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First Trust CEF Income Opportunity ETF (FCEF)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust CEF Income Opportunity ETF is an actively managed exchange-traded fund. The Fund's investment objective is to provide current income with a secondary emphasis on total return. Under normal market conditions, the Fund will seek to achieve its investment objectives by investing at least 80% of its net assets (including investment borrowings) in a portfolio of closed-end investment companies that are listed and traded in the United States on registered exchanges ("Closed-End Funds").
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
Fund Overview
TickerFCEF
Fund TypeMulti Asset Income
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon
CUSIP33740F409
ISINUS33740F4090
Intraday NAVFCEFIV
Fiscal Year-End08/31
ExchangeNasdaq
Inception9/27/2016
Inception Price$20.05
Inception NAV$20.05
Fees And Expenses
Management Fees0.85%
Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses2.11%
Total Annual Expenses2.96%
Current Fund Data (as of 10/18/2019)
Closing NAV1$21.97
Closing Market Price2$22.02
Bid/Ask Midpoint$21.98
Bid/Ask Premium0.03%
Total Net Assets$37,463,238
Outstanding Shares1,705,000
Daily Volume5,394
Average 30-Day Daily Volume4,232
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$22.33 / $18.07
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$22.33 / $18.02
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)50
Fund Characteristics (as of 9/30/2019)
Weighted Average Option-Adjusted Duration72.73 Years
Weighted Average Leverage Option-Adjusted Duration84.15 Years
Weighted Average Effective Maturity5.58 Years
Weighted Average Leverage923.17%
Weighted Average Premium/Discount10-4.30%
Top Holdings (as of 10/18/2019)*
Holding Percent
Cohen & Steers REIT and Preferred and Income Fund, Inc. 4.57%
PIMCO Dynamic Credit and Mortgage Income Fund 4.47%
BlackRock Science & Technology Trust 4.14%
Eaton Vance Tax-Advantaged Global Dividend Income Fund 4.04%
Cohen & Steers Infrastructure Fund, Inc. 3.95%
Eaton Vance Tax-Advantaged Dividend Income Fund 3.86%
DoubleLine Income Solutions Fund 3.78%
Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund, Inc. 3.65%
John Hancock Tax-Advantaged Dividend Income Fund 3.61%
Nuveen Credit Strategies Income Fund 3.61%

* Excluding cash.  Holdings are subject to change.

Fixed-Income Credit Quality (as of 9/30/2019)
Credit Quality Percent
AAA 6.49%
AA 0.71%
A 1.81%
BBB 14.97%
BB 27.39%
B 33.48%
CCC-D 8.44%
N/R 6.71%
The ratings are by Standard & Poor's except where otherwise indicated. A credit rating is an assessment provided by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization (NRSRO) of the creditworthiness of an issuer with respect to debt obligations except for those debt obligations that are only privately rated. Ratings are measured on a scale that generally ranges from AAA (highest) to D (lowest). Investment grade is defined as those issuers that have a long-term credit rating of BBB- or higher. "NR" indicates no rating. 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.
NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Overall Morningstar RatingTM (as of 9/30/2019)3

Among 376 funds in the World Allocation category. This fund was rated 5 stars/376 funds (3 years) based on risk adjusted returns.
Distribution Information
Dividend per Share Amt (as of 10/19/2019)4$0.0975
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 9/30/2019)56.56%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 9/30/2019)65.21%
Bid/Ask Midpoint vs. NAV (as of 9/30/2019)
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Above NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
50-99
Basis Points
100-199
Basis Points
>=200
Basis Points
9/30/2019 44 0 0 0
6/30/2019 37 0 0 0
3/31/2019 36 0 0 0
12/31/2018 24 1 0 0
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Below NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
50-99
Basis Points
100-199
Basis Points
>=200
Basis Points
9/30/2019 20 0 0 0
6/30/2019 26 0 0 0
3/31/2019 25 0 0 0
12/31/2018 37 1 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.

