Dividend Strength Opportunity Portfolio, Series 23
When it comes to investing for income and growth, investors have several choices. We believe 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.
Due to the fact that corporations are not obligated to share their earnings with stockholders,
dividends may be viewed as a sign of a company’s profitability as well as management’s
assessment of the future, in our opinion. Additionally, dividends have historically been one of
the few constants in the world of investing, contributing nearly half of the stock market’s total
returns. According to Ibbotson Associates, dividends have provided approximately 39% of the
10.46% average annual total return on the S&P 500 Index, from 1926 through 2021. The S&P
500 Index is an unmanaged index of 500 companies used to measure large-cap U.S. stock market
performance. The index cannot be purchased directly by investors.
Portfolio Selection Process
Through our selection process we seek to find the stocks that we believe have
the best prospects for above-average total return.
Identify the Universe | We begin with the companies listed in the S&P 1500 Index and
eliminate those companies that do not meet our investment criteria. These criteria are designed
to identify companies with the following qualities:
- Well-capitalized with strong balance sheets.
- Record of financial strength and profit
- A history of dividend payments with the ability to generate dividend growth.
Examine Historical Financial Results | The next step in our process is to look for those
companies that have earned a net cash flow return on investment that is above the average of
their peers. Historically, companies that have increased their cash flows at a higher rate have
rewarded shareholders with superior total returns.
Select Companies with Attractive Valuations | The final step in our process is to select
companies based on the fundamental analysis of our team of research analysts. The stocks
selected for the portfolio are those that meet our investment objectives, trade at attractive
valuations and, in our opinion, are likely to exceed market expectations of future cash flows.
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 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.
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.
Securities of non-U.S. issuers are subject to additional risks, including currency fluctuations, political risks, withholding, the lack of adequate financial information, and exchange control restrictions impacting non-U.S. issuers.
An investment in a portfolio containing mid-cap companies is subject to additional risks, as the share prices of 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
In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine which has caused and could continue to cause significant market disruptions and volatility within the markets in Russia, Europe, and the United States. The hostilities and sanctions resulting from those hostilities could have a significant impact on certain investments as well as performance.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused significant volatility and declines in global financial markets,
causing losses for investors. The development of vaccines has slowed the spread of the virus and allowed
for the resumption of “reasonably” normal business activity in the United States, although many countries
continue to impose lockdown measures. Additionally, there is no guarantee that vaccines will be effective
against emerging variants of the disease.
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.
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.