European Deep Value Dividend Portfolio, Series 18
The European Deep Value Dividend Portfolio is a unit investment trust that invests in 30 European companies that have low estimated current year price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios in addition to above-average dividend yields. We believe these companies may offer long-term investors an opportunity for capital appreciation and dividend income based on these factors.
The Importance of P/E Ratios
The P/E ratio is considered the most common measure of a stock's value. Stocks that have high P/E ratios tend to be considered a higher risk investment than those with low P/E ratios, since a high P/E ratio often signifies high earnings growth expectations.
The Importance of Dividends
Corporations are not obligated to share their earnings with stockholders so, in our opinion, dividends may be viewed as a sign of a company's profitability as well as management's assessment of the future. We believe that companies that have shown a solid history of distributing dividends to shareholders are a wise choice for prudent investors to consider as part of their overall investment plan.
Portfolio Selection Process
Through our selection process we seek to find the stocks that we believe have the best prospects for aboveaverage total return.
Identify the Universe
We begin with the companies listed in the STOXX Europe 600 Index.
Screen the Universe
We then evaluate the companies in the universe based on the ratio of each stock's current price to its estimated current year earnings and also its dividend payout ratio. These screens are designed to identify stocks with a low P/E ratio and the ability to sustain its dividend yield.
Select the Portfolio
The final step is to select the 30 highest dividend-yielding stocks for the portfolio subject to a maximum of approximately 30% in a single sector. The stocks are approximately equally weighted within the portfolio.
This unit investment trust seeks above-average total return through a combination of capital appreciation and dividend income; 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 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 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.
You should be aware that the portfolio is concentrated in stocks
in both the consumer products and financials sectors making it
subject to additional risks, including limited diversification. The
companies engaged in the consumer products industry are
subject to global competition, changing government
regulations and trade policies, currency fluctuations, and the
financial and political risks inherent in producing products for
foreign markets. The companies engaged in the financials sector
are subject to the adverse effects of volatile interest rates,
economic recession, decreases in the availability of capital,
increased competition from new entrants in the field, and
potential increased regulation.
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.
Because the portfolio is concentrated in companies
headquartered in Europe and the United Kingdom, it may
present more risks than a portfolio which is broadly diversified
over several regions.
The United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union and other
recent rapid political and social change throughout Europe make
the extent and nature of future economic development in
Europe and the effect on securities issued by European issuers
difficult to predict.
This UIT is a buy and hold strategy and investors should consider their ability to hold the trust until maturity. There may be tax consequences unless units are purchased in an IRA or other qualified plan.
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.