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- Fund Prospectus Offer, Performance, and Investment Risks
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- Third Party Content
- DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
- Limitation of Liability
- Governing Law, Forum, Severability
This Site is provided as a service, and for informational purposes only, by Franklin Distributors, LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC. and/or its affiliates that are the Franklin Templeton Investments corporate group of companies (collectively, “Franklin Templeton” or “Franklin Templeton Investments” or “we” or “us”) —it is not provided by the Franklin Templeton investment companies (“Fund(s)”).
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Fund Prospectus Offer, Performance, and Investment Risks
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Fund Performance. Investment return and principal value for our Funds will fluctuate with market conditions, and you may have a gain or loss when you sell your shares. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Money market funds seek to maintain a value of $1.00 per share, but there can be no assurance that they will. Mutual funds, annuities and other investment products are not FDIC insured; are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed by, any financial institution; and are subject to risks, including possible loss of the principal amount invested.
Investment Risks. Speculation or stated beliefs about future events, such as market and economic conditions, company or security performance, upcoming product offerings or other projections are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve risks and uncertainties. General business, market, economic and political conditions could cause actual results to differ materially from what we presently anticipate or project.
All of the funds are subject to certain risks. Generally, investments offering potential for higher returns are accompanied by a higher degree of risk.
Stocks and other equities representing an ownership interest in a corporation have historically outperformed other asset classes over the long term but tend to fluctuate more dramatically over the shorter term. Bonds, and other debt obligations, are affected by the creditworthiness of their issuers and changes in interest rates, with prices often declining as interest rates increase. High yield, lower rated (“junk”) bonds generally have greater price swings and higher default risks. Foreign investing, especially in developing countries, has additional risks such as currency, market volatility, and political and social instability.
These risks, and other risks that particular funds may be subject to, such as specialized industry sectors or use of complex securities, are discussed in each fund’s prospectus.
Section 529 College Savings Plans
Disclosure Document Offer. For more information on any of the Section 529 college savings plans we distribute (“529 Plan(s)”), contact your registered representative (financial advisor) or download a disclosure document, which contains important information about the plan’s investment options, sales charges, expenses and risks. Please read the disclosure document carefully before you invest or send money.
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529 Plan Performance, Characteristics, and Risks. Investment return and principal value of investments in the 529 Plans will fluctuate with market conditions, and you may have a gain or a loss upon sale. Past performance does not guarantee future results. The 529 Plan interests are municipal securities issued by a state agency, and not shares in a mutual fund, although plan portfolios may invest in mutual funds. If you pay state taxes in states other than those offering the 529 Plans, you should consider whether your state offers a plan with alternative tax advantages for its residents. Before investing in a 529 Plan, consult with your financial advisor.
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In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Franklin Templeton designates as its agent to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement as follows:
J. Matthew Gowdy, Esq.
Senior Corporate Counsel
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Tel: (650) 312-2000
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e-mail at [email protected].
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