Franklin Resources, Inc. history, profile and history video

Franklin Resources, Inc. is a global investment management company. It offers investment choices under its Franklin, Templeton, Mutual Series, Bissett, Fiduciary Trust, Darby and Balanced Equity Management brand names. The company operates its business through one segment: Investment Management & Related Services. The Investment Management & Related Services segment provides services to investment funds in jurisdictions worldwide, which include U.S. and non-U.S. registered open-end and closed-end funds, unregistered funds, and institutional, high net-worth and separately managed accounts. Franklin Resources was founded by Rupert H. Johnson, Sr. in 1947 and is headquartered in San Mateo, CA.

“Franklin Resources History

The company was founded in 1947 in New York by Rupert H. Johnson, Sr., who ran a successful retail brokerage firm from an office on Wall Street. He named the company for US founding father Benjamin Franklin because Franklin epitomised the ideas of frugality and prudence when it came to saving and investing. The company’s first line of mutual funds, Franklin Custodian Funds, was a series of conservatively managed equity and bond funds designed to appeal to most investors.

After Rupert Sr. retired, his son, Charles B. Johnson (Charlie), took over as president and chief executive officer in 1957 at age 24. There were only a handful of employees at that time and the funds had total assets under management of US$2.5 million. Franklin was swimming against the tide because insurance companies dominated the middle class investing markets, but Charlie was convinced that he had a good story to tell.

By the early 1960s Charlie and his team’s persistence was paying off and the company was growing albeit slowly. It was a struggle to keep up with the day-to-day demands of the business and Charlie continued to wear many hats—mutual fund manager, wholesaler, accountant. Rupert Johnson, Jr., Charlie’s brother, joined the company in 1965 and also took on multiple roles.

Franklin went public in 1971, which gave Charlie and team the capital needed to grow the business and position it for the future. In 1973, the company acquired Winfield & Company, a San Mateo, California-based investment firm, and moved Franklin’s offices from New York to California. The combined organisation had close to US$250 million in assets under management and approximately 60 employees. In 1979, Franklin Money Fund (not available to UK investors) began a growth surge that made it Franklin’s first billion-dollar fund and launched the company’s tremendous asset growth in the 1980s.

Starting in 1980, the company’s total assets under management doubled (or nearly doubled) every year for the next six years. The company’s stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in 1986 under the ticker symbol “BEN”. In the same year, the company opened its first office outside North America in Taiwan. In 1988, Franklin acquired L.F. Rothschild Fund Management Company. Assets under management for Franklin grew from just over US$2 billion in 1982 to more than US$40 billion in 1989 (the crash of 1987 had little impact on Franklin’s income and bond funds).

In October 1992, Franklin acquired Templeton, Galbraith & Hansberger Ltd. for a reported cost of $913 million, leading to the common name Franklin Templeton. Mutual fund pioneer Sir John Templeton was the owner of Templeton, Galbraith & Hansberger Ltd together with his son Dr. John Templeton and John Galbraith who together owned 70% of the firm.

In November 1996, Heine Securities Corporation, known for the Mutual Series of funds, merged into the Franklin Templeton complex. In October 2000, Franklin acquired Bissett Funds to increase its Canadian presence, and Bissett remains a key brand from Franklin in the Canadian market. The Fiduciary Trust Company was acquired by Franklin Templeton in April 2001.

Fiduciary Trust Company, a member of the Franklin family, maintained an office of over 650 employees in Two World Trade Centerduring the September 11 attacks. 87 employees died in the collapse. Ann Tat­lock, the CEO of Fidu­ciary Trust Co. Inter­na­tional was at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha for a charity event hosted by Warren Buffett.

The firm specializes in conservatively managed mutual funds. It offers products under the Franklin, Templeton, Mutual Series and Fiduciary brand names. Like other large investment companies, the firm offers a wide variety of funds but is traditionally best known for bond funds under the Franklin brand, international funds under the Templeton brand, and value funds under the Mutual Series brand.

As of July 31, 2008, Franklin Resources, Inc. managed over $570 billion in total assets worldwide. In April 2007, Franklin Resources was 445th in the Fortune 500, and 7th overall among securities companies.

In April 2007, USA Today listed BEN stock as the top stock pick for the last 25 years based on returns, claiming it is up 64,224% since 1982. In February 2009, Barron’s Magazine called Franklin Templeton “King of the Decade” among fund families over the ten-year period ending in 2008.

The company sponsored a tennis tournament, the Franklin Templeton Classic.

The firm continues to make strategic investments and acquisitions, including asset managers in Australia and the UK, that further broaden and diversify its capabilities. Today, Franklin Templeton is one of the largest independent global asset management firms in the world with offices in 35 countries and clients in more than 150. In 2013, Charlie Johnson retired as chairman and Greg Johnson became chairman of the board, CEO and president.”

*Information from Forbes.com and Wikipedia.org

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