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First Trust High Income Long/Short Fund (FSD)
Investment Objective/Strategy - First Trust High Income Long/Short Fund (the "Fund") is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund's primary investment objective is to provide current income. The Fund's secondary objective is capital appreciation. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objectives by investing, under normal market conditions, a majority of its assets in a diversified portfolio of U.S. and foreign (including emerging markets) high-yield corporate fixed-income securities of varying maturities that are rated below-investment grade at the time of purchase. For purposes of this strategy, "corporate fixed-income securities" include corporate bonds, debentures, notes, commercial paper and other similar types of corporate debt instruments, including instruments issued by corporations with direct or indirect government ownership, as well as asset-backed securities, preferred shares, senior floating-rate loan participations, commitments and assignments, payment-in-kind securities, zero-coupon bonds, bank certificates of deposit, fixed time deposits, bankers' acceptances and derivative instruments that provide the same or similar economic impact as a physical investment in the above securities. Below-investment grade fixed-income securities are commonly referred to as "high-yield" or "junk" bonds and are considered speculative with respect to the issuer's capacity to pay interest and repay principal. As part of its investment strategy, the Fund intends to maintain both long and short positions in securities under normal market conditions. The Fund will take long positions in securities that the Fund's Sub-Advisor believes offer the potential for attractive returns and that it considers in the aggregate to have the potential to outperform the Fund's benchmark, the ICE BofA US High Yield Constrained Index (the "Index"). The Fund will take short positions in securities that the Sub-Advisor believes in the aggregate will underperform the Index. The Fund's long positions, either directly or through derivatives, may total up to 130% of the Fund's Managed Assets. The Fund's short positions, either directly or through derivatives, may total up to 30% of the Fund's Managed Assets. "Managed Assets" means the average daily gross asset value of the Fund (which includes the principal amount of any borrowings), minus the sum of the Fund's liabilities.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved. The Fund may not be appropriate for all investors.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeHigh Yield Bond
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Portfolio Manager/Sub-AdvisorMacKay Shields LLC
Investor Servicing AgentComputershare Trust Company, N.A.
Fiscal Year-End10/31
Inception Price$20.00
Inception NAV$19.10
Current Fund Data (as of 6/21/2024)
Closing NAV1$12.54
Closing Market Price2$12.10
Discount to Net Asset Value (NAV)3.51%
Total Managed Assets$566,177,337
Common Shares Outstanding33,291,015
Dividend FrequencyMonthly
Dividend Per Share Amt3$0.1050
Distribution Rate410.41%
Daily Volume101,709
Average 30-Day Daily Volume99,568
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$12.21 / $10.21
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$12.90 / $11.83
Expense Ratios (as of 10/31/2023)
Annual ExpensesPercent of
Net Assets
Percent of
Management Fees1.00%1.00%
Other Expenses
Total Operating Expenses1.15%1.15%
Leverage Costs3.08%3.08%
Total Annual Expenses4.23%4.23%
Leverage costs include the interest expense on investments sold short.
Leverage Information (as of 5/31/2024)7
Total Net Assets with Leverage$566,177,337
Amount Attributable to Common Shares$416,806,203
Amount Attributable to Other Borrowings$149,371,134
Leverage (% of Total Adjusted Net Assets)26.38%
Industry Breakdown (as of 5/31/2024)8
  Industry Percent
Energy 14.96%
Capital Goods 9.81%
Basic Industry 8.82%
Services 8.13%
Media 7.12%
Leisure 6.20%
Healthcare 5.67%
Technology & Electronics 5.38%
Consumer Goods 5.10%
Retail 4.55%
Real Estate 4.29%
Utility 4.19%
Financial Services 4.15%
Automotive 3.99%
Telecommunications 3.80%
Banking 2.57%
Transportation 1.27%
Market Price and NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
% Premium/Discount (Since Inception)
Credit Quality of Fixed-Income Investments (as of 5/31/2024)8
  Credit Quality Percent
BBB- and above 12.41%
BB 53.82%
B 28.13%
CCC+ and below 5.64%
The credit quality and ratings information presented above reflect the ratings assigned by one or more nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (NRSROs), including S&P Global Ratings, Moody's Investors Service, Inc., Fitch Ratings, or a comparably rated NRSRO. For situations in which a security is rated by more than one NRSRO and the ratings are not equivalent, the highest rating is used. Sub-investment grade ratings are those rated BB+/Ba1 or lower. Investment grade ratings are those rated BBB-/Baa3 or higher. The credit ratings shown relate to the creditworthiness of the issuers of the underlying securities in the Fund, and not to the Fund or its shares. Credit ratings are subject to change.
Percentages of credit quality are based on the Fixed-Income Investments Long positions only; Short positions are excluded.
Portfolio Statistics (as of 5/31/2024)
Avg Position Size as % of Total Investments0.25%
Largest Position as % of Total Investments1.09%
Weighted Average Effective Duration53.77 Years
Weighted Average Effective Maturity2.13 Years
Weighted Average Yield-to-Worst68.94%
Gross Assets105.72%
Net Long Positions93.17%
Short Positions-12.55%
Short Position Exposure - U.S. Treasury Securities100.00%
NOTE: Portfolio Statistics are exclusive of cash and other assets and liabilities.
Asset Type Breakdown (as of 5/31/2024)8
Asset Percent
Corporate Bonds and Notes 73.56%
Foreign Corporate Bonds and Notes 19.05%
Capital Preferred Securities 3.78%
Senior Floating-Rate Loan Interests 3.35%
Equity 0.26%
Performance (as of 5/31/2024)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 1.18% 1.50% 12.35% 1.11% 4.19% 4.32% 5.75%
Market Price 4.45% 4.23% 21.30% 2.20% 6.56% 4.97% 5.10%

