Templeton Emerging Markets Fund
Shareholder Information (continued)
Board Review of Investment Management Agreement (continued)
ECONOMIES OF SCALE. The Board also considered whether the manager realizes economies of scale as the Fund grows larger and the extent to which any such benefit is shared with the Fund and its shareholders. The Board believed that a manager’s ability to realize economies of scale and the sharing of such benefit is a more relevant consideration in the case of an open-end fund whose size increases as a result of the continuous sale of its shares. A closed-end investment company such as the Fund does not continuously offer shares, and growth following its initial public offering will primarily result from market appreciation, which benefits its shareholders. The Fund’s investment management advisory fee schedule provides a rate of 1.25% on the first $500 million of Fund net assets, and 1.20% on the next $2.5 billion of Fund net assets, with additional breakpoints thereafter. The Fund is also charged a separate fee of 0.15% at all asset levels for administrative services. At the end of 2010, the Fund’s net assets were approximately $433 million, and while believing economies of scale to be less of a factor for closed-end funds, the Board negotiated with management down- ward revisions to the investment management advisory fee effective May 1, 2011, so as to be at the rate of 1.10% on the first $1 billion of Fund net assets; 1.05% on the next $4 billion of Fund net assets; 1.00% on the next $5 billion of Fund net assets; 0.95% on the next $5 billion of Fund net assets; 0.90% on the next $5 billion of Fund net assets; and 0.85% on Fund net assets in excess of $20 billion.
Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures
The Fund’s investment manager has established Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures (Policies) that the Fund uses to determine how to vote proxies relating to portfolio securities. Shareholders may view the Fund’s complete Policies online at franklintempleton.com. Alternatively, shareholders may request copies of the Policies free of charge by calling the Proxy Group collect at (954) 527-7678 or by sending a written request to: Franklin Templeton Companies, LLC, 300 S.E. 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, Attention: Proxy Group. Copies of the Fund’s proxy voting records are also made available online at franklintempleton.com and posted on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at sec.gov and reflect the most recent 12-month period ended June 30.
Quarterly Statement of Investments
The Fund files a complete statement of investments with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the first and third quarters for each fiscal year on Form N-Q. Shareholders may view the filed Form N-Q by visiting the Commission’s website at sec.gov. The filed form may also be viewed and copied at the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. Information regarding the operations of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling (800) SEC-0330.
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