Online Proxy FAQ

  • You are encouraged to read the proxy statement you received, prior to completing the proxy card. The proxy package describes the specific matters to be voted on.

    You may cast your vote by any one of the following four methods:

    • By Internet
      To cast your vote online, sign into your account at franklintempleton.com and select “View Details” from the proxy banner. Select “Vote” next to each control number listed, and then follow the instructions on the website.
    • By Telephone 888-227-9349
      Enter the control number listed on the proxy card, then follow the recorded instructions.
    • By Mail
      Complete and sign the proxy card and return it in the postage-paid envelope provided in the proxy package mailing.
    • In Person
      Attend the shareholder meeting and cast your vote in person. Please refer to the proxy materials sent in the mail for the time and location of the upcoming shareholder meeting.
       

    Please remember that since your voting instructions are processed in the order in which they are received, your last vote received will be the one that counts.

  • The online proxy voting system provided by AST Fund Solutions, LLC maintains a high level of security to ensure the confidentiality of your vote. These include the following:

    • Secure Socket Layer (SSL). This is a security feature that encrypts all information that travels between the Web server of proxyonline.com and the computer of the voting shareholder.
    • Control Number. Each shareholder receives a personalized voting control number upon receipt of their proxy package. AST Fund Solutions, LLC verifies these numbers and displays the correct proxy information for the individual shareholder.
  • The deadline for voting is the date and time of the upcoming shareholder meeting. This is detailed in the proxy package you received in the mail. You may also cast your vote in person by attending the shareholder meeting.

  • Yes. AST Fund Solutions, LLC is the proxy solicitation firm providing the voting services to shareholders of record for this proxy.

    If they have not received your proxy card before the date of the shareholder meeting for your fund, a representative from the proxy solicitation firm may contact you to remind you to exercise your right to vote.

    Should you have questions, please call AST Fund Solutions at the toll-free phone numbers listed below for the ongoing proxy campaigns:


    • Templeton Foreign Smaller Companies Fund Reorganization: 1-877-536-1559
  • If you vote online or by telephone, you should not return the signed proxy card. You should only vote using one method. The only reason for you to vote again would be to change your previous vote. Please remember that since your voting instructions are processed in the order in which they are received, your last vote received will be the one that counts. If we have not received your proxy card before the date of the shareholder meeting for your fund, a representative from our proxy solicitation firm may contact you to remind you to exercise your right to vote.

  • Shareholders of record at the close of business on the “Record Date” will be entitled to vote at the meeting or any adjourned meeting. The Notice of Meeting, the proxy card and the proxy statement were mailed to shareholders of record.

  • Yes. You may revoke your proxy at any time before it is voted:

    • By sending a written notice to the Fund expressly revoking your proxy.
    • By signing and forwarding to the Fund a later-dated proxy card that is received by the Fund at or prior to the Meeting.
    • By attending the Meeting and voting in person. Please remember that since your voting instructions are processed in the order in which they are received, your last vote received will be the one that counts.

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