SMid Capital Strength Opportunity Portfolio, Series 23
Because smaller companies are often less reliant on the capital markets for credit, they can be more nimble and better able to adjust in periods of economic change, than large companies.
Additionally, this results in generally better balance sheet integrity than large companies. The SMid Capital Strength Opportunity Portfolio invests in small and mid-size companies. These companies
are more likely to be in an earlier stage of their economic life cycle than mature large-cap companies. In addition, the ability to take advantage of share price discrepancies is likely to be greater with
smaller stocks than with more widely followed large-cap stocks. Our goal with the trust is to invest in undervalued companies with strong market positions that, in our opinion, have strong balance
sheets, skilled management, high liquidity, the ability to generate earnings growth, and a record of financial strength and profit growth.
Portfolio Selection Process
Through our selection process we seek to find the stocks that we believe have the best prospects for
above-average capital appreciation.
Identify the Universe
We begin by selecting the companies listed in the S&P MidCap
400 and S&P SmallCap 600 Indexes.
Screen For Financial Strength
We then evaluate companies based on multiple
factors. These factors are designed to identify those stocks which exhibit strong fundamental
characteristics and to eliminate those that do not meet our investment criteria.
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 for the Portfolio
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 objective, 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 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.
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.
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 and the ensuing policies enacted by governments and central banks have caused and may continue to cause significant volatility and uncertainty 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.
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.