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First Trust Dorsey Wright Momentum & Low Volatility ETF (DVOL)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Dorsey Wright Momentum & Low Volatility ETF (the "Fund") seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the Fund's fees and expenses) of an index called the Dorsey Wright Momentum Plus Low Volatility Index (the "Index"). Under normal conditions, the Fund will invest at least 90% of its net assets (including investment borrowings) in the equity securities that comprise the Index. The Fund, using an indexing investment approach, attempts to replicate, before fees and expenses, the performance of the Index. The Fund's investment advisor seeks a correlation of 0.95 or better (before fees and expenses) between the Fund's performance and the performance of the Index; a figure of 1.00 would represent perfect correlation. The Index is owned and was developed by Nasdaq, Inc. (the "Index Provider").
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
  • The Dorsey Wright Momentum Plus Low Volatility Index is a rules-based equity index that is designed to track the overall performance of 50 stocks within the NASDAQ US Large Mid Cap Index that exhibit the lowest levels of volatility while maintaining high levels of relative strength.
  • To construct the index, Dorsey, Wright & Associates (DWA) begins with the eligible constituents of the NASDAQ US Large Mid Cap Index.
    • These eligible constituents are determined after meeting certain criteria, including maintaining a minimum average daily dollar volume of $1 million for the 30-day period prior to evaluation.
  • Each security is assigned a relative strength score based on its forward price momentum compared to the momentum of a broad market benchmark index. Securities that exhibit a minimum level of relative strength are eligible for inclusion in the index.
  • Eligible securities are then assigned a volatility score based on their daily percentage price changes over the trailing year. The top 50 securities with the lowest volatility scores are selected for inclusion in the index.
    • The securities are then weighted using the inverse of each security's one-year trailing volatility, with greater weights given to securities with lower volatility scores.
  • The index is reconstituted and rebalanced quarterly.
Fund Overview
TickerDVOL
Fund TypeLarge Blend
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBrown Brothers Harriman
CUSIP33741L108
ISINUS33741L1089
Intraday NAVDVOLIV
Fiscal Year-End09/30
ExchangeNasdaq
Inception9/5/2018
Inception Price$19.97
Inception NAV$19.97
Rebalance FrequencyQuarterly
Expense Ratio0.60%
Current Fund Data (as of 10/23/2020)
Closing NAV1$23.17
Closing Market Price2$23.15
Bid/Ask Midpoint$23.17
Bid/Ask Premium0.00%
30-Day Median Bid/Ask Spread30.13%
Total Net Assets$126,263,326
Outstanding Shares5,450,002
Daily Volume16,167
Average 30-Day Daily Volume40,878
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$24.23 / $15.08
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$24.24 / $14.99
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)50
Top Holdings (as of 10/23/2020)*
Holding Percent
Danaher Corporation 3.05%
Dollar General Corporation 2.97%
Morningstar, Inc. 2.93%
Black Knight, Inc. 2.89%
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. 2.86%
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 2.85%
Alphabet Inc. (Class A) 2.82%
Rollins, Inc. 2.80%
Monster Beverage Corporation 2.76%
Agilent Technologies, Inc. 2.74%

* Excluding cash.  Holdings are subject to change.

NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Distribution Information
Dividend per Share Amt (as of 10/25/2020)4$0.0043
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 9/30/2020)50.15%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 9/30/2020)61.48%
Index Yield (as of 9/30/2020)70.79%
For funds with certain equity strategies, due to the negative economic impact across many industries caused by the recent COVID-19 outbreak, certain of the issuers of the securities included in the fund may elect to reduce the amount of dividends and/or distributions paid in the future. As a result, the "12-Month Distribution Rate," which is based on the fund's trailing 12-month ordinary distributions, will likely be higher, and in some cases significantly higher, than the actual 12-month distribution rate achieved by the fund.
Fund Characteristics (as of 9/30/2020)8
Maximum Market Cap.$1,980,645
Median Market Cap.$32,955
Minimum Market Cap.$3,929
Price/Earnings36.00
Price/Book6.37
Price/Cash Flow23.13
Price/Sales4.70
Bid/Ask Premium/Discount (as of 10/23/2020)
  2019 Q1 2020 Q2 2020 Q3 2020
Days Traded at Premium 221 39 31 52
Days Traded at Discount 31 23 32 12
Top Sector Exposure (as of 10/23/2020)
Health Care 25.01%
Industrials 21.41%
Communication Services 14.62%
Consumer Staples 12.40%
Consumer Discretionary 12.22%
Financials 7.74%
Information Technology 4.02%
Real Estate 2.58%
Month End Performance (as of 9/30/2020)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception9
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 9.96% 1.43% 0.03% N/A N/A N/A 7.34%
After Tax Held 9.95% 1.14% -0.61% N/A N/A N/A 6.73%
After Tax Sold 5.89% 0.83% -0.01% N/A N/A N/A 5.36%
Market Price 10.01% 1.52% 0.03% N/A N/A N/A 7.34%
Index Performance **
Dorsey Wright Momentum Plus Low Volatility Index 10.17% 1.94% 0.69% N/A N/A N/A 8.06%
S&P 500 Index 8.93% 5.57% 15.15% N/A N/A N/A 9.77%
Quarter End Performance (as of 9/30/2020)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception9
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 9.96% 1.43% 0.03% N/A N/A N/A 7.34%
After Tax Held 9.95% 1.14% -0.61% N/A N/A N/A 6.73%
After Tax Sold 5.89% 0.83% -0.01% N/A N/A N/A 5.36%
Market Price 10.01% 1.52% 0.03% N/A N/A N/A 7.34%
Index Performance **
Dorsey Wright Momentum Plus Low Volatility Index 10.17% 1.94% 0.69% N/A N/A N/A 8.06%
S&P 500 Index 8.93% 5.57% 15.15% N/A N/A N/A 9.77%

*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.

**Performance information for the Dorsey Wright Momentum Plus Low Volatility 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.

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

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 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 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 Index yield represents the weighted average trailing 12-month dividend of the constituents of the Dorsey Wright Momentum Plus Low Volatility Index.
8 All market capitalization numbers are in USD$ Millions.
9 Inception Date is 9/5/2018

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 Dorsey Wright Momentum Plus Low Volatility 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 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 securities issued by companies concentrated in a particular industry or sector, which involves additional risks, including limited diversification. 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 is not actively managed and generally will not attempt to take defensive positions in declining markets.

A portfolio comprised of low volatility stocks may not produce investment exposure that has lower variability to changes in such stocks' price levels. Low volatility stocks are likely to underperform the broader market during periods of rapidly rising stock prices.

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

The index employs a "momentum" style methodology that emphasizes selecting stocks that have had higher recent price performance compared to other stocks. Momentum can turn quickly and cause significant variation from other types of investments.

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.

The fund is classified as "non-diversified" and may invest a relatively high percentage of its assets in a limited number of issuers. As a result, the fund may be more susceptible to a single adverse economic or regulatory occurrence affecting one or more of these issuers, experience increased volatility and be highly concentrated in certain issuers.

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® and Dorsey Wright Momentum Plus Low Volatility 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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