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                             DEFINED ASSET FUNDS--REGISTERED TRADEMARK--

                           EQUITY INVESTOR FUND
                           UTILITY PORTFOLIO 2000 SERIES A
                           (A UNIT INVESTMENT TRUST)
                           -  TOTAL RETURN FROM:
                           --  CAPITAL APPRECIATION
                           --  CURRENT DIVIDEND INCOME
                           -  MONTHLY INCOME
                           -  PROFESSIONAL SELECTION

Merrill Lynch,             -----------------------------------------------------
Pierce, Fenner & Smith     The Securities and Exchange Commission has not
Incorporated               approved or disapproved these Securities or passed
Salomon Smith Barney Inc.  upon the adequacy of this prospectus. Any
PaineWebber Incorporated   representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
Dean Witter Reynolds Inc.  Prospectus dated June 19, 2000.



Defined Asset Funds

-SM- is America's oldest and largest family of unit investment trusts, with over
$160 billion sponsored over the last 28 years. Defined Asset Funds has been a
leader in unit investment trust research and product innovation. Our family of
Funds helps investors work toward their financial goals with a full range of
quality investments, including municipal, corporate and government bond
portfolios, as well as domestic and international equity portfolios.

Defined Asset Funds offer a number of advantages:
  - A disciplined strategy of buying and holding with a long-term view is the
    cornerstone of Defined Asset Funds.
  - Fixed portfolio: Defined Funds follow a buy and hold investment strategy;
    funds are not managed and portfolio changes are limited.
  - Defined Portfolios: We choose the stocks and bonds in advance, so you know
    what you're investing in.
  - Professional research: Our dedicated research team seeks out stocks or bonds
    appropriate for a particular fund's objectives.
  - Ongoing supervision: We monitor each portfolio on an ongoing basis.
No matter what your investment goals, risk tolerance or time horizon, there's
probably a Defined Asset Fund that suits your investment style. Your financial
professional can help you select a Defined Asset Fund that works best for your
investment portfolio.

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Risk/Return Summary.........................................    3
What You Can Expect From Your Investment....................    6
  Income....................................................    6
  Records and Reports.......................................    6
The Risks You Face..........................................    6
  Concentration Risk........................................    6
  Litigation and Legislation Risks..........................    7
Selling or Exchanging Units.................................    7
  Sponsors' Secondary Market................................    7
  Selling Units to the Trustee..............................    8
  Rollover/Exchange Option..................................    8
How The Fund Works..........................................    9
  Pricing...................................................    9
  Evaluations...............................................   10
  Income....................................................   10
  Expenses..................................................   10
  Portfolio Changes.........................................   11
  Portfolio Termination.....................................   12
  No Certificates...........................................   12
  Trust Indenture...........................................   12
  Legal Opinion.............................................   13
  Auditors..................................................   13
  Sponsors..................................................   13
  Trustee...................................................   13
  Underwriters' and Sponsors' Profits.......................   14
  Public Distribution.......................................   14
  Code of Ethics............................................   14
  Year 2000 Issues..........................................   15
  Advertising and Sales Literature..........................   15
Taxes.......................................................   15
Supplemental Information....................................   17
Financial Statements........................................   18
  Report of Independent Accountants.........................   18
  Statement of Condition....................................   18



<C>  <S>
  -  The Portfolio seeks total return through
     a combination of current dividend income
     and capital appreciation.
  -  Its strategy is to invest for a period
     of about two years in a fixed portfolio
     of publicly traded common stocks issued
     by domestic companies in the electric
     utility sector.
     You can participate in the Portfolio by
     purchasing units. Each unit represents
     an equal share of the stocks in the
     Portfolio and receives an equal share of
     dividend income.
  -  The 15 stocks represented in the Fund
     are issued by companies that have been
     identified by Defined Asset Funds
  -  The electric power industry is in the
     midst of major change. After 60 years of
     tight regulation, the energy marketplace
     is being restructured. With federal
     support, many states have enacted
     legislation that facilitates a free
     market in electricity and natural gas.
     This gives consumers a choice of
     suppliers creating competition in a
     previously monopolistic industry.
     Technology is also spurring the demand
     for deregulation.
  -  The electric utilities industry is
     slowly moving away from its traditional
     reputation of being vulnerable to
     interest rate changes. Most utilities no
     longer need to borrow huge amounts of
     money to build generating capacity.
  -  The common stocks included in the
     Portfolio were selected for their
     current dividend yields. Defined Asset
     Funds' analysts believe that companies
     will benefit from increased demand for
     power. This growth will continue to
     generate strong utility dividends. In
     the opinion of the Sponsors, these
     stocks have potential for dividend
     growth because each of the companies
     represented in the Portfolio:
     -- have raised their common stock
     dividend payments at least once during
        the 10 years prior to the initial
        date of deposit;
     -- have not cut their dividend over the
     past ten years; and

<C>  <S>
     -- have a 50-year record of
     uninterrupted dividend payments.

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  -  The Portfolio plans to hold the stocks
     in the Portfolio for about two years. At
     the end of the two years, we will
     liquidate the Portfolio and select a new
     portfolio, if available.


  -  Stock prices can be volatile.

  -  Dividend rates on the stocks or share
     prices may decline during the life of
     the Portfolio.

  -  Because the Portfolio is concentrated in
     stocks of domestic electric utility
     companies, it is dependent to a
     significant extent on revenues generated
     from those particular activities.
     Adverse developments in this industry
     may affect the value of your units.

  -  Because the Portfolio is concentrated in
     one industry, it is not designed to be a
     complete equity investment program.

