subject to the risks applicable to the assets, rates, indices or other indicators underlying the derivative. The value of a derivative may fluctuate more than the underlying assets, rates, indices or other indicators to which it relates. Use of derivatives may have different tax consequences for the fund than an investment in the underlying asset, and those differences may affect the amount, timing and character of income distributed to shareholders. The U.S. government and foreign governments have adopted and implemented or are in the process of adopting and implementing regulations governing derivatives markets, including mandatory clearing of certain derivatives, margin and reporting requirements. The ultimate impact of the regulations remains unclear. Additional regulation of derivatives may make derivatives more costly, limit their availability or utility, otherwise adversely affect their performance or disrupt markets.  
Credit default swap contracts involve heightened risks and may result in losses to the fund. Credit default swaps may be illiquid and difficult to value. When the fund sells credit protection via a credit default swap, credit risk increases since the fund has exposure to both the issuer whose credit is the subject of the swap and the counterparty to the swap. 
 
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Extension risk. When interest rates rise, repayments of fixed income securities may occur more slowly than anticipated, extending the effective duration of these fixed income securities at below market interest rates and causing their market prices to decline more than they would have declined due to the rise in interest rates alone. This may cause the fund’s share price to be more volatile.  
Fixed income securities risk. Fixed income securities are subject to a number of risks, including credit, market and interest rate risks. Credit risk is the risk that the issuer or obligor will not make timely payments of principal and interest. Changes in an issuer’s or obligor’s credit rating or the market’s perception of an issuer’s or obligor’s creditworthiness may also affect the value of the fund’s investment in that issuer. The fund is subject to greater levels of credit risk to the extent it holds below investment grade debt securities, or “junk” bonds. Market risk is the risk that the fixed income markets may become volatile and have lower liquidity or behave in unexpected ways, and the market value of an investment may decrease, sometimes quickly or unpredictably. Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of a fixed income security will fall when interest rates rise. A rise in interest rates tends to have a greater impact on the prices of longer term or duration securities. A general rise in interest rates may cause investors to move out of fixed income securities on a large scale, which could adversely affect the price and liquidity of fixed income securities.  
Foreign investments and emerging markets risk. The fund’s investments in securities of foreign issuers or issuers with significant exposure to foreign markets involve additional risk as compared to investments in U.S. securities or issuers with predominantly domestic exposure, such as less liquid, less transparent, less regulated and more volatile markets. The value of the fund’s investments may decline because of factors affecting the particular issuer as well as foreign markets and issuers generally, such as unfavorable or unsuccessful government actions, reduction of government or central bank support, inadequate accounting standards and auditing and financial recordkeeping requirements, lack of information, political, economic, financial or social instability, terrorism, armed conflicts and other geopolitical events, and the impact of tariffs and other restrictions on trade or economic sanctions. Geopolitical or other events such as nationalization or expropriation could even cause the loss of the fund’s entire investment in one or more countries.  
In addition, there may be significant obstacles to obtaining information necessary for investigations into or litigation against issuers located in or operating in certain foreign markets, particularly emerging market countries, and shareholders may have limited legal remedies. To the extent the fund focuses its investments in a single country or only a few countries in a particular geographic region, economic, political, regulatory or other conditions affecting such country or region may have a greater impact on fund performance relative to a more geographically diversified fund. 
The value of investments in securities denominated in foreign currencies increases or decreases as the rates of exchange between those currencies and the U.S. dollar change. Currency conversion costs and currency fluctuations could erase investment gains or add to investment losses. Currency exchange rates can be volatile, and are affected by factors such as general economic and political conditions, the actions of the U.S. and foreign governments or central banks, the imposition of currency controls and speculation. The fund may be unable or may choose not to hedge its foreign currency exposure. 
Less developed markets are more likely to experience problems with the clearing and settling of trades and the holding of securities by local banks, agents and depositories. Settlement of trades in these markets can take longer than in other markets and the fund may not receive its proceeds from the sale of certain securities for an extended period (possibly several weeks or even longer). 
The risks of foreign investments are heightened when investing in issuers in emerging market countries. Emerging market countries tend to have economic, political and legal systems that are less developed and are less stable than those of more developed countries. Their economies tend to be less diversified than those of more developed countries. They typically have fewer medical and economic resources than more developed countries, and thus they may be less able to control or mitigate the effects of a pandemic or a natural disaster. They are often particularly sensitive to market movements because their market prices tend to reflect speculative expectations. Low trading volumes may result in a lack of liquidity and in extreme price volatility. 
Growth and value investing risk. Growth or value securities as a group may be out of favor and underperform the overall equity market while the market favors other types of securities. Growth securities typically are very sensitive to market movements because their market prices tend to reflect future expectations. When it appears those expectations will not be met, the prices of growth securities typically fall. Growth securities may also be more volatile than other investments because they often do not pay dividends. The values of growth securities tend to go down when interest rates rise because the rise in interest rates reduces the current value of future cash flows. The value approach to investing involves the risk that stocks may remain undervalued, undervaluation may become more severe, or perceived undervaluation may actually represent intrinsic value. A value stock may not increase in price as anticipated by the subadviser if other investors fail to recognize the company’s value and bid up the price or the factors that the subadviser believes will increase the price of the security do not occur or do not have the anticipated effect.  
Hedge fund strategies risk. The fund, through the underlying funds, may employ investment strategies that involve greater risks than the strategies used by typical mutual funds, including increased use of short sales, leverage and derivative transactions and hedging strategies. The fund may invest in underlying funds employing proprietary investment strategies that are not fully disclosed, which may involve risks that are not anticipated. Hedge fund strategies may be narrowly focused on a particular market, security type or activity, and thus are exposed to greater risk of loss if the investment thesis underlying the strategy does not occur as anticipated. Hedge fund strategies that are intended to reduce the fund’s volatility may fail to do so effectively. The use of leverage by a hedge fund strategy (e.g., through options) will magnify any losses incurred by the strategy.  
High yield (“junk”) bonds risk. High yield bonds are generally subject to greater credit risks than higher-grade bonds, including the risk of default on the payment of interest or principal. High yield bonds are considered speculative, typically have lower liquidity and are more difficult to value than  
 
 
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higher grade bonds. High yield bonds tend to be volatile and more susceptible to adverse events, credit downgrades and negative sentiments and may be difficult to sell at a desired price, or at all, during periods of uncertainty or market turmoil. 
Illiquidity risk. Some assets held by the fund may be or become impossible or difficult to sell and some assets that the fund wants to invest in may be impossible or difficult to purchase, particularly during times of market turmoil or due to adverse changes in the conditions of a particular issuer. These illiquid assets may also be volatile and difficult to value. Markets may become illiquid when, for instance, there are few, if any, interested buyers or sellers or when dealers are unwilling or unable to make a market for certain securities. As a general matter, dealers have been less willing to make markets for fixed income securities. Federal banking regulations may also cause certain dealers to reduce their inventories of certain securities, which may further decrease the fund’s ability to buy or sell such securities. During times of market turmoil, there have been, and may be, no buyers or sellers for securities in entire asset classes. If the fund is forced to sell an illiquid asset to meet redemption requests or other cash needs, or to try to limit losses, the fund may be forced to sell at a substantial loss or may not be able to sell at all. The fund may not receive its proceeds from the sale of certain securities for an extended period (for example, several weeks or even longer). The liquidity of certain assets, particularly of privately-issued and non‑investment grade mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities and collateralized debt securities, may be difficult to ascertain and may change over time.  
Investing in a fund of funds risk. Your cost of investing in the fund, as a fund of funds, may be higher than the cost of investing in a mutual fund that only invests directly in individual equity and fixed income securities. Because the fund will indirectly bear its pro rata share of the fees and expenses incurred by an underlying fund in which it invests, including advisory fees, an increase in fees and expenses of an underlying fund or a reallocation of the fund’s investments to underlying funds with higher fees or expenses will increase the fund’s total expenses. These expenses are in addition to other expenses that the fund bears directly in connection with its own operations. An underlying fund may change its investment objective or policies without the fund’s approval, which could cause the fund to withdraw its investment from such underlying fund at a time that is unfavorable to the fund. In addition, one underlying fund may buy the same securities that another underlying fund sells. Therefore, the fund would indirectly bear the costs of these trades without accomplishing any investment purpose. If underlying funds invest in the same or similar securities, the fund may indirectly bear concentration risk with respect to those investments. If the fund invests in an underlying fund that has recently commenced operations, there can be no assurance that such underlying fund will grow to or maintain an economically viable size, in which case the underlying fund’s board or adviser may determine to liquidate the underlying fund or the fund may indirectly bear higher expenses.  
Investing in ETFs risk. Unlike shares of typical mutual funds or unit investment trusts, shares of ETFs are traded on an exchange and may trade throughout a trading day. ETFs are bought and sold based on market values and not at net asset value, and therefore may trade at either a premium or discount to net asset value and may experience volatility in certain market conditions. The fund will pay brokerage commissions in connection with the purchase and sales of shares of ETFs. In addition, the fund will indirectly bear its pro rata share of fees and expenses incurred by an ETF in which it invests, including advisory fees. These expenses are in addition to expenses that the fund bears directly in connection with its own operations. Certain ETFs are also subject to portfolio management risk. Investments in ETFs are subject to the risk that the listing exchange may halt trading of an ETF’s shares, in which case the fund would be unable to sell its ETF shares unless and until trading is resumed.  
Issuer risk. The market price of a security can go up or down more than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole, due to factors specifically relating to the security’s issuer, such as disappointing earnings reports by the issuer, unsuccessful products or services, loss of major customers, changes in management, corporate actions, negative perception in the marketplace, or major litigation or changes in government regulations affecting the issuer or the competitive environment. An individual security may also be affected by factors relating to the industry or sector of the issuer. The fund may experience a substantial or complete loss on an individual security. A change in financial condition or other event affecting a single issuer may adversely impact the industry or sector of the issuer or securities markets as a whole.  
Large capitalization company risk. Large capitalization companies may fall out of favor with investors based on market and economic conditions. In addition, larger companies may not be able to attain the high growth rates of successful smaller companies and may be less capable of responding quickly to competitive challenges and industry changes. As a result, the fund’s value may not rise as much as, or may fall more than, the value of funds that focus on companies with smaller market capitalizations.  
Long/short strategy risk. While the fund may invest in long positions and short positions, there is the risk that the investments will not perform as expected. The fund’s long/short strategy may result in greater losses than if the fund held only long positions, as losses on one type of position could more than offset gains on the other or a fund could lose money on both positions. The fund’s short positions could result in unlimited losses if the fund does not own the asset sold short and it is unable to close out of the short sale or short position.  
Market events risk. The market values of securities or other assets will fluctuate, sometimes sharply and unpredictably, due to changes in general market conditions, overall economic trends or events, governmental actions or intervention, actions taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve or foreign central banks, market disruptions caused by trade disputes or other factors, political developments, armed conflicts, economic sanctions and countermeasures in response to sanctions, major cybersecurity events, investor sentiment, the global and domestic effects of a pandemic, and other factors that may or may not be related to the issuer of the security or other asset. Economies and financial markets throughout the world are increasingly interconnected. Economic, financial or political events, trading and tariff arrangements, public health events, terrorism, wars, natural disasters and other circumstances in one country or region could have profound impacts on global economies or markets. As a result, whether or not the fund invests in securities of issuers located in or with significant exposure to the countries or markets directly affected, the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments may be negatively affected. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian stocks lost all, or nearly all, of their market value. Other securities or markets could be similarly affected by past or future geopolitical or other events or conditions. Furthermore, events involving  
 
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limited liquidity, defaults, non‑performance or other adverse developments that affect one industry, such as the financial services industry, or concerns or rumors about any events of these kinds, have in the past and may in the future lead to market-wide liquidity problems, may spread to other industries, and could negatively affect the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments. 
The fallout from the COVID‑19 pandemic and its subsequent variants, and the long-term impact on economies, markets, industries and individual issuers, are not known. Some sectors of the economy and individual issuers have experienced or may experience particularly large losses. Periods of extreme volatility in the financial markets; reduced liquidity of many instruments; and disruptions to supply chains, consumer demand and employee availability, may continue for some time. 
Raising the ceiling on U.S. government debt has become increasingly politicized. Any failure to increase the total amount that the U.S. government is authorized to borrow could lead to a default on U.S. government obligations, with unpredictable consequences for economies and markets in the U.S. and elsewhere. Recently, inflation and interest rates have increased and may rise further. These circumstances could adversely affect the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments, impair the fund’s ability to satisfy redemption requests, and negatively impact the fund’s performance. 
The United States and other countries are periodically involved in disputes over trade and other matters, which may result in tariffs, investment restrictions and adverse impacts on affected companies and securities. For example, the United States has imposed tariffs and other trade barriers on Chinese exports, has restricted sales of certain categories of goods to China, and has established barriers to investments in China. Trade disputes may adversely affect the economies of the United States and its trading partners, as well as companies directly or indirectly affected and financial markets generally. In addition, the Chinese government is involved in a longstanding dispute with Taiwan that has included threats of invasion. If the political climate between the United States and China does not improve or continues to deteriorate, if China were to attempt unification of Taiwan by force, or if other geopolitical conflicts develop or get worse, economies, markets and individual securities may be severely affected both regionally and globally, and the value of the fund’s assets may go down. 
Portfolio management risk. The value of your investment may decrease if the judgment of the fund’s adviser about the attractiveness, value of, or market trends affecting, a particular security, industry, sector or region, or about market movements, is incorrect or does not produce the desired results, or if there are imperfections, errors or limitations in the models, tools and data used by the portfolio managers. In addition, the fund’s investment strategies or policies may change from time to time. Those changes may not lead to the results intended by the portfolio managers and could have an adverse effect on the value or performance of the fund.  
Prepayment or call risk. Many issuers have a right to prepay their fixed income securities. Issuers may be more likely to prepay their securities if interest rates fall. If this happens, the fund may not benefit from the rise in the market price of the securities that normally accompanies a decline in interest rates, and will be forced to reinvest prepayment proceeds at a time when yields on securities available in the market are lower than the yield on prepaid securities. The fund may also lose any premium it paid to purchase the securities.  
Real assets risk. Investments in the real estate, natural resources and commodities sectors involve a high degree of risk, including significant financial, operating, and competitive risks. Investments in royalty trusts, real estate investment trusts and master limited partnerships expose the fund to adverse macroeconomic conditions, such as changes and volatility in commodity prices, a rise in interest rates or a downturn in the economy in which the asset is located, elevating the risk of loss.  
Small and mid‑capitalization company risk. The fund will be exposed to additional risks as a result of its investments in the securities of small and mid‑capitalization companies. Small and mid‑capitalization companies may fall out of favor with investors; may have limited product lines, operating histories, markets or financial resources; or may be dependent upon a limited management group. The prices of securities of small and mid‑capitalization companies generally are more volatile than those of large capitalization companies and are more likely to be adversely affected than large capitalization companies by changes in earnings results and investor expectations or poor economic or market conditions, including those experienced during a recession. Securities of small and mid‑capitalization companies may underperform large capitalization companies, may be harder to sell at times and at prices the portfolio managers believe appropriate and may have greater potential for losses.  
Stock market and equity securities risk. The stock markets are volatile and the market prices of the fund’s equity securities may decline generally. Equity securities may include warrants, rights, exchange-traded and over‑the‑counter common stocks, preferred stock, depositary receipts, trust certificates, limited partnership interests and shares of other investment companies, including exchange-traded funds and real estate investment trusts. Equity securities may have greater price volatility than other asset classes, such as fixed income securities, and may fluctuate in price based on actual or perceived changes in a company’s financial condition and overall market and economic conditions and perceptions. If the market prices of the equity securities owned by the fund fall, the value of your investment in the fund will decline.  
Valuation risk. The sales price the fund could receive for any particular portfolio investment may differ from the fund’s valuation of the investment, particularly for securities that trade in thin or volatile markets or that are valued using a fair value methodology. These differences may increase significantly and affect fund investments more broadly during periods of market volatility. Investors who purchase or redeem fund shares on days when the fund is holding fair-valued securities may receive fewer or more shares or lower or higher redemption proceeds than they would have received if the fund had not fair-valued securities or had used a different valuation methodology. The fund’s ability to value its investments may be impacted by technological issues and/or errors by pricing services or other third party service providers. The valuation of the fund’s investments involves subjective judgment, which may prove to be incorrect.  
These and other risks are discussed in more detail in the Prospectus or in the Statement of Additional Information. 
 
 
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Performance
The accompanying bar chart and table provide some indication of the risks of investing in the fund. The bar chart shows changes in the fund’s performance from year to year for Class A shares. The table shows the average annual total returns of each class of the fund that has been in operation for at least one full calendar year and also compares the fund’s performance with the average annual total returns of an index or other benchmark. The fund also compares its performance to the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index (an index of fixed income securities) and a composite benchmark, which is a hypothetical representation of the performance of the fund’s major asset classes, consisting of 45% Russell 1000 Index, 20% Russell 2000 Index, 20% MSCI EAFE Index, 10% Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index and 5% Bloomberg U.S. High Yield—2% Issuer Cap Index (an index where issuer exposure is limited to 2% of the market value of the Bloomberg U.S. Corporate High Yield Index). Performance for classes other than those shown may vary from the performance shown to the extent the expenses for those classes differ. The fund makes updated performance information, including its current net asset value, available at www.franklintempleton.com/mutualfunds (select fund and share class), or by calling the fund at 877‑6LM‑FUND/656‑3863.
The fund’s past performance (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how the fund will perform in the future.
Sales charges are not reflected in the accompanying bar chart, and if those charges were included, returns would be less than those shown.
 
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Best Quarter (06/30/2020): 15.73    Worst Quarter (03/31/2020): (22.45
The year‑to‑date return as of the most recent calendar quarter, which ended March 31, 2023, was 5.22 
 
Average annual total returns (%)                                           
 (for periods ended December 31, 2022)                                           
Class A      1 year          5 years          10 years         
Since
inception
 
 
      
Inception
date
 
 
Return before taxes      (19.00)          2.62          6.23                        
Return after taxes on distributions      (20.59)          0.91          4.55                        
Return after taxes on distributions and sale of fund shares      (10.12)          1.83          4.73                        
Other Classes (Return before taxes only)                                                     
Class C      (15.50)          3.13          6.13                        
Class R      (14.32)          3.48          N/A          4.50          06/02/2014  
Class I      (13.88)          4.12          7.16                        
Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)1      (13.01)          0.02          1.06                        
Russell 3000 Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)2      (19.21)          8.79          12.13                        
Composite Benchmark (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)3      (17.25)          5.62          8.79                        
 
1 
For Class R shares, for the period from the class’ inception date to December 31, 2022, the average annual total return of the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index was 1.06%.
2 
For Class R shares, for the period from the class’ inception date to December 31, 2022, the average annual total return of the Russell 3000 Index was 9.93%.
3 
For Class R shares, for the period from the class’ inception date to December 31, 2022, the average annual total return of the Composite Benchmark was 6.90%.
Prior to June 1, 2015, the fund followed different investment policies and strategies.
The after‑tax returns are shown only for Class A shares, are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after‑tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown, and the after‑tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their fund shares through tax‑deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. After‑tax returns for classes other than Class A will vary from returns shown for Class A. Returns after taxes on distributions and sale of fund shares are higher than returns before taxes for certain periods shown because they reflect the tax benefit of capital losses realized on the redemption of fund shares.
 
