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First Trust Technology AlphaDEX® Fund (FXL)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Technology 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 fees and expenses, of an equity index called the StrataQuant® Technology Index.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
  • The StrataQuant® Technology Index is an "enhanced" index developed, maintained and sponsored by ICE Data Indices, LLC or its affiliates ("IDI") which employs the AlphaDEX® stock selection methodology to select stocks from the Russell 1000® Index.
  • IDI constructs the StrataQuant® Technology Index by ranking the stocks which are members of the Russell 1000® Index on growth factors including three, six 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.
  • Stocks which Russell has classified solely as growth or value, receive their score using the above growth or value factors respectively.
  • Stocks which Russell allocates between both growth and value receive their best score between the growth and value factors.
  • IDI then ranks those stocks contained in the technology sector according to their score. The greater of the top 75% of the eligible universe or 40 stocks is selected for the StrataQuant® Technology Index.
    • If the total count of eligible stocks in the technology sector falls below 40, all eligible stocks will be included.
  • 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.
  • The index is reconstituted and rebalanced quarterly.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeTechnology
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon
Fiscal Year-End07/31
ExchangeNYSE Arca
Inception Price$20.00
Inception NAV$20.00
Rebalance FrequencyQuarterly
Gross Expense Ratio*0.61%
Net Expense Ratio*0.61%
* As of 12/2/2019
Expenses are capped contractually at 0.70% per year, at least until November 30, 2020.
Current Fund Data (as of 8/13/2020)
Closing NAV1$87.69
Closing Market Price2$87.66
Bid/Ask Midpoint$87.68
Bid/Ask Discount0.01%
Total Net Assets$2,157,572,682
Outstanding Shares24,605,000
Daily Volume118,370
Average 30-Day Daily Volume139,170
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$91.38 / $51.51
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$91.35 / $51.42
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)100
Fund Characteristics (as of 7/31/2020)3
Maximum Market Cap.$1,817,315
Median Market Cap.$16,601
Minimum Market Cap.$1,856
Top Holdings (as of 8/13/2020)*
Holding Percent
HubSpot, Inc. 1.94%
NCR Corporation 1.93%
Globant S.A. 1.91%
IAC/InterActiveCorp. 1.91%
DocuSign, Inc. 1.83%
Xerox Holdings Corporation 1.81%
Twilio Inc. (Class A) 1.76%
Zscaler, Inc. 1.76%
Five9, Inc. 1.71%
Teradyne, Inc. 1.68%

* Excluding cash.  Holdings are subject to change.

NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Bid/Ask Midpoint vs. NAV (as of 6/30/2020)
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Above NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
6/30/2020 22 0 0 0
3/31/2020 25 0 0 0
12/31/2019 45 0 0 0
9/30/2019 41 0 0 0
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Below NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
6/30/2020 41 0 0 0
3/31/2020 37 0 0 0
12/31/2019 19 0 0 0
9/30/2019 23 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 Industry Exposure (as of 8/13/2020)
Software and Computer Services 70.74%
Technology Hardware and Equipment 26.79%
Health Care Providers 1.41%
Electronic and Electrical Equipment 1.06%
Month End Performance (as of 7/31/2020)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 29.30% 23.28% 29.33% 26.00% 21.30% 17.79% 12.33%
After Tax Held 29.29% 23.25% 29.20% 25.84% 21.02% 17.59% 12.19%
After Tax Sold 17.34% 13.78% 17.34% 20.69% 17.30% 15.16% 10.48%
Market Price 29.34% 23.27% 29.28% 25.98% 21.28% 17.78% 12.33%
Index Performance **
StrataQuant® Technology Index 29.47% 23.77% 30.27% 26.73% 21.94% 18.56% 13.14%
Russell 1000® Technology Index 21.87% 23.46% 39.99% 26.75% 23.51% 19.50% N/A
Russell 1000® Index 13.91% 2.88% 12.03% 12.02% 11.31% 13.85% 8.36%
S&P 500 Information Technology Index 21.14% 21.41% 38.91% 27.35% 24.03% 20.31% 14.62%
Quarter End Performance (as of 6/30/2020)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 40.67% 15.07% 25.75% 24.61% 19.40% 17.76% 11.83%
After Tax Held 40.65% 15.04% 25.63% 24.45% 19.13% 17.55% 11.68%
After Tax Sold 24.07% 8.92% 15.23% 19.55% 15.67% 15.13% 10.01%
Market Price 40.66% 15.06% 25.76% 24.59% 19.40% 17.76% 11.83%
Index Performance **
StrataQuant® Technology Index 40.96% 15.47% 26.69% 25.34% 20.04% 18.53% 12.63%
Russell 1000® Technology Index 31.33% 15.88% 37.32% 25.73% 22.46% 19.58% N/A
Russell 1000® Index 21.82% -2.81% 7.48% 10.64% 10.47% 13.97% 7.95%
S&P 500 Information Technology Index 30.53% 14.95% 35.90% 26.83% 23.41% 20.49% 14.24%
3-Year Statistics (as of 7/31/2020)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
FXL 23.70% -3.60 1.14 1.01 0.93
S&P 500 Information Technology Index 19.30% --- 1.00 1.25 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 StrataQuant® Technology 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 1000® Technology Index - The Index is an unmanaged index which includes the stocks in the technology sector of the Russell 1000® Index.

Russell 1000® Index - The Index is an unmanaged index used to measure the large-cap U.S. equity universe.

S&P 500 Information Technology Index - The Index is an unmanaged index which includes the stocks in the information technology sector of the S&P 500 Index.

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 All market capitalization numbers are in USD$ Millions.
4 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 StrataQuant® Technology 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 impact of this COVID-19 pandemic may be short term or may last for an extended period of time, and in either case could result in a substantial economic downturn or recession.

The fund may invest in small capitalization and mid capitalization companies. Such companies may experience greater price volatility than larger, more established companies.

Information technology companies are subject to certain risks, including rapidly changing technologies, short product life cycles, fierce competition, aggressive pricing and reduced profit margins, loss of patent, copyright and trademark protections, cyclical market patterns, evolving industry standards and frequent new product introductions. Certain technology companies may be smaller and less experienced companies, with limited product lines, markets or financial resources.

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.

StrataQuant® and StrataQuant® Technology Index (“Index”) are service/trademarks of ICE Data Indices, LLC or its affiliates (“IDI”) and have been licensed for use by First Trust in connection with the Fund. The Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by IDI and IDI makes no representations or warranties regarding the advisability of investing in the Fund or as to the result to be obtained by any person from use of the Index in connection with the trading of the Fund. IDI and its third party suppliers accept no liability in connection with use of the index or the Fund. See the prospectus for a full copy of the disclaimer.

Frank Russell Company is the source and owner of the trademarks, service marks and copyrights related to the Russell Indexes. Russell® is a trademark of Frank Russell Company. Frank Russell Company does not promote, sponsor or endorse the content of this communication.

"AlphaDEX®" is a registered trademark of First Trust Portfolios L.P. First Trust Portfolios L.P. has obtained a patent for the AlphaDEX® stock selection methodology from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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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