First Trust High Income Strategic Focus ETF

Price: $44.29
Change: $0.18 (0.0%)
Category: Total Bond Market
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Issuer First Trust
Brand First Trust
Structure ETF
Expense Ratio 0.87%
ETF Home Page Home page
Inception Aug 13, 2014
Index Tracked ACTIVE - No Index

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ETF Database Themes

Asset Class Bond
Region (General) Global
Region (Specific) Broad
Bond Type(s) Total Bond Market
Bond Duration All-Term

FactSet Classifications

Segment Fixed Income: Global - Broad Market, Broad-based
Category Broad Market, Broad-based
Focus Broad Credit
Niche Broad Maturities
Strategy Active
Weighting Scheme Proprietary

Trading Data

Open - Volume -
Day Lo - Day Hi -
  • Open
  • Volume
  • Day Lo
  • Day Hi
  • 52 Week Lo $40.32
  • 52 Week Hi $44.36
  • AUM $37.5 M
  • Shares 0.9 M

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume 2,743
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume 2,708

Alternative ETFs in the ETF Database Total Bond Market Category

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest BKAG 0.00% $1.7 B 164,919 0.61%
Largest (AUM) AGG 0.03% $109.7 B 7 M 0.68%
Most Liquid (Volume) AGG 0.03% $109.7 B 7 M 0.68%
Top YTD Performer PCEF 3.08% $770.0 M 133,105 11.47%

Alternative ETFs in the FactSet Fixed Income: Global - Broad Market, Broad-based Segment

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest GRNB 0.20% $94.7 M 14,457 1.84%
Largest (AUM) FBND 0.36% $10.2 B 1 M 1.27%
Most Liquid (Volume) FBND 0.36% $10.2 B 1 M 1.27%
Top YTD Performer HSUN 0.54% $56.4 M 786 4.07%

Top 15 Holdings

Concentration Analysis

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

Holdings Comparison

HISF ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Number of Holdings 9 1395 500
% of Assets in Top 10 100.02% 37.21% 42.22%
% of Assets in Top 15 100.02% 41.55% 46.61%
% of Assets in Top 50 100.02% 58.63% 62.61%

Size Comparison

HISF 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

HISF 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

HISF Dividend

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

HISF ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Dividend $ 0.18 $ 0.18 $ 0.15
Dividend Date 2024-06-27 N/A N/A
Annual Dividend Rate $ 2.03 $ 2.02 $ 1.32
Annual Dividend Yield 4.58% 4.76% 4.08%

HISF Price and Volume Charts

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HISF Fund Flows Charts

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5 Day Net Flows: 0 1 Month Net Flows: 2.21 M 3 Month Net Flows: 4.41 M 6 Month Net Flows: 6.62 M 1 Year Net Flows: 6.62 M 3 Year Net Flows: -14.93 M 5 Year Net Flows: -30.71 M 10 Year Net Flows: 49.76 M

HISF Price vs Flows AUM Influence Charts

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5 Day Net AUM Change: 366.35 K
1 Month Net AUM Change: 2.27 M
3 Month Net AUM Change: 4.68 M
6 Month Net AUM Change: 6.35 M
1 Year Net AUM Change: 446.25 K
3 Year Net AUM Change: -25.05 M
5 Year Net AUM Change: -43.57 M
10 Year Net AUM Change: 37.5 M

Realtime Rating

The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for HISF 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 Total Bond Market 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+ AGG
Expenses C BKAG

A+ Overall Rated ETF:

HISF 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

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

HISF Performance

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

HISF ETF Database
Category Average
Factset Segment
1 Month Return 1.74% 1.54% 1.33%
3 Month Return 3.08% 2.84% 2.37%
YTD Return 1.02% 1.90% 1.38%
1 Year Return 5.19% 5.70% 3.69%
3 Year Return -0.27% -0.77% -0.55%
5 Year Return 1.38% 0.58% 0.25%

Geographic Exposure

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

Holdings Analysis

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

Asset Percentage
Exchange Traded Fund (ETF-ETF) 99.88%
CASH 0.14%
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
Exchange Traded Fund (ETF-ETF) 99.88%
CASH 0.14%

HISF Technicals

Volatility Analysis

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

5 Day Volatility 37.25%
20 Day Volatility 3.84%
50 Day Volatility 4.52%
200 Day Volatility 4.43%
Beta 0.46
Standard Deviation 1.01%
5 Day Volatility
48 of 124

20 Day Volatility
73 of 124

50 Day Volatility
68 of 124

200 Day Volatility
68 of 124

4 of 122

Standard Deviation
52 of 124


  • 20 Day MA $43.93
  • 60 Day MA $43.47
  • MACD 15 Period 0.35
  • MACD 100 Period 0.82
  • Williams % Range 10 Day 8.86
  • Williams % Range 20 Day 8.86
  • RSI 10 Day 71
  • RSI 20 Day 64
  • RSI 30 Day 61
  • Ultimate Oscillator 78

Bollinger Bands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day) $43.55
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day) $44.32
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day) $43.65
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day) $44.21
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day) $43.31
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day) $44.29

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1 $44.27
  • Support Level 2 $44.24
  • Resistance Level 1 $44.34
  • Resistance Level 2 $44.38


  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day) 55.56
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day) 86.25
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day) 66.40
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day) 75.96


  • Tracking Difference Median (%) n/a
  • Tracking Difference Max Upside (%) n/a
  • Tracking Difference Max Downside (%) n/a
  • Median Premium Discount (%) -0.02
  • Maximum Premium Discount (%) 0.15
  • Average Spread (%) 6.92
  • Average Spread ($) 6.92

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