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Management
Investment manager: Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC (“LMPFA”)
Subadviser: Franklin Advisers, Inc. (“Franklin Advisers”)
Portfolio managers: Primary responsibility for the day‑to‑day management of the fund lies with the following portfolio managers. At Franklin Advisers, all portfolios are managed on a collaborative basis using a systematic, rules based approach.
 
Portfolio manager   Title    Portfolio manager of the fund since
Laura Green, CFA   Portfolio Manager    2021
Jacqueline Kenney, CFA   Portfolio Manager    2021
Purchase and sale of fund shares
You may purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the fund each day the New York Stock Exchange is open, at the fund’s net asset value determined after receipt of your request in good order, subject to any applicable sales charge.
The fund’s initial and subsequent investment minimums generally are set forth in the accompanying table:
 
Investment minimum initial/additional investment ($)
      Class A      Class C1      Class R      Class I    Class IS
General    1,000/50      1,000/50      N/A      1 million/
None2
   N/A
Uniform Gifts or Transfers to Minor Accounts    1,000/50      1,000/50      N/A      1 million/
None2
   N/A
IRAs    250/50      250/50      N/A      1 million/
None2,3
   N/A3
SIMPLE IRAs    None/
None
     None/
None
     N/A      1 million/
None2
   N/A
Systematic Investment Plans    25/25      25/25      N/A      1 million/
None2,4
   N/A4
Clients of Eligible Financial Intermediaries    None/
None
     N/A      None/
None
     None/
None5
   None/
None5
Eligible Investment Programs    None/
None
     N/A      None/
None
     None/
None
   None/
None
Omnibus Retirement Plans    None/
None
     None/
None
     None/
None
     None/
None
   None/
None
Individual Retirement Plans except as noted    None/
None
     None/
None
     N/A      1 million/
None2
   N/A
Institutional Investors    1,000/50      1,000/50      N/A      1 million/
None
   1 million/
None
 
1 
Class C shares are not available for purchase through Distributor Accounts.
2 
Available to investors investing directly with the fund.
3 
IRA accountholders who purchase Class I or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting as agent on behalf of its customers are subject to the initial and subsequent minimums of $250/$50. If a Service Agent does not have this arrangement in place with the Distributor, the initial and subsequent minimums listed in the table apply. Please contact your Service Agent for more information.
4 
Investors investing through a Systematic Investment Plan who purchase Class I or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting as agent on behalf of its customers are subject to the initial and subsequent minimums of $25/$25. If a Service Agent does not have this arrangement in place with the Distributor, the initial and subsequent minimums listed in the table apply. Please contact your Service Agent for more information.
5 
Individual investors who purchase Class I shares or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting as agent on behalf of its customers are subject to the initial and subsequent minimums of $1,000/$50. If a Service Agent does not have this arrangement in place with the Distributor, the initial and subsequent minimums listed in the table apply. Please contact your Service Agent for more information.
Your Service Agent may impose higher or lower investment minimums, or may impose no minimum investment requirement.
For more information about how to purchase, redeem or exchange shares, and to learn which classes of shares are available to you, you should contact your Service Agent, or, if you hold your shares or plan to purchase shares through the fund, you should contact the fund by phone at 877‑6LM‑FUND/656‑3863, by regular mail at Legg Mason Funds, P.O. Box 33030, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-8030 or by express, certified or registered mail at Legg Mason Funds, 100 Fountain Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL 33716-1205.
Tax information
The fund’s distributions are generally taxable as ordinary income or capital gains.
 
 
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Payments to broker/dealers and other financial intermediaries
The fund’s related companies pay Service Agents for the sale of fund shares, shareholder services and other purposes. These payments create a conflict of interest by influencing your Service Agent or its employees or associated persons to recommend the fund over another investment. Ask your financial adviser or salesperson or visit your Service Agent’s or salesperson’s website for more information.
 
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Franklin Multi-Asset Moderate Growth Fund
Investment objective
The fund seeks long-term growth of capital.
Fees and expenses of the fund
The accompanying table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the fund. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the tables and examples below. 
You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $25,000 in funds distributed through Franklin Distributors, LLC (“Franklin Distributors” or the “Distributor”), the fund’s distributor. More information about these and other discounts is available from your Service Agent, in the fund’s Prospectus on page 66 under the heading “Additional information about each share class,” in the appendix titled “Appendix: Waivers and Discounts Available from Certain Service Agents” on page A‑1 of the fund’s Prospectus and in the fund’s Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) on page 88 under the heading “Sales Charge Waivers and Reductions for Class A Shares.” “Service Agents” include banks, brokers, dealers, insurance companies, investment advisers, financial consultants or advisers, mutual fund supermarkets and other financial intermediaries that have entered into an agreement with the Distributor to sell shares of the fund. 
If you purchase Class I shares or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting solely as an agent on behalf of its customers, that Service Agent may charge you a commission. Such commissions, if any, are not charged by the fund and are not reflected in the fee table or expense example below. 
 
                                                                                                                            
Shareholder fees
(fees paid directly from your investment)                        
      Class A   Class C    Class R    Class I    Class IS
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a % of offering price)    5.501,2   None    None    None    None
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a % of the lower of net asset value at purchase or redemption)3    None4   1.00    None    None    None
Small account fee5    $15   $15    None    None    None
Annual fund operating expenses (%)                        
(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
      Class A   Class C    Class R    Class I    Class IS
Management fees    None   None    None    None    None
Distribution and/or service (12b‑1) fees    0.25   1.00    0.50    None    None
Other expenses    0.20   0.19    0.79    0.11    0.066
Acquired fund fees and expenses    0.75   0.75    0.75    0.75    0.75
Total annual fund operating expenses7    1.20   1.94    2.04    0.86    0.81
Fees waived and/or expenses reimbursed8         (0.49)      
Total annual fund operating expenses after waiving fees and/or reimbursing expenses9    1.20   1.94    1.55    0.86    0.81
 
1
The sales charge is waived for shareholders purchasing Class A shares through accounts where Franklin Distributors is the broker-dealer of record (“Distributor Accounts”).
2
Shareholders purchasing Class A shares through certain Service Agents or in certain types of accounts may be eligible for a waiver of the sales charge. For additional information, see “Additional information about each share class — Sales charges” in the Prospectus.
3 
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) may be reduced over time.
4 
You may buy Class A shares in amounts of $1,000,000 or more at net asset value (without an initial sales charge), but if you redeem those shares within 18 months of their purchase, you will pay a contingent deferred sales charge of 1.00%.
 
 
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5 
If the value of your account is below $1,000 ($250 for retirement plans that are not employer-sponsored), the fund may charge you a fee of $3.75 per account that is determined and assessed quarterly by the fund or your Service Agent (with an annual maximum of $15.00 per account). Please contact your Service Agent or the fund for more information.
6 
Other expenses for Class IS shares are estimated for the current fiscal year. Actual expenses may differ from estimates.
7 
Total annual fund operating expenses do not correlate with the ratios of expenses to average net assets reported in the financial highlights tables in the fund’s Prospectus and in the fund’s shareholder reports, which reflect the fund’s operating expenses and do not include acquired fund fees and expenses.
8 
The manager has agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse operating expenses (other than interest, brokerage, taxes, extraordinary expenses and acquired fund fees and expenses) so that the ratio of total annual fund operating expenses will not exceed 0.80% for Class A shares, 1.55% for Class C shares, 0.80% for Class R shares, 0.25% for Class I shares and 0.15% for Class IS shares, subject to recapture as described below. In addition, the ratio of total annual fund operating expenses for Class IS shares will not exceed the ratio of total annual fund operating expenses for Class I shares, subject to recapture as described below. These arrangements cannot be terminated prior to December 31, 2024 without the Board of Trustees’ consent. The manager is permitted to recapture amounts waived and/or reimbursed to a class during the same fiscal year in which the manager earned the fee or incurred the expense if the class’ total annual fund operating expenses have fallen to a level below the limits described above. In no case will the manager recapture any amount that would result, on any particular business day of the fund, in the class’ total annual fund operating expenses exceeding the applicable limits described above or any other lower limit then in effect.
9
Total annual fund operating expenses (after waiving fees and/or reimbursing expenses, as applicable) are higher than the expense cap amounts for each class as a result of acquired fund fees and expenses.
Example
This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes:
 
 
You invest $10,000 in the fund for the time periods indicated
 
 
Your investment has a 5% return each year and the fund’s operating expenses remain the same (except that any applicable fee waiver or expense reimbursement is reflected only through its expiration date)
 
 
You reinvest all distributions and dividends without a sales charge
Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
 
Number of years you own your shares ($)
       1 year      3 years      5 years      10 years
Class A (with or without redemption at end of period)      666      911      1,174      1,926
Class C (with redemption at end of period)      297      609      1,047      2,073
Class C (without redemption at end of period)      197      609      1,047      2,073
Class R (with or without redemption at end of period)      158      593      1,054      2,331
Class I (with or without redemption at end of period)      88      274      476      1,060
Class IS (with or without redemption at end of period)      83      259      450      1,003
Portfolio turnover. The fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 51% of the average value of its portfolio.
Principal investment strategies
The fund is a fund of funds—it invests in other mutual funds and may also invest in exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) (such mutual funds and ETFs collectively referred to as “underlying funds”). The fund is managed as an asset allocation program and allocates its assets among mutual funds managed by the manager and its affiliates, including other Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton investment managers. The fund may also invest in ETFs managed by the manager and its affiliates or unaffiliated investment advisers. When selecting underlying funds to fulfill a desired asset class exposure, the portfolio managers expect to allocate to Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton affiliated underlying funds, provided that appropriate products are available.
The fund organizes its investments in underlying funds into two main asset classes: the equity class (equity securities of all types) and the fixed income class (fixed income securities of all types). The portfolio managers may invest across all asset classes and strategies. Under normal market conditions, the portfolio managers will allocate between 55% to 85% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in equity and equity-like strategies and between 15% to 45% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in fixed income strategies. The portfolio managers may, however, allocate fund assets to any underlying funds in varying amounts in a manner consistent with the fund’s investment objective. The fund’s allocation to each class will be measured at the time of purchase and may vary thereafter as a result of market movements.
The portfolio managers will seek to maintain a level of risk in the fund similar to that of the fund’s composite benchmark as defined under “Performance” below.
The underlying funds have a range of investment styles and focuses. The underlying funds may invest in foreign and emerging markets and engage in derivative transactions. The underlying equity funds may include exposure to any market capitalization or investment style including alternative
  
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investments (such as commodities, real estate assets and infrastructure assets). The underlying equity funds may employ strategies similar to those used by hedge funds, which may have a low correlation to broad stock market movements or take both long and short positions in equity securities. The underlying fixed income funds include funds investing in any sector, region or style, including foreign fixed income strategies, currency strategies, inflation-indexed securities, structured credit and distressed debt. The underlying fixed income funds may take both long and short positions in fixed income securities. Such funds may also seek to profit from changes in global financial markets and take positions to take advantage of changes in interest rates, exchange rates, liquidity and other macroeconomic factors. The underlying fixed income funds may also invest in securities having maturities of any length and any credit quality, including securities rated below investment grade (commonly known as “junk bonds”). The portfolio managers may invest the fund’s assets in underlying funds that have a limited performance history. 
Principal risks
Risk is inherent in all investing. The value of your investment in the fund, as well as the amount of return you receive on your investment, may fluctuate significantly. You may lose part or all of your investment in the fund or your investment may not perform as well as other similar investments. An investment in the fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or by any bank or government agency. The following is a list of the principal risks of investing in the fund. The descriptions appear in alphabetical order, not order of importance.
The fund invests in underlying funds and is exposed to the risks to which the underlying funds are exposed, as well as the risk that the underlying funds will not perform as expected. Unless otherwise noted, the principal risks summarized below include both direct and indirect risks, and references in this section to the fund include the risks of investing in the underlying funds.
Affiliated funds risk. The fund’s manager, subadviser or an affiliate serves as manager or subadviser of certain Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton affiliated underlying funds (“Affiliated Funds”). As a result, the manager and the subadviser have financial incentives to allocate the fund’s assets to Affiliated Funds that pay fees to the manager, the subadviser or an affiliate. For example, the manager and the subadviser have an incentive to select Affiliated Funds that will result in the greatest revenue to the manager and its affiliates, even if that results in increased expenses for the fund. Similarly, the manager and the subadviser have an incentive to delay or decide against the sale of interests held by a fund in Affiliated Funds. This gives rise to a conflict of interest.
Allocation risk. The fund’s ability to achieve its investment goal depends upon the portfolio managers’ skill in determining the fund’s strategic asset class allocation and in selecting the mix of underlying funds. The value of your investment may decrease if the portfolio managers’ judgment about the attractiveness, value or market trends affecting a particular asset class, investment style, underlying fund or other issuer is incorrect.
Asset class variation risk. An underlying fund that invests principally in securities constituting one or more asset classes (i.e., equity or fixed income) may vary the percentage of its assets in these asset classes (subject to any applicable regulatory requirements).
Credit risk. If an issuer or guarantor of a security held by the fund or a counterparty to a financial contract with the fund defaults or its credit is downgraded, or is perceived to be less creditworthy, or if the value of the assets underlying a security declines, the value of your investment will typically decline. Changes in actual or perceived creditworthiness may occur quickly. The fund could be delayed or hindered in its enforcement of rights against an issuer, guarantor or counterparty. Subordinated securities (meaning securities that rank below other securities with respect to claims on the issuer’s assets) are more likely to suffer a credit loss than non‑subordinated securities of the same issuer and will be disproportionately affected by a default, downgrade or perceived decline in creditworthiness.  
Cybersecurity risk. Cybersecurity incidents, whether intentionally caused by third parties or otherwise, may allow an unauthorized party to gain access to fund assets, fund or customer data (including private shareholder information) or proprietary information, cause the fund, the manager, the subadvisers and/or their service providers (including, but not limited to, fund accountants, custodians, sub‑custodians, transfer agents and financial intermediaries) to suffer data breaches, data corruption or loss of operational functionality, or prevent fund investors from purchasing, redeeming or exchanging shares, receiving distributions or receiving timely information regarding the fund or their investment in the fund. The fund, the manager, and the subadvisers have limited ability to prevent or mitigate cybersecurity incidents affecting third party service providers, and such third party service providers may have limited indemnification obligations to the fund, the manager, and/or the subadvisers. Cybersecurity incidents may result in financial losses to the fund and its shareholders, and substantial costs may be incurred in order to prevent or mitigate any future cybersecurity incidents. Issuers of securities in which the fund invests are also subject to cybersecurity risks, and the value of these securities could decline if the issuers experience cybersecurity incidents.  
Because technology is frequently changing, new ways to carry out cyber attacks are always developing. Therefore, there is a chance that some risks have not been identified or prepared for, or that an attack may not be detected, which puts limitations on the fund’s ability to plan for or respond to a cyber attack. Like other funds and business enterprises, the fund, the manager, the subadvisers and their service providers are subject to the risk of cyber incidents occurring from time to time. 
Derivatives risk. Using derivatives can increase fund losses and reduce opportunities for gains, such as when market prices, interest rates, currencies, or the derivatives themselves behave in a way not anticipated by the fund. Using derivatives also can have a leveraging effect and increase fund volatility. Certain derivatives have the potential for unlimited loss, regardless of the size of the initial investment. Derivatives may not be available at the time or price desired, may be difficult to sell, unwind or value, and the counterparty may default on its obligations to the fund. Derivatives are generally subject to the risks applicable to the assets, rates, indices or other indicators underlying the derivative. The value of a derivative may fluctuate more than the underlying assets, rates, indices or other indicators to which it relates. Use of derivatives may have different  
 
 
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tax consequences for the fund than an investment in the underlying asset, and those differences may affect the amount, timing and character of income distributed to shareholders. The U.S. government and foreign governments have adopted and implemented or are in the process of adopting and implementing regulations governing derivatives markets, including mandatory clearing of certain derivatives, margin and reporting requirements. The ultimate impact of the regulations remains unclear. Additional regulation of derivatives may make derivatives more costly, limit their availability or utility, otherwise adversely affect their performance or disrupt markets. 
Credit default swap contracts involve heightened risks and may result in losses to the fund. Credit default swaps may be illiquid and difficult to value. When the fund sells credit protection via a credit default swap, credit risk increases since the fund has exposure to both the issuer whose credit is the subject of the swap and the counterparty to the swap. 
Extension risk. When interest rates rise, repayments of fixed income securities may occur more slowly than anticipated, extending the effective duration of these fixed income securities at below market interest rates and causing their market prices to decline more than they would have declined due to the rise in interest rates alone. This may cause the fund’s share price to be more volatile.  
Fixed income securities risk. Fixed income securities are subject to a number of risks, including credit, market and interest rate risks. Credit risk is the risk that the issuer or obligor will not make timely payments of principal and interest. Changes in an issuer’s or obligor’s credit rating or the market’s perception of an issuer’s or obligor’s creditworthiness may also affect the value of the fund’s investment in that issuer. The fund is subject to greater levels of credit risk to the extent it holds below investment grade debt securities, or “junk” bonds. Market risk is the risk that the fixed income markets may become volatile and have lower liquidity or behave in unexpected ways, and the market value of an investment may decrease, sometimes quickly or unpredictably. Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of a fixed income security will fall when interest rates rise. A rise in interest rates tends to have a greater impact on the prices of longer term or duration securities. A general rise in interest rates may cause investors to move out of fixed income securities on a large scale, which could adversely affect the price and liquidity of fixed income securities.  
Foreign investments and emerging markets risk. The fund’s investments in securities of foreign issuers or issuers with significant exposure to foreign markets involve additional risk as compared to investments in U.S. securities or issuers with predominantly domestic exposure, such as less liquid, less transparent, less regulated and more volatile markets. The value of the fund’s investments may decline because of factors affecting the particular issuer as well as foreign markets and issuers generally, such as unfavorable or unsuccessful government actions, reduction of government or central bank support, inadequate accounting standards and auditing and financial recordkeeping requirements, lack of information, political, economic, financial or social instability, terrorism, armed conflicts and other geopolitical events, and the impact of tariffs and other restrictions on trade or economic sanctions. Geopolitical or other events such as nationalization or expropriation could even cause the loss of the fund’s entire investment in one or more countries.  
In addition, there may be significant obstacles to obtaining information necessary for investigations into or litigation against issuers located in or operating in certain foreign markets, particularly emerging market countries, and shareholders may have limited legal remedies. To the extent the fund focuses its investments in a single country or only a few countries in a particular geographic region, economic, political, regulatory or other conditions affecting such country or region may have a greater impact on fund performance relative to a more geographically diversified fund. 
The value of investments in securities denominated in foreign currencies increases or decreases as the rates of exchange between those currencies and the U.S. dollar change. Currency conversion costs and currency fluctuations could erase investment gains or add to investment losses. Currency exchange rates can be volatile, and are affected by factors such as general economic and political conditions, the actions of the U.S. and foreign governments or central banks, the imposition of currency controls and speculation. The fund may be unable or may choose not to hedge its foreign currency exposure. 
Less developed markets are more likely to experience problems with the clearing and settling of trades and the holding of securities by local banks, agents and depositories. Settlement of trades in these markets can take longer than in other markets and the fund may not receive its proceeds from the sale of certain securities for an extended period (possibly several weeks or even longer). 
The risks of foreign investments are heightened when investing in issuers in emerging market countries. Emerging market countries tend to have economic, political and legal systems that are less developed and are less stable than those of more developed countries. Their economies tend to be less diversified than those of more developed countries. They typically have fewer medical and economic resources than more developed countries, and thus they may be less able to control or mitigate the effects of a pandemic or a natural disaster. They are often particularly sensitive to market movements because their market prices tend to reflect speculative expectations. Low trading volumes may result in a lack of liquidity and in extreme price volatility. 
Growth and value investing risk. Growth or value securities as a group may be out of favor and underperform the overall equity market while the market favors other types of securities. Growth securities typically are very sensitive to market movements because their market prices tend to reflect future expectations. When it appears those expectations will not be met, the prices of growth securities typically fall. Growth securities may also be more volatile than other investments because they often do not pay dividends. The values of growth securities tend to go down when interest rates rise because the rise in interest rates reduces the current value of future cash flows. The value approach to investing involves the risk that stocks may remain undervalued, undervaluation may become more severe, or perceived undervaluation may actually represent intrinsic value. A value stock may not increase in price as anticipated by the subadviser if other investors fail to recognize the company’s value and bid up the price or the factors that the subadviser believes will increase the price of the security do not occur or do not have the anticipated effect.  
 
