International Capital Strength Portfolio, Series 48
The International Capital Strength Portfolio provides a convenient way to add an international dimension to your investment portfolio, significantly expanding your investment opportunities and
potentially enhancing your overall return.
This unit investment trust seeks above-average capital appreciation; however, there is
no assurance the objective will be met.
Portfolio Selection Process
Through our selection process we seek to find the stocks that we believe have the best prospects for
above-average capital appreciation.
Identify the Universe
We begin by selecting stocks of foreign companies that trade on
a U.S. stock exchange either directly or through an American Depositary Receipt.
Screen For Financial Strength
We then evaluate companies based on multiple
factors. These factors are designed to identify those stocks which exhibit strong fundamental
characteristics and to eliminate those that do not meet our investment criteria.
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 objective, trade at attractive
valuations, and in our opinion, are likely to exceed market expectations of future cash flows.
|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.
Because the portfolio is concentrated in companies headquartered in Europe, the portfolio may present more risks than a portfolio which is broadly diversified over several regions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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