FEM
First Trust Emerging Markets AlphaDEX Fund

Price: $24.90
Change: $0.12 (0.0%)
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Vitals

Issuer First Trust
Brand First Trust
Structure ETF
Expense Ratio 0.80%
ETF Home Page Home page
Inception Apr 18, 2011
Index Tracked NASDAQ AlphaDEX EM Index

Analyst Report

This fund offers broad exposure to emerging markets by investing in the Defined Emerging Markets Index. This benchmark provides access to a variety of emerging markets across the globe although it is heavy in its exposure to countries such as China and Taiwan in particular. Emerging markets are a key allocation in many portfolios thanks to the high growth potentials that many of these markets have. Many citizens in these countries are entering the ranks of the middle class for the first time and are beginning to consumer more like their Western counterparts. However, risks remain high in many of these nations as corruption and inflation rates are through the roof suggesting that investors need to be concerned over the short term when investing in these securities. FEM invests in an index that provides less diversification than many others in the field and it also is slightly more expensive. However, the fund does seek to weed out some of the worst names across various countries making it a potentially less volatile play on a choppy corner of the market.

ETF Database Themes

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

FactSet Classifications

  • Segment Equity: Emerging Markets - Total Market
  • Category Size and Style
  • Focus Total Market
  • 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 $22.70
  • 52 Week Hi $28.66
  • AUM $431.0 M
  • Shares 17.4 M

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume 68,514
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume 74,851

Alternative ETFs in the ETF Database Emerging Markets Equities Category

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest VWO 0.10% $78.3 B 11 M -0.44%
Largest (AUM) VWO 0.10% $78.3 B 11 M -0.44%
Most Liquid (Volume) EEM 0.70% $28.9 B 37 M -4.97%
Top YTD Performer UAE 0.59% $26.4 M 15,045 42.56%

Alternative ETFs in the FactSet Equity: Emerging Markets - Total Market Segment

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest VWO 0.10% $78.3 B 11 M -0.44%
Largest (AUM) VWO 0.10% $78.3 B 11 M -0.44%
Most Liquid (Volume) EEM 0.70% $28.9 B 37 M -4.97%
Top YTD Performer EELV 0.30% $356.1 M 47,543 11.93%

Top 15 Holdings

Concentration Analysis

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

Holdings Comparison

FEM ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Number of Holdings 151 511 715
% of Assets in Top 10 12.44% 33.21% 30.00%
% of Assets in Top 15 18.03% 40.98% 34.91%
% of Assets in Top 50 50.92% 66.92% 56.28%

Size Comparison

FEM ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Large (>12.9B) 35.45% 52.24% 56.29%
Mid (>2.7B) 63.76% 31.61% 28.92%
Small (>600M) 0.78% 12.43% 5.14%
Micro (<600M) 0.00% 2.29% 0.72%

FEM Valuation

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

FEM
P/E Ratio
7.82
ETF Database Category Average
P/E Ratio
13.65
FactSet Segment Average
P/E Ratio
13.87

FEM Dividend

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

FEM ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Dividend $ 0.55 $ 0.41 $ 0.34
Dividend Date 2021-09-23 N/A N/A
Annual Dividend Rate $ 0.86 $ 0.90 $ 0.79
Annual Dividend Yield 3.28% 2.58% 1.95%

FEM Price and Volume Charts

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FEM Fund Flows Charts

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5 Day Net Flows: 0 1 Month Net Flows: -7.7 M 3 Month Net Flows: -26.55 M 6 Month Net Flows: -45.77 M 1 Year Net Flows: -1.87 M 3 Year Net Flows: 2.55 M 5 Year Net Flows: 331.07 M 10 Year Net Flows: 538.93 M

FEM Price vs Flows AUM Influence Charts

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Realtime Rating

The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for FEM on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETF Database Pro members, shows the ETF in the Emerging Markets Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETF Database Pro. To view information on how the ETF Database Realtime Ratings work, click here.

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity B+ n/a
Expenses C+ n/a
Performance
Volatility
Dividend
Concentration

A+ Overall Rated ETF:

FEM Expenses & Fees

This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to its peers.

Expenses Ratio Analysis

FEM
Expense Ratio
0.80%
ETF Database Category Average
Expense Ratio
0.50%
FactSet Segment Average
Expense Ratio
0.46%