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Hedge fund strategies risk. The fund, through the underlying funds, may employ investment strategies that involve greater risks than the strategies used by typical mutual funds, including increased use of short sales, leverage and derivative transactions and hedging strategies. The fund may invest in underlying funds employing proprietary investment strategies that are not fully disclosed, which may involve risks that are not anticipated. Hedge fund strategies may be narrowly focused on a particular market, security type or activity, and thus are exposed to greater risk of loss if the investment thesis underlying the strategy does not occur as anticipated. Hedge fund strategies that are intended to reduce the fund’s volatility may fail to do so effectively. The use of leverage by a hedge fund strategy (e.g., through options) will magnify any losses incurred by the strategy.  
High yield (“junk”) bonds risk. High yield bonds are generally subject to greater credit risks than higher-grade bonds, including the risk of default on the payment of interest or principal. High yield bonds are considered speculative, typically have lower liquidity and are more difficult to value than higher grade bonds. High yield bonds tend to be volatile and more susceptible to adverse events, credit downgrades and negative sentiments and may be difficult to sell at a desired price, or at all, during periods of uncertainty or market turmoil.  
Illiquidity risk. Some assets held by the fund may be or become impossible or difficult to sell and some assets that the fund wants to invest in may be impossible or difficult to purchase, particularly during times of market turmoil or due to adverse changes in the conditions of a particular issuer. These illiquid assets may also be volatile and difficult to value. Markets may become illiquid when, for instance, there are few, if any, interested buyers or sellers or when dealers are unwilling or unable to make a market for certain securities. As a general matter, dealers have been less willing to make markets for fixed income securities. Federal banking regulations may also cause certain dealers to reduce their inventories of certain securities, which may further decrease the fund’s ability to buy or sell such securities. During times of market turmoil, there have been, and may be, no buyers or sellers for securities in entire asset classes. If the fund is forced to sell an illiquid asset to meet redemption requests or other cash needs, or to try to limit losses, the fund may be forced to sell at a substantial loss or may not be able to sell at all. The fund may not receive its proceeds from the sale of certain securities for an extended period (for example, several weeks or even longer). The liquidity of certain assets, particularly of privately-issued and non‑investment grade mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities and collateralized debt securities, may be difficult to ascertain and may change over time.  
Investing in a fund of funds risk. Your cost of investing in the fund, as a fund of funds, may be higher than the cost of investing in a mutual fund that only invests directly in individual equity and fixed income securities. Because the fund will indirectly bear its pro rata share of the fees and expenses incurred by an underlying fund in which it invests, including advisory fees, an increase in fees and expenses of an underlying fund or a reallocation of the fund’s investments to underlying funds with higher fees or expenses will increase the fund’s total expenses. These expenses are in addition to other expenses that the fund bears directly in connection with its own operations. An underlying fund may change its investment objective or policies without the fund’s approval, which could cause the fund to withdraw its investment from such underlying fund at a time that is unfavorable to the fund. In addition, one underlying fund may buy the same securities that another underlying fund sells. Therefore, the fund would indirectly bear the costs of these trades without accomplishing any investment purpose. If underlying funds invest in the same or similar securities, the fund may indirectly bear concentration risk with respect to those investments. If the fund invests in an underlying fund that has recently commenced operations, there can be no assurance that such underlying fund will grow to or maintain an economically viable size, in which case the underlying fund’s board or adviser may determine to liquidate the underlying fund or the fund may indirectly bear higher expenses.  
Investing in ETFs risk. Unlike shares of typical mutual funds or unit investment trusts, shares of ETFs are traded on an exchange and may trade throughout a trading day. ETFs are bought and sold based on market values and not at net asset value, and therefore may trade at either a premium or discount to net asset value and may experience volatility in certain market conditions. The fund will pay brokerage commissions in connection with the purchase and sales of shares of ETFs. In addition, the fund will indirectly bear its pro rata share of fees and expenses incurred by an ETF in which it invests, including advisory fees. These expenses are in addition to expenses that the fund bears directly in connection with its own operations. Certain ETFs are also subject to portfolio management risk. Investments in ETFs are subject to the risk that the listing exchange may halt trading of an ETF’s shares, in which case the fund would be unable to sell its ETF shares unless and until trading is resumed.  
Issuer risk. The market price of a security can go up or down more than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole, due to factors specifically relating to the security’s issuer, such as disappointing earnings reports by the issuer, unsuccessful products or services, loss of major customers, changes in management, corporate actions, negative perception in the marketplace, or major litigation or changes in government regulations affecting the issuer or the competitive environment. An individual security may also be affected by factors relating to the industry or sector of the issuer. The fund may experience a substantial or complete loss on an individual security. A change in financial condition or other event affecting a single issuer may adversely impact the industry or sector of the issuer or securities markets as a whole.  
Large capitalization company risk. Large capitalization companies may fall out of favor with investors based on market and economic conditions. In addition, larger companies may not be able to attain the high growth rates of successful smaller companies and may be less capable of responding quickly to competitive challenges and industry changes. As a result, the fund’s value may not rise as much as, or may fall more than, the value of funds that focus on companies with smaller market capitalizations.  
Long/short strategy risk. While the fund may invest in long positions and short positions, there is the risk that the investments will not perform as expected. The fund’s long/short strategy may result in greater losses than if the fund held only long positions, as losses on one type of position could more than offset gains on the other or a fund could lose money on both positions. The fund’s short positions could result in unlimited losses if the fund does not own the asset sold short and it is unable to close out of the short sale or short position.  
 
 
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Market events risk. The market values of securities or other assets will fluctuate, sometimes sharply and unpredictably, due to changes in general market conditions, overall economic trends or events, governmental actions or intervention, actions taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve or foreign central banks, market disruptions caused by trade disputes or other factors, political developments, armed conflicts, economic sanctions and countermeasures in response to sanctions, major cybersecurity events, investor sentiment, the global and domestic effects of a pandemic, and other factors that may or may not be related to the issuer of the security or other asset. Economies and financial markets throughout the world are increasingly interconnected. Economic, financial or political events, trading and tariff arrangements, public health events, terrorism, wars, natural disasters and other circumstances in one country or region could have profound impacts on global economies or markets. As a result, whether or not the fund invests in securities of issuers located in or with significant exposure to the countries or markets directly affected, the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments may be negatively affected. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian stocks lost all, or nearly all, of their market value. Other securities or markets could be similarly affected by past or future geopolitical or other events or conditions. Furthermore, events involving limited liquidity, defaults, non‑performance or other adverse developments that affect one industry, such as the financial services industry, or concerns or rumors about any events of these kinds, have in the past and may in the future lead to market-wide liquidity problems, may spread to other industries, and could negatively affect the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments.  
The fallout from the COVID‑19 pandemic and its subsequent variants, and the long-term impact on economies, markets, industries and individual issuers, are not known. Some sectors of the economy and individual issuers have experienced or may experience particularly large losses. Periods of extreme volatility in the financial markets; reduced liquidity of many instruments; and disruptions to supply chains, consumer demand and employee availability, may continue for some time. 
Raising the ceiling on U.S. government debt has become increasingly politicized. Any failure to increase the total amount that the U.S. government is authorized to borrow could lead to a default on U.S. government obligations, with unpredictable consequences for economies and markets in the U.S. and elsewhere. Recently, inflation and interest rates have increased and may rise further. These circumstances could adversely affect the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments, impair the fund’s ability to satisfy redemption requests, and negatively impact the fund’s performance. 
The United States and other countries are periodically involved in disputes over trade and other matters, which may result in tariffs, investment restrictions and adverse impacts on affected companies and securities. For example, the United States has imposed tariffs and other trade barriers on Chinese exports, has restricted sales of certain categories of goods to China, and has established barriers to investments in China. Trade disputes may adversely affect the economies of the United States and its trading partners, as well as companies directly or indirectly affected and financial markets generally. In addition, the Chinese government is involved in a longstanding dispute with Taiwan that has included threats of invasion. If the political climate between the United States and China does not improve or continues to deteriorate, if China were to attempt unification of Taiwan by force, or if other geopolitical conflicts develop or get worse, economies, markets and individual securities may be severely affected both regionally and globally, and the value of the fund’s assets may go down. 
Portfolio management risk. The value of your investment may decrease if the judgment of the fund’s adviser about the attractiveness, value of, or market trends affecting, a particular security, industry, sector or region, or about market movements, is incorrect or does not produce the desired results, or if there are imperfections, errors or limitations in the models, tools and data used by the portfolio managers. In addition, the fund’s investment strategies or policies may change from time to time. Those changes may not lead to the results intended by the portfolio managers and could have an adverse effect on the value or performance of the fund.  
Prepayment or call risk. Many issuers have a right to prepay their fixed income securities. Issuers may be more likely to prepay their securities if interest rates fall. If this happens, the fund may not benefit from the rise in the market price of the securities that normally accompanies a decline in interest rates, and will be forced to reinvest prepayment proceeds at a time when yields on securities available in the market are lower than the yield on prepaid securities. The fund may also lose any premium it paid to purchase the securities.  
Real assets risk. Investments in the real estate, natural resources and commodities sectors involve a high degree of risk, including significant financial, operating, and competitive risks. Investments in royalty trusts, real estate investment trusts and master limited partnerships expose the fund to adverse macroeconomic conditions, such as changes and volatility in commodity prices, a rise in interest rates or a downturn in the economy in which the asset is located, elevating the risk of loss.  
Small and mid‑capitalization company risk. The fund will be exposed to additional risks as a result of its investments in the securities of small and mid‑capitalization companies. Small and mid‑capitalization companies may fall out of favor with investors; may have limited product lines, operating histories, markets or financial resources; or may be dependent upon a limited management group. The prices of securities of small and mid‑capitalization companies generally are more volatile than those of large capitalization companies and are more likely to be adversely affected than large capitalization companies by changes in earnings results and investor expectations or poor economic or market conditions, including those experienced during a recession. Securities of small and mid‑capitalization companies may underperform large capitalization companies, may be harder to sell at times and at prices the portfolio managers believe appropriate and may have greater potential for losses.  
Stock market and equity securities risk. The stock markets are volatile and the market prices of the fund’s equity securities may decline generally. Equity securities may include warrants, rights, exchange-traded and over‑the‑counter common stocks, preferred stock, depositary receipts, trust certificates, limited partnership interests and shares of other investment companies, including exchange-traded funds and real estate investment trusts. Equity securities may have greater price volatility than other asset classes, such as fixed income securities, and may fluctuate in  
 
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price based on actual or perceived changes in a company’s financial condition and overall market and economic conditions and perceptions. If the market prices of the equity securities owned by the fund fall, the value of your investment in the fund will decline. 
Valuation risk. The sales price the fund could receive for any particular portfolio investment may differ from the fund’s valuation of the investment, particularly for securities that trade in thin or volatile markets or that are valued using a fair value methodology. These differences may increase significantly and affect fund investments more broadly during periods of market volatility. Investors who purchase or redeem fund shares on days when the fund is holding fair-valued securities may receive fewer or more shares or lower or higher redemption proceeds than they would have received if the fund had not fair-valued securities or had used a different valuation methodology. The fund’s ability to value its investments may be impacted by technological issues and/or errors by pricing services or other third party service providers. The valuation of the fund’s investments involves subjective judgment, which may prove to be incorrect.  
These and other risks are discussed in more detail in the Prospectus or in the Statement of Additional Information. 
 
 
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Performance
The accompanying bar chart and table provide some indication of the risks of investing in the fund. The bar chart shows changes in the fund’s performance from year to year for Class A shares. The table shows the average annual total returns of each class of the fund that has been in operation for at least one full calendar year and also compares the fund’s performance with the average annual total returns of an index or other benchmark. The fund also compares its performance to the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index (an index of fixed income securities) and a composite benchmark, which is a hypothetical representation of the performance of the fund’s major asset classes, consisting of 40% Russell 1000 Index, 15% Russell 2000 Index, 15% MSCI EAFE Index, 25% Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index and 5% Bloomberg U.S. High Yield—2% Issuer Cap Index (an index where issuer exposure is limited to 2% of the market value of the Bloomberg U.S. Corporate High Yield Index). Performance for classes other than those shown may vary from the performance shown to the extent the expenses for those classes differ. The fund makes updated performance information, including its current net asset value, available at www.franklintempleton.com/mutualfunds (select fund and share class), or by calling the fund at 877‑6LM‑FUND/656‑3863.
The fund’s past performance (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how the fund will perform in the future.
Sales charges are not reflected in the accompanying bar chart, and if those charges were included, returns would be less than those shown.
 
LOGO  
Best Quarter (06/30/2020): 14.02    Worst Quarter (03/31/2020): (19.02
The year‑to‑date return as of the most recent calendar quarter, which ended March 31, 2023, was 4.94 
 
Average annual total returns (%)  
(for periods ended December 31, 2022)                                           
Class A      1 year          5 years          10 years         
Since
inception
 
 
      
Inception
date
 
 
Return before taxes      (18.52)          2.33          5.64                        
Return after taxes on distributions      (19.98)          0.59          4.02                        
Return after taxes on distributions and sale of fund shares      (9.93)          1.57          4.20                        
Other Classes (Return before taxes only)                                                     
Class C      (14.99)          2.82          5.53                        
Class R      (13.84)          3.19          N/A          4.19          06/02/2014  
Class I      (13.28)          3.85          6.56                        
Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)1      (13.01)          0.02          1.06                        
Russell 3000 Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)2      (19.21)          8.79          12.13                        
Composite Benchmark (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)3      (16.42)          4.99          7.69                        
 
1 
For Class R shares, for the period from the class’ inception date to December 31, 2022, the average annual total return of the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index was 1.06%.
2 
For Class R shares, for the period from the class’ inception date to December 31, 2022, the average annual total return of the Russell 3000 Index was 9.93%.
3 
For Class R shares, for the period from the class’ inception date to December 31, 2022, the average annual total return of the Composite Benchmark was 6.16%.
Prior to June 1, 2015, the fund followed different investment policies and strategies.
The after‑tax returns are shown only for Class A shares, are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after‑tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown, and the after‑tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their fund shares through tax‑deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. After‑tax returns for classes other than Class A will vary from returns shown for Class A. Returns after taxes on distributions and sale of fund shares are higher than returns before taxes for certain periods shown because they reflect the tax benefit of capital losses realized on the redemption of fund shares.
 
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Management
Investment manager: Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC (“LMPFA”)
Subadviser: Franklin Advisers, Inc. (“Franklin Advisers”)
Portfolio managers: Primary responsibility for the day‑to‑day management of the fund lies with the following portfolio managers. At Franklin Advisers, all portfolios are managed on a collaborative basis using a systematic, rules based approach.
 
Portfolio manager    Title    Portfolio manager of the fund since
 
  Laura Green, CFA    Portfolio Manager    2021
 
  Jacqueline Kenney, CFA    Portfolio Manager    2021
Purchase and sale of fund shares
You may purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the fund each day the New York Stock Exchange is open, at the fund’s net asset value determined after receipt of your request in good order, subject to any applicable sales charge.
The fund’s initial and subsequent investment minimums generally are set forth in the accompanying table:
 
Investment minimum initial/additional investment ($)     
      Class A      Class C1      Class R      Class I    Class IS
General    1,000/50      1,000/50      N/A      1 million/None2    N/A
Uniform Gifts or Transfers to Minor Accounts    1,000/50      1,000/50      N/A      1 million/None2    N/A
IRAs    250/50      250/50      N/A      1 million/None2,3    N/A3
SIMPLE IRAs    None/None      None/None      N/A      1 million/None2    N/A
Systematic Investment Plans    25/25      25/25      N/A      1 million/None2,4    N/A4
Clients of Eligible Financial Intermediaries    None/None      N/A      None/None      None/ None5    None/None 5
Eligible Investment Programs    None/None      N/A      None/None      None/ None    None/None
Omnibus Retirement Plans    None/None      None/None      None/None      None/ None    None/None
Individual Retirement Plans except as noted    None/None      None/None      N/A      1 million/None2    N/A
Institutional Investors    1,000/50      1,000/50      N/A      1 million/None    1 million/None
 
1 
Class C shares are not available for purchase through Distributor Accounts.
2 
Available to investors investing directly with the fund.
3 
IRA accountholders who purchase Class I or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting as agent on behalf of its customers are subject to the initial and subsequent minimums of $250/$50. If a Service Agent does not have this arrangement in place with the Distributor, the initial and subsequent minimums listed in the table apply. Please contact your Service Agent for more information.
4 
Investors investing through a Systematic Investment Plan who purchase Class I or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting as agent on behalf of its customers are subject to the initial and subsequent minimums of $25/$25. If a Service Agent does not have this arrangement in place with the Distributor, the initial and subsequent minimums listed in the table apply. Please contact your Service Agent for more information.
5 
Individual investors who purchase Class I shares or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting as agent on behalf of its customers are subject to the initial and subsequent minimums of $1,000/$50. If a Service Agent does not have this arrangement in place with the Distributor, the initial and subsequent minimums listed in the table apply. Please contact your Service Agent for more information.
Your Service Agent may impose higher or lower investment minimums, or may impose no minimum investment requirement.
For more information about how to purchase, redeem or exchange shares, and to learn which classes of shares are available to you, you should contact your Service Agent, or, if you hold your shares or plan to purchase shares through the fund, you should contact the fund by phone at 877‑6LM‑FUND/656‑3863, by regular mail at Legg Mason Funds, P.O. Box 33030, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-8030 or by express, certified or registered mail at Legg Mason Funds, 100 Fountain Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL 33716-1205.
Tax information
The fund’s distributions are generally taxable as ordinary income or capital gains.
 
