Strategic International Opportunity Portfolio, Series 9
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. Consider that in 16 of the 35 calendar years from 1984 to 2018, the MSCI
World ex USA Index outperformed the S&P 500 Index. 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 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.
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.
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.
All of the securities held by the trusts are issued by foreign issuers. 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.
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.
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.
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.