Senior Loan & Limited Duration Opportunities Closed-End, Series 63
As interest rates remain low, these are challenging times to invest for income. In this environment, many investors are seeking alternative sources of income, including those which tend to be less ratesensitive
than other segments of the bond market, such as senior loans and limited duration bonds.
This unit investment trust seeks high current income by investing in a diversified
portfolio of closed-end funds which invest in senior loan and limited duration fixed-income
securities; however, there is no assurance the objective will be met.
Consider These Factors
- While senior loans are generally loans which have been made to companies whose debt is typically rated
below investment grade, they are senior in the asset structure of a company and historical recovery rates
in the event of a default tend to be much higher relative to junior high-yield corporate debt.
- We believe that senior loans can be used as an effective means to aid portfolio diversification because of
their low correlation to other fixed-income asset classes. Correlation is a statistical measure that provides
a way to evaluate the potential diversification benefits of combining different assets. The historical correlation
between senior loans and other asset classes, including investment-grade corporate bonds and equities, is
low. Because senior loans are not highly correlated with other asset classes, they can potentially decrease
portfolio volatility, enhance overall return and provide meaningful diversification to an asset allocation
strategy. It is important to note that diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.
- Limited duration closed-end funds provide investors with the potential for high income but with less
interest rate sensitivity. The duration of a bond is a measure of its price sensitivity to interest rate
movements based on the weighted average term to maturity of its interest and principal cash flows.
- Limited duration closed-end funds are typically diversified across several different segments of the fixed
income market. This multi-sector income approach primarily helps to reduce volatility and also has the
potential to enhance your returns because different sectors within the debt market often react differently
to economic and market changes.
Since closed-end funds maintain a relatively fixed pool of investment
capital, portfolio managers are better able to adhere to their investment philosophies through greater
flexibility and control. In addition, closed-end funds don’t have to manage fund liquidity to meet
potentially large redemptions.
Closed-end funds are structured to generally provide a more
stable income stream than other managed investment products because they are not subjected to cash
inflows and outflows, which can dilute dividends over time. However, as a result of bond calls,
redemptions and advanced refundings, which can dilute a fund’s income, the portfolio cannot guarantee
| Not FDIC Insured Not Bank Guaranteed May Lose Value
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.
An investment in this
unmanaged unit investment trust should be made with an
understanding of the risks associated with senior loan and
limited duration closed-end funds.
Closed-end funds are subject to various risks, including
management’s ability to meet the fund’s investment objective,
and to manage the fund’s portfolio when the underlying
securities are redeemed or sold, during periods of market
turmoil and as investors’ perceptions regarding the funds or
their underlying investments change. Unlike open-end funds,
which trade at prices based on a current determination of the
fund’s net asset value, closed-end funds frequently trade at a
discount to their net asset value in the secondary market.
Certain of the closed-end funds employ the use of leverage,
which increases the volatility of such funds.
Certain of the closed-end funds invest in floating-rate securities.
A floating-rate security is an instrument in which the interest
rate payable on the obligation fluctuates on a periodic basis
based upon changes in an interest rate benchmark. As a result,
the yield on such a security will generally decline in a falling
interest rate environment, causing the trust to experience a
reduction in the income it receives from such securities. Certain
of the floating-rate securities pay interest based on LIBOR. Due
to the uncertainty regarding the future utilization of LIBOR and
the nature of any replacement rate, the potential effect of a
transition away from LIBOR on a fund or the financial
instruments in which the fund invests cannot yet be determined.
All of the closed-end funds invest in high-yield securities or
“junk” bonds. Investing in high-yield securities should be viewed
as speculative and you should review your ability to assume the
risks associated with investments which utilize such securities.
High-yield securities are subject to numerous risks, including
higher interest rates, economic recession, deterioration of the
junk bond market, possible downgrades and defaults of interest
and/or principal. High-yield security prices tend to fluctuate
more than higher rated securities and are affected by short-term
credit developments to a greater degree.
Certain of the closed-end funds invest in investment grade
securities. Investment grade securities are subject to numerous
risks including higher interest rates, economic recession,
deterioration of the investment grade security market or
investors’ perception thereof, possible downgrades and
defaults of interest and/or principal.
Certain of the closed-end funds invest in limited duration
bonds. Limited duration bonds are subject to interest rate risk,
which is the risk that the value of a security will fall if interest
rates increase. While limited duration bonds are generally
subject to less interest rate sensitivity than longer duration
bonds, there can be no assurance that interest rates will not
rise during the life of the trust.
Certain of the closed-end funds invest in senior loans. The yield
on closed-end funds which invest in senior loans will generally
decline in a falling interest rate environment and increase in a
rising interest rate environment. Senior loans are generally below
investment grade quality (“junk” bonds). An investment in senior
loans involves the risk that the borrowers may default on their
obligations to pay principal or interest when due.
Certain of the closed-end funds invest in covenant-lite loans which
contain fewer or no maintenance covenants and may hinder the
closed-end fund’s ability to reprice credit risk and mitigate potential
loss especially during a downturn in the credit cycle.
All of the closed-end funds invest in securities issued by foreign
issuers. Such securities are subject to certain risks including
currency and interest rate fluctuations, nationalization or other
adverse political or economic developments, lack of liquidity of
certain foreign markets, withholding, the lack of adequate
financial information, and exchange control restrictions
impacting foreign issuers.
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.
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.
It is important to note that an investment can be made in the
underlying funds directly rather than through the trust. These
direct investments can be made without paying the trust’s sales
charge, operating expenses and organizational costs.
Although this portfolio terminates in approximately 15 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.
For a discussion of additional risks of investing in the trust see
the “Risk Factors” section of the prospectus.