Target Dividend Double Play Portfolio, 4th Quarter 2019 Series
The Target Dividend Double Play Portfolio is a unit investment trust which consists of an
approximately equal weighting between two strategies – The S&P Dividend Aristocrats
Target 25 Strategy and the Target High Quality Dividend Strategy. It invests in a fixed portfolio
of stocks which are selected by applying pre-determined screens and factors and holds the
stocks for approximately 15 months. The portfolio offers several potential advantages:
- Complete transparency from the stock selection process to portfolio holdings and
individual stock weightings;
- Automated buy decisions helping to eliminate unwanted emotions from the
- No style drift from manager-driven trading;
- Low cash positions so more of your money is invested;
- Diversification, discipline, and a periodic rebalancing opportunity helping to decrease
volatility and potentially increase returns.
As you can see in the charts below, if this strategy had been applied since
2000, investors would have realized higher total returns than by investing in the S&P 500
Index. It is important to note that the past performance of the strategy is hypothetical and it
is not indicative of the future performance of the Target Dividend Double Play Portfolio.
Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.
Reasons To Consider Dividend-Paying Stocks
- History shows that, over the long-term, dividends provide a key component of total return.
- Historically, dividends have made up a significant portion of stock market total return.
According to Ibbotson Associates, dividends have provided approximately 42% of the
9.99% average annual total return on the S&P 500 Index from January 1926 through
- Due to the fact that corporations are not obligated to share their earnings with
stockholders, dividends may be viewed as a sign of a company’s profitability as well as
management's assessment of the future, in our opinion.
- We believe that companies that distribute dividends on a regular basis generally
demonstrate financial strength and positive performance relative to their peers.
Portfolio Selection Process
The Target Dividend Double Play Portfolio seeks above-average total return by adhering to a simple investment strategy; however, there is no assurance the objective will be met. On the initial date
of deposit, the portfolio is approximately equally weighted between the two strategies described below.
S&P Dividend Aristocrats Target 25 Strategy
- Begin with the stocks that comprise the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index. The index
consists of companies from the S&P 500 Index that have increased dividends every year for at
least 25 consecutive years.
- Rank each stock on three equally weighted factors:
- Debt-to-equity. Compares a company’s long-term debt to their stockholder’s equity.
Higher levels of this ratio are associated with higher risk, lower levels with lower risk.
- Price-to-cash flow. Measures the cost of a company’s stock for every dollar of cash flow
generated. A lower, but positive, ratio indicates investors are paying less for the cash flow
generated which can be a sign of value.
- Return-on-assets. Compares a company’s net income to its total assets. The ratio shows how
efficiently a company generates net income from its assets.
- Purchase an approximately equally weighted portfolio of the 25 stocks with the best overall
ranking on the three factors with a maximum of seven stocks from any one of the major Global
Industry Classification Standard (GICS) market sectors. Regulated investment companies,
limited partnerships and business development companies are not eligible for selection.
Target High Quality Dividend Strategy
- Begin with the 1,000 stocks with the largest market capitalization as of two business days
prior to the Initial Date of Deposit which trade on a U.S. exchange, excluding REITs, ADRs,
regulated investment companies and limited partnerships.
- Select only those stocks that meet the following criteria:
- Minimum three month average daily trading volume of $2.5 million.
- Three consecutive years of dividend increases.
- Screen for quality on the following factors:
- Net debt/assets of less than 50%.
- Three-year payout ratio of less than 50% of earnings.
- Positive free cash flow after dividends for the trailing 12 months.
- Purchase an approximately equally weighted portfolio of the 30 stocks with the highest
dividend yield, subject to a maximum of nine stocks from any one of the major GICS market
sectors. The financials and real estate sectors are combined for the sector limit purpose.
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Past performance is no guarantee of future results and the actual current
performance of the portfolio may be lower or higher than the hypothetical performance
of the strategy. Hypothetical returns for the strategy in certain years were
significantly higher than the returns of the S&P 500 Index. Hypothetical strategy
returns were the result of certain market factors and events which may not be
replicated in the future. You can obtain performance information which is current
through the most recent month-end by calling First Trust Portfolios L.P. at
1-800-621-1675 option 2. Investment return and principal value of the portfolio
will fluctuate causing units of the portfolio, when redeemed, to be worth more
or less than their original cost.
Simulated strategy returns are hypothetical, meaning that they
do not represent actual trading, and, thus, may not reflect
material economic and market factors, such as liquidity
constraints, that may have had an impact on actual decision
making. The hypothetical performance is the retroactive
application of the strategy designed with the full benefit of
hindsight. Strategy returns reflect a sales charge of 1.85% and
estimated annual operating expenses of 0.185%, plus
organization costs, but not taxes or commissions paid by the
portfolio to purchase securities. Returns assume that all
dividends received during a year are reinvested monthly. Actual
portfolio performance will vary from that of investing in the
strategy stocks because it may not be invested equally in these
stocks and may not be fully invested at all times. It is important
to note that the strategy may underperform the S&P 500 Index
in certain years and may produce negative results.
The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index of 500 stocks used to measure large-cap
U.S. stock market performance. The index cannot be purchased directly by investors.
Standard Deviation is a measure of price variability (risk). A higher degree of variability indicates more volatility and therefore greater risk.
| 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.
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 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.
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
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 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.
The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC or its affiliates ("SPDJI") and has been licensed for use by First Trust Portfolios L.P. Standard & Poor's® and S&P® are registered trademarks of
Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC ("S&P"); Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC ("Dow Jones"); and these trademarks have been licensed for use by SPDJI and sublicensed for
certain purposes by First Trust Portfolios L.P. The Target Dividend Double Play Portfolio, which contains the S&P Dividend Aristocrats Target 25 Strategy, is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, their
respective affiliates, and none of such parties make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product nor do they have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of the S&P 500 Dividend