First Trust has announced that they will begin trading The First Trust NASDAQ Technology Dividend Index Fund (NASDAQ:TDIV) Tuesday, August 14, 2012. The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the Fund’s fees and expenses) of an equity index called the NASDAQ Technology Dividend Index.
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses: 0.50%
PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES
The Fund will normally invest at least 90% of its net assets (plus the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes) in the common stocks and/or depositary receipts included in the Index.
The Fund, using an indexing investment approach, attempts to replicate, before fees and expenses, the performance of the Index. First Trust Advisors L.P. (“First Trust” or the “Advisor”), the Fund’s investment advisor, seeks a correlation of 0.95 or better (before fees and expenses) between the Fund’s performance and the performance of the Index; a figure of 1.00 would represent perfect correlation. First Trust will regularly monitor the Fund’s tracking accuracy and will seek to maintain an appropriate correlation.
The Index is owned and was developed by NASDAQ(R) (the “Index Provider”). The Index is calculated and maintained by the Index Provider. The Index includes up to 100 Technology and Telecommunications companies that pay a regular or common dividend. To be selected for the Index, a company must be classified as a Technology or Telecommunications company under the Industry Classification Benchmark (“ICB”) and have a minimum market capitalization of $500 million. International securities included in the Index are U.S.-listed securities of non-U.S. companies, some of which may be located in emerging markets. At each quarter, the Index is rebalanced such that the Technology securities are given a collective weight of 80% and the Telecommunications securities are given a collective weight of 20%.
The index employs a modified market cap weighting methodology in which larger companies receive a larger index weighting. The index weighting methodology includes caps to prevent high concentrations among larger stocks. This methodology is applied to the dividend value of each Index security. The dividend value is calculated by multiplying dividends paid per share within the past 12 months by the current shares outstanding. At each quarter, the Index is rebalanced such that the Technology securities are given a collective weight of 80% and the Telecommunications securities are given a collective weight of 20%.
The Index Provider evaluates the Index components semi-annually in March and September for eligibility, based on January and July month-end data. Eligible components for the Index are identified as such using the eligibility criteria set forth in this Prospectus under “Index Information.” The Index is rebalanced quarterly in March, June, September and December. Rebalancing is effective as of the market close of the third Friday in March, June, September and December. As of June 20, 2012, the Index was comprised of 60 securities.
The Fund intends to invest entirely in securities included in the Index, however, there may also be instances in which the Fund may be underweighted or overweighted in certain securities in the Index, not invest in certain securities included in the Index, purchase securities not in the Index that are appropriate to substitute for certain securities in the Index or utilize various combinations of the above techniques in seeking to track the Index.
For the Prospectus click: HERE