  -  The Portfolio may continue to purchase
     or hold the stocks originally selected
     even though their market value or yield
     may have changed.

  -  The Portfolio does not reflect any
     investment recommendations of the
     Sponsors, and any one or more of the
     stocks in the Portfolio may, from time
     to time, be subject to sell
     recommendations from one or more of the


     Yes, if you want current dividend income
     and capital appreciation. You will
     benefit from a professionally selected
     and supervised portfolio. Because this
     Portfolio focuses on one industry, it
     should be considered as a vehicle for
     investing a portion of your assets and
     not as a complete equity investment
     The Portfolio is NOT appropriate for you
     if you are not comfortable with the
     Strategy or are unwilling to take the
     risk involved with an equity investment.
     It may not be appropriate for you if you
     are seeking preservation of capital or
     high current income.

                               Defined Portfolio

Equity Investor Fund

Utility Portfolio 2000 Series A

Defined Asset Funds

                                        TICKER          PERCENTAGE            CURRENT           PER SHARE            COST
<S>                                  <C>             <C>                 <C>                  <C>             <C>
 1. New Century Energies, Inc.            NCE               9.67%               7.02%           $33.0625          $ 33,723.75

 2. American Electric Power
   Company, Inc.                          AEP               9.10                6.88             34.8750            31,736.25

 3. Alliant Energy Corporation            LNT               9.17                6.75             29.6250            31,995.00

 4. Consolidated Edison, Inc.             ED                9.02                6.72             32.4375            31,464.38

 5. WPS Resources Corporation             WPS               9.10                6.56             30.8125            31,736.88

 6. TECO Energy, Inc.                     TE                8.46                6.40             20.9375            29,521.88

 7. CH Energy Group, Inc.                 CHG               6.81                6.18             34.9375            23,757.50

 8. Carolina Power & Light Company        CPL               6.24                6.06             34.0000            21,760.00

 9. Dominion Resources, Inc.               D                6.64                5.79             44.5625            23,172.50

10. Allegheny Energy, Inc.                AYE               4.24                5.70             30.1875            14,791.88

11. Minnesota Power, Inc.                 MPL               4.26                5.47             19.5625            14,867.50

12. Constellation Energy Group            CEG               4.38                4.83             34.7500            15,290.00

13. NSTAR                                 NST               4.25                4.72             42.3750            14,831.25

14. Cleco Corporation                     CNL               4.16                4.69             36.2500            14,500.00

15. Black Hills Corporation               BKH               4.50                4.48             24.1250            15,681.25
                                                          ------                                                  -----------
                                                          100.00%                                                 $348,830.02
                                                          ======                                                  ===========

(1) Based on Cost to Portfolio.

(2) Current Dividend Yield for each security was calculated by annualizing the
    last monthly, quarterly or semi-annual ordinary dividend declared on the
    security and dividing the result by its market value as of the close of
    trading on June 16, 2000.

(3) Valuation by the Trustee made on the basis of closing sale prices at the
    evaluation time on June 16, 2000, the business day prior to the initial date
    of deposit. The value of the Securities on any subsequent business day will


The securities were acquired on June 16, 2000 and are represented entirely by
contracts to purchase the securities. Any of the Sponsors may have acted as
underwriters, managers or co-managers of a public offering of the securities in
this Portfolio during the last three years. Affiliates of the Sponsors may serve
as specialists in the securities in this Portfolio on one or more stock
exchanges and may have a long or short position in any of these securities or
options on any of them, and may be on the opposite side of public orders
executed on the floor of an exchange where the securities are listed. An
officer, director or employee of any of the Sponsors may be an officer or
director of one or more of the issuers of the securities in the Portfolio. A
Sponsor may trade for its own account as an odd-lot dealer, market maker, block
positioner and/or arbitrageur in any of the securities or in options on them.
Any Sponsor, its affiliates, directors, elected officers and employee benefits
programs may have either a long or short position in any securities or in
options on them.



<C>  <S>

     This table shows the costs and expenses
     you may pay, directly or indirectly,
     when you invest in the Portfolio.


                                      AS A % OF        AMOUNT
                                         NET         PER 1,000
                                       ASSETS          UNITS
                                      ---------      ---------
<C>  <S>                              <C>            <C>
                                        .091%          $0.90
     Trustee's Fee
                                        .071%          $0.70
     Portfolio Supervision,
     Bookkeeping and
     Administrative Fees
     (including updating
                                        .250%          $2.48
     Creation and
     Development Fee
                                        .034%          $0.34
     Other Operating Expenses
                                      ------           -----
                                        .446%          $4.42

<C>  <S>
     units (deducted from Portfolio
     assets at the close of the initial
     offering period)                      $1.98

<C>  <S>
     The Creation and Development Fee (estimated at
     $0.00248 per unit) is an annual charge that
     compensates the Sponsors for the creation and
     development of the Portfolio and is computed
     based on the Portfolio's average daily net
     asset value through the date of collection.
     This fee historically has been included in the
     sales fee.

<C>  <S>

     Maximum Sales Fee (Load) on new
     purchases (as a percentage of $1,000
     invested)                                 4.00%

     You will pay an up-front sales fee of
     approximately 1.00%. In addition, six monthly
     deferred sales charges of $2.50 per 1,000 units
     ($15.00 annually) will be deducted from the
     Portfolio's net asset value each year of the
     Portfolio's two-year life (December 1, 2000
     through May 1, 2001 and June 1, 2001 through
     November 1, 2001).

