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First Trust Emerging Markets AlphaDEX® Fund (FEM)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Emerging Markets AlphaDEX® 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 the Fund's fees and expenses, of an equity index called the Nasdaq AlphaDEX® Emerging Markets Index.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
Index Description According to the Index Provider
  • The Index is an "enhanced" index created and administered by Nasdaq, Inc. ("Nasdaq") which employs the AlphaDEX® stock selection methodology to select stocks from the Nasdaq Emerging Markets Index that meet certain criteria.
  • To construct the Index, Nasdaq ranks the eligible stocks on growth factors including 3-, 6- and 12- month price appreciation, sales to price and one year sales growth, and separately on value factors including book value to price, cash flow to price and return on assets. All stocks are ranked on the sum of ranks for the growth factors and, separately, all stocks are ranked on the sum of ranks for the value factors. A stock must have data for all growth and/or value factors to receive a rank for that style.
  • Each stock receives the best style rank from the previous step as its selection score.
  • The top 150 stocks based on the selection score determined in the previous step comprise the "selected stocks". The selected stocks are divided into quintiles based on their rankings and the top ranked quintiles receive a higher weight within the index. The stocks are equally weighted within each quintile.
  • Each stock is then tested in order of its selection score rank to check if the weight assigned to that stock is outside the country/sector weighting constraints, which are set at 15% above the benchmark weight.
    • If the weight assigned to the stock, when added with the weight assigned to all higher ranking stocks in its country/sector, is greater than the constraint, then the stock's weight is lowered to the highest rank in the next quintile. Stocks previously lower in rank then move up one rank. Such stocks in the lowest quintile that violate a constraint are removed from the portfolio and replaced by the highest scoring stock not originally selected, subject to country/sector constraints. This process continues until all the country/sector weightings meet the constraint.
  • The Index is reconstituted and rebalanced semi-annually.
Fund Overview
TickerFEM
Fund TypeInternational Equity
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon Corp
CUSIP33737J182
ISINUS33737J1824
Intraday NAVFEMIV
Fiscal Year-End12/31
ExchangeNasdaq
Inception4/18/2011
Inception Price$29.05
Inception NAV$29.05
Rebalance FrequencySemi-Annual
Expense Ratio*0.80%
* As of 5/1/2023
Current Fund Data (as of 2/27/2024)
Closing NAV1$23.27
Closing Market Price2$23.29
Bid/Ask Midpoint$23.31
Bid/Ask Premium0.15%
30-Day Median Bid/Ask Spread (as of 2/26/2024)30.22%
Total Net Assets$427,050,500
Outstanding Shares18,350,002
Daily Volume48,100
Average 30-Day Daily Volume82,443
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$23.34 / $19.74
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$23.31 / $19.85
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)155
Top Holdings (as of 2/27/2024)*
Holding Percent
YTL Power International Bhd 1.97%
YTL Corporation Berhad 1.74%
Inner Mongolia Yitai Coal Co., Ltd. (Class B) 1.46%
Coca-Cola Icecek A.S. 1.39%
Evergreen Marine Corp. (Taiwan) Ltd. 1.39%
Ultrapar Participacoes S.A. 1.32%
Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. 1.26%
Power Finance Corporation 1.26%
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) (Preference Shares) 1.23%
BIM Birlesik Magazalar A.S. 1.22%

* 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 2/28/2024)4$0.0897
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 1/31/2024)55.03%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 1/31/2024)64.91%
Index Yield (as of 1/31/2024)76.34%
Fund Characteristics (as of 1/31/2024)8
Maximum Market Cap.$205,065
Median Market Cap.$7,882
Minimum Market Cap.$2,069
Price/Earnings6.62
Price/Book1.09
Price/Cash Flow4.89
Price/Sales0.68
Top Country Exposure (as of 2/27/2024)
Country Percent
China 18.46%
Turkey 15.17%
Taiwan 11.51%
Brazil 8.90%
India 8.64%
Hong Kong 6.94%
Mexico 5.43%
Poland 4.79%
Chile 4.19%
Malaysia 3.74%
Bid/Ask Premium/Discount (as of 2/27/2024)
  2023 Q1 2024 Q2 2024 Q3 2024
Days Traded at Premium 163 12 --- ---
Days Traded at Discount 87 27 --- ---
Top Sector Exposure (as of 2/27/2024)
Financials 19.89%
Industrials 16.16%
Energy 14.09%
Utilities 10.38%
Information Technology 9.70%
Materials 9.13%
Consumer Staples 7.71%
Consumer Discretionary 6.52%
Communication Services 2.78%
Real Estate 2.69%
Health Care 0.95%
Hypothetical Growth of $10,000 Since Inception (as of 2/26/2024) *