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First Trust California Municipal High Income ETF (FCAL)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust California Municipal High Income ETF's primary investment objective will be to seek to provide current income that is exempt from regular federal income taxes and California income taxes, and its secondary objective will be long-term capital appreciation. Under normal market conditions, the Fund seeks to achieve its investment objectives by investing at least 80% of its net assets (including investment borrowings) in municipal debt securities that pay interest that is exempt from regular federal income taxes and California income taxes (collectively, "Municipal Securities").
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeTax-Free Fixed Income
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBrown Brothers Harriman
Fiscal Year-End07/31
Inception Price$50.00
Inception NAV$50.00
Gross Expense Ratio*0.65%
Net Expense Ratio*0.50%
* As of 12/2/2019
First Trust has contractually agreed to waive management fees of 0.15% of average daily net assets until November 30, 2020.
Current Fund Data (as of 8/13/2020)
Closing NAV1$53.45
Closing Market Price2$53.36
Bid/Ask Midpoint$53.37
Bid/Ask Discount0.15%
Total Net Assets$88,185,669
Outstanding Shares1,650,002
Daily Volume3,936
Average 30-Day Daily Volume5,287
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$55.06 / $46.90
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$55.04 / $47.48
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)225
Fund Characteristics (as of 7/31/2020)
Net Weighted Average Effective Duration (Includes Short Positions)95.95 Years
Weighted Average Effective Duration (Long Positions)96.48 Years
Weighted Average Modified Duration105.34 Years
Weighted Average Maturity12.25 Years
Weighted Average Price$113.64
Weighted Average Coupon4.44%
Short Position - US Treasury Futures-5.81%
Top Holdings (as of 8/13/2020)*
Holding Percent
ROCKLIN CA UNIF SCH DIST CMNTY 4%, due 09/15/2037 2.06%
PUERTO RICO SALES TAX FING CORP 4.50%, due 07/01/2034 1.55%
LANCASTER CA FING AUTH REVENUE 4%, due 06/01/2035 1.45%
NATOMAS CA UNIF SCH DIST 3%, due 08/01/2036 1.37%
TULARE CA LOCAL HLTH CARE DIST 4%, due 08/01/2039 1.35%
CALIFORNIA ST ENTERPRISE DEV AUTH 4%, due 11/01/2037 1.33%
BAKERSFIELD CA WSTWTR REVENUE 5%, due 09/15/2030 1.32%
CALIFORNIA ST MUNI FIN AUTH 5%, due 05/15/2038 1.32%
TRANSBAY JT POWERS AUTH CA 5%, due 10/01/2039 1.31%

* 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 8/15/2020)3$0.0950
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 7/31/2020)41.96%
Unsubsidized 30-Day SEC Yield (as of 7/31/2020)51.81%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 7/31/2020)62.30%
Distribution Rate (as of 7/31/2020)72.14%
Taxable Equivalent Annualized Distribution Rate (as of 7/31/2020)84.67%
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 6 0 0 0
3/31/2020 42 1 0 0
12/31/2019 62 0 0 0
9/30/2019 55 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 50 7 0 0
3/31/2020 14 2 2 1
12/31/2019 2 0 0 0
9/30/2019 9 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.

Maturity Exposure (as of 7/31/2020)
Years Percent
0 - 0.99 Years 1.79%
1 - 1.99 Years 0.38%
2 - 2.99 Years 0.17%
3 - 3.99 Years 1.09%
4 - 4.99 Years 1.29%
5 - 5.99 Years 1.83%
6 - 6.99 Years 2.03%
7 - 7.99 Years 1.00%
8 - 8.99 Years 4.93%
9 - 9.99 Years 5.69%
10 - 14.99 Years 37.41%
15 - 19.99 Years 33.31%
20 - 24.99 Years 4.61%
25 - 29.99 Years 2.44%
30 Years & Over 0.95%
Cash 1.08%
Credit Quality (as of 7/31/2020)
Cash 1.08%
AAA 0.33%
AA 30.15%
A 17.99%
BBB 17.40%
BB 7.24%
B 1.95%
NR 23.86%
The credit quality information presented reflects the ratings assigned by one or more nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (NRSROs), including Standard & Poor's Ratings Group, a division of the McGraw Hill Companies, Inc., 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 ratings are not equivalent, the highest ratings are 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.
Top Sector Exposure (as of 7/31/2020)
INSURED 16.73%
IDB 6.94%
CCRC 5.25%
GO-UNLTD 4.79%
Month End Performance (as of 7/31/2020)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 7.66% 0.94% 3.23% 4.76% N/A N/A 4.76%
After Tax Held 7.42% 0.41% 2.26% 3.60% N/A N/A 3.61%
After Tax Sold 4.53% 0.55% 1.90% 3.14% N/A N/A 3.14%
Market Price 7.77% 0.78% 2.95% 4.72% N/A N/A 4.75%
Index Performance **
Bloomberg Barclays 10 Year California Exempt Index 5.73% 4.68% 5.82% 4.58% N/A N/A 4.51%
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) 2.82% -1.06% 2.12% 4.32% N/A N/A 4.20%
After Tax Held 2.59% -1.50% 1.14% 3.16% N/A N/A 3.05%
After Tax Sold 1.67% -0.63% 1.26% 2.81% N/A N/A 2.72%
Market Price 2.66% -1.19% 1.96% 4.36% N/A N/A 4.20%
Index Performance **
Bloomberg Barclays 10 Year California Exempt Index 3.09% 2.95% 5.05% 4.35% N/A N/A 4.06%
3-Year Statistics (as of 7/31/2020)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
FCAL 5.87% -0.67 1.35 0.50 0.89
Bloomberg Barclays 10 Year California Exempt Index 3.92% --- 1.00 0.68 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 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. 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.

