U.S. Infrastructure Portfolio, Series 21

A sound infrastructure is fundamental to the quality of life and the economic growth and development of a community. Infrastructure assets help provide products and services that have become essential to everyday life such as water and wastewater systems, roads, railways, airports, utilities, hospitals, schools and communications systems. Developing countries realize that infrastructure will play a key role in economic development and in their ability to attain projected growth rates. However, the need to improve infrastructure extends beyond rapidly developing countries. The U.S., while considered to be a world leader in many aspects, lags other developed regions, especially Europe, when it comes to the condition of its aging infrastructure. The U.S. Infrastructure Portfolio invests in companies that provide products or services that aid the development and maintenance of our country’s infrastructure system as well as companies that tend to benefit from an increasing economic growth rate.

The Aging of America

Infrastructure funding gaps in the U.S. are immense in comparison to the rest of the world. Total investment needs for America’s infrastructure are estimated to be approximately $4.59 trillion from 2016 through 2025. Our aging infrastructure comes with additional costs in terms of economic growth.

  • The U.S. has 614,387 bridges of which almost four in 10 are 50 years or older. Many of these bridges are approaching the end of their design life. The most recent estimate puts the nation’s backlog of bridge restoration needs at $123 billion.
  • One out of every five miles of highway pavement is considered to be in poor condition. Our roads are chronically underfunded and are becoming more dangerous.
  • Our nation continues to underinvest in school facilities, leaving an estimated $38 billion per year gap in funding. As a result, 24% of public school buildings were rated as being in fair or poor condition.
  • More than 56 million new users are anticipated to be connected to centralized wastewater treatment systems over the next two decades. An estimated $271 billion is needed to meet current and future demands.
  • Despite increasing demand, the nation’s transit systems have been continually underfunded. This has resulted in aging infrastructure and a $90 billion rehabilitation backlog.

Source: American Society of Civil Engineers

Portfolio Objective

This unit investment trust seeks above-average capital appreciation; 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 objectives, risks, and charges and expenses carefully before investing. Contact your financial professional 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.

You should be aware that the portfolio is concentrated in stocks in the industrials sector which involves additional risks, including limited diversification. The companies engaged in the industrials sector are subject to certain risks, including a deterioration in the general state of the economy, intense competition, domestic and international politics, excess capacity and changing spending trends.

Certain of the securities held by the trust are issued by foreign entities. 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.

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.

Large capitalization companies may grow at a slower rate than the overall market.

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 cybersecurity.

The recent outbreak of a respiratory disease designated as COVID-19 was first detected in China in December 2019. The global economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is impossible to predict but is expected to disrupt manufacturing, supply chains and sales in affected areas and negatively impact global economic growth prospects. The COVID-19 outbreak has also caused significant volatility and declines in global financial markets, which have caused losses for investors. The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak may be short term or may last for an extended period of time, and in either case could result in a substantial economic downturn or recession.

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 qualified plan.