Form 487 FT 9601

September 20, 2021 1:11 PM EDT

Get inside Wall Street with StreetInsider Premium. Claim your 1-week free trial here.

 

Registration No. 333-258436

1940 Act No. 811-05903

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

Amendment No. 1 to Form S-6

 

FOR REGISTRATION UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933 OF SECURITIES OF UNIT INVESTMENT TRUSTS REGISTERED ON FORM N-8B-2

 

A.       Exact name of trust:

 

FT 9601

 

B.       Name of depositor:

 

FIRST TRUST PORTFOLIOS L.P.

 

C.       Complete address of depositor's principal executive offices:

 

120 East Liberty Drive

Suite 400

Wheaton, Illinois 60187

 

D.       Name and complete address of agents for service:

 

  Copy to:
   
JAMES A. BOWEN ERIC F. FESS
c/o First Trust Portfolios L.P. c/o Chapman and Cutler LLP
120 East Liberty Drive 111 West Monroe Street
Suite 400 Chicago, Illinois 60603
Wheaton, Illinois  60187  

 

E.       Title and Amount of Securities Being Registered:

 

An indefinite number of Units pursuant to Rule 24f-2 promulgated under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

F.       Approximate date of proposed sale to public:

 

As soon as practicable after the effective date of the Registration Statement.

 

|X|Check box if it is proposed that this filing will become effective on September 20, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. pursuant to Rule 487.

________________________________



                     Sabrient Dividend Portfolio, Series 37

                                    FT 9601

FT 9601 is a series of a unit investment trust, the FT Series. FT 9601
consists of a single portfolio known as Sabrient Dividend Portfolio, Series 37
(the "Trust"). The Trust invests in a diversified portfolio of common stocks
("Securities"). The Trust seeks above-average total return through a
combination of capital appreciation and dividend income.

THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ("SEC") HAS NOT APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED
OF THESE SECURITIES OR PASSED UPON THE ADEQUACY OF THIS PROSPECTUS. ANY
REPRESENTATION TO THE CONTRARY IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE.

                                 FIRST TRUST(R)

                                  800-621-1675


               The date of this prospectus is September 20, 2021



Page 1


                               Table of Contents

Summary of Essential Information                               3
Fee Table                                                      4
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm        5
Statement of Net Assets                                        6
Schedule of Investments                                        7
The FT Series                                                  9
Portfolio                                                     10
Risk Factors                                                  10
Public Offering                                               13
Distribution of Units                                         15
The Sponsor's Profits                                         17
The Secondary Market                                          17
How We Purchase Units                                         17
Expenses and Charges                                          17
Tax Status                                                    18
Retirement Plans                                              20
Rights of Unit Holders                                        20
Income and Capital Distributions                              21
Redeeming Your Units                                          21
Removing Securities from the Trust                            22
Amending or Terminating the Indenture                         23
Information on Sabrient Systems, LLC, 
  the Sponsor, Trustee and Evaluator                          23
Other Information                                             24


Page 2


                  Summary of Essential Information (Unaudited)

                     Sabrient Dividend Portfolio, Series 37
                                    FT 9601


  At the Opening of Business on the Initial Date of Deposit-September 20, 2021


                   Sponsor:   First Trust Portfolios L.P.
                   Trustee:   The Bank of New York Mellon
                 Evaluator:   First Trust Advisors L.P.
      Portfolio Consultant:   Sabrient Systems, LLC

Initial Number of Units (1)                                                                                   17,358
Fractional Undivided Interest in the Trust per Unit (1)                                                     1/17,358
Public Offering Price:
Public Offering Price per Unit (2)                                                                        $   10.000
    Less Initial Sales Charge per Unit (3)                                                                     (.000)
                                                                                                          __________
Aggregate Offering Price Evaluation of Securities per Unit (4)                                                10.000
    Less Deferred Sales Charge per Unit (3)                                                                    (.225)
                                                                                                          __________
Redemption Price per Unit (5)                                                                                  9.775
    Less Creation and Development Fee per Unit (3)(5)                                                          (.050)
    Less Organization Costs per Unit (5)                                                                       (.069)
                                                                                                          __________
Net Asset Value per Unit                                                                                  $    9.656
                                                                                                          ==========
Cash CUSIP Number                                                                                         30321Y 302
Reinvestment CUSIP Number                                                                                 30321Y 310
Fee Account Cash CUSIP Number                                                                             30321Y 328
Fee Account Reinvestment CUSIP Number                                                                     30321Y 336
Pricing Line Product Code                                                                                     137970
Ticker Symbol                                                                                                 FWNGMX

First Settlement Date                                          September 22, 2021                                               
Mandatory Termination Date (6)                                 September 20, 2023                                               
Income Distribution Record Date                                Tenth day of each month, commencing October 10, 2021.            
Income Distribution Date (7)                                   Twenty-fifth day of each month, commencing October 25, 2021.     

_____________

(1) As of the Evaluation Time on the Initial Date of Deposit, we may adjust
the number of Units of the Trust so that the Public Offering Price per Unit
will equal approximately $10.00. If we make such an adjustment, the fractional
undivided interest per Unit will vary from the amount indicated above.

(2) The Public Offering Price shown above reflects the value of the Securities
on the business day prior to the Initial Date of Deposit. No investor will
purchase Units at this price. The price you pay for your Units will be based
on their valuation at the Evaluation Time on the date you purchase your Units.
On the Initial Date of Deposit, the Public Offering Price per Unit will not
include any accumulated dividends on the Securities. After this date, a pro
rata share of any accumulated dividends on the Securities will be included.

(3) You will pay a maximum sales charge of 2.75% of the Public Offering Price
per Unit (equivalent to 2.75% of the net amount invested) which consists of an
initial sales charge, a deferred sales charge and a creation and development
fee. The sales charges are described in the "Fee Table."

(4) Each listed Security is valued at its last closing sale price at the
Evaluation Time on the business day prior to the Initial Date of Deposit. If a
Security is not listed, or if no closing sale price exists, it is valued at
its closing ask price on such date. See "Public Offering-The Value of the
Securities." Evaluations for purposes of determining the purchase, sale or
redemption price of Units are made as of the close of trading on the New York
Stock Exchange ("NYSE") (generally 4:00 p.m. Eastern time) on each day on
which it is open (the "Evaluation Time").

(5) The creation and development fee will be deducted from the assets of the
Trust at the end of the initial offering period and the estimated organization
costs per Unit will be deducted from the assets of the Trust at the earlier of
six months after the Initial Date of Deposit or the end of the initial
offering period. If Units are redeemed prior to any such reduction, these fees
will not be deducted from the redemption proceeds. See "Redeeming Your Units."

(6) See "Amending or Terminating the Indenture."

(7) The Trustee will distribute money from the Capital Account monthly on the
twenty-fifth day of each month to Unit holders of record on the tenth day of
each month if the amount available for distribution equals at least $1.00 per
100 Units. In any case, the Trustee will distribute any funds in the Capital
Account in December of each year and as part of the final liquidation
distribution. See "Income and Capital Distributions."


Page 3


                             Fee Table (Unaudited)

This Fee Table describes the fees and expenses that you may, directly or
indirectly, pay if you buy and hold Units of the Trust. See "Public Offering"
and "Expenses and Charges." Although the Trust has a term of approximately two
years and is a unit investment trust rather than a mutual fund, this
information allows you to compare fees.

                                                                                                                      Amount     
                                                                                                                      per Unit   
                                                                                                                      ________   
Unit Holder Sales Fees (as a percentage of public offering price)                                                                
                                                                                                                                 
Maximum Sales Charge                                                                                                             
   Initial sales charge                                                                                 0.00%(a)      $.000      
   Deferred sales charge                                                                                2.25%(b)      $.225      
   Creation and development fee                                                                         0.50%(c)      $.050      
                                                                                                        _____         _____      
   Maximum sales charge (including creation and development fee)                                        2.75%         $.275      
                                                                                                        =====         =====      
                                                                                                                                 
Organization Costs (as a percentage of public offering price)                                                                    
   Estimated organization costs                                                                         .690%(d)      $.0690     
                                                                                                        =====         ======     
                                                                                                                                 
Estimated Annual Trust Operating Expenses(e)                                                                                     
(as a percentage of average net assets)                                                                                          
   Portfolio supervision, bookkeeping, administrative and evaluation fees                               .080%         $.0080     
   Trustee's fee and other operating expenses                                                           .138%(f)      $.0138     
                                                                                                        _____         ______     
      Total                                                                                             .218%         $.0218     
                                                                                                        =====         ======     

                                    Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the
Trust with the cost of investing in other investment products. The example
assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Trust for the periods shown. The
example also assumes a 5% return on your investment each year and that the
Trust's operating expenses stay the same. The example does not take into
consideration transaction fees which may be charged by certain broker/dealers
for processing redemption requests. Although your actual costs may vary, based
on these assumptions your costs, assuming you sell or redeem your Units at the
end of each period, would be:

                        1 Year            2 Years           
                        ______            _______           
                        $366              $388              

The example will not differ if you hold rather than sell your Units at the end
of each period.

_____________

(a) The combination of the initial and deferred sales charge comprises what we
refer to as the "transactional sales charge." The initial sales charge is
actually equal to the difference between the maximum sales charge of 2.75% and
the sum of any remaining deferred sales charge and creation and development
fee. When the Public Offering Price per Unit equals $10, there is no initial
sales charge. If the price you pay for your Units exceeds $10 per Unit, you
will pay an initial sales charge.

(b) The deferred sales charge is a fixed dollar amount equal to $.225 per Unit
which, as a percentage of the Public Offering Price, will vary over time. The
deferred sales charge will be deducted in three monthly installments
commencing December 20, 2021.

(c) The creation and development fee compensates the Sponsor for creating and
developing the Trust. The creation and development fee is a charge of $.050
per Unit collected at the end of the initial offering period, which is
expected to be approximately three months from the Initial Date of Deposit. If
the price you pay for your Units exceeds $10 per Unit, the creation and
development fee will be less than 0.50%; if the price you pay for your Units
is less than $10 per Unit, the creation and development fee will exceed 0.50%.
If you purchase Units after the initial offering period, you will not be
assessed the creation and development fee.

(d) Estimated organization costs, which include a one-time licensing fee and a
one-time portfolio consultant fee, will be deducted from the assets of the
Trust at the earlier of six months after the Initial Date of Deposit or the
end of the initial offering period. Estimated organization costs are assessed
on a fixed dollar amount per Unit basis which, as a percentage of average net
assets, will vary over time.

(e) Each of the fees listed herein is assessed on a fixed dollar amount per
Unit basis which, as a percentage of average net assets, will vary over time.

(f) Other operating expenses do not include brokerage costs and other
portfolio transaction fees for the Trust. In certain circumstances the Trust
may incur additional expenses not set forth above. See "Expenses and Charges."


Page 4


                             Report of Independent
                       Registered Public Accounting Firm
                                                                                                   


To the Unit Holders and the Sponsor, First Trust Portfolios L.P., of FT 9601

Opinion on the Statement of Net Assets

We have audited the accompanying statement of net assets of FT 9601,
comprising Sabrient Dividend Portfolio, Series 37 (the "Trust"), one of the
series constituting the FT Series, including the schedule of investments, as
of the opening of business on September 20, 2021 (Initial Date of Deposit),
and the related notes. In our opinion, the statement of net assets presents
fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Trust as of
the opening of business on September 20, 2021 (Initial Date of Deposit), in
conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States
of America.

Basis for Opinion

This statement of net assets is the responsibility of the Trust's Sponsor. Our
responsibility is to express an opinion on this statement of net assets based
on our audit. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public
Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to
be independent with respect to the Trust in accordance with the U.S. federal
securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and
Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those
standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable
assurance about whether the statement of net assets is free of material
misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Trust is not required to
have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over
financial reporting. As part of our audit we are required to obtain an
understanding of internal control over financial reporting but not for the
purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Trust's internal
control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

Our audit included performing procedures to assess the risks of material
misstatement of the statement of net assets, whether due to error or fraud,
and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures
included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and
disclosures in the statement of net assets. Our audit also included evaluating
the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by the Trust's
Sponsor, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the statement of
net assets. Our procedures included confirmation of the irrevocable letter of
credit held by The Bank of New York Mellon, the Trustee, and deposited in the
Trust for the purchase of securities, as shown in the statement of net assets,
as of the opening of business on September 20, 2021, by correspondence with
the Trustee. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our
opinion.

/s/ DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP

Chicago, Illinois
September 20, 2021

We have served as the auditor of one or more investment companies sponsored by
First Trust Portfolios L.P. since 2001.



Page 5


                            Statement of Net Assets

                     Sabrient Dividend Portfolio, Series 37
                                    FT 9601


  At the Opening of Business on the Initial Date of Deposit-September 20, 2021



                                   NET ASSETS

Investment in Securities represented by purchase contracts (1) (2)                                $173,580
Less liability for reimbursement to Sponsor for organization costs (3)                              (1,198)
Less liability for deferred sales charge (4)                                                        (3,906)
Less liability for creation and development fee (5)                                                   (868)
                                                                                                  ________
Net assets                                                                                        $167,608
                                                                                                  ========
Units outstanding                                                                                   17,358
Net asset value per Unit (6)                                                                      $  9.656

                             ANALYSIS OF NET ASSETS

Cost to investors (7)                                                                             $173,580
Less maximum sales charge (7)                                                                       (4,774)
Less estimated reimbursement to Sponsor for organization costs (3)                                  (1,198)
                                                                                                  ________
Net assets                                                                                        $167,608
                                                                                                  ========

______________

                        NOTES TO STATEMENT OF NET ASSETS

The Trust is registered as a unit investment trust under the Investment
Company Act of 1940. The Sponsor is responsible for the preparation of
financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally
accepted in the United States which require the Sponsor to make estimates and
assumptions that affect amounts reported herein. Actual results could differ
from those estimates. The Trust intends to comply in its initial fiscal year
and thereafter with provisions of the Internal Revenue Code applicable to
regulated investment companies and as such, will not be subject to federal
income taxes on otherwise taxable income (including net realized capital
gains) distributed to Unit holders.

(1) The Trust invests in a diversified portfolio of common stocks. Aggregate
cost of the Securities listed under "Schedule of Investments" is based on
their aggregate underlying value. The Trust has a Mandatory Termination Date
of September 20, 2023.

(2) An irrevocable letter of credit issued by The Bank of New York Mellon, of
which approximately $300,000 has been allocated to the Trust, has been
deposited with the Trustee as collateral, covering the monies necessary for
the purchase of the Securities according to their purchase contracts.

(3) A portion of the Public Offering Price consists of an amount sufficient to
reimburse the Sponsor for all or a portion of the costs of establishing the
Trust. These costs have been estimated at $.0690 per Unit. A payment will be
made at the earlier of six months after the Initial Date of Deposit or the end
of the initial offering period to an account maintained by the Trustee from
which the obligation of the investors to the Sponsor will be satisfied. To the
extent that actual organization costs of the Trust are greater than the
estimated amount, only the estimated organization costs added to the Public
Offering Price will be reimbursed to the Sponsor and deducted from the assets
of the Trust.

(4) Represents the amount of mandatory deferred sales charge distributions of
$.225 per Unit, payable to the Sponsor in three equal monthly installments
beginning on December 20, 2021 and on the twentieth day of each month
thereafter (or if such date is not a business day, on the preceding business
day) through February 18, 2022. If Unit holders redeem Units before February
18, 2022, they will have to pay the remaining amount of the deferred sales
charge applicable to such Units when they redeem them.

(5) The creation and development fee ($.050 per Unit) is payable by the Trust
on behalf of Unit holders out of assets of the Trust at the end of the initial
offering period. If Units are redeemed prior to the close of the initial
offering period, the fee will not be deducted from the proceeds.

(6) Net asset value per Unit is calculated by dividing the Trust's net assets
by the number of Units outstanding. This figure includes organization costs
and the creation and development fee, which will only be assessed to Units
outstanding at the earlier of six months after the Initial Date of Deposit or
the end of the initial offering period in the case of organization costs or
the close of the initial offering period in the case of the creation and
development fee.

(7) The aggregate cost to investors in the Trust includes a maximum sales
charge (comprised of an initial and a deferred sales charge and the creation
and development fee) computed at the rate of 2.75% of the Public Offering
Price (equivalent to 2.75% of the net amount invested, exclusive of the
deferred sales charge and the creation and development fee), assuming no
reduction of the maximum sales charge as set forth under "Public Offering."


