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First Trust Dorsey Wright DALI 1 ETF (DALI)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Dorsey Wright DALI 1 ETF seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the Fund's fees and expenses) of an index called the Nasdaq DorseyWright DALI 1 Index (the "Index"). Under normal conditions, the Fund will invest at least 90% of its net assets (including investment borrowings) in the equity securities that comprise the Index.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
  • The Nasdaq Dorsey Wright DALI 1 Index is designed to provide exposure to the asset class that Dorsey, Wright & Associates (DWA) believes may outperform using their Dynamic Asset Level Investing (DALI) process.
  • To construct the index, DWA evaluates four broad asset classes: Domestic Equity, International Equity, Fixed Income and Commodities.
  • A roster of investments is established to provide diversified exposure to each asset class and a relative strength calculation is compiled for each member of the roster versus every other member.
  • After all individual calculations are computed, the number of times a component exhibited stronger relative strength compared to the components of the other asset classes are added together to get a composite strength score for the entire asset class.
  • The asset class with the highest relative strength score is selected for inclusion in the index and the fund's assets will be allocated among certain ETFs that provide exposure to the asset class, as follows:
    • Domestic Equity Securities – 65% Dorsey Wright Focus Five Index constituents, 35% First Trust U.S. large and small capitalization ETFs
    • International Equity Securities – 65% Dorsey Wright International Focus Five Index constituents, 35% First Trust international ETFs
    • Fixed Income Securities – 65% U.S. investment-grade fixed income ETFs, 35% Dorsey Wright Fixed Income Model constituents
    • Commodities – 100% First Trust Global Tactical Commodity Strategy Fund
  • The relative strength analysis to determine the top asset class is performed bi-weekly.
    • If applicable, the 65% and 35% target model weights for the Domestic Equity, International Equity and Fixed Income asset classes described above will be rebalanced quarterly. If the Commodities asset class is selected as the top scoring asset class, no rebalancing is necessary since the commodities asset class is represented by only a single ETF.
    • Additionally, if Domestic Equity, International Equity, or Fixed Income is selected as the top scoring asset class, rebalancing of the underlying ETF components varies depending on the asset class selected.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeTactical Equity
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBrown Brothers Harriman
Fiscal Year-End12/31
Inception Price$19.93
Inception NAV$19.93
Rebalance FrequencyQuarterly
Fees And Expenses
Management Fees0.30%
Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses0.61%
Total Annual Expenses0.91%
Current Fund Data (as of 9/17/2020)
Closing NAV1$17.98
Closing Market Price2$17.80
Bid/Ask Midpoint$17.98
Bid/Ask Premium0.02%
Total Net Assets$11,684,764
Outstanding Shares650,002
Daily Volume902
Average 30-Day Daily Volume4,552
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$22.67 / $14.50
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$22.60 / $14.63
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)7
Top Holdings (as of 9/18/2020)*
Holding Percent
First Trust Small Cap Growth AlphaDEX® Fund 18.36%
First Trust Large Cap Growth AlphaDEX® Fund 17.37%
First Trust Nasdaq Transportation ETF 13.24%
First Trust Consumer Discretionary AlphaDEX® Fund 12.88%
First Trust Technology AlphaDEX® Fund 12.88%
First Trust NASDAQ-100-Technology Sector Index Fund 12.75%
First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund 12.49%

* Excluding cash.  Holdings are subject to change.

NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Distribution Information
Dividend per Share Amt (as of 9/20/2020)3$0.1318
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 8/31/2020)42.73%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 8/31/2020)51.32%
Index Yield (as of 8/31/2020)62.94%
For funds with certain equity strategies, due to the negative economic impact across many industries caused by the recent COVID-19 outbreak, certain of the issuers of the securities included in the fund may elect to reduce the amount of dividends and/or distributions paid in the future. As a result, the "12-Month Distribution Rate," which is based on the fund's trailing 12-month ordinary distributions, will likely be higher, and in some cases significantly higher, than the actual 12-month distribution rate achieved by the fund.
Bid/Ask Midpoint vs. NAV (as of 6/30/2020)
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Above NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
6/30/2020 22 0 0 0
3/31/2020 37 0 0 0
12/31/2019 48 0 0 0
9/30/2019 40 0 0 0
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Below NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
6/30/2020 40 1 0 0
3/31/2020 22 1 2 0
12/31/2019 16 0 0 0
9/30/2019 24 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.

