Diversified Income & Growth Portfolio, Spring 2018 Series
Regardless of the market environment, we believe dividends should be considered an important ingredient in an investor's overall investment plan. One strategy to help reach this goal is to buy a
portfolio of companies with the potential to pass on a portion of their earnings to investors in the form of regular dividend increases.
The Importance Of Dividends
A company's ability to consistently pay — and increase —dividends is an important sign of that
company's financial strength. Therefore, we believe investors who are seeking dividends through their
investments should look for well-managed and financially sound companies with the potential to
deliver solid returns. Companies that choose to reward stockholders with greater dividends (and many
companies don't) can give investors the potential to increase capital and produce attractive total returns
over time. Of course, past performance is no guarantee of future results.
In the opinion of Wells Fargo Advisors ("WFA"), this strategy of investing may allow for the
accumulation of wealth over several years, while also seeking to provide capital preservation.
Dividends have had a significant impact on stock performance, and have provided approximately
41% of the 10.16% average annual total return on the S&P 500 Index, from January 1926 through
The chart below shows that dividend growers in the S&P 500 Index have outperformed even the
highest-yielding companies in the index over the last 30 years.
This investment seeks to:
- Provide an Attractive Stream of Income.
A portfolio of stocks believed to
have the potential to regularly raise dividends offers investors the potential for a growing income
stream. Because companies are selected for this portfolio based on their potential to not only pay
dividends, but also their ability to increase them, this strategy can provide a natural inflation hedge.
Rising dividends have also demonstrated an ability to cushion the fall of stock prices, especially in
a rising interest rate environment.
- Reduce Volatility and Modify Risk.
The Select DSIP Portfolio helps counteract
volatility through diversification. The portfolio includes companies across all market capitalizations
and from various sectors of the economy. Any stock inevitably is subject to general price fluctuation,
but diversification can help smooth out overall portfolio returns. In addition, dividend payments
may enhance the investment's total return. However, diversification does not guarantee a profit
or protect against a loss.
| Not FDIC Insured Not Bank Guaranteed May Lose Value
You should carefully consider the portfolio's investment objectives,
risks, charges and expenses before investing. Contact your Financial Consultant
or call First Trust Portfolios at 1.800.621.1675 to request a prospectus, which
contains this and other information about this portfolio. Read it carefully
before you invest.
Although this unit investment trust terminates in approximately 15 months,
the strategy is considered a long-term opportunity. 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
An investment in this unmanaged unit investment trust should be made with an understanding of the
risks involved with owning common stocks. The value of the securities held by the portfolio may be subject
to declines or increased volatility due to changes in performance or perception of the issuers. There
may be tax consequences unless units are purchased in an IRA or other qualified plan. There are fees
and sales charges associated with this investment. There is no assurance the objectives of this portfolio
will be achieved.
While the life of this portfolio is 5 years, this strategy offers the best potential when participants invest
over many years, so investors should consider their ability to pursue investing in successive portfolios,
The portfolio contains a foreign-issued security, which is subject to additional risks, including currency
fluctuations, political risks, withholding, the lack of adequate financial information, and exchange control
restrictions impacting foreign issuers.
This portfolio contains real estate investment trusts, which are subject to additional risks, such as changes
in the real estate market, vacancy rates and competition, volatile interest rates and economic recession.
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.
While Wells Fargo Advisors has carefully evaluated and approved the securities
in this portfolio, it may choose for any reason not to recommend any or all
of the securities for another purpose or at a later date. This may affect the
value of your units.
Wells Fargo Advisors is the trade name used by three separate registered
broker-dealers:Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC,Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network,
LLC and Wells Fargo Investments, LLC,Members SIPC, non-bank affiliates of Wells
Fargo & Company.