Corporate Investment Grade, 3-7 Year, Series 13
Corporate Bond Basics
A corporate bond is a debt obligation issued by a corporation. Issuing bonds can be an alternative to offering
equity ownership by issuing stock. Payments to bondholders have priority over payments to stockholders.
Why Investment Grade
Within the bond market, there is a category of bonds considered “investment grade.” Investment grade
bonds are rated BBB/Baa or higher by major credit rating agencies. The designation of a bond as
investment grade is based upon an evaluation by a credit rating agency of the corporation’s credit
history and ability to repay obligations. This rating of investment grade generally signifies that a credit
rating agency considers the quality of a particular bond to be sufficient to provide reasonable assurance
of the issuer’s ability to meet their obligations to bondholders. There is, however, no assurance that the
securities selected for the trust will continue to receive an investment grade rating in the future or that
such rating will ensure an issuer’s ability to satisfy its obligations to bondholders.
Investment grade bonds generally are a high credit quality asset class with historically low default rates.
The chart to the right illustrates that the average default rates for investment grade bonds have been
significantly lower than for speculative grade bonds based on the most recent data available from
Moody’s Investors Service. Current default rates may vary from that of their historical averages and there
can be no assurance that the default rate for investment grade bonds will not rise in the future.
- Potential for current monthly income.
- Diversified portfolio of investment grade corporate bonds.
- Estimated weighted average maturity of approximately 3 to 7 years.
- 1.95% up-front maximum sales charge. In addition to the sales charge, the trust is
subject to annual operating expenses and organization costs.
The objectives of this unit investment trust are to distribute current monthly income and to
preserve capital by investing in a portfolio of investment grade corporate bonds. There is,
however, no assurance that the objectives will be achieved.
|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.
An investment in this unmanaged unit investment trust should
be made with an understanding of the risks associated with investment grade corporate bonds,
including higher interest rates, economic recession, deterioration of the bond market or investors’
perception thereof, possible downgrades and defaults of interest and/or principal.
Certain of the securities held by the trust are issued by Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). Companies involved in the real estate industry are subject to changes in the real estate market, vacancy rates and competition,
volatile interest rates and economic recession.
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.
An investment in a portfolio containing 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.
On January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom officially departed the European Union (commonly referred to as
“Brexit”). Brexit has led to volatility in global financial markets, in particular those of the United Kingdom
and across Europe, and may also lead to weakening in political, regulatory, consumer, corporate and financial
confidence in the United Kingdom and Europe.
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.
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