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Inflation Hedge Portfolio, Series 40

When it comes to investing — whether for income or for growth — you can't afford to ignore the eroding effect inflation can have on the value of your assets. In today's economic environment, inflation has largely been held in check, which is why it might be easy to overlook inflation when building your investment portfolio. However, there is growing concern that government spending could spark inflation.

Portfolio Objective

This unit investment trust seeks above-average total return; however, there is no assurance the objective will be met.

Investing to Counteract Inflation

Like stock returns, economic growth, and interest rates, inflation is one of those variables you can't control. But, as an investor, you can control how your investment dollars are allocated. For many investors, investing in natural resources, precious metals, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and bonds that typically react favorably to inflation are ways to hedge against inflation in a properly diversified portfolio.

The Inflation Hedge Portfolio is a professionally-selected unit investment trust which invests in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) which are designed to track gold, silver, REITs, senior loans or government bonds and in common stocks of agriculture companies, energy companies and materials companies (including metals and mining companies). Many factors will affect the value of the securities in the trust and there can be no assurance that the trust will achieve a positive return during an inflationary period.

Gold and Precious Metals
Gold and other precious metals have historically held their value during times of rising inflation. Investing in the commodities themselves is not the only way to hedge against rising inflation. Mining companies also tend to benefit as their earnings should improve if the price of gold and other precious metals rises. Such hedging may also be accomplished by investment in ETFs which themselves invest in commodities such as gold and silver.

When economic activity accelerates, whether in the U.S. or abroad, the global demand for natural resources grows. The resulting increase in the underlying commodity prices historically generates higher profits for companies in the energy sector and translates into higher returns for investors.

Real estate has traditionally been a good hedge against higher inflation. Historically, REITs have performed well in times when the economy improves and inflation and interest rates trend higher. In addition, an improving economy tends to lead to better occupancy rates in commercial buildings and malls which often results in dividend increases among REITs.

The negative effects of inflation on bonds may be offset through ETFs which invest in inflationlinked bonds. Inflation-linked government bonds, commonly known in the U.S. as Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS), are securities issued by governments that seek to provide inflation protection to investors. The coupon payments and principal value on these securities are adjusted according to inflation over the life of the bonds.

Senior Loans
Senior loans are floating-rate secured debt extended to non-investment grade corporations which are backed by collateral, such as property, and are senior in the capital structure of a company. The capital structure is how a company finances its overall operations and growth by using different sources of funds such as long-term debt, short-term debt, common equity and preferred equity. Investors may find comfort in the fact that senior loans have a senior secured position in the capital structure, thereby having a claim not only on the cash flow of a given company, but also its assets. This added security has historically offered investors less volatility in relation to the junior parts of a given capital structure.

According to the USDA, global demand and trade for agricultural products are anticipated to continue rising through 2027/28. Income growth is expected to remain strong, especially in many emerging and developing economies, giving strong incentive for sustained growth in demand and trade for agricultural products.

Basic materials companies operate in a wide array of commodity-related businesses. Some examples include chemicals, construction materials, glass, paper, forest and related packaging products, metals, minerals and mining companies. This sector is cyclical in nature, which is to say that the demand for raw materials and related products is largely driven by economic activity, particularly in the manufacturing sector. When economic activity accelerates, the demand for raw materials often rises – as do prices.

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.

Risk Considerations:
An investment in this unmanaged unit investment trust should be made with an understanding of the risks involved with an investment in a portfolio of common stocks and exchange-traded funds.

Common stocks are subject to certain 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.

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 may trade at a discount from their net asset value in the secondary market. Certain ETFs may employ the use of leverage which increases the volatility of such funds.

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 REITs. Companies involved in the real estate industry are subject to changes in the real estate market, vacancy rates and competition, volatile interest rates and economic recession.

A portfolio which is invested in 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. 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.

The portfolio is concentrated in stocks in both the energy and materials sectors making it subject to additional risks, including limited diversification. The companies engaged in the energy sector are subject to certain risks, including price and supply fluctuations caused by international politics, energy conservation, taxes, price controls, and other regulatory policies of various governments. Falling oil and gas prices may negatively impact the profitability and business prospects of certain energy companies. The companies engaged in the materials sector, including companies within the precious metals industry, are subject to price and supply fluctuations, excess capacity, economic recession, domestic and international politics, government regulations, volatile interest rates, consumer spending trends and overall capital spending levels.

The portfolio also invests in precious metals companies. Companies in the precious metals industry are subject to risks associated with the exploration, development, and production of precious metals including competition for land, difficulties in obtaining required governmental approval to mine land, inability to raise capital, increases in production costs and political unrest. In addition, the price of gold and other precious metals is subject to wide fluctuations.

The portfolio also invests in agribusiness companies. Agribusiness companies are subject to cyclicality of revenues and earnings, economic recession, currency fluctuations, changing consumer tastes, extensive competition, excess capacity, product liability litigation and governmental regulation and subsidies.

Certain of the ETFs invest in commodities. Commodity prices are subject to several factors including, price and supply fluctuations, excess capacity, economic recession, domestic and international politics, government regulations, volatile interest rates, consumer spending trends and overall capital spending levels.

Certain of the ETFs invest in Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS). TIPS are subject to numerous risks including changes in interest rates, economic recession and deterioration of the bond market or investors' perception thereof.

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.

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 floating-rate securities. A floating-rate security is an instrument in which the interest rate payable on the obligation fluctuates on a periodic basis based upon changes in an interest rate benchmark. As a result, 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.

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. This unit investment trust is not an absolute return investment vehicle.

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.

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.

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

Fund Cusip Information
30310M343 (Cash)
30310M350 (Reinvest)
30310M368 (Cash-Fee)
30310M376 (Reinvest-Fee)
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