Notwithstanding the at times marked ups and downs of both global bonds and stocks, they may be very fruitful places to invest. A $2,000 net investment in each of the cited Templeton funds ten years earlier, i.e. $10,000 altogether, if all distributions were reinvested and the assets were protected from taxes in a 401k plan account or an IRA, would have been worth $42,175 as of the close of trading on 1/17/12.
As always, though, no guarantee can be made of future returns, and investors are advised to do their own research and/or consult a trusted financial advisor before purchasing any assets.
Primary Source: CEFA - Closed End Fund Association; as updated 1/18/12.