     This example may help you compare the cost of
     investing in the Portfolio to the cost of
     investing in other funds.
     The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in
     the Portfolio for the periods indicated and
     sell all your units at the end of those
     periods. The example also assumes a 5% return
     on your investment each year and that the
     Portfolio's operating expenses stay the same.
     Although your actual costs may be higher or
     lower, based on these assumptions your costs
     would be:

<S>  <C>     <C>      <C>      <C>
     1 Year  3 Years  5 Years  10 Years
      $317    $751    $1,210    $2,467

<C>  <S>
     The aggregate fees and expenses will not
     exceed the applicable NASD limit which
     is 6.25% of the initial public offering

     Unlike a mutual fund, the Portfolio is
     not managed and stocks are not sold
     because of market changes. The Sponsors
     monitor the portfolio and may instruct
     the Trustee to sell securities under
     certain limited circumstances. However,
     given the investment philosophy of the
     Portfolio, the Sponsors are not likely
     to do so.


     The minimum investment is $250.

     You can buy units from any of the
     Sponsors and other broker-dealers. The
     Sponsors are listed later in this
     prospectus. Some banks may offer units
     for sale through special arrangements
     with the Sponsors, although certain
     legal restrictions may apply.

     UNIT PRICE PER 1,000 UNITS       $999.89
     (as of June 16, 2000)

     Unit price is based on the net asset
     value of the Portfolio plus the up-front
     sales fee. Unit price also includes the
     estimated organization costs shown
     above, to which no sales fee has been
     The Portfolio stocks are valued by the
     Trustee on the basis of their closing
     prices at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time every
     business day. Unit price changes every
     day with changes in the prices of the


<C>  <S>

     You may sell your units at any time to
     any Sponsor or the Trustee for the net
     asset value determined at the close of
     business on the date of sale, less any
     remaining deferred sales fee and the
     costs of liquidating securities to meet
     the redemption.


     The Portfolio pays distributions of any
     dividend income, net of expenses, on the
     25th of each month beginning August,
     2000 through April, 2002, if you own
     units on the 10th of those months. For
     tax purposes, you will be considered to
     have received all the dividends paid on
     your pro rata portion of each security
     in the Portfolio when those dividends
     are received by the Portfolio regardless
     of whether you reinvest your dividends
     in the Portfolio. A portion of the
     dividend payments may be used to pay
     expenses of the Portfolio. Foreign
     investors' shares of dividends will
     generally be subject to withholding


     You may choose to reinvest your
     distributions into additional units of
     the Portfolio. Unless you choose
     reinvestment, you will receive your
     distributions in cash.

     You may exchange units of this Portfolio
     for units of certain other Defined Asset
     Funds. You may also exchange into this
     Portfolio from certain other funds. We
     charge a reduced sales fee on designated



The Portfolio will pay to you any income it has received monthly during its
life. Reasons your income may vary are:

  - changes in the Portfolio because of additional securities purchased or sold;

  - a change in the Portfolio's expenses; and
  - the amount of dividends declared and paid.

There can be no assurance that any dividends will be declared or paid.


You will receive:
- a notice from the Trustee if new equity securities are deposited in exchange
  or substitution for equity securities originally deposited;
- a final report on Portfolio activity; and

You may request audited financial statements of the Portfolio from the Trustee.

You may inspect records of Portfolio transactions at the Trustee's office during
regular business hours.



When stocks in a particular industry make up 25% or more of the Portfolio, it is
said to be "concentrated" in that industry, which makes the Portfolio less

Here is what you should know about the Portfolio's concentration in electric
utility stocks.
- These stocks may have higher yields because the issuers are out of favor.
  There can be no assurance that the market factors that caused these relatively
  low prices and high yields will change.
- Dividends on these stocks may depend on rates that the utility companies may
  charge, the demand for their services and their operating cost.
- Electric utilities face pressure to keep rates low, which may make it
  difficult to recover investments in generating plant.
- Utilities generally are sensitive to costs and availability of fuel.
- Some electric utilities are subject to the risks of the nuclear industry.
- Restructuring has been taking place on a state-by-state basis with the most
  significant activity occurring in regions with high electric rates. Several of
  the plans have required utilities to sell generation facilities and reduce
  customer rates in exchange for the opportunity to recoup unrecovered
  investments and commitments no longer economically viable (stranded costs).
  Although most restructuring activity has been generally constructive for
  investors, uncertainty regarding rate cuts and allowable stranded costs still
  exists in those states where competition has not been introduced.

- Utilities face risks inherent in diversification into other business lines or
  other countries. Some utilities have purchased utilities in foreign countries
  or have invested in construction of


  generation outside the U.S., thereby exposing them to political and currency


We do not know of any pending litigation that might have a material adverse
effect upon the Portfolio.

The 1990 Clean Air Act limits emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides
and requires emissions and air quality monitoring. Most utilities are compliant
with the 1990 Act. In 1997, the Environmental Protection Agency revised
standards that will probably result in further limitations on small
particulate-related emissions. The EPA's revisions are being challenged in the

The new standards will have the largest impact on utilities with large
percentages of coal-fired generation. Additionally, several lawsuits have been
filed against coal burning utilities alleging that coal plant capacity upgrades
over the past several years have been improperly been classified as
"maintenance," to avoid environmental upgrades. Adverse decisions from fully
litigated cases could have a material adverse impact on companies involved.
While coal generators are believed to be most favorably positioned for a
competitive market owing to low costs, these companies may experience a
disadvantage -- particularly if states do not view future environmental costs as
stranded and include them in transition cost calculations. With coal accounting
for more than half the generation in the U.S., final expenditures to comply with
the latest standards could have a material impact on the industry.

