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First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy Index Fund (FAN)
Investment Objective/Strategy - First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy Index Fund is an exchange-traded fund. The investment objective of the Fund is to seek investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield, before the Fund's fees and expenses, of an equity index called the ISE Global Wind Energy Index.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
This exchange-traded fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the Fund's fees and expenses) of the ISE Global Wind Energy Index. The index is constructed as follows:
  • Companies in the index universe that are identified as providing goods and services exclusively to the wind energy industry are given an aggregate weight of 66.67% of the index.Those companies determined to be significant participants in the wind energy industry despite not being exclusive to such industry are given an aggregate weight of 33.33% of the index.This weighting is done to ensure that companies that are exclusive to the wind energy industry, which generally have smaller market capitalizations relative to their multi-industry counterparts, are adequately represented in the index.
  • The index uses a modified market capitalization weighted methodology for each group of companies. The methodology organizes the companies into quintiles based upon their market capitalization. The quintiles containing larger market capitalization companies receive a higher weight than those quintiles containing small market capitalization companies.The resulting weight distribution prevents a few large companies from dominating the index while allowing smaller companies to adequately influence index performance.The companies are equally-weighted within each quintile.
  • The component security must be actively engaged in some aspect of the wind energy industry such as the development or management of a wind farm, the production or distribution of electricity generated by wind power, involvement in the design, manufacture or distribution of machinery or materials designed specifically for the wind energy industry.
  • Each component security must have a market capitalization of at least $100 million and meet certain investability requirements.
  • The index is reconstituted and rebalanced semi-annually.
Fund Overview
TickerFAN
Fund TypeForeign Equity
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon
CUSIP33736G106
Intraday NAVFANIV
Fiscal Year-End09/30
ExchangeNYSE Arca
Inception6/16/2008
Inception Price$30.00
Inception NAV$30.00
Rebalance FrequencySemi-Annual
Gross Expense Ratio*0.69%
Net Expense Ratio*0.60%
* As of 3/31/2014
Expenses are capped contractually at 0.60% per year, at least until January 31, 2016.
Current Fund Data (as of 7/30/2014)
Closing NAV1$12.81
Closing Share Price2$12.85
Bid/Ask Midpoint$12.83
Bid/Ask Premium0.14%
Total Net Assets$119,157,489
Outstanding Shares9,300,002
Daily Volume32,700
Average 30-Day Daily Volume60,903
Closing Share Price 52-Week High/Low$13.60 / $9.53
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$13.49 / $9.51
Number of Holdings47
Fund Characteristics (as of 6/30/2014)7
Median Market Cap.$5,759
Maximum Market Cap.$268,731
Minimum Market Cap.$99
Price/Earnings17.14
Price/Book1.19
Price/Cash Flow5.99
Price/Sales0.97
Top Holdings (as of 7/31/2014)
Holding Percent
Iberdrola S.A. 7.95%
China Longyuan Power Group-H 6.92%
Vestas Wind Systems A/S 6.70%
Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica, S.A. (Gamesa) 6.28%
EDP Renovaveis SA 6.16%
Nordex SE 5.15%
PNE Wind AG (Registered) 4.51%
Greentech Energy Systems 4.29%
China WindPower Group Limited 4.16%
Japan Wind Development Co., Ltd. 2.96%

Holdings are subject to change.

Top Country Exposure (as of 7/31/2014)
Country Percent
Spain 22.63%
Germany 14.84%
United States 13.36%
Denmark 10.98%
China 7.49%
Sweden 6.29%
Japan 4.55%
Hong Kong 4.47%
Australia 3.81%
France 3.74%
Bid/Ask Midpoint and NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Distribution Information
Dividend per Share Amt3$0.0631
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 6/30/2014)40.60%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 6/30/2014)50.95%
Index Yield (as of 6/30/2014)61.78%
Bid/Ask Midpoint vs. NAV (as of 6/30/2014)
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Above NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
50-99
Basis Points
100-199
Basis Points
>=200
Basis Points
6/30/2014 41 9 0 0
3/31/2014 39 6 0 0
12/31/2013 32 16 0 0
9/30/2013 30 22 2 0
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Below NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
50-99
Basis Points
100-199
Basis Points
>=200
Basis Points
6/30/2014 12 1 0 0
3/31/2014 15 1 0 0
12/31/2013 12 4 0 0
9/30/2013 8 2 0 0

The price used to calculate market return is determined by using the midpoint between the highest bid and the lowest offer on the stock exchange, on which shares of the Fund are listed for trading, as of the time that the Fund's NAV is calculated.

