First Trust Advisors L.P. (First Trust), a leading exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider and asset manager, announced that it launched a new ETF, the First Trust Dow Jones International Internet ETF (NASDAQ: FDNI or the fund), which began trading on November 6, 2018. The fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the funds fees and expenses) of an equity index called the Dow Jones International Internet Index (the index). The index is a float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index designed to measure the performance of the 40 largest and most actively traded non-U.S. international companies that generate a majority of their sales and revenue from internet-based activities.
The Internet is reaching further than ever before to connect our world, businesses and personal lives through what is known as the Internet of Things (IoT), or the billions of connected physical devices. The fund provides an easy way to gain exposure to international companies that may benefit from rapid technological changes as more people and devices across the globe connect to the Internet. The internet continues to be one of the most disruptive forces in the global economy, fueling growth by increasing efficiency in many different industries. Just as the First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund (FDN) provides exposure to US ecommerce and internet services stocks, this new ETF does so for international developed and emerging markets, where we see potential for robust revenue growth, said Ryan Issakainen, CFA, Senior Vice President, Exchange-Traded Fund Strategist at First Trust.
For more information about First Trust, please contact Ryan Issakainen at (630) 765-8689 or [email protected].
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First Trust is a federally registered investment advisor and serves as the funds investment advisor. First Trust and its affiliate First Trust Portfolios L.P. (FTP), a FINRA registered broker-dealer, are privately held companies that provide a variety of investment services. First Trust has collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $134 billion as of September 30, 2018 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts. First Trust is the supervisor of the First Trust unit investment trusts, while FTP is the sponsor. FTP is also a distributor of mutual fund shares and exchange-traded fund creation units. First Trust and FTP are based in Wheaton, Illinois. For more information, visit http://www.ftportfolios.com.
You should consider the funds investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses carefully before investing. Contact First Trust Portfolios L.P. at 1-800-621-1675 or visit www.ftportfolios.com to obtain 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.
The fund lists and principally trades its shares on the The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC.
The funds return may not match the return of the Dow Jones International Internet 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 shares 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 funds 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 funds net asset value and possibly face delisting.
The funds 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 stock owned by the fund, fund shares or stocks in general may fall in value. There can be no assurance that the funds investment objective will be achieved.
The fund is not actively managed and generally will not attempt to take defensive positions in declining markets.
The fund may invest in securities issued by companies concentrated in a particular industry, sector, or country, 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. These risks may be heightened for securities of companies located in, or with significant operations in, emerging market countries. The fund may invest in depositary receipts which may be less liquid than the underlying shares in their primary trading market.
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 cybersecurity.
Changes in currency exchange rates and the relative value of non-U.S. currencies will affect the value of the funds investments and the value of fund shares.
The fund currently has fewer assets than larger funds, and like other relatively new funds, large inflows and outflows may impact the funds market exposure for limited periods of time.
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 funds distributor.
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 and the Internal Revenue Code. First Trust has no knowledge of and has not been provided any information regarding any investor. Financial advisors must determine whether particular investments are appropriate for their clients. First Trust believes the financial advisor is a fiduciary, is capable of evaluating investment risks independently and is responsible for exercising independent judgment with respect to its retirement plan clients.
The Dow Jones International Internet Index and the Dow Jones Internet Composite Index„ are products of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC (SPDJI), and have been licensed for use by First Trust. Dow Jones, Dow Jones International Internet Index and Dow Jones Internet Composite Index„ are trademarks of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (Dow Jones) and have been licensed to SPDJI and have been sublicensed for use for certain purposes by First Trust on behalf of the funds. The First Trust Dow Jones International Internet ETF and the First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones or their respective affiliates and none of them makes any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product.