Page 6


                            Schedule of Investments

                     Sabrient Dividend Portfolio, Series 37
                                    FT 9601


  At the Opening of Business on the Initial Date of Deposit-September 20, 2021


                                                                              Percentage
                                                                              of Aggregate   Number     Market       Cost of
Ticker Symbol and                                                             Offering       of         Value per    Securities to
Name of Issuer of Securities (1)(3)                                           Price          Shares     Share        the Trust (2)
___________________________________                                           ____________   ______     _________    _____________
COMMON STOCKS (100.00%):
Consumer Discretionary (4.07%):
QSR        Restaurant Brands International Inc. +                               2.03%         56        $ 62.92      $   3,523
VFC        V.F. Corporation                                                     2.04%         51          69.55          3,547
Consumer Staples (2.04%):
MO         Altria Group, Inc.                                                   2.04%         73          48.61          3,549
Energy (16.34%):
BKR        Baker Hughes Co.                                                     2.04%        148          23.94          3,543
CNQ        Canadian Natural Resources Limited +                                 2.04%        106          33.34          3,534
CVX        Chevron Corporation                                                  2.06%         37          96.76          3,580
COP        ConocoPhillips                                                       2.04%         60          58.92          3,535
FANG       Diamondback Energy, Inc.                                             2.05%         43          82.62          3,553
XOM        Exxon Mobil Corporation                                              2.03%         64          55.16          3,530
IMO        Imperial Oil Limited +                                               2.05%        131          27.12          3,553
OKE        ONEOK, Inc.                                                          2.03%         64          55.17          3,531
Financials (22.44%):
AXS        Axis Capital Holdings Limited +                                      2.04%         77          45.99          3,541
RE         Everest Re Group, Ltd. +                                             2.06%         14         255.86          3,582
BEN        Franklin Resources, Inc.                                             2.04%        113          31.33          3,540
IVZ        Invesco Ltd. +                                                       2.04%        135          26.25          3,544
LNC        Lincoln National Corporation                                         2.02%         52          67.54          3,512
MFC        Manulife Financial Corporation +                                     2.04%        184          19.24          3,540
NRZ        New Residential Investment Corp. (4)                                 2.04%        322          10.99          3,539
NYCB       New York Community Bancorp, Inc.                                     2.04%        279          12.72          3,549
PFG        Principal Financial Group, Inc.                                      2.03%         54          65.16          3,519
STWD       Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (4)                                    2.04%        143          24.79          3,545
WAFD       Washington Federal, Inc.                                             2.05%        108          32.93          3,556
Health Care (4.10%):
ABBV       AbbVie Inc.                                                          2.05%         33         107.73          3,555
BMY        Bristol-Myers Squibb Company                                         2.05%         58          61.31          3,556
Industrials (6.12%):
KMT        Kennametal Inc.                                                      2.04%        100          35.45          3,545
R          Ryder System, Inc.                                                   2.04%         45          78.56          3,535
TRTN       Triton International Limited +                                       2.04%         68          52.16          3,547
Information Technology (14.29%):
AVT        Avnet, Inc.                                                          2.05%         96          37.04          3,556
AVGO       Broadcom Inc.                                                        2.04%          7         506.00          3,542
HPE        Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company                                   2.05%        262          13.55          3,550
IDCC       InterDigital, Inc.                                                   2.05%         52          68.28          3,551
IBM        International Business Machines Corporation                          2.03%         26         135.23          3,516
STX        Seagate Technology Holdings Plc +                                    2.03%         42          83.74          3,517
VSH        Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.                                         2.04%        173          20.47          3,541


Page 7


                       Schedule of Investments (cont'd.)

                     Sabrient Dividend Portfolio, Series 37
                                    FT 9601


  At the Opening of Business on the Initial Date of Deposit-September 20, 2021


                                                                              Percentage    
                                                                              of Aggregate   Number     Market      Cost of
Ticker Symbol and                                                             Offering       of         Value per   Securities to
Name of Issuer of Securities (1)(3)                                           Price          Shares     Share       the Trust (2)
___________________________________                                           ____________   ______     _________   _____________
Materials (12.25%):                                                                         
CF         CF Industries Holdings, Inc.                                         2.04%         72        $ 49.10     $  3,535
CC         The Chemours Company                                                 2.04%        119          29.75        3,540
CMP        Compass Minerals International, Inc.                                 2.05%         56          63.48        3,555
GEF        Greif, Inc.                                                          2.04%         57          62.08        3,539
IP         International Paper Company                                          2.05%         63          56.60        3,566
NTR        Nutrien Ltd. +                                                       2.03%         56          63.05        3,531
Real Estate (14.29%):
CTRE       CareTrust REIT, Inc. (4)                                             2.05%        161          22.06        3,552
CHCT       Community Healthcare Trust Incorporated (4)                          2.05%         74          48.16        3,564
GMRE       Global Medical REIT Inc. (4)                                         2.04%        235          15.07        3,541
IRM        Iron Mountain Incorporated (4)                                       2.04%         79          44.90        3,547
NSA        National Storage Affiliates Trust (4)                                2.03%         62          56.82        3,523
O          Realty Income Corporation (4)                                        2.03%         52          67.68        3,519
REG        Regency Centers Corporation (4)                                      2.05%         52          68.31        3,552
Utilities (4.06%):
ALE        ALLETE, Inc.                                                         2.03%         58          60.83        3,528
NFG        National Fuel Gas Company                                            2.03%         69          51.19        3,532
                                                                              _______                               ________
               Total Investments                                              100.00%                               $173,580
                                                                              =======                               ========

_____________

(1) All Securities are represented by regular way contracts to purchase such
Securities which are backed by an irrevocable letter of credit deposited with
the Trustee. The Sponsor entered into purchase contracts for the Securities on
September 20, 2021. Such purchase contracts are expected to settle within two
business days.

(2) The cost of the Securities to the Trust represents the aggregate underlying
value with respect to the Securities acquired (generally determined by the
closing sale prices of the listed Securities and the ask prices of
over-the-counter traded Securities at the Evaluation Time on the business day
prior to the Initial Date of Deposit). The cost of Securities to the Trust may
not compute due to rounding the market value per share. The valuation of the
Securities has been determined by the Evaluator, an affiliate of the Sponsor. In
accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards
Codification 820, "Fair Value Measurement," the Trust's investments are
classified as Level 1, which refers to securities traded in an active market.
The cost of the Securities to the Sponsor and the Sponsor's profit (which is 
the difference between the cost of the Securities to the Sponsor and the cost 
of the Securities to the Trust) are $169,825 and $3,755, respectively.

(3) Common stocks of companies headquartered or incorporated outside the
United States comprise approximately 20.40% of the investments of the Trust
(consisting of Bermuda, 8.18%; Canada, 10.19%; Ireland, 2.03%).

(4) This Security represents the common stock of a real estate investment
trust ("REIT"). REITs which invest in mortgage loans and mortgage-backed
securities are included in the Financials sector whereas REITs which directly
hold real estate properties are included in the Real Estate sector. REITs
comprise approximately 18.37% of the investments of the Trust.

+ This Security represents the common stock of a foreign company which trades
on the over-the-counter market or on a U.S. national securities exchange.


Page 8


                        The FT Series                         

The FT Series Defined.

We, First Trust Portfolios L.P. (the "Sponsor"), have created hundreds of
similar yet separate series of a unit investment trust which we have named the
FT Series. The series to which this prospectus relates, FT 9601, consists of a
single portfolio known as Sabrient Dividend Portfolio, Series 37.

The Trust was created under the laws of the State of New York by a Trust
Agreement (the "Indenture") dated the Initial Date of Deposit. This agreement,
entered into among First Trust Portfolios L.P., as Sponsor, The Bank of New
York Mellon as Trustee and First Trust Advisors L.P. as Portfolio Supervisor
and Evaluator, governs the operation of the Trust.

YOU MAY GET MORE SPECIFIC DETAILS CONCERNING THE NATURE, STRUCTURE AND RISKS OF
THIS PRODUCT IN AN "INFORMATION SUPPLEMENT" BY CALLING THE SPONSOR AT
800-621-1675, DEPT. CODE 2.

How We Created the Trust.

On the Initial Date of Deposit, we deposited a portfolio of common stocks with
the Trustee and, in turn, the Trustee delivered documents to us representing
our ownership of the Trust in the form of units ("Units").

After the Initial Date of Deposit, we may deposit additional Securities in the
Trust, or cash (including a letter of credit or the equivalent) with
instructions to buy more Securities, to create new Units for sale. If we
create additional Units, we will attempt, to the extent practicable, to
maintain the percentage relationship established among the Securities on the
Initial Date of Deposit (as set forth in "Schedule of Investments"), adjusted
to reflect the sale, redemption or liquidation of any of the Securities or any
stock split or a merger or other similar event affecting the issuer of the
Securities.

Since the prices of the Securities will fluctuate daily, the ratio of
Securities in the Trust, on a market value basis, will also change daily. The
portion of Securities represented by each Unit will not change as a result of
the deposit of additional Securities or cash in the Trust. If we deposit cash,
you and new investors may experience a dilution of your investment. This is
because prices of Securities will fluctuate between the time of the cash
deposit and the purchase of the Securities, and because the Trust pays the
associated brokerage fees. To reduce this dilution, the Trust will try to buy
the Securities as close to the Evaluation Time and as close to the evaluation
price as possible. In addition, because the Trust pays the brokerage fees
associated with the creation of new Units and with the sale of Securities to
meet redemption and exchange requests, frequent redemption and exchange
activity will likely result in higher brokerage expenses.

An affiliate of the Trustee may receive these brokerage fees or the Trustee
may retain and pay us (or our affiliate) to act as agent for the Trust to buy
Securities. If we or an affiliate of ours act as agent to the Trust, we will
be subject to the restrictions under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as
amended (the "1940 Act"). When acting in an agency capacity, we may select
various broker/dealers to execute securities transactions on behalf of the
Trust, which may include broker/dealers who sell Units of the Trust. We do not
consider sales of Units of the Trust or any other products sponsored by First
Trust as a factor in selecting such broker/dealers.

We cannot guarantee that the Trust will keep its present size and composition
for any length of time. Securities may be periodically sold under certain
circumstances to satisfy Trust obligations, to meet redemption requests and,
as described in "Removing Securities from the Trust," to maintain the sound
investment character of the Trust, and the proceeds received by the Trust will
be used to meet Trust obligations or distributed to Unit holders, but will not
be reinvested. However, Securities will not be sold to take advantage of
market fluctuations or changes in anticipated rates of appreciation or
depreciation, or if they no longer meet the criteria by which they were
selected. You will not be able to dispose of or vote any of the Securities in
the Trust. As the holder of the Securities, the Trustee will vote the
Securities and, except as described in "Removing Securities from the Trust,"
will endeavor to vote the Securities such that the Securities are voted as
closely as possible in the same manner and the same general proportion as are
the Securities held by owners other than such Trust.

Neither we nor the Trustee will be liable for a failure in any of the
Securities. However, if a contract for the purchase of any of the Securities
initially deposited in the Trust fails, unless we can purchase substitute
Securities ("Replacement Securities") we will refund to you that portion of
the purchase price and transactional sales charge resulting from the failed
contract on the next Income Distribution Date. Any Replacement Security the
Trust acquires will be identical to those from the failed contract.


Page 9


                          Portfolio                           

Objective.

The Trust seeks above-average total return through a combination of capital
appreciation and dividend income. Under normal circumstances, the Trust will
invest at least 80% of its assets in dividend-paying securities. 

The Trust is a unit investment trust that seeks to find companies with above-
average dividend yields. The Securities in the portfolio are selected by
applying a seven-step investment strategy process developed by Sabrient
Systems, LLC ("Sabrient").

Portfolio Selection Process.

Sabrient's selection process is based on the following steps:

1. Select Universe: Select all listed stocks traded domestically, including
American Depositary Receipts/ADRs, that have a market cap of $500 million or
more, sufficient liquidity, and a minimum of six consecutive dividends that
were the same or better than the previous quarter as of the date the portfolio
was selected. The majority have long dividend histories averaging more than 40
consecutive quarters of dividend payments.

2. Determine Relative Rank: Determine the relative rank of each company's
current dividend yield.

3. Determine Relative Likelihood of Dividend Increases: Determine relative
likelihood of dividend increases by using the company's historical percentage
of dividend increases and the exponential annual increase over the past three
years.

4. Determine Relative Safety by Earnings Quality Rank ("EQR"): Determine the
relative safety of the dividends over the next two years by using each
company's EQR rank - a proprietary score built by Sabrient to judge the
relative safety of continued earnings growth, cash flow growth, and ability to
service debt - and the average dividend coverage over the past four quarters.

5. Use Forward P/E, Current & Future Estimated Earnings Growth: Use forward
price-to-earnings ratio, the current year's estimated earnings growth, and the
following year's estimated earnings growth to develop a score for potential
stock growth.

6. Develop Final Score: Develop a score for all candidate companies with equal
emphasis on steps 2, 3, 4, and 5.


7. Select Approximately 50 Highest Ranked Stocks: Lastly, select approximately
50 of the highest ranked stocks, limit each sector to a maximum of approximately
30% of all stocks as well as maximum of 18% in any one industry.


Additional Portfolio Contents.

In addition to the investments described above, the Trust has exposure to the
following investments: REITs, foreign securities and companies with various
market capitalizations.

As with any similar investments, there can be no assurance that the objective
of the Trust will be achieved. See "Risk Factors" for a discussion of the
risks of investing in the Trust.

                        Risk Factors                          


Price Volatility. The Trust invests in common stocks. The value of the Trust's
Units will fluctuate with changes in the value of these common stocks. Common
stock prices fluctuate for several reasons including changes in investors'
perceptions of the financial condition of an issuer or the general condition
of the relevant stock market, such as the current market volatility, or when
political or economic events affecting the issuers occur. In addition, common
stock prices may be particularly sensitive to rising interest rates, as the
cost of capital rises and borrowing costs increase, negatively impacting
issuers.


Because the Trust is not managed, the Trustee will not sell Securities in
response to or in anticipation of market fluctuations, as is common in managed
investments. As with any investment, we cannot guarantee that the performance
of the Trust will be positive over any period of time, or that you won't lose
money. Units of the Trust are not deposits of any bank and are not insured or
guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other
government agency.

Market Risk. Market risk is the risk that a particular security, or Units of
the Trust in general, may fall in value. Securities are subject to market
fluctuations caused by such factors as economic, political, regulatory or
market developments, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in
securities prices. Units of the Trust could decline in value or underperform
other investments. In addition, local, regional or global events such as war,
acts of terrorism, spread of infectious diseases or other public health
issues, recessions, political turbulence or other events could have a
significant negative impact on the Trust and its investments. Such events may
affect certain geographic regions, countries, sectors and industries more
significantly than others. Such events could adversely affect the prices and
liquidity of the Trust's portfolio securities and could result in disruptions


Page 10


in the trading markets. Any such circumstances could have a materially
negative impact on the value of the Trust's Units and result in increased
market volatility. 

An outbreak of a respiratory disease designated as COVID-19 was first detected
in China in December 2019 and has resulted in a global pandemic and major
disruptions to economies and markets around the world. The transmission of
COVID-19 and efforts to contain its spread have resulted in international
border closings, enhanced health screenings, expanded healthcare services and
expenses, quarantines and other restrictions on business and personal
activities, cancellations, disruptions to supply chains and consumer activity,
as well as general public concern and uncertainty. Financial markets have
experienced extreme volatility and severe losses, negatively impacting global
economic growth prospects. The duration of the COVID-19 outbreak and its
effects cannot be determined with certainty and may exacerbate other pre-
existing political, social and economic risks. 


Governments and central banks, including the Federal Reserve, have taken
extraordinary and unprecedented actions to support local and global economies
and financial markets. These measures have included, among other policy
responses, a $700 billion quantitative easing program, a reduction of the
Federal funds rate to near-zero, and numerous economic stimulus packages. The
impact of these and additional measures taken in the future, and whether they
will be effective in mitigating economic and market disruptions, including
upward pressure on prices, will not be known for some time. Additionally,
market uncertainty remains high during the expanding roll out of COVID-19
vaccines and treatments in combination with measures taken by the
administration, expectations for additional stimulus packages and as
businesses begin to plan for a transition back to the workplace.

