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Target Dividend Triple Play Portfolio, 3rd Quarter 2020 Series

The Strategy

The Target Dividend Triple Play Portfolio is a unit investment trust which consists of an approximately equal weighting between three strategies – The S&P Dividend Aristocrats Target 25 Strategy, Target High Quality Dividend Strategy and the Value Line® Target Safety 30 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 investment process;
  • 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 Triple Play Portfolio. Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.

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Standard Deviations* Average Annual Total Returns*
S&P 500
Strategy S&P 500
Since 2000 14.50% 12.91% 6.05% 9.72%
15 years 13.79% 12.53% 8.99% 9.16%
10 years 12.45% 11.29% 13.54% 12.30%
5 years 11.97% 12.19% 11.68% 8.67%
3 years 12.10% 12.94% 15.25% 11.12%
*Through 12/31/19

Annual Total Returns
Year S&P 500


2000 -9.10% 14.42%
2001 -11.88% 16.46%
2002 -22.09% -8.82%
2003 28.65% 20.17%
2004 10.87% 17.67%
2005 4.90% 3.57%
2006 15.76% 17.33%
2007 5.56% 0.63%
2008 -36.99% -26.72%
2009 26.46% 30.22%
2010 15.08% 12.76%
2011 2.08% 8.76%
2012 15.98% 11.73%
2013 32.36% 37.69%
2014 13.66% 11.61%
2015 1.38% -3.75%
2016 11.93% 14.74%
2017 21.80% 18.65%
2018 -4.39% -8.30%
2019 31.45% 26.10%
06/30/20 -3.08% -21.03%

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 0.187%, 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

Portfolio Selection Process

The Target Dividend Triple 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 three 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 seven 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.

Value Line® Target Safety 30 Strategy

  • Begin with all stocks or ADRs that Value Line® gives a #1 and #2 ranking for SafetyTM.
  • Eliminate business development companies, regulated investment companies, limited partnerships, real estate investment trusts and companies that do not trade on U.S. exchanges.
  • Select companies with a market capitalization greater than $1 billion and a three month average daily dollar volume greater than $5 million.
  • Select companies with an indicated dividend yield above 2%.
  • Eliminate companies that do not have positive free cash flow after subtracting dividends and those that do not have return on equity above 10%.
  • Rank all of the remaining companies on price volatility and price to cash flow. These rankings are separate, but equally weighted. Companies with lower price volatility and lower, but positive, price to cash flow receive higher rankings.
  • Purchase an approximately equally weighted portfolio of the 30 eligible stocks with the best overall ranking subject to a maximum of six stocks in any one of the major GICS market sectors. If, through the selection process, the stocks selected would cause the portfolio to exceed the six stocks in any one GICS sector limitation, the lowest ranked stock or stocks from that GICS sector will be replaced with the next highest ranked stock or stocks in any of the other GICS sectors. In the event of a tie, the stock with lower price to cash flow is selected.

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.

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 available information.

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 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.

Although this unit investment trust 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.

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 Triple 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 Aristocrats Index.

“Value Line”, “The Value Line Investment Survey”, “Timeliness,” and “Safety” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Value Line, Inc. (“Value Line”) and have been licensed for use for certain purposes by First Trust Portfolios L.P. The Target Dividend Triple Play Portfolio, which contains The Value Line® Target Safety 30 Strategy, is not sponsored, endorsed, recommended, sold or promoted by Value Line and Value Line makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in products utilizing such strategy. First Trust Portfolios L.P. is not affiliated with any Value Line company.

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.

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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