First Trust Tactical High Yield ETF (HYLS)
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Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Tactical High Yield ETF is an actively managed exchange-traded fund. The fund's primary investment objective is to provide current income. The fund's secondary investment objective is to provide capital appreciation. Under normal market conditions, the fund invests at least 80% of its net assets (plus the amount of any borrowing for investment purposes) in high yield debt securities that are rated below investment grade at the time of purchase or unrated securities deemed by the fund's advisor to be of comparable quality.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
Fund Overview
TickerHYLS
Fund TypeHigh Yield Bond
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon
CUSIP33738D408
ISINUS33738D4088
Intraday NAVHYLSIV
Fiscal Year-End10/31
ExchangeNasdaq
Inception2/25/2013
Inception Price$50.00
Inception NAV$50.00
Fees And Expenses
Management Fees0.95%
Borrow Costs0.15%
Total Annual Expenses1.10%
Borrow costs include expenses associated with short sales transactions.
Current Fund Data (as of 12/13/2018)
Closing NAV1$46.34
Closing Share Price2$46.24
Bid/Ask Midpoint$46.23
Bid/Ask Discount0.23%
Total Net Assets$1,260,399,476
Outstanding Shares27,200,002
Daily Volume258,236
Average 30-Day Daily Volume348,793
Closing Share Price 52-Week High/Low$48.97 / $46.16
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$48.88 / $46.23
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)281
Fund Characteristics (as of 11/30/2018)
Net Weighted Average Effective Duration (Includes Short Positions)72.78 Years
Weighted Average Effective Duration (Long Positions)72.86 Years
Weighted Average Maturity (Long Positions)5.56 Years
Weighted Average Price$97.63
Weighted Average Coupon6.15%
Weighted Average Yield-To-Maturity86.70%
Long Positions105.03%
Short Position - U.S. Treasury Securities-7.67%
Option-Adjusted Spread9380 bps
3-Month LIBOR102.74%
Portfolio information statistics exclude cash and other assets and liabilities. Weighted average maturity excludes defaulted assets.
Top Holdings (as of 12/13/2018)*
Holding Percent
TENET HEALTHCARE CORP 8.125%, due 04/01/2022 2.28%
STARS GROUP HOLDINGS BV TSGICN TL B 1L USD 2.25%
MPH ACQUISITION HOLDINGS 7.125%, due 06/01/2024 2.19%
VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS VRXCN TL B 1L USD 2.19%
GRAY TELEVISION INC 5.875%, due 07/15/2026 2.04%
SELECT MEDICAL CORP 6.375%, due 06/01/2021 1.75%
CRC ESCROW ISSUER LLC 5.25%, due 10/15/2025 1.63%
AMWINS GROUP INC 7.75%, due 07/01/2026 1.52%
Parexel PRXL TL B 1L USD 1.49%
SINCLAIR TELEVISION GROUP 5.625%, due 08/01/2024 1.49%

* Excluding cash.  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 607 funds in the High Yield Bond category. This fund was rated 3 stars/607 funds (3 years), 4 stars/518 funds (5 years).
Distribution Information
Dividend per Share Amt (as of 12/16/2018)4$0.2150
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 11/30/2018)55.72%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 11/30/2018)65.76%
Bid/Ask Midpoint vs. NAV (as of 9/30/2018)
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Above NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
50-99
Basis Points
100-199
Basis Points
>=200
Basis Points
9/30/2018 47 0 0 0
6/30/2018 37 0 0 0
3/31/2018 25 0 0 0
12/31/2017 31 0 0 0
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Below NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
50-99
Basis Points
100-199
Basis Points
>=200
Basis Points
9/30/2018 16 0 0 0
6/30/2018 27 0 0 0
3/31/2018 36 0 0 0
12/31/2017 32 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.