Dividends. All of the Securities held by the Trust currently pay dividends,
but there is no guarantee that the issuers of the Securities will declare
dividends in the future or that, if declared, they will either remain at
current levels or increase over time.

REITs. Certain of the Securities held by the Trust are issued by REITs. REITs
are financial vehicles that pool investors' capital to purchase or finance
real estate. REITs may concentrate their investments in specific geographic
areas or in specific property types, i.e., hotels, shopping malls, residential
complexes, office buildings and timberlands. The value of REITs and the
ability of REITs to distribute income may be adversely affected by several
factors, including rising interest rates, changes in the national, state and
local economic climate and real estate conditions, perceptions of prospective
tenants of the safety, convenience and attractiveness of the properties, the
ability of the owner to provide adequate management, maintenance and
insurance, the cost of complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act,
increased competition from new properties, the impact of present or future
environmental legislation and compliance with environmental laws, changes in
real estate taxes and other operating expenses, adverse changes in
governmental rules and fiscal policies, adverse changes in zoning laws, and
other factors beyond the control of the issuers of REITs. Certain of the REITs
may also be mortgage real estate investment trusts ("Mortgage REITs").
Mortgage REITs are companies that provide financing for real estate by
purchasing or originating mortgages and mortgage-backed securities and earn
income from the interest on these investments. Mortgage REITs are also subject
to many of the same risks associated with investments in other REITs and to
real estate market conditions.

Foreign Securities. Certain of the Securities held by the Trust are issued by
foreign entities, which makes the Trust subject to more risks than if it
invested solely in domestic securities. Risks of foreign securities include
higher brokerage costs; different accounting standards; expropriation,
nationalization or other adverse political or economic developments; currency
devaluations, blockages or transfer restrictions; restrictions on foreign
investments and exchange of securities; inadequate financial information; lack
of liquidity of certain foreign markets; and less government supervision and
regulation of exchanges, brokers, and issuers in foreign countries. Certain
foreign markets have experienced heightened volatility due to recent negative
political or economic developments or natural disasters. Securities issued by
non-U.S. issuers may pay dividends in foreign currencies and may be
principally traded in foreign currencies. Therefore, there is a risk that the
U.S. dollar value of these dividend payments and/or securities will vary with
fluctuations in foreign exchange rates.

Small and/or Mid Capitalization Companies. Certain of the Securities held by
the Trust are issued by small and/or mid capitalization companies. Investing
in stocks of such companies may involve greater risk than investing in larger
companies. For example, such companies may have limited product lines, as well
as shorter operating histories, less experienced management and more limited
financial resources than larger companies. Securities of such companies
generally trade in lower volumes and are generally subject to greater and less


Page 11


predictable changes in price than securities of larger companies. In addition,
small and mid-cap stocks may not be widely followed by the investment
community, which may result in low demand.

Large Capitalization Companies. Certain of the Securities held by the Trust
are issued by large capitalization companies. The return on investment in
stocks of large capitalization companies may be less than the return on
investment in stocks of small and/or mid capitalization companies. Large
capitalization companies may also grow at a slower rate than the overall market.


Cybersecurity Risk. 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. A breach in
cybersecurity refers to both intentional and unintentional events that may
cause the Trust to lose proprietary information, suffer data corruption or
lose operational capacity. Such events could cause the Sponsor of the Trust to
incur regulatory penalties, reputational damage, additional compliance costs
associated with corrective measures and/or financial loss. Cybersecurity
breaches may involve unauthorized access to digital information systems
utilized by the Trust through "hacking" or malicious software coding, but may
also result from outside attacks such as denial-of-service attacks through
efforts to make network services unavailable to intended users. In addition,
cybersecurity breaches of the Trust's third-party service providers, or
issuers in which the Trust invests, can also subject the Trust to many of the
same risks associated with direct cybersecurity breaches. The Sponsor of, and
third-party service provider to, the Trust have established risk management
systems designed to reduce the risks associated with cybersecurity. However,
there is no guarantee that such efforts will succeed, especially because the
Trust does not directly control the cybersecurity systems of issuers or third-
party service providers.

Legislation/Litigation. From time to time, various legislative initiatives are
proposed in the United States and abroad which may have a negative impact on
certain of the companies represented in the Trust. In addition, litigation
regarding any of the issuers of the Securities, or the industries represented
by these issuers, may negatively impact the value of these Securities. We
cannot predict what impact any pending or proposed legislation or pending or
threatened litigation will have on the value of the Securities.

Securities Selection. While Sabrient has carefully evaluated and approved the
Securities in the Trust for this purpose, it may choose for any reason not to
recommend any or all of the Securities for another purpose or at a later date.
This may affect the value of your Units.

                       Public Offering                        

The Public Offering Price.

Units will be purchased at the Public Offering Price, the price per Unit of
which is comprised of the following:

- The aggregate underlying value of the Securities;

- The amount of any cash in the Income and Capital Accounts; 

- Dividends receivable on Securities; and

- The maximum sales charge (which combines an initial upfront sales charge, a
deferred sales charge and the creation and development fee).

The price you pay for your Units will differ from the amount stated under
"Summary of Essential Information" due to various factors, including
fluctuations in the prices of the Securities and changes in the value of the
Income and/or Capital Accounts.

Although you are not required to pay for your Units until two business days
following your order (the "date of settlement"), you may pay before then. You
will become the owner of Units ("Record Owner") on the date of settlement if
payment has been received. If you pay for your Units before the date of
settlement, we may use your payment during this time and it may be considered
a benefit to us, subject to the limitations of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, as amended. 

Organization Costs. Securities purchased with the portion of the Public
Offering Price intended to be used to reimburse the Sponsor for the Trust's
organization costs (including costs of preparing the registration statement,
the Indenture and other closing documents, registering Units with the SEC and
states, licensing fees required for the establishment of the Trust under
license agreements which provide for full payment of the licensing fee not
later than the conclusion of the organization expense period, the Portfolio
Consultant's fee, the initial audit of the Trust's statement of net assets,
legal fees and the initial fees and expenses of the Trustee) will be purchased
in the same proportionate relationship as all the Securities contained in the
Trust. Securities will be sold to reimburse the Sponsor for the Trust's
organization costs at the earlier of six months after the Initial Date of
Deposit or the end of the initial offering period (a significantly shorter
time period than the life of the Trust). During the period ending with the
earlier of six months after the Initial Date of Deposit or the end of the


Page 12


initial offering period, there may be a decrease in the value of the
Securities. To the extent the proceeds from the sale of these Securities are
insufficient to repay the Sponsor for Trust organization costs, the Trustee
will sell additional Securities to allow the Trust to fully reimburse the
Sponsor. In that event, the net asset value per Unit of the Trust will be
reduced by the amount of additional Securities sold. Although the dollar
amount of the reimbursement due to the Sponsor will remain fixed and will
never exceed the per Unit amount set forth for the Trust in "Notes to
Statement of Net Assets," this will result in a greater effective cost per
Unit to Unit holders for the reimbursement to the Sponsor. To the extent
actual organization costs are less than the estimated amount, only the actual
organization costs will ultimately be charged to the Trust. When Securities
are sold to reimburse the Sponsor for organization costs, the Trustee will
sell Securities, to the extent practicable, which will maintain the same
proportionate relationship among the Securities contained in the Trust as
existed prior to such sale.

Minimum Purchase.

The minimum amount per account you can purchase of the Trust is generally
$1,000 worth of Units ($500 if you are purchasing Units for your Individual
Retirement Account or any other qualified retirement plan), but such amounts
may vary depending on your selling firm.

Maximum Sales Charge.

The maximum sales charge of 2.75% per Unit is comprised of a transactional
sales charge and a creation and development fee. After the initial offering
period the maximum sales charge will be reduced by 0.50%, to reflect the
amount of the previously charged creation and development fee.

Transactional Sales Charge.

The transactional sales charge you will pay has both an initial and a deferred
component.

Initial Sales Charge. The initial sales charge, which you will pay at the time
of purchase, is equal to the difference between the maximum sales charge of
2.75% of the Public Offering Price and the sum of the maximum remaining
deferred sales charge and creation and development fee (initially $.275 per
Unit). On the Initial Date of Deposit, and any other day the Public Offering
Price per Unit equals $10.00, there is no initial sales charge. Thereafter,
you will pay an initial sales charge when the Public Offering Price per Unit
exceeds $10.00 and as deferred sales charge and creation and development fee
payments are made.

Monthly Deferred Sales Charge. In addition, three monthly deferred sales
charges of $.075 per Unit will be deducted from the Trust's assets on
approximately the twentieth day of each month from December 20, 2021 through
February 18, 2022. If you buy Units at a price of less than $10.00 per Unit,
the dollar amount of the deferred sales charge will not change, but the
deferred sales charge on a percentage basis will be more than 2.25% of the
Public Offering Price.

If you purchase Units after the last deferred sales charge payment has been
assessed, your transactional sales charge will consist of a one-time initial
sales charge of 2.25% of the Public Offering Price (equivalent to 2.302% of
the net amount invested).

Creation and Development Fee.

As Sponsor, we will also receive, and the Unit holders will pay, a creation
and development fee. See "Expenses and Charges" for a description of the
services provided for this fee. The creation and development fee is a charge
of $.050 per Unit collected at the end of the initial offering period. If you
buy Units at a price of less than $10.00 per Unit, the dollar amount of the
creation and development fee will not change, but the creation and development
fee on a percentage basis will be more than 0.50% of the Public Offering Price.

Discounts for Certain Persons.

The maximum sales charge is 2.75% per Unit and the maximum dealer concession
is 2.00% per Unit.

If you are purchasing Units for an investment account, the terms of which
provide that your registered investment advisor or registered broker/dealer
(a) charges periodic fees in lieu of commissions; (b) charges for financial
planning, investment advisory or asset management services; or (c) charges a
comprehensive "wrap fee" or similar fee for these or comparable services ("Fee
Accounts"), you will not be assessed the transactional sales charge described
above on such purchases. These Units will be designated as Fee Account Units
and, depending upon the purchase instructions we receive, assigned either a
Fee Account Cash CUSIP Number, if you elect to have distributions paid to you,
or a Fee Account Reinvestment CUSIP Number, if you elect to have distributions
reinvested into additional Units of the Trust. Certain Fee Account Unit
holders may be assessed transaction or other account fees on the purchase
and/or redemption of such Units by their registered investment advisor,
broker/dealer or other processing organizations for providing certain
transaction or account activities. Fee Account Units are not available for
purchase in the secondary market. We reserve the right to limit or deny


Page 13


purchases of Units not subject to the transactional sales charge by investors
whose frequent trading activity we determine to be detrimental to the Trust.

Employees, officers and directors (and immediate family members) of the
Sponsor, our related companies, and dealers and their affiliates will purchase
Units at the Public Offering Price less the applicable dealer concession,
subject to the policies of the related selling firm. Immediate family members
include spouses, or the equivalent if recognized under local law, children or
step-children under the age of 21 living in the same household, parents or
step-parents and trustees, custodians or fiduciaries for the benefit of such
persons. Only employees, officers and directors of companies that allow their
employees to participate in this employee discount program are eligible for
the discounts.

You will be charged the deferred sales charge per Unit regardless of the price
you pay for your Units or whether you are eligible to receive any discounts.
However, if the purchase price of your Units was less than $10.00 per Unit or
if you are eligible to receive a discount such that the maximum sales charge
you must pay is less than the applicable maximum deferred sales charge,
including Fee Account Units, you will be credited additional Units with a
dollar value equal to the difference between your maximum sales charge and the
maximum deferred sales charge at the time you buy your Units. If you elect to
have distributions reinvested into additional Units of the Trust, in addition
to the reinvestment Units you receive you will also be credited additional
Units with a dollar value at the time of reinvestment sufficient to cover the
amount of any remaining deferred sales charge and creation and development fee
to be collected on such reinvestment Units. The dollar value of these
additional credited Units (as with all Units) will fluctuate over time, and
may be less on the dates deferred sales charges or the creation and
development fee are collected than their value at the time they were issued.

The Value of the Securities.

The Evaluator will determine the aggregate underlying value of the Securities
in the Trust as of the Evaluation Time on each business day and will adjust
the Public Offering Price of the Units according to this valuation. This
Public Offering Price will be effective for all orders received before the
Evaluation Time on each such day. If we or the Trustee receive orders for
purchases, sales or redemptions after that time, or on a day which is not a
business day, they will be held until the next determination of price. The
term "business day" as used in this prospectus shall mean any day on which the
NYSE is open. For purposes of Securities and Unit settlement, the term
business day does not include days on which U.S. financial institutions are
closed.

The aggregate underlying value of the Securities in the Trust will be
determined as follows: if the Securities are listed on a national or foreign
securities exchange or The NASDAQ Stock Market, LLC(R), their value shall
generally be based on the closing sale price on the exchange or system which
is the principal market therefore ("Primary Exchange"), which shall be deemed
to be the NYSE if the Securities are listed thereon (unless the Evaluator
deems such price inappropriate as the basis for evaluation). In the event a
closing sale price on the Primary Exchange is not published, the Securities
will be valued based on the last trade price on the Primary Exchange. If no
trades occur on the Primary Exchange for a specific trade date, the value will
be based on the closing sale price from, in the opinion of the Evaluator, an
appropriate secondary exchange, if any. If no trades occur on the Primary
Exchange or any appropriate secondary exchange on a specific trade date, the
Evaluator will determine the value of the Securities using the best
information available to the Evaluator, which may include the prior day's
evaluated price. If the Security is an American Depositary Receipt/ADR, Global
Depositary Receipt/GDR or other similar security in which no trade occurs on
the Primary Exchange or any appropriate secondary exchange on a specific trade
date, the value will be based on the evaluated price of the underlying
security, determined as set forth above, after applying the appropriate
ADR/GDR ratio, the exchange rate and such other information which the
Evaluator deems appropriate. For purposes of valuing Securities traded on The
NASDAQ Stock Market, LLC(R), closing sale price shall mean the Nasdaq(R)
Official Closing Price as determined by The NASDAQ Stock Market, LLC(R). If
the Securities are not so listed or, if so listed and the principal market
therefore is other than on the Primary Exchange or any appropriate secondary
exchange, the value shall generally be based on the current ask price on the
over-the-counter market (unless the Evaluator deems such price inappropriate
as a basis for evaluation). If current ask prices are unavailable, the value
is generally determined (a) on the basis of current ask prices for comparable
securities, (b) by appraising the value of the Securities on the ask side of
the market, or (c) any combination of the above. If such prices are in a
currency other than U.S. dollars, the value of such Security shall be
converted to U.S. dollars based on current exchange rates (unless the
Evaluator deems such prices inappropriate as a basis for evaluation). If the
Evaluator deems a price determined as set forth above to be inappropriate as


Page 14


the basis for evaluation, the Evaluator shall use such other information
available to the Evaluator which it deems appropriate as the basis for
determining the value of a Security.

After the initial offering period is over, the aggregate underlying value of
the Securities will be determined as set forth above, except that bid prices
are used instead of ask prices when necessary.

                    Distribution of Units                     

We intend to qualify Units of the Trust for sale in a number of states. All
Units will be sold at the then current Public Offering Price.

The Sponsor compensates intermediaries, such as broker/dealers and banks, for
their activities that are intended to result in sales of Units of the Trust.
This compensation includes dealer concessions described in the following
section and may include additional concessions and other compensation and
benefits to broker/dealers and other intermediaries.

Dealer Concessions.

Dealers and other selling agents can purchase Units at prices which represent
a concession or agency commission of 2.00% of the Public Offering Price per
Unit, subject to reductions set forth in "Public Offering-Discounts for
Certain Persons."

Eligible dealer firms and other selling agents who, during the previous
consecutive 12-month period through the end of the most recent month, sold
primary market units of unit investment trusts sponsored by us in the dollar
amounts shown below will be entitled to up to the following additional sales
concession on primary market sales of units during the current month of unit
investment trusts sponsored by us: 

Total sales                         Additional
(in millions)                       Concession
______________________________________________
$25 but less than $100                  0.035%                                
$100 but less than $150                 0.050%                                
$150 but less than $250                 0.075%                                
$250 but less than $1,000               0.100%                               
$1,000 but less than $5,000             0.125%                             
$5,000 but less than $7,500             0.150%                             
$7,500 or more                          0.175%                                

Dealers and other selling agents will not receive a concession on the sale of
Units which are not subject to a transactional sales charge, but such Units
will be included in determining whether the above volume sales levels are met.
Eligible dealer firms and other selling agents include clearing firms that
place orders with First Trust and provide First Trust with information with
respect to the representatives who initiated such transactions. Eligible
dealer firms and other selling agents will not include firms that solely
provide clearing services to other broker/dealer firms or firms who place
orders through clearing firms that are eligible dealers. We reserve the right
to change the amount of concessions or agency commissions from time to time.
Certain commercial banks may be making Units of the Trust available to their
customers on an agency basis. A portion of the transactional sales charge paid
by these customers is kept by or given to the banks in the amounts shown above. 

