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First Trust Large Cap Core AlphaDEX® Fund (FEX)
  • 2015 Estimated Capital Gain Distributions
    The First Trust Exchange-Traded Funds, except for First Trust Managed Municipal ETF (FMB), are not expecting to pay long-term capital gain distributions during the remainder of 2015. Short-term capital gain distributions, if any, are expected to be nominal and are taxed like ordinary income. Final determination of the source and tax status of all distributions paid in the current year are to be made after year-end and could differ from the expectations indicated above.
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Large Cap Core AlphaDEX® 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 fees and expenses, of an equity index called the Defined Large Cap Core Index.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
  • The Defined Large Cap Core Index is an “enhanced” index created and administered by Standard & Poor’s which employs the AlphaDEX® stock selection methodology to select stocks from the S&P 500 Index.
  • Standard & Poor’s constructs the Defined Large Cap Core Index by ranking the stocks from the S&P 500 Index on growth factors including three, six and 12-month price appreciation, sales to price and one year sales growth, and separately on value factors including book value to price, cash flow to price and return on assets.
  • Stocks which are classified solely as growth or value, based on S&P style designations, receive their score using the above growth or value factors respectively.
  • Stocks which S&P allocates between both growth and value receive their best score between the above growth and value factors.
  • The stocks are then ranked according to their score. The bottom 25% is eliminated and the top 75% is selected for the Defined Large Cap Core Index.
  • The selected stocks are divided into quintiles based on their rankings and the top ranked quintiles receive a higher weight within the index. The stocks are equally-weighted within each quintile.
  • The index is reconstituted and rebalanced quarterly.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeLarge Cap Core
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon
Fiscal Year-End07/31
ExchangeNYSE Arca
Inception Price$30.00
Inception NAV$30.00
Rebalance FrequencyQuarterly
Gross Expense Ratio*0.64%
Net Expense Ratio*0.64%
* As of 12/1/2014
Expenses are capped contractually at 0.70% per year, at least until November 30, 2015.
Current Fund Data (as of 11/24/2015)
Closing NAV1$44.76
Closing Share Price2$44.76
Bid/Ask Midpoint$44.78
Bid/Ask Premium0.03%
Total Net Assets$1,772,606,683
Outstanding Shares39,600,002
Daily Volume157,033
Average 30-Day Daily Volume198,132
Closing Share Price 52-Week High/Low$47.60 / $40.99
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$47.57 / $41.00
Number of Holdings378
Fund Characteristics (as of 10/30/2015)8
Maximum Market Cap.$666,252
Median Market Cap.$18,597
Minimum Market Cap.$2,620
Price/Cash Flow10.66
Top Holdings (as of 11/24/2015)
Holding Percent
First Solar, Inc. 0.55%
Amazon.com, Inc. 0.54%
Applied Materials, Inc. 0.52%
NVIDIA Corporation 0.52%
TEGNA Inc. 0.52%
Helmerich & Payne, Inc. 0.51%
Marathon Petroleum Corporation 0.51%
Murphy Oil Corporation 0.51%
Noble Energy, Inc. 0.51%
Total System Services, Inc. 0.51%

Holdings are subject to change.

NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Distribution Information
Dividend per Share Amt3$0.1355
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 10/30/2015)41.39%
Unsubsidized 30-Day SEC Yield (as of 10/30/2015)51.39%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 10/30/2015)61.29%
Index Yield (as of 10/30/2015)72.05%
Bid/Ask Midpoint vs. NAV (as of 9/30/2015)
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Above NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
9/30/2015 39 0 0 0
6/30/2015 46 0 0 0
3/31/2015 47 0 0 0
12/31/2014 56 0 0 0
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Below NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
9/30/2015 25 0 0 0
6/30/2015 17 0 0 0
3/31/2015 14 0 0 0
12/31/2014 8 0 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 11/24/2015)
Consumer Discretionary 20.68%
Industrials 14.30%
Information Technology 14.30%
Financials 12.62%
Energy 8.45%
Utilities 8.05%
Health Care 7.58%
Consumer Staples 7.57%
Materials 5.49%
Telecommunication Services 0.96%
Month End Performance (as of 10/30/2015)
  3 Mos YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) -2.73% -1.47% 1.47% 15.86% 12.90% N/A 6.00%
After Tax Held -2.87% -1.82% 0.91% 15.19% 12.34% N/A 5.53%
After Tax Sold -1.55% -0.84% 0.83% 12.14% 10.05% N/A 4.53%
Market Price -2.82% -1.54% 1.44% 15.88% 12.87% N/A 6.00%
Index Performance **
Defined Large Cap Core Index -2.60% -0.96% 2.12% 16.65% 13.70% N/A 6.78%
S&P 500 Index -0.63% 2.70% 5.20% 16.20% 14.33% N/A 6.12%
Quarter End Performance (as of 9/30/2015)
  3 Mos YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) -8.47% -7.49% -2.54% 13.14% 12.27% N/A 5.27%
After Tax Held -8.60% -7.82% -3.07% 12.48% 11.71% N/A 4.80%
After Tax Sold -4.80% -4.23% -1.41% 9.98% 9.53% N/A 3.94%
Market Price -8.47% -7.53% -2.60% 13.13% 12.25% N/A 5.27%
Index Performance **
Defined Large Cap Core Index -8.35% -7.06% -1.92% 13.90% 13.06% N/A 6.04%
S&P 500 Index -6.44% -5.29% -0.61% 12.40% 13.34% N/A 5.17%
3-Year Statistics (as of 10/30/2015)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
FEX 10.80% -0.08 0.99 1.40 0.96
S&P 500 Index 10.49% --- 1.00 1.46 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 Defined Large Cap Core Index is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent actual fund performance.
Indexes do 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 0.64%. Expenses are capped contractually at 0.70% per year, at least until November 30, 2015.

S&P 500 Index - The Index is an unmanaged index of 500 stocks used to measure large-cap U.S. stock market performance.

1 The NAV represents the fund's net assets (assets less liabilities) divided by the fund's outstanding shares .
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 to today's date. Subject to change in the future. There is no guarantee that the fund will declare dividends.
4 The 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 and includes the effects of fee waivers and expense reimbursements, if applicable.
5 The unsubsidized 30-day SEC yield is calculated the same as the 30-day SEC yield, however it excludes contractual fee waivers and expense reimbursements.
6 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.
7 Index yield represents the weighted average trailing 12-month dividend of the constituents of the Defined Large Cap Core Index.
8 All market capitalization numbers are in USD$ Millions.
9 Inception Date is 5/8/2007

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 Defined Large Cap Core Index.  Securities held by the fund will generally not be bought or sold in response to market fluctuations.

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. There can be no assurance that the fund's investment objective will be achieved.

The fund may invest in securities issued by companies concentrated in a particular industry.

The fund is classified as "non-diversified" and may invest a relatively high percentage of its assets in a limited number of issuers. As a result, the fund may be more susceptible to a single adverse economic or regulatory occurrence affecting one or more of these issuers, experience increased volatility and be highly concentrated in certain issuers.

First Trust Advisors L.P. is the adviser to the fund. First Trust Advisors L.P. is an affiliate of First Trust Portfolios L.P., the fund's distributor.

The Defined Large Cap Core Index is the exclusive property of Standard and Poor's, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. ("S&P"). First Trust Portfolios L.P. has contracted with S&P to create, calculate and maintain the Index. STANDARD & POOR'S and S&P are trademarks of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. and have been licensed for use by First Trust Portfolios L.P. The fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Standard & Poor's and Standard & Poor's does not make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in the fund.

"AlphaDEX®" is a registered trademark of First Trust Portfolios L.P. First Trust Portfolios L.P. has obtained a patent for the AlphaDEX® stock selection methodology from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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