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First Trust Short Duration Managed Municipal ETF (FSMB)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Short Duration Managed Municipal ETF seeks to provide federally tax-exempt income consistent with capital preservation. Under normal market conditions, the Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its net assets (including investment borrowings) in municipal debt securities that pay interest that is exempt from regular federal income taxes.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
Fund Overview
TickerFSMB
Fund TypeTax-Free Fixed Income
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBrown Brothers Harriman
CUSIP33739P830
ISINUS33739P8308
Intraday NAVFSMBIV
Fiscal Year-End07/31
ExchangeNYSE Arca
Inception11/1/2018
Inception Price$20.00
Inception NAV$20.00
Gross Expense Ratio*0.55%
Net Expense Ratio*0.35%
* As of 12/1/2020
First Trust has contractually agreed to waive management fees of 0.20% of average daily net assets until November 30, 2022.
Current Fund Data (as of 10/25/2021)
Closing NAV1$20.82
Closing Market Price2$20.82
Bid/Ask Midpoint$20.82
Bid/Ask Premium0.00%
30-Day Median Bid/Ask Spread30.05%
Total Net Assets$174,862,261
Outstanding Shares8,400,002
Daily Volume87,722
Average 30-Day Daily Volume84,812
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$20.98 / $20.56
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$20.96 / $20.59
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)490
Top Holdings (as of 10/25/2021)*
Holding Percent
NEW JERSEY ST N/C, 5%, due 06/01/2025 0.97%
PEFA INC IA GAS PROJ REVENUE Variable rate, due 09/01/2049 0.97%
MICHIGAN ST STRATEGIC FUND LTD OBLG REV Variable rate, due 10/01/2061 0.96%
CENTRL TX REGL MOBILITY AUTH REV 5%, due 01/01/2046 0.91%
WILKES-BARRE PA AREA SCH DIST 5%, due 08/01/2027 0.86%
HOUSTON TX ARPT SYS REVENUE N/C, 5%, due 07/15/2027 0.85%
MARYLAND ST N/C, 5%, due 08/01/2024 0.81%
TEXAS ST WTR DEV BRD N/C, 5%, due 10/15/2025 0.81%
MIDDLESEX CNTY NJ CTFS PARTN 5%, due 10/15/2031 0.73%
CONNECTICUT ST HLTH & EDUCTNL FACS AUTH 5%, due 07/01/2042 0.72%

* Excluding cash.  Holdings are subject to change.

Top State Exposure (as of 9/30/2021)
State Percent
Illinois 10.05%
Texas 9.12%
Florida 7.01%
Pennsylvania 6.97%
California 6.01%
New Jersey 5.20%
New York 4.76%
Alabama 4.20%
Michigan 3.62%
Connecticut 3.61%
NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Distribution Information
Dividend per Share Amt (as of 10/26/2021)4$0.0185
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 9/30/2021)50.47%
Unsubsidized 30-Day SEC Yield (as of 9/30/2021)60.27%
Taxable Equivalent 30-Day SEC Yield (as of 9/30/2021)70.79%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 9/30/2021)81.32%
Distribution Rate (as of 9/30/2021)91.07%
Taxable Equivalent Annualized Distribution Rate (as of 9/30/2021)101.80%
Fund Characteristics (as of 9/30/2021)
Weighted Average Effective Duration (Includes Short Positions)112.31 Years
Weighted Average Effective Duration (Long Positions)112.63 Years
Weighted Average Modified Duration122.31 Years
Weighted Average Maturity4.27 Years
Weighted Average Price$109.53
Weighted Average Coupon3.85%
Short Position - US Treasury Futures-3.49%
Portfolio information statistics exclude cash and other assets and liabilities.
Maturity Exposure (as of 9/30/2021)
Years Percent
0 - 0.99 Years 13.10%
1 - 1.99 Years 7.52%
2 - 2.99 Years 11.23%
3 - 3.99 Years 15.06%
4 - 4.99 Years 13.64%
5 - 5.99 Years 12.01%
6 - 6.99 Years 4.11%
7 - 7.99 Years 2.44%
8 - 8.99 Years 3.15%
9 - 9.99 Years 1.53%
10 - 14.99 Years 6.73%
15 - 19.99 Years 2.52%
20 - 24.99 Years 0.93%
25 - 29.99 Years 0.14%
Cash 5.89%
Bid/Ask Premium/Discount (as of 10/25/2021)
  2020 Q1 2021 Q2 2021 Q3 2021
Days Traded at Premium 191 42 55 55
Days Traded at Discount 62 19 8 9
Credit Quality (as of 9/30/2021)
Cash 5.89%
AAA 3.79%
AA 25.56%
A 28.59%
BBB 17.04%
BB 4.61%
B 1.57%
NR 10.96%
SP-1+ (short-term) 1.01%
SP-1/MIG1 (short-term) 0.31%
SP-2/MIG2 (short-term) 0.67%
The credit quality information presented reflects the ratings assigned by one or more nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (NRSROs), including Standard & Poor's Ratings Group, a division of the McGraw Hill Companies, Inc., Moody's Investors Service, Inc., Fitch Ratings or a comparably rated NRSRO. For situations in which a security is rated by more than one NRSRO and ratings are not equivalent, the highest ratings are used. Sub-investment grade ratings are those rated BB+/Ba1 or lower. Investment grade ratings are those rated BBB-/Baa3 or higher. The credit ratings shown relate to the creditworthiness of the issuers of the underlying securities in the Fund, and not to the Fund or its shares. Credit ratings are subject to change.
Top Sector Exposure (as of 9/30/2021)
INSURED 10.62%
GO-UNLTD 9.56%
GAS 8.92%
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT 8.80%
HOSPITAL 6.47%
COP 6.46%
CASH 5.89%
IDB 5.80%
CCRC 4.75%
UTILITY 4.19%
Hypothetical Growth of $10,000 Since Inception (as of 10/25/2021) *


