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As of 07/12/2024

Price

Aum/Mkt Cap

YIELD

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Exp Ratio

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FT Vest Laddered Buffer ETF

BUFR | Active ETF

$29.23

$3.74 B

0.00%

1.05%

Vitals

YTD Return

10.0%

1 yr return

15.7%

3 Yr Avg Return

8.3%

5 Yr Avg Return

N/A

Net Assets

$3.74 B

Holdings in Top 10

83.4%

52 WEEK LOW AND HIGH

$29.2
$23.71
$29.24

Expenses

OPERATING FEES

Expense Ratio 1.05%

SALES FEES

Front Load N/A

Deferred Load N/A

TRADING FEES

Turnover N/A

Redemption Fee N/A


Min Investment

Standard (Taxable)

N/A

IRA

N/A


Fund Classification

Fund Type

Exchange Traded Fund


Name

As of 07/12/2024

Price

Aum/Mkt Cap

YIELD

Annualized forward dividend yield. Multiplies the most recent dividend payout amount by its frequency and divides by the previous close price.

Exp Ratio

Expense ratio is the fund’s total annual operating expenses, including management fees, distribution fees, and other expenses, expressed as a percentage of average net assets.

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FT Vest Laddered Buffer ETF

BUFR | Active ETF

$29.23

$3.74 B

0.00%

1.05%

BUFR - Profile

Distributions

  • YTD Total Return 10.0%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Total Return 8.3%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Total Return N/A
  • Capital Gain Distribution Frequency N/A
  • Net Income Ratio -0.20%
DIVIDENDS
  • Dividend Yield 0.0%
  • Dividend Distribution Frequency Quarterly

Fund Details

  • Legal Name
    FT Vest Laddered Buffer ETF
  • Fund Family Name
    First Trust Advisors L.P
  • Inception Date
    Aug 10, 2020
  • Shares Outstanding
    33000002
  • Share Class
    N/A
  • Currency
    USD
  • Domiciled Country
    US
  • Manager
    Howard Rubin

