Sabrient Defensive Equity Portfolio, Series 17
Sabrient Systems, LLC ("Sabrient") is an independent equity research firm that builds powerful
investment strategies by using a fundamentals-based, quantitative approach. The strategies are
used to create rankings and ratings on more than 7,000 stocks, indices, sectors, and ETFs. Their
models are designed to identify those companies that are anticipated to outperform or
underperform the market.
Historically, certain stocks have been able to outperform the market during periods in which the
market itself is declining. The Sabrient Defensive Equity Portfolio is a unit investment trust that
seeks to find companies that Sabrient believes are positioned to perform well in environments of
falling stock prices but also those companies that have the potential to provide solid performance
in rising markets. The stocks in the portfolio are selected by applying a seven-step investment
strategy process developed by Sabrient.
This unit investment trust seeks above-average capital appreciation; however, there is
no assurance the objective will be met. Although this portfolio terminates in
approximately 15 months, the strategy is long-term. Investors should consider their
ability to pursue investing in successive portfolios, if available. There may be tax
consequences unless units are purchased in an IRA or other qualified plan.
Not FDIC Insured Not Bank Guaranteed May Lose Value
Portfolio Selection Process
Sabrient's selection process is based on the following steps:
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 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.
You should be aware that the portfolio is concentrated in stocks in both the consumer
products and financial sectors which involves additional risks, including limited
diversification. The companies engaged in the consumer products industry are subject to
global competition, changing government regulations and trade policies, currency
fluctuations, and the financial and political risks inherent in producing products for foreign
markets. The companies engaged in the financials sector are subject to the adverse effects of
volatile interest rates, economic recession, decreases in the availability of capital, increased
competition from new entrants in the field, and potential increased regulation.
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.
One of the securities in the portfolio are issued by Real Estate Investment Trusts
(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
An investment in foreign securities should be made with an understanding of the additional
risks involved with foreign issuers, such as currency and interest rate fluctuations,
nationalization or other adverse political or economic developments, lack of liquidity of certain
foreign markets, withholding, the lack of adequate financial information, and exchange control
restrictions impacting foreign 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 cyber security.
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.