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MLP Closed-End Fund Portfolio, Series 31

Energy infrastructure provides the backbone of our economy and way of life. Energy infrastructure includes an elaborate network of systems that transport, store, gather, process and deliver crude oil, refined petroleum products, natural gas or electric power, including renewable energy. The performance of companies in the energy infrastructure industry is not highly correlated with the price of oil and other types of energy, but rather with the demand for energy. The demand for energy generally increases steadily over time and is much less volatile than commodity energy prices, which often results in steady, predictable cash flows for companies in these industries.1

The MLP Closed-End Portfolio is a professionally selected unit investment trust which invests in closed-end funds that invest in master limited partnerships (MLPs) from the energy infrastructure industry. 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 closed-end funds provides an efficient alternative to investing directly in MLPs. Unlike individual partnership investments, a closed-end fund provides one Form 1099 per shareholder at the end of the year, rather than multiple K-1s and potential state filings.

Many oil and gas shale formations are located outside traditional production basins which require infrastructure to transport the oil and gas to market. This has led to billions of dollars of investment and a boom in financing infrastructure through MLPs.2

1 Standard & Poor’s
2 Oil & Gas Financial Journal

Portfolio Objectives

This unit investment trust seeks high current monthly income, with capital appreciation as a secondary objective; however, there is no assurance that the objectives will be achieved.

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.

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 closed-end funds. Closedend funds 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 the funds 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, closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount to their net asset value in the secondary market. All of the closed-end funds employ the use of leverage, which increases the volatility of such funds.

You should be aware that an investment in closed-end funds that invest in stocks in the energy sector involves additional risks, including limited diversification. The companies engaged in the energy sector, which includes MLPs, 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.

All of the closed-end funds invest in common stocks. Common stocks are subject to 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.

All of the closed-end funds 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

 
Fund Cusip Information
30315N460 (Cash)
30315N478 (Reinvest)
30315N486 (Cash-Fee)
30315N494 (Reinvest-Fee)
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