Closed-end funds are subject to various risks, including management's ability to meet the fund's investment objective, and to manage the fund's portfolio when the underlying securities are redeemed or sold, during periods of market turmoil and as investors' perceptions regarding the funds or their underlying investments change. Unlike open-end funds, which trade at prices based on a current determination of the fund's net asset value, closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount to their net asset value in the secondary market. Certain closed-end funds may employ the use of leverage which increases the volatility of such funds.
Convertible securities are bonds, preferred stocks, and other securities that pay interest
or dividends and are convertible into common stocks. As such, convertible securities
have some characteristics of both bonds and common stocks, making them tend
to be less sensitive to interest rate changes than bonds of comparable maturity
and quality, and less sensitive to stock market changes than common stocks.
Risks associated with investing in foreign securities may be more pronounced in emerging markets where the securities markets are substantially smaller, less liquid, less regulated and more volatile than the U.S. and developed foreign markets.
The companies engaged in the energy sector are subject to price and supply fluctuations caused by international politics, energy conservation, taxes, price controls, and other regulatory policies of various governments.
ETFs are subject to various risks, including management's ability to meet the fund's investment objective, and to manage the fund's portfolio when the underlying securities are redeemed or sold, during periods of market turmoil and as investors' perceptions regarding ETFs or their underlying investments change. Unlike open-end funds, which trade at prices based on a current determination of the fund's net asset value, ETFs frequently trade at a discount from their net asset value in the secondary market.
Certain ETFs held by the trust invest in derivatives such as swap agreements to gain inverse exposure to
its target index. As such, the ETF will be subject to credit risk with respect to the amount it expects to
receive from counterparties to derivatives and repurchase agreements entered into by the ETF. If a
counterparty becomes bankrupt or otherwise fails to perform its obligations due to financial
difficulties, the value of the Trust's investment in the ETF may decline.
Certain of the ETFs invest in foreign and domestic inflation-protected
securities. Inflation-protected securities are subject to numerous risks
including changes in interest rates, economic recession and deterioration
of the bond market or investors� perception thereof.
Investing in high-yield securities or "junk" bonds should be viewed as speculative and you should review your ability to assume the risks
associated with investments which utilize such securities. High-yield securities are subject to
numerous risks, including higher interest rates, economic recession, deterioration of the junk bond
market, possible downgrades and defaults of interest and/or principal. High-yield security prices
tend to fluctuate more than higher rated securities and are affected by short-term credit
developments to a greater degree.
Investment grade bonds are subject to numerous risks including higher interest rates, economic recession, deterioration of the investment grade bond market or investors' perception thereof, possible downgrades and defaults of interest and/or principal.
Investments in Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) are
subject to the risks generally applicable to companies in the energy and
natural resources sectors, including commodity pricing risk, supply and
demand risk, depletion risk and exploration risk. There are certain tax risks
associated with MLPs, including the risk that U.S. taxing authorities could
challenge the trust's treatment of the MLPs for federal income tax
purposes. These tax risks could have a negative impact on the aftertax
income available for distribution by the MLPs and/or the value of the
The value of mortgage-backed securities will decline with increases
in interest rates.The value of mortgage-backed securities will also fluctuate
with changes in the general condition of the mortgage-backed securities market,
changes in inflation rates or when political or economic events affecting Ginnie
Options are subject to various risks including that their value may be adversely affected if the market for the option becomes less liquid or smaller. In addition, options will be affected by changes in the value and dividend rates of the stock subject to the option, an increase in interest rates, a change in the actual and perceived volatility of the stock market and the common stock and the remaining time to expiration.
Preferred stocks are equity securities of the issuing company which pay income in the form of
dividends. Preferred stocks are typically subordinated to bonds and other debt instruments in a company�s capital structure, and therefore will be subject
to greater credit risk than those debt instruments.
The value of the securities held by the trust may be subject to steep declines or increased volatility due to changes in performance or perception of the issuers.
You should carefully consider the trust's investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses before investing. Contact your financial advisor or call First Trust Portfolios, L.P. at 1.800.621.1675 to request a prospectus, which contains this and other information about the trust. Read it carefully before you invest.
This product information does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities in any state to any person to whom it is not lawful to make such an offer. Sales of any of these securities must include prospectus delivery and the services of a retail broker/dealer duly licensed in the appropriate states.
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