First Trust US Equity Opportunities ETF (FPX)
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Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust US Equity Opportunities ETF is an exchange-traded index fund. The investment objective of the Fund is to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield of the IPOX®-100 U.S. Index.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
  • The IPOX®-100 U.S. Index is a modified value-weighted price index measuring the performance of the top 100 companies ranked quarterly by market capitalization in the IPOX® Global Composite Index.
  • The index utilizes a 10% capping on all constituents and includes the 100 largest, typically best performing and most liquid U.S. public offerings ("IPOs") in the IPOX® Global Composite Index.
  • Index constituents are selected based on quantitative initial screens. In general, eligible constituents are added on the sixth day of trading and remain eligible to be included in the Index for approximately four years.
  • The index is reconstituted and adjusted quarterly.
Potential Benefits of the First Trust US Equity Opportunities ETF
  • Systematic exposure to U.S. equity capital and private equity activity and the growth and innovativeness of the U.S. economy via a semi-passive indexing approach.
  • Based on well researched, totally disciplined and transparent index methodology. The IPOX®-100 U.S. Index has historically captured around 85% of total market capitalization created through U.S. IPO activity during the past four years. Tilt towards mid- and large-cap stocks.
  • Investment tool for buy-and-hold investors seeking timely and systematic IPO exposure as well as active market participants due to dynamic index properties.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeGrowth
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon
Fiscal Year-End12/31
ExchangeNYSE Arca
Inception Price$20.00
Inception NAV$20.00
Rebalance FrequencyQuarterly
Gross Expense Ratio*0.59%
Net Expense Ratio*0.59%
* As of 5/1/2018
Expenses are capped contractually at 0.60% per year, at least until April 30, 2019.
Current Fund Data (as of 12/11/2018)
Closing NAV1$65.06
Closing Share Price2$65.08
Bid/Ask Midpoint$65.23
Bid/Ask Premium0.26%
Total Net Assets$1,014,900,321
Outstanding Shares15,600,002
Daily Volume93,071
Average 30-Day Daily Volume110,411
Closing Share Price 52-Week High/Low$75.93 / $64.13
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$75.90 / $64.13
Number of Holdings100
Fund Characteristics (as of 11/30/2018)9
Maximum Market Cap.$249,161
Median Market Cap.$6,364
Minimum Market Cap.$665
Price/Cash Flow9.87
Top Holdings (as of 12/11/2018)
Holding Percent
PayPal Holdings, Inc. 8.84%
Verizon Communications Inc. 4.88%
The Kraft Heinz Company 4.65%
Shire Plc (ADR) 4.52%
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. 4.04%
AbbVie Inc. 3.85%
Stryker Corporation 3.60%
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. 2.64%
Fortive Corporation 2.50%
Square, Inc. (Class A) 2.21%

Holdings are subject to change.

NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Overall Morningstar RatingTM (as of 11/30/2018)3

Among 1,252 funds in the Large Growth category. This fund was rated 2 stars/1,252 funds (3 years), 3 stars/1,115 funds (5 years), 5 stars/804 funds (10 years).
Distribution Information
Dividend per Share Amt (as of 12/12/2018)4$0.0991
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 11/30/2018)50.78%
Unsubsidized 30-Day SEC Yield (as of 11/30/2018)60.78%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 11/30/2018)70.74%
Index Yield (as of 11/30/2018)81.31%
Bid/Ask Midpoint vs. NAV (as of 9/30/2018)
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Above NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
9/30/2018 35 0 0 0
6/30/2018 43 0 0 0
3/31/2018 59 0 0 0
12/31/2017 58 0 0 0
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Below NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
9/30/2018 28 0 0 0
6/30/2018 21 0 0 0
3/31/2018 2 0 0 0
12/31/2017 5 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.

Top Sector Exposure (as of 12/11/2018)
Information Technology 29.24%
Health Care 21.24%
Communication Services 14.45%
Consumer Staples 11.46%
Industrials 7.94%
Consumer Discretionary 7.60%
Financials 3.82%
Utilities 1.69%
Real Estate 1.65%
Energy 0.49%
Materials 0.42%
Month End Performance (as of 11/30/2018)
  3 Mos YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) -9.79% 0.52% 1.64% 9.94% 10.45% 18.54% 11.09%
After Tax Held -9.84% 0.30% 1.34% 9.58% 10.10% 18.09% 10.75%
After Tax Sold -5.80% 0.31% 0.97% 7.56% 8.12% 15.69% 9.18%
Market Price -10.09% 0.08% 1.28% 9.80% 10.35% 18.52% 11.06%
Index Performance **
IPOX-100 U.S. Index -9.66% 0.98% 2.17% 10.50% 11.05% 19.25% 11.75%
Russell 3000® Index -5.35% 4.48% 5.53% 11.80% 10.62% 14.51% 8.41%
S&P 500 Index -4.40% 5.11% 6.27% 12.16% 11.12% 14.32% 8.48%
Quarter End Performance (as of 9/28/2018)
  3 Mos YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 4.17% 9.62% 17.25% 16.01% 13.38% 15.59% 12.02%
After Tax Held 4.11% 9.38% 16.90% 15.63% 13.01% 15.15% 11.67%
After Tax Sold 2.47% 5.69% 10.20% 12.40% 10.53% 12.98% 10.00%
Market Price 4.08% 9.52% 17.25% 16.09% 13.35% 15.66% 12.03%
Index Performance **
IPOX-100 U.S. Index 4.32% 10.01% 17.83% 16.60% 14.00% 16.27% 12.69%
Russell 3000® Index 7.12% 10.57% 17.58% 17.07% 13.46% 12.01% 9.02%
S&P 500 Index 7.71% 10.56% 17.91% 17.31% 13.95% 11.97% 9.04%
3-Year Statistics (as of 11/30/2018)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
FPX 11.79% -2.53 1.10 0.78 0.91
Russell 3000® Index 9.80% --- 1.00 1.10 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.

**Performance information for the IPOX-100 U.S. 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.

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

S&P 500 Index - The Index is an unmanaged index of 500 stocks used to measure large-cap U.S. stock market performance.

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 share 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).
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 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 IPOX-100 U.S. Index.
9 All market capitalization numbers are in USD$ Millions.
10 Inception Date is 4/12/2006

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 IPOX-100 U.S. 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 stock owned by the fund, fund shares or stocks in general may fall in value. There can be no assurance that the fund's investment objective will be achieved.

The fund may invest in securities issued by companies concentrated in a particular industry. The fund may invest in small capitalization and mid capitalization companies. Such companies may experience greater price volatility than larger, more established companies.

The stocks of companies that have recently conducted an initial public offering are often subject to price volatility and speculative trading. These stocks may have exhibited above-average price appreciation in connection with the initial public offering prior to inclusion in the fund. The price of stocks included in the fund may not continue to appreciate and their performance may not replicate the performance exhibited in the past.

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.

A patent with respect to the IPOX® index methodology has been issued (U.S. Pat. No. 7,698,197). IPOX® is a registered international trademark of IPOX® Schuster LLC (

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