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EquityCompass Risk Manager ETF (ERM)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The EquityCompass Risk Manager ETF is an actively managed exchange-traded fund. The Fund's investment objective is to provide long term capital appreciation with capital preservation as a secondary objective. Under normal market conditions, the Fund will seek to achieve its investment objectives by investing in equity securities of U.S. companies. During periods when the U.S. equity market is determined to be unfavorable by the Fund's sub-advisor, EquityCompass Investment Management, LLC, the Fund may invest all or a portion of its assets in cash, cash equivalents and short term fixed income.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
Fund Overview
TickerERM
Fund TypeTactical Equity
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc.
Portfolio Manager/Sub-AdvisorEquityCompass Investment Management, LLC
CUSIP33740F607
ISINUS33740F6079
Intraday NAVERMIV
Fiscal Year-End08/31
ExchangeNYSE Arca
Inception4/10/2017
Inception Price$20.05
Inception NAV$20.05
Rebalance FrequencyPeriodically
Gross Expense Ratio*0.65%
Net Expense Ratio*0.65%
* As of 1/3/2022
First Trust has contractually agreed to reduce management fees earned by the fund for management fees due to be paid to the underlying investment companies advised by First Trust. The agreement is expected to remain in place until at least January 3, 2023, or until its termination at the direction of the Trust's Board of Trustees, or the termination of the Investment Management Agreement. Please see the Fees and Expenses of the Fund section in the fund's prospectus for more details.
Current Fund Data (as of 10/3/2022)
Closing NAV1$21.01
Closing Market Price2$21.00
Bid/Ask Midpoint$21.01
Bid/Ask Premium0.00%
30-Day Median Bid/Ask Spread30.29%
Total Net Assets$17,415,888
Outstanding Shares828,888
Daily Volume220
Average 30-Day Daily Volume3,181
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$26.51 / $20.75
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$26.49 / $20.74
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)149
Top Holdings (as of 10/3/2022)*
Holding Percent
TechnipFMC Plc 0.48%
ConocoPhillips 0.44%
Biogen Inc. 0.42%
Netflix, Inc. 0.41%
Unum Group 0.41%
CF Industries Holdings, Inc. 0.40%
Gartner, Inc. 0.40%
Arista Networks, Inc. 0.39%
PayPal Holdings, Inc. 0.39%
Schlumberger Limited 0.39%

* 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 10/4/2022)4$0.0802
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 8/31/2022)51.36%
Unsubsidized 30-Day SEC Yield (as of 8/31/2022)61.36%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 8/31/2022)71.17%
Fund Characteristics (as of 9/30/2022)9
Maximum Market Cap.$2,220,978
Median Market Cap.$68,093
Minimum Market Cap.$2,035
Price/Earnings12.83
Price/Book2.03
Price/Cash Flow8.73
Price/Sales1.27
Bid/Ask Premium/Discount (as of 10/3/2022)
  2021 Q1 2022 Q2 2022 Q3 2022
Days Traded at Premium 217 44 53 43
Days Traded at Discount 35 18 9 21
Hypothetical Growth of $10,000 Since Inception (as of 10/3/2022) *


Month End Performance (as of 8/31/2022)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception10
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) -6.93% -15.12% -13.39% 5.09% 2.90% N/A 3.15%
After Tax Held -7.05% -15.33% -13.76% 4.48% 2.25% N/A 2.53%
After Tax Sold -4.11% -8.95% -7.90% 3.65% 1.95% N/A 2.15%
Market Price -6.97% -15.18% -13.42% 5.14% 2.90% N/A 3.16%
Index Performance **
Hedge Fund Research HFRI Equity Hedge Index N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
S&P 500 Index -3.88% -16.14% -11.23% 12.39% 11.82% N/A 12.07%
Quarter End Performance (as of 6/30/2022)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception10
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) -15.54% -17.45% -14.29% 2.95% 2.49% N/A 2.71%
After Tax Held -15.64% -17.65% -14.66% 2.35% 1.84% N/A 2.06%
After Tax Sold -9.20% -10.32% -8.43% 2.00% 1.63% N/A 1.80%
Market Price -15.41% -17.35% -14.12% 3.03% 2.53% N/A 2.75%
Index Performance **
Hedge Fund Research HFRI Equity Hedge Index -8.30% -12.28% -12.51% 6.33% 5.46% N/A N/A
S&P 500 Index -16.10% -19.96% -10.62% 10.60% 11.31% N/A 11.49%
3-Year Statistics (as of 8/31/2022)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
ERM 19.10% -5.19 0.88 0.32 0.89
S&P 500 Index 19.41% --- 1.00 0.67 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 each listed 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.