Fund Composition (as of 9/30/2019)
Percent
CEFs - Equity 59.85%
CEFs - Taxable Fixed-Income 36.75%
Cash 3.40%
World Regions (as of 9/30/2019)
Region Percent
North America 79.56%
Europe 11.69%
Asia 8.75%
Refers to the equity holdings of the underlying closed-end funds as a percentage of the total such equity holdings.
Market Capitalization (as of 9/30/2019)
Capitalization Percent
Large 35.54%
Mega 29.73%
Mid 25.48%
Small 7.42%
Micro 1.83%
Refers to the equity holdings of the underlying closed-end funds as a percentage of the total such equity holdings.
Market Classification (as of 9/30/2019)
Classification Percent
Developed Markets 95.03%
Emerging Markets 4.97%
Refers to the equity holdings of the underlying closed-end funds as a percentage of the total such equity holdings.
Weighted Avg Premium/Discount10
Current Weighted Average Premium Discount Information (as of 10/18/2019)
Current-5.33%
52-Week Average-7.07%
52-Week High-4.30%
52-Week Low-13.31%
Top Sector Exposure (as of 9/30/2019)
Bank Loan 10.40%
Allocation--50% to 70% Equity 9.63%
Allocation--70% to 85% Equity 8.30%
High Yield Bond 7.77%
Multisector Bond 7.44%
World Allocation 7.25%
Infrastructure 6.59%
Technology 6.07%
Health 5.62%
World Bond 3.75%
Cash 3.40%
Large Value 3.02%
Energy Limited Partnership 2.94%
Large Blend 2.63%
Convertibles 2.54%
Real Estate 2.12%
Small Blend 2.11%
Emerging Markets Bond 2.05%
Preferred Stock 1.81%
Diversified Emerging Mkts 1.01%
Financial 0.99%
World Large Stock 0.62%
Intermediate Core Bond 0.52%
Options-based 0.51%
Inflation-Protected Bond 0.48%
China Region 0.43%
Month End Performance (as of 9/30/2019)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception11
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 2.35% 22.08% 6.38% 8.96% N/A N/A 9.09%
After Tax Held 1.87% 20.18% 4.20% 6.68% N/A N/A 6.81%
After Tax Sold 1.46% 13.11% 3.84% 5.91% N/A N/A 6.01%
Market Price 2.39% 22.37% 6.19% 8.80% N/A N/A 9.04%
Index Performance **
Blended Benchmark 2.12% 21.15% 6.22% 8.17% N/A N/A 8.33%
Russell 3000® Index 1.16% 20.09% 2.92% 12.83% N/A N/A 12.95%
Quarter End Performance (as of 9/30/2019)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception11
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 2.35% 22.08% 6.38% 8.96% N/A N/A 9.09%
After Tax Held 1.87% 20.18% 4.20% 6.68% N/A N/A 6.81%
After Tax Sold 1.46% 13.11% 3.84% 5.91% N/A N/A 6.01%
Market Price 2.39% 22.37% 6.19% 8.80% N/A N/A 9.04%
Index Performance **
Blended Benchmark 2.12% 21.15% 6.22% 8.17% N/A N/A 8.33%
Russell 3000® Index 1.16% 20.09% 2.92% 12.83% N/A N/A 12.95%
3-Year Statistics (as of 9/30/2019)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
FCEF 10.61% -1.00 0.76 0.72 0.90
Russell 3000® Index 12.54% --- 1.00 0.90 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.

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.

Prior to August 2019, the Blended Benchmark consisted of the following two indexes: 60% of the Morningstar US All Equity CEF Index and 40% of the Morningstar US All Taxable Fixed Income CEF Index. The prior Blended Benchmark is no longer shown because the Morningstar Indexes used in the Blended Benchmark were closed in August 2019.

Blended Benchmark - The Benchmark consists of the following two indexes: 60% of the First Trust Equity Closed-End Fund Index which is a cap weighted index (based on NAV) designed to provide a broad representation of the equity based closed-end fund universe; and 40% of the First Trust Taxable Fixed Income Closed-End Fund Index which is a cap weighted index (based on NAV) designed to provide a broad representation of the taxable fixed income closed-end fund universe. Funds included in the indexes trade on an U.S. Stock Exchange and have a market cap of at least $100 million.

