Franklin California Tax-Free Income Fund

Fund Description

The fund seeks to provide investors with as high a level of income exempt from federal income taxes and California personal income taxes as is consistent with prudent investment management and the preservation of shareholders’ capital.

Strategy Statement

"In the Franklin Muni Department, we are committed to a conservative, disciplined investment strategy. We seek to provide shareholders with a high level of tax-free income while preserving capital. "

Chris Sperry, CFA®

Management

John Wiley, MBA

John Wiley, MBA

  • Joined Franklin Templeton in 1989
  • Managed Fund Since 1991
Chris Sperry, CFA

Chris Sperry, CFA®

  • Joined Franklin Templeton in 1996
  • Managed Fund Since 2000

Rating

Overall Morningstar Rating As of 09/30/2017

Rating Category: Muni California Long

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 09/30/2017

Years Ratings Funds
in category
3
4 Stars
87
5
4 Stars
77
10
4 Stars
65

Morningstar Style Box

We do not publish a style box for this fund.

Strategy, Benefits, Results

Strategy

  • We take a conservative, income-oriented approach.
  • We don't use leverage or invest in derivatives, which can increase portfolio volatility. 
  • Our analysts search for high-quality, undervalued bonds.
  • We buy and hold for the long term.

Benefits

  • Monthly income exempt from regular federal and California personal income taxes1
  • Portfolio diversification
  • Tenured investment team with expertise across market cycles

Investing In The Fund

What Are the Risks?

  • All investments involve risks, including possible loss of principal.
  • Because municipal bonds are sensitive to interest rate movements, the fund’s yield and share price will fluctuate with market conditions.
  • Bond prices generally move in the opposite direction of interest rates. Thus, as prices of bonds in the fund adjust to a rise in interest rates, the fund’s share price may decline.
  • Because the fund invests principally in a single state, it is subject to greater risk of adverse economic and regulatory changes in that state than a geographically diversified fund.
  • The fund holds a small portion of its assets in Puerto Rico municipal bonds that have been impacted by recent adverse economic and market changes, which may cause the fund’s share price to decline.
  • Changes in the credit rating of a bond, or in the credit rating or financial strength of a bond’s issuer, insurer or guarantor, may affect the bond’s value.
  • The fund may invest a significant part of its assets in municipal securities that finance similar types of projects, such as utilities, hospitals, higher education and transportation. A change that affects one project would likely affect all similar projects, thereby increasing market risk.

Minimum Investment

See Prospectus

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