FT Equity Allocation ETF Model, 3rd Qtr 2020
Finding the right mix of investments is a key factor to successful investing. Because different investments
often react differently to economic and market changes, diversifying among low-correlated investments,
which generally experience unrelated performance, primarily helps to reduce volatility and also has the
potential to enhance your returns. The FT Equity Allocation ETF Model Portfolio is a unit investment trust
which seeks to provide broad equity diversification by investing approximately 75% in exchange-traded
funds (ETFs) advised by First Trust Advisors L.P., an affiliate of the trust’s sponsor, that invest in common
stocks across various market capitalizations, growth and value styles, sectors and countries. The remaining
25% of the portfolio invests in narrowly focused First Trust® ETFs that invest in common stocks of
companies from several different sectors, countries and/or themes that we believe will outperform the
overall market over the life of the trust. The ETFs included in the portfolio are selected by the First Trust
Advisors Investment Committee through a dynamic approach.
Core and Satellite Approach
For decades, investors have implemented asset allocation strategies designed around a core and satellite
approach. This is a strategy of investing in broad based equity asset classes included in 75% of the trust as
described above, which serve as the core investments of the portfolio, and enhancing them with positions
that are concentrated in specific market segments included in 25% of the Trust as described above, which
serve as the satellite investments of the portfolio. The goal of the core and satellite approach is to balance
broad diversification while seeking risk-controlled, enhanced performance. We use this approach to
construct the FT Equity Allocation ETF Model 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.
|Not FDIC Insured Not Bank Guaranteed May Lose Value
This unit investment trust seeks above-average capital appreciation by investing in a
diversified portfolio of First Trust® equity ETFs; however, there is no assurance the
objective will be met.
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 which invest in common stocks.
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 ETFs may employ the use of leverage, which increases the volatility of such funds.
Common stocks are subject to risks 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.
Certain of the ETFs invest in securities issued by foreign issuers. Such securities are subject to certain risks, including currency and interest rate fluctuations, nationalization or other adverse political or economic developments,
lack of liquidity of certain foreign markets, 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.
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 organizational costs.
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.
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.
Although this portfolio 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.
For a discussion of additional risks of investing in the trust see
the “Risk Factors” section of the prospectus.