Future tax legislation could affect the value of the Portfolio by:
  - reducing the dividends-received deduction or
  - increasing the corporate tax rate resulting in less money available for
    dividend payments.


You can sell your units at any time for a price based on their net asset value.
Your net asset value is calculated each business day by:
  - ADDING the value of the Portfolio Securities, cash and any other Portfolio
  - SUBTRACTING accrued but unpaid Portfolio expenses, unreimbursed Trustee
    advances, cash held to buy back units or for distribution to investors, and
    any other Portfolio liabilities; and
  - DIVIDING the result by the number of outstanding units.

Your net asset value when you sell may be more or less than your cost because of
sales fees, market movements and changes in the Portfolio.

As of the close of the initial offering period, the price you receive will be
reduced to pay the Portfolio's estimated organization costs.


While we are not obligated to do so, we will buy back units at net asset value
less any remaining deferred sales fee and the cost of liquidating Securities to
meet the redemption. We may resell the units to other buyers or to the Trustee.

We have maintained a secondary market continuously for more than 28 years, but
we could discontinue it without prior notice for any business reason.


Regardless of whether we maintain a secondary market, you can sell your units to
the Trustee at any time by contacting your broker, dealer or financial
institution that holds your units in street name. Sometimes, additional
documents are needed such as a trust document, certificate of corporate
authority, certificate of death or appointment as executor, administrator or

Within seven days after your request and the necessary documents are received,
the Trustee will mail a check to you. Contact the Trustee for additional

As long as we are maintaining a secondary market, the Trustee will sell your
units to us at a price based on net asset value. If there is no secondary
market, the Trustee will sell your units in the over-the-counter market if it
believes it can obtain a higher price. In that case, you will receive the net
proceeds of the sale.

If the Portfolio does not have cash available to pay you for the units you are
selling, the agent for the Sponsors will select securities to be sold. These
sales could be made at times when the securities would not otherwise be sold and
may result in your receiving less than you paid for your unit and also reduce
the size and diversity of the Portfolio.

If you sell units with a value of at least $250,000, you may choose to receive
your distribution "in kind." If you so choose, you will receive securities and
cash with a total value equal to the price of your units. The Trustee will try
to distribute securities in the portfolio pro rata, but it reserves the right to
distribute only one or a few securities. The Trustee will act as your agent in
an in-kind distribution and will either hold the securities for your account or
transfer them as you instruct. You must pay any transaction costs as well as
transfer and ongoing custodial fees on sales of securities distributed in kind.

There could be a delay in paying you for your units:
  - if the New York Stock Exchange is closed (other than customary weekend and
    holiday closings);
  - if the SEC determines that trading on the New York Stock Exchange is
    restricted or that an emergency exists making sale or evaluation of the
    securities not reasonably practicable; and
  - for any other period permitted by SEC order.


When this Portfolio is about to terminate, you may have the option to roll your
proceeds into the next Utility Portfolio if one is available.

If you hold your Units with one of the Sponsors and notify your financial
adviser by June 19, 2002, your units will be redeemed and certain distributed
securities plus the proceeds from the sale of the


remaining distributed securities will be reinvested in units of a new Utility
Portfolio Series. If you decide not to roll over your proceeds, you will receive
a cash distribution (or, if you so choose, an in-kind distribution) after the
Portfolio terminates.

If you do not elect the rollover option by the above notification date, but
later inform your financial professional that you want to invest in the next
Utility Portfolio, you will recognize gain, if any, with respect to your pro
rata share of each security in this Portfolio. You will not be entitled to claim
a loss in respect of any security to the extent that the same security is
included in your pro rata share of the next Utility Portfolio.

The Portfolio will terminate by July 23, 2002. However, the Sponsors may extend
the termination date for a period no longer than 30 days without notice to Unit
holders. You may, by written notice to the Trustee at least ten business days
prior to termination, elect to receive an in-kind distribution of your pro rata
share of the Securities remaining in the Portfolio at that time (net of your
share of expenses). Of course, you can sell your Units at any time prior to

If you continue to hold your Units, you may exchange units of this Portfolio any
time before this Portfolio terminates for units of certain other Defined Asset
Funds at a reduced sales fee if your investment goals change. In addition, you
may exchange into this Portfolio from certain other Defined Asset Funds and unit
trusts. To exchange units, you should talk to your financial professional about
what Portfolios are exchangeable, suitable and currently available.

We may amend or terminate the options to exchange your units or roll your
proceeds at any time without notice.



Units are charged a combination of initial and deferred sales fees.

In addition, during the initial offering period, a portion of the price of a
unit also consists of securities to pay all or some of the costs of organizing
the Portfolio including:
  - cost of initial preparation of legal documents;
  - federal and state registration fees;
  - initial fees and expenses of the Trustee;
  - initial audit; and
  - legal expenses and other out-of-pocket expenses.
The estimated organization costs will be deducted from the assets of the
Portfolio as of the close of the initial offering period.

The deferred sales fee is generally a monthly charge of $2.50 per 1,000 units
($15.00 annually) and is accrued in six monthly installments each year of the
Portfolio's life. Units redeemed or repurchased prior to the accrual of the
final deferred sales fee installment will have the amount of any remaining
installments deducted from the redemption or repurchase proceeds or deducted in
calculating an in-kind distribution, however, this deduction will be waived in
the event of the death or disability (as defined in the


Internal Revenue Code of 1986) of an investor. If you redeem or sell your units
before June 1, 2001, you will pay only the balance of any deferred sales fee
remaining for the first year. If you redeem or sell your units on or after June
1, 2001 you will pay the remaining balance of the deferred sales fee for the
second year. The initial sales fee is equal to the aggregate sales fee less the
aggregate amount of any remaining installments of the deferred sales fee.

