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Thematic ETFs

Thematic investing can help investors access the growth potential of long-term structural change and disruptive innovation which are under-represented in broad market indices today.

At First Trust, our thematic approach is solely focused on identifying emerging trends that are shaping our future world. We believe this helps us stay ahead of the curve. As pioneers of both rules-based investing and a leader in thematic ETFs, we have been providing access to some of the largest megatrends via ETFs since 2006 - longer than any other provider.

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Target Outcome ETFs®

Target Outcome ETFs are actively managed ETFs that seek to provide targeted exposure to an underlying reference asset. The ETF is set up to provide a predetermined investment outcome, equipped with a feature to remove some of the uncertainty associated with investing.

The Target Outcome Buffer Series ETFs are designed to help equity investors maintain a level of protection in down markets, by seeking to provide a defined downside buffer, over a specified Target Outcome Period. At the same time the strategy looks to take advantage of growth opportunities in up markets up to a predetermined cap. The cap and buffer are reset at the end of each Target Outcome Period. However, the funds may be held indefinitely, providing investors a potential buy and hold investment opportunity.

Latest U.S. Market and Economic Commentary


Article | Thematics

A Wake-up Call for Defence

The recent increase in global arms demand, combined with the intersection of technology and defence, presents new opportunities for investors. Read our latest article to learn more.
08 Feb 2024
Article | Thematics

Exploring real estate exposure beyond commercial concerns

We provide a thematic lens to investors' commercial real estate concerns, focusing on two areas with positive tailwinds: data centres and e-commerce warehousing.
15 Sep 2023
Article | Thematics

#Hypecycle: Artificial Intelligence

In order to help investors navigate hype cycles, First Trust has devised a framework that poses the crucial question: are you aiming to invest in or profit from the current hype? 
05 Jul 2023


Q1 Factor Investing Call

Friday 1 March 2023