Global Bond Income Closed-End Portfolio, Series 43
Why Invest Globally?
Historically, American investors have found substantial investment opportunities right here in the
United States. However, by investing solely in the U.S., investors exclude a major portion of the
world’s investment opportunities, in our opinion. The Global Bond Income Closed-End Portfolio
provides a convenient way to add an international dimension to your investment portfolio. 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
Diversification is one of the principal advantages of global investing. Historically, by diversifying
beyond the U.S., 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.
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
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.
|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.
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 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.
The United Kingdom’s official departure from the European Union (commonly referred to as “Brexit”) led to volatility in global financial markets, in particular those of the United Kingdom and across Europe, and the weakening
in political, regulatory, consumer, corporate and financial confidence in the United Kingdom and Europe. It is not currently possible to determine the extent of the impact that Brexit may have on the portfolio’s investments and
this uncertainty 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.
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 COVID-19 global pandemic and the ensuing policies enacted by governments and central banks have caused and may continue to cause significant volatility and uncertainty in global financial markets. While the U.S. has resumed “reasonably” normal business activity, 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.