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First Trust Strategic Income ETF (FDIV)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Strategic Income ETF is an actively managed exchange-traded fund. The primary investment objective of the Fund is to seek risk-adjusted income. The Fund's secondary investment objective is capital appreciation.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeMulti Asset Income
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon
Portfolio Manager/Sub-AdvisorFirst Trust Global Portfolios Limited, Energy Income Partners, LLC, Stonebridge Advisors LLC, Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC
Fiscal Year-End10/31
Inception Price$50.00
Inception NAV$50.00
Gross Expense Ratio*1.23%
Net Expense Ratio*0.87%
* As of 3/1/2019
First Trust has contractually agreed to reimburse acquired fund fees and expenses of the shares of investment companies held by the fund, provided that the investment companies are advised by the fund’s investment advisor. The agreement will remain in place until at least March 1, 2020, or until its termination at the direction of the Trust's Board of Trustees. Please see the Fees and Expenses of the Fund section in the fund's prospectus for more details.
Current Fund Data (as of 10/17/2019)
Closing NAV1$50.66
Closing Market Price2$50.72
Bid/Ask Midpoint$50.67
Bid/Ask Premium0.02%
Total Net Assets$88,655,086
Outstanding Shares1,750,002
Daily Volume4,458
Average 30-Day Daily Volume13,626
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$52.72 / $45.32
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$51.12 / $45.39
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)186
Top Holdings (as of 10/17/2019)*
Holding Percent
First Trust Tactical High Yield ETF 17.46%
First Trust Preferred Securities and Income ETF 9.43%
First Trust Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF 9.13%
iShares MBS ETF 6.77%
iShares JPMorgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF 5.95%
First Trust Low Duration Opportunities ETF 3.17%
First Trust Institutional Preferred Securities and Income ETF 3.14%
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. 1.79%
Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. 1.10%
TC Energy Corporation 1.04%

* Excluding cash.  Holdings are subject to change.

NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Overall Morningstar RatingTM (as of 9/30/2019)3

Among 497 funds in the Allocation--30% to 50% Equity category. This fund was rated 3 stars/497 funds (3 years), 4 stars/402 funds (5 years) based on risk adjusted returns.
Distribution Information
Dividend per Share Amt (as of 10/18/2019)4$0.1600
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 9/30/2019)54.10%
Unsubsidized 30-Day SEC Yield (as of 9/30/2019)63.72%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 9/30/2019)74.17%
Bid/Ask Midpoint vs. NAV (as of 9/30/2019)
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Above NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
9/30/2019 32 0 0 0
6/30/2019 33 0 0 0
3/31/2019 23 0 0 0
12/31/2018 27 0 1 2
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Below NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
9/30/2019 32 0 0 0
6/30/2019 30 0 0 0
3/31/2019 38 0 0 0
12/31/2018 33 0 0 0

The price used to calculate market return is determined by using the midpoint between the highest bid and the lowest offer 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.

Fund Composition (as of 10/17/2019)
Dividend Paying Equities 22.69%
Mortgage-related Securities 18.28%
High-yield Bonds and Senior Loans 17.78%
International Sovereign Bonds 16.25%
Preferred Securities 12.80%
MLPs 12.20%
Month End Performance (as of 9/30/2019)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 1.84% 13.01% 8.05% 4.55% 4.66% N/A 4.46%
After Tax Held 1.45% 11.62% 6.18% 2.72% 2.86% N/A 2.68%
After Tax Sold 1.09% 7.68% 4.71% 2.65% 2.74% N/A 2.60%
Market Price 1.94% 13.21% 8.16% 4.45% 4.67% N/A 4.49%
Index Performance **
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 2.27% 8.52% 10.30% 2.92% 3.38% N/A 3.25%
Russell 3000® Index 1.16% 20.09% 2.92% 12.83% 10.44% N/A 10.36%
Blended Benchmark 0.93% 12.16% 5.66% 4.49% 3.77% N/A 3.72%
Quarter End Performance (as of 9/30/2019)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 1.84% 13.01% 8.05% 4.55% 4.66% N/A 4.46%
After Tax Held 1.45% 11.62% 6.18% 2.72% 2.86% N/A 2.68%
After Tax Sold 1.09% 7.68% 4.71% 2.65% 2.74% N/A 2.60%
Market Price 1.94% 13.21% 8.16% 4.45% 4.67% N/A 4.49%
Index Performance **
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 2.27% 8.52% 10.30% 2.92% 3.38% N/A 3.25%
Russell 3000® Index 1.16% 20.09% 2.92% 12.83% 10.44% N/A 10.36%
Blended Benchmark 0.93% 12.16% 5.66% 4.49% 3.77% N/A 3.72%
3-Year Statistics (as of 9/30/2019)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
FDIV 5.61% 0.22 0.94 0.55 0.94
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 3.35% 1.22 0.05 0.43 0.12
Russell 3000® Index 12.54% 5.61 1.92 0.90 0.84
Blended Benchmark 5.56% --- 1.00 0.54 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 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. 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.

**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.

Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index - The Index covers the investment-grade, U.S. dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market, including Treasuries, government-related and corporate securities, MBS, ABS, and CMBS.

Russell 3000® Index - The Index is comprised of the 3000 largest and most liquid stocks based and traded in the U.S.

