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FT High Income Model Portfolio, 4th Qtr 2020

The FT High Income Model Portfolio seeks to provide high income with a secondary objective of capital appreciation. The portfolio primarily consists of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) advised by First Trust Advisors L.P., an affiliate of the trust’s sponsor, and seeks income and total return from non-traditional income sources. Along with the potential for higher yields, non-traditional sources of income offer potential diversification benefits through lower correlations to traditional fixed income sources. The ETFs included in the portfolio have been selected by the First Trust Advisors Model Investment Committee through a dynamic approach.

Asset classes in the FT High Income Model Portfolio include, but are not limited to, high yield corporate bonds, floating rate senior loans, emerging market debt, mortgage-backed, preferred and convertible securities.

The asset allocation process includes the following components:

Interest Rate Outlook/Duration - The prices of fixed income securities are greatly influenced by changes in interest rates, with longer duration fixed income assets historically being the most impacted. The duration of a bond is a measure of its price sensitivity to interest rate movements based on the weighted average term to maturity of its interest and principal cash flows. In general, duration represents the expected percentage change in the value of a security for an immediate 1% change in interest rates. For example, the price of a security with a three-year duration would be expected to drop by approximately 3% in response to a 1% increase in interest rates. Consequently, we believe the expected trajectory of interest rates is important for selecting fixed income asset classes. During periods of falling interest rates, securities with longer terms tend to perform better than securities with shorter terms, and vice-versa during rising interest rate periods.

Asset Class Level Valuation - We evaluate the relative value offered by different fixed income assets. To accomplish this, absolute yields and option-adjusted spreads to treasuries and other yield metrics are compared with history and warranted levels given present conditions. In addition, consideration may be given to hybrid asset classes.

Asset Class Level Fundamentals - Fundamental trends specifically relevant to each fixed income asset class are closely monitored and evaluated.

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.

Portfolio Objectives

This unit investment trust seeks to provide current monthly income, with capital appreciation as a secondary objective; however, there is no assurance the objectives 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.

Risk Considerations
An investment in this unmanaged unit investment trust should be made with an understanding of the risks involved with owning ETFs and fixed income securities.

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 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 ETFs 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 credit cycle.

Certain of the ETFs invest in floating-rate securities. The yield on such a security will generally decline in a falling interest rate environment, causing the trust to experience a reduction in the income it receives from such securities. Certain of the floating-rate securities pay interest based on LIBOR. Due to the uncertainty regarding the future utilization of LIBOR and the nature of any replacement rate, the potential effect of a transition away from LIBOR on a fund or the financial instruments in which the fund invests cannot yet be determined.

All 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.

All 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 limited duration bonds. Limited duration bonds are subject to interest rate risk, which is the risk that the value of a security will fall if interest rates increase. While limited duration bonds are generally subject to less interest rate sensitivity than longer duration bonds, there can be no assurance that interest rates will not rise during the life of the trust.

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.

On January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom officially departed the European Union (commonly referred to as “Brexit”). Brexit has led to volatility in global financial markets, in particular those of the United Kingdom and across Europe, and may also lead to weakening in political, regulatory, consumer, corporate and financial confidence in the United Kingdom and Europe.

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.

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 recent outbreak of a respiratory disease designated as COVID-19 was first detected in China in December 2019. The global economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is impossible to predict but is expected to disrupt manufacturing, supply chains and sales in affected areas and negatively impact global economic growth prospects. The COVID-19 outbreak has also caused significant volatility and declines in global financial markets, which have caused losses for investors. The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak may be short term or may last for an extended period of time, and in either case could result in a substantial economic downturn or recession.

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.

For a discussion of additional risks of investing in the trust see the “Risk Factors” section of the prospectus.

 
The information in the prospectus is not complete and may be changed. We may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. The prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities and is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted.
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