*Total return is the combination of reinvested dividend, capital gain, and return of capital distributions, if any, at prices obtained by the Dividend Reinvestment Plan, and changes in the NAV and Market Price. The NAV total return takes into account the fund's total annual expenses and does not reflect sales load. Returns are average annualized total returns, except those for periods of less than one year, which are cumulative. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

1 The fund's NAV is calculated by dividing the value of all the fund's assets, less all liabilities, by the total number of common shares outstanding.
2 Fund shares are purchased and sold on an exchange at their market 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 Distribution rates are calculated by annualizing the most recent distribution paid or declared through today's date and then dividing by the most recent market price. The distribution consists of the sum of net investment income, net realized short-term capital gains, net realized long-term capital gains, and return of capital. Distribution rates may vary. Any distribution adjustment will not be reflected until after the declaration date for the next distribution. See the fund's 19a-1 Notices, if any, located under the "News & Literature" section of the website for estimates of distribution sources. Final determination of the source and tax status of all distributions paid in the current year will be made after year-end.
5 A measure of a bond's sensitivity to interest rate changes that reflects the change in a bond's price given a change in yield. It accounts for the likelihood of changes in the timing of cash flows in response to interest rate movements. The number shown is based on Net Assets.
6 YTW is the worst possible annualized yield on a preferred security or bond without the issuer defaulting. Annualized yield is calculated at all call dates and to maturity or perpetuity, and the YTW is the lowest of all calculated yields. The calculation does not include the effect of fund fees and expenses.
7 Leverage is a technique where a closed-end fund's manager borrows assets at one rate and invests the proceeds from the borrowed assets at another rate, seeking to increase yield and total return. Use of leverage can result in additional risk and cost, and can magnify the effect of any losses.
8 Market value information used in calculating the percentages is based upon trade date plus one recording of transactions, which can differ from regulatory financial reports (Forms N-CSR and N-PORT Part F) that are based on trade date recording of security transactions. Holdings are subject to change.
9 Inception Date is 9/27/2010

Risk Considerations

Risks are inherent in all investing. Certain risks applicable to the Fund are identified below, which includes the risk that you could lose some or all of your investment in the Fund. The principal risks of investing in the Fund are spelled out in the Fund's annual shareholder reports. The order of the below risk factors does not indicate the significance of any particular risk factor. The Fund also files reports, proxy statements and other information that is available for review.

Investment return and market value of an investment in the fund will fluctuate. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Ongoing armed conflicts between Russia and Ukraine in Europe and among Israel, Hamas and other militant groups in the Middle East, have caused and could continue to cause significant market disruptions and volatility within the markets in Russia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The hostilities and sanctions resulting from those hostilities could have a significant impact on certain fund investments as well as fund performance. The COVID-19 global pandemic and the ensuing policies enacted by governments and central banks have caused and may continue to cause significant volatility and uncertainty in global financial markets. While vaccines have been developed, there is no guarantee that vaccines will be effective against future variants of the disease. Recent and potential future bank failures could result in disruption to the broader banking industry or markets generally and reduce confidence in financial institutions and the economy as a whole, which may also heighten market volatility and reduce liquidity.

The fund invests in non-investment grade debt instruments, commonly referred to as "high-yield securities". High yield securities are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings. Lower-quality debt tends to be less liquid than higher-quality debt.

The debt securities in which the fund invests are subject to certain risks, including issuer risk, reinvestment risk, prepayment risk, credit risk, and interest rate risk. Issuer risk is the risk that the value of fixed-income securities may decline for a number of reasons which directly relate to the issuer. Reinvestment risk is the risk that income from the fund's portfolio will decline if the fund invests the proceeds from matured, traded or called bonds at market interest rates that are below the fund portfolio's current earnings rate. Prepayment risk is the risk that, upon a prepayment, the actual outstanding debt on which the fund derives interest income will be reduced. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security will be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and/or principal payments when due and that the value of a security may decline as a result. Interest rate risk is the risk that fixed-income securities will decline in value because of changes in market interest rates.

In times of unusual or adverse market, economic, regulatory or political conditions, the fund may not be able, fully or partially, to implement its short selling strategy. Short selling creates special risks which could result in increased volatility of returns and may result in greater gains or greater losses.

The fund invests in securities of non-U.S. issuers which are subject to higher volatility than securities of U.S. issuers. Because the fund invests in non-U.S. securities, you may lose money if the local currency of a non-U.S. market depreciates against the U.S. dollar.

To the extent a fund invests in floating or variable rate obligations that use the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) as a reference interest rate, it is subject to LIBOR Risk. The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority, which regulates LIBOR, will cease making LIBOR available as a reference rate over a phase-out period that will begin immediately after December 31, 2021. The unavailability or replacement of LIBOR may affect the value, liquidity or return on certain fund investments and may result in costs incurred in connection with closing out positions and entering into new trades. Any potential effects of the transition away from LIBOR on the fund or on certain instruments in which the fund invests can be difficult to ascertain, and they may vary depending on a variety of factors, and they could result in losses to the fund.

The risks of investing in the fund are spelled out in the prospectus, shareholder report and other regulatory filings.

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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, the Internal Revenue Code or any other regulatory framework. Financial professionals are responsible for evaluating investment risks independently and for exercising independent judgment in determining whether investments are appropriate for their clients.
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