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UIT Strategy Ideas: Small and Mid-Cap Investing

Small Stocks Powering the Market

Larger stocks have continued to lead the overall market but companies in the mid-cap space have also made sizeable contributions to returns due to strong economic data and earnings growth across a variety of industries. Breadth of returns can be a positive signal for a continued bull market. Smaller companies that do most of their business within the U.S. have been particularly attractive given ongoing trade disputes.

Source: Wall Street Journal, “It’s Not All Tech. Small Stocks Are Powering the Market Higher.” (9/16/2018)

Average YTD Total Return for Russell 3000 constituents, grouped by market cap only and market cap + style through 9.28.2018

Avg. YTD Total Return by Market Cap Avg. YTD Total Return by Market Cap + Style

Source: YCharts

Objective Strategy Description Investment Style Small/Mid-Cap Exposure*
Capital appreciation Selects stocks from the Automated Quantitative Analysis (“AQA®”) universe considered to be undervalued at a given time. Multi Cap Blend 70.00%

*Small/Mid-Cap Exposure data as of the deposit date for the Automated Quantitative Analysis Portfolio, Series 17, 9/14/2018


The Automated Quantitative Analysis Strategy offers exposure to domestic small & mid-cap stocks and has generated positive alpha over 3- and 5-year periods

3/5 Year Avg Annual Return/Alpha

3 Year Cumulative Total Return (9/28/2015 – 9/28/2018)

Chart: 3 Year Cumulative Total Return (9/28/2015 – 9/28/2018)

3 Years (as of 9/28/2018)

Data Sources: Bloomberg, YCharts, First Trust Portfolios, UIT Investing, Inc. Data as of 09/28/2018.
FT Automated Quantitative Analysis S&P 1500 Composite Index
Cumulative Return 92.01% 64.30%
Avg. Annual Return (CAGR) 24.29% 18.00%
Upside Capture Ratio 128.46%
Downside Capture Ratio 126.88%
Max Drawdown -18.91% -13.01%
Max Gain 126.77% 69.84%
Standard Deviation (Annualized) 16.20% 11.90%
Sharpe Ratio 1.479 1.431
R-Squared 0.796
Sortino Ratio (Annualized) 2.030 2.067
Treynor Ratio (Annualized) 0.191 0.172
Alpha (Annualized) 2.28%
Beta 1.206

5 Years (as of 9/28/2018)

Data Sources: Bloomberg, YCharts, First Trust Portfolios, UIT Investing, Inc. Data as of 09/28/2018.
FT Automated Quantitative Analysis S&P 1500 Composite Index
Cumulative Return 90.28% 89.49%
Avg. Annual Return (CAGR) 13.66% 13.63%
Upside Capture Ratio 109.50%
Downside Capture Ratio 110.83%
Max Drawdown -20.44% -13.45%
Max Gain 100.11% 94.63%
Standard Deviation (Annualized) 15.10% 12.30%
Sharpe Ratio 0.929 1.098
R-Squared 0.697
Sortino Ratio (Annualized) 1.304 1.548
Treynor Ratio (Annualized) 0.137 0.136
Alpha (Annualized) 0.19%
Beta 1.020

Both cumulative and average annual returns of the unit investment trust strategy for 3, 5, 10-year periods are based on distributions received in cash and assume income and principal distributions are paid out on the payable date during the life of the unit investment trust. All distributions from the series are reinvested at the time of purchase into the following series utilized in the historical chain of the strategy. The following series of a strategy is determined by utilizing the series intended for the investment continuation of the strategy upon termination. If no series intended for investment continuation of a strategy exists, the existing primary, if available, at time of termination is utilized. Returns are calculated excluding the Transactional Sales Charges for each unit investment trust series but does reflect the Creation & Development Fee and trust operating expenses as incurred for each unit investment trust series included in the calculation. The returns do not adjust for taxes. If adjusted or taxes, the effects of taxation would reduce the performance depicted.

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