It is anticipated that securities will not be sold to pay the deferred sales fee
until after the date of the last installment. Investors will be at risk for
market price fluctuations in the securities from the several installment accrual
dates to the dates of actual sale of securities to satisfy this liability.


The Trustee values the securities on each business day (i.e., any day other than
Saturdays, Sundays and the following holidays as observed by the New York Stock
Exchange: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Good
Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas).
If the securities are listed on a national securities exchange or the Nasdaq
National Market, evaluations are generally based on closing sales prices on that
exchange or that system or, if closing sales prices are not available, at the
mean between the closing bid and offer prices.

- The annual income per unit, after deducting estimated annual Portfolio
  expenses per unit, will depend primarily upon the amount of dividends declared
  and paid by the issuers of the securities and changes in the expenses of the
  Portfolio and, to a lesser degree, upon the level of purchases of additional
  securities and sales of securities. There is no assurance that dividends on
  the securities will continue at their current levels or be declared at all.
- Each unit receives an equal share of distributions of dividend income net of
  estimated expenses. Each investor's monthly income distribution will equal
  approximately one-twelfth of the investor's pro rata share of the estimated
  annual income to the Income Account, after deducting estimated expenses.
  Because dividends on the securities are not received at a constant rate
  throughout the year, any distribution may be more or less than the amount then
  credited to the income account. The Trustee credits dividends received to an
  Income Account and other receipts to a Capital Account. The Trustee may
  establish a reserve account by withdrawing from these accounts amounts it
  considers appropriate to pay any material liability. These accounts do not
  bear interest.


The Trustee is paid a fee monthly. It also benefits when it holds cash for the
Portfolio in non-interest bearing accounts. The Trustee may also receive
additional amounts:
  - for extraordinary services and costs of indemnifying the Trustee and the

  - costs of actions taken to protect the Portfolio and other legal fees and
  - expenses for keeping the Portfolio's registration statement current; and
  - Portfolio termination expenses and any governmental charges.

The Sponsors are currently reimbursed up to 70 CENTS per 1,000 units annually
for providing portfolio supervisory, bookkeeping and administrative services and
for any other expenses properly chargeable to the Portfolio. Legal, typesetting,
electronic filing and regulatory filing fees and expenses associated with
updating the Portfolio's registration statement yearly are also now chargeable
to the Portfolio. While this fee may exceed the amount of these costs and
expenses attributable to this Portfolio, the total of these fees for all Series
of Defined Asset Funds will not exceed the aggregate amount attributable to all
of these Series for any calendar year. Certain of these expenses were previously
paid for by the Sponsors.

The Sponsors will receive an annual Creation and Development Fee of .25% of the
Portfolio's average daily net asset value through the date of collection. This
fee, which has historically been included in the gross sales fee, compensates
the Sponsors for the creation and development of the Portfolio's objective and
policies and portfolio composition and size, selection of service providers and
information services. No portion of the Creation and Development Fee is applied
to the payment of distribution expenses or as compensation for sales efforts.

The Trustee's and Sponsors'fees may be adjusted for inflation without investors'

The maximum sales fee is 4.00%. If you hold units in certain eligible accounts
offered by the Sponsors, you will pay no sales fee. Employees and non-employee
directors of the Sponsors may be charged a reduced sales fee of no less than
$5.00 per 1,000 Units. If your aggregate sales fee is less than the deferred
sales fee, you will be given additional units which will decrease the effective
maximum sales fee to the amount shown below.

The maximum sales fees is effectively reduced if you invest as follows:

                                 YOUR MAXIMUM
                                  SALES FEE
            IF YOU INVEST:         WILL BE:
            --------------       ------------
       <S>                       <C>
       Less than $50,000             4.00%
       $ 50,000 to $99,999           3.75%
       $100,000 to $249,999          3.25%
       $250,000 to $999,999          3.00%
       $1,000,000 or more            2.25%

The deferred sales fees you owe are paid from the Capital Account. Although we
may collect the deferred sales charge monthly, to keep Units more fully invested
we do not currently plan to pay the deferred sales charge until after the
rollover notification date.

The Sponsors will pay advertising and selling expenses at no charge to the
Portfolio. If Portfolio expenses exceed initial estimates, the Portfolio will
owe the excess. The Trustee has a lien on Portfolio assets to secure
reimbursement of Portfolio expenses and may sell securities if cash is not


If we maintain a secondary market in units but are unable to sell the units that
we buy in the secondary market, we will redeem units, which may affect the
composition of the Portfolio.

We decide whether to offer units for sale that we acquire in the secondary
market after reviewing:
  - diversity of the Portfolio;
  - size of the Portfolio relative to its original size;
  - ratio of Portfolio expenses to income; and
  - cost of maintaining a current prospectus.

If a Portfolio is buying or selling a stock actively traded on a national
securities exchange or certain foreign exchanges, it may buy from or sell to
another Defined Asset Fund at the stock's closing sale price (without any
brokerage commissions).


When the Portfolio is about to terminate you will receive a notice, and you will
be unable to sell your units after that time. Unless you choose to receive an
in-kind distribution of securities, we will sell any remaining securities, and
you will receive your final distribution in cash.

You will pay your share of the expenses associated with termination, including
brokerage costs in selling securities. This may reduce the amount you receive as
your final distribution.