Month End Performance (as of 8/31/2020)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 4.15% -14.58% -9.51% N/A N/A N/A -4.09%
After Tax Held 3.83% -14.89% -9.98% N/A N/A N/A -4.34%
After Tax Sold 2.45% -8.64% -5.62% N/A N/A N/A -3.20%
Market Price 4.15% -14.62% -9.55% N/A N/A N/A -4.09%
Index Performance **
Nasdaq Dorsey Wright DALI1 Index 4.27% -14.50% -9.36% N/A N/A N/A -3.86%
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 1.31% 6.85% 6.47% N/A N/A N/A 7.85%
S&P 500 Index 15.48% 9.74% 21.94% N/A N/A N/A 13.65%
Quarter End Performance (as of 6/30/2020)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 5.90% -17.12% -14.04% N/A N/A N/A -5.75%
After Tax Held 5.57% -17.42% -14.50% N/A N/A N/A -6.02%
After Tax Sold 3.49% -10.14% -8.30% N/A N/A N/A -4.45%
Market Price 5.58% -17.16% -14.04% N/A N/A N/A -5.75%
Index Performance **
Nasdaq Dorsey Wright DALI1 Index 5.96% -17.10% -13.88% N/A N/A N/A -5.54%
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 2.90% 6.14% 8.74% N/A N/A N/A 8.16%
S&P 500 Index 20.54% -3.08% 7.51% N/A N/A N/A 8.30%

*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 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. Returns are average annualized total returns, except those for periods of less than one year, which are cumulative.

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 Nasdaq Dorsey Wright DALI1 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.

Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index - The Index covers the investment-grade, U.S. dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market, including Treasuries, government-related and corporate securities, MBS, ABS, and CMBS.

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 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 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 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 Nasdaq Dorsey Wright DALI1 Index.
7 Inception Date is 5/14/2018

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 Nasdaq Stock Market LLC.

The fund's return may not match the return of the Nasdaq Dorsey Wright DALI1 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. If the fund's authorized participants are unable to proceed with creation/redemption orders and no other authorized participant is able to step forward to create or redeem, fund shares may trade at a discount to the fund's net asset value and possibly face delisting.

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 security owned by the fund, fund shares or securities in general may fall in value. There can be no assurance that the fund's investment objective will be achieved. The outbreak of the respiratory disease designated as COVID-19 in December 2019 has caused significant volatility and declines in global financial markets, which have caused losses for investors. The COVID-19 pandemic may last for an extended period of time, and will continue to impact the economy for the foreseeable future.

The fund may be concentrated in a small number of ETFs (including a single ETF). The ETFs may invest in securities issued by companies concentrated in a particular industry or sector which involves additional risks including limited diversification.

Certain ETFs invest in volatile securities. Frequent or significant short-term price movement may adversely impact the performance of the fund.

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.

The fund may own a significant portion of the ETFs included in the index. Any such ETF may be removed from the index in the event that it does not comply with the eligibility requirements of the index. As a result, the fund may be forced to sell shares of certain ETFs at inopportune times or for prices other than at current market values or may elect not to sell such shares on the day that they are removed from the index, due to market conditions or otherwise.

The risks of owning an ETF generally reflect the risks of owning the underlying securities, although lack of liquidity in an ETF could result in it being more volatile and ETFs have management fees that increase their costs. The fund invests in securities of affiliated ETFs, which involves additional expenses that would not be present in a direct investment in such affiliated ETFs.

The ETFs in which the fund invests may invest in equity securities and the value of the fund's shares will fluctuate with changes in the value of these equity securities.

