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First Trust Lunt U.S. Factor Rotation ETF (FCTR)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Lunt U.S. Factor Rotation ETF (the "Fund"), seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the Fund's fees and expenses) of an equity index called the Lunt Capital Large Cap Factor Rotation Index (the "Index"). The Fund will normally invest at least 90% of its net assets (including investment borrowings) in common stocks that comprise the Index. The Fund, using an indexing investment approach, attempts to replicate, before fees and expenses, the performance of the Index.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
Index Description According to the Index Provider
  • The Lunt Capital Large Cap Factor Rotation Index is designed to provide exposure to U.S. large-cap equities, rotating among four select factors (momentum, value, volatility and quality) when they come into favor using the proprietary Lunt Factor Allocation Methodology.
  • Index construction begins with a universe of eight factor-oriented sub-indices, representing the highest and lowest ranking stocks in each of the four factors.
    • Each sub-index is comprised of 50 securities selected from the Nasdaq US 500 Large Cap Index.
  • Using the Lunt Factor Allocation proprietary methodology, the eight sub-indices are ranked to determine which side of each factor (high or low) is exhibiting stronger risk-adjusted relative strength.
  • Each of the sub-indices is given a score and the top four scoring sub-indices are selected for inclusion in the index.
    • A high and a low sub-index from the same factor cannot be selected during the same monthly period.
    • Each sub-index selected will hold a 25% weight in the index at the time of inclusion. If a selected sub-index is currently in the index, its weight remains unchanged. Newly selected sub-index(es) inherit the weighting of the outgoing sub-index(es). If all four sub-indexes change, each will receive a 25% weight.
  • The eight sub-indices are evaluated monthly. The momentum, value and volatility sub-indices are rebalanced semi-annually and the quality sub-indices are rebalanced annually.
Fund Overview
TickerFCTR
Fund TypeLarge Cap Core
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon Corp
CUSIP33733E872
ISINUS33733E8729
Intraday NAVFCTRIV
Fiscal Year-End12/31
ExchangeCboe BZX
Inception7/25/2018
Inception Price$20.23
Inception NAV$20.23
Rebalance FrequencyMonthly
Expense Ratio0.65%
Current Fund Data (as of 9/29/2022)
Closing NAV1$26.42
Closing Market Price2$26.41
Bid/Ask Midpoint$26.42
Bid/Ask Premium0.00%
30-Day Median Bid/Ask Spread30.07%
Total Net Assets$309,134,720
Outstanding Shares11,700,002
Daily Volume33,493
Average 30-Day Daily Volume72,980
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$36.87 / $25.82
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$36.88 / $25.82
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)170
Top Holdings (as of 9/29/2022)*
Holding Percent
Occidental Petroleum Corporation 2.96%
The Mosaic Company 2.20%
Devon Energy Corporation 1.97%
Cheniere Energy, Inc. 1.86%
Snowflake Inc. (Class A) 1.76%
CF Industries Holdings, Inc. 1.75%
EPAM Systems, Inc. 1.75%
Marathon Oil Corporation 1.63%
Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 1.57%
Las Vegas Sands Corp. 1.56%

* 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 9/30/2022)4$0.1378
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 8/31/2022)51.62%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 8/31/2022)60.76%
Index Yield (as of 8/31/2022)72.29%
Fund Characteristics (as of 8/31/2022)9
Maximum Market Cap.$2,526,644
Median Market Cap.$38,376
Minimum Market Cap.$10,243
Price/Earnings12.44
Price/Book2.44
Price/Cash Flow8.56
Price/Sales1.25
Factor Exposure (as of 8/31/2022)
High Momentum28.11%
High Value23.67%
High Volatility24.11%
Low Quality24.11%
Bid/Ask Premium/Discount (as of 9/29/2022)
  2021 Q1 2022 Q2 2022 Q3 2022
Days Traded at Premium 246 37 39 20
Days Traded at Discount 6 25 23 43
Top Sector Exposure (as of 9/29/2022)
Information Technology 22.15%
Energy 16.85%
Financials 14.92%
Health Care 11.61%
Consumer Discretionary 10.55%
Materials 7.70%
Industrials 6.62%
Communication Services 3.84%
Consumer Staples 3.36%
Real Estate 1.30%
Utilities 1.10%
Hypothetical Growth of $10,000 Since Inception (as of 9/29/2022) *
Tracking Index: Lunt Capital Large Cap Factor Rotation Index