Other Compensation and Benefits to Broker/Dealers.

The Sponsor, at its own expense and out of its own profits, currently provides
additional compensation and benefits to broker/dealers who sell Units of this
Trust and other First Trust products. This compensation is intended to result
in additional sales of First Trust products and/or compensate broker/dealers
and financial advisors for past sales. A number of factors are considered in
determining whether to pay these additional amounts. Such factors may include,
but are not limited to, the level or type of services provided by the
intermediary, the level or expected level of sales of First Trust products by
the intermediary or its agents, the placing of First Trust products on a
preferred or recommended product list, access to an intermediary's personnel,
and other factors. The Sponsor makes these payments for marketing, promotional
or related expenses, including, but not limited to, expenses of entertaining
retail customers and financial advisors, advertising, sponsorship of events or
seminars, obtaining information about the breakdown of unit sales among an
intermediary's representatives or offices, obtaining shelf space in
broker/dealer firms and similar activities designed to promote the sale of the
Sponsor's products. The Sponsor makes such payments to a substantial majority
of intermediaries that sell First Trust products. The Sponsor may also make
certain payments to, or on behalf of, intermediaries to defray a portion of
their costs incurred for the purpose of facilitating Unit sales, such as the
costs of developing or purchasing trading systems to process Unit trades.
Payments of such additional compensation described in this and the preceding
paragraph, some of which may be characterized as "revenue sharing," create a
conflict of interest by influencing financial intermediaries and their agents
to sell or recommend a First Trust product, including the Trust, over products
offered by other sponsors or fund companies. These arrangements will not
change the price you pay for your Units.


Page 15


Advertising and Investment Comparisons.

Advertising materials regarding the Trust may discuss several topics,
including: developing a long-term financial plan; working with your financial
professional; the nature and risks of various investment strategies and unit
investment trusts that could help you reach your financial goals; the
importance of discipline; how the Trust operates; how securities are selected;
various unit investment trust features such as convenience and costs; and
options available for certain types of unit investment trusts. These materials
may include descriptions of the principal businesses of the companies
represented in the Trust, research analysis of why they were selected and
information relating to the qualifications of the persons or entities
providing the research analysis. In addition, they may include research
opinions on the economy and industry sectors included and a list of investment
products generally appropriate for pursuing those recommendations.

From time to time we may compare the estimated returns of the Trust (which may
show performance net of the expenses and charges the Trust would have
incurred) and returns over specified periods of other similar trusts we
sponsor in our advertising and sales materials, with (1) returns on other
taxable investments such as the common stocks comprising various market
indexes, corporate or U.S. Government bonds, bank CDs and money market
accounts or funds, (2) performance data from Morningstar, Inc. or (3)
information from publications such as Money, The New York Times, U.S. News and
World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes or Fortune. The investment
characteristics of the Trust differ from other comparative investments. You
should not assume that these performance comparisons will be representative of
the Trust's future performance. We may also, from time to time, use
advertising which classifies trusts or portfolio securities according to
capitalization and/or investment style.

                    The Sponsor's Profits                     

We will receive a gross sales commission equal to the maximum transactional
sales charge per Unit less any reduction as stated in "Public Offering." We
will also receive the amount of any collected creation and development fee.
Also, any difference between our cost to purchase the Securities and the price
at which we sell them to the Trust is considered a profit or loss (see Note 2
of "Schedule of Investments"). During the initial offering period, dealers and
others may also realize profits or sustain losses as a result of fluctuations
in the Public Offering Price they receive when they sell the Units. 

In maintaining a market for the Units, any difference between the price at
which we purchase Units and the price at which we sell or redeem them will be
a profit or loss to us.

                    The Secondary Market                      

Although not obligated, we may maintain a market for the Units after the
initial offering period and continuously offer to purchase Units at prices
based on the Redemption Price per Unit.

We will pay all expenses to maintain a secondary market, except the Evaluator
fees and Trustee costs to transfer and record the ownership of Units. We may
discontinue purchases of Units at any time. IF YOU WISH TO DISPOSE OF YOUR
UNITS, YOU SHOULD ASK US FOR THE CURRENT MARKET PRICES BEFORE MAKING A TENDER
FOR REDEMPTION TO THE TRUSTEE. If you sell or redeem your Units before you
have paid the total deferred sales charge on your Units, you will have to pay
the remainder at that time.

                    How We Purchase Units                     

The Trustee will notify us of any tender of Units for redemption. If our bid
at that time is equal to or greater than the Redemption Price per Unit, we may
purchase the Units. You will receive your proceeds from the sale no later than
if they were redeemed by the Trustee. We may tender Units that we hold to the
Trustee for redemption as any other Units. If we elect not to purchase Units,
the Trustee may sell tendered Units in the over-the-counter market, if any.
However, the amount you will receive is the same as you would have received on
redemption of the Units.

                    Expenses and Charges                      

The estimated annual expenses of the Trust are listed under "Fee Table." If
actual expenses of the Trust exceed the estimate, the Trust will bear the
excess. The Trustee will pay operating expenses of the Trust from the Income
Account of the Trust if funds are available, and then from the Capital
Account. The Income and Capital Accounts are non-interest-bearing to Unit
holders, so the Trustee may earn interest on these funds, thus benefiting from
their use. 


Page 16


First Trust Advisors L.P., an affiliate of ours, acts as both Portfolio
Supervisor and Evaluator to the Trust and will be compensated for providing
portfolio supervisory services and evaluation services as well as bookkeeping
and other administrative services to the Trust. In providing portfolio
supervisory services, the Portfolio Supervisor may purchase research services
from a number of sources, which may include underwriters or dealers of the
Trust. As Sponsor, we will receive brokerage fees when the Trust uses us (or
an affiliate of ours) as agent in buying or selling Securities. As authorized
by the Indenture, the Trustee may employ a subsidiary or affiliate of the
Trustee to act as broker to execute certain transactions for the Trust. The
Trust will pay for such services at standard commission rates.

The fees payable to First Trust Advisors L.P. and the Trustee are based on the
largest aggregate number of Units of the Trust outstanding at any time during
the calendar year, except during the initial offering period, in which case
these fees are calculated based on the largest number of Units outstanding
during the period for which compensation is paid. These fees may be adjusted
for inflation without Unit holders' approval, but in no case will the annual
fees paid to us or our affiliates for providing services to all unit
investment trusts be more than the actual cost of providing such services in
such year.

As Sponsor, we will receive a fee from the Trust for creating and developing
the Trust, including determining the Trust's objectives, policies, composition
and size, selecting service providers and information services and for
providing other similar administrative and ministerial functions. The
"creation and development fee" is a charge of $.050 per Unit outstanding at
the end of the initial offering period. The Trustee will deduct this amount
from the Trust's assets as of the close of the initial offering period. We do
not use this fee to pay distribution expenses or as compensation for sales
efforts. This fee will not be deducted from your proceeds if you sell or
redeem your Units before the end of the initial offering period.

In addition to the Trust's operating expenses and those fees described above,
the Trust may also incur the following charges:

- All legal expenses of the Trustee according to its responsibilities under
the Indenture;

- The expenses and costs incurred by the Trustee to protect the Trust and your
rights and interests (i.e., participating in litigation concerning a portfolio
security) and the costs of indemnifying the Trustee;

- Fees for any extraordinary services the Trustee performed under the Indenture;

- Payment for any loss, liability or expense the Trustee incurred without
negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct on its part, in connection with
its acceptance or administration of the Trust;

- Payment for any loss, liability or expenses we incurred without negligence,
bad faith or willful misconduct in acting as Sponsor of the Trust;

The above expenses and the Trustee's annual fee are secured by a lien on the
Trust. In addition, if there is not enough cash in the Income or Capital
Account, the Trustee has the power to sell Securities to make cash available
to pay these charges which may result in capital gains or losses to you. See
"Tax Status."

                         Tax Status                           

Federal Tax Matters.

This section discusses some of the main U.S. federal income tax consequences
of owning Units of the Trust as of the date of this prospectus. Tax laws and
interpretations change frequently, and this summary does not describe all of
the tax consequences to all taxpayers. For example, this summary generally
does not describe your situation if you are a broker/dealer or other investor
with special circumstances. In addition, this section may not describe your
state, local or non-U.S. tax consequences.

This federal income tax summary is based in part on the advice of counsel to
the Sponsor. The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") could disagree with any
conclusions set forth in this section. In addition, our counsel may not have
been asked to review, and may not have reached a conclusion with respect to
the federal income tax treatment of the assets to be deposited in the Trust.
This summary may not be sufficient for you to use for the purpose of avoiding
penalties under federal tax law.

As with any investment, you should seek advice based on your individual
circumstances from your own tax advisor.

Trust Status.

Unit investment trusts maintain both Income and Capital Accounts, regardless
of tax structure. Please refer to the "Income and Capital Distributions"
section of the prospectus for more information.

The Trust intends to qualify as a "regulated investment company," commonly
known as a "RIC," under the federal tax laws. If the Trust qualifies as a RIC
and distributes its income as required by the tax law, the Trust generally


Page 17


will not pay federal income taxes. For federal income tax purposes, you are
treated as the owner of the Trust Units and not of the assets held by the
Trust. 

Income from the Trust.

Trust distributions are generally taxable. After the end of each year, you
will receive a tax statement that separates the Trust's distributions into
ordinary income dividends, capital gain dividends and return of capital.
Income reported is generally net of expenses (but see "Treatment of Trust
Expenses" below). Ordinary income dividends are generally taxed at your
ordinary income tax rate, however, certain dividends received from the Trust
may be taxed at the capital gains tax rates. Generally, all capital gain
dividends are treated as long-term capital gains regardless of how long you
have owned your Units. In addition, the Trust may make distributions that
represent a return of capital for tax purposes and will generally not be
currently taxable to you, although they generally reduce your tax basis in
your Units and thus increase your taxable gain or decrease your loss when you
dispose of your Units. The tax laws may require you to treat distributions
made to you in January as if you had received them on December 31 of the
previous year.

Some distributions from the Trust may qualify as long-term capital gains,
which, if you are an individual, is generally taxed at a lower rate than your
ordinary income and short-term capital gain income. However, capital gain
received from assets held for more than one year that is considered
"unrecaptured section 1250 gain" (which may be the case, for example, with
some capital gains attributable to equity interests in REITs) is taxed at a
higher rate. The distributions from the Trust that you must take into account
for federal income tax purposes are not reduced by the amount used to pay a
deferred sales charge, if any. Distributions from the Trust, including capital
gains, may also be subject to a "Medicare tax" if your adjusted gross income
exceeds certain threshold amounts.

Certain Stock Dividends.

Ordinary income dividends received by an individual Unit holder from a RIC
such as the Trust are generally taxed at the same rates that apply to long-
term capital gains, provided certain holding period requirements are satisfied
and provided the dividends are attributable to qualifying dividend income
("QDI") received by the Trust itself. Dividends that do not meet these
requirements will generally be taxed at ordinary income tax rates. After the
end of the tax year, the Trust will provide a tax statement to its Unit
holders reporting the amount of any distribution which may be taken into
account as a dividend which is eligible for the capital gains tax rates.

Unit holders that are corporations may be eligible for the dividends received
deduction with respect to certain ordinary income dividends on Units that are
attributable to qualifying dividends received by the Trust from certain
corporations.

Because the Trust holds REIT shares, some dividends may be designated by the
REIT as capital gain dividends and, therefore, distributions from the Trust
attributable to such dividends and designated by the Trust as capital gain
dividends may be taxable to you as capital gains. If you hold a Unit for six
months or less, any loss incurred by you related to the sale of such Unit will
be treated as a long-term capital loss to the extent of any long-term capital
gain distributions received (or deemed to have been received) with respect to
such Unit.

Some portion of the dividends on your Units that are attributable to dividends
received by the Trust from the REIT shares may be designated by the Trust as
eligible for a deduction for qualified business income.

Sale of Units.

If you sell your Units (whether to a third party or to the Trust), you will
generally recognize a taxable gain or loss. To determine the amount of this
gain or loss, you must subtract your (adjusted) tax basis in your Units from
the amount you receive from the sale. Your original tax basis in your Units is
generally equal to the cost of your Units, including sales charges. In some
cases, however, you may have to adjust your tax basis after you purchase your
Units, in which case your gain would be calculated using your adjusted basis. 

The tax statement you receive in regard to the sale or redemption of your
Units may contain information about your basis in the Units and whether any
gain or loss recognized by you should be considered long-term or short-term
capital gain. The information reported to you is based upon rules that do not
take into consideration all of the facts that may be known to you or to your
advisors. You should consult with your tax advisor about any adjustments that
may need to be made to the information reported to you in determining the
amount of your gain or loss.

Distribution Reinvestment Option.

If you elect to reinvest your distributions into additional Units, you will be
treated as if you have received your distribution in an amount equal to the
distribution you are entitled to. Your tax liability will be the same as if


Page 18


you received the distribution in cash. Also, the reinvestment would generally
be considered a purchase of new Units for federal income tax purposes.

Treatment of Trust Expenses.

Expenses incurred and deducted by the Trust will generally not be treated as
income taxable to you. In some cases, however, you may be required to treat
your portion of these Trust expenses as income. You may not be able to take a
deduction for some or all of these expenses even if the cash you receive is
reduced by such expenses. 

Investments in Certain Non-U.S. Corporations.

A foreign corporation will generally be treated as a passive foreign
investment company ("PFIC") if 75% or more of its income is passive income or
if 50% or more of its assets are held to produce passive income. If the Trust
purchases shares in PFICs, you may be subject to U.S. federal income tax on a
portion of certain distributions from the PFICs or on gains from the
disposition of such PFIC shares at tax rates that were applicable in prior
years and any gain may be recharacterized as ordinary income that is not
eligible for the lower net capital gains tax rate. Additional charges in the
form of interest may also be imposed on you. Certain elections may be
available with respect to PFICs that would limit these consequences. However,
these elections would require you to include certain income of the PFICs in
your taxable income even if not distributed to the Trust or to you, or require
you to annually recognize as ordinary income any increase in the value of the
shares of the PFICs, thus requiring you to recognize income for federal income
tax purposes in excess of your actual distributions from PFICs and proceeds
from dispositions of PFIC stock during a particular year. Dividends paid by
PFICs are not treated as QDI to shareholders of the PFICs.

Non-U.S. Investors.

If you are a non-U.S. investor, distributions from the Trust treated as
dividends will generally be subject to a U.S. withholding tax of 30% of the
distribution. Certain dividends, such as capital gains dividends, short-term
capital gains dividends, and distributions that are attributable to exempt-
interest income or certain other interest income, may not be subject to U.S.
withholding taxes. In addition, some non-U.S. investors may be eligible for a
reduction or elimination of U.S. withholding taxes under a treaty. However,
the qualification for those exclusions may not be known at the time of the
distribution.

Separately, the United States, pursuant to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance
Act ("FATCA") imposes a 30% tax on certain non-U.S. entities that receive U.S.
source interest or dividends if the non-U.S. entity does not comply with
certain U.S. disclosure and reporting requirements. This FATCA tax also
currently applies to the gross proceeds from the disposition of securities
that produce U.S. source interest or dividends. However, proposed regulations
may eliminate the requirement to withhold on payments of gross proceeds from
dispositions.

It is the responsibility of the entity through which you hold your Units to
determine the applicable withholding.

Foreign Tax Credit.

If the Trust directly or indirectly invests in non-U.S. stocks, the tax
statement that you receive may include an item showing foreign taxes the Trust
paid to other countries. You may be able to deduct or receive a tax credit for
your share of these taxes. The Trust would have to meet certain IRS
requirements in order to pass through credits to you.

In-Kind Distributions.

If permitted by this prospectus, as described in "Redeeming Your Units," you
may request an In-Kind Distribution of Trust assets when you redeem your
Units. This distribution is subject to tax, and you will generally recognize
gain or loss, generally based on the value at that time of the securities and
the amount of cash received.

