High Dividend Equity Allocation Portfolio, Series 45
Investing in dividend-paying stocks is a time-tested strategy for investors seeking income. Dividends have traditionally been one of the few constants in the world of investing, helping to buffer volatility
in both good and bad markets and history has shown that, over the long-term, dividends provide a key component of total return. The High Dividend Equity Allocation Portfolio provides a convenient
way to invest in a broad range of companies that we believe have shown a solid history of distributing dividends to shareholders.
Portfolio Selection Process
The trust invests in a
diversified portfolio of
stocks of companies from four
distinct portfolio strategies
which are weighted based on
the below allocation.
Through our selection process we seek to find the companies that we believe have the best prospects for
above-average total return.
Identify the Universe
The first step in our selection process is to identify each
universe from which we will select the stocks for the four strategies. Each universe contains stocks
selected specifically for each component of the allocation. It should be noted that emerging markets
stocks are included in the universe of stocks from which the International High Dividend stocks are
selected and, if selected, would result in the portfolio having an exposure to emerging markets stocks in
excess of 10% of the portfolio. In addition, emerging markets companies are those which are
incorporated, headquartered or have a significant presence in an emerging market country.
Screen for Dividend Strength
We then evaluate companies based on multiple
factors and eliminate those companies that do not meet our investment criteria. These criteria are
designed to identify well-capitalized companies with above-average dividend yields and the ability to
sustain current dividend levels.
Examine Historical Financial Results
The next step in our process is to
look for those companies that have earned a net cash flow return on investment that is above the
average of their peers. Historically, companies that have increased their cash flows at a higher rate have
rewarded shareholders with superior total returns.
Select Companies with Attractive Valuations
The final step in our
process is to select companies based on the fundamental analysis of our team of research analysts. The
stocks selected for the portfolio are those that meet our investment objective, trade at attractive
valuations and, in our opinion, are likely to exceed market expectations of future cash flows.
This unit investment trust seeks above-average total return through a combination of capital appreciation and dividend income; however, there is no assurance the objective will be met.
|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 common stocks, 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.
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 and developing 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.
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 available information.
Large capitalization companies may grow at a slower rate than the overall market.
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.
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.