Asset Type Breakdown (as of 11/30/2018)
  Asset Percent
Bond 66.98%
Loan 33.02%
Equity 0.00%
Please note that percentage of 0.00 indicates an amount less than 0.01%.
Credit Quality (as of 11/30/2018)
BBB- 3.04%
BB+ 5.60%
BB 11.15%
BB- 16.58%
B+ 18.88%
B 16.97%
B- 19.33%
CCC+ 7.87%
CCC 0.21%
CCC- 0.13%
D 0.24%
The ratings are by Standard & Poor's except where otherwise indicated. A credit rating is an assessment provided by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization (NRSRO) of the creditworthiness of an issuer with respect to debt obligations except for those debt obligations that are only privately rated. Ratings are measured on a scale that generally ranges from AAA (highest) to D (lowest). Investment grade is defined as those issuers that have a long-term credit rating of BBB- or higher. "NR" indicates no rating. 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 Industry Exposure (as of 11/30/2018)
Health Care Providers & Services 15.46%
Media 12.41%
Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure 12.28%
Software 8.39%
Pharmaceuticals 7.23%
Building Products 3.21%
Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels 3.12%
Real Estate Management & Development 3.08%
Auto Components 2.80%
Diversified Financial Services 2.80%
Month End Performance (as of 11/30/2018)
  3 Mos YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception11
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) -1.19% 0.95% 1.37% 4.93% 3.71% N/A 4.49%
After Tax Held -1.74% -1.09% -0.94% 2.52% 1.28% N/A 1.99%
After Tax Sold -0.70% 0.56% 0.79% 2.69% 1.72% N/A 2.29%
Market Price -1.34% 0.84% 1.41% 4.82% 3.54% N/A 4.46%
Index Performance
ICE BofAML US High Yield Constrained Index -1.96% -0.06% 0.22% 7.12% 4.41% N/A 4.71%
Quarter End Performance (as of 9/28/2018)
  3 Mos YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception11
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 2.38% 2.56% 3.03% 5.38% 4.71% N/A 4.92%
After Tax Held 1.80% 0.87% 0.66% 2.94% 2.24% N/A 2.41%
After Tax Sold 1.41% 1.50% 1.73% 3.00% 2.47% N/A 2.61%
Market Price 2.81% 2.63% 3.00% 5.32% 4.63% N/A 4.93%
Index Performance
ICE BofAML US High Yield Constrained Index 2.42% 2.50% 2.93% 8.18% 5.54% N/A 5.33%
3-Year Statistics (as of 11/30/2018)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
HYLS 2.94% 0.48 0.57 1.31 0.91
ICE BofAML US High Yield Constrained Index 4.78% --- 1.00 1.26 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.

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.

ICE BofAML US High Yield Constrained Index - The Index tracks the performance of U.S. dollar denominated below investment grade corporate debt publicly issued in the U.S. domestic market but caps issuer exposure at 2%.

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 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).
3
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 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.
7 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.
8 The annualized return that would be earned on a debt security if held to maturity, weighted by the value of each debt security in the fund's portfolio. The calculation does not include the effect of fund fees and expenses.
9 A measurement of the spread of a fixed-income security rate and the risk-free rate of return, which is adjusted to take into account an embedded option.
10 A short-term funding rate estimated by banks in London that they would be charged if borrowing from other banks assuming a three month maturity.
11 Inception Date is 2/25/2013

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 Nasdaq Stock Market LLC.

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. The fund is subject to management risk because it is an actively managed portfolio. In managing the fund's investment portfolio, the advisor will apply investment techniques and risk analyses that may not have the desired result. There can be no assurance that the fund's investment objectives will be achieved.

The fund is subject to market risk. Market risk is the risk that a particular security owned by the fund or shares of the fund in general may fall in value.

High-yield securities, or "junk" bonds, are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings, and therefore, may be highly speculative. These securities are issued by companies that may have limited operating history, narrowly focused operations, and/or other impediments to the timely payment of periodic interest and principal at maturity. The market for high-yield securities is smaller and less liquid than that for investment grade securities.

High-yield securities are subject to credit risk, interest rate risk, income risk and prepayment risk. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security will be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and/or principal payments when due and that the value of a security may decline as a result. Interest rate risk is the risk that if interest rates rise, the prices of the fixed-rate instruments held by the fund may fall. Income risk is the risk that if interest rates fall, the income from the fund's portfolio will decline as the fund intends to hold floating-rate debt that will adjust lower with falling interest rates. Prepayment risk is the risk that during periods of falling interest rates, an issuer may exercise its right to pay principal on an obligation earlier than expected. This may result in a decline in the fund's income.

Companies that issue bank loans tend to be highly leveraged and thus are more susceptible to the risks of interest deferral, default and/or bankruptcy. Senior floating rate loans, in which the fund may invest, are usually rated below investment grade but may also be unrated. As a result, the risks associated with these loans are similar to the risks of high-yield fixed income instruments. Loans are subject to prepayment risk. The degree to which borrowers prepay loans may be affected by general business conditions, the financial condition of the borrower and competitive conditions among loan investors, among others. The fund may not be able to reinvest the proceeds received on terms as favorable as the prepaid loan.

The market values of convertible bonds tend to decline as interest rates increase and, conversely, to increase as interest rates decline. A convertible bond's market value also tends to reflect the market price of the common stock of the issuing company.

The fund may invest in distressed securities and many distressed securities are illiquid or trade in low volumes and thus may be more difficult to value.

In times of unusual or adverse market, economic, regulatory or political conditions, the fund may not be able, fully or partially, to implement its short selling strategy. Short selling creates special risks which could result in increased volatility of returns and may result in greater gains or greater losses. The fund invests in securities of non-U.S. issuers which are subject to higher volatility than securities of U.S. issuers. Because the fund's NAV is determined on the basis of U.S. dollars and the fund invests in non-U.S. securities, you may lose money if the local currency of a non-U.S. market depreciates against the U.S. dollar.

The fund will, under most circumstances, effect a portion of creations and redemptions for cash, rather than in-kind securities. As a result, the fund may be less tax-efficient.

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.

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