You should consult your tax advisor regarding potential foreign, state or
local taxation with respect to your Units.

                      Retirement Plans                        

You may purchase Units of the Trust for:

- Individual Retirement Accounts;

- Keogh Plans;

- Pension funds; and

- Other tax-deferred retirement plans.

Generally, the federal income tax on capital gains and income received in each
of the above plans is deferred until you receive distributions. These
distributions are generally treated as ordinary income but may, in some cases,
be eligible for special averaging or tax-deferred rollover treatment. Before
participating in a plan like this, you should review the tax laws regarding
these plans and consult your attorney or tax advisor. Brokerage firms and
other financial institutions offer these plans with varying fees and charges.


Page 19


                   Rights of Unit Holders                     

Unit Ownership.

Ownership of Units will not be evidenced by certificates. If you purchase or
hold Units through a broker/dealer or bank, your ownership of Units will be
recorded in book-entry form at the Depository Trust Company ("DTC") and
credited on its records to your broker/dealer's or bank's DTC account.
Transfer of Units will be accomplished by book entries made by DTC and its
participants if the Units are registered to DTC or its nominee, Cede & Co. DTC
will forward all notices and credit all payments received in respect of the
Units held by the DTC participants. You will receive written confirmation of
your purchases and sales of Units from the broker/dealer or bank through which
you made the transaction. You may transfer your Units by contacting the
broker/dealer or bank through which you hold your Units. 

Unit Holder Reports.

The Trustee will prepare a statement detailing the per Unit amounts (if any)
distributed from the Income Account and Capital Account in connection with
each distribution. In addition, at the end of each calendar year, the Trustee
will prepare a statement which contains the following information:

- A summary of transactions in the Trust for the year;

- A list of any Securities sold during the year and the Securities held at the
end of that year by the Trust;

- The Redemption Price per Unit, computed on the 31st day of December of such
year (or the last business day before); and

- Amounts of income and capital distributed during the year.

By February 15th yearly, the Annual Reports are posted to the Sponsor's
website (www.ftportfolios.com) in the UIT Tax Center and retrievable by CUSIP.
You may also request one be sent to you by calling the Sponsor at 800-621-
1675, dept. code 2. In addition, you may also request from the Trustee copies
of the evaluations of the Securities as prepared by the Evaluator to enable
you to comply with applicable federal and state tax reporting requirements.

              Income and Capital Distributions                

You will begin receiving distributions on your Units only after you become a
Record Owner. The Trustee will credit dividends received on the Trust's
Securities to the Income Account of the Trust. All other receipts, such as
return of capital or capital gain dividends, are credited to the Capital
Account of the Trust. Dividends received on foreign Securities, if any, are
converted into U.S. dollars at the applicable exchange rate.

The Trustee will make distributions on or near the Income Distribution Dates
to Unit holders of record on the preceding Income Distribution Record Date.
See "Summary of Essential Information." No income distribution will be paid if
accrued expenses of the Trust exceed amounts in the Income Account on the
Distribution Dates. Distribution amounts will vary with changes in the Trust's
fees and expenses, in dividends received and with the sale of Securities. The
Trustee will distribute amounts in the Capital Account, net of amounts
designated to meet redemptions, pay the deferred sales charge and creation and
development fee or pay expenses on the twenty-fifth day of each month to Unit
holders of record on the tenth day of each month provided the amount equals at
least $1.00 per 100 Units. In any case, the Trustee will distribute any funds
in the Capital Account in December of each year and as part of the final
liquidation distribution. If the Trustee does not have your taxpayer
identification number ("TIN"), it is required to withhold a certain percentage
of your distribution and deliver such amount to the IRS. You may recover this
amount by giving your TIN to the Trustee, or when you file a tax return.
However, you should check your statements to make sure the Trustee has your
TIN to avoid this "back-up withholding."

If an Income or Capital Account distribution date is a day on which the NYSE
is closed, the distribution will be made on the next day the stock exchange is
open. Distributions are paid to Unit holders of record determined as of the
close of business on the Record Date for that distribution or, if the Record
Date is a day on which the NYSE is closed, the first preceding day on which
the exchange is open.

We anticipate that there will be enough money in the Capital Account of the
Trust to pay the deferred sales charge to the Sponsor. If not, the Trustee may
sell Securities to meet the shortfall.

Within a reasonable time after the Trust is terminated, you will receive a pro
rata share of the money from the sale of the Securities and amounts in the
Income and Capital Accounts. All Unit holders will receive a pro rata share of
any other assets remaining in your Trust, after deducting any unpaid expenses.

The Trustee may establish reserves (the "Reserve Account") within the Trust to
cover anticipated state and local taxes or any governmental charges to be paid
out of the Trust.


Page 20


Distribution Reinvestment Option. You may elect to have each distribution of
income and/or capital reinvested into additional Units of the Trust by
notifying your broker/dealer or bank within the time period required by such
entities so that they can notify the Trustee of your election at least 10 days
before any Record Date. Each later distribution of income and/or capital on
your Units will be reinvested by the Trustee into additional Units of such
Trust. There is no sales charge on Units acquired through the Distribution
Reinvestment Option, as discussed under "Public Offering." This option may not
be available in all states. Each reinvestment plan is subject to availability
or limitation by the Sponsor and each broker/dealer or selling firm. The
Sponsor or broker/dealers may suspend or terminate the offering of a
reinvestment plan at any time. Because the Trust may begin selling Securities
nine business days prior to the Mandatory Termination Date, reinvestment is
not available during this period. Please contact your financial professional
for additional information. PLEASE NOTE THAT EVEN IF YOU REINVEST
DISTRIBUTIONS, THEY ARE STILL CONSIDERED DISTRIBUTIONS FOR INCOME TAX PURPOSES.

                    Redeeming Your Units                      

You may redeem all or a portion of your Units at any time by sending a request
for redemption to your broker/dealer or bank through which you hold your
Units. No redemption fee will be charged, but you are responsible for any
governmental charges that apply. Certain broker/dealers may charge a
transaction fee for processing redemption requests. Two business days after
the day you tender your Units (the "Date of Tender") you will receive cash in
an amount for each Unit equal to the Redemption Price per Unit calculated at
the Evaluation Time on the Date of Tender.

The Date of Tender is considered to be the date on which your redemption
request is received by the Trustee from the broker/dealer or bank through
which you hold your Units (if such day is a day the NYSE is open for trading).
However, if the redemption request is received after 4:00 p.m. Eastern time
(or after any earlier closing time on a day on which the NYSE is scheduled in
advance to close at such earlier time), the Date of Tender is the next day the
NYSE is open for trading. 

Any amounts paid on redemption representing income will be withdrawn from the
Income Account if funds are available for that purpose, or from the Capital
Account. All other amounts paid on redemption will be taken from the Capital
Account. The IRS will require the Trustee to withhold a portion of your
redemption proceeds if the Trustee does not have your TIN as generally
discussed under "Income and Capital Distributions."

If you tender for redemption at least 2,500 Units, or such larger amount as
required by your broker/dealer or bank, rather than receiving cash, you may
elect to receive an In-Kind Distribution in an amount equal to the Redemption
Price per Unit by making this request to your broker/dealer or bank at the
time of tender. However, to be eligible to participate in the In-Kind
Distribution option at redemption, Unit holders must hold their Units through
the end of the initial offering period. No In-Kind Distribution requests
submitted during the 10 business days prior to the Trust's Mandatory
Termination Date will be honored. Where possible, the Trustee will make an In-
Kind Distribution by distributing each of the Securities in book-entry form to
your bank's or broker/dealer's account at DTC. The Trustee will subtract any
customary transfer and registration charges from your In-Kind Distribution. As
a tendering Unit holder, you will receive your pro rata number of whole shares
of Securities that make up the portfolio, and cash from the Capital Account
equal to the fractional shares to which you are entitled.

If you elect to receive an In-Kind Distribution of Securities, you should be
aware that it will be considered a taxable event at the time you receive the
Securities. See "Tax Status" for additional information.

The Trustee may sell Securities to make funds available for redemption. If
Securities are sold, the size and diversification of the Trust will be
reduced. These sales may result in lower prices than if the Securities were
sold at a different time.

Your right to redeem Units (and therefore, your right to receive payment) may
be delayed:

- If the NYSE is closed (other than customary weekend and holiday closings);

- If the SEC determines that trading on the NYSE is restricted or that an
emergency exists making sale or evaluation of the Securities not reasonably
practical; or

- For any other period permitted by SEC order.

The Trustee is not liable to any person for any loss or damage which may
result from such a suspension or postponement.

The Redemption Price.

The Redemption Price per Unit is determined by the Trustee by:


Page 21


adding

1. cash in the Income and Capital Accounts of the Trust not designated to
purchase Securities;

2. the aggregate underlying value of the Securities held in the Trust; and

3. dividends receivable on the Securities trading ex-dividend as of the date
of computation; and

deducting

1. any applicable taxes or governmental charges that need to be paid out of
the Trust;

2. any amounts owed to the Trustee for its advances;

3. estimated accrued expenses of the Trust, if any;

4. cash held for distribution to Unit holders of record of the Trust as of the
business day before the evaluation being made; 

5. liquidation costs for foreign Securities, if any; and

6. other liabilities incurred by the Trust; and

dividing

1. the result by the number of outstanding Units of the Trust.

Any remaining deferred sales charge on the Units when you redeem them will be
deducted from your redemption proceeds. In addition, until they are collected,
the Redemption Price per Unit will include estimated organization costs as set
forth under "Fee Table."

             Removing Securities from the Trust               

The portfolio of the Trust is not managed. However, we may, but are not
required to, direct the Trustee to dispose of a Security in certain limited
circumstances, including situations in which:

- The issuer of the Security defaults in the payment of a declared dividend;

- Any action or proceeding prevents the payment of dividends; 

- There is any legal question or impediment affecting the Security;

- The issuer of the Security has breached a covenant which would affect the
payment of dividends, the issuer's credit standing, or otherwise damage the
sound investment character of the Security; 

- The issuer has defaulted on the payment of any other of its outstanding
obligations;

- There has been a public tender offer made for a Security or a merger or
acquisition is announced affecting a Security, and that in our opinion the
sale or tender of the Security is in the best interest of Unit holders;

- The sale of Securities is necessary or advisable (i) in order to maintain
the qualification of the Trust as a "regulated investment company" in the case
of the Trust which has elected to qualify as such or (ii) to provide funds to
make any distribution for a taxable year in order to avoid imposition of any
income or excise taxes on undistributed income in the Trust which is a
"regulated investment company";

- The price of the Security has declined to such an extent, or such other
credit factors exist, that in our opinion keeping the Security would be
harmful to the Trust;

- As a result of the ownership of the Security, the Trust or its Unit holders
would be a direct or indirect shareholder of a passive foreign investment
company; or

- The sale of the Security is necessary for the Trust to comply with such
federal and/or state laws, regulations and/or regulatory actions and
interpretations which may be in effect from time to time.

Except for instances in which the Trust acquires Replacement Securities, as
described in "The FT Series," the Trust will generally not acquire any
securities or other property other than the Securities. The Trustee, on behalf
of the Trust and at the direction of the Sponsor, will vote for or against any
offer for new or exchanged securities or property in exchange for a Security,
such as those acquired in a merger or other transaction. If such exchanged
securities or property are acquired by the Trust, at our instruction, they
will either be sold or held in the Trust. In making the determination as to
whether to sell or hold the exchanged securities or property we may get advice
from the Portfolio Supervisor. Any proceeds received from the sale of
Securities, exchanged securities or property will be credited to the Capital
Account of the Trust for distribution to Unit holders or to meet redemption
requests. The Trustee may retain and pay us or an affiliate of ours to act as
agent for the Trust to facilitate selling Securities, exchanged securities or
property from the Trust. If we or our affiliate act in this capacity, we will
be held subject to the restrictions under the 1940 Act. When acting in an
agency capacity, we may select various broker/dealers to execute securities
transactions on behalf of the Trust, which may include broker/dealers who sell
Units of the Trust. We do not consider sales of Units of the Trust or any
other products sponsored by First Trust as a factor in selecting such
broker/dealers. As authorized by the Indenture, the Trustee may also employ a
subsidiary or affiliate of the Trustee to act as broker in selling such
Securities or property. The Trust will pay for these brokerage services at
standard commission rates.


Page 22


The Trustee may sell Securities designated by us, or, absent our direction, at
its own discretion, in order to meet redemption requests or pay expenses. In
designating Securities to be sold, we will try to maintain the proportionate
relationship among the Securities. If this is not possible, the composition
and diversification of the Trust may be changed.

            Amending or Terminating the Indenture             

Amendments. The Indenture may be amended by us and the Trustee without your
consent: 

- To cure ambiguities;

- To correct or supplement any defective or inconsistent provision;

- To make any amendment required by any governmental agency; or

- To make other changes determined not to be adverse to your best interests
(as determined by us and the Trustee).

Termination. As provided by the Indenture, the Trust will terminate on the
Mandatory Termination Date as stated in the "Summary of Essential
Information." The Trust may be terminated earlier:

- Upon the consent of 100% of the Unit holders of the Trust;

- If the value of the Securities owned by the Trust as shown by any evaluation
is less than the lower of $2,000,000 or 20% of the total value of Securities
deposited in the Trust during the initial offering period ("Discretionary
Liquidation Amount"); or

- In the event that Units of the Trust not yet sold aggregating more than 60%
of the Units of the Trust are tendered for redemption by underwriters,
including the Sponsor. 

If the Trust is terminated due to this last reason, we will refund your entire
sales charge; however, termination of the Trust before the Mandatory
Termination Date for any other stated reason will result in all remaining
unpaid deferred sales charges on your Units being deducted from your
termination proceeds. For various reasons, the Trust may be reduced below the
Discretionary Liquidation Amount and could therefore be terminated before the
Mandatory Termination Date.

Unless terminated earlier, the Trustee will begin to sell Securities in
connection with the termination of the Trust during the period beginning nine
business days prior to, and no later than, the Mandatory Termination Date. We
will determine the manner and timing of the sale of Securities. Because the
Trustee must sell the Securities within a relatively short period of time, the
sale of Securities as part of the termination process may result in a lower
sales price than might otherwise be realized if such sale were not required at
this time.

You will receive a cash distribution from the sale of the remaining
Securities, along with your interest in the Income and Capital Accounts,
within a reasonable time after the Trust is terminated. The Trustee will
deduct from the Trust any accrued costs, expenses, advances or indemnities
provided for by the Indenture, including estimated compensation of the Trustee
and costs of liquidation and any amounts required as a reserve to pay any
taxes or other governmental charges.

    Information on Sabrient Systems, LLC, the Sponsor, Trustee   
                          and Evaluator                         

Sabrient Systems, LLC.

Sabrient Systems, LLC ("Sabrient") is an independent equity research firm that
builds powerful investment strategies by using a fundamentals-based,
quantitative approach. Since 2000, Sabrient has built innovative quantitative
models comprising complex filters that employ a wide range of fundamental
factors to generate alpha. Using a scientific hypothesis-testing approach
based on founder David Brown's NASA background, Sabrient's models maximize the
information content of a given data set to apply the most appropriate
distribution pattern and use "relevance scoring" rather than sequential
elimination.

Sabrient uses their strategies to create rankings and ratings on more than
7,500 stocks, indices, sectors, and ETFs to identify those that are likely to
outperform or underperform the market. The end result is a suite of
comprehensive strategies, rankings and indices.

Their quantitative products are used by asset managers for portfolio
enhancement; by distributors of ETFs, UITs and CEFs to track Sabrient's
indices; and by major brokerage firms as independent research and actionable
content for their customers. Through Sabrient's subsidiary, Gradient
Analytics, they provide qualitative research reports based on earnings quality
and forensic accounting. Sabrient is headquartered in Santa Barbara,
California; Gradient Analytics is located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Sponsor.

We, First Trust Portfolios L.P., specialize in the underwriting, trading and
wholesale distribution of unit investment trusts under the "First Trust" brand


Page 23


name and other securities. An Illinois limited partnership formed in 1991, we
took over the First Trust product line and act as Sponsor for successive
series of:

- The First Trust Combined Series

- FT Series (formerly known as The First Trust Special Situations Trust)

- The First Trust Insured Corporate Trust

- The First Trust of Insured Municipal Bonds

- The First Trust GNMA

The First Trust product line commenced with the first insured unit investment
trust in 1974. To date we have deposited more than $500 billion in First Trust
unit investment trusts. Our employees include a team of professionals with
many years of experience in the unit investment trust industry.

