Diversified Fixed Income ETF Portfolio, Series 57
The Diversified Fixed Income ETF Portfolio is a unit investment trust which seeks to provide investors
with current monthly income and diversification across fixed income asset classes. To accomplish this,
the portfolio invests in a broad range of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) which are further diversified
among U.S. and foreign fixed income securities of various maturities and credit quality.
Instead of using multiple investments, investors may be able to fulfill the fixed income allocation within
their investment plans with this single, diversified portfolio.
What is Asset Allocation?
Asset allocation is the process of developing a diversified investment portfolio by combining different
assets in varying proportions. A portfolio’s long-term performance is determined primarily by the
distribution of dollars among asset classes. The asset allocation decision is one of the most important
decisions you will make as an investor. Studies have found that an asset allocation policy is the number
one factor in determining both the return and the risk of an investment portfolio.*
What is an ETF?
ETFs offer investors the opportunity to buy and sell an entire basket of securities with a single
transaction throughout the trading day. ETFs combine the characteristics of a mutual fund with the
convenience and trading flexibility of stocks. Below is a list of other ETF features.
- Diversification | ETFs hold a basket of securities which helps to mitigate single security
risk. It is important to note that diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.
- Transparency | ETF holdings are available daily so investors know what they own.
- Tax Efficiency | The ETF structure allows for increased tax efficiency.
- Fully Invested | Unlike a traditional mutual fund, ETFs do not need to hold cash in order to
satisfy investor redemptions which allows them to better adhere to their investment objective.
This unit investment trust seeks a high rate of current monthly income by investing in
a diversified portfolio of fixed income ETFs; however, there is no assurance the
objective will be met.
| 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 involved with owning ETFs and fixed income securities.
ETFs are subject to various risks, including management’s ability to meet the fund’s investment objective, and to manage the fund’s portfolio when the underlying securities are redeemed or sold, during periods of market
turmoil and as investors’ perceptions regarding ETFs or their underlying investments change. Unlike open-end funds, which trade at prices based on a current determination of the fund’s net asset value, ETFs frequently trade
at a discount from their net asset value in the secondary market.
Certain of the funds invest in floating-rate securities. A floating-rate security is an instrument in which the interest rate payable on the obligation fluctuates on a periodic basis based upon changes in an interest rate benchmark.
As a result, the yield on such a security will generally decline in a falling interest rate environment, causing the trust to experience a reduction in the income it receives from such securities.
Certain of the funds invest in high-yield securities or “junk” bonds. Investing in high-yield securities should be viewed as speculative and you should review your ability to assume the risks associated with investments which
utilize such securities. High-yield securities are subject to numerous risks, including higher interest rates, economic recession, deterioration of the junk bond market, possible downgrades and defaults of interest and/or
principal. High-yield security prices tend to fluctuate more than higher rated securities and are affected by short-term credit developments to a greater degree.
All of the funds invest in investment grade securities. Investment grade securities are subject to numerous risks including higher interest rates, economic recession, deterioration of the investment grade security market or
investors’ perception thereof, possible downgrades and defaults of interest and/or principal.
Certain of the funds invest in limited duration bonds. Limited duration bonds are subject to interest rate risk, which is the risk that the value of a security will fall if interest rates increase. While limited duration bonds are
generally subject to less interest rate sensitivity than longer duration bonds, there can be no assurance that interest rates will not rise during the life of the trust.
Certain of the funds included in the portfolio invest in mortgage-backed securities. Rising interest rates tend to extend the duration of mortgage-backed securities, making them more sensitive to changes in interest rates,
and may reduce the market value of the securities. In addition, mortgage-backed securities are subject to prepayment risk, the risk that borrowers may pay off their mortgages sooner than expected, particularly when interest
Certain of the funds invest in senior loans. The yield on funds which invest in senior loans will generally decline in a falling interest rate environment and increase in a rising
interest rate environment. Senior loans are generally below investment grade quality (“junk” bonds). An investment in senior loans involves the risk that the borrowers may default on their obligations to pay principal or
interest when due.
Certain of the funds invest in covenant-lite loans which contain fewer or no maintenance covenants and may hinder the ETFs’ ability to reprice credit risk and mitigate potential loss especially during a downturn in the credit cycle.
Certain of the funds invest in U.S. Treasury obligations which are subject to numerous risks including higher interest rates, economic recession and deterioration of the bond market or investors’ perceptions thereof.
Securities of non-U.S. issuers are subject to additional risks, including currency fluctuations, political risks, withholding, the lack of adequate financial information, and exchange control restrictions impacting non-U.S. 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.
In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine which has caused and could continue to cause significant market disruptions and volatility within the markets in Russia, Europe, and the United States. The hostilities and sanctions
resulting from those hostilities could have a significant impact on certain investments as well as performance.
The ongoing effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic, or the potential impacts of any future public health crisis, may cause significant volatility and uncertainty in global financial markets. While vaccines have been developed,
there is no guarantee that vaccines will be effective against future variants of the disease.
It is important to note that an investment can be made in the underlying funds directly rather than through the trust. These direct investments can be made without paying the trust’s sales charge, operating expenses and
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.
For a discussion of additional risks of investing in the trust see the “Risk Factors” section of the prospectus.