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American Recovery Portfolio, Series 7

The American Recovery Portfolio is a unit investment trust that invests in common stocks across the following sectors: communication services, consumer discretionary, health care, industrials and information technology. Our goal with this portfolio is to choose well-capitalized companies with strong market positions. One important advantage that well-capitalized companies enjoy over others is that they have the potential to provide their stockholders with a greater degree of stability and performance over time.

Through our selection process, we seek to find companies with the following qualities:

  • Well-capitalized with strong balance sheets;

  • Skilled management;

  • High liquidity;

  • Ability to generate earnings growth; and

  • Record of financial strength and profit growth.

Consider The Following

  • Communication Services | This sector includes media and entertainment companies. Digital media consumption increased as people stayed at home during the COVID-19 pandamic. Consumption is expected to continue to increase across social media, over-the-top video and online gaming.1

  • Consumer Discretionary | This sector has felt the impact of the pandemic as people cancelled trips and avoided leisure activities. The sector is dominated by companies that produce products and services that consumers often do without when they are under financial stress or worried about the state of the economy. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. labor market was strong with healthy consumer balance sheets which may help this sector going forward.

  • Health Care | From 2019-2028, it is projected that health care spending will grow at an average rate of 5.4% annually.2 In addition, there are currently approximately 8,000 medicines in clinical development around the world. Of these, 74% have the potential to be first-in-class treatments, which represents an entirely new approach to treating a disease.3

  • Industrials | The industrials sector gained 11.1% in 2020, compared to 29.4% in 2019.4 With the economic recovery underway, the outlook can be positivie for this historically procyclical sector. Typically, when the economy is growing so is the industrial sector.

  • Information Technology |Gartner forecasts worldwide IT spending to total approximately $4.2 trillion in 2021, an increase of 8.6% from 2020. In addition, end-user spending on public cloud services is anticipated to reach $396 billion in 2021 and grow 21.7% to reach an estimated $482 billion in 2022.

1 emarketer
2 CMS.gov
3 PhRMA
4 Statista

The Russell 3000 Index is an unmanaged index used to measure the performance of the largest 3000 U.S. stocks based on total market capitalization. The index cannot be purchased directly by investors.

Portfolio Objective

This unit investment trust seeks above-average capital appreciation; however, there is no assurance the objective will be met.

Portfolio Selection Process

We believe that the communication services, consumer discretionary, health care, industrials and information technology sectors have the potential to lead the economic recovery once the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us.

We begin with the Russell 3000 Index to create an initial universe of stocks with a market-cap above $10 billion that are in the sectors listed above. Next we examine the historical financial results of the stocks from the initial universe. The stocks are then evaluated using fundamental factors such as sales, earnings and cash flow growth; valuation factors such as price/earnings, price/cash flow, price/sales and price/book; and technical factors such as price momentum and earnings surprises.

An estimated value is calculated for each of the companies utilizing a Cash Flow Return on Investment (CFROI) method. A secondary valuation is also made employing a concept called Economic Margin. The companies which currently trade at an attractive market price relative to their estimated value are favored over companies that do not.

The final portfolio is then selected by a team of equity analysts who evaluate each stock by examining the stock’s relative valuation and other qualitative factors such as competitive advantages, new products and quality of management.

Our selection process attempts to find the stocks with the best prospects for above-average capital appreciation by identifying those that meet our investment objectives, trade at attractive valuations, and, in our opinion, are likely to exceed market expectations of future cash flows.

The final portfolio is comprised of 40 approximately equally weighted American Recovery stocks.

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 professional 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.

You should be aware that the portfolio is concentrated in stocks in the information technology sector which involves additional risks, including limited diversification. The companies engaged in the information technology sector are subject to fierce competition, high research and development costs, and their products and services may be subject to rapid obsolescence. Technology company stocks, especially those which are Internet-related, may experience extreme price and volume fluctuations that are often unrelated to their operating performance.

Large capitalization companies may grow at a slower rate than the overall market.

As the use of Internet technology has become more prevalent in the course of business, the trust has become more susceptible to potential operational risks through breaches in cybersecurity.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has resulted in major disruptions to economies and markets around the world. Financial markets have experienced extreme volatility and severe losses, negatively impacting global economic growth prospects. The duration of the COVID-19 outbreak and its effects cannot be determined with certainty and may exacerbate other political, social and economic risks.

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.

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 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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