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First Trust Rising Dividend Achievers ETF (RDVY)
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Investment Objective/Strategy - The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the fees and expenses) of the NASDAQ US Rising Dividend Achievers Index (the "Index"). The Fund will normally invest at least 90% of its net assets (plus the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes) in securities that comprise the Index. The Index is composed of the securities of 50 companies with a history of raising their dividends and exhibit the characteristics to continue to do so in the future ("Index Securities"). The Index is designed to provide access to a diversified portfolio of large capitalization income producing securities.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
  • The index begins with the stocks in the NASDAQ US Benchmark Index, and eliminates those companies classified as a Real Estate Investment Trust by the Industry Classification Benchmark. The largest 1000 companies with a minimum three-month average daily dollar trading volume of $5 million are selected.
  • To be eligible for inclusion in the index, companies must have:
    • paid a dividend in the trailing twelve-month period greater than the dividend paid in the trailing twelve-month period three and five years prior.
    • positive earnings per share in the most recent fiscal year greater than the earnings per share three fiscal years prior.
    • a cash to debt ratio greater than 50%.
    • a trailing twelve-month period payout ratio no greater than 65%.
  • Eligible securities are ranked by a combined factor of dollar dividend increase over the previous five year period, current dividend yield, and payout ratio.
  • The 50 eligible securities with the lowest aggregated rank are selected for inclusion in the index, subject to a maximum of 30% from any one sector.
  • The index stocks are equally weighted initially and on each rebalancing effective date. The index is reconstituted annually and rebalanced quarterly.
Fund Overview
TickerRDVY
Fund TypeEquity Income
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBrown Brothers Harriman
CUSIP33738R506
ISINUS33738R5063
Intraday NAVRDVYIV
Fiscal Year-End09/30
ExchangeNasdaq
Inception1/6/2014
Inception Price$19.93
Inception NAV$19.93
Rebalance FrequencyQuarterly
Expense Ratio0.50%
Current Fund Data (as of 11/23/2020)
Closing NAV1$37.51
Closing Market Price2$37.51
Bid/Ask Midpoint$37.52
Bid/Ask Premium0.03%
30-Day Median Bid/Ask Spread30.05%
Total Net Assets$1,639,127,724
Outstanding Shares43,700,002
Daily Volume197,457
Average 30-Day Daily Volume409,881
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$37.51 / $21.81
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$37.51 / $21.73
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)50
Top Holdings (as of 11/23/2020)*
Holding Percent
Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. 2.92%
Lam Research Corporation 2.56%
Applied Materials, Inc. 2.51%
Popular, Inc. 2.31%
Jefferies Financial Group Inc. 2.30%
Comerica Incorporated 2.24%
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. 2.23%
NetApp, Inc. 2.20%
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. 2.18%
ManpowerGroup Inc. 2.17%

* Excluding cash.  Holdings are subject to change.

NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Overall Morningstar RatingTM (as of 10/31/2020)4

Among 1,124 funds in the Large Value category. This fund was rated 4 stars/1,124 funds (3 years), 5 stars/988 funds (5 years) based on risk adjusted returns.
Distribution Information
Dividend per Share Amt (as of 11/25/2020)5$0.1280
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 10/30/2020)61.88%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 10/30/2020)71.83%
Index Yield (as of 10/30/2020)82.63%
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 10/30/2020)9
Maximum Market Cap.$1,850,816
Median Market Cap.$36,270
Minimum Market Cap.$1,921
Price/Earnings13.59
Price/Book1.58
Price/Cash Flow10.90
Price/Sales1.12
Bid/Ask Premium/Discount (as of 11/23/2020)
  2019 Q1 2020 Q2 2020 Q3 2020
Days Traded at Premium 206 50 33 54
Days Traded at Discount 46 12 30 10
Top Sector Exposure (as of 11/23/2020)
Information Technology 33.25%
Financials 32.35%
Industrials 13.36%
Consumer Discretionary 6.03%
Health Care 3.85%
Consumer Staples 3.79%
Communication Services 3.75%
Materials 3.62%
Month End Performance (as of 10/30/2020)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception10
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 1.53% -8.96% -1.09% 6.29% 10.18% N/A 9.27%
After Tax Held 1.36% -9.45% -1.84% 5.57% 9.33% N/A 8.43%
After Tax Sold 0.90% -5.33% -0.66% 4.53% 7.63% N/A 6.98%
Market Price 1.56% -8.90% -1.09% 6.27% 10.20% N/A 9.28%
Index Performance **
NASDAQ US Rising Dividend Achievers Index 1.68% -8.54% -0.53% 6.85% 10.80% N/A 9.85%
Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend™ Index 1.15% -18.53% -14.86% -0.36% 5.58% N/A 6.45%
Quarter End Performance (as of 9/30/2020)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception10
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 6.35% -7.72% 4.61% 7.24% 11.99% N/A 9.61%
After Tax Held 6.18% -8.22% 3.81% 6.51% 11.12% N/A 8.76%
After Tax Sold 3.76% -4.60% 2.71% 5.27% 9.11% N/A 7.25%
Market Price 6.42% -7.71% 4.57% 7.20% 11.99% N/A 9.61%
Index Performance **
NASDAQ US Rising Dividend Achievers Index 6.51% -7.35% 5.17% 7.81% 12.60% N/A 10.19%
Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend™ Index 2.32% -19.86% -16.18% -0.49% 6.40% N/A 6.28%
3-Year Statistics (as of 10/30/2020)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
RDVY 21.51% 7.14 1.11 0.31 0.93
Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend™ Index 18.11% --- 1.00 -0.02 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.

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 US Rising Dividend Achievers 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.

Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend™ Index - The Index consists of 100 widely-traded, dividend-paying stocks derived from the Dow Jones U.S.Total Market IndexSM.

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
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.
5 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.
6 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.
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 Index yield represents the weighted average trailing 12-month dividend of the constituents of the NASDAQ US Rising Dividend Achievers Index.
9 All market capitalization numbers are in USD$ Millions.
10 Inception Date is 1/6/2014

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.

The fund's return may not match the return of the NASDAQ US Rising Dividend Achievers 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.

An investment in a fund containing securities of non-U.S. issuers is subject to additional risks, including currency fluctuations, political risks, withholding, the lack of adequate financial information, and exchange control restrictions impacting non-U.S. issuers. The fund may invest in depositary receipts which may be less liquid than the underlying shares in their primary trading market. There is no guarantee that any issuer will declare dividends in the future, or that, if declared, they will remain at current levels or increase over time.

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 US Rising Dividend Achievers 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.

©2020 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Morningstar RatingTM information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar;(2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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