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Equity Income Portfolio, Series 57

The Equity Income Approach

Many investors are aware that stocks have historically provided higher average annual returns over the long-term than bonds or money market securities. Still, there are those who don't feel comfortable investing in the stock market with all of its potential volatility.

However, there are many approaches to equity investing, including more conservative ones that have the potential to reduce your exposure to market volatility. The objective of our approach is to achieve the potential for long-term growth of capital while seeking to reduce the extreme fluctuations that oftentimes cause investors to flee the market at the wrong time. The principal hallmarks of our approach are an emphasis on value and finding established companies with above-average dividend yields.

Why Dividends?

Dividends have had a significant impact on stock performance. Consider the historical effect dividends have had on companies in the S&P 500 Index. According to Ibbotson Associates, dividends have provided approximately 42% of the 10.04% average annual total return on the S&P 500 Index, from 1926 through 2016. The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index of 500 stocks used to measure large-cap U.S. stock market performance. The index cannot be purchased directly by investors.

Investing in Value

The advantage of a value approach to selecting stocks is that it seeks to reduce the risk of overpaying for a stock, thus potentially lowering the stock's downside risk and increasing its upside potential. The Equity Income Portfolio may be appropriate for investors seeking both income and the potential for long-term capital growth by taking a value approach to the market.

Portfolio Objective

This unit investment trust seeks above-average total return through a combination of capital appreciation and dividend income by investing in a fixed portfolio of equity securities and holding them for a period of approximately five years from the portfolio's initial date of deposit; however, there is no assurance the objective will be met.

Not FDIC Insured • Not Bank Guaranteed • May Lose Value

You should consider the portfolio's investment objective, 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.

Risk Considerations:
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.

This UIT is a buy and hold strategy and investors should consider their ability to hold the trust until maturity. There may be tax consequences unless units are purchased in an IRA or other qualified plan.

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.

 
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The information presented is not intended to constitute an investment recommendation for, or advice to, any specific person. By providing this information, First Trust is not undertaking to give advice in any fiduciary capacity within the meaning of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. First Trust has no knowledge of and has not been provided any information regarding any investor. Financial advisors must determine whether particular investments are appropriate for their clients. First Trust believes the financial advisor is a fiduciary, is capable of evaluating investment risks independently and is responsible for exercising independent judgment with respect to its retirement plan clients.
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