First Trust Developed Markets ex-US Small Cap AlphaDEX Fund

Price: $38.06
Change: $0.45 (0.01%)
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Issuer First Trust
Brand First Trust
Structure ETF
Expense Ratio 0.80%
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Inception Feb 15, 2012

Analyst Report

This ETF utilizes the AlphaDEX strategy to invest in ex-U.S. small caps. This methodology involves a quantitative screening methodology designed to identify the stocks from a specific universe that have the greatest potential for capital appreciation. Specifically, stocks from the eligible universe are ranked on growth factors such as recent price appreciation, sales-to-price ratio, and one year sales growth, and separately on value factors such as book value to price ratio, cash flow to price ratio, and return on assets. Stocks with the highest scores are included in the benchmark, and the highest weightings are afforded larger weightings.

For those looking to make a play on small cap equities, FDTS certainly makes for a viable option. The fund has nearly 400 holdings though it is important to note that it has a relatively high focus on Japan, an economy that many believe presents a dismal outlook. As far as small cap exposure is concerned, FDTS could be a core holding of your portfolio, but only if you truly buy into the AlphaDEX strategy, otherwise this ETF can make for a great complimentary holding to what small cap allocations you already have in place.

ETF Database Themes

Asset Class Equity
Asset Class Size Multi-Cap
Asset Class Style Blend
Region (General) Developed Markets
Region (Specific) Broad

FactSet Classifications

Segment Equity: Developed Markets Ex-U.S. - Small Cap
Category Size and Style
Focus Small Cap
Niche Broad-based
Strategy Multi-factor
Weighting Scheme Tiered

Trading Data

Open - Volume -
Day Lo - Day Hi -
  • Open
  • Volume
  • Day Lo
  • Day Hi
  • 52 Week Lo $32.02
  • 52 Week Hi $46.10
  • AUM $7.5 M
  • Shares 0.2 M

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume 1,058
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume 1,358

Alternative ETFs in the ETF Database Foreign Small & Mid Cap Equities Category

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest VSS 0.07% $7.6 B 493,998 -20.84%
Largest (AUM) SCZ 0.39% $10.6 B 2 M -20.98%
Most Liquid (Volume) SCZ 0.39% $10.6 B 2 M -20.98%
Top YTD Performer HSCZ 0.43% $114.0 M 17,785 -8.85%

Alternative ETFs in the FactSet Equity: Developed Markets Ex-U.S. - Small Cap Segment

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest SCHC 0.11% $3.4 B 753,094 -20.94%
Largest (AUM) SCHC 0.11% $3.4 B 753,094 -20.94%
Most Liquid (Volume) SCHC 0.11% $3.4 B 753,094 -20.94%
Top YTD Performer ISCF 0.40% $484.6 M 103,391 -14.37%

Top 15 Holdings

Concentration Analysis

This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to its peers.

Holdings Comparison

FDTS ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Number of Holdings 404 1536 1642
% of Assets in Top 10 5.67% 12.12% 4.62%
% of Assets in Top 15 7.97% 13.74% 6.39%
% of Assets in Top 50 22.74% 22.66% 16.17%

Size Comparison

FDTS ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Large (>12.9B) 0.00% 0.64% 0.63%
Mid (>2.7B) 10.29% 18.52% 18.26%
Small (>600M) 78.26% 59.89% 64.71%
Micro (<600M) 10.41% 12.17% 15.70%

FDTS Valuation

This section compares the P/E ratio of this ETF to its peers.

P/E Ratio
ETF Database Category Average
P/E Ratio
FactSet Segment Average
P/E Ratio

FDTS Dividend

This section compares the dividend yield of this ETF to its peers.

FDTS ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Dividend $ 0.07 $ 0.39 $ 0.25
Dividend Date 2021-09-23 N/A N/A
Annual Dividend Rate $ 1.09 $ 1.21 $ 0.92
Annual Dividend Yield 2.30% 2.12% 1.87%

FDTS Price and Volume Charts

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FDTS Fund Flows Charts

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5 Day Net Flows: 0 1 Month Net Flows: 0 3 Month Net Flows: 0 6 Month Net Flows: -1.81 M 1 Year Net Flows: -1.71 M 3 Year Net Flows: -1.08 M 5 Year Net Flows: 2.49 M 10 Year Net Flows: 8.14 M

FDTS Price vs Flows AUM Influence Charts

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