The Flaherty & Crumrine Preferred Trust ("Trust") seeks to provide high current income with a secondary objective of capital appreciation.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate with changes in market conditions. Investors' units, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.
This information does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy: nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state where the offer, solicitation, or sale is not permitted.
Principal Investment Strategy
The Sponsor has selected Flaherty & Crumrine Incorporated (“Flaherty & Crumrine”) to serve as the Trust’s portfolio consultant. The portfolio consultant is responsible for assisting the Sponsor with the selection of the Trust’s portfolio.
The Trust will consist of a diversified portfolio of exchange-listed preferred stocks and trust preferred securities selected from Flaherty & Crumrine’s proprietary preferred securities database and its internally generated credit research. At least 80% of the portfolio will consist of preferred securities issued by companies in the financial services sector, including banks, insurance companies, real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) and other financial companies.
In choosing the securities the primary factors include, but are not limited to: credit quality of the issuer and the liquidity and dividend yield of the security.
With assistance from Flaherty & Crumrine, the Sponsor has selected preferred stocks and trust preferred securities believed to have the best potential for high current income with the potential for capital appreciation. The Sponsor believes that an investment in a portfolio of preferred stocks and trust preferred securities offers investors an opportunity to receive many of the income flow advantages of bonds. The Trust is diversified across the listed preferred market, with attention paid to credit quality of the issuer and the liquidity and dividend yield of the security. As of the Inception Date, at least 80% of the securities included in the Trust are rated in the category of “Baa” or better by Moody’s Investors Services, Inc. (“Moody’s”), or in the category of “BBB” or better by Standard & Poor’s, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (“Standard & Poor’s”), or in the category of “BBB” or better by Fitch Ratings, Ltd. (“Fitch”).
See “Description of Ratings” in Part B of the prospectus for additional information regarding the ratings criteria.
Preferred Stock. As of the Inception Date, 33.65% of the Trust consists of preferred stocks. Similar to bonds, many preferred stocks offer a fixed rate of return paid in the form of a dividend and are traded on the basis of their current yield.
Like common stock, most preferred stocks are equity securities representing ownership in a company. Preferred stocks are generally considered “senior securities” and preferred stockholders enjoy preference over common stockholders with regard to dividends and liquidations. For the prospect of a higher yield, preferred stockholders may forfeit or at least be limited in their voting rights. The preferred stocks included in the Trust, if applicable, are traded on the major stock exchanges.
Trust Preferred Securities. As of the Inception Date, 66.35% of the Trust consists of trust preferred securities. Trust preferred securities are limited-life preferred securities typically issued by corporations, generally in the form of interest-bearing notes or preferred securities, or by an affiliated business trust of a corporation, generally in the form of beneficial interests in subordinated debentures issued by the corporation, or similarly structured securities, including SATURNS (structured asset trust unit repackagings). Dividend payments of the trust preferred securities generally coincide with interest payments on the underlying obligations. Unlike preferred stocks, distributions for trust preferred securities are generally treated as interest rather than dividends for federal income tax purposes and therefore, are not eligible for the dividends-received deduction. Trust preferred securities and the underlying subordinated debentures typically rank senior to the company’s common and preferred stock and junior to the company’s senior debt, subordinated debt and other indebtedness.
Certain trust preferred securities have maturity dates. The maturities for the trust preferred securities included in the Trust that have maturity dates range from 31 to 87 years.
Risks and Other Considerations
As with all investments, you may lose some or all of your investment in the Trust. The Trust also might not perform as well as you expect. This can happen for reasons such as these:
Please see the Trust prospectus for more complete risk information.
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