Franklin Resources, which runs the Franklin Templeton mutual funds, announced today that its fourth-quarter net income in 2001 was $118.5 million, down 21% from 2000. However, that figure represents an increase of 41% over the firm’s third-quarter 2001 net income of $83.9 million.

The firm’s assets under management at the end of 2001 stood at $266.29 billion, up 17% from the end of 2000 when the firm managed $226.91 million, Franklin said. Fixed-income, money market and hybrid funds all had an increase in assets. Hybrid funds experienced the biggest jump moving from $10.1 billion at the end of 2000 to $38.6 billion at the end of 2001. Consequently, those funds now account for 14% of the Franklin’s total assets under management. Last year, they accounted for just 4%.

As expected, equity fund assets fell, dropping 3.6% from the end of 2000 to $141.1 billion. Somewhat surprisingly, however, that decline came from global/international funds, which dropped by $7 billion in 2001. Domestic fund assets actually increased by $1.7 billion, according to Franklin.

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