**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 10 Year California Exempt Index - The Index is the subset of bonds of the Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index that were issued by California issuers and have 10 years to maturity.

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 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.
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 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.
8 The taxable equivalent annualized distribution rate is for illustrative purposes only. This information illustrates approximately what you would have to earn on taxable investments to equal the tax-exempt annualized distribution rate using the highest federal and California state tax bracket for 2019. This information is based on present law as of the date of publication and does not account for any proposed changes in tax rates. This information does not account for limitations on deductions, the alternative minimum tax or taxes other than Federal and California state personal income tax.
9 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.
10 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. In contrast to effective duration, modified duration assumes that the timing of cash flows remain constant.
11 Inception Date is 6/20/2017

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.

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. The fund is subject to management risk because it is an actively managed portfolio. In managing the fund's investment portfolio, the advisor will apply investment techniques and risk analyses that may not have the desired result. There can be no assurance that the fund's investment objectives 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 impact of this COVID-19 pandemic may be short term or may last for an extended period of time, and in either case could result in a substantial economic downturn or recession.

The fund is subject to market risk. Market risk is the risk that a particular security owned by the fund or shares of the fund in general may fall in value. The values of municipal securities held by the fund may be adversely affected by local political and economic conditions and developments. Events in California, including economic or political policy changes, tax base erosion, budget deficits and other financial difficulties, and changes in the credit ratings assigned to municipal issuers of California, are likely to affect the fund's investments and its performance. Because the fund primarily purchases municipal bonds from California and may also purchase municipal bonds from U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, it is more susceptible to adverse economic, political or regulatory changes affecting municipal bond issuers in those locations. The Puerto Rican economy is reliant on manufacturing, services and tourism, and its economy and financial operations parallel the economic cycles of the United States. Current economic difficulties in the United States are likely to have an adverse impact on the overall economy of Puerto Rico. The fund will be less diversified geographically than a fund investing across many states.

Municipal bonds are subject to numerous additional risks, including credit risk, income risk, interest rate risk, call risk and zero coupon bond 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. Income risk is the risk that income from the fund's fixed income investments could decline during periods of falling interest rates. Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of the securities in the fund will decline because of rising market interest rates. Call risk is the risk that performance could be adversely impacted if an issuer calls higher-yielding debt instruments held by the fund. Zero coupon bond risk is the risk that zero coupon bonds may be highly volatile as interest rates rise or fall because they do not pay interest on a current basis.

The payment of principal and interest of a pre-refunded bond is funded from securities held in a designated escrow account where such securities are obligations of and carry the full faith and credit of the U.S. Treasury. The securities held in the escrow fund do not guarantee the price of the bond.

Private activity bonds, issued by municipalities or other public authorities, can have a substantially different credit profile than the municipality or public authority and may be negatively impacted by conditions affecting either the general credit of the use of the private activity project or the project itself.

Income from municipal bonds could be declared taxable because of, among other things, unfavorable changes in tax laws, adverse interpretations by the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities, or noncompliant conduct of a bond issuer. The fund has no limit as to the amount that can be invested in alternative minimum tax bonds. All or a portion of the fund's otherwise exempt-interest dividends may be taxable to those shareholders subject to the federal and state alternative minimum tax.

Investments in inverse floaters create effective leverage. In addition, distributions paid to the fund on its inverse floaters will be reduced or even eliminated as short-term municipal interest rates rise and will increase as short-term municipal interest rates fall.

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. Distressed municipal securities are speculative and involve substantial risks in addition to the risks of investing in high yield securities that are not in default.

Inventories of municipal securities have decreased in recent years, lessening the ability to make a market in these securities. This reduction in market making capacity has the potential to decrease the fund's ability to buy or sell municipal securities, and increase price volatility and trading costs.

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. Such events could cause the fund to incur regulatory penalties, reputational damage, additional compliance costs associated with corrective measures and/or financial loss.

If the fund has lower average daily trading volumes, it may rely on a small number of third-party market makers to provide a market for the purchase and sale of shares. Any trading halt or other problem relating to the trading activity of these market makers could result in a dramatic change in the spread between the fund's net asset value and the price at which the fund's shares are trading.

Participation interests in municipal leases pose special risks because many leases and contracts contain "non-appropriation" clauses that provide that the governmental issuer has no obligation to make future payments under the lease or contract unless money is appropriated for this purpose by the appropriate legislative body.

The fund will, under most circumstances, effect a portion of creations and redemptions for cash, rather than in-kind securities. As a result, the fund may be less tax-efficient.

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 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.

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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