 
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Payments to broker/dealers and other financial intermediaries
The fund’s related companies pay Service Agents for the sale of fund shares, shareholder services and other purposes. These payments create a conflict of interest by influencing your Service Agent or its employees or associated persons to recommend the fund over another investment. Ask your financial adviser or salesperson or visit your Service Agent’s or salesperson’s website for more information.
 
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Franklin Multi-Asset Conservative Growth Fund
Investment objective
The fund seeks balance of growth of capital and income.
Fees and expenses of the fund
The accompanying table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the fund. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the tables and examples below. 
You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $25,000 in funds distributed through Franklin Distributors, LLC (“Franklin Distributors” or the “Distributor”), the fund’s distributor. More information about these and other discounts is available from your Service Agent, in the fund’s Prospectus on page 66 under the heading “Additional information about each share class,” in the appendix titled “Appendix: Waivers and Discounts Available from Certain Service Agents” on page A‑1 of the fund’s Prospectus and in the fund’s Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) on page 88 under the heading “Sales Charge Waivers and Reductions for Class A Shares.” “Service Agents” include banks, brokers, dealers, insurance companies, investment advisers, financial consultants or advisers, mutual fund supermarkets and other financial intermediaries that have entered into an agreement with the Distributor to sell shares of the fund. 
If you purchase Class I shares or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting solely as an agent on behalf of its customers, that Service Agent may charge you a commission. Such commissions, if any, are not charged by the fund and are not reflected in the fee table or expense example below. 
 
                                                                                                                            
Shareholder fees
(fees paid directly from your investment)                        
      Class A   Class C    Class R    Class I    Class IS
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a % of offering price)    5.501,2   None    None    None    None
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a % of the lower of net asset value at purchase or redemption)3    None4   1.00    None    None    None
Small account fee5    $15   $15    None    None    None
                         
Annual fund operating expenses (%)                        
(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
      Class A   Class C    Class R    Class I    Class IS
Management fees    None   None    None    None    None
Distribution and/or service (12b‑1) fees    0.25   1.00    0.50    None    None
Other expenses    0.21   0.26    0.36    0.15    0.086
Acquired fund fees and expenses    0.72   0.72    0.72    0.72    0.72
Total annual fund operating expenses7    1.18   1.98    1.58    0.87    0.80
Fees waived and/or expenses reimbursed8         (0.06)      
Total annual fund operating expenses after waiving fees and/or reimbursing expenses9    1.18   1.98    1.52    0.87    0.80
 
1
The sales charge is waived for shareholders purchasing Class A shares through accounts where Franklin Distributors is the broker-dealer of record (“Distributor Accounts”).
2
Shareholders purchasing Class A shares through certain Service Agents or in certain types of accounts may be eligible for a waiver of the sales charge. For additional information, see “Additional information about each share class — Sales charges” in the Prospectus.
3 
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) may be reduced over time.
4 
You may buy Class A shares in amounts of $1,000,000 or more at net asset value (without an initial sales charge), but if you redeem those shares within 18 months of their purchase, you will pay a contingent deferred sales charge of 1.00%.
 
 
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5 
If the value of your account is below $1,000 ($250 for retirement plans that are not employer-sponsored), the fund may charge you a fee of $3.75 per account that is determined and assessed quarterly by the fund or your Service Agent (with an annual maximum of $15.00 per account). Please contact your Service Agent or the fund for more information.
6 
Other expenses for Class IS shares are estimated for the current fiscal year. Actual expenses may differ from estimates.
7 
Total annual fund operating expenses do not correlate with the ratios of expenses to average net assets reported in the financial highlights tables in the fund’s Prospectus and in the fund’s shareholder reports, which reflect the fund’s operating expenses and do not include acquired fund fees and expenses.
8 
The manager has agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse operating expenses (other than interest, brokerage, taxes, extraordinary expenses and acquired fund fees and expenses) so that the ratio of total annual fund operating expenses will not exceed 0.80% for Class A shares, 1.55% for Class C shares, 0.80% for Class R shares, 0.25% for Class I shares and 0.15% for Class IS shares, subject to recapture as described below. In addition, the ratio of total annual fund operating expenses for Class IS shares will not exceed the ratio of total annual fund operating expenses for Class I shares, subject to recapture as described below. These arrangements cannot be terminated prior to December 31, 2024 without the Board of Trustees’ consent. The manager is permitted to recapture amounts waived and/or reimbursed to a class during the same fiscal year in which the manager earned the fee or incurred the expense if the class’ total annual fund operating expenses have fallen to a level below the limits described above. In no case will the manager recapture any amount that would result, on any particular business day of the fund, in the class’ total annual fund operating expenses exceeding the applicable limits described above or any other lower limit then in effect.
9
Total annual fund operating expenses (after waiving fees and/or reimbursing expenses, as applicable) are higher than the expense cap amounts for each class as a result of acquired fund fees and expenses.
Example
This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes:
 
 
You invest $10,000 in the fund for the time periods indicated
 
 
Your investment has a 5% return each year and the fund’s operating expenses remain the same (except that any applicable fee waiver or expense reimbursement is reflected only through its expiration date)
 
 
You reinvest all distributions and dividends without a sales charge
Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
 
Number of years you own your shares ($)
       1 year      3 years      5 years      10 years
Class A (with or without redemption at end of period)      664      904      1,163      1,902
Class C (with redemption at end of period)      301      621      1,067      2,099
Class C (without redemption at end of period)      201      621      1,067      2,099
Class R (with or without redemption at end of period)      155      493      855      1,873
Class I (with or without redemption at end of period)      89      277      481      1,072
Class IS (with or without redemption at end of period)      82      256      444      990
Portfolio turnover. The fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 43% of the average value of its portfolio.
Principal investment strategies
The fund is a fund of funds—it invests in other mutual funds and may also invest in exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) (such mutual funds and ETFs collectively referred to as “underlying funds”). The fund is managed as an asset allocation program and allocates its assets among mutual funds managed by the manager and its affiliates, including other Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton investment managers. The fund may also invest in ETFs managed by the manager and its affiliates or unaffiliated investment advisers. When selecting underlying funds to fulfill a desired asset class exposure, the portfolio managers expect to allocate to Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton affiliated underlying funds, provided that appropriate products are available.
The fund organizes its investments in underlying funds into two main asset classes: the equity class (equity securities of all types) and the fixed income class (fixed income securities of all types). The portfolio managers may invest across all asset classes and strategies. Under normal market conditions, the portfolio managers will allocate between 35% to 65% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in equity and equity-like strategies and between 35% to 65% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in fixed income strategies. The portfolio managers may, however, allocate fund assets to any underlying funds in varying amounts in a manner consistent with the fund’s investment objective. The fund’s allocation to each class will be measured at the time of purchase and may vary thereafter as a result of market movements.
The portfolio managers will seek to maintain a level of risk in the fund similar to that of the fund’s composite benchmark as defined under “Performance” below.
The underlying funds have a range of investment styles and focuses. The underlying funds may invest in foreign and emerging markets and engage in derivative transactions. The underlying equity funds may include exposure to any market capitalization or investment style including alternative
  
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investments (such as commodities, real estate assets and infrastructure assets). The underlying equity funds may employ strategies similar to those used by hedge funds, which may have a low correlation to broad stock market movements or take both long and short positions in equity securities. The underlying fixed income funds include funds investing in any sector, region or style, including foreign fixed income strategies, currency strategies, inflation-indexed securities, structured credit and distressed debt. The underlying fixed income funds may take both long and short positions in fixed income securities. Such funds may also seek to profit from changes in global financial markets and take positions to take advantage of changes in interest rates, exchange rates, liquidity and other macroeconomic factors. The underlying fixed income funds may also invest in securities having maturities of any length and any credit quality, including securities rated below investment grade (commonly known as “junk bonds”). The portfolio managers may invest the fund’s assets in underlying funds that have a limited performance history. 
Principal risks
Risk is inherent in all investing. The value of your investment in the fund, as well as the amount of return you receive on your investment, may fluctuate significantly. You may lose part or all of your investment in the fund or your investment may not perform as well as other similar investments. An investment in the fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or by any bank or government agency. The following is a list of the principal risks of investing in the fund. The descriptions appear in alphabetical order, not order of importance.
The fund invests in underlying funds and is exposed to the risks to which the underlying funds are exposed, as well as the risk that the underlying funds will not perform as expected. Unless otherwise noted, the principal risks summarized below include both direct and indirect risks, and references in this section to the fund include the risks of investing in the underlying funds.
Affiliated funds risk. The fund’s manager, subadviser or an affiliate serves as manager or subadviser of certain Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton affiliated underlying funds (“Affiliated Funds”). As a result, the manager and the subadviser have financial incentives to allocate the fund’s assets to Affiliated Funds that pay fees to the manager, the subadviser or an affiliate. For example, the manager and the subadviser have an incentive to select Affiliated Funds that will result in the greatest revenue to the manager and its affiliates, even if that results in increased expenses for the fund. Similarly, the manager and the subadviser have an incentive to delay or decide against the sale of interests held by a fund in Affiliated Funds. This gives rise to a conflict of interest.
Allocation risk. The fund’s ability to achieve its investment goal depends upon the portfolio managers’ skill in determining the fund’s strategic asset class allocation and in selecting the mix of underlying funds. The value of your investment may decrease if the portfolio managers’ judgment about the attractiveness, value or market trends affecting a particular asset class, investment style, underlying fund or other issuer is incorrect.
Asset class variation risk. An underlying fund that invests principally in securities constituting one or more asset classes (i.e., equity or fixed income) may vary the percentage of its assets in these asset classes (subject to any applicable regulatory requirements).
Credit risk. If an issuer or guarantor of a security held by the fund or a counterparty to a financial contract with the fund defaults or its credit is downgraded, or is perceived to be less creditworthy, or if the value of the assets underlying a security declines, the value of your investment will typically decline. Changes in actual or perceived creditworthiness may occur quickly. The fund could be delayed or hindered in its enforcement of rights against an issuer, guarantor or counterparty. Subordinated securities (meaning securities that rank below other securities with respect to claims on the issuer’s assets) are more likely to suffer a credit loss than non‑subordinated securities of the same issuer and will be disproportionately affected by a default, downgrade or perceived decline in creditworthiness.  
Cybersecurity risk. Cybersecurity incidents, whether intentionally caused by third parties or otherwise, may allow an unauthorized party to gain access to fund assets, fund or customer data (including private shareholder information) or proprietary information, cause the fund, the manager, the subadvisers and/or their service providers (including, but not limited to, fund accountants, custodians, sub‑custodians, transfer agents and financial intermediaries) to suffer data breaches, data corruption or loss of operational functionality, or prevent fund investors from purchasing, redeeming or exchanging shares, receiving distributions or receiving timely information regarding the fund or their investment in the fund. The fund, the manager, and the subadvisers have limited ability to prevent or mitigate cybersecurity incidents affecting third party service providers, and such third party service providers may have limited indemnification obligations to the fund, the manager, and/or the subadvisers. Cybersecurity incidents may result in financial losses to the fund and its shareholders, and substantial costs may be incurred in order to prevent or mitigate any future cybersecurity incidents. Issuers of securities in which the fund invests are also subject to cybersecurity risks, and the value of these securities could decline if the issuers experience cybersecurity incidents.  
Because technology is frequently changing, new ways to carry out cyber attacks are always developing. Therefore, there is a chance that some risks have not been identified or prepared for, or that an attack may not be detected, which puts limitations on the fund’s ability to plan for or respond to a cyber attack. Like other funds and business enterprises, the fund, the manager, the subadvisers and their service providers are subject to the risk of cyber incidents occurring from time to time. 
Derivatives risk. Using derivatives can increase fund losses and reduce opportunities for gains, such as when market prices, interest rates, currencies, or the derivatives themselves behave in a way not anticipated by the fund. Using derivatives also can have a leveraging effect and increase fund volatility. Certain derivatives have the potential for unlimited loss, regardless of the size of the initial investment. Derivatives may not be available at the time or price desired, may be difficult to sell, unwind or value, and the counterparty may default on its obligations to the fund. Derivatives are generally subject to the risks applicable to the assets, rates, indices or other indicators underlying the derivative. The value of a derivative may fluctuate more than the underlying assets, rates, indices or other indicators to which it relates. Use of derivatives may have different  
 
 
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tax consequences for the fund than an investment in the underlying asset, and those differences may affect the amount, timing and character of income distributed to shareholders. The U.S. government and foreign governments have adopted and implemented or are in the process of adopting and implementing regulations governing derivatives markets, including mandatory clearing of certain derivatives, margin and reporting requirements. The ultimate impact of the regulations remains unclear. Additional regulation of derivatives may make derivatives more costly, limit their availability or utility, otherwise adversely affect their performance or disrupt markets. 
Credit default swap contracts involve heightened risks and may result in losses to the fund. Credit default swaps may be illiquid and difficult to value. When the fund sells credit protection via a credit default swap, credit risk increases since the fund has exposure to both the issuer whose credit is the subject of the swap and the counterparty to the swap. 
Extension risk. When interest rates rise, repayments of fixed income securities may occur more slowly than anticipated, extending the effective duration of these fixed income securities at below market interest rates and causing their market prices to decline more than they would have declined due to the rise in interest rates alone. This may cause the fund’s share price to be more volatile.  
Fixed income securities risk. Fixed income securities are subject to a number of risks, including credit, market and interest rate risks. Credit risk is the risk that the issuer or obligor will not make timely payments of principal and interest. Changes in an issuer’s or obligor’s credit rating or the market’s perception of an issuer’s or obligor’s creditworthiness may also affect the value of the fund’s investment in that issuer. The fund is subject to greater levels of credit risk to the extent it holds below investment grade debt securities, or “junk” bonds. Market risk is the risk that the fixed income markets may become volatile and have lower liquidity or behave in unexpected ways, and the market value of an investment may decrease, sometimes quickly or unpredictably. Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of a fixed income security will fall when interest rates rise. A rise in interest rates tends to have a greater impact on the prices of longer term or duration securities. A general rise in interest rates may cause investors to move out of fixed income securities on a large scale, which could adversely affect the price and liquidity of fixed income securities.  
Foreign investments and emerging markets risk. The fund’s investments in securities of foreign issuers or issuers with significant exposure to foreign markets involve additional risk as compared to investments in U.S. securities or issuers with predominantly domestic exposure, such as less liquid, less transparent, less regulated and more volatile markets. The value of the fund’s investments may decline because of factors affecting the particular issuer as well as foreign markets and issuers generally, such as unfavorable or unsuccessful government actions, reduction of government or central bank support, inadequate accounting standards and auditing and financial recordkeeping requirements, lack of information, political, economic, financial or social instability, terrorism, armed conflicts and other geopolitical events, and the impact of tariffs and other restrictions on trade or economic sanctions. Geopolitical or other events such as nationalization or expropriation could even cause the loss of the fund’s entire investment in one or more countries.  
In addition, there may be significant obstacles to obtaining information necessary for investigations into or litigation against issuers located in or operating in certain foreign markets, particularly emerging market countries, and shareholders may have limited legal remedies. To the extent the fund focuses its investments in a single country or only a few countries in a particular geographic region, economic, political, regulatory or other conditions affecting such country or region may have a greater impact on fund performance relative to a more geographically diversified fund. 
The value of investments in securities denominated in foreign currencies increases or decreases as the rates of exchange between those currencies and the U.S. dollar change. Currency conversion costs and currency fluctuations could erase investment gains or add to investment losses. Currency exchange rates can be volatile, and are affected by factors such as general economic and political conditions, the actions of the U.S. and foreign governments or central banks, the imposition of currency controls and speculation. The fund may be unable or may choose not to hedge its foreign currency exposure. 
Less developed markets are more likely to experience problems with the clearing and settling of trades and the holding of securities by local banks, agents and depositories. Settlement of trades in these markets can take longer than in other markets and the fund may not receive its proceeds from the sale of certain securities for an extended period (possibly several weeks or even longer). 
The risks of foreign investments are heightened when investing in issuers in emerging market countries. Emerging market countries tend to have economic, political and legal systems that are less developed and are less stable than those of more developed countries. Their economies tend to be less diversified than those of more developed countries. They typically have fewer medical and economic resources than more developed countries, and thus they may be less able to control or mitigate the effects of a pandemic or a natural disaster. They are often particularly sensitive to market movements because their market prices tend to reflect speculative expectations. Low trading volumes may result in a lack of liquidity and in extreme price volatility. 
Growth and value investing risk. Growth or value securities as a group may be out of favor and underperform the overall equity market while the market favors other types of securities. Growth securities typically are very sensitive to market movements because their market prices tend to reflect future expectations. When it appears those expectations will not be met, the prices of growth securities typically fall. Growth securities may also be more volatile than other investments because they often do not pay dividends. The values of growth securities tend to go down when interest rates rise because the rise in interest rates reduces the current value of future cash flows. The value approach to investing involves the risk that stocks may remain undervalued, undervaluation may become more severe, or perceived undervaluation may actually represent intrinsic value. A value stock may not increase in price as anticipated by the subadviser if other investors fail to recognize the company’s value and bid up the price or the factors that the subadviser believes will increase the price of the security do not occur or do not have the anticipated effect.  
 
