Strategic Income Advantage Opportunity, Closed-End Portfolio, Series 26
The Multi-Sector Approach
The Strategic Income Advantage Opportunity 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.
| 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 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 or all 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 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 securities issued by foreign issuers. Such securities are subject to
certain risks, including 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. Risks associated with
investing in foreign securities may be more pronounced in emerging markets where the securities markets
are substantially smaller, less developed, less liquid, less regulated, and more volatile than the U.S. and
developed foreign markets.
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.
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 caused significant volatility and declines in global financial markets,
causing losses for investors. The development of vaccines has slowed the spread of the virus and allowed
for the resumption of “reasonably” normal business activity in the United States, although many countries
continue to impose lockdown measures. Additionally, there is no guarantee that vaccines will be effective
against emerging variants of the disease.
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.
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.
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.
For a discussion of additional risks of investing in the trust see the “Risk Factors” section of