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Strategic Income Select Closed-End Portfolio, Series 30

The Multi-Sector Approach

The Strategic Income Select Closed-End Portfolio seeks a high rate of current monthly income and to reduce some of the volatility typically associated with high-income investments. To accomplish this, the portfolio is diversified across a broad range of closed-end funds, including general equity funds, high-yield bond funds, income and preferred stock funds, investment grade bond funds, loan participation funds, multi-sector bond funds, specialized equity funds, U.S. Government bond funds and world equity and income funds. Because different sectors follow different cycles and react differently to changes in global economies and interest rates, spreading assets across this spectrum of closed-end funds has the potential to reduce the overall risk of the portfolio.

When selecting closed-end funds for this portfolio, we look at several factors including:

  • Discount - we favor funds which are trading at a discount to net asset value and we favor those which are trading at a greater discount relative to their peers.
  • Consistent dividend - we favor funds which have a history of paying a consistent dividend.
  • Expense ratio - we favor funds which have a lower than average expense ratio relative to their peers.
  • Diversification - we limit exposure to individual fund companies/managers.
  • Liquidity - we favor larger funds and more liquid funds.

Closed-End Features

Portfolio Control
Unlike open-end mutual funds, closed-end funds maintain a relatively fixed pool of investment capital. This allows portfolio managers to better 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.

Diversification
The portfolio offers investors diversification by investing in a broad range of closed-end funds that are further diversified across hundreds of individual securities. Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.

Income Distributions
Closed-end funds are structured to generally provide a more stable income stream than other managed investment products because they are not subjected to cash inflows and outflows, which can dilute dividends over time. However, stable income cannot be assured.

Portfolio Objectives

This unit investment trust is comprised of a diversified pool of closed-end funds that invest in U.S. and foreign equity securities and taxable bonds. The trust seeks a high rate of current monthly income, with capital appreciation as a secondary objective. There is, however, no assurance that the objectives of the portfolio will be achieved. 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.

Risk Considerations:
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. 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 from their net asset value in the secondary market. Certain closed-end funds in which the portfolio invests may employ the use of leverage which increases the volatility of such funds.

Certain of the closed-end funds invest in common stocks. Common stocks are subject to certain risks, 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.

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.

Certain of the closed-end funds invest in securities issued by foreign issuers. Such securities are subject to certain risks, including 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.

Certain of the closed-end funds invest in investment grade bonds. Investment grade bonds 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.

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.

Certain of the closed-end funds invest in call options. Options are subject to various risks including that their value may be adversely affected if the market for the option becomes less liquid or smaller. In addition, options will be affected by changes in the value and dividend rates of the stock subject to the option, an increase in interest rates, a change in the actual and perceived volatility of the stock market and the common stock and the remaining time to expiration.

Certain of the closed-end funds invest in senior loan securities. The yield on closed end funds which invest in senior loans will generally decline in a falling interest rate environment and increase in a rising interest rate environment. Senior loans are generally below investment grade quality ("junk" bonds). An investment in senior loans involves the risk that the borrowers may default on their obligations to pay principal or interest when due.

Certain of the closed-end funds invest in preferred securities. Preferred securities are sensitive to changes in interest rates and the market price generally falls with rising interest rates. Preferred securities are more likely to be called for redemption in a declining interest rate environment. Preferred securities are typically subordinated to bonds and other debt instruments in a company's capital structure, in terms of priority to corporate income, and therefore will be subject to greater credit risk than those debt instruments.

Certain of the closed-end funds invest in U.S. Treasury obligations which are subject to numerous risks including higher interest rates, economic recession and deterioration of the bond market or investors' perceptions thereof.

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.

Certain of the closed-end funds invest in floating-rate securities. A floating-rate security is an instrument in which the interest rate payable on the obligation fluctuates on a periodic basis based upon changes in an interest rate benchmark.

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.

For a discussion of additional risks of investing in the Trust see the "Risk Factors" section of the prospectus.

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.

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.

 
The information in the prospectus is not complete and may be changed. We may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. The prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities and is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted.
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