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Hedge fund strategies risk. The fund, through the underlying funds, may employ investment strategies that involve greater risks than the strategies used by typical mutual funds, including increased use of short sales, leverage and derivative transactions and hedging strategies. The fund may invest in underlying funds employing proprietary investment strategies that are not fully disclosed, which may involve risks that are not anticipated. Hedge fund strategies may be narrowly focused on a particular market, security type or activity, and thus are exposed to greater risk of loss if the investment thesis underlying the strategy does not occur as anticipated. Hedge fund strategies that are intended to reduce the fund’s volatility may fail to do so effectively. The use of leverage by a hedge fund strategy (e.g., through options) will magnify any losses incurred by the strategy.  
High yield (“junk”) bonds risk. High yield bonds are generally subject to greater credit risks than higher-grade bonds, including the risk of default on the payment of interest or principal. High yield bonds are considered speculative, typically have lower liquidity and are more difficult to value than higher grade bonds. High yield bonds tend to be volatile and more susceptible to adverse events, credit downgrades and negative sentiments and may be difficult to sell at a desired price, or at all, during periods of uncertainty or market turmoil.  
Illiquidity risk. Some assets held by the fund may be or become impossible or difficult to sell and some assets that the fund wants to invest in may be impossible or difficult to purchase, particularly during times of market turmoil or due to adverse changes in the conditions of a particular issuer. These illiquid assets may also be volatile and difficult to value. Markets may become illiquid when, for instance, there are few, if any, interested buyers or sellers or when dealers are unwilling or unable to make a market for certain securities. As a general matter, dealers have been less willing to make markets for fixed income securities. Federal banking regulations may also cause certain dealers to reduce their inventories of certain securities, which may further decrease the fund’s ability to buy or sell such securities. During times of market turmoil, there have been, and may be, no buyers or sellers for securities in entire asset classes. If the fund is forced to sell an illiquid asset to meet redemption requests or other cash needs, or to try to limit losses, the fund may be forced to sell at a substantial loss or may not be able to sell at all. The fund may not receive its proceeds from the sale of certain securities for an extended period (for example, several weeks or even longer). The liquidity of certain assets, particularly of privately-issued and non‑investment grade mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities and collateralized debt securities, may be difficult to ascertain and may change over time.  
Investing in a fund of funds risk. Your cost of investing in the fund, as a fund of funds, may be higher than the cost of investing in a mutual fund that only invests directly in individual equity and fixed income securities. Because the fund will indirectly bear its pro rata share of the fees and expenses incurred by an underlying fund in which it invests, including advisory fees, an increase in fees and expenses of an underlying fund or a reallocation of the fund’s investments to underlying funds with higher fees or expenses will increase the fund’s total expenses. These expenses are in addition to other expenses that the fund bears directly in connection with its own operations. An underlying fund may change its investment objective or policies without the fund’s approval, which could cause the fund to withdraw its investment from such underlying fund at a time that is unfavorable to the fund. In addition, one underlying fund may buy the same securities that another underlying fund sells. Therefore, the fund would indirectly bear the costs of these trades without accomplishing any investment purpose. If underlying funds invest in the same or similar securities, the fund may indirectly bear concentration risk with respect to those investments. If the fund invests in an underlying fund that has recently commenced operations, there can be no assurance that such underlying fund will grow to or maintain an economically viable size, in which case the underlying fund’s board or adviser may determine to liquidate the underlying fund or the fund may indirectly bear higher expenses.  
Investing in ETFs risk. Unlike shares of typical mutual funds or unit investment trusts, shares of ETFs are traded on an exchange and may trade throughout a trading day. ETFs are bought and sold based on market values and not at net asset value, and therefore may trade at either a premium or discount to net asset value and may experience volatility in certain market conditions. The fund will pay brokerage commissions in connection with the purchase and sales of shares of ETFs. In addition, the fund will indirectly bear its pro rata share of fees and expenses incurred by an ETF in which it invests, including advisory fees. These expenses are in addition to expenses that the fund bears directly in connection with its own operations. Certain ETFs are also subject to portfolio management risk. Investments in ETFs are subject to the risk that the listing exchange may halt trading of an ETF’s shares, in which case the fund would be unable to sell its ETF shares unless and until trading is resumed.  
Issuer risk. The market price of a security can go up or down more than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole, due to factors specifically relating to the security’s issuer, such as disappointing earnings reports by the issuer, unsuccessful products or services, loss of major customers, changes in management, corporate actions, negative perception in the marketplace, or major litigation or changes in government regulations affecting the issuer or the competitive environment. An individual security may also be affected by factors relating to the industry or sector of the issuer. The fund may experience a substantial or complete loss on an individual security. A change in financial condition or other event affecting a single issuer may adversely impact the industry or sector of the issuer or securities markets as a whole.  
Large capitalization company risk. Large capitalization companies may fall out of favor with investors based on market and economic conditions. In addition, larger companies may not be able to attain the high growth rates of successful smaller companies and may be less capable of responding quickly to competitive challenges and industry changes. As a result, the fund’s value may not rise as much as, or may fall more than, the value of funds that focus on companies with smaller market capitalizations.  
LIBOR risk. The fund’s investments, payment obligations, and financing terms may be based on floating rates, such as the London Interbank Offered Rate, or “LIBOR,” which is the offered rate for short-term Eurodollar deposits between major international banks. In 2017, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) announced its intention to cease compelling banks to provide the quotations needed to sustain LIBOR after 2021. ICE Benchmark Administration, the administrator of LIBOR, ceased publication of most LIBOR settings on a representative basis at the end of 2021 and is expected to cease publication of the remaining U.S. dollar LIBOR settings on a representative basis after June 30, 2023. In addition, global regulators have announced that, with limited exceptions, no new LIBOR-based contracts should be entered into after 2021. Actions by regulators have resulted in the  
 
 
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establishment of alternative reference rates to LIBOR in most major currencies. In March 2022, the U.S. federal government enacted legislation to establish a process for replacing LIBOR in certain existing contracts that do not already provide for the use of a clearly defined or practicable replacement benchmark rate as described in the legislation. Generally speaking, for contracts that do not contain a fallback provision as described in the legislation, a benchmark replacement recommended by the Federal Reserve Board will effectively automatically replace the USD LIBOR benchmark in the contract after June 30, 2023. The recommended benchmark replacement will be based on the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, including certain spread adjustments and benchmark replacement conforming changes. Various financial industry groups have been planning for the transition away from LIBOR, but there remains uncertainty regarding the impact of the transition from LIBOR on the fund’s transactions and the financial markets generally. The transition away from LIBOR may lead to increased volatility and illiquidity in markets that rely on LIBOR and may adversely affect the fund’s performance. The transition may also result in a reduction in the value of certain LIBOR-based investments held by the fund or reduce the effectiveness of related transactions such as hedges. Any such effects of the transition away from LIBOR, as well as other unforeseen effects, could result in losses for the fund. Since the usefulness of LIBOR as a benchmark could also deteriorate during the transition period, effects could occur at any time. 
Long/short strategy risk. While the fund may invest in long positions and short positions, there is the risk that the investments will not perform as expected. The fund’s long/short strategy may result in greater losses than if the fund held only long positions, as losses on one type of position could more than offset gains on the other or a fund could lose money on both positions. The fund’s short positions could result in unlimited losses if the fund does not own the asset sold short and it is unable to close out of the short sale or short position.  
Market events risk. The market values of securities or other assets will fluctuate, sometimes sharply and unpredictably, due to changes in general market conditions, overall economic trends or events, governmental actions or intervention, actions taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve or foreign central banks, market disruptions caused by trade disputes or other factors, political developments, armed conflicts, economic sanctions and countermeasures in response to sanctions, major cybersecurity events, investor sentiment, the global and domestic effects of a pandemic, and other factors that may or may not be related to the issuer of the security or other asset. Economies and financial markets throughout the world are increasingly interconnected. Economic, financial or political events, trading and tariff arrangements, public health events, terrorism, wars, natural disasters and other circumstances in one country or region could have profound impacts on global economies or markets. As a result, whether or not the fund invests in securities of issuers located in or with significant exposure to the countries or markets directly affected, the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments may be negatively affected. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian stocks lost all, or nearly all, of their market value. Other securities or markets could be similarly affected by past or future geopolitical or other events or conditions. Furthermore, events involving limited liquidity, defaults, non‑performance or other adverse developments that affect one industry, such as the financial services industry, or concerns or rumors about any events of these kinds, have in the past and may in the future lead to market-wide liquidity problems, may spread to other industries, and could negatively affect the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments.  
The fallout from the COVID‑19 pandemic and its subsequent variants, and the long-term impact on economies, markets, industries and individual issuers, are not known. Some sectors of the economy and individual issuers have experienced or may experience particularly large losses. Periods of extreme volatility in the financial markets; reduced liquidity of many instruments; and disruptions to supply chains, consumer demand and employee availability, may continue for some time. 
Raising the ceiling on U.S. government debt has become increasingly politicized. Any failure to increase the total amount that the U.S. government is authorized to borrow could lead to a default on U.S. government obligations, with unpredictable consequences for economies and markets in the U.S. and elsewhere. Recently, inflation and interest rates have increased and may rise further. These circumstances could adversely affect the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments, impair the fund’s ability to satisfy redemption requests, and negatively impact the fund’s performance. 
The United States and other countries are periodically involved in disputes over trade and other matters, which may result in tariffs, investment restrictions and adverse impacts on affected companies and securities. For example, the United States has imposed tariffs and other trade barriers on Chinese exports, has restricted sales of certain categories of goods to China, and has established barriers to investments in China. Trade disputes may adversely affect the economies of the United States and its trading partners, as well as companies directly or indirectly affected and financial markets generally. In addition, the Chinese government is involved in a longstanding dispute with Taiwan that has included threats of invasion. If the political climate between the United States and China does not improve or continues to deteriorate, if China were to attempt unification of Taiwan by force, or if other geopolitical conflicts develop or get worse, economies, markets and individual securities may be severely affected both regionally and globally, and the value of the fund’s assets may go down. 
Portfolio management risk. The value of your investment may decrease if the judgment of the fund’s adviser about the attractiveness, value of, or market trends affecting, a particular security, industry, sector or region, or about market movements, is incorrect or does not produce the desired results, or if there are imperfections, errors or limitations in the models, tools and data used by the portfolio managers. In addition, the fund’s investment strategies or policies may change from time to time. Those changes may not lead to the results intended by the portfolio managers and could have an adverse effect on the value or performance of the fund.  
Prepayment or call risk. Many issuers have a right to prepay their fixed income securities. Issuers may be more likely to prepay their securities if interest rates fall. If this happens, the fund may not benefit from the rise in the market price of the securities that normally accompanies a decline in interest rates, and will be forced to reinvest prepayment proceeds at a time when yields on securities available in the market are lower than the yield on prepaid securities. The fund may also lose any premium it paid to purchase the securities.  
 
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Real assets risk. Investments in the real estate, natural resources and commodities sectors involve a high degree of risk, including significant financial, operating, and competitive risks. Investments in royalty trusts, real estate investment trusts and master limited partnerships expose the fund to adverse macroeconomic conditions, such as changes and volatility in commodity prices, a rise in interest rates or a downturn in the economy in which the asset is located, elevating the risk of loss.  
Small and mid‑capitalization company risk. The fund will be exposed to additional risks as a result of its investments in the securities of small and mid‑capitalization companies. Small and mid‑capitalization companies may fall out of favor with investors; may have limited product lines, operating histories, markets or financial resources; or may be dependent upon a limited management group. The prices of securities of small and mid‑capitalization companies generally are more volatile than those of large capitalization companies and are more likely to be adversely affected than large capitalization companies by changes in earnings results and investor expectations or poor economic or market conditions, including those experienced during a recession. Securities of small and mid‑capitalization companies may underperform large capitalization companies, may be harder to sell at times and at prices the portfolio managers believe appropriate and may have greater potential for losses.  
Stock market and equity securities risk. The stock markets are volatile and the market prices of the fund’s equity securities may decline generally. Equity securities may include warrants, rights, exchange-traded and over‑the‑counter common stocks, preferred stock, depositary receipts, trust certificates, limited partnership interests and shares of other investment companies, including exchange-traded funds and real estate investment trusts. Equity securities may have greater price volatility than other asset classes, such as fixed income securities, and may fluctuate in price based on actual or perceived changes in a company’s financial condition and overall market and economic conditions and perceptions. If the market prices of the equity securities owned by the fund fall, the value of your investment in the fund will decline.  
Valuation risk. The sales price the fund could receive for any particular portfolio investment may differ from the fund’s valuation of the investment, particularly for securities that trade in thin or volatile markets or that are valued using a fair value methodology. These differences may increase significantly and affect fund investments more broadly during periods of market volatility. Investors who purchase or redeem fund shares on days when the fund is holding fair-valued securities may receive fewer or more shares or lower or higher redemption proceeds than they would have received if the fund had not fair-valued securities or had used a different valuation methodology. The fund’s ability to value its investments may be impacted by technological issues and/or errors by pricing services or other third party service providers. The valuation of the fund’s investments involves subjective judgment, which may prove to be incorrect.  
These and other risks are discussed in more detail in the Prospectus or in the Statement of Additional Information. 
 
 
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Performance
The accompanying bar chart and table provide some indication of the risks of investing in the fund. The bar chart shows changes in the fund’s performance from year to year for Class A shares. The table shows the average annual total returns of each class of the fund that has been in operation for at least one full calendar year and also compares the fund’s performance with the average annual total returns of an index or other benchmark. The fund also compares its performance to the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index (an index of fixed income securities) and a composite benchmark, which is a hypothetical representation of the performance of the fund’s major asset classes, consisting of 28% Russell 1000 Index, 12% Russell 2000 Index, 10% MSCI EAFE Index, 43% Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index and 7% Bloomberg U.S. High Yield—2% Issuer Cap Index (an index where issuer exposure is limited to 2% of the market value of the Bloomberg U.S. Corporate High Yield Index). Performance for classes other than those shown may vary from the performance shown to the extent the expenses for those classes differ. The fund makes updated performance information, including its current net asset value, available at www.franklintempleton.com/mutualfunds (select fund and share class), or by calling the fund at 877‑6LM‑FUND/656‑3863.
The fund’s past performance (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how the fund will perform in the future.
Sales charges are not reflected in the accompanying bar chart, and if those charges were included, returns would be less than those shown.
 
LOGO  
Best Quarter (06/30/2020): 12.04    Worst Quarter (03/31/2020): (14.20
The year‑to‑date return as of the most recent calendar quarter, which ended March 31, 2023, was 4.33 
 
Average annual total returns (%)  
(for periods ended December 31, 2022)                                           
Class A      1 year          5 years          10 years         
Since
inception

 
      
Inception
date

 
Return before taxes      (18.60)          1.72          4.49                        
Return after taxes on distributions      (19.95)          0.06          2.94                        
Return after taxes on distributions and sale of fund shares      (10.04)          1.05          3.19                        
Other Classes (Return before taxes only)                                                     
Class C      (15.17)          2.17          4.35                        
Class R      (13.95)          2.57          N/A          3.53          06/02/2014  
Class I      (13.43)          3.22          N/A          4.03          07/25/2014  
Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)1      (13.01)          0.02          1.06                        
Russell 1000 Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)2      (19.13)          9.13          12.37                        
Composite Benchmark (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)3      (15.32)          3.79          5.99                        
 
1 
For Class R and Class I shares, for the period from the class’ inception date to December 31, 2022, the average annual total return of the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index was 1.06% and 1.02%, respectively.
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For Class R and Class I shares, for the period from the class’ inception date to December 31, 2022, the average annual total return of the Russell 1000 Index was 10.17% and 9.98%, respectively.
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For Class R and Class I shares, for the period from the class’ inception date to December 31, 2022, the average annual total return of the Composite Benchmark was 4.90% and 4.82%, respectively.
Prior to June 1, 2015, the fund followed different investment policies and strategies.
The after‑tax returns are shown only for Class A shares, are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after‑tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown, and the after‑tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their fund shares through tax‑deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. After‑tax returns for classes other than Class A will vary from returns shown for Class A. Returns after taxes on distributions and sale of fund shares are higher than returns before taxes for certain periods shown because they reflect the tax benefit of capital losses realized on the redemption of fund shares.
 
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Management
Investment manager: Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC (“LMPFA”)
Subadviser: Franklin Advisers, Inc. (“Franklin Advisers”)
Portfolio managers: Primary responsibility for the day‑to‑day management of the fund lies with the following portfolio managers. At Franklin Advisers, all portfolios are managed on a collaborative basis using a systematic, rules based approach.
 
Portfolio manager    Title    Portfolio manager of the fund since
     
  Laura Green, CFA
 
  
Portfolio Manager
 
  
2021
 
 
  Jacqueline Kenney, CFA
 
  
Portfolio Manager
 
  
2021
 
Purchase and sale of fund shares
You may purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the fund each day the New York Stock Exchange is open, at the fund’s net asset value determined after receipt of your request in good order, subject to any applicable sales charge.
The fund’s initial and subsequent investment minimums generally are set forth in the accompanying table:
 
Investment minimum initial/additional investment ($)     
      Class A      Class C1      Class R      Class I    Class IS
General    1,000/50      1,000/50      N/A      1 million/None2    N/A
Uniform Gifts or Transfers to Minor Accounts    1,000/50      1,000/50      N/A      1 million/None2    N/A
IRAs    250/50      250/50      N/A      1 million/None2,3    N/A3
SIMPLE IRAs    None/None      None/None      N/A      1 million/None2    N/A
Systematic Investment Plans    25/25      25/25      N/A      1 million/None2,4    N/A4
Clients of Eligible Financial Intermediaries    None/None      N/A      None/ None      None/ None5    None/ None5
Eligible Investment Programs    None/None      N/A      None/ None      None/None    None/ None
Omnibus Retirement Plans    None/None      None/None      None/ None      None/ None    None/None
Individual Retirement Plans except as noted    None/None      None/None      N/A      1 million/None2    N/A
Institutional Investors    1,000/50      1,000/50      N/A      1 million/None    1 million/None
 
1 
Class C shares are not available for purchase through Distributor Accounts.
2 
Available to investors investing directly with the fund.
3 
IRA accountholders who purchase Class I or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting as agent on behalf of its customers are subject to the initial and subsequent minimums of $250/$50. If a Service Agent does not have this arrangement in place with the Distributor, the initial and subsequent minimums listed in the table apply. Please contact your Service Agent for more information.
4 
Investors investing through a Systematic Investment Plan who purchase Class I or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting as agent on behalf of its customers are subject to the initial and subsequent minimums of $25/$25. If a Service Agent does not have this arrangement in place with the Distributor, the initial and subsequent minimums listed in the table apply. Please contact your Service Agent for more information.
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Individual investors who purchase Class I shares or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting as agent on behalf of its customers are subject to the initial and subsequent minimums of $1,000/$50. If a Service Agent does not have this arrangement in place with the Distributor, the initial and subsequent minimums listed in the table apply. Please contact your Service Agent for more information.
Your Service Agent may impose higher or lower investment minimums, or may impose no minimum investment requirement.
For more information about how to purchase, redeem or exchange shares, and to learn which classes of shares are available to you, you should contact your Service Agent, or, if you hold your shares or plan to purchase shares through the fund, you should contact the fund by phone at 877‑6LM‑FUND/656‑3863, by regular mail at Legg Mason Funds, P.O. Box 33030, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-8030 or by express, certified or registered mail at Legg Mason Funds, 100 Fountain Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL 33716-1205.
Tax information
The fund’s distributions are generally taxable as ordinary income or capital gains.
 
 
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Payments to broker/dealers and other financial intermediaries
The fund’s related companies pay Service Agents for the sale of fund shares, shareholder services and other purposes. These payments create a conflict of interest by influencing your Service Agent or its employees or associated persons to recommend the fund over another investment. Ask your financial adviser or salesperson or visit your Service Agent’s or salesperson’s website for more information.
 