Month End Performance (as of 8/31/2022)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception10
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) -4.60% -18.70% -19.86% 10.13% N/A N/A 9.82%
After Tax Held -4.73% -18.90% -20.10% 9.79% N/A N/A 9.45%
After Tax Sold -2.73% -11.07% -11.75% 7.73% N/A N/A 7.54%
Market Price -4.63% -18.75% -19.98% 10.09% N/A N/A 9.81%
Index Performance **
Lunt Capital Large Cap Factor Rotation Index -4.50% -18.35% -19.33% 10.97% N/A N/A 10.64%
Nasdaq US 500 Large Cap Index -3.54% -17.10% -12.87% 12.19% N/A N/A 10.23%
Quarter End Performance (as of 6/30/2022)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception10
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) -16.64% -23.06% -21.17% 8.67% N/A N/A 8.73%
After Tax Held -16.76% -23.24% -21.40% 8.33% N/A N/A 8.35%
After Tax Sold -9.85% -13.64% -12.52% 6.58% N/A N/A 6.66%
Market Price -16.58% -23.02% -21.15% 8.67% N/A N/A 8.75%
Index Performance **
Lunt Capital Large Cap Factor Rotation Index -16.52% -22.80% -20.62% 9.50% N/A N/A 9.55%
Nasdaq US 500 Large Cap Index -16.65% -21.13% -12.77% 10.31% N/A N/A 9.30%
3-Year Statistics (as of 8/31/2022)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
FCTR 23.30% -1.89 1.06 0.50 0.89
Nasdaq US 500 Large Cap Index 19.64% --- 1.00 0.65 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.

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 each listed 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.

Nasdaq US 500 Large Cap Index - The Index is a float modified market capitalization weighted index that contains the top 500 securities from the NASDAQ US Benchmark Index.

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 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 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 Index yield represents the weighted average trailing 12-month dividend of the constituents of the Lunt Capital Large Cap Factor Rotation Index.
8 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.
9 All market capitalization numbers are in USD$ Millions.
10 Inception Date is 7/25/2018

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.

Risk Considerations

You could lose money by investing in a fund. An investment in a fund is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed. There can be no assurance that a fund's objective(s) will be achieved. Investors buying or selling shares on the secondary market may incur customary brokerage commissions. Please refer to each fund's prospectus and SAI for additional details on a fund's risks. The order of the below risk factors does not indicate the significance of any particular risk factor.

Unlike mutual funds, shares of the fund may only be redeemed directly from a fund by authorized participants in very large creation/redemption units. If a 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 premium or discount to a fund's net asset value and possibly face delisting and the bid/ask spread may widen.

A fund is susceptible to operational risks through breaches in cyber security. Such events could cause a fund to incur regulatory penalties, reputational damage, additional compliance costs associated with corrective measures and/or financial loss.

Energy companies are subject to certain risks, including volatile fluctuations in price and supply of energy fuels, international politics, terrorist attacks, reduced demand, the success of exploration projects, natural disasters, clean-up and litigation costs relating to oil spills and environmental damage, and tax and other regulatory policies of various governments. Oil production and refining companies are subject to extensive federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations regarding air emissions and the disposal of hazardous materials and may be subject to tariffs. In addition, oil prices are generally subject to extreme volatility.

Equity securities may decline significantly in price over short or extended periods of time, and such declines may occur in the equity market as a whole, or they may occur in only a particular country, company, industry or sector of the market.

An index fund will be concentrated in an industry or a group of industries to the extent that the index is so concentrated. A fund with significant exposure to a single asset class, or the securities of issuers within the same country, state, region, industry, or sector may have its value more affected by an adverse economic, business or political development than a broadly diversified fund.

