Global Bond Income Closed-End Portfolio, Series 38
Why Invest Globally?
Historically, American investors have found substantial investment opportunities right here in the United
States. However, foreign economies are expanding and issuing debt with attractive yields to help finance
their growing infrastructures and businesses. The Global Bond Income Closed-End Portfolio provides a
convenient way to add an international dimension to your investment portfolio, significantly expanding
your investment opportunities and potentially enhancing your overall return. To accomplish this, the
portfolio invests in a pool of closed-end funds which invest in a wide range of bonds, including government
bonds and corporate bonds from domestic and foreign issuers, including those in emerging markets.
This unit investment trust seeks a high rate of current monthly income, with capital
appreciation as a secondary objective; however, there is no assurance that the
objectives of the portfolio will be achieved.
Diversification is one of the principal advantages of global investing. Historically, by diversifying beyond
the United States, investors have been able to reduce the overall volatility of their portfolio over time.
While individual foreign bond markets may move in tandem with the U.S. market over short-term
periods, they generally have lower longer-term correlation. This low correlation helps to temper some of
the fluctuations found in a portfolio that consists primarily of U.S. bonds. In addition, interest rates in
some foreign countries are often higher than what investors can find domestically, especially in our
current low interest rate environment. Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.
Since closed-end funds maintain a relatively fixed pool of investment
capital, portfolio managers are better able to adhere to their investment philosophies through greater
flexibility and control. In addition, closed-end funds don’t have to manage fund liquidity to meet
potentially large redemptions.
Closed-end funds are structured to generally provide a more
stable income stream than other managed investment products because they are not subjected to cash
inflows and outflows, which can dilute dividends over time. However, as a result of bond calls,
redemptions and advanced refundings, which can dilute a fund’s income, the portfolio cannot guarantee
|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 an investment in a portfolio of closed-end funds.
Closed-end funds 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 the funds 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, closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount to their net asset value in the secondary market.
Certain closed-end funds employ the use of leverage, which increases the volatility of such funds.
Certain of the closed-end 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.
Certain of the closed-end 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.
All of the closed-end funds 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. Risks associated
with investing in foreign securities may be more pronounced in emerging markets where the securities
markets are substantially smaller, less liquid, less regulated and more volatile than the U.S. and developed
About one year after the United Kingdom officially departed the European Union (commonly referred to as “Brexit”), the United Kingdom and the European Union reached a trade agreement that became effective on
December 31, 2020. It is not currently possible to determine the extent of the impact the Brexit trade agreement may have on the portfolio’s investments and this certainly could negatively impact current and future economic
conditions in the United Kingdom and other countries, which could negatively impact the value of the portfolio’s investments.
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 COVID-19 global pandemic has caused significant volatility and declines in global financial markets,
causing losses for investors. The development of vaccines has slowed the spread of the virus and allowed
for the resumption of “reasonably” normal business activity in the United States, although many countries
continue to impose lockdown measures. Additionally, there is no guarantee that vaccines will be effective
against emerging 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 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.
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.