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Franklin Resources, Inc.: Franklin's Purchase of Diamond Hill's High-Yield Bond Funds Adds to Growing Fixed-Income Heft

Symbols
BEN
Sector(s)
Financial Services
Rating
Current Price
$29.63
Fair Value
Economic Moat
Stewardship
Summary

Franklin Resources provides investment services for individual and institutional investors. At the end of June 2021, Franklin had $1.552 trillion in managed assets, composed primarily of equity (35%), fixed-income (42%), multi-asset/balanced (10%) funds, alternatives (9%) and money market funds. Distribution tends to be weighted more toward retail investors (53% of AUM) investors, as opposed to institutional (45%) and high-net-worth (2%) clients. Franklin is also one of the more global firms of the U.S.-based asset managers we cover, with more than 35% of its AUM invested in global/international strategies and just over 25% of managed assets sourced from clients domiciled outside the United States.

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Analyst Profile

Greggory Warren

Sector Strategist
Greggory Warren, CFA, is a financial-services sector strategist for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. He covers the traditional U.S.- based asset managers, as well as Berkshire Hathaway.Before assuming his current role in 2017, Warren covered the financial-services sector as a senior analyst since late 2008. Before that time, he covered non-alcoholic beverage manufacturers and distributors, packaged food firms, food service distributors, and tobacco companies. Prior to joining Morningstar in 2005, Warren worked as a buy-side equity analyst for more than seven years, covering consumer staples and consumer cyclicals.Warren holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and English from Augustana College. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago. Since 2014, Warren has been selected to participate on the analyst panel at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting, asking questions directly of Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. He ranked second in the investment services industry in The Wall Street Journal's annual “Best on the Street” analysts survey in 2013, the last year the survey was conducted.