Emerging Markets Closed-End and ETF Portfolio, Series 3
Historically, American investors have found substantial investment opportunities right here in the United States. However, foreign economies are expanding and issuing debt with attractive yields to help finance their growing infrastructures and businesses. The Emerging Markets Closed-End and ETF Portfolio is a unit investment trust which is designed to provide a convenient way to add an international dimension to your investment portfolio, significantly expanding your investment opportunities and potentially enhancing your overall return. To accomplish this, the portfolio invests in a pool of closedend funds and ETFs which invest in a wide range of emerging market bonds.
What is an Emerging Market?
Emerging markets are countries that are attempting to change and improve their current economies. Size itself is not a factor for determining an emerging market, as evidenced by China. The objective of an emerging market is to raise economic performance and, as a result, become a more advanced nation. Collectively, developing economies are anticipated to grow faster than the economies of countries which are already developed. According to the International Monetary Fund, GDP growth for emerging economies is estimated to be 5.5% in 2013 and 5.9% in 2014, compared to 1.4% and 2.2% for advanced economies.
Diversification is one of the principal advantages of global investing. Historically, by diversifying beyond the United States, investors have been able to reduce the overall volatility of their portfolio over time. While individual foreign bond markets may move in tandem with the U.S. market over short-term periods, they generally have lower longer-term correlation. This low correlation helps to temper some of the fluctuations found in a portfolio that consists primarily of U.S. bonds. In addition, interest rates in some foreign countries are often higher than what investors can find domestically, especially in our current low interest rate environment. Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.
Why Closed-End Funds?
Since closed-end funds maintain a relatively fixed pool of investment capital, portfolio managers are better able to adhere to their investment philosophies through greater flexibility and control. In addition, closed-end funds don't have to manage fund liquidity to meet potentially large redemptions.
The next step in our process is to evaluate companies based on multiple factors. These factors are designed to identify those stocks which exhibit strong fundamental characteristics and to eliminate those that do not meet our investment criteria.
Because they are not subjected to cash inflows and outflows, which can dilute distributions over time, closed-end funds can generally provide a more stable income stream than other managed investment products. However, stable income cannot be assured.
What is an ETF?
ETFs offer investors the opportunity to buy and sell an entire basket of securities with a single transaction throughout the trading day. ETFs combine the benefits of a mutual fund with the convenience and trading flexibility of stocks. Below is a list of other benefits to investing in ETFs.
- Diversification - ETFs hold a basket of
securities which helps to mitigate single
security risk. It is important to note that
diversification does not guarantee a profit or
protect against loss.
- Transparency - ETF holdings are available
daily so investors know what they own.
- Tax Efficiency - The ETF structure allows for
increased tax efficiency.
- Fully Invested - Unlike a traditional mutual
fund, ETFs do not need to hold cash in order
to satisfy investor redemptions which allows
them to better adhere to their investment
This unit investment trust seeks current monthly income; 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 associated with an investment in a portfolio of closed-end funds and ETFs.
Certain of the closed-end funds invest in high-yield securities. Investing in high-yield securities should be viewed as speculative and you should review your ability to assume the risks associated with investments that utilize such bonds. 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 bonds and are affected by short-term credit developments to a greater degree.
ETFs and 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 ETFs, closed-end 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, ETFs and closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount from their net asset value in the secondary market.
An investment in foreign securities should be made with an understanding of the additional risks involved with foreign issuers, such as currency and interest rate fluctuations, nationalization or other adverse political or economic developments, lack of liquidity of certain foreign markets, 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.