Fund Description

The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by providing investors with US large-cap equity market exposure while attempting to limit downside risk through a laddered portfolio of twelve FT Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETFs (the "Underlying ETFs"). The term "laddered portfolio" refers to the Fund's investment in multiple Underlying ETFs that have target outcome period expiration dates which occur on a rolling, or periodic, basis. See below for a discussion of "target outcome periods" and their meaning within the strategies of the Underlying ETFs. The rolling or “laddered” nature of the investments in the Underlying ETFs creates diversification of investment time period compared to the risk of acquiring or disposing of any one Underlying ETF at any one time. This diversification of investment time period is intended to mitigate the risk of failing to benefit from the buffer of a single Underlying ETF due to the timing of investment in such Underlying ETF and the relative price of the reference asset or having limited or no upside potential remaining because of the cap of a single Underlying ETF. The Fund's laddered approach is intended to allow the Fund to continue to benefit from increases in the value of the SPDR®S&P 500® ETF Trust (“SPY”) and to provide a level of downside protection for at least a portion of the Fund's portfolio at any given time. Depending on when the Fund acquires shares of an Underlying ETF, even with a laddered approach, the cap and/or buffer of an Underlying ETF may be exhausted unless the Fund acquires shares at the beginning of a Target Outcome Period (as defined below). The Fund does not typically buy shares at the beginning of the Target Outcome Period.Unlike the Underlying ETFs, the Fund itself does not pursue a target outcome strategy. The buffer is only provided by the Underlying ETFs and the Fund itself does not provide any stated buffer against losses. The Fund will likely not receive the full benefit of the Underlying ETF buffers and could have limited upside potential. The Fund's returns are limited by the caps of the Underlying ETFs.In order to understand the Fund’s strategy and risks, it is important to understand the strategies and risks of the Underlying ETFs. See “Additional Information on the Fund's Investment Objective and Strategies” for a discussion of the principal investment strategies of the Underlying ETFs.Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in the Underlying ETFs, which seek to provide investors with returns (before feesand expenses) that match the price return of SPY, up to a predetermined upside cap, while providing a buffer (before feesand expenses) against the first 10% of SPY losses, over a defined one-year period. The Fund intends only to acquire shares of Underlying ETFs in the secondary market and will not engage in any principal transactions with the Underlying ETFs. The Fund and each Underlying ETF are advised by First Trust Advisors L.P. (“First Trust” or the “Advisor”) and sub-advised by Vest Financial LLC (“Vest” or the “Sub-Advisor”). PDR Services, LLC (“PDR”) serves as SPY’s sponsor. The investment objective of SPY is to seek to provide investment results that, before expenses, correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the S&P 500® Index. See "SPDR® S&P 500® ETF Trust" below for more information.The Underlying ETFs invest substantially all of their assets in FLexible EXchange® Options (“FLEX Options”) on SPY. FLEX Options are customizable exchange-traded option contracts guaranteed for settlement by the Options Clearing Corporation. Each Underlying ETF uses FLEX Options to employ a “target outcome strategy.” Target outcome strategies seek to produce pre-determined investment outcomes based upon the performance of an underlying security or index (in this case, SPY). The pre-determined outcomes sought by the Underlying ETFs, which include a buffer against the first 10% of SPY losses and a cap on upside potential, are based on the price return of SPY over an approximate one-year period beginning on the third Friday in the month for which each Underlying ETF is named and ending on the third Friday of the same month in the following year (the “Target Outcome Period”). Each Underlying ETF establishes a new cap annually at the beginning of each Target Outcome Period. See “Buffer and Cap” below under “Additional Information on the Fund’s Investment Objectives and Strategies.”Each Underlying ETF’s strategy has been specifically designed to produce the outcomes (before fees and expenses) based upon SPY’s returns over the duration of a Target Outcome Period. At the end of each Target Outcome Period, an Underlying ETF’s FLEX Options are generally allowed to expire or sold at or near their expiration, and the proceeds are used to purchase (or roll into) a new set of FLEX Options expiring in approximately one year. This means that approximately every 30 days, one of the Underlying ETFs will undergo a “reset” of its cap and a refresh of its buffer. At any given time, the Fund will generally hold one Underlying ETF with FLEX Options expiring within one month, a second Underlying ETF with FLEX Options expiring within two months, a third Underlying ETF with FLEX Options expiring within three months, etc., up to and including twelve months. The rolling or “laddered” nature of the investments in the Underlying ETFs creates diversification of investment time period and market level (meaning the price of SPY at any given time) compared to the risk of acquiring or disposing of any one Underlying ETF at any one time. Because the Fund typically will not acquire shares of the Underlying ETFs on the first day of a Target Outcome Period and may dispose of shares of the Underlying ETFs before the end of the Target Outcome Period, the Fund may experience investment returns that are very different from those that the Underlying ETFs seek to provide.If an Underlying ETF has experienced certain levels of either gains or losses since the beginning of its current Target Outcome Period, there may be little to no ability for the Fund to achieve gains or benefit from the buffer for the remainder of the Target Outcome Period.When an investor purchases shares of a single Underlying ETF, his or her potential outcomes are limited by the Underlying ETF's stated cap and buffer over a defined time period (depending on when the shares were purchased). Alternatively, the Fund’s laddered approach provides a diversified exposure to all of the Underlying ETFs in a single investment. By owning a laddered portfolio of Underlying ETFs, the Fund has the ability to continue to benefit from increases in the value of SPY and to provide a level of downside protection as one of the Underlying ETFs will reset its cap and refresh its buffer every month based on the price of SPY at the time of the reset. In other words, the continual and periodic "refreshing" of the Underlying ETF caps and buffers at current SPY prices is intended to allow the Fund to continue to benefit from increases in the value of SPY and to provide a level of downside protection for at least a portion of the Fund's portfolio at any given time. This approach reduces the risk inherent in the Underlying ETFs of having the upside potential for an entire Target Outcome Period capped out in cases of rapid appreciation of SPY. It also reduces the risk of failing to benefit from an individual Underlying ETF buffer in cases where SPY has depreciated below that specific buffer level. Approximately every 30 days, one of the Underlying ETFs will undergo a reset of its cap and a refresh of its buffer, meaning that investors will have the ability to benefit from any appreciation in SPY for future periods up to the respective caps of the Underlying ETFs and will have the benefit of the buffer for future periods. A laddered buffer portfolio can diversify timing risk, similar to how laddered bond portfolios seek to manage timing risks for fixed-income investors.The Fund intends only to acquire shares of Underlying ETFs in the secondary market and will not engage in any principal transactions with the Underlying ETFs. The Fund intends to generally rebalance its portfolio to equal weight (i.e., 8⅓% per Underlying ETF) quarterly. The Fund also will acquire and dispose of Underlying ETFs in connection with the creation and redemption of Creation Units between quarterly rebalances. In between such rebalances, market movements in the prices of the Underlying ETFs may result in the Fund having temporary larger exposures to certain Underlying ETFs compared to others. Under such circumstances, the Fund’s returns would be more greatly influenced by the returns of the Underlying ETFs with the larger exposures. If an over-weighted Underlying ETF underperforms the other Underlying ETFs, the Fund will experience returns that are inferior to those that would have been achieved if the Underlying ETFs were equally weighted. See Significant Exposure Risk below.The current list of Underlying ETFs in the Fund's portfolio can be found at www.ftportfolios.com/retail/etf/EtfSummary.aspx?Ticker=BUFR. The Fund's website will provide, on a daily basis, the proportion of the Fund's assets invested in each Underlying ETF at any given time. Each Underlying ETF’s website provides important information (including Target Outcome Period start and end dates and the cap (both gross and net of fees) and buffer both at the start of the Underlying ETF's Target Outcome Period and on any particular day relative to the end of the Target Outcome Period).Although this website information may be useful in understanding the investment strategies of the Underlying ETFs, it is limited in providing an investor of the Fund with all of the risks and potential outcomes associated with an investment in the Underlying ETFs. For example, it does not provide a direct example of your potential investment return in the Fund because of the Fund’s laddered exposure to the Underlying ETFs in which each one of the Underlying ETFs will reset its cap and refresh its buffer annually based on prevailing market conditions.The Fund is classified as “non-diversified” under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”). The Fund’s investment strategy may include active and frequent trading. The Fund may not invest 25% or more of the value of its total assets in securities of issuers in any one industry or group of industries except to the extent that the underlying referenced index of the Underlying ETFs invests more than 25% of its assets in an industry or group of industries. This restriction does not apply to obligations issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government, its agencies or instrumentalities, or securities of other investment companies.As of December 1, 2023, SPY had significant investments in information technology companies.
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BUFR - Performance

