Technology Dividend Buy-Write, Series 3
Historically, technology companies have been recognized for their growth potential, paying little in dividends. Today, many technology companies have matured into companies with strong balance sheets and financial flexibility and are paying dividends, while continuing to reinvest in their businesses. According to Standard & Poor's, the technology sector now pays more in dividends than any other sector of the S&P 500 Index. There is, however, no guarantee that companies will declare dividends in the future or that, if declared, they will either remain at current levels or increase over time.
The Technology Dividend Buy-Write Portfolio is a unit investment trust which invests in a fixed portfolio of common stocks of dividend-paying technology companies, and simultaneously, the portfolio sells a Long-Term Equity AnticiPation Securities (LEAPS®) call option against each position. The writing (selling) of a call option generates income in the form of a premium paid by the option buyer. The portfolio invests this income in U.S. Treasury Notes and the interest received from the Notes is paid to unit holders periodically. You should be aware that a product which includes writing call options may not be suitable for all investors. It may not be appropriate for investors seeking above-average capital appreciation. Before investing, you should make sure you understand the risks of this type of product, and whether it suits your current financial objectives.
This unit investment trust seeks to provide income, with capital appreciation as a secondary objective. There is, however, no assurance that the objectives will be achieved. The portfolio terminates approximately sixteen months from the initial date of deposit.
Dividend Contribution by Sector
Information technology companies in the S&P 500 Index are now the largest contributor of dividends from the index. Technology companies account for 14.60% of S&P 500 companies' projected dividends in the next 12 months, having grown significantly from contributing only 5.14% in 2004. There is, however, no certainty that this trend will continue.
Illustrative Market Scenarios
Stock prices increase above the LEAPS'
exercise price: The LEAPS are exercised and the underlying stock shares are sold at the strike price. Profits are limited to the premium income received from writing the LEAPS, dividends received from the stocks prior to their sale from the portfolio, interest received from the U.S. Treasury Obligations, plus the difference between each stock's initial price and their strike price. Investors will forgo any dividends paid on the stocks subsequent to their sale from the portfolio and any gain in the underlying stock price after the stock is sold. It is important to note that writing covered calls limits the appreciation potential of the underlying securities.
Stock prices remain stable: The LEAPS expire worthless and the portfolio still owns the stock shares. Profits are limited to the premium income received from writing the LEAPS, plus dividends from the stocks, as well as interest received from the U.S. Treasury Obligations.
Stock prices decrease: The LEAPS expire worthless and the portfolio still owns the stock shares. The break even on the stocks is lowered by the premium income received from writing the LEAPS. In addition, the portfolio will receive dividends from the stocks, and interest from the U.S. Treasury Obligations.
|Not FDIC Insured Not Bank Guaranteed May Lose Value
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investment objectives, risks, and charges and
expenses carefully before investing.Contact
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An investment in this unmanaged unit investment trust should be made with the understanding of the risks involved with common stocks, LEAPS, and U.S. Treasury Notes.
Common stocks are subject to 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.
You should be aware that the portfolio is concentrated in stocks in the technology sector which involves additional risks, including limited diversification. The companies engaged in the technology sector are subject to fierce competition, high research and development costs, and their products and services may be subject to rapid obsolescence. Technology company stocks, especially those which are Internet-related, may experience extreme price and volume fluctuations that are often unrelated to their operating performance.
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.
The value of the LEAPS is deducted from the value of the portfolio assets when determining the value of a unit. As the value of the LEAPS increases, it has a more negative impact on the value of the units. The value of the LEAPS will also be affected by changes in the value and dividend rates of the underlying stocks, an increase in interest rates, a change in the actual and perceived volatility of the stock market and the stocks and the remaining time to expiration. Additionally, the value of the LEAPS does not increase or decrease at the same rate as the underlying stock. However, as the LEAPS approach their expiration date, their value increasingly moves with the price of the stock.
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.
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.