Municipal Income Opportunities Closed-End, Series 43
Americans deal with a number of different taxes in their everyday lives, perhaps none more noticeable
than individual income taxes. In fact, individual income taxes comprise the largest component of
Americans' tax bill. On average, Americans had to work a full 46 days in 2016 just to earn enough
money to pay for them.1
Tax Freedom Day, the day on which Americans have earned enough money to pay all federal, state and
local taxes for the year, was one day earlier in 2016 than in 2015. Americans paid more in taxes in 2016
than they spent on food, clothing and shelter combined.2 These examples are based on an overall average tax rate for the nation which is calculated by dividing the nation's total tax payments by the nation's income as projected by the Tax Foundation for 2016.
1,2 The Tax Foundation
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.
Closed-end funds are structured to generally provide a more stable income stream than other managed fixed-income investment products because they are not subjected to cash inflows and outflows, which can dilute dividends over time. However, as a result of bond calls, redemptions and advanced refundings, which can dilute a fund's income, the portfolio cannot guarantee consistent income. Although the portfolio's objective is to seek monthly tax-free income, there is no assurance the objective will be met.
This unit investment trust seeks monthly
income that is exempt from federal income
taxes by investing in a well-diversified pool of
closed-end funds that invest in municipal
bonds. However, certain distributions paid by
certain funds may be subject to federal income
taxes. In addition, a portion of the income may
be subject to the alternative minimum tax.
|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.
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 which invest in municipal bonds.
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.
Municipal bonds are subject to numerous risks, including higher interest rates, economic recession, deterioration of the municipal bond market, possible downgrades and defaults of interest and/or principal.
Certain of the closed-end funds invest in high-yield securities or "junk" bonds. Investing in high-yield securities 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.
It is important to note that an investment can be made in the underlying funds directly rather than through the trust. These direct investments can be
made without paying the trust's sales charge, operating expenses and organizational costs.
All of the closed-end funds invest in investment grade securities. Investment grade securities 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.
For a discussion of additional risks of investing in the trust see the "Risk Factors" section of the prospectus.
Although this portfolio terminates in approximately 15 months, the strategy is long-term. Investors should consider their ability to pursue investing in
successive portfolios, if available.
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.