All investors are required to hold their Units in uncertificated form and in
"street name" by their broker, dealer or financial institution at the Depository
Trust Company.


The Portfolio is a "unit investment trust" governed by a Trust Indenture, a
contract among the Sponsors and the Trustee, which sets forth their duties and
obligations and your rights. A copy of the Indenture is available to you on
request to the Trustee. The following summarizes certain provisions of the

The Sponsors and the Trustee may amend the Indenture 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 materially adverse to your best
    interest (as determined by the Sponsors).
Investors holding 51% of the units may amend the Indenture. Every investor must
consent to any amendment that changes the 51% requirement. No amendment may
reduce your interest in the Portfolio without your written consent.

The Trustee may resign by notifying the Sponsors. The Sponsors may remove the
Trustee without your consent if:
  - it fails to perform its duties;
  - it becomes incapable of acting or bankrupt or its affairs are taken over by
    public authorities; or
  - the Sponsors determine that its replacement is in your best interest.

Investors holding 51% of the units may remove the Trustee. The Trustee may
resign or be removed by the Sponsors without the consent of investors. The
resignation or

removal of the Trustee becomes effective when a successor accepts appointment.
The Sponsors will try to appoint a successor promptly; however, if no successor
has accepted within 30 days after notice of resignation, the resigning Trustee
may petition a court to appoint a successor.

Any Sponsor may resign as long as one Sponsor with a net worth of $2 million
remains and agrees to the resignation. The remaining Sponsors and the Trustee
may appoint a replacement. If there is only one Sponsor and it fails to perform
its duties or becomes bankrupt the Trustee may:
  - remove it and appoint a replacement Sponsor;
  - liquidate the Portfolio; or
  - continue to act as Trustee without a Sponsor.

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated acts as agent for the

The Trust Indenture contains customary provisions limiting the liability of the
Trustee and the Sponsors.


Davis Polk & Wardwell, 450 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, as
special counsel for the Sponsors, has given an opinion that the units are
validly issued.


Deloitte & Touche LLP, 2 World Financial Center, New York, New York 10281,
independent accountants, audited the Statement of Condition included in this


The Sponsors are:

Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.)
P.O. Box 9051,
Princeton, NJ 08543-9051

SALOMON SMITH BARNEY INC. (an indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary of Citigroup
388 Greenwich Street--23rd Floor,
New York, NY 10013

DEAN WITTER REYNOLDS INC. (a principal operating subsidiary of Morgan Stanley
Dean Witter & Co.)
Two World Trade Center--59th Floor,
New York, NY 10048

PAINEWEBBER INCORPORATED (a wholly-owned subsidiary of PaineWebber Group Inc.)
1285 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10019

Each Sponsor is a Delaware corporation and it, or its predecessor, has acted as
sponsor to many unit investment trusts. As a registered broker-dealer each
Sponsor buys and sells securities (including investment company shares) for
others (including investment companies) and participates as an underwriter in
various selling groups.


The Bank of New York, Unit Investment Trust Department, Box 974--Wall Street
Division, New York, New York 10268-0974, is the Trustee. It is supervised by the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal
Reserve System and New York State banking authorities.


Underwriters receive sales charges when they sell units. Any cash made available
by you to the Sponsors before the settlement date for those units may be used in
the Sponsors' businesses to the extent permitted by federal law and may benefit
the Sponsors.

A Sponsor or Underwriter may realize profits or sustain losses on stocks in the
Portfolio which were acquired from underwriting syndicates of which it was a

The Sponsors will receive an annual Creation and Development Fee of .25% of the
Portfolio's average daily net asset value through the date of collection. This
annual fee, which has historically been included in the gross sales fee,
compensates the Sponsors for the creation and development of the Portfolio's
objective and policies and portfolio composition and size, selection of service
providers and information services. No portion of the Creation and Development
Fee is applied to the payment of distribution expenses or as compensation for
sales efforts.

During the initial offering period, the Sponsors also may realize profits or
sustain losses on units they hold. The profit or loss from the Portfolio will
include the receipt of applicable sales charges, fluctuation in the price per
unit, a loss of $340.50 on the initial deposit of the securities and a gain or
loss on subsequent deposits of securities. In maintaining a secondary market,
the Sponsors will also realize profits or sustain losses in the amount of any
difference between the prices at which they buy units and the prices at which
they resell or redeem them.


During the initial offering period, units will be distributed to the public by
the Sponsors and dealers who are members of the National Association of
Securities Dealers, Inc.

Dealers will be entitled to the concession stated below on Units sold or
redeemed during the first year. On Units held in the second year, the dealer
will be entitled to an additional concession of $11 per 1,000 Units ($5 per
1,000 Units for purchases of $1 million or more).

                                             DEALER CONCESSION AS
                                                A % OF PUBLIC
                        AMOUNT PURCHASED        OFFERING PRICE
                        ----------------     --------------------
<S>                    <C>                  <C>
                       Less than $50,000             2.00%
                       $50,000 to $99,999            1.80%
                       $100,000 to
                       $249,999                      1.45%
                       $250,000 to
                       $999,999                      1.25%
                       $1,000,000 and over           0.50%

The Sponsors do not intend to qualify units for sale in any foreign countries.
This prospectus does not constitute an offer to sell units in any country where
units cannot lawfully be sold.


The Portfolio and the Agent for the Sponsors have each adopted a code of ethics
requiring pre-clearance and reporting of personal securities transactions by its
employees with access to information on Portfolio transactions. Subject to
certain conditions, the codes permit employees to invest in Portfolio securities
for their own accounts. The codes are designed to prevent


fraud, deception and misconduct against the Portfolio and to provide reasonable
standards of conduct. These codes are on file with the Commission and you may
obtain a copy by contacting the Commission at the address listed on the back
cover of this prospectus.