We are a member of FINRA and SIPC. Our principal offices are at 120 East
Liberty Drive, Wheaton, Illinois 60187; telephone number 800-621-1675. As of
December 31, 2020, the total partners' capital of First Trust Portfolios L.P.
was $82,953,781.

This information refers only to us and not to the Trust or to any series of
the Trust or to any other dealer. We are including this information only to
inform you of our financial responsibility and our ability to carry out our
contractual obligations. We will provide more detailed financial information
on request.

Code of Ethics. The Sponsor and the Trust have adopted a code of ethics
requiring the Sponsor's employees who have access to information on Trust
transactions to report personal securities transactions. The purpose of the
code is to avoid potential conflicts of interest and to prevent fraud,
deception or misconduct with respect to the Trust.

The Trustee.

The Trustee is The Bank of New York Mellon, a trust company organized under
the laws of New York. The Bank of New York Mellon has its unit investment
trust division offices at 240 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10286,
telephone 800-813-3074. If you have questions regarding your account or your
Trust, please contact the Trustee at its unit investment trust division
offices or your financial advisor. The Sponsor does not have access to
individual account information. The Bank of New York Mellon is subject to
supervision and examination by the Superintendent of the New York State
Department of Financial Services and the Board of Governors of the Federal
Reserve System, and its deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation to the extent permitted by law.

The Trustee has not participated in selecting the Securities; it only provides
administrative services. 

Limitations of Liabilities of Sponsor and Trustee.

Neither we nor the Trustee will be liable for taking any action or for not
taking any action in good faith according to the Indenture. We will also not
be accountable for errors in judgment. We will only be liable for our own
willful misfeasance, bad faith, gross negligence (ordinary negligence in the
Trustee's case) or reckless disregard of our obligations and duties. The
Trustee is not liable for any loss or depreciation when the Securities are
sold. If we fail to act under the Indenture, the Trustee may do so, and the
Trustee will not be liable for any action it takes in good faith under the
Indenture.

The Trustee will not be liable for any taxes or other governmental charges or
interest on the Securities which the Trustee may be required to pay under any
present or future law of the United States or of any other taxing authority
with jurisdiction. Also, the Indenture states other provisions regarding the
liability of the Trustee.

If we do not perform any of our duties under the Indenture or are not able to
act or become bankrupt, or if our affairs are taken over by public
authorities, then the Trustee may:

- Appoint a successor sponsor, paying them a reasonable rate not more than
that stated by the SEC;

- Terminate the Indenture and liquidate the Trust; or

- Continue to act as Trustee without terminating the Indenture.

The Evaluator.

The Evaluator is First Trust Advisors L.P., an Illinois limited partnership
formed in 1991 and an affiliate of the Sponsor. The Evaluator's address is 120
East Liberty Drive, Wheaton, Illinois 60187.

The Trustee, Sponsor and Unit holders may rely on the accuracy of any
evaluation prepared by the Evaluator. The Evaluator will make determinations
in good faith based upon the best available information, but will not be
liable to the Trustee, Sponsor or Unit holders for errors in judgment.

                      Other Information                       

Legal Opinions.

Our counsel is Chapman and Cutler LLP, 111 W. Monroe St., Chicago, Illinois
60603. They have passed upon the legality of the Units offered hereby and


Page 24


certain matters relating to federal tax law. Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP acts
as the Trustee's counsel.

Experts.

The Trust's statement of net assets, including the schedule of investments, as
of the opening of business on the Initial Date of Deposit included in this
prospectus, has been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent
registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report appearing herein,
and is included in reliance upon the report of such firm given upon their
authority as experts in accounting and auditing.

Supplemental Information.

If you write or call the Sponsor, you will receive free of charge supplemental
information about this Series, which has been filed with the SEC and to which
we have referred throughout. This information states more specific details
concerning the nature, structure and risks of this product. 

Disclaimers.

Sabrient Systems, LLC has provided consulting services regarding the selection
of Securities for inclusion in the Sabrient Dividend Portfolio (the
"Consulting Services"). SABRIENT(SM) is a service mark of Sabrient Systems,
LLC ("Sabrient") that has been licensed to First Trust Portfolios L.P. for use
for certain purposes. The Sabrient Dividend Portfolio offered by First Trust
is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Sabrient or its affiliates.
NEITHER SABRIENT NOR ITS AFFILIATES GIVE ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES,
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE OR ANY WARRANTY OF THE ADEQUACY, ACCURACY OR
COMPLETENESS OF THE INFORMATION OR THE SELECTION PROCESS ON WHICH THE
SELECTION OF THE SECURITIES INCLUDED IN THE TRUST IS BASED. SABRIENT AND ITS
AFFILIATES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL,
EXEMPLARY, COMPENSATORY, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, COSTS,
EXPENSES, LEGAL FEES, OR LOSSES (INCLUDING LOST INCOME OR PROFITS AND
OPPORTUNITY COSTS) EVEN IF THEY HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH
DAMAGES. WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE IN
CONNECTION WITH ANY USE OF THE RESULTS OF THE CONSULTING SERVICES. Sabrient's
opinions regarding selection of Securities for the Sabrient Dividend Portfolio
are not statements of fact or recommendations to purchase, hold or sell
Securities, and are based upon many assumptions that may vary from the
conditions that will actually exist during the term of the Trust. Sabrient's
opinions do not address the suitability of investment in Securities or the
suitability of the Trust as an investment by an prospective purchaser of Units
in the Trust, and should not be relied on as investment advice by any
purchaser of Units in the Trust. Sabrient's methodology relies upon
information provided by third parties and, while it is believed to be
reliable, it is not guaranteed by the providers to be accurate. There is no
assurance that an investment in the Trust will provide positive investment
returns. Sabrient is not an investment advisor to, and is not providing
investment advice to, any purchaser of Units of the Trust.


Page 25


                     This page is intentionally left blank.


Page 26


                     This page is intentionally left blank.


Page 27


                                 FIRST TRUST(R)

                     Sabrient Dividend Portfolio, Series 37
                                    FT 9601

                                    Sponsor:

                          First Trust Portfolios L.P.

                           Member SIPC o Member FINRA
                             120 East Liberty Drive
                            Wheaton, Illinois 60187
                                  800-621-1675

                                    Trustee:

                          The Bank of New York Mellon

                              240 Greenwich Street
                            New York, New York 10286
                                  800-813-3074
                             24-Hour Pricing Line:
                                  800-446-0132
  Please refer to the "Summary of Essential Information" for the Product Code.

                            ________________________

  When Units of the Trust are no longer available, this prospectus may be used
                          as a preliminary prospectus
       for a future series, in which case you should note the following:

  THE INFORMATION IN THE PROSPECTUS IS NOT COMPLETE AND MAY BE CHANGED. WE MAY
  NOT SELL, OR ACCEPT OFFERS TO BUY, SECURITIES OF A FUTURE SERIES UNTIL THAT
   SERIES HAS BECOME EFFECTIVE WITH THE SEC. NO SECURITIES CAN BE SOLD IN ANY
                      STATE WHERE A SALE WOULD BE ILLEGAL.

                            ________________________

   This prospectus contains information relating to the above-mentioned unit
    investment trust, but does not contain all of the information about this
    investment company as filed with the SEC in Washington, D.C. under the:


              -  Securities Act of 1933 (file no. 333-258436) and


              -  Investment Company Act of 1940 (file no. 811-05903)

 Information about the Trust, including its Code of Ethics, can be reviewed and
   copied at the SEC's Public Reference Room in Washington, D.C. Information
 regarding the operation of the SEC's Public Reference Room may be obtained by
                        calling the SEC at 202-942-8090.

  Information about the Trust is available on the EDGAR Database on the SEC's
                         Internet site at www.sec.gov.

                     To obtain copies at prescribed rates -

                   Write: Public Reference Section of the SEC
                          100 F Street, N.E.
                          Washington, D.C. 20549
          e-mail address: publicinfo@sec.gov


                               September 20, 2021


               PLEASE RETAIN THIS PROSPECTUS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE


Page 28


                                FIRST TRUST(R)

                                 The FT Series

                            Information Supplement

This Information Supplement provides additional information concerning the
structure, operations and risks of the unit investment trust contained in FT
9601 not found in the prospectus for the Trust. This Information Supplement is
not a prospectus and does not include all of the information you should
consider before investing in the Trust. This Information Supplement should be
read in conjunction with the prospectus for the Trust in which you are
considering investing. 


This Information Supplement is dated September 20, 2021. Capitalized terms
have been defined in the prospectus.


                               Table of Contents

Risk Factors
   Securities                                                        1
   Dividends                                                         1
   REITs                                                             1
   Foreign Issuers                                                   3
   Small and/or Mid Capitalization Companies                         4
Securities Selected for Sabrient Dividend Portfolio, Series 37       4

Risk Factors

Securities. An investment in Units should be made with an understanding of the
risks which an investment in common stocks entails, including the risk that
the financial condition of the issuers of the Securities or the general
condition of the relevant stock market may worsen, and the value of the
Securities and therefore the value of the Units may decline. Common stocks are
especially susceptible to general stock market movements and to volatile
increases and decreases of value, as market confidence in and perceptions of
the issuers change. These perceptions are based on unpredictable factors,
including expectations regarding government, economic, monetary and fiscal
policies, inflation and interest rates, economic expansion or contraction, and
global or regional political, economic or banking crises. 

Dividends. Shareholders of common stocks have rights to receive payments from
the issuers of those common stocks that are generally subordinate to those of
creditors of, or holders of debt obligations or preferred stocks of, such
issuers. Shareholders of common stocks have a right to receive dividends only
when and if, and in the amounts, declared by the issuer's board of directors
and have a right to participate in amounts available for distribution by the
issuer only after all other claims on the issuer have been paid or provided
for. Common stocks do not represent an obligation of the issuer and,
therefore, do not offer any assurance of income or provide the same degree of
protection of capital as do debt securities. The issuance of additional debt
securities or preferred stock will create prior claims for payment of
principal, interest and dividends which could adversely affect the ability and
inclination of the issuer to declare or pay dividends on its common stock or
the rights of holders of common stock with respect to assets of the issuer
upon liquidation or bankruptcy. Cumulative preferred stock dividends must be
paid before common stock dividends, and any cumulative preferred stock
dividend omitted is added to future dividends payable to the holders of
cumulative preferred stock. Preferred stockholders are also generally entitled
to rights on liquidation which are senior to those of common stockholders.

REITs. An investment in Units of the Trust should be made with an
understanding of risks inherent in an investment in REITs specifically and
real estate generally (in addition to securities market risks). Generally,
these include economic recession, the cyclical nature of real estate markets,
competitive overbuilding, unusually adverse weather conditions, changing
demographics, changes in governmental regulations (including tax laws and
environmental, building, zoning and sales regulations), increases in real
estate taxes or costs of material and labor, the inability to secure
performance guarantees or insurance as required, the unavailability of
investment capital and the inability to obtain construction financing or
mortgage loans at rates acceptable to builders and purchasers of real estate.
Additional risks include an inability to reduce expenditures associated with a
property (such as mortgage payments and property taxes) when rental revenue


Page 1


declines, and possible loss upon foreclosure of mortgaged properties if
mortgage payments are not paid when due. 

REITs are financial vehicles that have as their objective the pooling of
capital from a number of investors in order to participate directly in real
estate ownership or financing. REITs are generally fully integrated operating
companies that have interests in income-producing real estate. Equity REITs
emphasize direct property investment, holding their invested assets primarily
in the ownership of real estate or other equity interests. REITs obtain
capital funds for investment in underlying real estate assets by selling debt
or equity securities in the public or institutional capital markets or by bank
borrowing. Thus, the returns on common equities of REITs will be significantly
affected by changes in costs of capital and, particularly in the case of
highly "leveraged" REITs (i.e., those with large amounts of borrowings
outstanding), by changes in the level of interest rates. The objective of an
equity REIT is to purchase income-producing real estate properties in order to
generate high levels of cash flow from rental income and a gradual asset
appreciation, and they typically invest in properties such as office, retail,
industrial, hotel and apartment buildings and healthcare facilities.

REITs are a creation of the tax law. REITs essentially operate as a
corporation or business trust with the advantage of exemption from corporate
income taxes provided the REIT satisfies the requirements of Sections 856
through 860 of the Internal Revenue Code. The major tests for tax-qualified
status are that the REIT (i) be managed by one or more trustees or directors,
(ii) issue shares of transferable interest to its owners, (iii) have at least
100 shareholders, (iv) have no more than 50% of the shares held by five or
fewer individuals, (v) invest substantially all of its capital in real estate
related assets and derive substantially all of its gross income from real
estate related assets and (vi) distributed at least 95% of its taxable income
to its shareholders each year. If a REIT should fail to qualify for such tax
status, the related shareholders (including such Trust) could be adversely
affected by the resulting tax consequences.

The underlying value of the Securities and a Trust's ability to make
distributions to Unit holders may be adversely affected by changes in national
economic conditions, changes in local market conditions due to changes in
general or local economic conditions and neighborhood characteristics,
increased competition from other properties, obsolescence of property, changes
in the availability, cost and terms of mortgage funds, the impact of present
or future environmental legislation and compliance with environmental laws,
the ongoing need for capital improvements, particularly in older properties,
changes in real estate tax rates and other operating expenses, regulatory and
economic impediments to raising rents, adverse changes in governmental rules
and fiscal policies, dependency on management skill, civil unrest, acts of
God, including earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters (which may
result in uninsured losses), acts of war, adverse changes in zoning laws, and
other factors which are beyond the control of the issuers of REITs. The value
of REITs may at times be particularly sensitive to devaluation in the event of
rising interest rates. 

REITs may concentrate investments in specific geographic areas or in specific
property types, i.e., hotels, shopping malls, residential complexes, office
buildings and timberlands. The impact of economic conditions on REITs can also
be expected to vary with geographic location and property type. Investors
should be aware that REITs may not be diversified and are subject to the risks
of financing projects. REITs are also subject to defaults by borrowers, self-
liquidation, the market's perception of the REIT industry generally, and the
possibility of failing to qualify for pass-through of income under the
Internal Revenue Code, and to maintain exemption from the Investment Company
Act of 1940. A default by a borrower or lessee may cause a REIT to experience
delays in enforcing its right as mortgagee or lessor and to incur significant
costs related to protecting its investments. In addition, because real estate
generally is subject to real property taxes, REITs may be adversely affected
by increases or decreases in property tax rates and assessments or
reassessments of the properties underlying REITs by taxing authorities.
Furthermore, because real estate is relatively illiquid, the ability of REITs
to vary their portfolios in response to changes in economic and other
conditions may be limited and may adversely affect the value of the Units.
There can be no assurance that any REIT will be able to dispose of its
underlying real estate assets when advantageous or necessary. 

The issuer of REITs generally maintains comprehensive insurance on presently
owned and subsequently acquired real property assets, including liability,
fire and extended coverage. However, certain types of losses may be
uninsurable or not be economically insurable as to which the underlying
properties are at risk in their particular locales. There can be no assurance
that insurance coverage will be sufficient to pay the full current market
value or current replacement cost of any lost investment. Various factors
might make it impracticable to use insurance proceeds to replace a facility
after it has been damaged or destroyed. Under such circumstances, the
insurance proceeds received by a REIT might not be adequate to restore its
economic position with respect to such property.


Page 2


Under various environmental laws, a current or previous owner or operator of
real property may be liable for the costs of removal or remediation of
hazardous or toxic substances on, under or in such property. Such laws often
impose liability whether or not the owner or operator caused or knew of the
presence of such hazardous or toxic substances and whether or not the storage
of such substances was in violation of a tenant's lease. In addition, the
presence of hazardous or toxic substances, or the failure to remediate such
property properly, may adversely affect the owner's ability to borrow using
such real property as collateral. No assurance can be given that REITs may not
be presently liable or potentially liable for any such costs in connection
with real estate assets they presently own or subsequently acquire. Certain of
the REITs may also be Mortgage REITs. Mortgage REITs are companies that
provide financing for real estate by purchasing or originating mortgages and
mortgage-backed securities and earn income from the interest on these
investments. Mortgage REITs are also subject to many of the same risks
associated with investments in other REITs and to real estate market conditions.

