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Insured Tax Exempt Municipal Income Trust, Series 252

Municipal Bond Basics

A municipal bond is a debt obligation of a state and/or local government entity which is used to help build America's infrastructure by raising money to finance public projects such as new hospitals, schools and improved roads. In return, investors in tax-exempt municipal bonds receive earnings which are free from federal income taxes and, in some cases, state and local income taxes. Because of their low correlation to many other fixed-income and equity assets, municipal bonds can also provide diversification benefits within an investor's portfolio.

Municipal bonds have historically had a very low overall default rate as compared to corporate bonds. According to data from Moody's, the historical default rate of Moody's-rated municipal bonds is lower than that of corporate bonds in every rating category. In fact, despite the economic struggles facing many states and municipalities, investment grade municipal bonds have experienced significantly lower default rates than even the highest rated corporate bonds.

Insured Municipal Bonds

Insured municipal bonds, as their name indicates, are backed by insurance which is issued by independent insurance companies. This insurance is designed to guarantee a municipal bond's timely payment of principal and interest when due. There is, however, no guarantee that a particular insurance company will be able to satisfy its obligations, if needed.

Portfolio Objectives

The objectives of this unit investment trust are to distribute income that is exempt from federal and, in certain instances, state and local income taxes and to preserve capital by investing in a portfolio of insured tax-exempt municipal bonds. There is, however, no assurance that the objectives will be achieved or that any insurer will be able to satisfy its commitments in the event claims are made in the future.

Portfolio Summary

  • Comprised of insured tax-exempt • municipal bonds.*
  • Estimated weighted average maturity of approximately 25 to 30 years./li>
  • Federally tax-exempt monthly income.
  • Interest on the bonds is exempt from the alternative minimum tax.
  • 3.50% up-front maximum sales charge. In addition to the sales charge, the trust is subject to annual operating expenses and organization costs.

*Bond insurance guarantees the timely payment of principal and interest, when due, of the bonds held in the trust and does not insure or guarantee the market value of any bond or units of the trust.

Tax-Advantaged Income

Tax-exempt municipal bonds provide investors with significant tax savings. For investors in higher tax brackets, municipals can offer greater after-tax yields than taxable debt securities of similar maturities and credit quality, including Treasuries and corporate bonds. Taxable-equivalent yields represent the amount of pre-tax return an investor would need to earn in a taxable investment in order to equal that of a tax-exempt investment. The chart to the right illustrates the taxable equivalent yield at five different federal income tax levels using a tax-exempt municipal bond with a 4.00% yield as an example. As you can see, if an investor is in the 25% federal tax bracket, the 4.00% yield has a taxable equivalent yield of 5.33%. In other words, an investor would need to get a 5.33% yield from a taxable bond to equal the 4.00% payout of the tax-free municipal bond.

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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.

Risk Considerations:
An investment in this unmanaged unit investment trust should be made with an understanding of the risks associated with an investment in municipal bonds. Municipal bonds are subject to numerous risks including rising interest rates, economic recession, deterioration of the municipal bond market, possible downgrades, increased volatility, reduced liquidity and defaults of interest and/or principal.

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.The markets for credit instruments, including municipal securities, have experienced periods of extreme illiquidity and volatility.

All of the securities in the trust are covered by insurance policies obtained by the issuers or underwriters of the bonds from insurance companies. There can be no assurance that any insurer will be able to satisfy its commitments in the event claims are made in the future.

This UIT is a buy and hold strategy and investors should consider their ability to hold the trust until maturity.

 
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