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First Trust NASDAQ-100-Technology Sector Index Fund (QTEC)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust NASDAQ-100-Technology Sector Index Fund is an exchange-traded index fund. The investment objective of the Fund is to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield of the NASDAQ-100 Technology Sector IndexSM.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
  • The index consists of companies in the NASDAQ-100 Index classified as Technology according to Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB).
  • The index is reconstituted once a year based on the NASDAQ-100 reconstitution in December, but replacements may be made during the year if there is a replacement in the NASDAQ-100 Index.
  • The index is an equal weighted index and is rebalanced four times annually in March, June, September and December.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeTechnology
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon
Fiscal Year-End12/31
Inception Price$20.00
Inception NAV$20.00
Rebalance FrequencyQuarterly
Gross Expense Ratio*0.57%
Net Expense Ratio*0.57%
* As of 5/1/2020
Expenses are capped contractually at 0.60% per year, at least until April 30, 2021.
Current Fund Data (as of 2/26/2021)
Closing NAV1$144.51
Closing Market Price2$144.39
Bid/Ask Midpoint$144.43
Bid/Ask Discount0.06%
30-Day Median Bid/Ask Spread30.03%
Total Net Assets$3,367,034,811
Outstanding Shares23,300,002
Daily Volume469,739
Average 30-Day Daily Volume217,725
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$155.38 / $74.00
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$155.31 / $74.05
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)41
Top Holdings (as of 2/26/2021)*
Holding Percent
Baidu, Inc. (ADR) 3.50%
Applied Materials, Inc. 3.27%
Intel Corporation 3.05%
Micron Technology, Inc. 3.05%
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. 2.86%
ASML Holding N.V. (New York Registry Shares) 2.83%
KLA Corporation 2.83%
Lam Research Corporation 2.81%
NXP Semiconductors N.V. 2.80%
CDW Corporation 2.78%

* Excluding cash.  Holdings are subject to change.

NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Fund Characteristics (as of 2/26/2021)4
Maximum Market Cap.$2,035,725
Median Market Cap.$59,440
Minimum Market Cap.$15,456
Price/Cash Flow25.03
Bid/Ask Premium/Discount (as of 2/26/2021)
  2020 Q1 2021 Q2 2021 Q3 2021
Days Traded at Premium 136 19 --- ---
Days Traded at Discount 117 19 --- ---
Top Industry Exposure (as of 2/26/2021)
Semiconductors 47.66%
Software 29.81%
Internet 10.88%
Computer Services 6.58%
Computer Hardware 5.07%
Month End Performance (as of 1/29/2021)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 19.92% 0.45% 39.00% 22.29% 29.79% 18.98% 14.71%
After Tax Held 19.88% 0.45% 38.67% 21.93% 29.30% 18.55% 14.41%
After Tax Sold 11.79% 0.27% 23.04% 17.51% 24.59% 16.07% 12.69%
Market Price 19.74% 0.46% 38.97% 22.24% 29.80% 18.97% 14.71%
Index Performance **
NASDAQ-100 Technology Sector IndexSM 20.10% 0.49% 39.87% 23.04% 30.61% 19.73% 15.43%
S&P 500 Information Technology Index 16.74% -0.92% 37.14% 25.68% 28.83% 20.07% 14.98%
S&P 500 Index 14.05% -1.01% 17.25% 11.70% 16.16% 13.50% 9.56%
Quarter End Performance (as of 12/31/2020)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 17.86% 38.82% 38.82% 25.20% 27.65% 19.36% 14.77%
After Tax Held 17.82% 38.49% 38.49% 24.84% 27.17% 18.92% 14.47%
After Tax Sold 10.58% 22.93% 22.93% 19.90% 22.71% 16.42% 12.74%
Market Price 17.82% 38.77% 38.77% 25.16% 27.63% 19.34% 14.76%
Index Performance **
NASDAQ-100 Technology Sector IndexSM 18.05% 39.70% 39.70% 25.98% 28.47% 20.11% 15.49%
S&P 500 Information Technology Index 11.81% 43.89% 43.89% 29.19% 27.79% 20.68% 15.14%
S&P 500 Index 12.15% 18.40% 18.40% 14.18% 15.22% 13.88% 9.69%
3-Year Statistics (as of 1/29/2021)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
QTEC 22.04% 8.62 1.11 0.95 0.94
S&P 500 Information Technology Index 21.35% 11.74 1.06 1.11 0.93
S&P 500 Index 18.65% --- 1.00 0.60 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 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.

**Performance information for the NASDAQ-100 Technology Sector IndexSM 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.

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.

S&P 500 Index - The Index is an unmanaged index of 500 stocks used to measure large-cap U.S. stock market performance.

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 All market capitalization numbers are in USD$ Millions.
5 Inception Date is 4/19/2006

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.

The fund's return may not match the return of the NASDAQ-100 Technology Sector IndexSM.  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 COVID-19 pandemic may last for an extended period of time, and will continue to impact the economy for the foreseeable future.

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

The fund invests in information technology companies, which 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 companies may be smaller and less experienced companies, with limited product lines, markets or financial resources. Information technology company stocks, especially those which are Internet related, have experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations that are often unrelated to their operating performance.

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.

Nasdaq® NASDAQ-100®, NASDAQ-100 Index®, and NASDAQ-100 Technology Sector Index℠ are registered trademarks and service marks of Nasdaq, Inc. (together with its affiliates hereinafter referred to as the “Corporations”) and are licensed for use by First Trust. The Fund has not been passed on by the Corporations as to its legality or suitability. The Fund is not issued, endorsed, sold or promoted by the Corporations. THE CORPORATIONS MAKE NO WARRANTIES AND BEAR NO LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THE FUND.

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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