Digital World Leaders Strategy Portfolio, Series 18
The tasks we do on a daily basis continue to shift to digital sources. This phenomenon is occurring
worldwide, not just here in the United States. In fact, a lot of countries outside of the United States are
significantly further along in terms of their transition to a digital economy. Every day, the world
population shifts more of its workload and daily tasks to online or computerized sources.
This change is broad based and affects any number of industries. Shopping, content dissemination,
human interaction, and advertising have all seen significant transitions to online mediums over the last
decade and we believe that we are still in the early stages of this digital transformation.
This shift in global behavior is typically dominated by large scale companies that tend to be first when
bringing a new service or product to market. These companies tend to have the resources to evolve,
transform, and acquire as technology changes and consumer demand alters. The majority of these
companies provide comprehensive mega‐platforms that offer consumers the bulk of the services they
require with one convenient payment. As this trend develops and consumers become accustomed, these
companies may have a potential advantage over others and according to Pence Capital Management, LLC,
these companies are anticipated to dominate their industries.
The portfolio aims to primarily target the communications services, consumer discretionary and information
technology sectors and is broken down into the following sub-industries:
- Consumer Electronics
- Data Processing & Outsourced Services
- Interactive Home Entertainment
- Interactive Media & Services
- Internet & Direct Marketing
- Internet Services & Infrastructure
- Movies & Entertainment
- Systems Software
- Technology Hardware, Storage
Portfolio Selection Process
This unit investment trust seeks above-average capital appreciation; however, there is
no assurance the objective will be met.
About Pence Capital Management, LLC
Pence Capital Management, LLC is a registered investment advisory firm based in Newport Beach,
California. The firm uses its proprietary research to identify and deliver actionable investment
insights. The firm is led by Colonel (ret.) E. Dryden Pence III, a Harvard-educated economist with
decades of experience in the financial industry. His formal training and knowledge in economics
combined with his career of more than 26 years in Army Intelligence, Special Operations and
Psychological Warfare, gives the firm a unique understanding of human behavior and its effects
on the economy and the markets. The Digital World Leaders Strategy Portfolio is based on the
firm’s expertise in portfolio construction.
|Not FDIC Insured Not Bank Guaranteed May Lose Value
You should consider the portfolio's investment objective, 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 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 both the communication services and
consumer discretionary sectors which involves additional risks, including limited diversification. The
companies engaged in the communication services sector are subject to rapidly changing technology,
rapid product obsolescence, loss of patent protection, cyclical market patterns, governmental regulation,
evolving industry standards and frequent new product introductions. Certain companies may be particularly
susceptible to cybersecurity threats, which could have an adverse effect on their business. The companies
engaged in the consumer discretionary sector are subject to global competition, changing government
regulations and trade policies, currency fluctuations, and the financial and political risks inherent in
producing products for foreign markets.
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. Risks associated with investing in non-U.S. securities may be more pronounced in emerging and
developing markets where the securities markets are substantially smaller, less developed, less liquid, less
regulated, and more volatile than the U.S. and developed non-U.S. markets.
Certain of the securities held by the trust are non-Chinese shell
companies structured as variable interest entities (VIEs), which provide
economic exposure to Chinese companies but do not represent a direct
investment in the Chinese company. VIEs are not formally recognized
under Chinese law and intervention by the Chinese government into
the legality of the VIE structure could negatively impact such securities.
An investment in a portfolio containing mid-cap companies is subject to additional risks, as the share prices of 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.
Ongoing armed conflicts between Russia and Ukraine in Europe and among Israel, Hamas and other militant groups in the Middle East, have caused and could continue to cause significant market disruptions and volatility
within the markets in Russia, Europe, the Middle East 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.
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.