Blended Benchmark - The Benchmark is equally weighted to include these six indexes: the Alerian MLP Index, Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index, ICE BofAML Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index, ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Index,Bloomberg Barclays EM USD Aggregate Index and Bloomberg Barclays U.S. MBS Index. The Alerian MLP Index is a composite of the 50 most prominent energy master limited partnerships calculated using a float-adjusted market capitalization methodology. The Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index consists of 100 widely-traded, dividend-paying stocks derived from the Dow Jones U.S. Total Market Index. The ICE BofAML Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index tracks the performance of fixed-rate U.S. dollar denominated preferred securities issued in the U.S. domestic market. The ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Index tracks the performance of U.S. dollar denominated below investment grade corporate debt publicly issued in the U.S. domestic market. The Bloomberg Barclays EM USD Aggregate Index is a flagship hard currency Emerging Markets debt bench mark that includes USD denominated debt from sovereign, quasi-sovereign, and corporate EM issuers. The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. MBS Index measures the performance of investment grade fixed-rate mortgage-backed pass-through securities of GNMA, FNMA, and FHLMC.

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).
The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The Morningstar Rating does not include any adjustment for sales loads. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.
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 Inception Date is 8/13/2014

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.

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.

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

Income from the fund's fixed income investments could decline during periods of falling interest rates. Fixed income securities are also subject to credit risk and interest rate risk. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security will be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and/or principal payments when due and that the value of a security may decline as a result. Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of the fixed-income securities in the fund will decline because of rising market interest rates.

High-yield securities, or "junk" bonds, are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings, and therefore, may be highly speculative. These securities are issued by companies that may have limited operating history, narrowly focused operations, and/or other impediments to the timely payment of periodic interest and principal at maturity. Lower quality debt tends to be less liquid than higher quality debt.

Senior loan securities are subject to numerous risks, including credit risk, interest rate risk, income risk and prepayment risk. The risks associated with these loans are similar to the risks of high-yield fixed income instruments. Credit risk is heightened for the senior loans in which the fund invests because companies that issue such loans tend to be highly leveraged and thus are more susceptible to the risks of interest deferral, default and/or bankruptcy. The loans are usually rated below investment grade but may also be unrated. Upon a prepayment, either in part or in full, the actual outstanding debt on which the fund derives interest income will be reduced. The fund may not be able to reinvest the proceeds received on terms as favorable as the prepaid loan. The senior loan market has seen an increase in loans with weaker lender protections which may impact recovery values and/or trading levels in the future.

Mortgage-related securities, including mortgage-backed securities, are more susceptible to adverse economic, political or regulatory events that affect the value of real estate. Mortgage-related securities are subject to the risk that the rate of mortgage prepayments decreases, which extends the average life of a security and increases the interest rate exposure.

Preferred securities combine some of the characteristics of both common stocks and bonds. Preferred securities are typically subordinated to bonds and other debt instruments in a company's capital structure in terms of priority to corporate income, and therefore will be subject to greater credit risk than those debt instruments. Preferred securities are also subject to interest rate risk and income risk.

The fund may invest in covered call options. Covered call risk is the risk that the fund will forgo, during the option's life, the opportunity to profit from increases in the market value of the security covering the call option above the sum of the premium and the strike price of the call, but has retained the risk of loss should the price of the underlying security decline. In addition, as the fund writes covered calls over more of its portfolio, its ability to benefit from capital appreciation becomes more limited. The use of options and other derivatives can lead to losses because of adverse movements in the price or value of the underlying asset, index or rate, which may be magnified by certain features of the derivatives. These risks are heightened when the fund's portfolio managers use derivatives to enhance the fund's returns or as a substitute for a position or security, rather than solely to hedge (or offset) the risk of a position or security held by the fund.

Non-U.S. securities are subject to higher volatility than securities of U.S. issuers due to possible adverse political, social or economic developments; restrictions on foreign investment or exchange of securities; lack of liquidity; currency exchange rates; excessive taxation; government seizure of assets; different legal or accounting standards and less government supervision and regulation of exchanges in non-U.S. countries. These risks may be heightened for securities of companies located in, or with significant operations in, emerging market countries. Changes in currency exchange rates and the relative value of non-U.S. currencies will affect the value of the fund's investment and the value of fund shares. Depositary receipts may be less liquid than the underlying shares in their primary trading market.

Illiquid securities involve the risk that the securities will not be able to be sold at the time desired by the fund or at prices approximately the value at which the fund is carrying the securities on its books.

The fund invests in equity securities and the value of the shares will fluctuate with changes in the value of these equity securities. Equity securities prices fluctuate for several reasons, including changes in investors' perceptions of the financial condition of an issuer or the general condition of the relevant stock market.

The fund may invest in securities issued by companies concentrated in a particular industry which involves additional risks including limited diversification.

An investment in MLP units involves risks which differ from an investment in common stock of a corporation. Holders of MLP units have limited control and voting rights on matters affecting the partnership. In addition, there is the risk that a MLP could be taxed as a corporation, resulting in decreased returns from such MLP.

The fund may invest in the shares of other investment companies, and therefore, the fund's investment performance and risks may be related to the investment performance and risks of the underlying funds. In general, as a shareholder in other investment companies, the fund bears its ratable share of the underlying fund's expenses, and would be subject to duplicative expenses to the extent the fund invests in other investment companies.

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.

The fund may, under most circumstances, effect a portion of creations and redemptions, in whole or in part for cash, rather than in kind securities. As a result, the fund may be less tax efficient.

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

The fund is subject to management risk because it is an actively managed portfolio. In managing the fund's investment portfolio, the management teams will apply investment techniques and risk analyses that may not have the desired result. There can be no guarantee that the fund will meet its investment objectives.

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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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 advisors 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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