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The Dow® Target 10 Portfolio, December 2017 Series

The Strategy
The Dow® Target 10 Dec '17 - Term 1/9/19 (The Dow® Target 10 Portfolio) is a unit investment trust which invests in a fixed portfolio of stocks for approximately 13 months. The portfolio adheres to a simple strategy referred to as the "Dogs of the Dow". This strategy consists of ranking all 30 stocks contained in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA®) by their dividend yield and investing in an equally weighted portfolio of the ten highest dividend-yielding stocks.

The Dogs strategy is based on three important elements:

  • Higher Dividend Yields - Blue-chip stocks with higher dividend yields may indicate that the stocks are out of favor or may be undervalued.

  • Industry Leaders - The companies included in the DJIA® are some of the most widely-held and well-capitalized companies in the world.

  • Discipline - The strategy dictates what to buy, when to buy, and when to sell. No emotional judgments are made and the strategy remains the same.

If this strategy had been applied since 1972, investors would have realized higher total returns than by investing in the entire DJIA®. It is important to note that the past performance of the strategy is hypothetical and it is not indicative of the future performance of The Dow® Target 10 Portfolio.Although this unit investment trust terminates in approximately 13 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.

Portfolio Objective

This unit investment trust seeks above-average total return; however, there is no assurance the objective will be met.


Not FDIC Insured • Not Bank Guaranteed • May Lose Value

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Standard Deviations* Average Annual Total Returns*
DJIA® Strategy DJIA® Strategy
Since 1972 15.10% 16.00% 10.81% 11.50%
25 years 14.03% 16.17% 10.18% 7.98%
20 years 14.92% 17.26% 8.22% 5.66%
15 years 13.73% 16.93% 7.28% 5.72%
10 years 14.32% 17.44% 7.51% 5.46%
5 years 10.58% 10.84% 12.91% 12.83%
3 years 11.28% 11.35% 8.70% 8.60%
*Through 12/30/16

Annual Total Returns
Year DJIA®
Strategy
1972 18.48% 21.32%
1973 -13.28% 1.98%
1974 -23.58% -2.99%
1975 44.75% 54.20%
1976 22.82% 33.16%
1977 -12.84% -4.02%
1978 2.79% -2.26%
1979 10.55% 10.81%
1980 22.17% 25.58%
1981 -3.57% 5.25%
1982 27.11% 25.10%
1983 25.97% 36.79%
1984 1.31% 5.71%
1985 33.55% 27.64%
1986 27.10% 33.34%
1987 5.48% 3.51%
1988 16.14% 22.28%
1989 32.19% 24.20%
1990 -0.56% -9.89%
1991 24.19% 32.96%
1992 7.41% 5.54%
1993 16.93% 24.63%
1994 5.01% 1.97%
1995 36.87% 34.34%
1996 28.89% 25.81%
1997 24.94% 19.22%
1998 18.15% 8.31%
1999 27.21% 2.82%
2000 -4.71% 3.56%
2001 -5.43% -4.94%
2002 -14.97% -10.85%
2003 28.23% 25.60%
2004 5.30% 2.11%
2005 1.72% -7.17%
2006 19.03% 27.47%
2007 8.87% -0.29%
2008 -31.92% -38.96%
2009 22.70% 14.72%
2010 14.10% 16.73%
2011 8.34% 14.16%
2012 10.23% 7.96%
2013 29.63% 32.25%
2014 10.02% 8.36%
2015 0.23% 0.36%
2016 16.46% 17.79%
10/30/17 20.56% 11.90%

Past performance is no guarantee of future results and the actual current performance of the portfolio may be lower or higher than the hypothetical performance of the strategy. Hypothetical returns for the strategy in certain years were significantly higher than the returns of the DJIA®. Hypothetical strategy returns were the result of certain market factors and events which may not be replicated in the future. You can obtain performance information which is current through the most recent month-end by calling First Trust Portfolios L.P. at 1-800-621-1675 option 2. Investment return and principal value of the portfolio will fluctuate causing units of the portfolio, when redeemed, to be worth more or less than their original cost.

Simulated strategy returns are hypothetical, meaning that they do not represent actual trading, and, thus, may not reflect material economic and market factors, such as liquidity constraints, that may have had an impact on actual decision making. The hypothetical performance is the retroactive application of the strategy designed with the full benefit of hindsight. Strategy returns reflect a sales charge of 1.85% and estimated annual operating expenses of 0.152%, plus organization costs, but not taxes or commissions paid by the portfolio to purchase securities. Returns assume that all dividends received during a year are reinvested monthly.

Actual portfolio performance will vary from that of investing in the strategy stocks because it may not be invested equally in these stocks and may not be fully invested at all times. It is important to note that the strategy may underperform the DJIA® in certain years and may produce negative results.

The DJIA® consists of 30 U.S. stocks chosen by the editors of The Wall Street Journal as being representative of American industry. The index cannot be purchased directly by investors.

Standard Deviation is a measure of price variability (risk). A higher degree of variability indicates more volatility and therefore greater risk.

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.

Risk Considerations:
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.

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 "Dow Jones Industrial Average" is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC ("SPDJI"), and has been licensed for use by First Trust Advisors L.P. Standard & Poor's®" and S&P®" are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC ("S&P"); DJIA®", The Dow®", Dow Jones®", and Dow Jones Industrial Average are trademarks of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC ("Dow Jones"); and these trademarks have been licensed for use by SPDJI and sublicensed for certain purposes by First Trust Advisors L.P. The Dow®" Target10 Portfolio, based on a strategy based on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, their respective affiliates, and none of such parties make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product.

 
The information in the prospectus is not complete and may be changed. We may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. The prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities and is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted.
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The information presented is not intended to constitute an investment recommendation for, or advice to, any specific person. By providing this information, First Trust is not undertaking to give advice in any fiduciary capacity within the meaning of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. First Trust has no knowledge of and has not been provided any information regarding any investor. Financial advisors must determine whether particular investments are appropriate for their clients. First Trust believes the financial advisor is a fiduciary, is capable of evaluating investment risks independently and is responsible for exercising independent judgment with respect to its retirement plan clients.
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