Many computer systems were designed in such a way that they may be unable to
distinguish between the year 2000 and the year 1900 (commonly known as the "Year
2000 Problem"). To date, we are not aware of any major operational difficulties
resulting from the computer system changes necessary to prepare for the Year
2000. However, there can be no assurance that the Year 2000 Problem will not
adversely affect the issuers of the securities contained in the Portfolio. We
cannot predict whether any impact would be material to the Portfolio as a whole.


Sales material may discuss developing a long-term financial plan, working with
your financial professional; the nature and risks of various investment
strategies and Defined Asset Funds that could help you toward your financial
goals and the importance of discipline, how securities are selected for these
funds, how the funds are created and operated, features such as convenience and
costs, and options available for certain types of funds including automatic
reinvestment, rollover, exchanges and redemption. It may also summarize some
similarities and differences with mutual funds and discuss the philosophy of
spending time in the market rather than trying to time the market, including
probabilities of negative returns over various holding periods.

Advertising and sales literature may include brief descriptions of the principal
businesses of the companies represented in the Portfolio and the research
analysis of why they were selected.

Sales literature and articles may state research opinions on the economy,
countries and industry sectors and include a list of funds generally appropriate
for pursuing these recommendations.


The following summary describes some of the important income tax consequences of
holding units. It assumes that you are not a dealer, financial institution,
insurance company or other investor with special circumstances or subject to
special rules. You should consult your own tax adviser about your particular

In the opinion of our counsel, under existing law:


The Portfolio will not be taxed as a corporation for federal income tax
purposes, and you will be considered to own directly your share of each Security
in the Portfolio.

You will be considered to receive your share of any dividends paid when those
dividends are received by the Portfolio. Income dividends will be taxed at
ordinary income rates. If you are a corporate investor, you may be eligible for

dividends received deduction if you satisfy the applicable holding period and
other requirements. You should consult your tax adviser in this regard.


You will generally recognize gain or loss when you dispose of your units for
cash (by sale or redemption), when you exchange your units for units of another
Defined Asset Fund or when the Trustee disposes of the securities in the
Portfolio. You generally will not recognize gain or loss on an "in-kind"
distribution to you of your proportional share of the Portfolio securities
whether it is in redemption of your units or upon termination of the Portfolio.
Your holding period for the distributed Securities will include your holding
period in your units.

If you do not hold your Portfolio in a currently non-taxable account (e.g., an
IRA account), you may elect to roll over your investment in the Portfolio. If
you so elect by June 19, 2002, you will recognize gain or loss only with respect
to your share of those Securities that are not rolled over into the new
Portfolio. You will not recognize gain or loss with respect to your share of
those Securities that are rolled over and your basis in those Securities will
remain the same as before the rollover.

If you do not elect the rollover option by the above notification date, but
later inform your financial professional that you want to invest in the next
Utility Portfolio, you will recognize gain, if any, with respect to your pro
rata share of each security in this Portfolio. You will not be entitled to claim
a loss in respect of any security to the extent that the same security is
included in your pro rata share of the next Utility Portfolio.

If you elect to roll over your investment in the Portfolio, you will recognize
gain or loss only with respect to your share of those securities that are not
rolled over into the new portfolio. You will not recognize gain or loss with
respect to your share of those securities that are rolled over and your basis in
those securities will remain the same as before the rollover.

If your net long-term capital gains exceed your net short-term capital losses,
the excess may be subject to tax at a lower rate than ordinary income. Any
capital gain or loss from the Portfolio will be long-term if you are considered
to have held your investment that produces the gain or loss for more than one
year and short-term otherwise. Because the deductibility of capital losses is
subject to limitations, you may not be able to deduct all of your capital
losses. You should consult your tax adviser in this regard.


Your aggregate tax basis in units that you have purchased for cash will be equal
to the cost of the units, including the sales fee. Your aggregate tax basis in
units that you hold as a result of a rollover from an earlier portfolio will
equal your basis in the securities that were rolled over from the previous
portfolio plus the proceeds (other than proceeds that were paid to you) from the
sale of securities from the portfolio which were not rolled over. You should not
increase your basis in your units by deferred sales charges or organizational
expenses or


by any portion of the Creation and Development Fee. The tax reporting form and
annual statements you receive will be based on the net amounts paid to you, from
which these expenses will already have been deducted. Your basis for securities
distributed to you will be the same as the portion of your basis in your units
that is attributable to the distributed securities and your holding period for
the distributed Securities will include your holding period in your units.


If you are an individual who itemizes deductions, you may deduct your share of
Portfolio expenses (including the appropriate portion of the Creation and
Development Fee), but only to the extent that your share of the expenses,
together with your other miscellaneous deductions, exceeds 2% of your adjusted
gross income. Your ability to deduct Portfolio expenses will be limited further
if your adjusted gross income exceeds a specified amount, currently $128,950
($64,475 for a married person filing separately).


Under the income tax laws of the State and City of New York, the Portfolio will
not be taxed as a corporation, and the income of the Portfolio will be treated
as the income of the investors in the same manner as for federal income tax


If you are a foreign investor and you are not engaged in a U.S. trade or
business, you generally will be subject to withholding tax at a rate of 30% (or
a lower applicable treaty rate) on your share of dividends received by the
Portfolio. You should consult your tax adviser about the possible application of
federal, state and local, and foreign taxes.


