Health Care Select Portfolio, Series 68
The health care industry has been responsible for several discoveries that have led to new drugs and products designed to better serve the masses, especially the aging population. These discoveries have
improved the quality of life and the life expectancy of millions. More recent research, relating to areas such as genomics, is providing avenues of growth never before imagined. Debilitating diseases,
previously untreatable, are now often manageable or even curable. From 2021-2030, it is projected that health care spending will grow at an average rate of 5.1% annually. In addition, growth in health
care spending is also anticipated to be 5.1% of GDP per year over the same period; as a result, the health care share of GDP is expected to be 19.6% in 2030, nearly the same as the 19.7% in 2020.1
Medical Products & Supplies
In 1988, approximately 20% of all surgeries were performed on an outpatient basis, compared to approximately 60-70% today.2 Technological advances made to medical devices have helped fuel this trend. New devices have been developed that are less invasive, often eliminating the need for extensive inpatient hospital stays. We believe that further advances may also serve to keep costs down and create demand for medical products, devices and supplies.
Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
A variety of new and improved medicines have expanded the options for doctors and patients,
allowing previously untreatable or poorly treated illnesses to be treated effectively and giving
patients and physicians new opportunities to prevent and manage disease. Managed care
providers encourage the use of pharmaceuticals because they are a relatively inexpensive and less
invasive form of treatment. In the last decade, biopharmaceutical companies have invested more
than $1 trillion in research and development. Currently, there are approximately 8,000 medicines in clinical
development around the world. Of these, 74% have the potential to be first-in-class treatments,
which represents an entirely new approach to treating a disease.3
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.
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 health care sector which involves additional risks, including limited diversification. The companies engaged in the health care sector are subject to fierce
competition, high research and development costs, governmental regulations, loss of patent protection, and changing consumer spending trends. In addition, health crises, such as a pandemic outbreak, can severely impact
the health care industry in particular.
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 cybersecurity.
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 and may continue to cause significant volatility and declines in global financial markets. While the U.S. has resumed “reasonably” normal business activity, 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.
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