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First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF (FAN)
Investment Objective/Strategy - First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF 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 the Fund's fees and expenses, of an equity index called the ISE Clean Edge Global Wind Energy Index.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
This exchange-traded fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the Fund's fees and expenses) of the ISE Clean Edge Global Wind Energy Index. The index is constructed as follows:
  • Companies in the index universe that are identified as providing goods and services exclusively to the wind energy industry are given an aggregate weight of 60% of the index.Those companies determined to be significant participants in the wind energy industry despite not being exclusive to such industry are given an aggregate weight of 40% of the index.This weighting is done to ensure that companies that are exclusive to the wind energy industry, which generally have smaller market capitalizations relative to their multi-industry counterparts, are adequately represented in the index.
  • The index uses a modified market capitalization weighted methodology for each group of companies. The methodology organizes the companies into quintiles based upon their market capitalization. The quintiles containing larger market capitalization companies receive a higher weight than those quintiles containing small market capitalization companies.The resulting weight distribution prevents a few large companies from dominating the index while allowing smaller companies to adequately influence index performance.The companies are equally-weighted within each quintile.
  • The component security must be actively engaged in some aspect of the wind energy industry such as the development or management of a wind farm, the production or distribution of electricity generated by wind power, involvement in the design, manufacture or distribution of machinery or materials designed specifically for the wind energy industry.
  • Each component security must have a market capitalization of at least $100 million and meet certain investability requirements.
  • The index is reconstituted and rebalanced semi-annually.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeForeign Equity
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon
Fiscal Year-End09/30
ExchangeNYSE Arca
Inception Price$30.00
Inception NAV$30.00
Rebalance FrequencySemi-Annual
Gross Expense Ratio*0.67%
Net Expense Ratio*0.60%
* As of 2/1/2021
Expenses are capped contractually at 0.60% per year, at least until January 31, 2022.
Current Fund Data (as of 4/12/2021)
Closing NAV1$22.48
Closing Market Price2$22.49
Bid/Ask Midpoint$22.47
Bid/Ask Discount0.04%
30-Day Median Bid/Ask Spread30.09%
Total Net Assets$438,445,530
Outstanding Shares19,500,002
Daily Volume160,765
Average 30-Day Daily Volume223,263
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$26.02 / $12.00
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$25.87 / $12.07
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)51
Top Holdings (as of 4/12/2021)*
Holding Percent
Northland Power Inc. 8.06%
Orsted A/S 7.98%
Vestas Wind Systems A/S 7.91%
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy 7.30%
China Longyuan Power Group Corporation Limited (Class H) 5.58%
Boralex Inc. 3.47%
Nordex SE 2.45%
Alliant Energy Corporation 2.28%
Duke Energy Corporation 2.21%
SSE Plc 2.21%