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Franklin Multi-Asset Defensive Growth Fund
Investment objective
The fund seeks income as a primary objective and long-term growth of capital as a secondary objective.
Fees and expenses of the fund
The accompanying table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the fund. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the tables and examples below. 
You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $100,000 in funds distributed through Franklin Distributors, LLC (“Franklin Distributors” or the “Distributor”), the fund’s distributor. More information about these and other discounts is available from your Service Agent, in the fund’s Prospectus on page 66 under the heading “Additional information about each share class,” in the appendix titled “Appendix: Waivers and Discounts Available from Certain Service Agents” on page A‑1 of the fund’s Prospectus and in the fund’s Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) on page 88 under the heading “Sales Charge Waivers and Reductions for Class A Shares.” “Service Agents” include banks, brokers, dealers, insurance companies, investment advisers, financial consultants or advisers, mutual fund supermarkets and other financial intermediaries that have entered into an agreement with the Distributor to sell shares of the fund. 
If you purchase Class I shares or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting solely as an agent on behalf of its customers, that Service Agent may charge you a commission. Such commissions, if any, are not charged by the fund and are not reflected in the fee table or expense example below. 
 
                                                                                                                                                     
Shareholder fees
 (fees paid directly from your investment)                             
      Class A   Class C    Class C1    Class R    Class I    Class IS
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a % of offering price)    3.751,2   None    None    None    None    None
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a % of the lower of net asset value at purchase or redemption)3    None4   1.00    1.00    None    None    None
Small account fee5    $15   $15    $15    None    None    None
    
Annual fund operating expenses (%)                             
 (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)     
      Class A   Class C    Class C1    Class R    Class I    Class IS
Management fees    None   None    None    None    None    None
Distribution and/or service (12b‑1) fees    0.25   1.00    0.70    0.50    None    None
Other expenses    0.31   0.30    1.35    0.37    0.27    0.186
Acquired fund fees and expenses    0.70   0.70    0.70    0.70    0.70    0.70
Total annual fund operating expenses7    1.26   2.00    2.75    1.57    0.97    0.88
Fees waived and/or expenses reimbursed8         (0.80)    (0.07)    (0.02)    (0.03)
Total annual fund operating expenses after waiving fees and/or reimbursing expenses9    1.26   2.00    1.95    1.50    0.95    0.85
 
1
The sales charge is waived for shareholders purchasing Class A shares through accounts where Franklin Distributors is the broker-dealer of record (“Distributor Accounts”).
 
2
Shareholders purchasing Class A shares through certain Service Agents or in certain types of accounts may be eligible for a waiver of the sales charge. For additional information, see “Additional information about each share class — Sales charges” in the Prospectus.
 
3 
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) may be reduced over time.
 
4 
You may buy Class A shares in amounts of $500,000 or more at net asset value (without an initial sales charge), but if you redeem those shares within 18 months of their purchase, you will pay a contingent deferred sales charge of 1.00%.
 
 
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If the value of your account is below $1,000 ($250 for retirement plans that are not employer-sponsored), the fund may charge you a fee of $3.75 per account that is determined and assessed quarterly by the fund or your Service Agent (with an annual maximum of $15.00 per account). Please contact your Service Agent or the fund for more information.
 
6 
Other expenses for Class IS shares are estimated for the current fiscal year. Actual expenses may differ from estimates.
 
7 
Total annual fund operating expenses do not correlate with the ratios of expenses to average net assets reported in the financial highlights tables in the fund’s Prospectus and in the fund’s shareholder reports, which reflect the fund’s operating expenses and do not include acquired fund fees and expenses.
 
8 
The manager has agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse operating expenses (other than interest, brokerage, taxes, extraordinary expenses and acquired fund fees and expenses) so that the ratio of total annual fund operating expenses will not exceed 0.80% for Class A shares, 1.55% for Class C shares, 1.25% for Class C1 shares, 0.80% for Class R shares, 0.25% for Class I shares and 0.15% for Class IS shares, subject to recapture as described below. In addition, the ratio of total annual fund operating expenses for Class IS shares will not exceed the ratio of total annual fund operating expenses for Class I shares, subject to recapture as described below. These arrangements cannot be terminated prior to December 31, 2024 without the Board of Trustees’ consent. The manager is permitted to recapture amounts waived and/or reimbursed to a class during the same fiscal year in which the manager earned the fee or incurred the expense if the class’ total annual fund operating expenses have fallen to a level below the limits described above. In no case will the manager recapture any amount that would result, on any particular business day of the fund, in the class’ total annual fund operating expenses exceeding the applicable limits described above or any other lower limit then in effect.
 
9
Total annual fund operating expenses (after waiving fees and/or reimbursing expenses, as applicable) are higher than the expense cap amounts for each class as a result of acquired fund fees and expenses.
Example
This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes:
 
 
You invest $10,000 in the fund for the time periods indicated
 
 
Your investment has a 5% return each year and the fund’s operating expenses remain the same (except that any applicable fee waiver or expense reimbursement is reflected only through its expiration date)
 
 
You reinvest all distributions and dividends without a sales charge
Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
 
Number of years you own your shares ($)                            
       1 year      3 years      5 years      10 years
Class A (with or without redemption at end of period)      499      760      1,041      1,841
Class C (with redemption at end of period)      303      627      1,077      2,136
Class C (without redemption at end of period)      203      627      1,077      2,136
Class C1 (with redemption at end of period)      298      778      1,384      2,660
Class C1 (without redemption at end of period)      198      778      1,384      2,660
Class R (with or without redemption at end of period)      153      489      849      1,861
Class I (with or without redemption at end of period)      97      307      534      1,188
Class IS (with or without redemption at end of period)      87      278      485      1,081
Portfolio turnover. The fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 36% of the average value of its portfolio.
Principal investment strategies
The fund is a fund of funds—it invests in other mutual funds and may also invest in exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) (such mutual funds and ETFs collectively referred to as “underlying funds”). The fund is managed as an asset allocation program and allocates its assets among mutual funds managed by the manager and its affiliates, including other Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton investment managers. The fund may also invest in ETFs managed by the manager and its affiliates or unaffiliated investment advisers. When selecting underlying funds to fulfill a desired asset class exposure, the portfolio managers expect to allocate to Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton affiliated underlying funds, provided that appropriate products are available.
The fund organizes its investments in underlying funds into two main asset classes: the equity class (equity securities of all types) and the fixed income class (fixed income securities of all types). The portfolio managers may invest across all asset classes and strategies. Under normal market conditions, the portfolio managers will allocate between 15% to 45% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in equity and equity-like strategies and between 55% to 85% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in fixed income strategies. The portfolio managers may, however, allocate fund assets to any underlying funds in varying amounts in a manner consistent with the fund’s investment objective. The fund’s allocation to each class will be measured at the time of purchase and may vary thereafter as a result of market movements.
The portfolio managers will seek to maintain a level of risk in the fund similar to that of the fund’s composite benchmark as defined under “Performance” below.
  
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The underlying funds have a range of investment styles and focuses. The underlying funds may invest in foreign and emerging markets and engage in derivative transactions. The underlying equity funds may include exposure to any market capitalization or investment style including alternative investments (such as commodities, real estate assets and infrastructure assets). The underlying equity funds may employ strategies similar to those used by hedge funds, which may have a low correlation to broad stock market movements or take both long and short positions in equity securities. The underlying fixed income funds include funds investing in any sector, region or style, including foreign fixed income strategies, currency strategies, inflation-indexed securities, structured credit and distressed debt. The underlying fixed income funds may take both long and short positions in fixed income securities. Such funds may also seek to profit from changes in global financial markets and take positions to take advantage of changes in interest rates, exchange rates, liquidity and other macroeconomic factors. The underlying fixed income funds may also invest in securities having maturities of any length and any credit quality, including securities rated below investment grade (commonly known as “junk bonds”). The portfolio managers may invest the fund’s assets in underlying funds that have a limited performance history. 
Principal risks
Risk is inherent in all investing. The value of your investment in the fund, as well as the amount of return you receive on your investment, may fluctuate significantly. You may lose part or all of your investment in the fund or your investment may not perform as well as other similar investments. An investment in the fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or by any bank or government agency. The following is a list of the principal risks of investing in the fund. The descriptions appear in alphabetical order, not order of importance.
The fund invests in underlying funds and is exposed to the risks to which the underlying funds are exposed, as well as the risk that the underlying funds will not perform as expected. Unless otherwise noted, the principal risks summarized below include both direct and indirect risks, and references in this section to the fund include the risks of investing in the underlying funds.
Affiliated funds risk. The fund’s manager, subadviser or an affiliate serves as manager or subadviser of certain Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton affiliated underlying funds (“Affiliated Funds”). As a result, the manager and the subadviser have financial incentives to allocate the fund’s assets to Affiliated Funds that pay fees to the manager, the subadviser or an affiliate. For example, the manager and the subadviser have an incentive to select Affiliated Funds that will result in the greatest revenue to the manager and its affiliates, even if that results in increased expenses for the fund. Similarly, the manager and the subadviser have an incentive to delay or decide against the sale of interests held by a fund in Affiliated Funds. This gives rise to a conflict of interest.
Allocation risk. The fund’s ability to achieve its investment goal depends upon the portfolio managers’ skill in determining the fund’s strategic asset class allocation and in selecting the mix of underlying funds. The value of your investment may decrease if the portfolio managers’ judgment about the attractiveness, value or market trends affecting a particular asset class, investment style, underlying fund or other issuer is incorrect.
Asset class variation risk. An underlying fund that invests principally in securities constituting one or more asset classes (i.e., equity or fixed income) may vary the percentage of its assets in these asset classes (subject to any applicable regulatory requirements).
Credit risk. If an issuer or guarantor of a security held by the fund or a counterparty to a financial contract with the fund defaults or its credit is downgraded, or is perceived to be less creditworthy, or if the value of the assets underlying a security declines, the value of your investment will typically decline. Changes in actual or perceived creditworthiness may occur quickly. The fund could be delayed or hindered in its enforcement of rights against an issuer, guarantor or counterparty. Subordinated securities (meaning securities that rank below other securities with respect to claims on the issuer’s assets) are more likely to suffer a credit loss than non‑subordinated securities of the same issuer and will be disproportionately affected by a default, downgrade or perceived decline in creditworthiness.  
Cybersecurity risk. Cybersecurity incidents, whether intentionally caused by third parties or otherwise, may allow an unauthorized party to gain access to fund assets, fund or customer data (including private shareholder information) or proprietary information, cause the fund, the manager, the subadvisers and/or their service providers (including, but not limited to, fund accountants, custodians, sub‑custodians, transfer agents and financial intermediaries) to suffer data breaches, data corruption or loss of operational functionality, or prevent fund investors from purchasing, redeeming or exchanging shares, receiving distributions or receiving timely information regarding the fund or their investment in the fund. The fund, the manager, and the subadvisers have limited ability to prevent or mitigate cybersecurity incidents affecting third party service providers, and such third party service providers may have limited indemnification obligations to the fund, the manager, and/or the subadvisers. Cybersecurity incidents may result in financial losses to the fund and its shareholders, and substantial costs may be incurred in order to prevent or mitigate any future cybersecurity incidents. Issuers of securities in which the fund invests are also subject to cybersecurity risks, and the value of these securities could decline if the issuers experience cybersecurity incidents.  
Because technology is frequently changing, new ways to carry out cyber attacks are always developing. Therefore, there is a chance that some risks have not been identified or prepared for, or that an attack may not be detected, which puts limitations on the fund’s ability to plan for or respond to a cyber attack. Like other funds and business enterprises, the fund, the manager, the subadvisers and their service providers are subject to the risk of cyber incidents occurring from time to time. 
Derivatives risk. Using derivatives can increase fund losses and reduce opportunities for gains, such as when market prices, interest rates, currencies, or the derivatives themselves behave in a way not anticipated by the fund. Using derivatives also can have a leveraging effect and increase fund volatility. Certain derivatives have the potential for unlimited loss, regardless of the size of the initial investment. Derivatives may not be available at the time or price desired, may be difficult to sell, unwind or value, and the counterparty may default on its obligations to the fund.  
 
 
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Derivatives are generally subject to the risks applicable to the assets, rates, indices or other indicators underlying the derivative. The value of a derivative may fluctuate more than the underlying assets, rates, indices or other indicators to which it relates. Use of derivatives may have different tax consequences for the fund than an investment in the underlying asset, and those differences may affect the amount, timing and character of income distributed to shareholders. The U.S. government and foreign governments have adopted and implemented or are in the process of adopting and implementing regulations governing derivatives markets, including mandatory clearing of certain derivatives, margin and reporting requirements. The ultimate impact of the regulations remains unclear. Additional regulation of derivatives may make derivatives more costly, limit their availability or utility, otherwise adversely affect their performance or disrupt markets. 
Credit default swap contracts involve heightened risks and may result in losses to the fund. Credit default swaps may be illiquid and difficult to value. When the fund sells credit protection via a credit default swap, credit risk increases since the fund has exposure to both the issuer whose credit is the subject of the swap and the counterparty to the swap. 
Extension risk. When interest rates rise, repayments of fixed income securities may occur more slowly than anticipated, extending the effective duration of these fixed income securities at below market interest rates and causing their market prices to decline more than they would have declined due to the rise in interest rates alone. This may cause the fund’s share price to be more volatile.  
Fixed income securities risk. Fixed income securities are subject to a number of risks, including credit, market and interest rate risks. Credit risk is the risk that the issuer or obligor will not make timely payments of principal and interest. Changes in an issuer’s or obligor’s credit rating or the market’s perception of an issuer’s or obligor’s creditworthiness may also affect the value of the fund’s investment in that issuer. The fund is subject to greater levels of credit risk to the extent it holds below investment grade debt securities, or “junk” bonds. Market risk is the risk that the fixed income markets may become volatile and have lower liquidity or behave in unexpected ways, and the market value of an investment may decrease, sometimes quickly or unpredictably. Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of a fixed income security will fall when interest rates rise. A rise in interest rates tends to have a greater impact on the prices of longer term or duration securities. A general rise in interest rates may cause investors to move out of fixed income securities on a large scale, which could adversely affect the price and liquidity of fixed income securities.  
Foreign investments and emerging markets risk. The fund’s investments in securities of foreign issuers or issuers with significant exposure to foreign markets involve additional risk as compared to investments in U.S. securities or issuers with predominantly domestic exposure, such as less liquid, less transparent, less regulated and more volatile markets. The value of the fund’s investments may decline because of factors affecting the particular issuer as well as foreign markets and issuers generally, such as unfavorable or unsuccessful government actions, reduction of government or central bank support, inadequate accounting standards and auditing and financial recordkeeping requirements, lack of information, political, economic, financial or social instability, terrorism, armed conflicts and other geopolitical events, and the impact of tariffs and other restrictions on trade or economic sanctions. Geopolitical or other events such as nationalization or expropriation could even cause the loss of the fund’s entire investment in one or more countries.  
In addition, there may be significant obstacles to obtaining information necessary for investigations into or litigation against issuers located in or operating in certain foreign markets, particularly emerging market countries, and shareholders may have limited legal remedies. To the extent the fund focuses its investments in a single country or only a few countries in a particular geographic region, economic, political, regulatory or other conditions affecting such country or region may have a greater impact on fund performance relative to a more geographically diversified fund. 
The value of investments in securities denominated in foreign currencies increases or decreases as the rates of exchange between those currencies and the U.S. dollar change. Currency conversion costs and currency fluctuations could erase investment gains or add to investment losses. Currency exchange rates can be volatile, and are affected by factors such as general economic and political conditions, the actions of the U.S. and foreign governments or central banks, the imposition of currency controls and speculation. The fund may be unable or may choose not to hedge its foreign currency exposure. 
Less developed markets are more likely to experience problems with the clearing and settling of trades and the holding of securities by local banks, agents and depositories. Settlement of trades in these markets can take longer than in other markets and the fund may not receive its proceeds from the sale of certain securities for an extended period (possibly several weeks or even longer). 
The risks of foreign investments are heightened when investing in issuers in emerging market countries. Emerging market countries tend to have economic, political and legal systems that are less developed and are less stable than those of more developed countries. Their economies tend to be less diversified than those of more developed countries. They typically have fewer medical and economic resources than more developed countries, and thus they may be less able to control or mitigate the effects of a pandemic or a natural disaster. They are often particularly sensitive to market movements because their market prices tend to reflect speculative expectations. Low trading volumes may result in a lack of liquidity and in extreme price volatility. 
Growth and value investing risk. Growth or value securities as a group may be out of favor and underperform the overall equity market while the market favors other types of securities. Growth securities typically are very sensitive to market movements because their market prices tend to reflect future expectations. When it appears those expectations will not be met, the prices of growth securities typically fall. Growth securities may also be more volatile than other investments because they often do not pay dividends. The values of growth securities tend to go down when interest rates rise because the rise in interest rates reduces the current value of future cash flows. The value approach to investing involves the risk that stocks may remain undervalued, undervaluation may become more severe, or perceived undervaluation may actually represent intrinsic value. A  
 
