First Trust Barclays Edge Index

Ticker
FTEDGE7
Index Value
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End of Day Closing Value of the Index.
261.98
Index value as of 4/22/2024
Overview
Index Values
Performance
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Overview

The First Trust Barclays Edge Index (the "Index") is a multi-asset, target volatility index. The index targets exposure to companies with high quality attributes, strong fundamentals, lower volatility and above-average dividend yields while aiming to control risk by targeting 7% volatility. The Index seeks to provide exposure to both equity and fixed income components through an optimized, volatility control methodology. The equity exposure will be an equally-weighted blend of The Capital Strength Index and the Value Line® Dividend Index. The fixed income exposure will be a blend of the Barclays US 2yr Treasury Futures Index, the Barclays US 5yr Treasury Futures Index, and the Barclays US 10yr Note Futures Index. Refer to the Additional Information section and the Index Methodology Rule Book (see Documents link) for a full description of the Index methodology, including details regarding the optimization and volatility control components.

Index Facts

Ticker Symbol
FTEDGE7
Inception Date
4/14/2023
Rebalance Frequency
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Please refer to the methodology of the index for more details about the manner in which it is rebalanced.
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Current Index Data

As of
Closing Index Value
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End of Day Closing Value of the Index.
261.98
Previous Closing Value
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Previous End of Day Closing Value of the Index.
261.21
Percent Change
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The change in value between the most recent closing index value and the previous index closing value.
0.30%

Index Values

Historical Closing Index Values *

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Performance

Month End Performance

As of
Index Performance * 3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since Inception†
First Trust Barclays Edge Index 0.45% 0.45% N/A N/A N/A N/A -0.72%

Quarter End Performance

As of
Index Performance * 3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since Inception†
First Trust Barclays Edge Index 0.45% 0.45% N/A N/A N/A N/A -0.72%
† Inception Date is 4/14/2023
* Past performance of the Index is not an indication or guarantee of future results.

Documents

file_downloadIndex Methodology Rule Book
file_downloadIndex Overview

Additional Information

The First Trust Barclays Edge Index is designed to combine capital strength and value equity investment methodologies with a mix of US Treasury futures indexes for the potential to provide stable returns over time. The First Trust Barclays Edge Index consists of an equity component that combines stocks from the Capital Strength Index and the Value Line® Dividend Index. The Capital Strength Index starts with the largest 500 companies in the NASDAQ US benchmark index and then reduces the selection universe by screening for companies that meet minimum criteria including cash and/or short-term investments on their balance sheets, low debt-to-market cap ratios and attractive return-on-equity. It then selects the top 50 names from this smaller universe based on low historical volatility. The Value Line Dividend Index starts with the universe of stocks published in its The Value Line Investment Survey publication and then selects those with a Value Line® Safety Rank of 1 or 2, with attractive dividends and market cap of one billion dollars or above. It then equally weights all stocks that meet those conditions (generally, around 160-200 stocks). The First Trust Barclays Edge Index then combines the stocks represented in The Capital Strength Index and the Value Line Dividend Index with an equal-weight assigned to each underlying index and rebalanced back to equal-weight on a monthly basis. Furthermore, since the index is on an excess return basis (i.e., it returns the index performance in excess of risk free rates), the risk free return is deducted from the equity underliers. The risk free rate used in this calculation is the U.S. Fed Funds Rate published by the Federal Reserve of New York (ticker: FEDL01) for each day divided by 360 as outlined in the Index Rulebook. No such adjustment is needed to the US Treasury futures indexes as these securities returns are naturally on an excess return basis.

The Index uses an optimizer to evaluate its exposure to stocks and US Treasury futures indexes on a daily basis to target a 7% volatility level. This volatility control mechanism aims to target or limit the volatility of the index return over time by adjusting the exposure of the index constituents through a rules-based process called mean-variance optimization. The optimizer defines risk using both shorter and longer term measures of historical realized volatility. It then seeks to determine the allocations between the equity and US Treasury futures index that produce the highest expected return for the target volatility level, subject to constraints. Depending on the constraints of the optimizer at the time, the Index may or may not allocate to the US Treasury futures indexes. When the volatility measures are low, the index can have exposure greater than 100%. However, the optimizer is constrained such that the exposure can never be greater than 225%. Likewise, when volatility is high, the index exposure can be less than 100%. In addition, the First Trust Barclays Edge Index generally rebalances based on end-of-day values in the event there is a deviation in the index component weights of 10% or more, on an absolute basis, from the previous index rebalance value.

The performance of the First Trust Barclays Edge Index reflects the deduction of operating costs and rebalancing costs from the valuation of the underlying indexes. These costs, deducted as an annualized percentage on a daily basis, are fixed for the underlying indexes. The operating costs for the First Trust Barclays Edge Index range from 0.20% to 0.60%, and the rebalancing costs for the First Trust Barclays Edge Index range from 0.02% to 0.03%. The operating costs represent an estimate of the costs that would be incurred to buy and sell the index components. The rebalancing costs represent an estimate of the costs that would be incurred each time the Index rebalances due to changes in weightings of the Index components. The deduction of these costs occurs at the First Trust Barclays Edge Index level (i.e., the return on the First Trust Barclays Edge Index is reduced based on the applicable operating and rebalancing costs).

In addition to the information contained herein, refer to the Index Methodology Rule Book for a full description of the Index methodology, including details regarding the optimization and volatility control components.

Important Information

FT Indexing Solutions LLC ("FTIS") defines various dates to assist our clients in providing transparency:

  • The First Value Date is the first day for which there is a calculated value (either live or back-tested) for a given index.
  • The Base Date is the date at which an index is set to a fixed value for calculation purposes.
  • The launch date of the Index was April 14, 2023 ("Launch Date") which designates the date when the values of an index are first known to have been released to the public.

FTIS has retained Bloomberg Index Services Limited ("BISL" and with its affiliates, "Bloomberg") to act as the administrator and calculation agent of the Index. FTIS does not guarantee the timeliness, accurateness, or completeness of any such calculations.

Please refer to the methodology for the Index (the "Methodology") for more details about the Index, including the manner in which it is rebalanced, the timing of such rebalancing, criteria for additions and deletions of the Underlying Indexes, as well as all Index calculations.

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GENERAL DISCLAIMERS

The First Trust Barclays Edge Index ("FTIS Index") is a product of FT Indexing Solutions LLC ("FTIS") and is administered and calculated by Bloomberg Index Service Limited and its affiliates (collectively, "BISL"). FIRST TRUST® and First Trust Barclays Edge Index are trademarks of First Trust Portfolios L.P. (collectively, with FTIS and their respective affiliates, "First Trust"). The foregoing index and trademarks have been licensed for use for certain purposes by Bloomberg and certain other parties in connection with the FTIS Index.

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