First Trust Senior Loan Fund

Price: $45.68
Change: $0.06 (0.0%)
Category: High Yield Bonds
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Issuer First Trust
Brand First Trust
Structure ETF
Expense Ratio 0.86%
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Inception May 01, 2013
Index Tracked ACTIVE - No Index

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ETF Database Themes

Category High Yield Bonds
Asset Class Bond
Region (General) Developed Markets
Region (Specific) Broad
Bond Type(s) Bank Loans
Bond Duration Intermediate-Term

FactSet Classifications

Segment Fixed Income: Global - Corporate, Bank Loans High Yield Floating Rate
Category Corporate, Bank Loans
Focus High Yield
Niche Floating Rate
Strategy Active
Weighting Scheme Proprietary

Trading Data

Open - Volume -
Day Lo - Day Hi -
  • Open
  • Volume
  • Day Lo
  • Day Hi
  • 52 Week Lo $40.80
  • 52 Week Hi $45.80
  • AUM $2,169.8 M
  • Shares 47.5 M

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume 267,217
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume 273,975

Alternative ETFs in the ETF Database High Yield Bonds Category

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest SPHY 0.05% $2.0 B 2 M 5.43%
Largest (AUM) HYG 0.49% $13.4 B 33 M 4.29%
Most Liquid (Volume) HYG 0.49% $13.4 B 33 M 4.29%
Top YTD Performer XCCC 0.40% $14.9 M 4,094 11.10%

Alternative ETFs in the FactSet Fixed Income: Global - Corporate, Bank Loans High Yield Floating Rate Segment

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest SRLN 0.70% $4.4 B 2 M 8.11%
Largest (AUM) SRLN 0.70% $4.4 B 2 M 8.11%
Most Liquid (Volume) SRLN 0.70% $4.4 B 2 M 8.11%
Top YTD Performer SRLN 0.70% $4.4 B 2 M 8.11%

Top 15 Holdings

Concentration Analysis

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

Holdings Comparison

FTSL ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Number of Holdings 149 504 75
% of Assets in Top 10 37.69% 24.76% 68.85%
% of Assets in Top 15 45.34% 28.80% 72.67%
% of Assets in Top 50 77.15% 48.65% 88.58%

Size Comparison

FTSL ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Large (>12.9B) N/A N/A N/A
Mid (>2.7B) N/A N/A N/A
Small (>600M) N/A N/A N/A
Micro (<600M) N/A N/A N/A

FTSL 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

FTSL Dividend

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

FTSL ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Dividend $ 0.30 $ 0.20 $ 0.32
Dividend Date 2023-09-22 N/A N/A
Annual Dividend Rate $ 3.33 $ 2.20 $ 3.26
Annual Dividend Yield 7.29% 6.46% 7.45%

FTSL Price and Volume Charts

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FTSL Fund Flows Charts

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5 Day Net Flows: -6.85 M 1 Month Net Flows: 29.77 M 3 Month Net Flows: -70.14 M 6 Month Net Flows: -298.97 M 1 Year Net Flows: -874.98 M 3 Year Net Flows: 1.08 B 5 Year Net Flows: 651.22 M 10 Year Net Flows: 2.44 B

FTSL Price vs Flows AUM Influence Charts

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5 Day Net AUM Change: -25.72 M
1 Month Net AUM Change: 45.31 M
3 Month Net AUM Change: -58.69 M
6 Month Net AUM Change: -304.6 M
1 Year Net AUM Change: -873.69 M
3 Year Net AUM Change: 842.71 M
5 Year Net AUM Change: 336.12 M
10 Year Net AUM Change: 2.1 B

Realtime Rating

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Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity A JNK
Expenses C SHYG

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FTSL Expenses & Fees

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

Expenses Ratio Analysis

Expense Ratio
ETF Database Category Average
Expense Ratio
FactSet Segment Average
Expense Ratio

Tax Analysis

Max ST Capital Gains Rate 39.60%
Max LT Capital Gains Rate 20.00%
Tax On Distributions Ordinary income
Distributes K1 No
ESG Themes and Scores

FTSL does not have an ESG score. There are no ESG themes that map to this ETF.

FTSL Performance

This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peers. Returns over 1 year are annualized.

FTSL ETF Database
Category Average
Factset Segment
1 Month Return 0.83% -0.39% 0.83%
3 Month Return 3.38% 0.73% 3.12%
YTD Return 8.50% 4.73% 8.31%
1 Year Return 10.99% 8.19% 10.27%
3 Year Return 4.58% 1.18% 4.14%
5 Year Return 3.61% 1.26% 3.36%

Geographic Exposure

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

Holdings Analysis

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

Asset Percentage
Bank Loan 68.67%
Other 13.28%
Corporate 10.36%
Open-ended Fund 7.35%
CASH 0.34%
Bond Sector Percentage
Maturity Percentage
Less Than 1 Year 0.0%
1-3 Years 0.0%
3-5 Years 0.0%
5-7 Years 0.0%
7-10 Years 0.0%
10-15 Years 0.0%
15-20 Years 0.0%
20-30 Years 0.0%
30+ Years 0.0%
Asset Percentage
Bank Loan 68.67%
Other 13.28%
Corporate 10.36%
Open-ended Fund 7.35%
CASH 0.34%

FTSL Technicals

Volatility Analysis

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

5 Day Volatility 24.69%
20 Day Volatility 1.81%
50 Day Volatility 2.08%
200 Day Volatility 2.41%
Beta 0.28
Standard Deviation 1.23%
5 Day Volatility
51 of 84

20 Day Volatility
78 of 84

50 Day Volatility
79 of 84

200 Day Volatility
79 of 84

69 of 84

Standard Deviation
13 of 83


  • 20 Day MA $45.60
  • 60 Day MA $45.15
  • MACD 15 Period 0.02
  • MACD 100 Period 1.03
  • Williams % Range 10 Day 46.10
  • Williams % Range 20 Day 24.43
  • RSI 10 Day 63
  • RSI 20 Day 66
  • RSI 30 Day 67
  • Ultimate Oscillator 42

Bollinger Bands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day) $45.57
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day) $45.77
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day) $45.38
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day) $45.83
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day) $45.07
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day) $45.90

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1 $45.62
  • Support Level 2 $45.57
  • Resistance Level 1 $45.71
  • Resistance Level 2 $45.74


  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day) 63.32
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day) 41.87
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day) 47.36
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day) 37.90


  • Tracking Difference Median (%) n/a
  • Tracking Difference Max Upside (%) n/a
  • Tracking Difference Max Downside (%) n/a
  • Median Premium Discount (%) -0.22
  • Maximum Premium Discount (%) 0.63
  • Average Spread (%) 2.64
  • Average Spread ($) 2.64

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