SMid Capital Strength Portfolio, Series 15
smaller companies are often less reliant on the capital markets for credit,
they can be more nimble and better able to adjust in periods of economic change,
than large companies. Additionally, this results in generally better balance
sheet integrity than large companies.
The SMid Capital Strength Portfolio invests in small and mid-size companies.
These companies are more likely to be in an earlier stage of their economic
life cycle than mature large-cap companies. In addition, the ability to take
advantage of share price discrepancies is likely to be greater with smaller
stocks than with more widely followed large-cap stocks.
Our goal with the trust is to invest in undervalued companies with strong market
positions that, in our opinion, have the following qualities:
- Strong balance sheets;
- Skilled management;
- Highly liquid;
- Ability to generate earnings growth; and
- Record of financial strength and profit growth.
This unit investment trust seeks above-average capital appreciation; however,
there is no assurance the objective will be met. The portfolio terminates approximately
two years from the initial date of deposit.
Portfolio Selection Process
Through our selection process we seek to find the stocks that we believe have
the best prospects for above-average capital appreciation.
Identify the Universe
The first step in our selection process is to identify the universe of stocks from which we will select the portfolio. We begin by selecting the companies listed in the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 Indexes.
Screen For Financial Strength
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.
Examine Historical Financial Results
The next step in our process is to look for those companies that have earned
a net cash flow return on investment that is above the average of their peers.
Historically, companies that have increased their cash flows at a higher rate
have rewarded shareholders with superior total returns.
Select Companies with Attractive Valuations for the Portfolio
The final step in our process is to select companies based on the fundamental analysis of our team of research analysts. The stocks selected for the portfolio are those that meet our investment objectives, trade at attractive valuations, and in our opinion, are likely to exceed market expectations of future cash flows.
|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 small-cap and mid-cap companies is
subject to additional risks, as the share prices of small-cap companies and
certain mid-cap companies are often more volatile than those of larger companies
due to several factors, including limited trading volumes, products, financial
resources, management inexperience and less publicly available information.
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.
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.