Return Ranking - Trailing

Period BUFR Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
YTD 10.0% -2.8% 240.8% 60.87%
1 Yr 15.7% -4.3% 140.6% N/A
3 Yr 8.3%* -8.3% 18.3% N/A
5 Yr N/A* -5.0% 17.3% N/A
10 Yr N/A* -4.6% 13.2% N/A

* Annualized

Return Ranking - Calendar

Period BUFR Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
2023 19.6% -34.1% 904.0% N/A
2022 -7.6% -28.6% 438.4% N/A
2021 11.9% -93.5% 8.2% N/A
2020 N/A -38.9% 19.8% N/A
2019 N/A -10.9% 12.8% N/A

Total Return Ranking - Trailing

Period BUFR Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
YTD 10.0% -2.7% 244.0% 58.10%
1 Yr 15.7% -4.3% 140.6% N/A
3 Yr 8.3%* -8.3% 18.3% N/A
5 Yr N/A* -5.4% 17.3% N/A
10 Yr N/A* -4.6% 13.2% N/A

* Annualized

Total Return Ranking - Calendar

Period BUFR Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
2023 19.6% -34.1% 904.0% N/A
2022 -7.6% -5.9% 438.4% N/A
2021 11.9% -81.2% 8.2% N/A
2020 N/A -29.0% 19.8% N/A
2019 N/A -10.9% 12.8% N/A

BUFR - Holdings

Concentration Analysis

BUFR Category Low Category High BUFR % Rank
Net Assets 3.74 B 25 17.4 B 35.58%
Number of Holdings 13 2 508 91.98%
Net Assets in Top 10 2.87 B -6.66 M 5.12 B 24.43%
Weighting of Top 10 83.37% 11.3% 100.0% 4.67%