A fund may be a constituent of one or more indices or models which could greatly affect a fund's trading activity, size and volatility.

There is no assurance that the index provider or its agents will compile or maintain the index accurately. Losses or costs associated with any index provider errors generally will be borne by a fund and its shareholders.

Information technology companies are subject to certain risks, including rapidly changing technologies, short product life cycles, fierce competition, aggressive pricing and reduced profit margins, loss of patent, copyright and trademark protections, cyclical market patterns, evolving industry standards and regulation and frequent new product introductions.

A portfolio comprised of low volatility stocks may not produce investment exposure that has lower variability to changes in such stocks' price levels. Low volatility stocks are likely to underperform the broader market during periods of rapidly rising stock prices.

Market risk is the risk that a particular security, or shares of a fund in general may fall in value. Securities are subject to market fluctuations caused by such factors as general economic conditions, political events, regulatory or market developments, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in securities prices. Shares of a fund could decline in value or underperform other investments as a result. In addition, local, regional or global events such as war, acts of terrorism, spread of infectious disease or other public health issues, recessions, or other events could have significant negative impact on a fund. In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine which has caused and could continue to cause significant market disruptions and volatility within the markets in Russia, Europe, 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 the U.S. has resumed "reasonably" normal business activity, many countries continue to impose lockdown measures. Additionally, there is no guarantee that vaccines will be effective against emerging variants of the disease.

A fund faces numerous market trading risks, including the potential lack of an active market for fund shares due to a limited number of market makers. Decisions by market makers or authorized participants to reduce their role or step away in times of market stress could inhibit the effectiveness of the arbitrage process in maintaining the relationship between the underlying values of a fund's portfolio securities and a fund's market price.

A "momentum" style of investing emphasizes selecting stocks that have had higher recent price performance compared to other stocks. Momentum can turn quickly and cause significant variation from other types of investments.

An index fund's return may not match the return of the index for a number of reasons including operating expenses, costs of buying and selling securities to reflect changes in the index, and the fact that a fund's portfolio holdings may not exactly replicate the index.

A fund and a fund's advisor may seek to reduce various operational risks through controls and procedures, but it is not possible to completely protect against such risks. The fund also relies on third parties for a range of services, including custody, and any delay or failure related to those services may affect the fund's ability to meet its objective.

A fund that invests in securities included in or representative of an index will hold those securities regardless of investment merit and the fund generally will not take defensive positions in declining markets.

High portfolio turnover may result in higher levels of transaction costs and may generate greater tax liabilities for shareholders.

The market price of a fund's shares will generally fluctuate in accordance with changes in the fund's net asset value ("NAV") as well as the relative supply of and demand for shares on the exchange, and a fund's investment advisor cannot predict whether shares will trade below, at or above their NAV.

A quality stocks investment fund may not correctly identify companies with strong fundamentals and selected companies may not maintain strong fundamentals. In addition, returns on quality securities may be less than returns on other styles of investing or the overall stock market.

Trading on an exchange may be halted due to market conditions or other reasons. There can be no assurance that a fund's requirements to maintain the exchange listing will continue to be met or be unchanged.

Value characteristics of a stock may not be fully recognized for a long time or a stock judged to be undervalued may actually be appropriately priced at a low level.

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.

Lunt Capital Management, Inc. (“Lunt”) and the Lunt Capital Large Cap Factor Rotation Index, (“Lunt Index”) are trademarks of Lunt and have been licensed for use for certain purposes by First Trust. The First Trust Lunt U.S. Factor Rotation ETF is based on the Lunt Index and is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Lunt, and Lunt makes no representation regarding the advisability of trading in such fund. Lunt has contracted with Nasdaq, Inc. to calculate and maintain the Lunt Index. The Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Nasdaq, Inc. or its affiliates (Nasdaq, with its affiliates, hereinafter referred to as the "Corporations"). The Corporations have not passed on the legality or suitability of, or the accuracy or adequacy of descriptions and disclosures relating to, the Fund. The Corporations make no representation or warranty, express or implied to the owners of the fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the fund particularly, or the ability of the Lunt Index to track general stock performance.

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