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

Footnotes
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 Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The Morningstar Rating does not include any adjustment for sales loads. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.
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 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 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 and is adjusted for option provisions.
8 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 that is adjusted for option provisions and the leveraging process.
9 The use of various financial instruments or borrowed capital to increase the potential return of an investment.
10 A premium occurs when an underlying fund's market price is higher than its NAV, and a discount occurs when an underlying fund's market price is lower than its NAV.
11 Inception Date is 9/27/2016

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 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 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.

An investment in this fund should be made with an understanding of the risks associated with an investment in a portfolio of closed-end funds which invest in common stocks and debt securities.

Because the shares of CEFs cannot be redeemed upon demand, shares of many CEFs will trade on exchanges at market prices rather than net asset value, which may cause the shares to trade at a price greater than NAV (premium) or less than NAV (discount). There can be no assurance that the market discount on shares of any CEF purchased by the fund will ever decrease or that when the fund seeks to sell shares of a CEF it can receive the NAV for those shares.

The fund may also be exposed to higher volatility in the market due to indirect use of leverage through its investment in CEFs. CEFs may issue senior securities in an attempt to enhance returns.

An underlying fund may invest in small and/or mid capitalization companies. Such companies may experience greater price volatility than larger, more established companies.

An investment in an underlying 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.

Certain underlying funds are subject to credit risk, call risk, income risk, interest rate risk and prepayment risk. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security held by an underlying fund 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. Credit risk is heightened for floating-rate loans and high-yield securities. Call risk is the risk that if an issuer calls higher-yielding debt instruments held by an underlying fund, performance could be adversely impacted. Income risk is the risk that income from an underlying fund's fixed-income investments could decline during periods of falling interest rates. Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of the fixed-income securities in an underlying fund will decline because of rising market interest rates. Prepayment risk is the risk that during periods of falling interest rates, an issuer may exercise its right to pay principal on an obligation earlier than expected. This may result in a decline in an underlying fund's income.

The fund may be subject to covered call risk which is the risk that an underlying fund will forgo, during an option's life, the opportunity to profit from increases in the market value of the security covering the call option above the sum of the premium and the strike price of the call, but has retained the risk of loss should the price of the underlying security decline.

The use of options or other derivatives can lead to losses because of adverse movements in the price or value of the underlying asset, index or rate, which may be magnified by certain features of the derivatives. If a counterparty defaults on its payment obligations, the fund will lose money and the value of fund shares may decrease.

Senior 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. High yield securities, or "junk" bonds, are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings.

Preferred securities combine some of the characteristics of both common stocks and bonds. Preferred securities 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.

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.

Certain of the underlying funds may invest in distressed securities and many distressed securities are illiquid or trade in low volumes and thus may be more difficult to value. Illiquid securities involve the risk that the securities will not be able to be sold at the time desired by the fund or at prices approximately the value at which the fund is carrying the securities on its books.

Master limited partnerships (MLPs) are subject to certain risks, including price and supply fluctuations caused by international politics, energy conservation, taxes, price controls, and other regulatory policies of various governments. In addition, there is the risk that a MLP could be taxed as a corporation, resulting in decreased returns from such MLP.

Certain of the fixed-income securities held by certain underlying funds may not have the benefit of covenants which could reduce the ability of the issuer to meet its payment obligations and might result in increased credit risk.

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. All or a portion of the fund's otherwise exempt-interest dividends may be taxable to those shareholders subject to the federal alternative minimum tax.

The market values of convertible bonds tend to decline as interest rates increase and, conversely, to increase as interest rates decline. A convertible bond's market value also tends to reflect the market price of the common stock of the issuing company.

The value of commodities and commodity-linked 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 and commodities-linked instruments may fluctuate quickly and dramatically and may not correlate to price movements in other asset classes.

The fund may, under certain 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. Because the fund's NAV is determined on the basis of U.S. dollars and 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.

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.

The fund's investment in CEFs is restricted by the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the fund's associated exemptive relief which limits the amount of any single CEF that can be owned by the fund.

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.

©2019 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Morningstar RatingTM information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar;(2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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 advisors 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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