S&P International Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio, 4th Quarter 2021 Series
The S&P International Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio invests in companies from the S&P Global Dividend
Aristocrats Index. The index consists of 100 companies from the S&P Global Broad Market Index that have
increased dividends or maintained stable dividends every year for at least 10 consecutive years, as
determined by the index provider.
Why Invest In Companies With A History Of Growing Dividends?
Quality | Companies that have been able to consistently grow their dividend have a tendency to be
higher quality compared to those of the broader market in terms of earnings quality and leverage, in our
opinion. A company’s ability to reliably increase its dividend for years, or even decades, can be an
indication of its financial strength or discipline.
Buffer Against Market Volatility | Dividend growth companies may be attractive to investors
looking for disciplined companies that can endure difficult market and economic environments. These
companies typically feature healthy balance sheets and consistent cash flows that provide plenty of
capital to effectively operate their business and fund a growing dividend.
Address The Potential Risks Associated With Rising Rates | Unlike high dividend yield
strategies which tend to be concentrated in companies from certain sectors that could come under pressure
during periods of rising rates, dividend growth strategies tend to be more diversified and able to provide
increased exposure to sectors that could become more desirable with improving economic activity and
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.
A significant percentage of securities held by the portfolio are issued by companies in the Asia Pacific region, making the
portfolio more susceptible to the economic, market, regulatory, political, natural disasters and local risks
of the Asia Pacific region. The region has historically been highly dependent on global trade which creates a
risk with this dependency on global growth. The stock markets tend to have a larger prevalence of smaller
companies that are inherently more volatile and less liquid than larger companies.
A significant percentage of securities held by the portfolio are issued by companies in Europe. The United Kingdom vote to leave
the European Union and other recent rapid political and social change throughout Europe make the extent
and nature of future economic development in Europe and the effect on securities issued by European issuers
difficult to predict.
An investment in a portfolio containing equity securities of foreign issuers is 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.
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.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused significant volatility and declines in global financial markets,
causing losses for investors. The development of vaccines has slowed the spread of the virus and allowed
for the resumption of “reasonably” normal business activity in the United States, although 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.
Although this unit investment trust 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 S&P Global Dividend Aristocrats Index is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC or its affiliates ("SPDJI") and has been licensed for use by First Trust Portfolios L.P. Standard & Poor's® and S&P® are registered trademarks of
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certain purposes by First Trust Portfolios L.P. The S&P International Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, their respective affiliates, and none of such parties make
any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product nor do they have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of the S&P Global Dividend Aristocrats Index.