First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund (FRI)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund is an exchange-traded fund. This exchange-traded 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 S&P United States REIT Index.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
  • The S&P United States REIT Index measures the investable U.S. real estate investment trust market and maintains a constituency that reflects the market's overall composition.
  • All securities added to the S&P United States REIT Index must meet certain liquidity and market capitalization requirements.
  • The Standard & Poor's Index Committee, a team of Standard & Poor's economists and index analysts, maintains the S&P United States REIT Index. Maintenance includes implementation of daily corporate actions, quarterly updates of significant events, and annual portfolio reconstitution each September. Share adjustments that exceed 5% are made at the time of the change. Share adjustments of less than 5% are made on a quarterly basis.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeREIT
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*0.51%
Net Expense Ratio*0.50%
* As of 5/1/2020
Expenses are capped contractually at 0.50% per year, at least until April 30, 2021.
Current Fund Data (as of 2/24/2021)
Closing NAV1$24.99
Closing Market Price2$25.01
Bid/Ask Midpoint$25.00
Bid/Ask Premium0.04%
30-Day Median Bid/Ask Spread30.37%
Total Net Assets$81,233,498
Outstanding Shares3,250,002
Daily Volume16,922
Average 30-Day Daily Volume33,004
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$27.47 / $15.54
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$27.46 / $15.62
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)150
Top Holdings (as of 2/24/2021)*
Holding Percent
Prologis, Inc. 7.79%
Equinix, Inc. 5.81%
Simon Property Group, Inc. 3.98%
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. 3.86%
Public Storage 3.76%
Welltower Inc. 3.13%
AvalonBay Communities, Inc. 2.64%
Equity Residential 2.42%
Realty Income Corporation 2.23%
Ventas, Inc. 2.14%

* 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 2/26/2021)4$0.2669
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 1/29/2021)53.19%
Unsubsidized 30-Day SEC Yield (as of 1/29/2021)63.15%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 1/29/2021)73.07%
Index Yield (as of 1/29/2021)83.94%
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 1/29/2021)9
Maximum Market Cap.$76,288
Median Market Cap.$2,813
Minimum Market Cap.$125
Price/Cash Flow16.27
Bid/Ask Premium/Discount (as of 2/24/2021)
  2020 Q1 2021 Q2 2021 Q3 2021
Days Traded at Premium 112 18 --- ---
Days Traded at Discount 141 18 --- ---
Top Sub-Industry Exposure (as of 2/24/2021)
Specialized REITs 22.97%
Residential REITs 18.09%
Industrial REITs 14.02%
Retail REITs 13.55%
Health Care REITs 12.16%
Office REITs 9.89%
Diversified REITs 4.96%
Hotel & Resort REITs 4.36%
Month End Performance (as of 1/29/2021)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 14.43% 0.13% -9.00% 4.47% 4.82% 7.27% 3.87%
After Tax Held 13.90% 0.13% -10.23% 3.24% 3.54% 6.08% 2.77%
After Tax Sold 8.54% 0.08% -5.40% 2.89% 3.14% 5.26% 2.50%
Market Price 14.39% 0.04% -9.04% 4.47% 4.80% 7.26% 3.86%
Index Performance **
S&P United States REIT Index 14.61% 0.15% -8.46% 5.06% 5.39% 7.85% N/A
FTSE EPRA/NAREIT North America Index 15.77% -0.30% -11.13% 3.85% 4.75% 7.15% 3.96%
Russell 3000® Index 16.69% -0.44% 20.48% 12.38% 16.68% 13.50% 9.19%
Quarter End Performance (as of 12/31/2020)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 11.31% -8.10% -8.10% 2.88% 4.05% 7.59% 3.88%
After Tax Held 10.79% -9.35% -9.35% 1.67% 2.78% 6.40% 2.78%
After Tax Sold 6.69% -4.87% -4.87% 1.68% 2.55% 5.54% 2.50%
Market Price 11.31% -8.07% -8.07% 2.88% 4.03% 7.59% 3.88%
Index Performance **
S&P United States REIT Index 11.51% -7.52% -7.52% 3.45% 4.62% 8.17% N/A
FTSE EPRA/NAREIT North America Index 13.23% -9.75% -9.75% 2.60% 4.09% 7.51% 4.01%
Russell 3000® Index 14.68% 20.89% 20.89% 14.49% 15.43% 13.79% 9.28%
3-Year Statistics (as of 1/29/2021)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
FRI 19.82% -4.91 0.81 0.24 0.80
FTSE EPRA/NAREIT North America Index 21.04% -5.79 0.86 0.22 0.80
Russell 3000® Index 19.57% --- 1.00 0.61 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 S&P United States REIT 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.

On November 6, 2008, the fund's underlying index changed from the S&P REIT Composite Index to the S&P United States REIT Index. Therefore, the fund's performance and historical returns shown for the periods prior to November 6, 2008 are not necessarily indicative of the performance that the fund, based on its current index, would have generated.

FTSE EPRA/NAREIT North America Index - The Index is modified market cap weighted based on free float market capitalization and tracks the performance of listed real estate companies or REITs in North America.

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

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 S&P United States REIT Index.
9 All market capitalization numbers are in USD$ Millions.
10 Inception Date is 5/8/2007

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 S&P United States REIT 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 small capitalization and mid capitalization companies. Such companies may experience greater price volatility than larger, more established companies.

The fund is subject to the risks associated with investing in real estate and real estate investment trusts (REITs), which include fluctuations in the value of underlying properties, defaults by borrowers or tenants, market saturation, changes in general and local economic conditions, decreases in market rates for rents, increases in competition, property taxes, capital expenditures or operating expenses, dependency upon management skills, limited diversification, and other economic, political or regulatory occurrences. Increases in interest rates typically lower the present value of a REIT's future earnings stream, and may make financing property purchases and improvements more costly.

The value of the fund will generally decline when investors in REIT stocks anticipate or experience rising interest rates.

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.

S&P United States REIT Index (“Index”) is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC or its affiliates (“SPDJI”) and has been licensed for use by First Trust. Standard & Poor’s® and S&P® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”); and these trademarks have been licensed for use by SPDJI and sublicensed for certain purposes by First Trust. The Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, or their respective affiliates and none of such parties make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product nor do they have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of the Index.

Not FDIC Insured • Not Bank Guaranteed • May Lose Value