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First Trust Strategic High Income Fund II (FHY)
  • The Board of Trustees of First Trust Strategic High Income Fund II (NYSE: FHY) and First Trust High Income Long/Short Fund (NYSE: FSD), closed-end funds managed by FTA, has approved the merger of FHY into FSD. FSD will be the surviving fund. Under the terms of the proposed transaction, which is expected to be tax free, the assets of FHY would be transferred to, and the liabilities of FHY would be assumed by, FSD, and shareholders of FHY would receive shares of FSD with a value equal to the aggregate net asset value of the FHY shares held by them. It is currently expected that the transaction will be consummated later this year, subject to requisite shareholder approval and satisfaction of applicable regulatory requirements and approvals and customary closing conditions. There is no assurance when or whether such approvals, or any other approvals required for the transaction, will be obtained. More information on the proposed transaction will be contained in proxy materials. Upon completion of the proposed transaction, the investment objectives and strategies of FSD will remain unchanged.
Distribution History

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Month Ex-Dividend Date Record Date Payable Date Distribution
Distribution Type1
March 3/1/2018 3/2/2018 3/15/2018 $0.080000 Ordinary Distributions
February 2/1/2018 2/2/2018 2/15/2018 $0.080000 Ordinary Distributions
January 1/2/2018 1/3/2018 1/16/2018 $0.080000 Ordinary Distributions

The distribution history represents dividends that were paid by the Fund and is not a guarantee of the Fund's future dividend-paying ability. Dividend and capital gains distributions generally will be reinvested in additional common shares of the Fund pursuant to the Fund's Automatic Dividend Reinvestment Plan, unless a shareholder elects in writing to receive distributions in cash.


1 Ordinary distributions may include realized short-term capital gains and/or returns of capital. Final determination of the source and tax status of all distributions paid in the current year are to be made after year-end. The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the current year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes. Additional information regarding Fund distributions can also be obtained from the Fund's 19a-1 notices, or the year-end tax letters, however, these additional documents are not, and should not be used as a substitute for your Form 1099-DIV.
The information presented is not intended to constitute an investment recommendation for, or advice to, any specific person. By providing this information, First Trust is not undertaking to give advice in any fiduciary capacity within the meaning of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. First Trust has no knowledge of and has not been provided any information regarding any investor. Financial advisors must determine whether particular investments are appropriate for their clients. First Trust believes the financial advisor is a fiduciary, is capable of evaluating investment risks independently and is responsible for exercising independent judgment with respect to its retirement plan clients.
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