Strategic Dividend Select Portfolio, Series 38
Dividends have traditionally been one of the few constants in the world of investing, helping to buffer
volatility in both good and bad markets and contributing nearly half of the stock market’s total returns
historically. According to Ibbotson Associates, dividends have provided approximately 42% of the 9.99%
average annual total return on the S&P 500 Index, from 1926 through 2018.1
A dividend is a payment from a company’s earnings. Due to the fact that corporations are not obligated
to share their earnings with stockholders, dividends may be viewed as a sign of a company’s profitability
as well as management's assessment of the future, in our opinion.
1 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.
This unit investment trust seeks above-average total return; however, there is no
assurance the objective will be met.
This unit investment trust
invests in dividend-paying
common stocks from three
distinct and, we believe,
complementary segments of
the market as well as closed-end
funds (CEFs) which invest in dividend-paying stocks. The portfolio is weighted based on the
- Dividend Strength - The stocks for this component of the portfolio are selected from the
Russell 3000 Index. Through our selection process, we seek to identify companies we consider wellcapitalized
with strong balance sheets, with a record of financial strength and profit growth, a history of
dividend payments, and the ability to generate dividend growth.
- High Dividend - The stocks for this component of the portfolio are also selected from the
Russell 3000 Index. With this component, we seek to identify companies we consider well-capitalized
with above-average dividend yields and the ability to sustain current dividend levels.
- International High Dividend - These stocks are selected from a universe of foreign
companies that trade on a U.S. stock exchange either directly or through an American Depositary
Receipt. Our selection process seeks to identify companies we consider well-capitalized with aboveaverage
dividend yields and the ability to sustain current dividend levels.
- Dividend & Income CEFs - This component is comprised of a pool of closed-end funds
which invest in dividend-paying common stocks. A portion of these closed-end funds, on an ongoing
basis, will sell covered call options. An option is considered “covered” when a closed-end fund owns the
equity securities against which the options are sold. Though call options can be used for many
investment purposes, they are typically used as a tool to potentially enhance returns, offer a current
yield to investors, and provide limited downside protection.
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.
|Not FDIC Insured Not Bank Guaranteed May Lose Value
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 common
stocks and closed-end funds which invest
in common stocks and options.
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. Certain of
the closed-end funds employ the use of
leverage, which increases the volatility of
Certain of the funds invest in call 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.
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
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.
Certain of the closed-end funds invest in preferred stocks. Preferred stocks are equity securities
of the issuing company which pay income in the form of dividends. Preferred stocks are typically
subordinated to bonds and other debt instruments in a company’s capital structure, and
therefore will be subject to greater credit risk than those debt instruments.
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.
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
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.
For a discussion of additional risks of investing in the Trust see the “Risk Factors” section of
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.