Tax Analysis

Max ST Capital Gains Rate 39.60%
Max LT Capital Gains Rate 20.00%
Tax On Distributions Qualified dividends
Distributes K1 No
ESG Themes and Scores
2.92/10
ESG Score
5.33%
Global Percentile
0.71%
Peer Percentile
    • Revenue Exposure to Environmental Impact (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Severe Environment Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Sustainable Impact Solutions (%)
      4.19%
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons of CO2e / $M Sales)
      1699.46
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Fossil Fuel Reserves (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • High Impact Fossil Fuel Reserves (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Water Stress High Risk Business Segment (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Water Stress High Risk Geography (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Water Stress Exposure Moderate (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Water Stress Exposure High (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Water Stress Exposure Low (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • Revenue Exposure to Energy Efficiency (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Alternative Energy (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Green Building (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Pollution Prevention (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Water Sustainability (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Social Impact (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Sustainable Impact Solutions (%)
      4.19%
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • SRI Exclusion Criteria (%)
      4.79%
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Affordable Real Estate (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Education (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Major Disease Treatment (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Nutrition (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Sanitation (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to SME Finance (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Human Rights Norms Violation (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Human Rights Norms Violation OR Watch List (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Severe Human Rights Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Labor Norms Violation (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Labor Norms Violation OR Watch List (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Severe Labor Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Severe Customer Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Global Compact Compliance Violation (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Global Compact Compliance Violation OR Watch List (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Catholic Values Fail (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Islamic Non-Compliant (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Adult Entertainment Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Alcohol Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Gambling Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Nuclear Power Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Tobacco Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Weapons Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Controversies Weapons Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Civilian Firearms Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Civilian Firearms Retailer (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Civilian Firearms Producer (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Direct Predatory Lending Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Genetic Engineering Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Severe Governance Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Board Flag (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Lack of Independent Board Majority (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Board Independence (0-25%) (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Board Independence (25-50%) (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Board Independence (50-75%) (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • Board Independence (75-100%) (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • No Female Directors (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Three OR More Female Directors (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • Females Represent 30% of Directors (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • Entrenched Board (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Overboarding (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Negative Director Votes (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Ownership AND Control Flag (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • One Share One Vote (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • No Annual Director Elections (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Does Not Use Majority Voting (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Significant Votes Against Pay Practices (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Controlling Shareholder (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Controlling Shareholder Concerns (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Cross Shareholdings (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Poison Pill (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Pay Flag (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • No Pay Performance Link (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Lack of Internal Pay Equity (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Executive Pay Non-Disclosure (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Accounting Flag (%)
      Lower improves ESG score

FEM Performance

This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peers.

FEM ETF Database
Category Average
Factset Segment
Average
1 Month Return -5.43% -5.15% -4.06%
3 Month Return -7.88% -4.93% -4.36%
YTD Return 1.62% 1.82% 0.12%
1 Year Return 6.82% 6.71% 4.46%
3 Year Return 15.19% 21.30% 17.75%
5 Year Return 43.76% 29.06% 28.50%

Geographic Exposure

The following charts reflect the geographic spread of FEM's underlying holdings.

Region Percentage
Asia Pacific 69.87%
Europe 17.38%
North, Central and South America 11.93%
Other 0.8%
Country Percentage
China 30.82%
India 13.27%
Hong Kong 11.07%
Taiwan 10.71%
Brazil 9.05%
South Africa 8.27%
Russia 3.38%
Mexico 2.88%
Turkey 2.68%
Poland 1.99%
Malaysia 1.73%
Thailand 1.32%
Hungary 1.06%
Other 0.8%
Indonesia 0.71%
Philippines 0.24%

Holdings Analysis

The following charts reflect the allocation of FEM's underlying holdings.

Sector Percentage
Non-Energy Minerals 20.27%
Utilities 11.96%
Finance 11.25%
Energy Minerals 9.94%
Consumer Durables 6.81%
Producer Manufacturing 5.7%
Process Industries 5.67%
Electronic Technology 5.25%
Industrial Services 3.92%
Transportation 3.48%
Consumer Non-Durables 3.22%
Retail Trade 3.07%
Health Technology 2.71%
Communications 2.49%
Technology Services 2.46%
CASH 0.8%
Distribution Services 0.68%
Health Services 0.3%
Market Cap Percentage
Mid 63.76%
Large 35.45%
Small 0.78%
Micro 0.0%
Region Percentage
Asset Percentage
Share/Common/Ordinary 93.86%
Preferred Equity 4.0%
Alien/Foreign 1.32%
CASH 0.8%
Sector Percentage
Non-Energy Minerals 20.27%
Utilities 11.96%
Finance 11.25%
Energy Minerals 9.94%
Consumer Durables 6.81%
Producer Manufacturing 5.7%
Process Industries 5.67%
Electronic Technology 5.25%
Industrial Services 3.92%
Transportation 3.48%
Consumer Non-Durables 3.22%
Retail Trade 3.07%
Health Technology 2.71%
Communications 2.49%
Technology Services 2.46%
CASH 0.8%
Distribution Services 0.68%
Health Services 0.3%

FEM Technicals

Volatility Analysis

This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETF Database Category.

5 Day Volatility
108.86%
Rank
13 of 70

20 Day Volatility
17.50%
Rank
20 of 70

50 Day Volatility
17.86%
Rank
18 of 70

200 Day Volatility
18.11%
Rank
16 of 70

Beta
1.01
Rank
9 of 70

Standard Deviation
1.21%
Rank
47 of 69

Technicals

  • 20 Day MA $25.71
  • 60 Day MA $26.63
  • MACD 15 Period -0.72
  • MACD 100 Period -1.76
  • Williams % Range 10 Day 76.67
  • Williams % Range 20 Day 79.55
  • RSI 10 Day 31
  • RSI 20 Day 37
  • RSI 30 Day 40
  • Ultimate Oscillator 36

Bollinger Bands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day) $24.71
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day) $26.16
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day) $24.92
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day) $26.51
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day) $24.81
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day) $27.32

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1 $24.79
  • Support Level 2 $24.68
  • Resistance Level 1 $25.05
  • Resistance Level 2 $25.20

Stochastic

  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day) 54.42
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day) 35.02
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day) 51.38
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day) 32.54

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