Foreign Issuers. The following section applies to individual Trusts which
contain Securities issued by, or invest in securities issued by, foreign
entities. Since certain of the Securities held by the Trust consist of, or
invest in, securities issued by foreign entities, an investment in the Trust
involves certain investment risks that are different in some respects from an
investment in a trust which invests solely in the securities of domestic
entities. These investment risks include future political or governmental
restrictions which might adversely affect the payment or receipt of payment of
dividends on the relevant Securities, the possibility that the financial
condition of the issuers of the Securities may become impaired or that the
general condition of the relevant stock market may worsen (both of which would
contribute directly to a decrease in the value of the Securities and thus in
the value of the Units), the limited liquidity and relatively small market
capitalization of the relevant securities market, expropriation or
confiscatory taxation, economic uncertainties and foreign currency
devaluations and fluctuations. In addition, for foreign issuers that are not
subject to the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
as amended, there may be less publicly available information than is available
from a domestic issuer. Also, foreign issuers are not necessarily subject to
uniform accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards, practices and
requirements comparable to those applicable to domestic issuers. The
securities of many foreign issuers are less liquid and their prices more
volatile than securities of comparable domestic issuers. In addition, fixed
brokerage commissions and other transaction costs on foreign securities
exchanges are generally higher than in the United States and there is
generally less government supervision and regulation of exchanges, brokers and
issuers in foreign countries than there is in the United States. However, due
to the nature of the issuers of the Securities selected for the Trust, the
Sponsor believes that adequate information will be available to allow the
Supervisor to provide portfolio surveillance for the Trust. 

Securities issued by non-U.S. issuers may pay interest and/or dividends in
foreign currencies and may be principally traded in foreign currencies.
Therefore, there is a risk that the U.S. dollar value of these interest and/or
dividend payments and/or securities will vary with fluctuations in foreign
exchange rates.

On the basis of the best information available to the Sponsor at the present
time, none of the Securities in the Trust are subject to exchange control
restrictions under existing law which would materially interfere with payment
to the Trust of dividends due on, or proceeds from the sale of, the
Securities. However, there can be no assurance that exchange control
regulations might not be adopted in the future which might adversely affect
payment to the Trust. The adoption of exchange control regulations and other
legal restrictions could have an adverse impact on the marketability of
international securities in the Trust and on the ability of the Trust to
satisfy its obligation to redeem Units tendered to the Trustee for redemption.
In addition, restrictions on the settlement of transactions on either the
purchase or sale side, or both, could cause delays or increase the costs
associated with the purchase and sale of the foreign Securities and
correspondingly could affect the price of the Units.

Investors should be aware that it may not be possible to buy all Securities at
the same time because of the unavailability of any Security, and restrictions
applicable to the Trust relating to the purchase of a Security by reason of
the federal securities laws or otherwise.

Foreign securities generally have not been registered under the Securities Act
of 1933 and may not be exempt from the registration requirements of such Act.
Sales of non-exempt Securities by the Trust in the United States securities
markets are subject to severe restrictions and may not be practicable.
Accordingly, sales of these Securities by the Trust will generally be effected
only in foreign securities markets. Although the Sponsor does not believe that
the Trust will encounter obstacles in disposing of the Securities, investors
should realize that the Securities may be traded in foreign countries where


Page 3


the securities markets are not as developed or efficient and may not be as
liquid as those in the United States. The value of the Securities will be
adversely affected if trading markets for the Securities are limited or absent. 

Small and/or Mid Capitalization Companies. The following section applies to
individual Trusts which contain Securities issued by, or invest in Securities
that hold securities issued by, small and/or mid capitalization companies.
While historically stocks of small and mid capitalization companies have
outperformed the stocks of large companies, the former have customarily
involved more investment risk as well. Such companies may have limited product
lines, markets or financial resources; may lack management depth or
experience; and may be more vulnerable to adverse general market or economic
developments than large companies. Some of these companies may distribute,
sell or produce products which have recently been brought to market and may be
dependent on key personnel. 

The prices of small and mid cap company securities are often more volatile
than prices associated with large company issues, and can display abrupt or
erratic movements at times, due to limited trading volumes and less publicly
available information. Also, because such companies normally have fewer shares
outstanding and these shares trade less frequently than large companies, it
may be more difficult for the Trusts which contain these Securities to buy and
sell significant amounts of such shares without an unfavorable impact on
prevailing market prices.

Common Stocks Selected for Sabrient Dividend Portfolio, Series 37


Consumer Discretionary
______________________

Restaurant Brands International Inc., headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is a
quick service restaurant company. The company owns and operates "Tim Hortons,"
"Popeyes," and "Burger King."

V.F. Corporation, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a holding company
whose subsidiaries design, manufacture and market branded jeanswear, intimate
apparel, knitwear, children's playwear and other apparel.

Consumer Staples
________________

Altria Group, Inc., headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, is a holding company.
Through its subsidiaries, the company manufactures, markets and distributes a
variety of branded cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco products, as well
as wine and cannabinoid products.

Energy
______

Baker Hughes Co., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is an oilfield production
company. The company provides onshore and offshore oil drilling, evaluation
and production.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited, headquartered in Calgary, Canada, is a
senior independent oil and natural gas exploration, development and production
company. The company's operations are focused in Western Canada, the North Sea
and offshore West Africa.

Chevron Corporation, headquartered in San Ramon, California, is an integrated
energy company. The company explores, develops and produces crude oil and
natural gas and refines it into industrial petroleum products.

ConocoPhillips, headquartered in Houston, Texas, explores for and produces
crude oil and natural gas worldwide, markets refined products and manufactures
chemicals. The company's chemicals segment manufactures and markets
petrochemicals and plastics on a worldwide basis.

Diamondback Energy, Inc., headquartered in Midland, Texas, is an independent
natural gas and oil company. The company is engaged in the acquisition,
development and exploitation of onshore natural gas and oil reserves in the
Permian Basin in West Texas.

Exxon Mobil Corporation, headquartered in Irving, Texas, explores for,
produces, transports and sells crude oil and natural gas petroleum products.
The company also explores for and mines coal and other mineral properties,
makes and sells petrochemicals and owns interests in electrical power
generation facilities.

Imperial Oil Limited, headquartered in Calgary, Canada, explores for, produces
and refines natural gas and petroleum products throughout Canada. The company
also manufactures petrochemicals.

ONEOK, Inc., headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a natural gas company. The
company leases pipeline capacity to customers for use in transporting natural
gas to their facilities, transports gas for others, produces natural gas and
oil, and extracts and sells natural gas liquids in Oklahoma.


Page 4


Financials
__________

Axis Capital Holdings Limited, headquartered in Pembroke, Bermuda, through its
subsidiaries, provides various insurance and reinsurance products worldwide.
The company's products include property insurance, professional liability
insurance and non-life reinsurance, among others.

Everest Re Group, Ltd., headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda, through its
subsidiaries, is engaged in the underwriting of products on a treaty and
facultative basis for insurance and reinsurance companies. The company's
products include property and casualty reinsurance and specialty lines of
business, including marine, aviation, surety, and accident and health insurance.

Franklin Resources, Inc., headquartered in San Mateo, California, provides
individual and institutional investors worldwide with a broad range of
investment products and services designed to meet varying investment
objectives. The company provides services to high net worth individuals as
well as investors in retirement and mutual funds.

Invesco Ltd., incorporated in Bermuda and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia,
is an investment management group specializing in investment management
services covering equities, fixed-income products, and alternative investments
such as real estate and absolute return strategies.

Lincoln National Corporation, headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, is a
holding company that, through subsidiary companies, operates multiple
insurance and investment management businesses. The company distributes its
products through intermediaries.

Manulife Financial Corporation, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, together
with its subsidiaries, provides financial protection and wealth management
products and services worldwide. The company also offers various insurance
products, annuities, pension contracts and mutual fund products, among others.

New Residential Investment Corp., headquartered in New York, New York, is a
public real estate investment trust focused on investments in the residential
housing sector. The company makes investments in residential mortgage-related
assets.

New York Community Bancorp, Inc., headquartered in Westbury, New York, is a
multi-bank holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company offers a
full range of banking services and originates multi-family mortgage,
commercial real estate and construction loans.

Principal Financial Group, Inc., headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is
diversified in family insurance and financial services companies. The company
provides retirement savings as well as investment and insurance products and
services worldwide. The company also offers individual life and disability
insurance, group life and health insurance, and residential mortgage loan
origination and servicing in the United States.

Starwood Property Trust, Inc., headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut, a real
estate investment trust, primarily focuses on originating, investing in,
financing, and managing commercial mortgage loans, commercial mortgage-backed
securities, commercial real estate debt investments, and other commercial real
estate-related debt investments.

Washington Federal, Inc., headquartered in Seattle, Washington, is a bank
holding company that conducts its operations through a federally insured
national bank subsidiary, Washington Federal, National Association. The
company offers business and personal checking, passbook and statement
accounts, residential and construction loans, and home equity loans.

Health Care
___________

AbbVie Inc., headquartered in North Chicago, Illinois, is a research-based
pharmaceuticals company. The company discovers, develops and commercializes
advanced therapies in immunology, oncology, women's health, neuroscience and
other areas.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, headquartered in New York, New York, through
divisions and subsidiaries, produces and distributes biopharmaceutical
products globally. The company focuses on producing drugs to treat serious
diseases.

Industrials
___________

Kennametal Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, makes, sells and
distributes a broad range of tools, industrial supplies and accessories for
the metalworking, mining and highway construction industries. The company's
operations are located worldwide.


Page 5


Ryder System, Inc., headquartered in Miami, Florida, is a provider of
transportation and supply chain management solutions.

Triton International Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda, leases
intermodal containers and chassis. Together with its subsidiaries, the company
both leases and trades shipping equipment.

Information Technology
______________________

Avnet, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, distributes electronic
components, enterprise networks, computer equipment and embedded subsystems.

Broadcom Inc., headquartered in San Jose, California, is a semiconductor
manufacturer. The company's product portfolio serves multiple applications
within various communication and industrial markets.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a
technology solutions provider offering servers, management software, storage
solutions and networking products to business enterprises. The company also
offers consultation, outsourcing and support services.

InterDigital, Inc., headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, specializes in the
architecture, design and delivery of wireless technology and product platforms.

International Business Machines Corporation, headquartered in Armonk, New
York, provides customer solutions through the use of advanced information
technologies. The company offers a variety of solutions that include services,
software, systems, products, financing and technologies.

Seagate Technology Holdings Plc, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a
computer hardware company. Together with its subsidiaries, the company
provides data storage technology and solutions that are used in enterprise
servers and storage systems and edge compute and non-compute applications in
Singapore, the United States and the Netherlands.

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, makes
and supplies passive electronic components, including resistors, capacitors
and inductors, used in a broad range of products containing electronic
circuitry.

Materials
_________

CF Industries Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, engages in
the manufacture and distribution of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products
in North America. The company has developed a process to extract uranium from
its production of phosphate fertilizer products for use in nuclear reactors.

The Chemours Company, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, is a performance
chemicals company. The company both manufactures and distributes chemicals
including titanium dioxide, refrigerants, industrial fluropolymer resins and
other specialty chemicals used in gold producing, oil refining and other
industries.

Compass Minerals International, Inc., headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas,
is a salt producer in North America and the United Kingdom. The company also
produces sulfate of potash plant fertilizer and magnesium chloride.

Greif, Inc., headquartered in Delaware, Ohio, engages in the manufacture and
sale of industrial packaging products, container board and corrugated products
worldwide.

International Paper Company, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, manufactures
printing and writing paper, pulp, tissue, paperboard and packaging products.
In addition to printing and advertising, the company's products are used in
food and cosmetic packaging, filtration products and containerboards. The
company sells its products primarily in North America, Asia, Europe, Latin
America, Russia and the Middle East.

Nutrien Ltd., headquartered in Saskatchewan, Canada, is a provider of crop
inputs and services such as potash, nitrogen, and phosphate products. The
company serves clients in the agricultural, industrial, and feed industries.

Real Estate
___________

CareTrust REIT, Inc., headquartered in San Clemente, California, is a real
estate investment trust. The company focuses on healthcare and senior housing
properties.

Community Healthcare Trust Incorporated, headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee,
is a real estate investment trust. The company owns and acquires properties
used in the health care industry.

Global Medical REIT Inc., headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is a real
estate investment trust. The company engages in the acquisition and leasing of
real estate assets in the healthcare industry.


Page 6


Iron Mountain Incorporated, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, is a real
estate investment trust. The company stores records and provides information
management services for various industries around the world.

National Storage Affiliates Trust, headquartered in Greenwood Village,
Colorado, is a real estate investment trust investing in the top one hundred
metropolitan areas across the United States. The company owns and operates
self storage facilities.

Realty Income Corporation, headquartered in San Diego, California, is a self-
managed real estate investment trust. The company acquires and manages
freestanding commercial properties that generate rental revenue under long-
term net lease agreements.

Regency Centers Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, operates
as a real estate investment trust. The company owns, operates and develops
community and neighborhood shopping centers that are tenanted by grocers,
category-leading anchors, specialty retailers and restaurants.

Utilities
_________

ALLETE, Inc., headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, is an energy company.
Together with its subsidiaries, the company generates, transmits, distributes,
markets and trades electrical power for both its retail and wholesale
customers in the upper Midwest.

National Fuel Gas Company, headquartered in Williamsville, New York, is a
diversified energy company with operations in six segments: Utility, Pipeline
and Storage, Exploration and Production, International, Energy Marketing and
Timber.


We have obtained the foregoing company descriptions from third-party sources
we deem reliable.


Page 7

 

Undertaking

Subject to the terms and conditions of Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the undersigned registrant hereby undertakes to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission such supplementary and periodic information, documents, and reports as may be prescribed by any rule or regulation of the Commission heretofore or hereafter duly adopted pursuant to authority conferred in that section.

 

CONTENTS OF REGISTRATION STATEMENT

A.Bonding Arrangements of Depositor:

First Trust Portfolios L.P. is covered by a Brokers' Fidelity Bond, in the total amount of $2,000,000, the insurer being National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh.

B.This Registration Statement on Form S-6 comprises the following papers and documents:

 

The facing sheet

 

The Prospectus

 

The signatures

 

Exhibits

 

S-1

 

SIGNATURES

The Registrant, FT 9601, hereby identifies The First Trust Special Situations Trust, Series 4; The First Trust Special Situations Trust, Series 18; The First Trust Special Situations Trust, Series 69; The First Trust Special Situations Trust, Series 108; The First Trust Special Situations Trust, Series 119; The First Trust Special Situations Trust, Series 190; FT 286; The First Trust Combined Series 272; FT 412; FT 438; FT 556; FT 754; FT 1102; FT 1179; FT 2935; FT 3320; FT 3367; FT 3370; FT 3397; FT 3398; FT 3400; FT 3451; FT 3480; FT 3529; FT 3530; FT 3568; FT 3569; FT 3570; FT 3572; FT 3615; FT 3647; FT 3650; FT 3689; FT 3690; FT 3729; FT 3780; FT 3940; FT 4020; FT 4037; FT 4143; FT 4260; FT 4746; FT 4789; FT 5039; FT 5415; FT 7033; FT 7256; FT 7935; FT 8495; FT 8669; FT 8713; FT 8740; FT 8746; FT 8758; FT 8817; FT 8955; FT 8956; FT 8965; FT 8976; FT 8978; FT 8993; FT 8994; FT 8997; FT 9039; FT 9040; FT 9042; FT 9058; FT 9068; FT 9203; FT 9204; FT 9303; FT 9305; FT 9326; FT 9327; FT 9372; FT 9401; FT 9402; FT 9403; FT 9474 and FT 9513 for purposes of the representations required by Rule 487 and represents the following:

(1)       that the portfolio securities deposited in the series with respect to which this Registration Statement is being filed do not differ materially in type or quality from those deposited in such previous series;

(2)       that, except to the extent necessary to identify the specific portfolio securities deposited in, and to provide essential financial information for, the series with respect to the securities of which this Registration Statement is being filed, this Registration Statement does not contain disclosures that differ in any material respect from those contained in the registration statements for such previous series as to which the effective date was determined by the Commission or the staff; and

(3)       that it has complied with Rule 460 under the Securities Act of 1933.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Registrant, FT 9601, has duly caused this Amendment to the Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Wheaton and State of Illinois on September 20, 2021.