The Hedge Fund Research HFRI Equity Hedge Index returns are published as estimates and updated three times per month, therefore returns shown are subject to change. Returns for the index are not available since the fund’s inception as the index is calculated monthly. Unlike most asset class indexes, the Hedge Fund Research HFRI Equity Hedge Index returns reflect the fees and expenses of the funds it tracks, but the index itself does not assess a fee.

Hedge Fund Research HFRI Equity Hedge Index - The Index tracks the performance of equity hedge strategies that maintain positions both long and short in primarily equity and equity derivative securities.

S&P 500 Index - The Index is an unmanaged index of 500 companies 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 The unsubsidized 30-day SEC yield is calculated the same as the 30-day SEC yield, however it excludes contractual fee waivers and expense reimbursements.
7 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.
8 Distribution Rate is calculated by dividing the fund's most recent ordinary distribution paid or declared, on an annualized basis, by the NAV price. Distribution rates may vary.
9 All market capitalization numbers are in USD$ Millions.
10 Inception Date is 4/10/2017

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

You could lose money by investing in a fund. An investment in a fund is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed. There can be no assurance that a fund's objective(s) will be achieved. Investors buying or selling shares on the secondary market may incur customary brokerage commissions. Please refer to each fund's prospectus and SAI for additional details on a fund's risks. The order of the below risk factors does not indicate the significance of any particular risk factor.

Unlike mutual funds, shares of the fund 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 premium or discount to a fund's net asset value and possibly face delisting and the bid/ask spread may widen.

A fund is susceptible to operational risks through breaches in cyber security. Such events could cause a fund to incur regulatory penalties, reputational damage, additional compliance costs associated with corrective measures and/or financial loss.

Equity securities may decline significantly in price over short or extended periods of time, and such declines may occur in the equity market as a whole, or they may occur in only a particular country, company, industry or sector of the market.

A fund may invest in the shares of other ETFs, which involves additional expenses that would not be present in a direct investment in the underlying funds. In addition, a fund's investment performance and risks may be related to the investment performance and risks of the underlying funds.

A fund's investment in other investment companies is restricted by federal securities laws which limit the size of the position a fund can take in another investment company.

The portfolio managers of an actively managed portfolio will apply investment techniques and risk analyses that may not have the desired result.

Market risk is the risk that a particular security, or shares of a fund in general may fall in value. Securities are subject to market fluctuations caused by such factors as general economic conditions, political events, regulatory or market developments, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in securities prices. Shares of a fund could decline in value or underperform other investments as a result. In addition, local, regional or global events such as war, acts of terrorism, spread of infectious disease or other public health issues, recessions, or other events could have significant negative impact on a fund. In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine which has caused and could continue to cause significant market disruptions and volatility within the markets in Russia, Europe, and the United States. The hostilities and sanctions resulting from those hostilities could have a significant impact on certain fund investments as well as fund performance. The COVID-19 global pandemic and the ensuing policies enacted by governments and central banks have caused and may continue to cause significant volatility and uncertainty in global financial markets. While the U.S. has resumed "reasonably" normal business activity, many countries continue to impose lockdown measures. Additionally, there is no guarantee that vaccines will be effective against emerging variants of the disease.

A fund faces numerous market trading risks, including the potential lack of an active market for fund shares due to a limited number of market makers. Decisions by market makers or authorized participants to reduce their role or step away in times of market stress could inhibit the effectiveness of the arbitrage process in maintaining the relationship between the underlying values of a fund's portfolio securities and a fund's market price.

A fund and a fund's advisor may seek to reduce various operational risks through controls and procedures, but it is not possible to completely protect against such risks. The fund also relies on third parties for a range of services, including custody, and any delay or failure related to those services may affect the fund's ability to meet its objective.

The market price of a fund's shares will generally fluctuate in accordance with changes in the fund's net asset value ("NAV") as well as the relative supply of and demand for shares on the exchange, and a fund's investment advisor cannot predict whether shares will trade below, at or above their NAV.

A fund with significant exposure to a single asset class, country, region, industry, or sector may be more affected by an adverse economic or political development than a broadly diversified fund.

Securities of small- and mid-capitalization companies may experience greater price volatility and be less liquid than larger, more established companies.

Trading on an exchange may be halted due to market conditions or other reasons. There can be no assurance that a fund's requirements to maintain the exchange listing will continue to be met or be unchanged.

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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