Banking Opportunity Portfolio, Series 39
According to the FDIC, for the first quarter 2020, total U.S. bank assets increased by $1.6 trillion (8.6%) from the previous quarter, driven by increases in cash and balances due from depository
institutions and loan and lease balances. In addition, on an annual basis, total U.S. bank deposits increased by $1.9 trillion (13.3%), the largest year-over-year growth rate ever reported by the
Quarterly Banking Profile.
Thanks in part to consolidation, U.S. banks have achieved remarkable growth in assets. At year-end
2000, the 9,904 reporting FDIC-insured commercial banks and savings institutions had
aggregate assets of $7.5 trillion; as of March 31, 2020, the number of reporting banks had fallen
to 5,116 while total assets increased to $20.3 trillion, a gain of over 171% in assets.1
Improved efficiency, lower operating costs and increased volume are a few of the benefits of
consolidation. With the financial demands of an aging population, continued competition and the vast
number of financial choices, we believe consolidation will continue to play an important role as
institutions seek to grow their capabilities and gain market share.
This unit investment trust seeks above-average capital appreciation by investing in an
unmanaged, diversified portfolio of commercial banks; however, there is no assurance
the objective will be met.
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.
FDIC Insured, Not Bank Guaranteed and May Lose Value.
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 financials sector which involves
additional risks, including limited diversification. The companies engaged in the financials sector are subject
to the adverse effects of volatile interest rates, economic recession, decreases in the availability of capital,
increased competition from new entrants in the field, and potential increased regulation.
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
Large capitalization companies may grow at a slower rate than the overall market.
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.
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 recent outbreak of a respiratory disease designated as COVID-19 was first detected in China in December
2019. The global economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is impossible to predict but is expected to
disrupt manufacturing, supply chains and sales in affected areas and negatively impact global economic
growth prospects. The COVID-19 outbreak has also caused significant volatility and declines in global
financial markets, which have caused losses for investors. The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak may be short
term or may last for an extended period of time, and in either case could result in a substantial economic
downturn or recession.
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.
There may be tax consequences unless units are purchased in an IRA or other qualified plan.