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value stock may not increase in price as anticipated by the subadviser if other investors fail to recognize the company’s value and bid up the price or the factors that the subadviser believes will increase the price of the security do not occur or do not have the anticipated effect. 
Hedge fund strategies risk. The fund, through the underlying funds, may employ investment strategies that involve greater risks than the strategies used by typical mutual funds, including increased use of short sales, leverage and derivative transactions and hedging strategies. The fund may invest in underlying funds employing proprietary investment strategies that are not fully disclosed, which may involve risks that are not anticipated. Hedge fund strategies may be narrowly focused on a particular market, security type or activity, and thus are exposed to greater risk of loss if the investment thesis underlying the strategy does not occur as anticipated. Hedge fund strategies that are intended to reduce the fund’s volatility may fail to do so effectively. The use of leverage by a hedge fund strategy (e.g., through options) will magnify any losses incurred by the strategy.  
High yield (“junk”) bonds risk. High yield bonds are generally subject to greater credit risks than higher-grade bonds, including the risk of default on the payment of interest or principal. High yield bonds are considered speculative, typically have lower liquidity and are more difficult to value than higher grade bonds. High yield bonds tend to be volatile and more susceptible to adverse events, credit downgrades and negative sentiments and may be difficult to sell at a desired price, or at all, during periods of uncertainty or market turmoil.  
Illiquidity risk. Some assets held by the fund may be or become impossible or difficult to sell and some assets that the fund wants to invest in may be impossible or difficult to purchase, particularly during times of market turmoil or due to adverse changes in the conditions of a particular issuer. These illiquid assets may also be volatile and difficult to value. Markets may become illiquid when, for instance, there are few, if any, interested buyers or sellers or when dealers are unwilling or unable to make a market for certain securities. As a general matter, dealers have been less willing to make markets for fixed income securities. Federal banking regulations may also cause certain dealers to reduce their inventories of certain securities, which may further decrease the fund’s ability to buy or sell such securities. During times of market turmoil, there have been, and may be, no buyers or sellers for securities in entire asset classes. If the fund is forced to sell an illiquid asset to meet redemption requests or other cash needs, or to try to limit losses, the fund may be forced to sell at a substantial loss or may not be able to sell at all. The fund may not receive its proceeds from the sale of certain securities for an extended period (for example, several weeks or even longer). The liquidity of certain assets, particularly of privately-issued and non‑investment grade mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities and collateralized debt securities, may be difficult to ascertain and may change over time.  
Investing in a fund of funds risk. Your cost of investing in the fund, as a fund of funds, may be higher than the cost of investing in a mutual fund that only invests directly in individual equity and fixed income securities. Because the fund will indirectly bear its pro rata share of the fees and expenses incurred by an underlying fund in which it invests, including advisory fees, an increase in fees and expenses of an underlying fund or a reallocation of the fund’s investments to underlying funds with higher fees or expenses will increase the fund’s total expenses. These expenses are in addition to other expenses that the fund bears directly in connection with its own operations. An underlying fund may change its investment objective or policies without the fund’s approval, which could cause the fund to withdraw its investment from such underlying fund at a time that is unfavorable to the fund. In addition, one underlying fund may buy the same securities that another underlying fund sells. Therefore, the fund would indirectly bear the costs of these trades without accomplishing any investment purpose. If underlying funds invest in the same or similar securities, the fund may indirectly bear concentration risk with respect to those investments. If the fund invests in an underlying fund that has recently commenced operations, there can be no assurance that such underlying fund will grow to or maintain an economically viable size, in which case the underlying fund’s board or adviser may determine to liquidate the underlying fund or the fund may indirectly bear higher expenses.  
Investing in ETFs risk. Unlike shares of typical mutual funds or unit investment trusts, shares of ETFs are traded on an exchange and may trade throughout a trading day. ETFs are bought and sold based on market values and not at net asset value, and therefore may trade at either a premium or discount to net asset value and may experience volatility in certain market conditions. The fund will pay brokerage commissions in connection with the purchase and sales of shares of ETFs. In addition, the fund will indirectly bear its pro rata share of fees and expenses incurred by an ETF in which it invests, including advisory fees. These expenses are in addition to expenses that the fund bears directly in connection with its own operations. Certain ETFs are also subject to portfolio management risk. Investments in ETFs are subject to the risk that the listing exchange may halt trading of an ETF’s shares, in which case the fund would be unable to sell its ETF shares unless and until trading is resumed.  
Issuer risk. The market price of a security can go up or down more than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole, due to factors specifically relating to the security’s issuer, such as disappointing earnings reports by the issuer, unsuccessful products or services, loss of major customers, changes in management, corporate actions, negative perception in the marketplace, or major litigation or changes in government regulations affecting the issuer or the competitive environment. An individual security may also be affected by factors relating to the industry or sector of the issuer. The fund may experience a substantial or complete loss on an individual security. A change in financial condition or other event affecting a single issuer may adversely impact the industry or sector of the issuer or securities markets as a whole.  
Large capitalization company risk. Large capitalization companies may fall out of favor with investors based on market and economic conditions. In addition, larger companies may not be able to attain the high growth rates of successful smaller companies and may be less capable of responding quickly to competitive challenges and industry changes. As a result, the fund’s value may not rise as much as, or may fall more than, the value of funds that focus on companies with smaller market capitalizations.  
LIBOR risk. The fund’s investments, payment obligations, and financing terms may be based on floating rates, such as the London Interbank Offered Rate, or “LIBOR,” which is the offered rate for short-term Eurodollar deposits between major international banks. In 2017, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) announced its intention to cease compelling banks to provide the quotations needed to sustain LIBOR after 2021. ICE Benchmark  
 
 
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Administration, the administrator of LIBOR, ceased publication of most LIBOR settings on a representative basis at the end of 2021 and is expected to cease publication of the remaining U.S. dollar LIBOR settings on a representative basis after June 30, 2023. In addition, global regulators have announced that, with limited exceptions, no new LIBOR-based contracts should be entered into after 2021. Actions by regulators have resulted in the establishment of alternative reference rates to LIBOR in most major currencies. In March 2022, the U.S. federal government enacted legislation to establish a process for replacing LIBOR in certain existing contracts that do not already provide for the use of a clearly defined or practicable replacement benchmark rate as described in the legislation. Generally speaking, for contracts that do not contain a fallback provision as described in the legislation, a benchmark replacement recommended by the Federal Reserve Board will effectively automatically replace the USD LIBOR benchmark in the contract after June 30, 2023. The recommended benchmark replacement will be based on the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, including certain spread adjustments and benchmark replacement conforming changes. Various financial industry groups have been planning for the transition away from LIBOR, but there remains uncertainty regarding the impact of the transition from LIBOR on the fund’s transactions and the financial markets generally. The transition away from LIBOR may lead to increased volatility and illiquidity in markets that rely on LIBOR and may adversely affect the fund’s performance. The transition may also result in a reduction in the value of certain LIBOR-based investments held by the fund or reduce the effectiveness of related transactions such as hedges. Any such effects of the transition away from LIBOR, as well as other unforeseen effects, could result in losses for the fund. Since the usefulness of LIBOR as a benchmark could also deteriorate during the transition period, effects could occur at any time. 
Long/short strategy risk. While the fund may invest in long positions and short positions, there is the risk that the investments will not perform as expected. The fund’s long/short strategy may result in greater losses than if the fund held only long positions, as losses on one type of position could more than offset gains on the other or a fund could lose money on both positions. The fund’s short positions could result in unlimited losses if the fund does not own the asset sold short and it is unable to close out of the short sale or short position.  
Market events risk. The market values of securities or other assets will fluctuate, sometimes sharply and unpredictably, due to changes in general market conditions, overall economic trends or events, governmental actions or intervention, actions taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve or foreign central banks, market disruptions caused by trade disputes or other factors, political developments, armed conflicts, economic sanctions and countermeasures in response to sanctions, major cybersecurity events, investor sentiment, the global and domestic effects of a pandemic, and other factors that may or may not be related to the issuer of the security or other asset. Economies and financial markets throughout the world are increasingly interconnected. Economic, financial or political events, trading and tariff arrangements, public health events, terrorism, wars, natural disasters and other circumstances in one country or region could have profound impacts on global economies or markets. As a result, whether or not the fund invests in securities of issuers located in or with significant exposure to the countries or markets directly affected, the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments may be negatively affected. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian stocks lost all, or nearly all, of their market value. Other securities or markets could be similarly affected by past or future geopolitical or other events or conditions. Furthermore, events involving limited liquidity, defaults, non‑performance or other adverse developments that affect one industry, such as the financial services industry, or concerns or rumors about any events of these kinds, have in the past and may in the future lead to market-wide liquidity problems, may spread to other industries, and could negatively affect the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments.  
The fallout from the COVID‑19 pandemic and its subsequent variants, and the long-term impact on economies, markets, industries and individual issuers, are not known. Some sectors of the economy and individual issuers have experienced or may experience particularly large losses. Periods of extreme volatility in the financial markets; reduced liquidity of many instruments; and disruptions to supply chains, consumer demand and employee availability, may continue for some time. 
Raising the ceiling on U.S. government debt has become increasingly politicized. Any failure to increase the total amount that the U.S. government is authorized to borrow could lead to a default on U.S. government obligations, with unpredictable consequences for economies and markets in the U.S. and elsewhere. Recently, inflation and interest rates have increased and may rise further. These circumstances could adversely affect the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments, impair the fund’s ability to satisfy redemption requests, and negatively impact the fund’s performance. 
The United States and other countries are periodically involved in disputes over trade and other matters, which may result in tariffs, investment restrictions and adverse impacts on affected companies and securities. For example, the United States has imposed tariffs and other trade barriers on Chinese exports, has restricted sales of certain categories of goods to China, and has established barriers to investments in China. Trade disputes may adversely affect the economies of the United States and its trading partners, as well as companies directly or indirectly affected and financial markets generally. In addition, the Chinese government is involved in a longstanding dispute with Taiwan that has included threats of invasion. If the political climate between the United States and China does not improve or continues to deteriorate, if China were to attempt unification of Taiwan by force, or if other geopolitical conflicts develop or get worse, economies, markets and individual securities may be severely affected both regionally and globally, and the value of the fund’s assets may go down. 
Portfolio management risk. The value of your investment may decrease if the judgment of the fund’s adviser about the attractiveness, value of, or market trends affecting, a particular security, industry, sector or region, or about market movements, is incorrect or does not produce the desired results, or if there are imperfections, errors or limitations in the models, tools and data used by the portfolio managers. In addition, the fund’s investment strategies or policies may change from time to time. Those changes may not lead to the results intended by the portfolio managers and could have an adverse effect on the value or performance of the fund.  
Prepayment or call risk. Many issuers have a right to prepay their fixed income securities. Issuers may be more likely to prepay their securities if interest rates fall. If this happens, the fund may not benefit from the rise in the market price of the securities that normally accompanies a decline in  
 
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interest rates, and will be forced to reinvest prepayment proceeds at a time when yields on securities available in the market are lower than the yield on prepaid securities. The fund may also lose any premium it paid to purchase the securities. 
Real assets risk. Investments in the real estate, natural resources and commodities sectors involve a high degree of risk, including significant financial, operating, and competitive risks. Investments in royalty trusts, real estate investment trusts and master limited partnerships expose the fund to adverse macroeconomic conditions, such as changes and volatility in commodity prices, a rise in interest rates or a downturn in the economy in which the asset is located, elevating the risk of loss.  
Small and mid‑capitalization company risk. The fund will be exposed to additional risks as a result of its investments in the securities of small and mid‑capitalization companies. Small and mid‑capitalization companies may fall out of favor with investors; may have limited product lines, operating histories, markets or financial resources; or may be dependent upon a limited management group. The prices of securities of small and mid‑capitalization companies generally are more volatile than those of large capitalization companies and are more likely to be adversely affected than large capitalization companies by changes in earnings results and investor expectations or poor economic or market conditions, including those experienced during a recession. Securities of small and mid‑capitalization companies may underperform large capitalization companies, may be harder to sell at times and at prices the portfolio managers believe appropriate and may have greater potential for losses.  
Stock market and equity securities risk. The stock markets are volatile and the market prices of the fund’s equity securities may decline generally. Equity securities may include warrants, rights, exchange-traded and over‑the‑counter common stocks, preferred stock, depositary receipts, trust certificates, limited partnership interests and shares of other investment companies, including exchange-traded funds and real estate investment trusts. Equity securities may have greater price volatility than other asset classes, such as fixed income securities, and may fluctuate in price based on actual or perceived changes in a company’s financial condition and overall market and economic conditions and perceptions. If the market prices of the equity securities owned by the fund fall, the value of your investment in the fund will decline.  
Valuation risk. The sales price the fund could receive for any particular portfolio investment may differ from the fund’s valuation of the investment, particularly for securities that trade in thin or volatile markets or that are valued using a fair value methodology. These differences may increase significantly and affect fund investments more broadly during periods of market volatility. Investors who purchase or redeem fund shares on days when the fund is holding fair-valued securities may receive fewer or more shares or lower or higher redemption proceeds than they would have received if the fund had not fair-valued securities or had used a different valuation methodology. The fund’s ability to value its investments may be impacted by technological issues and/or errors by pricing services or other third party service providers. The valuation of the fund’s investments involves subjective judgment, which may prove to be incorrect.  
These and other risks are discussed in more detail in the Prospectus or in the Statement of Additional Information. 
 
 
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Performance
The accompanying bar chart and table provide some indication of the risks of investing in the fund. The bar chart shows changes in the fund’s performance from year to year for Class A shares. The table shows the average annual total returns of each class of the fund that has been in operation for at least one full calendar year and also compares the fund’s performance with the average annual total returns of an index or other benchmark. The fund also compares its performance to the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index (an index of fixed income securities) and a composite benchmark, which is a hypothetical representation of the performance of the fund’s major asset classes, consisting of 17% Russell 1000 Index, 7% Russell 2000 Index, 6% MSCI EAFE Index, 60% Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index and 10% Bloomberg U.S. High Yield—2% Issuer Cap Index (an index where issuer exposure is limited to 2% of the market value of the Bloomberg U.S. Corporate High Yield Index). Performance for classes other than those shown may vary from the performance shown to the extent the expenses for those classes differ. The fund makes updated performance information, including its current net asset value, available at www.franklintempleton.com/mutualfunds (select fund and share class), or by calling the fund at 877‑6LM‑FUND/656‑3863.
The fund’s past performance (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how the fund will perform in the future.
Sales charges are not reflected in the accompanying bar chart, and if those charges were included, returns would be less than those shown.
 
LOGO  
Best Quarter (06/30/2020): 9.47    Worst Quarter (03/31/2020): (9.26
The year‑to‑date return as of the most recent calendar quarter, which ended March 31, 2023, was 3.77 
 
Average annual total returns (%)
 (for periods ended December 31, 2022)                                 
Class A    1 year      5 years      10 years      Since
inception
     Inception
date
Return before taxes    (17.48)      0.85      3.11              
Return after taxes on distributions    (18.73)      (0.57)      1.73              
Return after taxes on distributions and sale of fund shares    (9.65)      0.33      2.02              
Other Classes (Return before taxes only)                                 
Class C    (15.23)      1.01      2.80              
Class C1    (14.83)      1.45      3.15              
Class R    (14.02)      1.47      N/A      2.46      06/02/2014
Class I    (13.58)      2.02      3.82              
Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)1    (13.01)      0.02      1.06              
Russell 1000 Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)2    (19.13)      9.13      12.37              
Composite Benchmark (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)3    (14.22)      2.52      4.24              
 
1 
For Class R shares, for the period from the class’ inception date to December 31, 2022, the average annual total return of the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index was 1.06%.
2 
For Class R shares, for the period from the class’ inception date to December 31, 2022, the average annual total return of the Russell 1000 Index was 10.17%.
3 
For Class R shares, for the period from the class’ inception date to December 31, 2022, the average annual total return of the Composite Benchmark was 3.56%.
Prior to June 1, 2015, the fund followed different investment policies and strategies.
The after‑tax returns are shown only for Class A shares, are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after‑tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown, and the after‑tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their fund shares through tax‑deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. After‑tax returns for classes other than Class A will vary from returns shown for Class A. Returns after taxes on distributions and sale of fund shares are higher than returns before taxes for certain periods shown because they reflect the tax benefit of capital losses realized on the redemption of fund shares.
 
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Management
Investment manager: Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC (“LMPFA”)
Subadviser: Franklin Advisers, Inc. (“Franklin Advisers”)
Portfolio managers: Primary responsibility for the day‑to‑day management of the fund lies with the following portfolio managers. At Franklin Advisers, all portfolios are managed on a collaborative basis using a systematic, rules based approach.
 
Portfolio manager    Title    Portfolio manager of the fund since
     
  Laura Green, CFA   
Portfolio Manager
 
   2021
 
  Jacqueline Kenney, CFA   
Portfolio Manager
 
   2021
Purchase and sale of fund shares
You may purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the fund each day the New York Stock Exchange is open, at the fund’s net asset value determined after receipt of your request in good order, subject to any applicable sales charge.
The fund’s initial and subsequent investment minimums generally are set forth in the accompanying table:
 
Investment minimum initial/additional investment ($)     
      Class A      Class C1      Class C12      Class R      Class I    Class IS
General    1,000/50      1,000/50      1,000/50      N/A      1 million/None3    N/A
Uniform Gifts or Transfers to Minor Accounts    1,000/50      1,000/50      1,000/50      N/A      1 million/None3    N/A
IRAs    250/50      250/50      250/50      N/A      1 million/None3,4    N/A4
SIMPLE IRAs    None/None      None/None      None/None      N/A      1 million/None3    N/A
Systematic Investment Plans    25/25      25/25      25/25      N/A      1 million/None3,5    N/A5
Clients of Eligible Financial Intermediaries    None/None      N/A      N/A      None/None      None/None6    None/None6
Eligible Investment Programs    None/None      N/A      N/A      None/None      None/None    None/None
Omnibus Retirement Plans    None/None      None/None      N/A      None/None      None/None    None/None
Individual Retirement Plans except as noted    None/None      None/None      N/A      N/A      1 million/None3    N/A
Institutional Investors    1,000/50      1,000/50      1,000/50      N/A      1 million/None    1 million/None
 
1 
Initial investments in Class C shares may be combined with existing investment amounts in Class C1 shares for the purposes of satisfying the initial investment minimums of Class C shares. Class C shares are not available for purchase through Distributor Accounts.
2 
Class C1 shares are not available for purchase by new or existing investors (except for certain retirement plan programs authorized by the Distributor prior to August 1, 2012). Class C1 shares will continue to be available for dividend reinvestment and incoming exchanges.
3 
Available to investors investing directly with the fund.
4 
IRA accountholders who purchase Class I or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting as agent on behalf of its customers are subject to the initial and subsequent minimums of $250/$50. If a Service Agent does not have this arrangement in place with the Distributor, the initial and subsequent minimums listed in the table apply. Please contact your Service Agent for more information.
5 
Investors investing through a Systematic Investment Plan who purchase Class I or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting as agent on behalf of its customers are subject to the initial and subsequent minimums of $25/$25. If a Service Agent does not have this arrangement in place with the Distributor, the initial and subsequent minimums listed in the table apply. Please contact your Service Agent for more information.
6 
Individual investors who purchase Class I shares or Class IS shares through a Service Agent acting as agent on behalf of its customers are subject to the initial and subsequent minimums of $1,000/$50. If a Service Agent does not have this arrangement in place with the Distributor, the initial and subsequent minimums listed in the table apply. Please contact your Service Agent for more information.
Your Service Agent may impose higher or lower investment minimums, or may impose no minimum investment requirement.
For more information about how to purchase, redeem or exchange shares, and to learn which classes of shares are available to you, you should contact your Service Agent, or, if you hold your shares or plan to purchase shares through the fund, you should contact the fund by phone at 877‑6LM‑FUND/656‑3863, by regular mail at Legg Mason Funds, P.O. Box 33030, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-8030 or by express, certified or registered mail at Legg Mason Funds, 100 Fountain Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL 33716-1205.
 
 
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Tax information
The fund’s distributions are generally taxable as ordinary income or capital gains.
Payments to broker/dealers and other financial intermediaries
The fund’s related companies pay Service Agents for the sale of fund shares, shareholder services and other purposes. These payments create a conflict of interest by influencing your Service Agent or its employees or associated persons to recommend the fund over another investment. Ask your financial adviser or salesperson or visit your Service Agent’s or salesperson’s website for more information.
 
