ETF Growth and Income Portfolio, March 2021
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 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 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.
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 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 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 mortgage-backed securities. Rising interest rates tend to extend the duration of mortgage-backed securities, making them more sensitive to changes in interest rates, and may reduce the market
value of the securities. In addition, mortgage-backed securities are subject to prepayment risk, the risk that borrowers may pay off their mortgages sooner than expected, particularly when interest rates decline.
Certain of the ETFs invest in senior loans. The yield on
closed-end funds which invest in senior loans will generally decline in a falling interest rate environment
and increase in a rising interest rate environment. Senior loans are generally below investment grade quality
(“junk” bonds). An investment in senior loans involves the risk that the borrowers may default on their
obligations to pay principal or interest when due.
Certain of the ETFs invest in covenant-lite loans which contain fewer or no maintenance covenants and may
hinder the ETF’s ability to reprice credit risk and mitigate potential loss especially during a downturn in the
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.
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.
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.
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
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 resulted in major disruptions to economies and markets around the world. Financial markets have experienced extreme volatility and severe losses, negatively impacting global economic
growth prospects. The duration of the COVID-19 outbreak and its effects cannot be determined with certainty and may exacerbate other political, social and economic risks.
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.
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.