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First Trust Value Line® Dividend Index Fund (FVD)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Value Line® Dividend Index Fund is an exchange-traded index fund. The objective of the Fund is to seek investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield, before fees and expenses, of the Value Line® Dividend Index.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
  • The index begins with the universe of stocks that Value Line® gives a SafetyTM Ranking of #1 or #2 using the Value Line® SafetyTM Ranking System. All registered investment companies, limited partnerships and foreign securities not listed in the U.S. are removed from this universe.
  • From those stocks, Value Line® selects those companies with a higher than average dividend yield, as compared to the indicated dividend yield of the Standard & Poor's 500 Composite Stock Price Index.
  • Value Line® then eliminates those companies with an equity market capitalization of less than $1 billion.
  • The index seeks to be equally weighted in each of the securities in the index. The index is rebalanced on the application of the above model on a monthly basis.
Fund Overview
TickerFVD
Fund TypeEquity Income
Investment Adviser/Portfolio ManagerFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon
CUSIP33734H106
Intraday NAVFVDIV
Fiscal Year-End12/31
ExchangeNYSE Arca
Inception8/19/2003
Inception Price$15.00
Inception NAV$14.32
Rebalance FrequencyMonthly
Gross Expense Ratio*0.74%
Net Expense Ratio*0.70%
* As of 6/30/2014
Expenses are capped contractually at 0.70% per year, at least until April 30, 2015.
Current Fund Data (as of 9/29/2014)
Closing NAV1$22.50
Closing Share Price2$22.52
Bid/Ask Midpoint$22.51
Bid/Ask Premium0.02%
Total Net Assets$920,016,193
Outstanding Shares40,887,986
Daily Volume133,405
Average 30-Day Daily Volume119,421
Closing Share Price 52-Week High/Low$23.19 / $19.78
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$23.18 / $19.76
Number of Holdings186
Fund Characteristics (as of 8/29/2014)8
Median Market Cap.$22,124
Maximum Market Cap.$411,756
Minimum Market Cap.$1,098
Price/Earnings17.13
Price/Book2.40
Price/Cash Flow9.97
Price/Sales1.52
Top Holdings (as of 9/29/2014)
Holding Percent
Paychex, Inc. 0.57%
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (ADR) 0.57%
CenterPoint Energy, Inc. 0.56%
Hasbro, Inc. 0.56%
Kinder Morgan, Inc. 0.56%
L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. 0.56%
McDonald's Corporation 0.56%
Motorola Solutions Inc. 0.56%
OGE Energy Corp. 0.56%
WD-40 Company 0.56%

Holdings are subject to change.

Bid/Ask Midpoint and NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Overall Morningstar RatingTM (as of 8/31/2014)3