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More on the funds’ investment strategies, investments and risks
Franklin Multi-Asset Growth Fund
Important information
The fund seeks capital appreciation.
The fund’s investment objective may be changed by the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) without shareholder approval and on notice to shareholders.
There is no assurance that the fund will meet its investment objective.
The fund is a fund of funds—it invests in other mutual funds and may also invest in exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) (such mutual funds and ETFs collectively referred to as “underlying funds”). The fund is managed as an asset allocation program and allocates its assets among mutual funds managed by the manager and its affiliates, including other Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton investment managers. The fund may also invest in ETFs managed by the manager and its affiliates or unaffiliated investment advisers. When selecting underlying funds to fulfill a desired asset class exposure, the portfolio managers expect to allocate to Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton affiliated underlying funds, provided that appropriate products are available.
The fund organizes its investments in underlying funds into two main asset classes: the equity class (equity securities of all types) and the fixed income class (fixed income securities of all types). The portfolio managers may invest across all asset classes and strategies. Under normal market conditions, the portfolio managers will allocate between 70% to 100% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in equity and equity-like strategies and between 0% to 30% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in fixed income strategies. The portfolio managers may, however, allocate fund assets to any underlying funds in varying amounts in a manner consistent with the fund’s investment objective. The fund’s allocation to each class will be measured at the time of purchase and may vary thereafter as a result of market movements.
The portfolio managers will seek to maintain a level of risk in the fund similar to that of the fund’s composite benchmark.
The underlying funds have a range of investment styles and focuses. The underlying funds may invest in foreign and emerging markets and engage in derivative transactions. The underlying equity funds may include exposure to any market capitalization or investment style including alternative investments (such as commodities, real estate assets and infrastructure assets). The underlying equity funds may employ strategies similar to those used by hedge funds, which may have a low correlation to broad stock market movements or take both long and short positions in equity securities. The underlying fixed income funds include funds investing in any sector, region or style, including foreign fixed income strategies, currency strategies, inflation-indexed securities, structured credit and distressed debt. The underlying fixed income funds may take both long and short positions in fixed income securities. Such funds may also seek to profit from changes in global financial markets and take positions to take advantage of changes in interest rates, exchange rates, liquidity and other macroeconomic factors. The underlying fixed income funds may also invest in securities having maturities of any length and any credit quality, including securities rated below investment grade (commonly known as “junk bonds”). The portfolio managers may invest the fund’s assets in underlying funds that have a limited performance history.
When investing in underlying funds that are mutual funds, the fund invests in classes of shares that are offered only to institutional and other eligible investors, such as the fund, at net asset value with no initial or contingent deferred sales charges and with generally lower expenses than other share classes.
The fund’s investment strategies and policies may be changed from time to time without shareholder approval, unless specifically stated otherwise in this Prospectus or in the Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”).
Franklin Multi-Asset Moderate Growth Fund
Important information
The fund seeks long-term growth of capital.
The fund’s investment objective may be changed by the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) without shareholder approval and on notice to shareholders.
There is no assurance that the fund will meet its investment objective.
The fund is a fund of funds—it invests in other mutual funds and may also invest in exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) (such mutual funds and ETFs collectively referred to as “underlying funds”). The fund is managed as an asset allocation program and allocates its assets among mutual funds managed by the manager and its affiliates, including other Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton investment managers. The fund may also invest in ETFs managed by the manager and its affiliates or unaffiliated investment advisers. When selecting underlying funds to fulfill a desired asset class exposure, the portfolio managers expect to allocate to Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton affiliated underlying funds, provided that appropriate products are available.
The fund organizes its investments in underlying funds into two main asset classes: the equity class (equity securities of all types) and the fixed income class (fixed income securities of all types). The portfolio managers may invest across all asset classes and strategies. Under normal market
 
 
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conditions, the portfolio managers will allocate between 55% to 85% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in equity and equity-like strategies and between 15% to 45% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in fixed income strategies. The portfolio managers may, however, allocate fund assets to any underlying funds in varying amounts in a manner consistent with the fund’s investment objective. The fund’s allocation to each class will be measured at the time of purchase and may vary thereafter as a result of market movements.
The portfolio managers will seek to maintain a level of risk in the fund similar to that of the fund’s composite benchmark.
The underlying funds have a range of investment styles and focuses. The underlying funds may invest in foreign and emerging markets and engage in derivative transactions. The underlying equity funds may include exposure to any market capitalization or investment style including alternative investments (such as commodities, real estate assets and infrastructure assets). The underlying equity funds may employ strategies similar to those used by hedge funds, which may have a low correlation to broad stock market movements or take both long and short positions in equity securities. The underlying fixed income funds include funds investing in any sector, region or style, including foreign fixed income strategies, currency strategies, inflation-indexed securities, structured credit and distressed debt. The underlying fixed income funds may take both long and short positions in fixed income securities. Such funds may also seek to profit from changes in global financial markets and take positions to take advantage of changes in interest rates, exchange rates, liquidity and other macroeconomic factors. The underlying fixed income funds may also invest in securities having maturities of any length and any credit quality, including securities rated below investment grade (commonly known as “junk bonds”). The portfolio managers may invest the fund’s assets in underlying funds that have a limited performance history.
When investing in underlying funds that are mutual funds, the fund invests in classes of shares that are offered only to institutional and other eligible investors, such as the fund, at net asset value with no initial or contingent deferred sales charges and with generally lower expenses than other share classes.
The fund’s investment strategies and policies may be changed from time to time without shareholder approval, unless specifically stated otherwise in this Prospectus or in the Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”).
Franklin Multi-Asset Conservative Growth Fund
Important information
The fund seeks balance of growth of capital and income.
The fund’s investment objective may be changed by the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) without shareholder approval and on notice to shareholders.
There is no assurance that the fund will meet its investment objective.
The fund is a fund of funds—it invests in other mutual funds and may also invest in exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) (such mutual funds and ETFs collectively referred to as “underlying funds”). The fund is managed as an asset allocation program and allocates its assets among mutual funds managed by the manager and its affiliates, including other Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton investment managers. The fund may also invest in ETFs managed by the manager and its affiliates or unaffiliated investment advisers. When selecting underlying funds to fulfill a desired asset class exposure, the portfolio managers expect to allocate to Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton affiliated underlying funds, provided that appropriate products are available.
The fund organizes its investments in underlying funds into two main asset classes: the equity class (equity securities of all types) and the fixed income class (fixed income securities of all types). The portfolio managers may invest across all asset classes and strategies. Under normal market conditions, the portfolio managers will allocate between 35% to 65% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in equity and equity-like strategies and between 35% to 65% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in fixed income strategies. The portfolio managers may, however, allocate fund assets to any underlying funds in varying amounts in a manner consistent with the fund’s investment objective. The fund’s allocation to each class will be measured at the time of purchase and may vary thereafter as a result of market movements.
The portfolio managers will seek to maintain a level of risk in the fund similar to that of the fund’s composite benchmark.
The underlying funds have a range of investment styles and focuses. The underlying funds may invest in foreign and emerging markets and engage in derivative transactions. The underlying equity funds may include exposure to any market capitalization or investment style including alternative investments (such as commodities, real estate assets and infrastructure assets). The underlying equity funds may employ strategies similar to those used by hedge funds, which may have a low correlation to broad stock market movements or take both long and short positions in equity securities. The underlying fixed income funds include funds investing in any sector, region or style, including foreign fixed income strategies, currency strategies, inflation-indexed securities, structured credit and distressed debt. The fixed income underlying funds may take both long and short positions in fixed income securities. Such funds may also seek to profit from changes in global financial markets and take positions to take advantage of changes in interest rates, exchange rates, liquidity and other macroeconomic factors. The underlying fixed income funds may also invest in securities having maturities of any length and any credit quality, including securities rated below investment grade (commonly known as “junk bonds”). The portfolio managers may invest the fund’s assets in underlying funds that have a limited performance history.
When investing in underlying funds that are mutual funds, the fund invests in classes of shares that are offered only to institutional and other eligible investors, such as the fund, at net asset value with no initial or contingent deferred sales charges and with generally lower expenses than other share classes.
 
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The fund’s investment strategies and policies may be changed from time to time without shareholder approval, unless specifically stated otherwise in this Prospectus or in the Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”).
Franklin Multi-Asset Defensive Growth Fund
Important information
The fund seeks income as a primary objective and long-term growth of capital as a secondary objective.
The fund’s investment objective may be changed by the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) without shareholder approval and on notice to shareholders.
There is no assurance that the fund will meet its investment objective.
The fund is a fund of funds—it invests in other mutual funds and may also invest in exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) (such mutual funds and ETFs collectively referred to as “underlying funds”). The fund is managed as an asset allocation program and allocates its assets among mutual funds managed by the manager and its affiliates, including other Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton investment managers. The fund may also invest in ETFs managed by the manager and its affiliates or unaffiliated investment advisers. When selecting underlying funds to fulfill a desired asset class exposure, the portfolio managers expect to allocate to Legg Mason and Franklin Templeton affiliated underlying funds, provided that appropriate products are available.
The fund organizes its investments in underlying funds into two main asset classes: the equity class (equity securities of all types) and the fixed income class (fixed income securities of all types). The portfolio managers may invest across all asset classes and strategies. Under normal market conditions, the portfolio managers will allocate between 15% to 45% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in equity and equity-like strategies and between 55% to 85% of the fund’s assets to underlying funds that invest in fixed income strategies. The portfolio managers may, however, allocate fund assets to any underlying funds in varying amounts in a manner consistent with the fund’s investment objective. The fund’s allocation to each class will be measured at the time of purchase and may vary thereafter as a result of market movements.
The portfolio managers will seek to maintain a level of risk in the fund similar to that of the fund’s composite benchmark.
The underlying funds have a range of investment styles and focuses. The underlying funds may invest in foreign and emerging markets and engage in derivative transactions. The underlying equity funds may include exposure to any market capitalization or investment style including alternative investments (such as commodities, real estate assets and infrastructure assets). The underlying equity funds may employ strategies similar to those used by hedge funds, which may have a low correlation to broad stock market movements or take both long and short positions in equity securities. The underlying fixed income funds include funds investing in any sector, region or style, including foreign fixed income strategies, currency strategies, inflation-indexed securities, structured credit and distressed debt. The underlying fixed income funds may take both long and short positions in fixed income securities. Such funds may also seek to profit from changes in global financial markets and take positions to take advantage of changes in interest rates, exchange rates, liquidity and other macroeconomic factors. The underlying fixed income funds may also invest in securities having maturities of any length and any credit quality, including securities rated below investment grade (commonly known as “junk bonds”). The portfolio managers may invest the fund’s assets in underlying funds that have a limited performance history.
When investing in underlying funds that are mutual funds, the fund invests in classes of shares that are offered only to institutional and other eligible investors, such as the fund, at net asset value with no initial or contingent deferred sales charges and with generally lower expenses than other share classes.
The fund’s investment strategies and policies may be changed from time to time without shareholder approval, unless specifically stated otherwise in this Prospectus or in the Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”).
More on the investments of the underlying funds
By owning shares of underlying funds, each fund invests indirectly, in varying degrees, in equity and fixed income securities of U.S. and non‑U.S. issuers. The following summarizes the principal types of securities and instruments in which the underlying funds may invest and techniques they may pursue in seeking to achieve their investment objectives. References to the “fund” include the investments and techniques used by the underlying funds, as applicable.
Equity investments
Equity securities include exchange-traded and over‑the‑counter (“OTC”) common and preferred stocks, warrants and rights, securities convertible into equity securities and securities of other investment companies and of real estate investment trusts (“REITs”).
Fixed income securities
Fixed income securities represent obligations of corporations, governments and other entities to repay money borrowed. Fixed income securities are commonly referred to as “debt,” “debt obligations,” “bonds” or “notes.” The issuer of the fixed income security usually pays a fixed, variable or floating rate of interest, and repays the amount borrowed, usually at the maturity of the security. Some fixed income securities, however, do not pay current interest but are sold at a discount from their face values. Other fixed income securities may make periodic payments of interest and/or principal. Some fixed income securities are partially or fully secured by collateral supporting the payment of interest and principal.
 
 
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Foreign investments
Each fund may invest in foreign securities, either directly or through depositary receipts. A depositary receipt is a type of negotiable (transferable) financial security that demonstrates ownership of shares of a foreign issuer and is an alternative to directly purchasing the underlying foreign security.
Sovereign debt
Each fund may invest in sovereign debt, including emerging market sovereign debt. Sovereign debt securities may include:
 
 
Fixed income securities issued or guaranteed by governments, governmental agencies or instrumentalities and their political subdivisions
 
Fixed income securities issued by government-owned, controlled or sponsored entities
 
Interests issued for the purpose of restructuring the investment characteristics of instruments issued by any of the above issuers
 
Brady Bonds, which are debt securities issued under the framework of the Brady Plan as a means for debtor nations to restructure their outstanding external indebtedness
 
Participations in loans between governments and financial institutions
 
Fixed income securities issued by supranational entities such as the World Bank. A supranational entity is a bank, commission or company established or financially supported by the national governments of one or more countries to promote reconstruction or development
Sovereign government and supranational debt involve many of the risks of foreign and emerging markets investments as well as the risk of debt moratorium, repudiation or renegotiation and the fund may be unable to enforce its rights against the issuers.
Equity-linked notes (ELNs)
ELNs are securities that are valued based upon the performance of one or more equity securities traded in a foreign market, such as a stock index, a group of stocks or a single stock. ELNs offer investors the opportunity to participate in the appreciation of the underlying local equity securities where the fund may not have established local access to that market.
High yield, lower quality securities
Each fund may invest in debt securities rated below investment grade by a recognized rating agency or unrated securities determined by a fund’s adviser to be of equivalent quality. These securities are commonly referred to as “junk” bonds.
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
Each fund may invest in shares of open‑end investment management companies or unit investment trusts that are traded on a stock exchange, called exchange-traded funds. Typically, an index-based ETF seeks to track (positively or negatively) the performance of an index by holding in its portfolio either the same securities that comprise the index or a representative sample of the index. Investing in an index-based ETF gives the fund exposure to the securities comprising the index on which the ETF is based and the fund will gain or lose value depending on the performance of the index. Certain ETFs in which the fund may invest seek to track (positively or negatively) a multiple of index performance on any given day. The performance of ETFs that are actively managed may show greater deviation from the ETF’s benchmark due to changes in sector allocations or other decisions by the ETF’s investment adviser.
Exchange-traded notes (ETNs)
Each fund may invest in ETNs, which are debt securities that combine certain aspects of ETFs and bonds. ETNs, like ETFs, may be traded on stock exchanges and their value depends on the performance of the underlying index and the credit rating of the issuer. ETNs may be held to maturity, but unlike bonds there are no periodic interest payments and principal is not protected.
Mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities
Mortgage-backed securities may be issued by private issuers, by U.S. government-sponsored entities such as Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac or by agencies of the U.S. government, such as Ginnie Mae. Mortgage-backed securities represent direct or indirect participations in, or are collateralized by and payable from, mortgage loans secured by real property.
Unlike mortgage-backed securities issued or guaranteed by agencies of the U.S. government or government-sponsored entities, mortgage-backed securities issued by private issuers do not have a government or government-sponsored entity guarantee (but may have other credit enhancement), and may, and frequently do, have less favorable collateral, credit risk or other underwriting characteristics.
Residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) are comprised of a pool of mortgage loans created by banks and other financial institutions. Commercial mortgage-backed securities (“CMBS”) are a type of mortgage-backed security backed by commercial mortgages rather than residential real estate.
Asset-backed securities represent participations in, or are secured by and payable from, assets such as installment sales or loan contracts, leases, credit card receivables and other categories of receivables.
Collateralized mortgage obligations (“CMOs”) are debt obligations collateralized by mortgage loans or mortgage pass-through securities. CMOs are a type of mortgage-backed security. Typically, CMOs are collateralized by Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac Certificates, but may also be
 
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collateralized by whole loans or private pass-throughs (referred to as “Mortgage Assets”). Payments of principal and of interest on the Mortgage Assets, and any reinvestment income thereon, provide the issuer with income to pay debt service on the CMOs. In a CMO, a series of bonds or certificates is issued in multiple classes. Each class of CMOs, often referred to as a “tranche,” is issued at a specified fixed or floating coupon rate and has a stated maturity or final distribution date. Principal prepayments on the Mortgage Assets may cause the CMOs to be retired substantially earlier than their stated maturities or final distribution dates. Interest is paid or accrues on all classes of the CMOs on a monthly, quarterly or semi-annual basis. The principal of and interest on the Mortgage Assets may be allocated among the several classes of a series of a CMO in innumerable ways. As market conditions change, and particularly during periods of rapid or unanticipated changes in market interest rates, the attractiveness of the CMO classes and the ability of the structure to provide the anticipated investment characteristics may be significantly reduced. Such changes can result in volatility in the market value, and in some instances reduced liquidity, of the CMO class.
Collateralized debt obligations (“CDOs”) are a type of asset-backed security. CDOs include collateralized bond obligations (“CBOs”), collateralized loan obligations (“CLOs”) and other similarly structured securities. A CBO is a trust or other special purpose entity which is typically backed by a diversified pool of fixed income securities (which may include high risk, below investment grade securities). A CLO is a trust or other special purpose entity that is typically collateralized by a pool of loans, which may also include, among others, domestic and non‑U.S. senior secured loans, senior unsecured loans, and subordinated corporate loans, including loans that may be rated below investment grade or equivalent unrated loans. Like CMOs, CDOs generally issue separate series or “tranches” which vary with respect to risk and yield. These tranches can experience substantial losses due to actual defaults, increased sensitivity to defaults due to collateral default and disappearance of subordinate tranches, market anticipation of defaults, as well as investor aversion to CDO securities as a class. Interest on certain tranches of a CDO may be paid in kind (paid in the form of obligations of the same type rather than cash), which involves continued exposure to default risk with respect to such payments.
Inflation-indexed, inflation-protected and related securities
Inflation-indexed and inflation-protected securities are fixed income securities that are structured to provide protection against inflation and whose principal value or coupon (interest payment) is periodically adjusted according to the rate of inflation. If the index measuring inflation falls, the principal value or coupon of these securities will be adjusted downward. Consequently, the interest payable on these securities will be reduced. Also, if the principal value of these securities is adjusted according to the rate of inflation, the adjusted principal value repaid at maturity may be less than the original principal.
Inflation-protected securities denominated in the U.S. dollar include U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (“U.S. TIPS”), as well as other bonds issued by U.S. and non‑U.S. government agencies and instrumentalities or corporations and derivatives related to these securities. U.S. TIPS are inflation-protected securities issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury the principal amounts of which are adjusted daily based upon changes in the rate of inflation (as currently represented by the non‑seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, calculated with a three-month lag). U.S. TIPS pay interest semiannually, equal to a fixed percentage of the inflation-adjusted principal amount. The interest rate on these bonds is fixed at issuance, but over the life of the bond, this interest may be paid on an increasing or decreasing principal amount that has been adjusted for inflation. The current market value of U.S. TIPS is not guaranteed and will fluctuate.
The value of inflation-indexed and inflation-protected securities held by a fund fluctuates in response to changes in real interest rates. In addition, if nominal interest rates increase at a faster rate than inflation, causing real interest rates to rise, it will lead to a decrease in the value of inflation-indexed or inflation-protected securities.
Each fund may invest in other fixed-income securities that, in the belief of the fund’s subadvisers, will provide protection against inflation, including floating rate and other short duration securities. Floating rate securities bear interest at rates that are not fixed but vary with changes in specified market rates or indices, such as the prime rate, and at specified intervals.