Top Sector Exposure (as of 7/31/2014)
Utilities 53.43%
Industrials 39.89%
Energy 4.05%
Materials 0.70%
Consumer Discretionary 0.66%
Month End Performance (as of 6/30/2014)
  3 Mos YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception8
Fund Performance *
NAV 10.85% 19.29% 60.00% 9.71% -0.74% N/A -11.50%
After Tax Held 10.63% 18.93% 59.29% 9.25% -1.21% N/A -11.89%
After Tax Sold 6.14% 10.91% 33.93% 7.30% -0.77% N/A -8.19%
Market Price 10.79% 17.87% 61.17% 9.64% -0.90% N/A -11.53%
Index Performance **
ISE Global Wind Energy Index 11.13% 19.73% 61.64% 10.64% 0.11% N/A -10.75%
MSCI World Index 4.86% 6.18% 24.05% 11.81% 14.99% N/A 5.16%
Russell 3000® Index 4.87% 6.94% 25.22% 16.46% 19.33% N/A 8.87%
Quarter End Performance (as of 6/30/2014)
  3 Mos YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception8
Fund Performance *
NAV 10.85% 19.29% 60.00% 9.71% -0.74% N/A -11.50%
After Tax Held 10.63% 18.93% 59.29% 9.25% -1.21% N/A -11.89%
After Tax Sold 6.14% 10.91% 33.93% 7.30% -0.77% N/A -8.19%
Market Price 10.79% 17.87% 61.17% 9.64% -0.90% N/A -11.53%
Index Performance **
ISE Global Wind Energy Index 11.13% 19.73% 61.64% 10.64% 0.11% N/A -10.75%
MSCI World Index 4.86% 6.18% 24.05% 11.81% 14.99% N/A 5.16%
Russell 3000® Index 4.87% 6.94% 25.22% 16.46% 19.33% N/A 8.87%
3-Year Statistics (as of 6/30/2014)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
FAN 23.13% -10.13 1.38 0.50 0.76
MSCI World Index 13.76% -4.53 1.03 0.85 0.97
Russell 3000® Index 12.85% --- 1.00 1.23 1.00
Standard Deviation is a measure of price variability (risk). Alpha is an indication of how much an investment outperforms or underperforms on a risk-adjusted basis relative to its benchmark.Beta is a measure of price variability relative to the market. Sharpe Ratio is a measure of excess reward per unit of volatility. Correlation is a measure of the similarity of performance.

*Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results and current performance may be higher or lower than performance quoted. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate and shares when sold or redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

After Tax Held returns represent return after taxes on distributions. Assumes shares have not been sold. After Tax Sold returns represent the return after taxes on distributions and the sale of fund shares. Returns do not represent the returns you would receive if you traded shares at other times. Market Price returns are based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread. Returns are average annualized total returns, except those for periods of less than one year, which are cumulative. The fund's performance reflects fee waivers and expense reimbursements, absent which performance would have been lower.

After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on the investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown. The after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.

**Performance information for the ISE Global Wind Energy Index is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent actual fund performance. The Index does not charge management fees or brokerage expenses, and no such fees or expenses were deducted from the performance shown. Indexes are unmanaged and an investor cannot invest directly in an index.

The gross expense ratio for this fund is 0.69%. Expenses are capped contractually at 0.60% per year, at least until January 31, 2016.

The MSCI World Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of 23 developed markets around the world.

The Russell 3000® Index is comprised of the 3000 largest and most liquid stocks based and traded in the U.S.

