Corporate Investment Grade, 3-7 Year, Series 8
Corporate Bond Basics
A corporate bond is a debt obligation issued by a corporation. Issuing bonds can be an alternative to offering
equity ownership by issuing stock. Payments to bondholders have priority over payments to stockholders.
Why Investment Grade
Within the bond market, there is a category of bonds considered “investment grade.” Investment grade
bonds are rated BBB/Baa or higher by major credit rating agencies. The designation of a bond as
investment grade is based upon an evaluation by a credit rating agency of the corporation’s credit
history and ability to repay obligations. This rating of investment grade generally signifies that a credit
rating agency considers the quality of a particular bond to be sufficient to provide reasonable assurance
of the issuer’s ability to meet their obligations to bondholders. There is, however, no assurance that the
securities selected for the trust will continue to receive an investment grade rating in the future or that
such rating will ensure an issuer’s ability to satisfy its obligations to bondholders.
Investment grade bonds generally are a high credit quality asset class with historically low default rates.
The chart to the right illustrates that the average default rates for investment grade bonds have been
significantly lower than for speculative grade bonds based on the most recent data available from
Moody’s Investors Service. Current default rates may vary from that of their historical averages and there
can be no assurance that the default rate for investment grade bonds will not rise in the future.
- Potential for current monthly income.
- Diversified portfolio of investment grade corporate bonds.
- Estimated weighted average maturity of approximately 3 to 7 years.
- 1.95% up-front maximum sales charge. In addition to the sales charge, the trust is
subject to annual operating expenses and organization costs.
|Not FDIC Insured Not Bank Guaranteed May Lose Value
You should carefully consider the portfolio's investment objectives,
risks, and charges and expenses 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 investment grade corporate bonds,
including higher interest rates, economic recession, deterioration of the bond market or investors’
perception thereof, possible downgrades and defaults of interest and/or principal.
You should be aware that the portfolio is concentrated in debt obligations of both consumer
products and financial companies which involves 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.
Certain of the securities in the portfolio are issued by Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).
Companies involved in the real estate industry are subject to changes in the real estate market,
vacancy rates and competition, volatile interest rates and economic recession.
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
An investment in a portfolio containing 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 securities held by the trust may be subject to steep declines or increased
volatility due to changes in performance or perception of the issuers.
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
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.