Franklin Mutual Financial Services Fund

Fund Description

The fund seeks capital appreciation, which may occasionally be short term, with income as a secondary goal, investing at least 80% of its net assets in securities of financial services companies. It focuses primarily on undervalued equity securities which may include foreign securities and, to a significantly lesser extent, merger arbitrage securities and securities of distressed companies.

Strategy Statement

"We look for financial-services companies in sectors such as banks, brokerage firms, and insurance companies to uncover companies that appear to be trading at a discount to their intrinsic worth. "

Andrew Sleeman, CFA®

Management

Andrew Sleeman, CFA

Andrew Sleeman, CFA®

  • Joined Franklin Templeton in 2007
  • Managed Fund Since 2009
Andrew B. Dinnhaupt, CFA

Andrew B. Dinnhaupt, CFA®

  • Joined Franklin Templeton in 2011
  • Managed Fund Since 2013
Luis Hernandez

Luis Hernandez

  • Joined Franklin Templeton in 2002
  • Managed Fund Since 2019

Rating

Overall Morningstar Rating As of 10/31/2019

Rating Category: Financial

Morningstar
The fund's overall Morningstar Rating measures risk-adjusted returns and is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its 3-, 5- and 10-year (if applicable) rating metrics.

Historical Morningstar Rating As of 10/31/2019

Years Ratings Funds
in category
3
2 Stars
91
5
2 Stars
85
10
3 Stars
69

Morningstar Style Box

We do not publish a style box for this fund.

Strategy, Benefits, Results

Strategy

At Franklin Mutual Series, we focus on recognizing value that other investors might miss.

Our goal is to deliver solid, risk-adjusted returns year in and year out. Over the last 60 years, Franklin Mutual Series’ consistent, deep-value approach has benefited shareholders with long-term investment horizons.

  • Opportunistic Value Investors. Our core investments are in undervalued stocks with viable catalysts that we believe will change the way the market views their true worth.
  • Think and Act Like Company Owners. We won’t hesitate to become activist investors if our shareholders’ interests need to be protected.
  • Strive To Reduce Risk. Our unique strategy has historically provided the fund with lower volatility than the overall market and has enabled us to deliver strong results over the long term.

Benefits

  • Financial Services Exposure. We aim to take advantage of a broad range of opportunities particular to the financial services industry.
  • A Record of Lower Volatility.
  • Activism. Managers go the extra mile and will influence company management to help unlock that company's full potential for the benefit of our shareholders.

Investing In The Fund

What Are the Risks?

  • All investments involve risks, including possible loss of principal.
  • Value securities may not increase in price as anticipated or may decline further in value.
  • Special risks are associated with foreign investing, including currency fluctuations, economic instability and political developments. Investing in a single-sector fund involves special risks, including greater sensitivity to economic, political or regulatory developments impacting the sector. Because the fund may invest its assets in companies in a specific region, including Europe, it is subject to greater risks of adverse developments in that region and/or the surrounding regions than a fund that is more broadly diversified geographically.
  • Current political and financial uncertainty surrounding the European Union may increase market volatility and the economic risk of investing in companies in Europe.
  • Smaller-company stocks have exhibited greater price volatility than larger-company stocks, particularly over the short term.
  • The fund's investments in companies engaged in mergers, reorganizations or liquidations also involve special risks as pending deals may not be completed on time or on favorable terms.
  • The fund may invest in lower-rated bonds, which entail higher credit risk.
  • Please consult the prospectus for a more detailed description of the fund's risks.

Minimum Investment

See Prospectus

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