Month End Performance (as of 9/30/2021)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception13
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 0.03% 1.17% 2.42% N/A N/A N/A 3.25%
After Tax Held -0.08% 0.79% 1.86% N/A N/A N/A 2.50%
After Tax Sold 0.02% 0.69% 1.43% N/A N/A N/A 2.17%
Market Price 0.08% 1.17% 2.46% N/A N/A N/A 3.29%
Index Performance **
Bloomberg Municipal Short (1-5) Year Index 0.08% 0.41% 0.75% N/A N/A N/A 2.77%
Quarter End Performance (as of 9/30/2021)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception13
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 0.03% 1.17% 2.42% N/A N/A N/A 3.25%
After Tax Held -0.08% 0.79% 1.86% N/A N/A N/A 2.50%
After Tax Sold 0.02% 0.69% 1.43% N/A N/A N/A 2.17%
Market Price 0.08% 1.17% 2.46% N/A N/A N/A 3.29%
Index Performance **
Bloomberg Municipal Short (1-5) Year Index 0.08% 0.41% 0.75% N/A N/A N/A 2.77%

*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.

**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.

Bloomberg Municipal Short (1-5) Year Index - The index measures the performance of municipal bonds with time to maturity of more than one year and less than five years.

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 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 The taxable equivalent yield is for illustrative purposes only. This information illustrates approximately what you would have to earn on taxable investments to equal the tax-exempt yield using the highest federal tax bracket and Medicare tax for 2021. This information is based on present law as of the date of publication and does not account for any proposed changes in tax rates. This information does not account for limitations on deductions, the alternative minimum tax or taxes other than Federal personal income tax and Medicare tax.
8 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.
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 The taxable equivalent annualized distribution rate is for illustrative purposes only. This information illustrates approximately what you would have to earn on taxable investments to equal the tax-exempt annualized distribution rate using the highest federal tax bracket and Medicare tax for 2021. This information is based on present law as of the date of publication and does not account for any proposed changes in tax rates. This information does not account for limitations on deductions, the alternative minimum tax or taxes other than Federal personal income tax and Medicare tax.
11 A measure of a bond's sensitivity to interest rate changes that reflects the change in a bond's price given a change in yield. It accounts for the likelihood of changes in the timing of cash flows in response to interest rate movements.
12 A measure of a bond's sensitivity to interest rate changes that reflects the change in a bond's price given a change in yield. In contrast to effective duration, modified duration assumes that the timing of cash flows remain constant.
13 Inception Date is 11/1/2018

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

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 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 discount to a fund's net asset value and possibly face delisting.

A fund's shares will change in value, and you could lose money by investing in a fund. One of the principal risks of investing in a fund is market risk. Market risk is the risk that a particular stock owned by a fund, fund shares or stocks in general may fall in value. There can be no assurance that a 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. While the development of vaccines has slowed the spread of the virus and allowed for the resumption of "reasonably" normal business activity in the United States, many countries continue to impose lockdown measures in an attempt to slow the spread. Additionally, there is no guarantee that vaccines will be effective against emerging variants of the disease.

In managing a fund's investment portfolio, the portfolio managers will apply investment techniques and risk analyses that may not have the desired result.

A fund that effects all or a portion of its creations and redemptions for cash rather than in-kind may be less tax-efficient.

The differences in yield between debt securities of different credit quality may increase which may reduce the market value of a fund's debt securities.

As the use of Internet technology has become more prevalent in the course of business, funds have become more susceptible to potential operational risks through breaches in cyber security.

Certain securities are subject to call, credit, inflation, income, interest rate, extension, prepayment and zero coupon risks. These risks could result in a decline in a security's value and/or income, increased volatility as interest rates rise or fall and have an adverse impact on a fund's performance.

High yield securities, or "junk" bonds, are less liquid and are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings, and therefore, are considered to be highly speculative.

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

Inventories of municipal securities have decreased in recent years and some municipal securities may have resale restrictions lessening the ability to make a market in these securities. This reduction in market making capacity has the potential to decrease a fund's ability to buy or sell municipal securities and increase price volatility and trading costs.

The values of municipal securities may be adversely affected by local political and economic conditions and developments. Income from municipal securities could be declared taxable because of, among other things, unfavorable changes in tax laws, adverse interpretations by the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities, or noncompliant conduct of an issue.

There is no assurance that a fund will be able to sell a portfolio security at the price established by a pricing service, which could result in a loss to a fund.

A fund classified as "non-diversified" may invest a relatively high percentage of its assets in a limited number of issuers. As a result, a 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.

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.

A fund with significant exposure to a single asset class, country, state, region, industry, or sector may be more affected by an adverse economic or political development than a broadly diversified fund.

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

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.

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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