Top 10 Holdings

  1. FT Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - December 8.36%
  2. FT Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September 8.34%
  3. FT Vest US Equity Buffer ETF - November 8.34%
  4. FT Vest US Equity Buffer ETF-July 8.34%
  5. FT Vest US Equity Buffer ETF - June 8.34%
  6. FT Vest US Equity Buffer ETF - February 8.33%
  7. FT Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August 8.33%
  8. FT Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January 8.33%
  9. FT Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October 8.33%
  10. FT Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - April 8.33%

Asset Allocation

Weighting Return Low Return High BUFR % Rank
Stocks
99.99% -3.92% 100.76% 37.40%
Cash
0.03% -0.76% 100.29% 57.63%
Preferred Stocks
0.00% 0.00% 3.08% 88.17%
Other
0.00% 0.00% 45.92% 90.84%
Convertible Bonds
0.00% 0.00% 20.91% 89.31%
Bonds
0.00% 0.00% 97.96% 89.31%

Stock Sector Breakdown

Weighting Return Low Return High BUFR % Rank
Technology
24.48% 0.00% 44.43% 50.42%
Healthcare
14.58% 0.00% 25.91% 71.01%
Financial Services
13.37% 0.00% 29.60% 64.71%
Consumer Cyclical
10.60% 0.00% 19.02% 53.78%
Communication Services
8.72% 0.00% 21.22% 47.48%
Industrials
8.21% 1.41% 43.91% 52.10%
Consumer Defense
6.92% 0.00% 22.87% 65.55%
Energy
4.84% 0.00% 69.54% 64.29%
Utilities
3.00% 0.00% 13.35% 57.14%
Real Estate
2.79% 0.00% 9.74% 56.30%
Basic Materials
2.49% 0.00% 60.58% 55.88%

Stock Geographic Breakdown

Weighting Return Low Return High BUFR % Rank
US
99.99% -3.89% 100.00% 33.59%
Non US
0.00% -2.17% 99.33% 56.49%

BUFR - Expenses

Operational Fees

BUFR Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Expense Ratio 1.05% 0.20% 6.78% 100.00%
Management Fee 0.20% 0.20% 1.75% 0.37%
12b-1 Fee 0.00% 0.00% 1.00% 58.62%
Administrative Fee N/A 0.02% 0.28% N/A

Sales Fees

BUFR Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Front Load N/A 4.75% 5.75% N/A
Deferred Load N/A 1.00% 1.00% N/A

Trading Fees

BUFR Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Max Redemption Fee N/A 1.00% 2.00% N/A

Related Fees

Turnover provides investors a proxy for the trading fees incurred by mutual fund managers who frequently adjust position allocations. Higher turnover means higher trading fees.

BUFR Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Turnover N/A 0.00% 456.80% 23.66%

BUFR - Distributions

Dividend Yield Analysis

BUFR Category Low Category High BUFR % Rank
Dividend Yield 0.00% 0.00% 3.76% 90.33%

Dividend Distribution Analysis

BUFR Category Low Category High Category Mod
Dividend Distribution Frequency Quarterly Annually Monthly Annually

Net Income Ratio Analysis

BUFR Category Low Category High BUFR % Rank
Net Income Ratio -0.20% -2.54% 14.24% 62.70%

Capital Gain Distribution Analysis

BUFR Category Low Category High Capital Mode
Capital Gain Distribution Frequency Annually Annually Annually

Distributions History

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BUFR - Fund Manager Analysis

Managers

Howard Rubin


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Aug 10, 2020

1.81

1.8%

Mr. Rubin has over twenty years of experience as a portfolio manager. Mr. Rubin joined Cboe Vest in 2017. Prior to joining Cboe Vest, Mr. Rubin served as Director of Portfolio Management at ProShares Advisors LLC from December 2007 to September 2013. Mr. Rubin also served as Senior Portfolio Manager of ProFund Advisors LLC from November 2004 to December 2007 and Portfolio Manager of ProFund Advisors LLC from April 2000 through November 2004. Mr. Rubin holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Mr. Rubin received a master’s degree in Finance from George Washington University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania.

Karan Sood


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Aug 10, 2020

1.81

1.8%

CEO & Managing Director, Head of Product Development

Tenure Analysis

Category Low Category High Category Average Category Mode
0.04 19.77 3.61 5.67