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First Trust Multi Cap Growth AlphaDEX® Fund (FAD)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Multi Cap Growth AlphaDEX® is an exchange-traded fund. The investment objective of the Fund is to seek investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield, before fees and expenses, of an equity index called the NASDAQ AlphaDEX® Multi Cap Growth Index.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
  • The NASDAQ AlphaDEX® Multi Cap Growth Index is an "enhanced" index created and administered by Nasdaq, Inc. ("Nasdaq") which employs the AlphaDEX® stock selection methodology to select stocks that meet certain criteria from the three indices – NASDAQ US 500 Large Cap Index, NASDAQ US 600 Mid Cap Index and NASDAQ US 700 Small Cap Index.
  • Nasdaq constructs the NASDAQ AlphaDEX® Multi Cap Growth Index by ranking the eligible stocks within each index on growth factors including 3-, 6- and 12- month price appreciation, sales to price and one year sales growth, and separately on value factors including book value to price, cash flow to price and return on assets. All stocks are ranked on the sum of ranks for the growth factors and, separately, all stocks are ranked on the sum of ranks for the value factors. A stock must have data for all growth and/or value factors to receive a rank for that style.
  • Each stock receives either its growth or value score as its selection score based on its style designation as determined by Nasdaq. Only those stocks designated as value stocks are eligible for the portfolio.
  • The top 187 stocks from the NASDAQ US 500 Large Cap Growth Index, 225 stocks from the NASDAQ US 600 Mid Cap Growth Index and 262 stocks from the NASDAQ US 700 Small Cap Growth Index based on the selection score determined in the previous step comprise the "selected stocks". The selected stocks are divided into quintiles based on their rankings within their size class and the top ranked quintiles receive a higher weight within the index.
  • The NASDAQ AlphaDEX® Multi Cap Growth Index is comprised of the selected stocks in the following weights: the stocks selected from the NASDAQ US 500 Large Cap Growth Index comprise 50%, the stocks selected from the NASDAQ US 600 Mid Cap Growth Index comprise 30%, and the stocks selected from the NASDAQ US 700 Small Cap Growth Index comprise 20%.
  • The index is reconstituted and rebalanced quarterly.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeMulti Cap Growth
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon
Fiscal Year-End07/31
Inception Price$30.00
Inception NAV$30.00
Rebalance FrequencyQuarterly
Gross Expense Ratio*0.63%
Net Expense Ratio*0.63%
* As of 12/1/2020
Expenses are capped contractually at 0.70% per year, at least until November 30, 2021.
Current Fund Data (as of 2/26/2021)
Closing NAV1$109.82
Closing Market Price2$110.02
Bid/Ask Midpoint$109.81
Bid/Ask Discount0.01%
30-Day Median Bid/Ask Spread30.25%
Total Net Assets$214,145,798
Outstanding Shares1,950,002
Daily Volume2,819
Average 30-Day Daily Volume7,513
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$118.03 / $52.24
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$118.05 / $52.10
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)674
Top Holdings (as of 2/26/2021)*
Holding Percent
Moderna, Inc. 0.63%
Applied Materials, Inc. 0.58%
Snap Inc. (Class A) 0.56%
HubSpot, Inc. 0.55%
Zebra Technologies Corporation 0.55%
Etsy, Inc. 0.53%
Zillow Group, Inc. (Class C) 0.53%
Pinterest, Inc (Class A) 0.52%
KLA Corporation 0.51%
Lam Research Corporation 0.51%

* 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.$5,513
Minimum Market Cap.$627
Price/Cash Flow22.26
Bid/Ask Premium/Discount (as of 2/26/2021)
  2020 Q1 2021 Q2 2021 Q3 2021
Days Traded at Premium 171 34 --- ---
Days Traded at Discount 82 4 --- ---
Top Sector Exposure (as of 2/26/2021)
Information Technology 34.11%
Health Care 21.55%
Consumer Discretionary 12.89%
Industrials 9.70%
Financials 6.19%
Communication Services 5.27%
Consumer Staples 3.11%
Materials 2.81%
Real Estate 2.11%
Energy 1.69%
Utilities 0.57%
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) 24.76% 2.74% 37.18% 15.86% 18.44% 13.85% 10.08%
After Tax Held 24.74% 2.74% 36.93% 15.68% 18.25% 13.65% 9.91%
After Tax Sold 14.66% 1.62% 21.96% 12.38% 14.91% 11.56% 8.43%
Market Price 24.47% 2.67% 37.18% 15.83% 18.46% 13.83% 10.07%
Index Performance **
Nasdaq AlphaDEX® Multi Cap Growth Index 25.00% 2.81% 38.19% 16.66% 19.40% N/A N/A
S&P Composite 1500 Index 15.10% -0.68% 17.48% 11.39% 16.01% 13.34% 9.07%
Nasdaq US Multi Cap Growth Index 15.08% -0.05% 30.70% 18.10% 20.18% N/A N/A
S&P Composite 1500 Growth Index 14.51% -0.20% 29.62% 16.98% 19.75% 15.95% 11.70%
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) 20.40% 34.59% 34.59% 17.08% 16.41% 13.65% 9.92%
After Tax Held 20.37% 34.34% 34.34% 16.90% 16.22% 13.45% 9.76%
After Tax Sold 12.07% 20.43% 20.43% 13.37% 13.17% 11.38% 8.29%
Market Price 20.46% 34.67% 34.67% 17.08% 16.43% 13.63% 9.93%
Index Performance **
Nasdaq AlphaDEX® Multi Cap Growth Index 20.63% 35.58% 35.58% 17.89% N/A N/A N/A
S&P Composite 1500 Index 13.24% 17.92% 17.92% 13.63% 14.97% 13.67% 9.18%
Nasdaq US Multi Cap Growth Index 11.29% 34.57% 34.57% 20.55% N/A N/A N/A
S&P Composite 1500 Growth Index 11.56% 32.43% 32.43% 19.70% 18.54% 16.14% 11.80%
3-Year Statistics (as of 1/29/2021)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
FAD 22.19% -2.14 1.12 0.70 0.95
S&P Composite 1500 Index 19.03% -4.73 0.99 0.58 0.98
S&P Composite 1500 Growth Index 18.85% --- 1.00 0.84 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 AlphaDEX® Multi Cap Growth 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.

On April 8, 2016, the fund's underlying index changed from the Defined Multi Cap Growth Index to the NASDAQ AlphaDEX® Multi Cap Growth Index. Therefore, the fund's performance and historical returns shown for the periods prior to this date are not necessarily indicative of the performance that the fund, based on its current index, would have generated.

S&P Composite 1500 Index - The Index is an unmanaged index representing the large cap, mid cap and small cap segments of the U.S. equity market.

Nasdaq US Multi Cap Growth Index - The Index is a float modified market capitalization weighted index that contains the top 50% of securities with the strongest growth-oriented composite score from the Nasdaq US Select Index Family.

S&P Composite 1500 Growth Index - The Index contains those securities with growth characteristics from the S&P 1500 Index.

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 5/8/2007

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 AlphaDEX® Multi Cap Growth 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 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.

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 NASDAQ AlphaDEX® Multi Cap Growth 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. AlphaDEX® is a registered trademark owned by First Trust that has been licensed to Nasdaq, Inc. for use in the name of the Index. 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.

"AlphaDEX®" is a registered trademark of First Trust Portfolios L.P. First Trust Portfolios L.P. has obtained a patent for the AlphaDEX® stock selection methodology from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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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