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FBMCX Franklin Balanced C

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Fund FBMCX Franklin Balanced C VWELX Vanguard Wellington™ Inv GCE Claymore CEF GS Connect ETN  
100% 89% 88%
Annual Fees
(1.78% Exp. Ratio)
(0.26% Exp. Ratio)
(0.95% Exp. Ratio)
Future Est. Balance in 30 yrs
Assuming 4.19% annual return
$19,973.49 $31,661.90 $25,709.31
Est. savings over 30 yrs +$11,688.41 +$5,735.82
As of 9/30/16
1 YR RETURN 11.75%
3 YR 5.54%
5 YR 8.89%
10 YR 4.95%
1 YR RETURN 11.95%
3 YR 7.92%
5 YR 11.50%
10 YR 7.13%
1 YR RETURN 18.42%
3 YR 5.65%
5 YR 9.33%
10 YR --
The investment seeks both income and capital appreciation. The fund invests in a diversified portfolio of stocks (substantially dividend paying), convertible securities and debt securities. It normally invests at least 25% of its total assets in debt securities, including bonds, notes, debentures and money market securities. In addition, the fund normally invests at least 25% of its total assets in equity securities, primarily common and preferred stock.
The investment seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation and moderate current income. The fund invests 60% to 70% of its assets in dividend-paying and, to a lesser extent, non-dividend-paying common stocks of established large companies. The remaining 30% to 40% of the fund's assets are invested mainly in fixed income securities that the advisor believes will generate a moderate level of current income. These securities include investment-grade corporate bonds, with some exposure to U.S. Treasury and government agency bonds, and mortgage-backed securities.
The investment seeks to replicate, net of expenses, the Claymore CEF Index. The index measures the performance of a basket of closed-end funds selected and weighted based on a predefined set of criteria such as liquidity, distributions and market valuation, among other factors.

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