* 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 4/13/2021)4$0.0519
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 3/31/2021)50.83%
Unsubsidized 30-Day SEC Yield (as of 3/31/2021)60.74%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 3/31/2021)70.92%
Index Yield (as of 3/31/2021)81.81%
For funds with certain equity strategies, due to the negative economic impact across many industries caused by the 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.
Fund Characteristics (as of 3/31/2021)10
Maximum Market Cap.$145,462
Median Market Cap.$4,756
Minimum Market Cap.$105
Price/Cash Flow13.59
Top Country Exposure (as of 4/12/2021)
Country Percent
Denmark 15.92%
Canada 15.74%
United States 13.69%
Spain 13.12%
China 7.86%
Germany 7.38%
Italy 4.91%
Switzerland 4.10%
Sweden 2.90%
France 2.47%
Bid/Ask Premium/Discount (as of 4/12/2021)
  2020 Q1 2021 Q2 2021 Q3 2021
Days Traded at Premium 183 39 5 ---
Days Traded at Discount 70 22 2 ---
Top Sector Exposure (as of 4/12/2021)
Utilities 58.09%
Industrials 38.74%
Materials 2.94%
Energy 0.23%
Month End Performance (as of 3/31/2021)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) -3.35% -3.35% 86.34% 21.38% 17.36% 9.10% -0.23%
After Tax Held -3.44% -3.44% 85.44% 20.35% 15.93% 8.07% -1.07%
After Tax Sold -1.98% -1.98% 50.99% 16.35% 13.17% 6.78% -0.66%
Market Price -2.95% -2.95% 87.67% 21.61% 17.61% 9.11% -0.17%
Index Performance **
ISE Clean Edge Global Wind Energy Index -3.02% -3.02% 87.88% 22.60% 18.30% 9.99% 0.59%
MSCI World Index 4.92% 4.92% 54.03% 12.84% 13.36% 9.88% 7.35%
Russell 3000® Index 6.35% 6.35% 62.53% 17.12% 16.64% 13.79% 11.12%
Quarter End Performance (as of 3/31/2021)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) -3.35% -3.35% 86.34% 21.38% 17.36% 9.10% -0.23%
After Tax Held -3.44% -3.44% 85.44% 20.35% 15.93% 8.07% -1.07%
After Tax Sold -1.98% -1.98% 50.99% 16.35% 13.17% 6.78% -0.66%
Market Price -2.95% -2.95% 87.67% 21.61% 17.61% 9.11% -0.17%
Index Performance **
ISE Clean Edge Global Wind Energy Index -3.02% -3.02% 87.88% 22.60% 18.30% 9.99% 0.59%
MSCI World Index 4.92% 4.92% 54.03% 12.84% 13.36% 9.88% 7.35%
Russell 3000® Index 6.35% 6.35% 62.53% 17.12% 16.64% 13.79% 11.12%
3-Year Statistics (as of 3/31/2021)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
FAN 22.47% 6.52 0.86 0.91 0.74
MSCI World Index 18.12% -2.83 0.93 0.67 0.99
Russell 3000® Index 19.33% --- 1.00 0.84 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 determined by using the midpoint of the national best bid offer price ("NBBO") 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. 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 ISE Clean Edge Global Wind Energy 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.

MSCI World Index - The Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of 23 developed markets around the world.

Russell 3000® Index - The Index is comprised of the 3000 largest and most liquid stocks based and traded in the U.S.

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 The median bid-ask spread is calculated by identifying the national best bid and national best offer ("NBBO") for the fund as of the end of each 10 second interval during each trading day of the last 30 calendar days and dividing the difference between each such bid and offer by the midpoint of the NBBO. The median of those values is identified and that value is expressed as a percentage rounded to the nearest hundredth.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 Index yield represents the weighted average trailing 12-month dividend of the constituents of the ISE Clean Edge Global Wind Energy Index.
9 Distribution Rate is calculated by dividing the fund's most recent ordinary distribution paid or declared, on an annualized basis, by the NAV price. Distribution rates may vary.
10 All market capitalization numbers are in USD$ Millions.
11 Inception Date is 6/16/2008

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 ISE Clean Edge Global Wind Energy 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 invest in small capitalization and mid capitalization companies. Such companies may experience greater price volatility than larger, more established companies.

The fund may invest in securities issued by companies concentrated in a particular country which involves additional risks including limited diversification.

An investment in a fund containing securities of non-U.S. issuers is 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. The fund may invest in depositary receipts which may be less liquid than the underlying shares in their primary trading market.

The fund contains the securities of companies in the wind energy, utility and industrial sectors, among others. Wind energy companies can be significantly affected by obsolescence of existing technology, short product cycles, falling prices and profits, competition from new market entrants and general economic conditions. This can be significantly affected by fluctuations in energy prices and supply and demand of alternative energy fuels, energy conservation, and government regulations.

Industrials companies are subject to certain risks, including include the general state of the economy, intense competition, consolidation, domestic and international politics, excess capacity and consumer demand and spending trends. They may also be significantly affected by overall capital spending levels, economic cycles, technical obsolescence, delays in modernization, labor relations, and government regulations.

Utilities companies are subject to imposition of rate caps, increased competition, difficulty in obtaining an adequate return on invested capital or in financing large construction projects, limitations on operations and increased costs attributable to environmental considerations and the capital market's ability to absorb utility debt. Utilities companies may also be affected by taxes, government regulation, international politics, price and supply fluctuations, volatile interest rates and energy conservation.

Changes in currency exchange rates and the relative value of non-US currencies may affect the value of a fund's investments and the value of a fund's shares.

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.

Nasdaq®, Clean Edge®, and ISE Clean Edge Global Wind Energy Index are registered trademarks and service marks of Nasdaq, Inc. and Clean Edge, Inc., respectively (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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