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First Trust TCW Securitized Plus ETF (DEED)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust TCW Securitized Plus ETF seeks to maximize long-term total return. Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets (including investment borrowings) in securitized debt securities, including asset-backed securities, residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities and collateralized loan obligations ("CLOs"). The Fund's investment sub-advisor, TCW Investment Management Company LLC ("TCW" or the "Sub-Advisor") seeks to outperform the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Mortgage-Backed Securities Index over a full market cycle through the utilization of independent, bottom-up research to identify securities that are undervalued and that offer a superior risk/reward profile. Under normal conditions, the Fund's average portfolio duration varies within two years (plus or minus) of the portfolio duration of the securities comprising the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Mortgage-Backed Securities Index. As a separate measure, there is no limit on the weighted average maturity of the Fund's portfolio. While maturity refers to the expected life of a security, duration is a measure of the expected price volatility of a debt security as a result of changes in market rates of interest.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
Fund Overview
TickerDEED
Fund TypeMortgage-Backed Securities
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investment Advisor/Portfolio ManagerTCW Investment Management Company LLC
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon
Sub-AdvisorTCW Investment Management Company LLC
CUSIP33740U109
ISINUS33740U1097
Intraday NAVDEEDIV
Fiscal Year-End08/31
ExchangeNYSE Arca
Inception4/29/2020
Inception Price$25.00
Inception NAV$25.00
Gross Expense Ratio*0.75%
Net Expense Ratio*0.65%
* As of 4/6/2020
First Trust has contractually agreed to waive management fees of 0.10% of average daily net assets until April 6, 2022.
Current Fund Data (as of 6/2/2020)
Closing NAV1$25.45
Closing Market Price2$25.36
Bid/Ask Midpoint$25.35
Bid/Ask Discount0.39%
Total Net Assets$25,450,539
Outstanding Shares1,000,002
Daily Volume100
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$25.48 / $25.00
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$25.48 / $25.00
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)108
Top Holdings (as of 6/2/2020)*
Holding Percent
U.S. Treasury Bill, 0%, due 10/29/2020 19.61%
U.S. Treasury Bill, 0%, due 10/22/2020 10.39%
Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac TBA, 2.50%, due 11/01/2049 7.01%
GNMA TBA, 3%, due 09/01/2049 5.46%
Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac TBA, 2.50%, due 10/01/2034 5.43%
Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac TBA, 3%, due 03/01/2050 2.76%
Freddie Mac FG G67710, 3.50%, due 03/01/2048 2.15%
Goldentree Loan Opportunities Variable rate, due 10/29/2029 1.54%
Ford Credit Floorplan Master Owner Trust Series 2019-$, Class A, 2.44%, due 09/15/2026 1.53%
Palmer Square CLO Ltd Series 2018-1A, Class A1, Variable rate, due 04/18/2031 1.52%

* Excluding cash.  Holdings are subject to change.

NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Month End Performance (as of 4/30/2020)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception3
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0.56%
After Tax Held N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0.56%
After Tax Sold N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0.33%
Market Price N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0.04%
Index Performance **
Bloomberg Barclays US Mortgage Backed Securities Index N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0.11%
Quarter End Performance (as of 3/31/2020)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception3
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
After Tax Held N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
After Tax Sold N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Market Price N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Index Performance **
Bloomberg Barclays US Mortgage Backed Securities Index N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

*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.

**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 Barclays US Mortgage Backed Securities Index - The Index tracks agency mortgage backed pass-through securities (both fixed-rate and hybrid ARM) guaranteed by Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac.

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 Inception Date is 4/29/2020

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.

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

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. Some of the securities held by the fund may be illiquid. 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. 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.

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

The fund may invest in securities concentrated in a particular asset class, industry or region which involves additional risks including limited diversification.

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.

The fund is subject to credit risk, call risk, income risk, inflation risk, interest rate risk, extension 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. Credit risk is heightened for the bank loans in which the fund invests because companies that issue such loans tend to be highly leveraged and thus are more susceptible to the risks of interest deferral, default and/or bankruptcy. Call risk is the risk that if an issuer calls higher-yielding debt instruments held by the fund, performance could be adversely impacted. Income risk is the risk that income from the fund's fixed income investments could decline during periods of falling interest rates. Inflation risk is the risk that the value of assets or income from investments will be less in the future as inflation decreases the value of money. Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of the fixed income securities in the fund will decline because of rising market interest rates. Extension risk is the risk that, when interest rates rise, certain obligations will be paid off by the issuer (or obligor) more slowly than anticipated, causing the value of these securities to fall. 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.

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. Lower quality debt tends to be less liquid than higher quality debt.

Mortgage-related securities, including mortgage-backed securities, are more susceptible to adverse economic, political or regulatory events that affect the value of real estate. Mortgage- related securities are subject to the risk that the rate of mortgage prepayments decreases, which extends the average life of a security and increases the interest rate exposure. Non-agency debt that are not issued by a government-sponsored entity such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae, are not afforded the protections of backing by the U.S. government, making them more susceptible to credit, liquidity and other risks.

The use of listed and OTC derivatives, including futures, options, swap agreements and forward contracts, can lead to losses because of adverse movements in the price or value of the underlying asset, index or rate, which may be magnified by certain features of the derivatives. These risks are heightened when the fund's portfolio managers use derivatives to enhance the fund's returns or as a substitute for a position or security, rather than solely to hedge (or offset) the risk of a position or security held by the fund.

Securities issued or guaranteed by federal agencies and U.S. government sponsored instrumentalities may or may not be backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government.

The impairment of the value of collateral or other assets underlying an asset-backed security, such as a result of non-payment of loans or non-performance of underlying assets, may result in a reduction in the value of such asset-backed securities and losses to the fund.

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

Illiquid securities and restricted securities involve the risk that the securities will not be able to be sold at the time desired by the fund or at prices approximately the value at which the fund is carrying the securities on its books.

Collateralized loan obligations ("CLOs") carry additional risks, including, the possibility that distributions from collateral securities will not be adequate to make interest or other payments, the quality of the collateral may decline in value or default, the possibility that the investments in CLOs are subordinate to other classes or tranches, and the complex structure of the security may not be fully understood at the time of investment and may produce disputes with the issuer or unexpected investment results.

If a counterparty defaults on its payment obligations, the fund will lose money and the value of fund shares may decrease. The fund's investment in repurchase agreements may be subject to market and credit risk with respect to the collateral securing the agreements.

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.

The fund currently has fewer assets than larger, more established funds, and like other relatively new funds, large inflows and outflows may impact the fund's market exposure for limited periods of time.

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 advisors 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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