You may wish to purchase units for an Individual Retirement Account ("IRAs") or
other retirement plan. Generally, capital gains and income received in each of
these plans are exempt from federal taxation. All distributions from these types
of plans are generally treated as ordinary income but may, in some cases, be
eligible for tax-deferred rollover treatment. You should consult your attorney
or tax adviser about the specific tax rules relating to these plans. These plans
are offered by brokerage firms, including the Sponsors of this Portfolio, and
other financial institutions. Fees and charges with respect to such plans may


You can receive at no cost supplemental information about the Portfolio by
calling the Trustee. The supplemental information includes more detailed risk
disclosure and general information about the structure and operation of the
Portfolio. The supplemental information is also available from the SEC.


The Sponsors, Trustee and Holders of Equity Investor Fund, Utility Portfolio
2000 Series A, Defined Asset Funds (the "Portfolio"):

We have audited the accompanying statement of condition and the related defined
portfolio included in the prospectus of the Portfolio as of June 19, 2000. This
financial statement is the responsibility of the Trustee. Our responsibility is
to express an opinion on this financial statement based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted
in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and
perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial
statement is free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a
test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial
statement. Our procedures included confirmation of an irrevocable letter of
credit deposited for the purchase of securities, as described in the statement
of condition, with the Trustee. An audit also includes assessing the accounting
principles used and significant estimates made by the Trustee, as well as
evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our
audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the financial statement referred to above presents fairly, in
all material respects, the financial position of the Portfolio as of June 19,
2000 in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United
States of America.

New York, NY
June 19, 2000

                   STATEMENT OF CONDITION AS OF JUNE 19, 2000


<S>                                                        <C>
Investments--Contracts to purchase Securities(1).........  $         348,830.02
        Total............................................  $         348,830.02
    Reimbursement of Sponsors for organization
     expenses(2).........................................  $             697.66
    Subtotal                                                             697.66
Interest of Holders of 352,353 Units of fractional
  undivided interest outstanding:(3)
  Cost to investors(4)...................................  $         352,314.24
  Gross underwriting commissions and organization
    expenses(5)(2).......................................             (4,181.88)
    Subtotal                                                         348,132.36
        Total............................................  $         348,830.02


        (1) Aggregate cost to the Portfolio of the securities listed under
Defined Portfolio determined by the Trustee at 4:00 p.m., Eastern time on June
16, 2000. The contracts to purchase securities are collateralized by an
irrevocable letter of credit which has been issued by DG Bank, New York Branch,
in the amount of $349,170.52 and deposited with the Trustee. The amount of the
letter of credit includes $348,830.02 for the purchase of securities.

        (2) A portion of the Unit Price consists of securities in an amount
sufficient to pay all or a portion of the costs incurred in establishing the
Portfolio. These costs have been estimated at $1.98 per 1,000 Units. A
distribution will be made as of the close of the initial offering period to an
account maintained by the Trustee from which the organization expenses
obligation of the investors will be satisfied. If the actual organization costs
exceed the estimated aggregate amount shown above, the Sponsors will pay for
this excess amount.

        (3) Because the value of securities at the evaluation time on the
Initial Date of Deposit may differ from the amounts shown in this statement of
condition, the number of Units offered on the Initial Date of Deposit will be
adjusted to maintain the $999.89 per 1,000 Units offering price only for that
day. The Unit Price on any subsequent business day will vary.

        (4) Aggregate public offering price computed on the basis of the value
of the underlying securities at 4:00 p.m., Eastern time on June 16, 2000.

        (5) Assumes the maximum initial sales charge per 1,000 units of 1.00% of
the Unit Price. A deferred sales charge of $2.50 per 1,000 Units is payable on
the 1st day of each month beginning December 1, 2000 through May 1, 2001 and
June 1, 2001 through November 1, 2001. Distributions will be made to an account
maintained by the Trustee from which the deferred sales charge obligation of the
investors to the Sponsors will be satisfied.


<S>                                      <C>
Request the most                         UTILITY PORTFOLIO 2000 SERIES A
recent free Information                  (A Unit Investment Trust)
Supplement that gives more               ---------------------------------------
details about the Fund,                  This Prospectus does not contain
by calling:                              complete information about the
The Bank of New York                     investment company filed with the
1-800-221-7771                           Securities and Exchange Commission in
                                         Washington, D.C. under the:
                                         - Securities Act of 1933 (file no.
                                         333-38542) and
                                         - Investment Company Act of 1940 (file
                                         no. 811-3044).
                                         TO OBTAIN COPIES AT PRESCRIBED RATES--
                                         WRITE: Public Reference Section of the
                                         450 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington,
                                         D.C. 20549-6009
                                         CALL: 1-800-SEC-0330.
                                         VISIT: http://www.sec.gov.
                                         No person is authorized to give any
                                         information or representations about
                                         this Fund not contained in this
                                         Prospectus or the Information
                                         Supplement, and you should not rely on
                                         any other information.
                                         When units of this Fund are no longer
                                         available, this Prospectus may be used
                                         as a preliminary prospectus for a
                                         future series, but some of the
                                         information in this Prospectus will be
                                         changed for that series.
                                         UNITS OF ANY FUTURE SERIES MAY NOT BE
                                         SOLD NOR MAY OFFERS TO BUY BE ACCEPTED
                                         UNTIL THAT SERIES HAS BECOME EFFECTIVE
                                         WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE
                                         COMMISSION. NO UNITS CAN BE SOLD IN ANY
                                         STATE WHERE A SALE WOULD BE ILLEGAL.

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