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Exchange-Traded Funds

First Trust exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a useful tool for institutional investors seeking liquid access to market opportunities and may serve as effective building blocks for portfolio construction and diversification. Institutional investors are increasingly using ETFs for a variety of essential portfolio management practices, such as cash equitization and risk management.

Highlighted ETFs

FVD FDN FBT LMBS FIXD

ETF Implementation Strategies
Strategy Objective
Cash
Equitization
Manage cash drag on portfolios while maintaining market exposure during times of transition
Transition
Management
Maintain market exposure while searching for new managers
Rebalancing Reduce the time needed to implement periodic rebalancing of a portfolio
Portfolio
Completion
Fill a missing asset class in an allocation to maintain investment objectives
Asset
Allocation
Build tailored investment portfolios consistent with financial needs, risk tolerance and investment horizon
Risk
Management
Obtain long or short exposure to efficiently mitigate the risk of being over exposed to any one company or area of the market
Hedging ETFs can be purchased on margin and sold short, even on a downtick, providing maximum trading flexibility. Listed options are available on some ETFs and offer opportunities for additional hedging or to increase income*
Duration and Credit Adjustments Fine-tune targeted duration and credit quality of fixed income portfolios

*Substantial risks and higher costs may result from borrowing and short selling ETFs.

These strategies may not be suitable for all investors. Investors should consider their own situation and risk tolerance before investing.

Largest First Trust ETFs (AUM) – as of 10/26/2021
Fund Name Ticker Net Assets
First Trust Value Line® Dividend Index Fund FVD $12,395,271,668
First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund FDN $10,875,547,519
First Trust Capital Strength ETF FTCS $8,719,548,254
First Trust Preferred Securities and Income ETF FPE $7,690,092,564
First Trust Low Duration Opportunities ETF LMBS $6,697,632,940
First Trust Cloud Computing ETF SKYY $6,688,598,833
First Trust Rising Dividend Achievers ETF RDVY $6,606,105,112
First Trust Nasdaq Cybersecurity ETF CIBR $5,337,350,527
First Trust TCW Opportunistic Fixed Income ETF FIXD $5,308,256,997
First Trust Enhanced Short Maturity ETF FTSM $4,430,474,612

View the complete list of all our ETFs, click here.

This web page is designed for the needs of institutional investors. For further assistance, please contact the people listed below.

Institutional Business Development
Alex Brozyna
Eric Stoiber
Craig Pierce
Brendan Mahoney
E-Mail: Institutional@ftportfolios.com
Phone: 866-514-7767

ETF Capital Markets Team
ETF Liquidity & Execution Team
E-Mail: etfpm@ftadvisors.com
Phone: 630-765-8300

We offer institutional investors access to a number of different reports and documents. To request them, please provide us with your contact information and choose which ones you would like to receive.

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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. 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 the fund's net asset value and possibly face delisting.

There are risks involved with investing in ETFs, including the potential loss of money. Index-based ETFs are not actively managed and may not match the return of the specific index it seeks to replicate. Actively managed ETFs do not seek to replicate a specific index and are subject to management risk because the advisor or sub-advisor will apply investment techniques and risk analyses that may not have the desired result.

There is no assurance that any funds listed will achieve their investment objectives. Please be aware that each fund listed is subject to various risks which, depending on the investment objective, may include risks such as non-diversification, concentration, sector, interest rate, momentum investing, fixed-income or equity investing, commodities and futures, and foreign and emerging markets. For a complete description of relative risks for a specific fund please download and carefully read the appropriate First Trust prospectus or call First Trust Portfolios L.P. at 1.800.621.1675 to request a prospectus.

First Trust Advisors L.P. is the adviser to the funds. First Trust Advisors L.P. is an affiliate of First Trust Portfolios L.P., the fund's distributor.

 
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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