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

Certain securities held by the underlying ETFs may be subject to credit risk, call risk, income risk, interest rate risk, prepayment risk, and extension risk. 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. Call risk is the risk that performance could be adversely impacted if an issuer calls higher-yielding debt instruments held by the fund. Income risk is the risk that income from the fund's portfolio could decline if interest rates fall. Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of fixed-income securities will decline because of rising market interest rates. Prepayment risk is the risk that the fund may not be able to reinvest proceeds received on terms as favorable as the prepaid security. Extension risk is the risk that, when interest rates rise, certain obligations will be paid off by the issuer more slowly than anticipated, causing the value of these securities to fall.

Underlying ETFs that invest in fixed income securities are subject to the risk that such securities generally trade "over-the-counter" and have no fixed market price.

High yield securities, or "junk" bonds, are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings, and therefore, are considered to be highly speculative.

Companies that issue bank loans tend to be highly leveraged and thus are more susceptible to the risks of interest deferral, default and/or bankruptcy. Senior floating rate loans are usually rated below investment grade but may also be unrated. As a result, the risks associated with these loans are similar to the risks of high-yield fixed income instruments.

Income from municipal bonds could be declared taxable and all or a portion of the fund's otherwise exempt interest dividends may be taxable to investors subject to the federal alternative minimum tax.

Convertible securities have characteristics of both equity and debt securities and, as a result, are exposed to certain additional risks.

Preferred securities combine some of the characteristics of both common stocks and bonds and are typically subordinated to bonds and other debt instruments in a company's capital structure, in terms of priority to corporate income, and therefore will be subject to greater credit risk than those debt instruments.

Mortgage-related securities, including mortgage-backed securities, are more susceptible to adverse economic, political or regulatory events that affect the value of real estate.

Certain ETFs in which the fund may invest have exposure to commodities through investments in commodity futures contracts and exchange-traded commodity linked instruments. The value of commodities instruments typically is based upon the price movements of a physical commodity or an economic variable linked to such price movements. The prices of commodities instruments may fluctuate quickly and dramatically and may not correlate to price movements in other asset classes. An active trading market may not exist for certain commodities. Commodities instruments are also subject to the risk that a counterparty to a commodities instrument may default on its obligations. Each of these factors and events could have a significant negative impact on the fund. Futures and futures-related products can be highly volatile.

The ETFs in which the fund invests may invest in securities of non-U.S. issuers which are subject to additional risks, including currency fluctuations, political risks, withholding, the lack of adequate financial information, and exchange control restrictions impacting non-U.S. issuers. These risks may be heightened for securities of companies located in, or with significant operations in, emerging market countries. The ETFs in which the fund invests may invest in depositary receipts which may be less liquid than the underlying shares in their primary trading market. Changes in currency exchange rates and the relative value of non-U.S. currencies may affect the value of the fund's investments and the value of the fund's shares.

The index employs a "momentum" style methodology that emphasizes selecting ETFs that have had higher recent price performance compared to other ETFs. Momentum can turn quickly and cause significant variation from other types of investments.

As the use of Internet technology has become more prevalent in the course of business, the fund has become more susceptible to potential operational risks through breaches in cyber security.

The fund currently has fewer assets than larger funds, and like other relatively new funds, large inflows and outflows may impact the fund's market exposure for limited periods of time.

The fund is subject to additional risks, as described in the fund's prospectus and summary prospectus, including, but not limited to, market maker risk, portfolio turnover risk and trading issues risk.

First Trust Advisors L.P. is registered as a commodity pool operator and commodity trading advisor and is also a member of the National Futures Association.

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.

Nasdaq® and Nasdaq Dorsey Wright DALI 1 Index are registered trademarks and service marks of Nasdaq, Inc. (together with its affiliates hereinafter referred to as the “Corporations”) and are licensed for use by First Trust. The Fund has not been passed on by the Corporations as to its legality or suitability. The Fund is not issued, endorsed, sold or promoted by the Corporations. THE CORPORATIONS MAKE NO WARRANTIES AND BEAR NO LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THE FUND.

Not FDIC Insured • Not Bank Guaranteed • May Lose Value
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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