Hougan: First Trust's Growing Presence

April 03, 2014


Issuer Ticker Inflows AUM
iShares Core S&P IVV 4,254.83 54,366.68
iShares MSCI EAFE EFA -273.59 53956.34
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets EEM 90.59 31884.49
iShares Russell 2000 IWM 1,961.07 28,813.95
iShares Russell 1000 Growth IWF 362.43 22,992.99


First Trust’s five most popular ETFs in the first quarter are a ragtag band of merry misfits, each capitalizing on a specific theme.

A few years ago, most ETF experts, myself included, would have laughed at a cloud-computing ETF. Today, the joke’s on us: the First Trust ISE Cloud Computing ETF (SKYY | B-35) pulled in $79 million in the first quarter and is a nearly $300 million fund almost three years after its launch.

Issuer Ticker Inflows AUM
First Trust Emerging Markets AlphaDex FEM 155.73 339.81
First Trust Dorsey, Wright Focus 5 FV 104.81 102.72
First Trust ISE Cloud Computing SKYY 79.48 292.60
First Trust Helath Care AlphaDEX FXH 78.19 1,956.41
First Trust Technology AlphaDEX FXL 75.74 838.34

First Trust’s success proves something important: ETF investors are willing to pay for performance.


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