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First Trust STOXX® European Select Dividend Index Fund (FDD)
Investment Objective/Strategy - First Trust STOXX® European Select Dividend Index Fund 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 fees and expenses, of an equity index called the STOXX® Europe Select Dividend 30 Index.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
  • The Index is a dividend weighted index of 30 stocks selected from the STOXX® Europe 600 Index which includes high-dividend yielding companies across 18 European countries.
  • The universe of stocks consists of dividend-paying companies in the STOXX® Europe 600 Index that have a positive five year dividend-per-share growth rate and a dividend to earnings-per-share ratio of 60% or less.
  • Companies in the STOXX® Europe 600 Index universe are sorted by country and ranked in descending order according to their indicated annual net dividend yield. In the case of multiple stocks for a single company, the highest-yielding stock is chosen.
  • All current components of the Index are added to the selection list automatically.
  • For each company an "outperformance factor" is calculated: company net dividend yield divided by the net dividend yield of the respective region or county minus 1.
  • All companies are then sorted by their "outperformance factor."
    • All current components in the Index that are ranked 60 or higher in the selection list remain in the Index. Starting from the highest-ranked non-component in the selection list, companies are added to the Index until the final component count of 30 is reached.
    • A company's weight in the Index is based on its net dividend yield. Each component's weight is capped at 15%.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeForeign Equity Income
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 FrequencyAnnual
Gross Expense Ratio*0.57%
Net Expense Ratio*0.57%
* 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$14.45
Closing Market Price2$14.47
Bid/Ask Midpoint$14.47
Bid/Ask Premium0.14%
30-Day Median Bid/Ask Spread30.07%
Total Net Assets$231,953,755
Outstanding Shares16,053,334
Daily Volume93,092
Average 30-Day Daily Volume73,701
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$14.56 / $8.98
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$14.50 / $8.93
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)30
Top Holdings (as of 4/12/2021)*
Holding Percent
Legal & General Group Plc 5.59%
GlaxoSmithKline Plc 5.54%
SSE Plc 5.37%
IG Group Holdings Plc 4.96%
Proximus S.A. de droit public 4.60%
Orange 4.42%
NN Group N.V. 4.39%
Telecom Italia SpA (RSP Shares) 3.59%
Snam SpA 3.58%
LafargeHolcim Ltd. 3.43%

* 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$0.0138
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 3/31/2021)54.61%
Unsubsidized 30-Day SEC Yield (as of 3/31/2021)64.61%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 3/31/2021)73.56%
Index Yield (as of 3/31/2021)84.87%
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.$104,970
Median Market Cap.$16,576
Minimum Market Cap.$2,876
Price/Cash Flow5.83
Top Country Exposure (as of 4/12/2021)
Country Percent
United Kingdom 21.51%
Germany 18.83%
Italy 12.43%
Switzerland 10.68%
France 9.98%
Belgium 7.96%
Finland 5.39%
The Netherlands 4.40%
Sweden 3.26%
Luxembourg 2.94%
Bid/Ask Premium/Discount (as of 4/12/2021)
  2020 Q1 2021 Q2 2021 Q3 2021
Days Traded at Premium 120 37 7 ---
Days Traded at Discount 133 24 0 ---
Top Sector Exposure (as of 4/12/2021)
Financials 33.75%
Communication Services 18.36%
Real Estate 12.08%
Utilities 12.08%
Consumer Discretionary 7.76%
Materials 5.91%
Health Care 5.55%
Energy 2.62%
Industrials 1.89%
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) 8.41% 8.41% 53.43% 5.41% 7.63% 4.33% -1.04%
After Tax Held 8.37% 8.37% 50.58% 3.41% 5.68% 2.48% -2.76%
After Tax Sold 4.98% 4.98% 31.22% 3.16% 4.96% 2.43% -1.58%
Market Price 9.58% 9.58% 53.18% 5.47% 7.66% 4.26% -1.04%
Index Performance **
STOXX® Europe Select Dividend 30 Index 8.85% 8.85% 52.49% 6.06% 8.13% 4.73% -0.55%
MSCI Europe Index 4.08% 4.08% 44.95% 5.65% 8.18% 5.08% 2.50%
STOXX® Europe 600 Index 3.94% 3.94% 46.69% 6.16% 8.44% 5.48% 2.83%
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) 8.41% 8.41% 53.43% 5.41% 7.63% 4.33% -1.04%
After Tax Held 8.37% 8.37% 50.58% 3.41% 5.68% 2.48% -2.76%
After Tax Sold 4.98% 4.98% 31.22% 3.16% 4.96% 2.43% -1.58%
Market Price 9.58% 9.58% 53.18% 5.47% 7.66% 4.26% -1.04%
Index Performance **
STOXX® Europe Select Dividend 30 Index 8.85% 8.85% 52.49% 6.06% 8.13% 4.73% -0.55%
MSCI Europe Index 4.08% 4.08% 44.95% 5.65% 8.18% 5.08% 2.50%
STOXX® Europe 600 Index 3.94% 3.94% 46.69% 6.16% 8.44% 5.48% 2.83%
3-Year Statistics (as of 3/31/2021)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
FDD 24.67% -0.74 1.19 0.27 0.93
MSCI Europe Index 19.16% -0.47 0.99 0.30 1.00
STOXX® Europe 600 Index 19.31% --- 1.00 0.33 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 STOXX® Europe Select Dividend 30 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 Europe Index - The Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of 16 developed markets in Europe.

STOXX® Europe 600 Index - The Index represents large, mid and small capitalization companies across 18 countries of the European region.

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 STOXX® Europe Select Dividend 30 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 8/27/2007

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 STOXX® Europe Select Dividend 30 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 securities issued by companies concentrated in a particular industry or country which involves additional risks including limited diversification. The fund may invest in small capitalization and mid capitalization companies. Such companies may experience greater price volatility than larger, more established companies.

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 is subject to greater risks of adverse events which occur in the European region and may experience greater volatility than a fund that is more broadly diversified geographically. A significant number of countries in Europe are member states in the European Union, and the member states no longer control their own monetary policies. In these member states, the authority to direct monetary policies, including money supply and official interest rates for the Euro, is exercised by the European Central Bank. Furthermore, the European sovereign debt crisis has had, and continues to have, a significant negative impact on the economies of certain European countries and their future economic outlooks.

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.

There is no guarantee that any issuer will declare dividends in the future, or that, if declared, they will remain at current levels or increase over time.

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.

The STOXX Europe Select Dividend 30 Index (“STOXX Index") and the trademarks used in the index name are the intellectual property of STOXX Limited, Zurich, Switzerland (“STOXX”), Deutsche Börse Group and/or their licensors. The STOXX Index is used under license from STOXX. The Fund is in no way sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by STOXX and/or its licensors and neither STOXX nor its licensors shall have any liability with respect thereto.

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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