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The fund’s investment objective is total return, consisting of interest and capital appreciation. The fund invests predominantly in investment grade government bonds of issuers located around the world.
- We seek to exploit market inefficiencies through both top-down allocation decisions and bottom-up security selection.
- Qualitative analysis seeks to identify secular trends and to evaluate the factors that affect countries, currencies and sectors.
- Quantitative research and risk management techniques provide additional oversight and opportunity to add value.
- Global government fixed income offers investors an attractive option for overall portfolio diversification.
- The fund’s emphasis on investment grade debt has the potential to help reduce overall portfolio volatility.
- A diversified set of active management positions has the potential to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns.
What Are the Risks?
- All investments involve risks, including possible loss of principal.
- Special risks are associated with foreign investing, including currency fluctuations, economic instability and political developments.
- Investments in developing markets involve heightened risks related to the same factors, in addition to those associated with their relatively small size and lesser liquidity.
- Changes in interest rates will affect the value of the fund’s portfolio and its share price and yield.
- Changes in the financial strength of a bond issuer or in a bond's credit rating may affect its value.
- The fund’s use of derivatives and foreign currency techniques involve special risks as such techniques may not achieve the anticipated benefits and/or may result in losses to the fund.
- The fund is also non-diversified, which involves the risk of greater price fluctuation than a more diversified portfolio.
- These and other risk considerations are discussed in the fund’s prospectus.
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- Total Returns include change in share price, assume reinvestment of all distributions, and reflect the deduction of fund expenses and applicable fees. Total Returns With Sales Charge: returns reflect the deduction of the stated sales charge. Total returns, distribution rate, and yields reflect any applicable expense reductions, without which the results for those impacted funds would have been lower.
- All investments involve risks, including possible loss of principal. Changes in interest rates will affect the value of the fund's portfolio and its share price and yield. Bond prices generally move in the opposite direction of interest rates. Thus, as the prices of bonds in the fund adjust to a rise in interest rates, the fund's share price may decline. Special risks are associated with foreign investing, including currency rate fluctuations, economic instability and political developments. Investments in developing markets involve heightened risks related to the same factors, in addition to those associated with their relatively small size and lesser liquidity. Changes in the financial strength of a bond issuer or in a bond's credit rating may affect its value. Derivatives, including currency management strategies, involve costs and can create economic leverage in the portfolio which may result in significant volatility and cause the fund to participate in losses (as well as enable gains) on an amount that exceeds the fund's initial investment. The fund may not achieve the anticipated benefits, and may realize losses when a counterparty fails to perform as promised. Currency rates may fluctuate significantly over short periods of time, and can reduce returns. The fund is also non-diversified, which involves the risk of greater price fluctuation than a more diversified portfolio. These and other risk considerations are discussed in the fund's prospectus.
- Most Franklin Templeton funds offer multiple share classes. Share classes are subject to different fees and expenses, which will affect their performance. In general, Class A shares have a maximum initial sales charge; Class C shares have a 1% contingent deferred sales charge; Class Z, Advisor Class and Class R6 shares have no sales charges nor Rule 12b-1 fees; Class R shares have no sales charges, but do have a Rule 12b-1 fee.
- Performance data represents past performance, which does not guarantee future results. Current performance may differ from figures shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate with market conditions, and you may have a gain or loss when you sell your shares.
- For more information on any of our funds, contact your financial advisor or download a free prospectus. Investors should carefully consider a fund's investment goals, risks, sales charges and expenses before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing or sending money.
- The 30-day Standardized Yield, without waiver (meaning it does not take into account the fund's expense reduction) for the period ended 4/30/16: Franklin Flexible Alpha Bond Fund Class A -2.35%, Advisor Class -2.43%, Class C -3.07%, Class R -2.93%, Class R6 -2.28%; Franklin Global Government Bond Fund Class A -0.58%, Advisor Class -0.53%, Class C -1.18%, Class R -1.04%, Class R6 -0.45%; Franklin California Ultra-Short Tax-Free Income Fund Class A1 -0.45%, Advisor Class -0.45%.
