Tax-Advantaged Municipal Closed-End Portfolio, Series 55
Americans deal with a number of different taxes in their everyday lives, perhaps none more noticeable
than individual income taxes. In fact, individual income taxes comprise the largest component of
Americans' tax bill. Tax Freedom Day is the day on which Americans have earned enough money to pay
all federal, state and local taxes for the year. On average, Americans have to work a full 44 days in 2018
just to earn enough money to pay for these taxes.1
Another tax impacting certain taxpayers is the alternative minimum tax (AMT). AMT was originally aimed
at ensuring that wealthy individuals, trusts, estates and corporations pay at least some income tax.
Since closed-end funds maintain a relatively fixed pool of investment capital,
portfolio managers are better able to 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.
Closed-end funds are structured to generally provide a more stable income stream
than other managed fixed-income investment products because they are not subjected
to cash inflows and outflows, which can dilute dividends over time. However,
as a result of bond calls, redemptions and advanced refundings, which can dilute
a fund's income, the portfolio cannot guarantee consistent income. Although
the portfolio's objective is to seek monthly tax-free income, there is no assurance
the objective will be met.
This unit investment trust seeks monthly
income that is exempt from federal income
taxes and to reduce exposure to AMT by
investing in a diversified pool of closed-end
funds that invest in tax-exempt municipal
bonds. It is important to note that certain
distributions paid by certain funds may be
subject to federal income taxes and AMT.
| Not FDIC Insured Not Bank Guaranteed May Lose Value
You should consider the portfolio's investment objective, 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 associated with an
investment in a portfolio of closed-end funds which invest in
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. All of
the closed-end funds employ the use of leverage, which
increases the volatility of such funds.
Municipal bonds are subject to numerous risks, including higher
interest rates, economic recession, deterioration of the
municipal bond market, possible downgrades and defaults of
interest and/or principal.
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.
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.
All 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 security market or
investors’ perception thereof, possible downgrades and defaults
of interest and/or principal.
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. The markets for credit
instruments, including municipal securities, have experienced
periods of extreme illiquidity and volatility.
This UIT is a buy and hold strategy and investors should consider
their ability to hold the trust until maturity.
For a discussion of additional risks of investing in the trust see
the "Risk Factors" section of the prospectus.