International High Dividend Equity Portfolio, Series 44
The International High Dividend Equity Portfolio provides a convenient way to add both an international
dimension to your investment portfolio as well as to invest in companies that we believe have shown a
solid history of distributing dividends to shareholders. We believe that this could significantly expand
your investment opportunities and potentially enhance your overall return.
Portfolio Selection Process
Through our selection process we seek to find
the stocks that we believe have the best
prospects for above-average total return.
Identify the Universe
begin by selecting stocks of foreign companies
that trade on a U.S. stock exchange either directly
or through an American Depositary Receipt 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 objectives, 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 objective, 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 the 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. Risks associated with investing in foreign securities
may be more pronounced in emerging markets where the securities markets are substantially smaller, less
liquid, less regulated and more volatile than the U.S. and developed foreign markets.
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.
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.