ETF Growth and Income Portfolio, April 2019
The ETF Growth and Income Portfolio invests in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that are diversified among several different equity and income asset classes. The portfolio seeks to provide investors with broad diversification by investing in ETFs which invest in common stocks of various market capitalizations, growth and value styles, sectors and countries as well as taxable bonds. Now, instead of using multiple investments to achieve both income and growth potential, investors may be able to fulfill their investment plans with a single diversified portfolio.
This unit investment trust seeks income and
above-average capital appreciation by
investing in a diversified portfolio of ETFs;
however, there is no assurance the objectives
will be met.
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.
|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 advisor
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 and taxable bonds.
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 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.
An investment in a portfolio containing small-cap and mid-cap
companies is subject to additional risks, as the share prices of
small-cap companies and 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
Certain of the ETFs invest in investment grade securities.
Investment grade securities are subject to numerous risks
including higher interest rates, economic recession,
deterioration of the investment grade market or investors’
perception thereof, possible downgrades and defaults of
interest and/or principal.
Certain of the ETFs invest in securities of foreign issuers which
are subject to additional risks, including currency fluctuations,
political risks, 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
developed, less liquid, less regulated, and more volatile than
the U.S. and developed foreign markets.
Certain of the ETFs 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.
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.
For a discussion of additional risks of
investing in the trust see the “Risk Factors”
section of the prospectus.
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.
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 cyber security.