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Franklin Templeton Renews Agreement with Morningstar, Makes Morningstar ClearFuture Guidance Available to 868,400 Retirement Plan Participants

CHICAGO, Nov 20, 2002 – In its effort to provide retirement plan clients with enhanced service, Franklin Templeton Investments, a global investment management firm with more than $75.4 billion in retirement assets, has renewed and expanded its agreement with Morningstar Associates, LLC, a leading provider of retirement planning and advice solutions. Under terms of the agreement, Franklin Templeton will begin providing free online access to Morningstar® ClearFuture® research, education, and asset-allocation guidance in January 2003. This new feature will be available for retirement-plan clients representing more than 868,400 plan participants through a link on the Franklin Templeton participant Web site, www.timetoinvest.com. Franklin Templeton will continue to facilitate access to Morningstar ClearFuture's online advice for Morningstar's plan-sponsor advisory clients. 

Morningstar ClearFuture, currently available to 4.6 million participants through more than 37,000 corporate and public sector retirement plans, is an online investment education, research, guidance, and advice service for all levels of investors. Based on participant input and available plan investments, Morningstar Associates will provide:

  • Personalized retirement planning
  • Retirement-income goal analysis
  • Suggested asset-allocation strategies
  • Innovative "bear-market simulator" to test risk tolerance

Dan Reinhold, senior vice president and director of retirement plans for Franklin Templeton, said, "Our plan sponsors are demanding objective investment education for their employees, and we have found a superb program in Morningstar ClearFuture. Morningstar has created a service designed to help people make better investment decisions and build well-diversified retirement portfolios. From initial concept to implementation, the Morningstar team has delivered on its promises, and we are pleased to continue our relationship with a leader in the retirement planning market."

"We are delighted that Franklin Templeton has expanded its agreement with Morningstar," said John Rekenthaler, president of Morningstar Associates, LLC. "We're proud of our track record and commitment to delivering a highly sophisticated, yet easy-to-use investment planning program."

About Morningstar Associates, LLC
Morningstar, Inc. is a leading global investment research firm.  The Morningstar® ClearFuture® retirement planning and advice service is provided by Morningstar Associates, LLC, a registered investment adviser and a wholly owned subsidiary of  Morningstar Inc. The financial data and methodology used in ClearFuture are proprietary to Morningstar Inc., and/or Morningstar Associates, LLC.

About Franklin Templeton Investments
Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN], is a global investment organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton provides global and domestic investment management services through its Franklin, Templeton, Mutual Series and Fiduciary Trust subsidiaries. The San Mateo, Calif.-based company has more than 50 years of investment experience and more than $247 billion in assets under management as of Sept. 30, 2002. For more information, visit www.franklintempleton.com. 

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