S&P International Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio, 4th Quarter 2023 Series
The S&P International Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio invests in companies from the S&P Global Dividend
Aristocrats Index. The index consists of 100 companies from the S&P Global Broad Market Index that have
increased dividends or maintained stable dividends every year for at least 10 consecutive years, as
determined by the index provider.
Why Invest In Companies With A History Of Growing Dividends?
Quality | Companies that have been able to consistently grow their dividend have a tendency to be
higher quality compared to those of the broader market in terms of earnings quality and leverage, in our
opinion. A company’s ability to reliably increase its dividend for years, or even decades, can be an
indication of its financial strength or discipline.
Buffer Against Market Volatility | Dividend growth companies may be attractive to investors
looking for disciplined companies that can endure difficult market and economic environments. These
companies typically feature healthy balance sheets and consistent cash flows that provide plenty of
capital to effectively operate their business and fund a growing dividend.
Address The Potential Risks Associated With Rising Rates | Unlike high dividend yield
strategies which tend to be concentrated in companies from certain sectors that could come under
pressure during periods of rising rates, dividend growth strategies tend to be more diversified and
able to provide increased exposure to sectors that could become more desirable with rising rates.
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.
A significant percentage of the securities held by the portfolio are issued by companies in the Asia Pacific, Europe and Japan regions, which may present more risks than a portfolio which is broadly diversified over several regions.
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.
The United Kingdom’s official departure from the European Union (commonly referred to as “Brexit”) led to volatility in global financial markets, in particular those of the United Kingdom and across Europe, and the weakening
in political, regulatory, consumer, corporate and financial confidence in the United Kingdom and Europe. It is not currently possible to determine the extent of the impact that Brexit may have on the portfolio’s investments and
this uncertainty could negatively impact current and future economic conditions in the United Kingdom and other countries, which could negatively impact the value of the portfolio’s investments.
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.
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 ongoing effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic, or the potential impacts of any future public health crisis, may cause significant volatility and uncertainty in global financial markets. While vaccines have been developed, there is no guarantee that vaccines will be effective against future 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 qualified plan.
The S&P Global Dividend Aristocrats Index is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC or its affiliates ("SPDJI") and has been licensed for use by First Trust Portfolios L.P. Standard & Poor's® and S&P® are registered trademarks of
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certain purposes by First Trust Portfolios L.P. The S&P International Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, their respective affiliates, and none of such parties make
any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product nor do they have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of the S&P Global Dividend Aristocrats Index.