BICK Portfolio, Series 9
Much attention has been directed towards emerging countries such as Brazil,
India, China and South Korea. "BICK" has quickly become a symbol of investment
opportunity. These countries have very different economic histories and each
has unique strategies for growth. We believe they have the potential to become
world economic leaders in the years to come.
Why Invest Internationally?
Diversification is one of the principal advantages of global investing. Historically, by diversifying beyond the U.S., investors have been able to reduce the overall volatility of their portfolio over time. While individual foreign stock markets often move in tandem with the U.S. market over short-term periods, they generally have lower longer-term correlations with the U.S. and other foreign markets, which helps to temper some of the fluctuations found in a portfolio that consists primarily of U.S. stocks.
Consider These Factors
- Brazil was one of the last economies to fall
into a recession in 2008, and one of the
fastest economies to bounce back due to
sound macroeconomic policies and
effective fiscal and monetary policies.
Brazil's economy is forecast to grow 3.5%
in 2013 and 4.0% in 2014.1
- By 2018, India is expected to be the world's fastest growing economy, according
to Economist Intelligence Unit, the research arm of The Economist magazine.
It is currently the 11th-largest economy in the world by nominal GDP and the
3rd-largest by purchasing power parity.2
- In 2050, China is expected to be the largest
economy in the world while India is
expected to be the third largest.3 GDP
growth is projected to be 8.2% in 2013
and 8.5% in 2014 for China and 5.9% and
6.4% for India.4
- South Korea's economy is anticipated to
grow 3.2% in 2013 and 3.8% in 2014.5South Korea was one of the few countries
which avoided recession during the 2008
global financial crisis, partly due to its low
state debt and huge national reserves. It is
currently the 12-largest economy in the
world in terms of GDP.5
1,4 International Monetary Fund
5 Bank Of Korea
This unit investment trust seeks aboveaverage capital appreciation; however,
there is no assurance the objective will be met. The portfolio terminates approximately
two years from the initial date of deposit.
| Not FDIC Insured Not Bank Guaranteed May Lose Value
You should consider the portfolio's investment objectives, risks, and
charges and expenses carefully 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 portfolio. Read it carefully
before you invest.
An investment in this unmanaged unit investment trust should be made with an
understanding of the risks involved with owning common stocks, such as an economic
recession and the possible deterioration of either the financial condition of
the issuers of the equity securities or the general condition of the stock market.
An investment in a portfolio containing equity securities of foreign issuers
is subject to additional risks, including currency fluctuations, political risks,
withholding, the lack of adequate financial information, and exchange control
restrictions impacting foreign issuers. 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 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.