First Trust Launches XISE, the First U.S. Buffer ETF Designed to Provide a Level of Income
First Trust Advisors L.P. ("First Trust" or "FTA"), a leading provider of exchange-traded funds ("ETFs") and outcome-based strategies, today announced it has launched the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer & Premium Income ETF (Cboe: XISE). The fund is an actively managed ETF that seeks to provide investors with a consistent level of income that, when annualized, is approximately 8.19% (before fees and expenses), while providing a buffer against the first 10% of the SPDR® S&P 500® ETF Trust ("SPY") losses ("outcomes") over the one-year Target Outcome Period.
First Trust's suite of Target Outcome ETFs has amassed approximately $11 billion in total net assets as of 8/31/2023.* "We are thrilled to expand First Trust's lineup of outcome-based buffer ETFs with the launch of XISE," said Ryan Issakainen, CFA, Senior Vice President, ETF Strategist at First Trust. "We believe this ETF offers a compelling proposition for investors seeking an attractive level of current income, while also providing a level of downside protection."
Jeff Chang, President of Cboe Vest said, "Traditional Buffer ETFs provide upside participation in potential future equity gains to a cap, in exchange for a downside buffer. XISE is different. It's the first Buffer ETF designed to produce an attractive level of premium income and buffer a specific level of downside equity losses."
The fund invests substantially all of its assets in FLexible EXchange® Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price performance of SPY and short-term (one year or less) U.S. Treasury securities. The pre-determined outcomes sought by the fund include a buffer against the first 10% of SPY losses and a consistent level of income, from a combination of interest on the U.S. Treasury securities and premiums on the FLEX Options, that is approximately 8.19% (before fees and expenses) over an approximate one-year Target Outcome Period. The fund will distribute the principal and any interest received from the U.S. Treasuries on a monthly basis beginning in the second month of the Target Outcome Period in order to seek to meet the distribution rate.**
There is no guarantee that a fund's income target will be achieved. Investors will not participate in any positive price returns of SPY above SPY's price on the first day of the Target Outcome Period. However, investors will be subject to losses of SPY below the buffer level. The targeted income level will vary based on prevailing market conditions, including then-current interest rate levels, SPY volatility and the relationship of puts and calls on the underlying FLEX Options.
For more information about First Trust, please contact Ryan Issakainen at (630) 765-8689 or [email protected].
*Based on assets under management as of 8/31/23
**For tax purposes, distributions may consist of ordinary income, capital gains or return of capital. A return of capital will reduce an investor's principal investment.
About First Trust
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 $202 billion as of August 31, 2023, 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 www.ftportfolios.com.
About Cboe Vest:
Cboe Vest is the creator of Target Outcome Investments®, which strive to buffer losses, manage volatility, amplify gains or provide consistent income to a diverse spectrum of investors. Today, Cboe Vest's Target Outcome Strategies® are available in mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), unit investment trusts (UITs), collective investment trusts (CITs), variable insurance trusts (VITs) and customizable managed accounts/sub-advisory services. For more information visit ww w. cboe vest. com or contact Linda Werner at lwerner@ cboevest.com or 703-864-5483.
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FLEX Options are subject to correlation risk and a FLEX Option's value may be highly volatile, and may fluctuate substantially during a short period of time. FLEX Options will be exercisable at the strike price only on their expiration date. Prior to the expiration date, the value of the FLEX Options will be determined based upon market quotations or other recognized pricing methods. In the absence of readily available market quotations for fund holdings, a fund's advisor may determine the fair value of the holding, which requires the advisor's judgement and is subject to the risk of mispricing or improper valuation.
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Depending on market conditions, the fund's income level may rise or fall from one Target Outcome Period to the next and is unlikely to remain the same for consecutive Target Outcome Periods.
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Information technology companies are subject to certain risks, including rapidly changing technologies, short product life cycles, fierce competition, aggressive pricing and reduced profit margins, loss of patent, copyright and trademark protections, cyclical market patterns, evolving industry standards and regulation and frequent new product introductions.
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An option is a contractual obligation between a buyer and a seller. There are two types of options known as "calls" and "puts." The buyer of a call option has the right, but not the obligation, to purchase an agreed upon quantity of an underlying asset from the writer (seller) of the option at a predetermined price (the strike price) within a certain window of time (until the option's expiration), creating a long position. A put option is the opposite of a call option and gives the buyer the right to sell to the writer (seller) the underlying asset at the strike price until the option's expiration. If the strike price is reached, the buyer has the right to exercise the option. For this right, the buyer pays a fee to the seller, called a premium.
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