Strategic Income Advantage Select, Closed-End Portfolio, Series 96
The Multi-Sector Approach
The Strategic Income Advantage Select Closed-End Portfolio seeks to provide a high rate of current
monthly income and to reduce some of the volatility typically associated with high-income investments.
To accomplish this, the portfolio is diversified across a broad range of closed-end funds that invest in U.S.
and foreign common stocks and taxable bonds. Because different sectors follow different cycles and
react differently to changes in global economies and interest rates, spreading assets across this spectrum
of closed-end funds has the potential to reduce the overall risk of the portfolio. In addition, based on
current publicly available information, none of the closed-end funds selected for the portfolio are
reporting the use of structural leverage.
Unlike open-end mutual funds, closed-end funds maintain a relatively
fixed pool of investment capital. This allows portfolio managers to better adhere to their investment
philosophies through greater flexibility and control. In addition, closed-end funds don’t have to manage
fund liquidity to meet potentially large redemptions.
The portfolio offers investors diversification by investing in a broad range of
closed-end funds that are further diversified across hundreds of individual securities. Diversification does
not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.
Closed-end funds are structured to generally provide a more
stable income stream than other managed investment products because they are not subjected to cash
inflows and outflows, which can dilute dividends over time. However, stable income cannot be assured.
This unit investment trust seeks a high rate of current monthly income, with capital
appreciation as a secondary objective. There is, however, no assurance that the objectives of the portfolio will be achieved.
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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 associated with an investment in a portfolio of closed-end funds.
Closed-end 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. Based on
current publicly available information, none of the closed-end funds
selected for the portfolio are reporting the use of structural leverage.
Structural leverage creates a systematic level of additional investment
exposure through a closed-end fund’s issuance of preferred shares
or debt securities, or through borrowing money. Closed-end funds
which employ structural leverage are more volatile than those that
do not. However, certain of these closed-end funds may have utilized
structural leverage in the past and may elect to utilize structural
leverage in the future.
Certain of the closed-end funds invest in common stocks. 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.
Certain of the closed-end funds 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.
Certain of the closed-end funds 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 closed-end funds 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 closed-end funds invest in options. Options are subject
to various risks including that their value may be adversely affected if
the market for the option becomes less liquid or smaller. In addition,
options will be affected by changes in the value and dividend rates of
the stock subject to the option, an increase in interest rates, a change in
the actual and perceived volatility of the stock market and the common
stock and the remaining time to expiration.
Certain of the closed-end funds 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’
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.
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.
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
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 COVID-19 global pandemic has resulted in major disruptions to economies and markets around the world. Financial markets have experienced extreme volatility and severe losses, negatively impacting global economic
growth prospects. The duration of the COVID-19 outbreak and its effects cannot be determined with certainty and may exacerbate other political, social and economic risks.
For a discussion of additional risks of investing in the trust see the “Risk Factors” section of