Among 1086 funds in the Large Value category. This fund was rated 3 stars/1086 funds (3 years), 5 stars/958 funds (5 years), 5 stars/630 funds (10 years).
Distribution Information
Dividend per Share Amt4$0.1175
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 8/29/2014)52.25%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 8/29/2014)62.46%
Index Yield (as of 8/29/2014)73.21%
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 57 0 0 0
3/31/2014 56 0 0 0
12/31/2013 62 0 0 0
9/30/2013 62 0 0 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 6 0 0 0
3/31/2014 5 0 0 0
12/31/2013 2 0 0 0
9/30/2013 2 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 9/29/2014)
Utilities 25.76%
Consumer Staples 15.08%
Financials 14.44%
Industrials 10.25%
Information Technology 8.66%
Health Care 8.60%
Consumer Discretionary 7.55%
Energy 5.33%
Materials 2.17%
Telecommunication Services 2.16%
Month End Performance (as of 8/29/2014)
  3 Mos YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception9
Fund Performance *
NAV 3.29% 9.52% 20.47% 17.73% 16.54% 9.22% 9.63%
After Tax Held 3.02% 8.84% 19.11% 16.49% 15.36% 7.50% 7.96%
After Tax Sold 1.86% 5.37% 11.53% 13.36% 12.76% 6.72% 7.13%
Market Price 3.33% 9.51% 20.58% 17.72% 16.54% 10.88% 9.63%
Index Performance **
Value Line® Dividend Index 3.49% 10.17% 21.55% 18.71% 17.50% N/A N/A
Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend IndexSM 2.67% 9.54% 22.74% 18.99% 18.49% 7.52% N/A
S&P 500 Index 4.68% 9.89% 25.25% 20.61% 16.88% 8.38% 8.69%
Quarter End Performance (as of 6/30/2014)
  3 Mos YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception9
Fund Performance *
NAV 5.06% 8.52% 20.60% 15.48% 18.53% 9.28% 9.69%
After Tax Held 4.79% 7.85% 19.24% 14.25% 17.32% 7.56% 8.00%
After Tax Sold 2.87% 4.81% 11.61% 11.55% 14.44% 6.78% 7.17%
Market Price 5.15% 8.52% 20.71% 15.46% 18.53% 10.99% 9.70%
Index Performance **
Value Line® Dividend Index 5.30% 9.02% 21.60% 16.42% 19.51% N/A N/A
Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend IndexSM 5.90% 9.86% 24.54% 17.69% 21.58% 7.79% N/A
S&P 500 Index 5.23% 7.14% 24.61% 16.58% 18.83% 7.78% 8.57%
3-Year Statistics (as of 8/29/2014)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
FVD 10.23% 0.99 0.81 1.62 0.92
Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend IndexSM 9.95% 3.75 0.72 1.78 0.84
S&P 500 Index 11.60% --- 1.00 1.66 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.

On December 15, 2006, the fund acquired the assets and adopted the performance history of the First Trust Value Line® Dividend Fund, a closed-end fund. The investment goals, strategies and policies of the fund are substantially similar to those of the predecessor fund. Performance information for periods prior to December 15, 2006 is based on the performance history of the predecessor fund and reflects the operating expenses of the predecessor fund.

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 Value Line® Dividend 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 0.74%. Expenses are capped contractually at 0.70% per year, at least until April 30, 2015.

The Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend IndexSM consists of 100 widely-traded, dividend-paying stocks derived from the Dow Jones U.S.Total Market IndexSM.

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

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
The Morningstar RatingTM is provided for those exchange-traded funds ("ETFs") with at least a three-year history. Ratings are based on the ETF's Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure which accounts for variation in monthly performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. An ETF's risk-adjusted return includes a brokerage commission estimate. This estimate is intended to reflect what an average investor would pay when buying or selling an ETF. PLEASE NOTE, this estimate is subject to change and the actual brokerage commission an investor pays may be higher or lower than this estimate. Morningstar compares each ETF's risk-adjusted return to the open-end mutual fund rating breakpoints for that category. Consistent with the open-end mutual fund ratings, the top 10% of ETFs in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The overall rating for an ETF is based on a weighted average of the time-period ratings (e.g., the ETF's 3,5, and 10 year rating). The determination of an ETF's rating does not affect the retail open end mutual fund data published by Morningstar. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
4 Most recent distribution paid or declared through today's date. Subject to change in the future.
5 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.
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 Value Line® Dividend Index
8 All market capitalization numbers are in USD$ Millions.
9 Inception Date is 8/19/2003

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 Value Line® Dividend 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 may invest in small capitalization and mid capitalization companies. Such companies may experience greater price volatility than larger, more established companies.

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.

"Value Line®" and "Value Line® Dividend Index" are trademarks of Value Line®, Inc. and have been licensed for use for certain purposes by First Trust on behalf of the Fund. The Fund, based on the Value Line® Dividend Index, is not sponsored, endorsed, sold, or promoted by Value Line®, Inc., and Value Line® makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Fund.

©2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Morningstar RatingTM information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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