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I don't know much about Franklin Templeton, but, I picked a Franklin Growth fund (TEPLX) at random and see that they have a front end load of 5.75% (a one time charge when you buy) and an expense ratio of 1.11% (which is taken from fund performance each year). Do you have any transaction costs by your broker?
For comparison one could buy Vanguard's Total Stock Market index fund (VTSMX) which does not have a load and an expense ratio of 0.17 and no transaction cost if purchased directly with Vanguard.
The Vanguard fund has outperformed the Franklin fund over the past 5 years.
For my money I would go with the Vanguard index fund.
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