Strategic International Opportunity Portfolio, Series 18
Diversification is one of the principal advantages of global investing. Because global markets
often follow different cycles than the U.S. markets, investing globally may provide gains when
domestic markets are flat or declining. It is important to note that diversification does not
guarantee a profit or protect against loss.
Our goal with the Strategic International Opportunity Portfolio is to provide a convenient way to add an
international dimension to your investment portfolio, significantly expanding your investment
opportunities and potentially enhancing your overall return.
Portfolio Selection Process
This unit investment trust invests in a diversified portfolio of common stocks from four distinct
segments of the international market. Each segment contains stocks selected specifically for that
component of the allocation. Our stock selection process evaluates companies based on multiple factors.
These factors are designed to identify those stocks which exhibit strong fundamental characteristics and
to eliminate those that do not meet our investment criteria. Through our selection process we seek to
find the companies in each segment that we believe have the best prospects for above-average capital
appreciation. The four segments are weighted based on the allocation below.
This unit investment trust seeks above-average capital appreciation; however, there is no assurance the
objective will be met.
| 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 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.
Because the portfolio is concentrated in companies headquartered in Europe, the portfolio may present more
risks than a portfolio which is broadly diversified over several regions.
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. Risks associated with investing in foreign securities
may be more pronounced in emerging markets where the securities markets are substantially smaller, 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.
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.
Large capitalization companies may grow at a slower rate than the overall market.
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.
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.