First Trust To Begin Trading The First Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund Thursday, June 21, 2012
First Trust has announced that they will begin trading The First Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund (NYSEARCA:EMLP) Thursday, June 21, 2012. The Fund’s investment objective is to seek total return.
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses: 0.95%
PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES
Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets (plus the amount of any borrowing for investment purposes) in equity securities of companies deemed by the Sub-Advisor (as defined below) to be engaged in the energy infrastructure sector. These companies principally include publicly-traded master limited partnerships and limited liability companies taxed as partnerships (“MLPs”), MLP affiliates, Canadian income trusts and their successor companies (collectively, “Canadian Income Equities”), pipeline companies, utilities, and other companies that derive at least 50% of their revenues from operating or providing services in support of infrastructure assets such as pipelines, power transmission and petroleum and natural gas storage in the petroleum, natural gas and power generation industries (collectively, “Energy Infrastructure Companies”). The Fund will be generally concentrated in Energy Infrastructure Companies. In addition, under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets (plus the amount of any borrowing for investment purposes) in equity securities of companies headquartered or incorporated in the United States and Canada.
The Fund may invest in equity securities of MLPs without limit, however, in order to comply with applicable tax diversification rules, the Fund may have to limit the percentage of its assets invested in MLPs on a periodic basis.
The Fund’s investment strategy will have an emphasis on current distributions and dividends paid to shareholders. The Sub-Advisor believes that a professionally managed portfolio of higher dividend paying MLPs, Canadian Income Equities, pipeline and power utilities and other Energy Infrastructure Companies in non-cyclical segments offer an attractive balance of income and growth. The Sub-Advisor believes that the non-cyclical assets that best support a high-payout ratio are those with steady, fee-for-service businesses with relatively low sustaining capital obligations. In the energy infrastructure sector, such fee-for-service assets are comprised of but not limited to interstate pipelines, intrastate pipelines with long-term contracts, power generation assets, storage and terminal facilities with long-term contracts and regulated power transmission and distribution assets. By contrast, the Sub-Advisor will seek to limit the cyclical energy exposure of the portfolio. The Sub-Advisor believes that portfolio investments in oil and gas exploration, development and production are less well suited for the Fund because the cash flows from these investments are cyclical in nature, being driven by commodity prices, and because oil and gas assets are wasting assets. The Sub-Advisor believes the use of rigorous investment research and analytical tools, along with conservative portfolio construction used to identify appropriate non-cyclical Energy Infrastructure Company investments, provides a value added service to the individual investor making an investment in this asset class.
The Fund may also use derivative investments such as bond index and equity index futures to hedge against interest rate and market risks. The Fund may engage in currency hedging transactions, including buying or selling options or entering into other transactions including futures, forward contracts, swaps and other derivatives transactions.
For the prospectus click: HERE