- Net Asset Value — The amount per share you would receive if you sold shares that day.
- A measure of the fund's volatility relative to the market, as represented by the Citigroup World Government Bond Index. A beta greater than 1.00 indicates volatility greater than the market. Based on the 3-year period ended as of the date of the calculation.
- The fund's income distribution rate reflects the fund's past dividends paid to shareholders, while the fund's 30 day standardized yield reflects an estimated yield to maturity and should be regarded as an estimate of the fund's rate of investment income. Accordingly, the fund's distribution rate and 30 day standardized yield may differ.
- For performance reporting purposes, the inception date for Classes A, R, R6, Z, and Advisor Class shares of all Franklin Templeton Funds is the date of effectiveness of the fund's registration statement or the first day the fund commenced operations. For Class C shares, generally the inception date is the first day the fund commenced offering such shares. Exceptions: Templeton Global Balanced Fund Classes A and C use the inception date of the old Class A and C shares, renamed Class A1 and Class C1. For Mutual Series Funds, Franklin International Small Cap Growth Fund, Franklin Large Cap Equity Fund and Franklin Pelagos Commodities Strategy Fund, the inception date for Classes A, C, R and R6 shares is the funds' oldest class', Z or Advisor, inception date. Franklin U.S. Government Money Fund Class R6 inception date is the first day it commenced offering such shares. For Franklin Ultra-Short California Tax-Free Income Fund Classes A1 and Advisor Class use the inception date of its predecessor, Franklin California Tax-Exempt Money Fund.
- The annualized percentage difference between a fund's actual returns and its expected performance given its level of market risk, as measured by beta. Based on the 3-year period ended as of the date of the calculation.
- Percentage of the fund's returns explained by movements in the Citigroup World Government Bond Index. 100 equals perfect correlation to the index. Based on the 3-year period ended as of the date of the calculation.
- A statistical measurement of the range of a fund's total returns. In general, a higher standard deviation means greater volatility. Based on the fund's monthly returns over the 3-year period ended as of the date of the calculation.
- The Gross Expense Ratio does not include an expense reduction contractually guaranteed through at least 8/31/16. Please see the prospectus for additional information.
- Public Offering Price — Purchase price for each share of the fund on a given day. It includes the maximum initial sales charge, if any.
- A statistical measurement of a fund's historical risk-adjusted performance. It is calculated by taking a fund's excess return over that of the three-month Treasury bill divided by its standard deviation. Higher values generally indicate better historical risk-adjusted performance. Based on the 3 years ended as of the date of the calculation.
- Source: Morningstar, 3/31/13. The style box reveals a fund's investment style. For credit quality of the bonds owned, Morningstar combines credit rating information provided by the fund companies (only using ratings assigned by a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization - "NRSRO") with an average default rate calculation to come up with a weighted-average credit quality. The weighted-average credit quality is currently a letter that roughly corresponds to the scale used by a leading NRSRO. Funds with a low credit quality style box placement are those whose weighted-average credit quality is less than BBB-; medium are those less than AA- but greater or equal to BBB-; and high are those of AA- or higher. When classifying a bond portfolio, Morningstar first maps the NRSRO credit ratings of the underlying holdings to their respective default rates (as determined by Morningstar's analysis of actual historical default rates). Morningstar then averages these default rates to determine the average default rate for the entire bond fund. Finally, Morningstar maps this average default rate to its corresponding credit rating along a convex curve. For interest-rate sensitivity, Morningstar obtains from fund companies the average effective duration. Generally, Morningstar classifies a fixed-income fund's interest-rate sensitivity based on effective duration of the Morningstar Core Bond Index (MCBI), which is currently three years. The classification of Limited will be assigned to those funds whose average effective duration is between 25% to 75% of MCBI's average effective duration; average effective duration between 75% to 125% of the MCBI will be classified as Moderate; and those at 125% or greater of the MCBI will be classified as Extensive. Shaded areas show the past 3 years of quarterly data. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
- Indices are unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in them.