Footnotes
1 The NAV represents the fund's net assets (assets less liabilities) divided by the fund's shares outstanding.
2 Fund shares are purchased and sold on an exchange at their share price rather than net asset value (NAV), which may cause the shares to trade at a price greater than NAV (premium) or less than NAV (discount).
3 Most recent distribution paid or declared through today's date. Subject to change in the future.
4 30-day SEC yield is calculated by dividing the net investment income per share earned during the most recent 30-day period by the maximum offering price per share on the last day of the period.
5 12-Month Distribution Rate is calculated by dividing the sum of the fund's trailing 12-month ordinary distributions paid or declared by the NAV price. Distribution rates may vary.
6 Index yield represents the weighted average trailing 12-month dividend of the constituents of the ISE Global Wind Energy Index
7 All market capitalization numbers are in USD$ Millions.
8 Inception Date is 6/16/2008

You should consider the fund's investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses carefully before investing. You can download a prospectus or summary prospectus, or contact First Trust Portfolios L.P. at 1-800-621-1675 to request a prospectus or summary prospectus which contains this and other information about the fund. The prospectus or summary prospectus should be read carefully before investing.

ETF Characteristics

The fund lists and principally trades its shares on the NYSE Arca, Inc.

The fund's return may not match the return of the ISE Global Wind Energy Index.  Securities held by the fund will generally not be bought or sold in response to market fluctuations.

The fund may not be fully invested at times. Investors buying or selling fund shares on the secondary market may incur customary brokerage commissions. Market prices may differ to some degree from the net asset value of the shares. Investors who sell fund shares may receive less than the share's net asset value. Shares may be sold throughout the day on the exchange through any brokerage account. However, unlike mutual funds, shares may only be redeemed directly from the fund by authorized participants, in very large creation/redemption units.

Risk Considerations

The fund's shares will change in value, and you could lose money by investing in the fund. One of the principal risks of investing in the fund is market risk. Market risk is the risk that a particular stock owned by the fund, fund shares or stocks in general may fall in value.

The fund may invest in small capitalization and mid capitalization companies. Such companies may experience greater price volatility than larger, more established companies.

The fund contains the securities of companies in the wind energy, utility and industrial sectors, among others. Companies in the industrials sector face risks that arise from the general state of the economy, intense competition, consolidation, domestic and international politics, excess capacity and consumer demand, spending trends in that they may be significantly affected by overall capital spending levels, economic cycles, technical obsolescence, delays in modernization, labor relations and government regulations.

Companies in the utilities sector may face the imposition of rate caps, increased competition due to deregulation, difficulty in obtaining an adequate return on invested capital or in financing large construction projects, the limitations on operations and increased costs and delays attributable to environmental considerations, and the risks associated with capital market's ability to absorb utility debt, taxes, government regulation, international politics, price and supply fluctuations and volatile interest rates.

Companies in the wind energy business can be significantly affected by obsolescence of existing technology, short product cycles, falling prices and profits, competition from new market entrants and general economic conditions. Shares of the companies involved in the wind energy business have been significantly more volatile than shares of companies operating in other more established businesses. This sector is relatively nascent and under-researched in comparison to more established and mature sectors, and should therefore be regarded as having greater investment risk. Because many wind energy companies have been newly created and are unseasoned, the shares of these companies may be considered to be speculative and subject to extreme volatility and a greatly increased risk of loss.

An investment in a fund containing equity securities of foreign issuers is subject to additional risks, including currency fluctuations, political risks, withholding, the lack of adequate financial information, and exchange control restrictions impacting foreign issuers.

The fund is classified as "non-diversified." A non-diversified fund generally may invest a larger percentage of its assets in the securities of a smaller number of issuers. As a result, the fund may be more susceptible to the risks associated with these particular companies, or to a single economic, political or regulatory occurrence affecting these companies.

The First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy Index Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by the International Securities Exchange (ISE). ISE makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of the fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of trading in the fund. ISE's only relationship to First Trust is the licensing of certain trade names of the ISE and of the ISE Global Wind Energy Index which is determined, composed and calculated by ISE without regard to First Trust or the fund.

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