Interest Rate Hedge and ETF Portfolio, Series 17
We believe there is the potential for rising interest rates in the coming years. Bonds tend to lose
value in a rising interest rate environment. Equities, on the other hand, have often historically
provided positive returns after the Federal Reserve's initial rate hike. Like stock returns, economic
growth, inflation and interest rates are some variables that you can't control. But, as an investor,
you can control how your investment dollars are allocated.
The Interest Rate Hedge and ETF Portfolio is a professionally selected unit investment trust which
invests in common stocks of companies that have a history of dividend growth, as well as
exchange-traded funds (ETFs) which invest in convertible securities, Treasury Inflation Protected
Securities (TIPS), master limited partnerships (MLPs), limited duration bonds and real estate
investment trusts (REITs).
This unit investment trust seeks above-average total return; however, there is no assurance the objective will be met.
Investing for Rising Interest Rates
- According to Ibbotson Associates, dividends have provided approximately 42% of the 10.04% average
annual total return on the S&P 500 Index from 1926 through 2016. The S&P 500 Index is an
unmanaged index of 500 stocks used to measure large-cap U.S. stock market performance. The index
cannot be purchased directly by investors. For the Interest Rate Hedge and ETF Portfolio, we seek to
include high quality dividend paying companies with the capacity to increase their dividends over time.
- Convertible securities are bonds, preferred stocks, or other securities issued by a corporation which are convertible into common stock at a specified ratio. Because of this, convertible securities have some characteristics of both common stocks and bonds. Like stocks, convertible securities offer capital appreciation potential. Additionally, the hybrid nature of convertible securities makes them tend to be less sensitive to interest rate changes than bonds of comparable quality and maturity.
- MLPs are limited partnerships that are publicly traded on a U.S. securities exchange, which combine the tradeability of common stocks with the corporate structure of a limited partnership. MLPs are traditionally high cash flow businesses that pay out a majority of that cash to investors. Investing in MLPs through ETFs provides an efficient alternative to investing directly in MLPs. Unlike individual partnership investments, an ETF provides one Form 1099 per shareholder at the end of the year, rather than multiple K-1s and potential state filings.
- TIPS are bonds issued by the U.S. government that are designed to provide inflation protection to investors. With TIPS, the coupon payments and principal value are adjusted according to inflation over the life of the bonds.
- 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.
- Limited duration bonds provide investors with high income but with less interest rate sensitivity than longer duration bonds. 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. Historically, ETFs that invest in limited duration bonds have tended to hold up better in rising interest rate environments than ETFs which invest in longer duration bonds.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
|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.
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 frequently 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
Certain of the ETFs invest in TIPS which are subject to numerous risks including changes in interest rates, economic recession and deterioration of the
bond market or investors' perception thereof.
Certain of the ETFs invest in high-yield securities. Investing in high-yield securities ("junk" bonds) should be viewed as speculative and you should review
your ability to assume the risks associated with investments that utilize such bonds. 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 bonds and are affected by short-term credit developments to a greater degree.
Certain of the ETFs invest in MLPs. Investments in MLPs are subject to the risks generally applicable to companies in the energy and natural resources sectors, including commodity pricing risk, supply and demand risk, depletion risk and exploration risk. U.S. taxing authorities could challenge the trust's treatment of the MLPs for federal income tax purposes. These tax risks could have a negative impact on the after-tax income available for distribution by the MLPs and/or the value of the trust's investments.
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.
Certain 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 bond market or investors' perception thereof, possible downgrades and defaults of interest and/or principal.
Certain of the ETFs invest in convertible securities. Convertible securities are bonds, preferred stocks and other securities that pay a fixed rate of interest (or dividends) and will repay principal at a fixed date in the future. However, these securities may be converted into a specific number of common stocks at a specified time. As such, an investment in convertible securities entails some of the risks associated with both common stocks and bonds.
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.
An investment in a portfolio containing equity securities of foreign issuers is subject to
additional risks, including c urrency fluctuations, political risks, withholding, the lack of
adequate financial information, and exchange control restrictions impacting foreign issuers,
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.
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.
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 unit investment trust is not an absolute return investment vehicle.
For a discussion of additional risks of investing in the Trust see the "Risk Factors" section of the prospectus.
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.