 

FT 9601

 

By:First Trust Portfolios L.P.
Depositor

 

 

By:/s/ Elizabeth H. Bull
Senior Vice President

 

 

 

S-2

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this Amendment to the Registration Statement has been signed below by the following person in the capacity and on the date indicated:

 

Name Title* Date
     
James A. Bowen Director of The Charger Corporation, the General Partner of First Trust Portfolios L.P., and Chief Executive Officer of First Trust Portfolios L.P. )
)
)
)By: /s/ Elizabeth H. Bull
)    Attorney-in-Fact**
)    September 20, 2021
James M. Dykas Chief Financial Officer of First Trust Portfolios L.P. )
)
Christina Knierim Controller of First Trust Portfolios L.P. )
)

 

*The title of the person named herein represents his or her capacity in and relationship to First Trust Portfolios L.P., the Depositor.
**Executed copies of the related powers of attorney were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the Amendment No. 1 to Form S-6 of FT 9301 (File No. 333-253820) and the same is hereby incorporated herein by this reference.

 

 

S-3

 

CONSENT OF COUNSEL

The consent of counsel to the use of its name in the Prospectus included in this Registration Statement is contained in its opinion filed as Exhibit 3.1 of the Registration Statement.

CONSENT OF FIRST TRUST ADVISORS L.P.

The consent of First Trust Advisors L.P. to the use of its name in the Prospectus included in the Registration Statement is filed as Exhibit 4.1 to the Registration Statement.

Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The consent of Deloitte & Touche LLP to the use of its name in the Prospectus included in the Registration Statement is filed as Exhibit 4.2 to the Registration Statement.

S-4

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

1.1Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust for FT 4484 and certain subsequent Series, effective November 6, 2013 among First Trust Portfolios L.P., as Depositor, The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee, First Trust Advisors L.P., as Evaluator, First Trust Advisors L.P., as Portfolio Supervisor and FTP Services LLC, as FTPS Unit Servicing Agent (incorporated by reference to Amendment No. 1 to Form S-6 [File No. 333-191558] filed on behalf of FT 4484).

 

1.1.1Trust Agreement for FT 9601, effective September 20, 2021 among First Trust Portfolios L.P., as Depositor, The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee, First Trust Advisors L.P., as Evaluator, and First Trust Advisors L.P., as Portfolio Supervisor.

 

1.2Certificate of Limited Partnership of Nike Securities, L.P., predecessor of First Trust Portfolios L.P. (incorporated by reference to Amendment No. 1 to Form S-6 [File No. 333-230481] filed on behalf of FT 8001).

 

1.3Amended and Restated Limited Partnership Agreement of Nike Securities, L.P., predecessor of First Trust Portfolios L.P. (incorporated by reference to Amendment No. 1 to Form

S-6 [File No. 333-230481] filed on behalf of FT 8001).

 

1.4Articles of Incorporation of Nike Securities Corporation, predecessor to The Charger Corporation, the general partner of First Trust Portfolios L.P., Depositor (incorporated by reference to Amendment No. 1 to Form S-6 [File No. 333-230481] filed on behalf of FT 8001).

 

1.5By-Laws of The Charger Corporation, the general partner of First Trust Portfolios L.P., Depositor (incorporated by reference to Amendment No. 2 to Form S-6 [File No. 333-169625] filed on behalf of FT 2669).

 

1.6Underwriter Agreement (incorporated by reference to Amendment No. 1 to Form S-6 [File No. 33-42755] filed on behalf of The First Trust Special Situations Trust, Series 19).

 

2.2Code of Ethics (incorporated by reference to Amendment No. 1 to Form S-6 [File No. 333-224320] filed on behalf of FT 7359).

  

 

S-5

 

3.1Opinion of counsel as to legality of securities being registered.

 

4.1Consent of First Trust Advisors L.P.

 

4.2Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.

 

6.1List of Principal Officers of the Depositor (incorporated by reference to Amendment No. 1 to Form S-6 [File No. 333-236093] filed on behalf of FT 8556).

 

7.1Powers of Attorney executed by the Officers listed on page S-3 of this Registration Statement (incorporated by reference to Amendment No. 1 to Form S-6 [File No. 333-253820] filed on behalf of FT 9301).

 

 

S-6








MEMORANDUM

 

FT 9601

File No. 333-258436

The Prospectus and the Indenture filed with Amendment No. 1 of the Registration Statement on Form S-6 have been revised to reflect information regarding the execution of the Indenture and the deposit of Securities on September 20, 2021 and to set forth certain statistical data based thereon. In addition, there are a number of other changes described below.

THE PROSPECTUS

 

Cover Page The date of the Trust has been added.
Page 3 The following information for the Trust appears:
  The Aggregate Value of Securities initially deposited has been added.
  The initial number of Units of the Trust
  Sales charge
  The Public Offering Price per Unit as of the business day before the Initial Date of Deposit
  The Mandatory Termination Date has been added.
Page 5 The Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm has been completed.
Page 6 The Statement of Net Assets has been completed.
Pages 7-8 The Schedule of Investments has been completed.
Back Cover The date of the Prospectus has been included.

THE TRUST AGREEMENT AND STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF TRUST

 

The Trust Agreement has been conformed to reflect the execution thereof.

 

/s/ CHAPMAN AND CUTLER LLP

 

September 20, 2021

FT 9601

 

TRUST AGREEMENT

 

Dated: September 20, 2021

The Trust Agreement among First Trust Portfolios L.P., as Depositor, The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee, First Trust Advisors L.P., as Evaluator and Portfolio Supervisor, sets forth certain provisions in full and incorporates other provisions by reference to the document entitled "Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust for FT 4484 and certain subsequent Series, Effective: November 6, 2013" as amended by Amendment dated September 5, 2017 (herein called the "Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust"), and such provisions as are incorporated by reference constitute a single instrument. All references herein to Articles and Sections are to Articles and Sections of the Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust.

WITNESSETH THAT:

In consideration of the premises and of the mutual agreements herein contained, the Depositor, the Trustee, the Evaluator, the Portfolio Supervisor agree as follows:

PART I

STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF TRUST

Subject to the provisions of Part II and Part III hereof, all the provisions contained in the Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust are herein incorporated by reference in their entirety and shall be deemed to be a part of this instrument as fully and to the same extent as though said provisions had been set forth in full in this instrument. Facsimile or electronic signatures (including signatures in Portable Document Format (PDF)) to this Trust Agreement shall be acceptable and binding, and this Trust Agreement may be delivered by facsimile or other electronic means (including by electronic mail or a designated document storage website) confirmed by electronic mail.

PART II

SPECIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF TRUST

 

SABRIENT DIVIDEND PORTFOLIO, SERIES 37

The following special terms and conditions are hereby agreed to:

A.       The Securities initially deposited in the Trust pursuant to Section 2.01 of the Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust are set forth in Schedule A hereto.

B.       The aggregate number of Units delivered by the Trustee on the Initial Date of Deposit in exchange for the Securities pursuant to Section 2.03 of the Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust and the initial fractional undivided interest in and ownership of the Trust represented by each Unit thereof are set forth in the Prospectus in the section "Summary of Essential Information."

Documentation confirming the ownership of this number of Units for the Trust is being delivered by the Trustee to the Depositor pursuant to Section 2.03 of the Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust.

C.       The Record Date shall be as set forth in the Prospectus under "Summary of Essential Information." The Trustee shall pay the amounts specified in Part I of Section 3.05 of the Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust which have accrued as of the last Business Day of each calendar month on or shortly after such Business Day, provided, however, that fees and expenses accrued during the initial offering period, as determined in Section 4.01 of the Indenture (such fees to be computed on the largest number of Units outstanding during the period for which paid) shall be paid as provided in the following sentence. Fees payable pursuant to Section 4.03 shall be paid on, or shortly after, the last Business Day of each calendar month, and fees paid to the Trustee shall be paid on or shortly after the calendar month in which the initial offering period ends, together with any accrual of fees and expenses during such calendar month after the initial offering period ends. Fees accrued during such month after the end of the initial offering period shall be computed on the number of Units outstanding at the opening of business on the Business Day immediately following the date on which the initial offering period ends.

D.       The Distribution Date shall be the 25th day of the month in which the related Record Date occurs.

E.       The Mandatory Termination Date for the Trust shall be as set forth in the Prospectus under "Summary of Essential Information."

F.       First Trust Advisors L.P.'s compensation as referred to in Section 4.03 of the Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust and shall be an annual fee in the amount of $.0080 per Unit.

G.       The Trustee's compensation rate pursuant to Section 6.04 of the Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust shall be an annual fee in the amount of $.0096 per Unit. However, in no event shall the Trustee receive compensation in any one year from any Trust of less than $2,000.

H.       The Initial Date of Deposit for the Trust is September 20, 2021.

I.       There is no minimum amount of Securities to be sold by the Trustee pursuant to Section 5.02 of the Indenture for the redemption of Units.

J.       The minimum number of Units a Unit holder must redeem in order to be eligible for an in-kind distribution of Securities pursuant to Section 5.02 shall be 2,500 Units of the Trust. No in-kind distribution requests submitted during the 10 Business Days prior to the Trust’s Mandatory Termination Date will be honored.

K.       No Unit holder will be eligible for an in-kind distribution of Securities pursuant to Section 8.02.

PART III

A.       The second paragraph of Section 3.02 of the Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust shall be amended to read as follows:

"With respect to any Trust which is a widely held fixed investment trust as defined in Treas. Reg. Section 1.671-5(b)(22), any non-cash distributions received by a Trust shall be sold to the extent they would be treated as dividend or interest income under the Internal Revenue Code and the proceeds shall be credited to the Income Account. Except as provided in the preceding sentence, non-cash distributions received by a Trust (other than a non-taxable distribution of the shares of the distributing corporation which shall be retained by a Trust) shall be dealt with in the manner described in Section 3.11 hereof, and shall be retained or disposed of by such Trust according to those provisions and the proceeds thereof shall be credited to the Capital Account. Neither the Trustee nor the Depositor shall be liable or responsible in any way for depreciation or loss incurred by reason of any such sale."

B.       Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust, Section 3.18 shall be replaced with the following:

"Section 3.18. Authority of Portfolio Supervisor to Cause the Purchase or Sale or Depositor to Purchase or Sell Securities for the Account of the Trust. Whenever in the Indenture it is provided that the Trustee or the Depositor shall purchase or sell Securities, the Portfolio Supervisor is authorized to, and shall, cause the Securities to be purchased or sold, for the account of the Trust. Should the Portfolio Supervisor fail to cause such purchase or sale, the Depositor shall effect the purchase or sale, and the Trustee shall purchase or sell Securities only in the event that the Trustee would otherwise be directed to make the purchase or sale pursuant to the provisions of the Indenture and both the Portfolio Supervisor and the Depositor have failed to make or cause such purchase or sale. Neither the Trustee nor the Depositor shall have any responsibility or liability for any purchase or sale of Securities caused by the Portfolio Supervisor and the Trustee shall have no responsibility or liability for any purchase or sale of Securities made by the Depositor or for any failure of the Portfolio Supervisor or Depositor to make, or cause, any purchase or sale required by this Section or otherwise by the Indenture."

C.       The following paragraph shall be added at the end of Section 8.02 of the Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust:

"None of the Trustee, the Depositor or the Portfolio Supervisor shall have any liability to any Unit holder or any other person for the failure to reserve funds for claims which were not reasonably foreseeable based on the facts known to them at the time a Trust terminates. None of the Trustee, the Depositor or the Portfolio Supervisor, or their respective officers, directors, trustees, shareholders, agents, partners or employees, shall be personally liable to any person for liabilities arising from the administration of a Trust or from its assets; for all such liabilities, persons transacting with the Trustee, the Depositor or the Portfolio Supervisor, acting in their fiduciary or other representative capacity for the account of the Trust, shall have recourse solely to the assets of the Trust then in the custody of the Trustee or other custodian of Trust assets."

D.       Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust, Section 3.07(k) shall be replaced with the following:

"(k)  that such sale is necessary for the Trust to comply with such federal and/or state laws, regulations and/or regulatory actions and interpretations which may be in effect from time to time."

E.       The second sentence of Section 3.06 of the Standard Terms and Conditions of Trust is deleted and replaced by the following:

"Within a reasonable period of time after the last Business Day of each calendar year, the Trustee shall prepare a statement setting forth, with respect to such calendar year and with respect to each Trust in existence during any part of such calendar year, the information specified below. The Depositor will make the statement available at the Depositor’s website (www.ftportfolios.com) in the UIT Tax Center, where it will be retrievable by CUSIP; in addition, the Depositor will mail a copy of the statement to any Unit holder requesting the same in the manner specified in the Trust Prospectus."

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, First Trust Portfolios L.P., The Bank of New York Mellon and First Trust Advisors L.P. have each caused this Trust Agreement to be executed and the respective corporate seal to be hereto affixed and attested (if applicable) by authorized officers; all as of the day, month and year first above written.

 

FIRST TRUST PORTFOLIOS L.P.,

 Depositor

First Trust Advisors L.P.,

 Evaluator and Portfolio Supervisor

 

 

By /s/ Elizabeth H. Bull
 Senior Vice President of:

  First Trust Portfolios L.P. and

  First Trust Advisors L.P.

 

 

 

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, Trustee

 

 

By /s/ Ann S. Hom
 Vice President

 

 

 

SCHEDULE A TO TRUST AGREEMENT

 

Securities Initially Deposited

FT 9601

(Note: Incorporated herein and made a part hereof for the Trust is the "Schedule of Investments" for the Trust as set forth in the Prospectus.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapman and Cutler LLP 111 West Monroe Street
  Chicago, Illinois  60603

 

 

September 20, 2021

 

 

First Trust Portfolios L.P.

120 East Liberty Drive

Suite 400

Wheaton, Illinois 60187

Re: FT 9601

 

Gentlemen:

We have served as counsel for First Trust Portfolios L.P., as Sponsor and Depositor of FT 9601 in connection with the preparation, execution and delivery of a Trust Agreement dated September 20, 2021 among First Trust Portfolios L.P., as Depositor, The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee, and First Trust Advisors L.P., as Evaluator and Portfolio Supervisor, pursuant to which the Depositor has delivered to and deposited the Securities listed in Schedule A to the Trust Agreement with the Trustee and pursuant to which the Trustee has issued to or on the order of the Depositor units of fractional undivided interest in and ownership of the Fund created under said Trust Agreement.

In connection therewith, we have examined such pertinent records and documents and matters of law as we have deemed necessary in order to enable us to express the opinions hereinafter set forth.

Based upon the foregoing, we are of the opinion that:

1.       the execution and delivery of the Trust Agreement and the issuance of Units in the Fund have been duly authorized; and

2.       the Units in the Fund when duly issued and delivered by the Trustee in accordance with the aforementioned Trust Agreement, will constitute valid and binding obligations of the Fund and the Depositor and such Units, when issued and delivered in accordance with the Trust Agreement against payment of the consideration set forth in the Trust prospectus, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable.

We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement (File No. 333-258436) relating to the Units referred to above, to the use of our name and to the reference to our firm in said Registration Statement and in the related Prospectus.

Respectfully submitted,

 

/s/ CHAPMAN AND CUTLER LLP

 

EFF/arr

First Trust Advisors L.P.

120 East Liberty Drive

Wheaton, Illinois 60187

 

 

September 20, 2021

First Trust Portfolios L.P.

120 East Liberty Drive

Suite 400

Wheaton, Illinois 60187

Re: FT 9601

Gentlemen:

We have examined the Registration Statement File No. 333-258436 for the above captioned fund. We hereby consent to the use in the Registration Statement of the references to First Trust Advisors L.P. as evaluator.

You are hereby authorized to file a copy of this letter with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sincerely,

 

FIRST TRUST ADVISORS L.P.

 

 

 

/s/ Elizabeth H. Bull

Senior Vice President

 

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

We consent to the use in this Registration Statement No. 333-258436 on Form S-6 of our report dated September 20, 2021, relating to the financial statement of FT 9601, comprising Sabrient Dividend Portfolio, Series 37, appearing in the Prospectus, which is a part of such Registration Statement, and to the reference to us under the heading "Experts" in such Prospectus.

 

 

 

 

/s/ DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP

 

 

Chicago, Illinois

September 20, 2021

 

 



Serious News for Serious Traders! Try StreetInsider.com Premium Free!

You May Also Be Interested In





Related Categories

SEC Filings