First Trust International Equity Opportunities ETF (FPXI) Reaches 5-year Anniversary
First Trust Advisors L.P. The First Trust International Equity Opportunities ETF (Nasdaq: FPXI) is celebrating a milestone. FPXI, which seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the fund’s fees and expenses) of the IPOX® International Index (the “index”), reached its 5-year anniversary on November 4, 2019. The index measures the performance of the 50 largest and most liquid companies domiciled outside the U.S. within the IPOX® Global Composite Index (the “composite index”). The composite index is constructed and managed to provide a broad and objective view of global aftermarket performance of recent IPOs and spin-offs in both emerging and developed countries during their first 1000 trading days. “Recent IPOs and spin-offs represent an important segment of the international stock market that is often absent from investors’ portfolios,” said Ryan Issakainen, CFA, Senior Vice President, ETF Strategist at First Trust. “This ETF provides a systematic strategy for investors to gain exposure to many of these stocks before they are added to broad international index funds and ETFs,” Issakainen said.
Since its inception on November 4, 2014, FPXI has achieved an average annual total return of 6.24% based on net asset value (NAV) as of November 29, 2019, outperforming the international equity market as measured by the MSCI World ex USA Index with a total return of 4.43% over the same period.
“Exposure to the IPOX® International Index provides investors with a one stop solution to access the performance of the largest new listings with a domicile outside the U.S., an economically significant group of companies which often serve as a proxy for international economic growth and innovation,” said Dr. Josef Schuster, CEO of IPOX Schuster LLC, the developer and sponsor of the index. “We are confident that the unique investment approach we have pioneered may benefit investors seeking equity exposure outside the traditional benchmarks,” said Schuster.
Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results and current performance may be higher or lower than performance quoted. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate and shares when sold or redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. You can obtain performance information which is current through the most recent monthend by visiting www.ftportfolios.com.
*NAV returns are based on the fund’s net asset value which represents the fund’s net assets (assets less liabilities) divided by the fund’s outstanding shares. Market Price returns are based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread on the stock exchange on which shares of the fund are listed for trading as of the time that the fund’s NAV is calculated. Returns are average annualized total returns.
**Performance information for the IPOX® International Index is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent actual fund performance. Indexes do not charge management fees or brokerage expenses, and no such fees or expenses were deducted from the performance shown. Indexes are unmanaged and an investor cannot invest directly in an index.
The MSCI World ex USA Index includes developed markets and is designed to provide a broad measure of stock performance throughout the world, with the exception of U.S.-based companies.
FPXI expense ratio: 0.70%
For more information about First Trust, please contact Ryan Issakainen at (630) 765-8689 or
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1 Fund inception date: 11/4/2014