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Franklin Templeton Announces Risk Rating Changes to Certain Funds

May 29, 2014

TORONTO, May 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. today announced changes to the risk ratings of the funds listed in the table below. These changes will be reflected in the renewal of the simplified prospectus of the funds, which is being filed on or about May 29, 2014.

The methodology used to determine the risk rating of each fund is based on the methodology recommended by the Fund Risk Classification Task Force of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada. A summary of the methodology used by Franklin Templeton to identify the risk rating of each Franklin Templeton mutual fund can be found in the fund's simplified prospectus, available at franklintempleton.ca. The methodology is also available at no cost by calling 1-800-387-0830 or by sending an email to service@franklintempleton.ca.

The risk rating for each fund is reviewed at least annually, as well as when a fund undergoes a material change. These changes are the result of an annual review. No material changes have been made to the investment objectives, strategies or management of these funds.

FUND 2013 RISK RATING 2014 RISK RATING
TEMPLETON
Templeton Asian Growth Fund High Medium
Templeton Asian Growth Corporate Class High Medium
Templeton BRIC Corporate Class High Medium to high
Templeton EAFE Developed Markets Fund Medium to high Medium
Templeton Frontier Markets Fund Medium to high Medium
Templeton Frontier Markets Corporate Class Medium to high Medium
Templeton Emerging Markets Fund Medium to high Medium
Templeton Emerging Markets Corporate Class Medium to high Medium
Templeton Global Smaller Companies Fund Medium to high Medium
Templeton Global Smaller Companies Corporate Class Medium to high Medium
FRANKLIN
Franklin Income Fund Medium Low to Medium
Franklin Income Corporate Class Medium Low to Medium
Franklin Income Hedged Corporate Class Medium Low to Medium
Franklin High Income Fund Medium Low to Medium
Franklin Strategic Income Fund Low to medium Low
Franklin U.S. Core Equity Fund Medium to high Medium
Franklin U.S. Rising Dividends Fund Medium Low to Medium
Franklin U.S. Rising Dividends Corporate Class Medium Low to Medium
Franklin World Growth Fund Medium to high Medium
Franklin World Growth Corporate Class Medium to high Medium
FRANKLIN BISSETT
Franklin Bissett All Canadian Focus Fund Medium to high Low to Medium
Franklin Bissett All Canadian Focus Corporate Class Medium to high Low to Medium
Franklin Bissett Canadian Dividend Fund Medium Low to medium
Franklin Bissett Canadian Dividend Corporate Class Medium Low to medium
Franklin Bissett Canadian Equity Fund Medium Low to medium
Franklin Bissett Canadian Equity Corporate Class Medium Low to medium
Franklin Bissett Canadian High Dividend Fund Medium Low to medium
Franklin Bissett Canadian High Dividend Corporate Class Medium Low to medium
Franklin Bissett Microcap Fund High Medium
Franklin Bissett Small Cap Fund Medium to high Medium
Franklin Bissett Small Cap Corporate Class Medium to high Medium
Franklin Bissett Strategic Income Fund Low to Medium Low
Franklin Bissett Strategic Income Corporate Class Low to Medium Low
Franklin Bissett U.S. Focus Fund Medium to high Low to Medium
Franklin Bissett U.S. Focus Corporate Class Medium to high Low to Medium
FRANKLIN MUTUAL SERIES
Franklin Mutual U.S. Shares Fund* Medium Low to medium
Franklin Mutual U.S. Shares Corporate Class** Medium Low to medium
FRANKLIN QUOTENTIAL
Franklin Quotential Growth Portfolio Medium Low to Medium
Franklin Quotential Growth Corporate Class Portfolio Medium Low to Medium



* Formerly, Franklin Mutual Beacon Fund

** Formerly, Franklin Mutual Beacon Corporate Class

About Franklin Templeton Investments

Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE: BEN), a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management solutions managed by its Franklin, Templeton, Franklin Mutual Series, Franklin Bissett, Fiduciary Trust, Darby, Balanced Equity Management and K2 investment teams. The San Mateo, CA-based company has more than 65 years of investment experience and over US$895 billion (C$981 billion) in assets under management as of April 30, 2014.

Copyright 2014. Franklin Templeton Investments. All rights reserved.

SOURCE Franklin Templeton Investments Corp.


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